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A once-bitter rivalry is no longer smokin’

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you have lived around the Inland Northwest for any amount of time, you might remember when the grass fields were torched with regularity. The smoke would rise on the horizon and, if you had the desire to drive around, you could witness the red flames turning the ground a deep black. It was an interesting contrast to the green pine trees ringing the golden fields of September. Why am I thinking of such colorful things? Read on.

The past isn’t a comfort to M’s fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's cold and dreary outside which makes it seem like a good day to join Mr. Peabody and Sherman on a trip in the Wayback Machine. The cost? One bag of Doritos. Read on.

Just don’t wash your face

A GRIP ON SPORTS

No matter how cold it gets today, no matter how bad the traffic might be, no matter how much the boss yells at you before lunch, remember, it could be worse. You could be in Sochi, covering the Olympics. Read on.

Time is winding down

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Tick. Tick. Tick. That's a non-digital clock marking the seconds until Sunday's NFC title game in Seattle. It also may be counting down some other things as well. Read on.

Get a win, have a party

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I knew it was coming so I stayed up late to watch it. It is so much fun to watch a college basketball fan base treat a mid-January game as if it is the national title championship. But, in a way, to them it is. Read on.

Building success isn’t as easy as writing a book

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know, devoted fans of books should never get too excited when they are turned into movies. There are too many differences in the visual elements of film vs. the imaginary vision of each reader. It's as simple as that. So today I sit at my computer ready to churn out the screenplay for the upcoming “A Grip on Sports” movie. I promise it will stay true to the “artistry” of the written word. Read on.

And some days there is nothing

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I was talking to someone the other day about this column and they asked me a question. They wanted to know how I came up with my ideas each day. I told them there is no magic formula, I just read the news and something comes to me. At least that's how it works most days. Read on.

It’s just part of the changing of the seasons

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know how, when football season starts, everyone seems to lose interest in the Mariners? I do. The optimism of what-hasn't-happened-yet always trumps the pessimism of another losing season. So when college basketball season begins around here, do people lose interest in football? Read on.

The weekend starts tonight … well, sort of

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know what? The next few days are going to be fun. Real fun. Read on.

Bigger isn’t always better, but sometimes it is important

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Far be it for me to bite the hand that feeds me, but what the heck. After all, they sprung a new blog-writing format on me today without as much as a how-do-you-do. Read on.

No debating these calls

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is a yearly debate on which conference in college football is the best. The SEC usually wins that one, though this season the Pac-12 has made some strides and is considered a strong second. There is also a debate on which conference has the weakest officiating. In that one, the Pac-12 has held a huge lead lately. But the Big 12 made up some ground last night. Read on.

Rivalries reveal themselves in a myriad of ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is little better in sports than a good, heated, Hatfields-vs.-McCoys rivalry. A couple occurrences yesterday reinforced that. Read on.

The overlap between seasons gets longer and longer

A GRIP ON SPORTS

At the risk of sounding like the older fellow in “Pickles,” something happened yesterday that seemed a little strange – and never occurred back in the “good ol' days.” 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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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.

There is always the NCAA as a fallback

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We chatted about the Seahawks yesterday, the Cougars the day before that. A lot of you don't want to discuss the Mariners anymore – it's hard to blame you – so they seem to be off the table. So what do we talk about today? I guess there is always the NCAA. Read on.

Is the Hawks’ bandwagon filling up?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I'm not a big fan of bandwagons. They're too big, too crowded and have bad shocks, hence a lot of people are thrown off when they hit a bump in the road. But the Seahawks' bandwagon is starting to look real inviting these days. Read on.

Meyer’s award well deserved

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Every once in a while, the Arena Football League gets something right. It did Thursday. Read on.

Another one swirls the drain

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Wouldn't it be nice if the Seattle Mariners could hold on to a lead a bit more often? Read on.

There are dreams and then there are dreams

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometimes sleep won't come. It happens more on warm nights, of course, but is also caused by overthinking. Such was the case last night. Read on.

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