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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

Two is always better than one

A GRIP ON SPORTS A lot of money could be on the line in Las Vegas tonight, and we're not talking about what's happening in the casinos. We're talking about the game between Gonzaga and St. Mary's. Read on.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

If I sit right here ... 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Ever feel as if you have a connection with something occurring on television? I'm not talking about having a crush on a sitcom star or being on a first-name basis with an HSN operator. We're talking sports here. You know, the...

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Did you know UCLA is in town? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The UCLA Bruins are in the Inland Northwest tonight to face Washington State. Did they fly in on a B-2? Their arrival was so quiet it hardly even registered on our radar. Read on.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

What's not to love about this weekend? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I have to admit it. I love this time of year. There's basketball on the TV almost every night, there is football on the weekends and it's cold enough I can beg off working in the yard. Yep, it's nearly perfect....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

A Triple Crown memory 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As Miguel Cabrera attempted to become the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown, I sat at home and hoped he was a bit nicer than the last guy to lead a league in all three major offensive categories....

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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 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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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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Not so fast my friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was only this past December when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and his Big Ten counterpart Jim Delany stepped to a podium and made an announcement that rippled through college athletics. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 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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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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Answering the yet-to-be-made call 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Even though this goes against a lifetime of saying no, I've decided to volunteer. Yep, if the guys running college football need an average Joe (I mean that literally, as my first name is Joe and I am average in a...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

A Mariner conversation 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Two guys are sitting in a Renton bar, arguing about the Mariners. The guy on the left is wearing a light pink shirt, chino shorts and flip-flops. The guy on the right sports Levis, work boots and a worn blue work...

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

A morning show 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The sun rises early this time of year. And we rise with it every once in a while. It happened on Sunday, when the sound of the birds, a slight breeze and the bright sunshine all conspired to ruin any chance...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

Father's Day memories 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Father's Day. So, like any good father, it's time to hand out a chore. See, I want to know your favorite sports-related memory of your father. Whether it was taking you to a game or hitting you fungos or walking...

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An odd sort of Thursday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Kind of an odd day. Maybe it's because the sun is shining. OK, not really, but it's not raining and the clouds are a bit scattered. Or maybe it's because we found a series of stories worth passing along on Olympic...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

Fixing some memories on a Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS First the Miami Heat roared back in the second half and defeated the Boston Celtics, sending the two teams everyone expected – Miami and Oklahoma City – into the NBA finals. Then later in the evening in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley...

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Just another day in sports? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Let's see. Anything happen yesterday? Well, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had to scratch from today's Belmont, the first time that's happened since The Depression. And six Mariner pitchers combined for a no-hitter, only the second time in history that...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

A wasted Sunday afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday afternoon I was fiddling around in the garage, pretending to be organizing and cleaning it when all I was really doing was sitting as often as I could and listening to the Shock game on the radio. In the end,...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012


A downpour of links for a Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's pouring rain in Spokane right now. Not just a shower or two but a spigot-turned-on rain. Sheets of water. A rivers-in-the-streets type of rain. And my neighbor's sprinklers just came on. Read on.

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