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Breaking the rules occasionally pays off

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Any list of best or greatest managers in Seattle Mariners' history begins and ends with one name: Lou Piniella. That's how it should be. But last night, Lloyd McClendon went against one of Piniella's cardinal rules and it worked. Boy, did it ever work. Read on.

Just tell me who won

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There is something calming in this day an age when you are forced to turn off all your electrical devices and avoid human contact through your smartphone. But it isn't really advisable to do it during a pennant race. Not if you want to have any fingernails left. Read on.

Talk about missing the mark …

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's hard to admit when you are wrong. But it's also good for the soul. Cathartic is the term, I believe. But I could be wrong. Again. Read on.

At least one team got it done Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Yesterday was a bottom-line type of day. And the bottom line was, the Cougars took care of business. The rest of the teams in the region? Not so much. Read on.

There are a few ‘must-wins’ out there this weekend

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The weekend ahead? Let's pretend we're ESPN and have to label it, as the self-proclaimed world-wide leader is wont to do with everything. We'll call it “Must-Win Weekend,” and admit we have no future in marketing. Read on.

The NFL (and the Seahawks) reign supreme

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Listening to Colin Cowherd this morning, I was struck once again by the power of the NFL. A Thursday night game in early September on the tube draws a 16-plus overnight rating, according to numbers cited by the ESPN radio host. That's better than NBA final games, World Series games, heck better than most any other sporting event. It's the season opener, sure. And the defending Super Bowl champions are on, which makes it a bit more special. But that doesn't explain how the pregame show gets a rating in the 15s. That's just domination. More dominating than even the Seahawk defense. Read on.

Labor Day is the right name for every day of the football season

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It's a holiday, right? Which means I don't have to plug the parking meters if I go downtown. That's how I can always tell. Working in the world of sports, sometimes that's the only way. Because sports folks never take a day off. Read on.

We always (over)react to college football’s first full Saturday

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My first impression of the initial full week of college football: It's good to see the Pac-12 officials are in midseason form. Read on.

The M’s are sinking in the West

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you wondered when this M's follower's dream of winning the American League West passed away, wonder no longer. It occurred in the fourth inning last night, when Wilson Ramos drove a high changeup over the left-field wall, the fourth of four home runs Felix Hernandez would surrender. Read on.

Now we’ve seen it all

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Like a lot of you, I've been following the Mariners for a long time. We've seen most everything, from the improbable comeback of 1995 to the nearly flawless 2001 regular season. We've seen awful defeats – way too many of those – and heart-stopping victories. We've seen great pitchers, terrible pitchers, marvelous hitters and Mario Mendoza. Heck, we've even seen a player try to blow a ground ball foul. But, until yesterday, we hadn't seen the M's sweep a three-game-or-more series in Boston. Read on.

Some things matter tonight, others don’t

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The Seahawks take to the CenturyLink turf again tonight, the third of four preseason games. As always there is one overarching goal for Pete Carroll and his team: stay healthy. Read on.

Something just clicked last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It hit late last night. No, not the muscle soreness from playing golf in almost 100-degree heat. That was expected. No, it was an unexpected reaction I had while watching, of all things, a professional soccer match. Read on.

It’s not too long now

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As July winds down, the summer doldrums in the sports world begin to ease up. The wind beneath our sails? College football season. Read on.

It’s been a long time coming

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Let's jump into the Wayback Machine and set the dial to 2007. Not all that long ago in days maybe, but seemingly a generation ago in baseball time. Read on.

The delivery system is different but the desire is the same

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Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when streaming video did not exist. We had a thing you might call streaming audio. We called it a transistor radio. Read on.

Nothing to see here

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A fight at a football practice? Oh my goodness, what's a fan to do? Relax would be my advice. Read on.

Thanks again

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Being it is Memorial Day, I want to memorialize the veteran who meant the most to me. Read on.

It’s weird how many connections we have

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is there some sort of Inland Northwest vortex that we haven't heard about? It seems as if everyone in the news today has a connection to the area. Read on.

A winner anyway you look at it

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Will we see a Triple Crown winner again? It's been since 1978 horse racing has produced a champion of champions. That's more than 25 years by my math. But we may have one again in three weeks. Wouldn't that be something? Read on.

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