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Just another day for U.S. soccer?

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Ever since the New York Cosmos signed Pele, the Michael Jordan of soccer, to a contract, the sport has experienced many a most-important-day-ever in this country. Read on.

You can never look back

A GRIP ON SPORTS

This is it. Summer has officially begun. It happened early this morning, so early even I was asleep. But we are now in the hot-day-at-the-beach mode, so enjoy. To celebrate, we'll be talking baseball today and weaving in Don Henley lyrics. Yes, our hair is combed back and the sunglasses are on. Read on.

Savor the upcoming summer days

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Another week in the books. Or at least another work week. But this one corresponds with a day I hate. The longest day of the year. The end of spring and the beginning of summer. Why is it on my hit list? Because it's all downhill from here until, gasp, winter. 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.

The first time was also the last time

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Do you remember your first time? I mean the first time you tried tobacco. I do. It wasn't pretty. And it was my last. Read on.

U.S. had something to cheer about

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The high temperature in Spokane is supposed to be 56 degrees today. What the heck? OK, I've lived here long enough to know mid-June is prone to days like this, but really? Why couldn't it have been 56 and raining yesterday when I was stuck in the house listening to chants of U-S-A, U-S-A and other, more raucous retorts. Read on.

Spurs’ experience outweighed their age

A GRIP ON SPORTS

So the Spurs won another NBA title last night. But could they win the intramural title at Maplewood Gardens? Read on.

Like all dads, we’re just living the dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I was greeted this morning with a Father's Day breakfast in bed. Three eggs, perfectly over easy, ham, bacon and sausage. Crisp hash browns, aromatic coffee, lightly buttered rye toast and, lest I forget, doughnuts. Mounds and mounds of hot, fresh, greasy doughnuts. And then I woke up. What a dream. Read on.

Maybe luck had nothing to do with it

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Was yesterday unlucky? Well, if you are a Mariners' fan, sure. An error by Robinson Cano led to the only run in a 1-0 loss. But a Texas fan might consider that lucky. Then there are the Ranger fans (hockey variety) that will remember this as the unluckiest Friday the 13th ever. Two shots hit the bar in a 3-2 loss to the Kings? But as a Los Angeles fan (during the Stanley Cup finals) and a hockey aficionado in general, last night's Cup-clinching double overtime win was as fortuitous as it gets. Read on.

Today is your (un)lucky day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Once more into the breach. It's Friday the 13th. What could go wrong? Read on. 

Jeter is worth appreciating

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's a near-perfect day. The U.S. Open is on the television, exciting us old folks. For the younger, hipper set, the World Cup kicks off tonight in Brazil. And, for both, one of the better shortstops to ever play the game of baseball is on display in Seattle. For the final time. Read on.

A fastball can burn into your memory too

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There are certain news flashes that fly by like a robin in a field, unnoticed and unremarked upon. But there our others that hit like a sparrow in a mall. They make you stop and take notice. One of the latter occurred yesterday. Read on.

A good conversation enhanced

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Like Garfield, the comically fat cat, I love lasagna. Unlike Garfield, I also love Monday's. Especially Monday's like the one that occurred yesterday. Read on.

One of our favorite days looms

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Once a year it's fun to watch adults act like children. And I'm not talking about Christmas. Read on.

A roller coaster of a Saturday

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Yesterday was one of those up-and-down days that make being a sports fan so worthwhile. Read on.

It’s been long enough

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Eleven horses have done it. Since 1978, 12 more have entered the Belmont with a chance to join them. But none have come through. Will California Chrome be the one to break a 38-year drought today? Will he win horse racing's Triple Crown? Read on.

Whatever happened last night, it wasn’t cool

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Even Superman had his Kryptonite, right? I guess we found LeBron James' last night, didn't we? And, ironically for the team he plays for, it was the heat. Or maybe it was the humidity. Read on. 

Not just yet

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A blind man could see the glow grower brighter around here. After so many years in the void of lost dreams, the M's faithful are ready to embrace this team, to begin enjoying baseball again. Am I wrong to be reticent about joining in? Read on.

WSU’s new football building passes the test

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If you have ever spent any time at all in Washington State's ancient football locker room, you would understand why some upgrades of the Cougar facilities were needed. Not that many of you probably have. Heck I was only in there a few times myself. That was enough. The “ambience” is now imprinted on my brain. Read on.

So who was better, Ruth or Gehrig?

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Ever sit around with friends and play conversational games? You know what I mean, asking each other questions like “What was the best TV comedy of all-time?” or “Who was better, Willie Mays or Hank Aaron?” and then arguing about your answers? Ya, me too. One of our favorites has to do with local high school basketball coaches. Like, “Who is the best?” And my answer always ticked off my buddies. Read on.

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