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Angry, no. Jealous? Heck ya.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is an ancient cliché – isn't “ancient” the only type of cliché there is? – about the angry old fellow yelling “get off my lawn” at the neighborhood kids. We're not that guy. We're not angry at all. Now jealous, that's another story. Read on.

U.S. men are nowhere to be found at Wimbledon

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Getting up early on a Sunday morning is usually no one's idea of a good plan. I agree. Except when the Wimbledon men's final is on. Read on.

There are a lot of sore people downtown today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I can tell you right now, though I could have told you last night as well: Even just watching Hoopfest is something you should train for. Read on.

Twenty-five years of memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending on how you look at it. Read on.

When it comes to rooting for the U.S., everyone is all-in

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was kind of odd last night, while watching the NBA draft, to be interrupted with a World Cup discussion. But I guess that's where we are right now. Read on.

Hey, the M’s won again

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are mornings when I sit at the computer and know exactly what I'm going to write about. And there are mornings when I don't. Read on and then guess what type of day this was.

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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.

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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. 

A fastball can burn into your memory too

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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 roller coaster of a Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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

It’s been long enough

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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.

WSU’s new football building passes the test

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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.

Lots of choices on this Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We've got a multiple-choice test for you today. Don't have a panic attack. It isn't as hard as that English exam you failed in 11th grade, starting you down the road to ruin. Where you ended up a sports writer. Read on.

Seems like there would be better uses for the money

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's a number that's hard to comprehend. Two billion dollars. It sounds almost like a laugh-line in a new Austin Powers movie. Two billlllion dollars. But it isn't a joke. Not really. It's the amount of money former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has available to spend for a sports franchise. Something about that just doesn't seem right. Read on.

Don’t forget to stop and appreciate Felix

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you are a young Mariners fan – and, yes, I know there aren't that many folks who fit such a profile – you need to pay close attention whenever Felix Hernandez takes the mound. Read on.

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