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Thursday nights don’t have the drawing power of the past

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A few years ago I remember heading out to Albi Stadium one fall Thursday to take in a prep football game. There wasn't a familial reason to go, as my kids were not yet in high school. Nope, mainly I went because there was nothing on TV worth watching except a couple of NBC comedies. Sports? That was a weekend thing. My, how things have changed. Read on.

Seems like a bad day to step inside

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Isn't it just like Spokane? I commit to spending most of the next three days indoors at the State 2B basketball tournament and the weather turns nice. Highs in the high 40s and low 50s and sunshine, at least Friday and Saturday. The perfect time to step outside for a long walk after the interminable 30-degree days (and lower) of winter. But basketball is basketball. Read on.

High school ties bind forever

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When does the statute of limitations expire on rooting for your high school? Never? Read on.

Rypien’s performance was mind-boggling

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A day after Brett Rypien's incredible performance at Albi Stadium, when he passed for a state-record 613 yards, I was still intrigued. So I did some research. Read on.

A little of this, a lot of that

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Let's keep it short and sour today. After all, we're never sweet. Read on.

A good night to see a prep game

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If you are going to see only one high school football game this year, today is probably the best day. After all, it's not often around here you get to watch a prep game and get a sun tan at the same time. 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.

We’re pretty upbeat around here

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I don't know what to say. It was actually a pretty successful Saturday around these parts yesterday, at least for the local baseball clubs. Read on.

Have a little perspective

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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

Boom goes the thunder

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know the term “under the weather?” Sometimes it means exactly that. Read on.

We want one guy to win today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is only one guy I can really root for today as the U.S. Open draws to a close. Well, two. Read on.

Guess who won

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We interrupt our day-by-day report on the Mariners' futility for this SportsLink special report: The M's won. And so did my golf team. 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.

You could see this one coming

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometimes you can see a storm brewing from miles away. Other times it hits you before you have time to run for cover. The latest brouhaha in Seattle? It was visible from here. Read on.

A few flakes among all the mud

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometimes I have this vision of myself as a gold miner in California, circa 1850. A crusty old guy with a filthy hat, overalls, a bad limp and a pie plate from Marie Calendar's. Bent over the waters of the Internet, I picking up a bunch a mud, swirl the plate over and over again and, Eureka, a couple of nuggets appear in the bottom. Read on.

A day to remember

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Of all the holidays we celebrate each year, this is the one where the words “happy” or “merry” just don't fit as an adjective. Memorial Day is just that, a day for memories. Memories of those who gave their last full measure, to quote Abraham Lincoln once again, for our freedom. It's a day to reflect, a day to remember, a day to be thankful. Read on.

Mariners sucking the life out of the season

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Really, I am at a loss. It's not that bad, though. Not as bad as an eight-game losing streak. Not even close. But therein lies the problem. It's May, late May actually, and the local major league baseball team is once again in a funk. And there is only so much you can write about a franchise that seemingly every year hits a stretch that ensures a long slide to the lower reaches of the standings. Read on.

So it doesn’t matter who caught the ball?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

An unimportant play in a completely forgettable season. That's what traditionalists – or apologists – might say about another obviously blown call in the Mariners' loss to the Texas Rangers. But there is another view, even if baseball may have trouble seeing it. Read on.

There is always a chance potential can be realized

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It is hard to be labeled. No matter what that label is. But for a professional athlete, one of the hardest labels to live up to is potential. The word may have claimed another casualty yesterday. Read on.

All atwitter about Urlacher

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Social media is an interesting beast. Sometimes it can bear sharp teeth, ripping into, say, Sergio Garcia, after his ill-advised comments about Tiger Woods and a dinner entrée. And other times it can be a beauty, as it was yesterday when the Chicago Bears' Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from football. Read on.

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