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It’s time to get to the big fellas

A GRIP ON SPORTS

After a few days of preliminaries, we finally get to the meat of the matter. The unit that makes a college football team go. Read on.

Well that’s interesting

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's nearly impossible to predict what will kick off a lively back-and-forth between readers. I've quit trying to figure it out. And I know I should just shy away and let the conversation continue without me. But sometimes I can't. Read on.

Is Lakers’ greatness only a memory?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

OK, I admit it. There was a time when there wasn't a bigger Laker fan on this planet. But we all grow out of our youthful indiscretions, don't we? Read on.

Have a little perspective

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Perspective is tough to find in sports. Especially these days. Read on.

Another failure on Father’s Day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

How hard is it, really? You drop hints about what you want for Father's Day – if by hints you mean saying, “I want that” – for the last month or so and, on the big day, no one comes through. Oh, there are other, perfectly fine gifts, of course, but they are a bit like, I don't know, finishing second in the U.S. Open. It's better than 33rd, but it's not exactly what you wanted. Read on.

It wasn’t a dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometimes, when my back hurts or my leg is sore, I will take a nighttime pain reliever before bed. It helps me feel better and contributes to a long night's sleep. But it also gives me some real weird dreams, hallucinations really. Take last night for example. With my back barking, I took two and went to bed. And had this weird, almost surreal, dream the Mariners won. Not only won, but on a complete game two-hitter. From Aaron Harang. In front of more than 40,000 people. Talk about a true hallucination. Wow. Read on.

The only resemblance is the hairline

A GRIP ON SPORTS

On the desk to the right of my computer I have a mouse pad. On it is a cartoon of a yellow man with a couple hairs, sleeping in his chair at work, a pink donut balanced on his stomach. Of course the man is my hero, Homer Simpson. I've had the mouse pad since 1995. Or just before Tim Duncan entered the NBA. Read on.

Another sports hero is gone

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Even the nickname scared me. “The Fearsome Foursome.” The NFL's first front four that became media stars. The Rams' defensive line in the 1960s. The guys who really got me excited about pro football. And now only one of them is left. Read on.

Have a great holiday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We wrote a lot about a couple different subjects yesterday morning, so today we'll keep it a little simpler, mainly because we're a little burned out, not because it's a holiday. Read on.

Will Hawks rise early today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Ten in the morning comes darn early, especially on a Sunday. But that's when the Seahawks will kick off their quest for a third meeting with the 49ers this season. Or their NFL playoff game with Atlanta, if you prefer. The kickoff comes so early we don't want to get in the way, so we'll be quick. Read on.

Ending the week in style

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was a pretty interesting Thursday around here, what with Gonzaga having to hold off St. Mary's best shots, Eastern winning in a blowout fashion for the first time this season and the Pac-12 releasing the football schedules for next season. We cover all those items. Read on.

This is where everyone knows your name

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Years ago I used to look forward to Thursday nights because it meant “Hill Street Blues” and “Cheers.” Now I look forward to Thursday nights because it means a full night of college basketball. These days are better, though I miss hearing “let's be careful out there.” Read on.

Basketball season creeps closer

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As we get closer to Halloween and the cold winds of November, the focus needs to widen a bit. Yep, it's almost college basketball season – heck, the NBA opens tonight – and all that entails. Read on.

WSU faces tough task at Stanford

A GRIP ON SPORTS

For a season that started with such promise, I'm not sure there's much in the way of anticipation today for Washington State's game with Stanford. Well, there is some anticipation. Anticipation it won't be close. Read on.

Let’s think a little out of the box

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Let's see. The World Series is going on, college football is getting to crunch time and the NFL nears the halfway point. So what do we focus on today? Local college basketball, of course. Read on.

Holes in the weekend are easily filled

A GRIP ON SPORTS

For a Saturday without the Cougars and a Sunday without the Seahawks, there sure seems to be a lot going on this weekend. Read on.

49ers land the bigger blows

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Did you ever play Rock'em Sock'em Robots? If the answer is no, you're probably under the age of 35. If the answer is yes, you probably wish you had the time back. But you also understand what last night's game between the 49ers and Seahawks was like. A long flurry of punches until Seattle's head finally popped up on another trap block and Frank Gore run. Game over. Read on.

Baseball at its finest

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is there anything better than a well-pitched postseason baseball game? OK, a well-pitched postseason baseball game the Yankees lose. That's better. Much better. Read on.

Nothing better to do?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you watched the second half of the Monday Night Football game, I have only one question for you: why? After all, with the Chargers up 24-0 at halftime the result was obvious. And there were better things to watch, like re-runs of “Friends” on Nick at Nite. So why would you stick around. Heck, I heard Mike Tirico headed over to the Coronado Hotel for a mimosa and a cigar on the beach and never came back (not really), so why did you? Read on.

Just make a pick dang it

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are a lot of things in life we all have to do. Pay taxes. Change diapers. Eat a balanced breakfast. Rake leaves in the fall. There are not fun, but we have to do them. It's expected. I feel that way about one task this morning. Read on.

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