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It was a defensive-themed weekend

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If you like violent, aggressive defensive football, than the past couple days has been nearly perfect for you, especially around here. It started with the Cougars and USC going toe-to-toe in the Coliseum, with WSU winning in the end. It finished yesterday with the Seahawks butting heads with Carolina and emerging with a 12-7, NFL-season-opening victory. Read on.

Ignore these help wanted ads

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There are certain jobs that don't seem too safe right now. Drummer for Spinal Tap. Justin Bieber security guard at a Heat game. Catcher for the Seattle Mariners. 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.

Just catch the dang ball

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Three-run home runs are cool, sure, and oftentimes can be crucial to winning a baseball game. But catching a short flip from the first baseman very well may be more important. Read on.

An unexpected day in Cleveland

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Things you would expect to see in Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the house where they filmed “A Christmas Story,” LeBron James haters. Things you wouldn't expect to see in Cleveland: a first-place baseball team, Kevin Costner, Felix Hernandez being knocked around like Eric Bedard. Yet all those unexpected things were available for viewing yesterday. Read on.

You never know what will get you going on a cold spring day

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When you sit down every day – and by every day, I mean every day – to write a sports-related blog post, you never know what occurrence will tickle your fancy and set you down the road to the finished product. You'll never believe what got me going this morning. Read on.

Momentum lasts as long as tomorrow’s starting pitcher

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There was a considerable amount of optimism in the Mariners clubhouse Thursday night. Then came Friday in Cleveland. Read on.

Let’s not get too excited just yet

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It is the middle of May, right? Not September or October? Good. After reading about the atmosphere in the Mariners' clubhouse yesterday, I was afraid I had fallen asleep and awoken three or four months in the future. Read on.

Want to lend a hand?

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You are walking down the street. You come across David Stern's limo, which has a flat tire. He is standing outside the car, holding a dead phone in his hand. No one else is around. Do you: A) pull out your phone and call for help; B) ignore him and walk away; or C) tell him exactly how you feel concerning his treatment of Seattle over the years? Read on.

Nothing’s over until we say it’s over

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I'm pretty sure it was Yogi Berra who said, “it ain't over until it's over.” Or something akin to that. Whatever. That saying has a double meaning today. Read on.

Top this Franklin

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There have been some weird baseball injuries over the years. Joba Chamberlain on a trampoline with his son. Josh Outman throwing up and straining a muscle. Luke Scott pulling a hamstring in a home run trot. But last night I may have outdone them all. Read on.

Baseball dominates the links

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We're back, this time with our usual morning blog post. And if you love baseball, today's the day to read. Read on.

Is it really time to think about football season? Yes it is

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The second Saturday in May doesn't seem like a traditional time to be thinking about professional football, but it is. At least it is this year. Read on.

Back in the mix

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Well, that's better. Read on.

Bloomsday is a part of Spokane, sort of like the river

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All over Spokane, people are pulling themselves out of bed, rubbing their eyes and putting their running shoes on. It's Bloomsday, the day the Inland Northwest pays homage to fitness – and sweat. Read on.

Are minor sports major to you?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Are non-major collegiate sports important to you? I ask because tonight my alma mater, UC Irvine, plays for its second consecutive NCAA men's volleyball title. Read on.

Days off aren’t often off days

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It only seemed as if the Mariners were going to play for 162 consecutive days. They actually do have a few off days, though, as far as I can recall – at my age, recall isn't total anymore – they had just one in April. But they had Thursday off. All they had to do following Wednesday's game was to travel from Seattle to Toronto and get situated for a road series that starts tonight. But don't worry, they'll be home in time for Mother's Day, and that's important. Read on.

Now that’s better

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Who were those guys? You know, the ones who inhabited the Mariner uniforms the past week or so? Read on.

May is the beginning of the best stretch

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is the first of May. The fifth month of 2013. The beginning of the best time of year. Read on.

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