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SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2012

Why rant on a day like this? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really don't have anything to rant about today. Sorry. Though I did notice the stars of the Arena Bowl seemed to be all former Shock players. And Tiger Woods is in position to win another major. And the Mariners threw...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Still the world's greatest athlete? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The names rolled off the tongue like a rap song – though rap hadn't been invented yet. Names like Jim Thorpe, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner. They were the winners of the Olympic decathlon and they were considered...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Learning some perspective

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday was a good day. With some time on my hands, I was able to spend a bit of time watching the Olympic men basketball semifinals. And I discovered a group of officials who make the Pac-12's look incredibly talented. Read...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

M's losses fly under the radar 

A GRIP ON SPORTS With the Olympics going on, it's been a bit harder to stay in touch with the Mariners. But last night, thanks to a rare meltdown by the bullpen, we were all given multiple chances to check in with the M's. Fourteen...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

Doesn't everybody want to be a Yankee? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Larry Larue, the Tacoma News Tribune Mariners' beat reporter, had fun with Twitter yesterday. He kept re-tweeting Yankee fans' tweets about Felix Hernandez. The basis of the fans' tweets? Why was Felix still with the M's and not a Yankee? He...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Win or win, Olympics draw big ratings 

A GRIP ON SPORTS When it came time to watch television last night, I already knew Michael Phelps had defeated Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas was an all-around champion and the U.S. women had won the gold in rowing. But that didn't stop Kim and me...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

When the going gets tough ... 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know it's going to be a tough morning when you set the alarm for 5 a.m. You know it's going to be even tougher when your browser crashes at 5:26 a.m. You know it's going to be so tough you'll...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Back into the swing of things 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The summer lull is officially over. Just about every local college has news to talk about today, something that hasn't happened consistently since March. Not all of it is in the good news variety, that's for sure. Read on.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Football is just around the corner 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It doesn't seem possible, but August is less than a week away. Really. And with that bit of news comes this accompanying tidbit: Football camps are not that far behind. Yep, it's not all that long from now each day will...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Talk about overload

A GRIP ON SPORTS There aren't too many days like Monday in the sports world, that's for sure. And thank goodness for that as well. I'm not sure all of us would survive if hit on a daily basis with the sensory overload yesterday supplied....

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

It's easy to fill waking hours today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The early morning hours on this Thursday were a bit different. A bout of insomnia wouldn't have been such a bad deal because you could have turned on the tellie and watched Adam Scott set a course record. Can't do that...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

The living is easy 

A GRIP ON SPORTS What is not to like about this time of year? Want to get out in the yard and relax, you can. Want to stay inside and fix things, you can. Want to play golf, go to the lake, barbecue, you can....

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

The light show was free

A GRIP ON SPORTS One of the biggest draws for minor league baseball is fireworks night. The pitch: Watch a game, see fireworks after. Well, Mother Nature put on her own fireworks show in the Spokane area last night, with a lightning storm that rivaled...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

Boxed in during the summer 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know what is just around the corner? The Olympics, that's what. And the British Open. And, if you peak just a bit farther down the street, you can see the start of college football. But right now, on this block,...

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SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

Is the sun still shining? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are a lot of reasons this morning post very nearly became an afternoon post. One is I was up well after my usual bed time last night, pretending for some reason to be 48-years-old or something. But the main reason...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Baseball takes a short pause

A GRIP ON SPORTS As the pause button on the major league baseball season is still stuck – Tuesday's All-Star game was the lowest-rated ever – for another day, there is little in the way of in-depth Mariners coverage today. But that's OK. There is...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

A busy July day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know how I've written recently about the lack of items to talk about? You might even have labeled it whining in your head and moved on. Well, I take it all back. And I promise I won't be whining anymore....

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

What to do tonight? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As we sit down to write today, I'm not sure of my plans for this evening. Should I spend any time at all watching the All-Star Game? Or should I just work on finishing the book I am reading? Read on.

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012


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