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It ain’t over until it’s over

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know how an NBA game usually comes down to the last two minutes? That's sort of how I feel about Chris Hansen's quest to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. It will come down to the final two minutes. And those two minutes might not occur for a year or so. Read on.

Wind can even blow away a losing streak

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Monday's are supposed to be quiet little days. And, on the Internet, today is. But outside, the way the wind is blowing, it is anything but. Read on.

The NFL draft is a made-for-TV event

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I didn't get to watch the NFL draft yesterday – as a fan of fine menswear, I rarely miss it – but because the Seahawks were not involved, I didn't think it was that big a deal. However, because I was driving around a lot, I was able to listen to it on the radio. And it was better than listening to golf on the radio. But not by all that much. Read on.

The M’s, and us, aren’t very lucky

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Those of us who write for “A Grip on Sports” are not a very lucky group. None have ever won the lottery. Success at bingo? Forget about it. And having to write a daily column during the last two Seattle Mariners' seasons? That's the opposite of lucky. Read on.

Nothing grand about the M’s offense right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS

“Get out the broom grandma, there's rye bread and mustard all over the floor.” Such is the new rallying cry of the Seattle Mariners, circa 2013. Read on.

April showers us with some sporting news

A GRIP ON SPORTS

All is right in the world, in that a sense of normalcy has returned. The Mariners' offense continues to struggle, as does the Cougars'. The Sounders actually score a goal and the Seahawks try to find the right pieces for another playoff run. In other words, it is a Sunday morning in late April. Read on.

A hard-earned reward

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was an announcement everyone expected but most Gonzaga fans hoped wouldn't happen. Kelly Olynyk is bypassing his senior year of eligibility and heading to the NBA. But guess what? The system worked. Read on.

Sports takes a back seat

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Pardon me for being a bit distracted this morning, but I have been following the news from Boston. Makes sports seem a little less consequential today. Read on.

Another reason behind the NBA’s slowdown

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I have an off-the-wall theory on why the NBA is dragging its feet concerning the sale of the Sacramento Kings and their possible relocation to Seattle. Read on.

Now that one was awful

A GRIP ON SPORTS

One of the games Mariners fans play is titled “Name the Worst Trade.” There has always been a lot of contenders, from the Heathcliff Slocumb deal to the Erik Bedard debacle, thanks in large part to the legacy of Bill Bavasi. But there is a recent one that is creeping up the list. Read on.

Our spirit should never be cowed

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The Monday after the Masters is usually a quiet day in the world of sports. But that quiet was shattered yesterday by the explosive devices at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured scores more. Such events remind us how much times have changed in the past couple decades and how all of us are at risk of being touched by the idiocy of others. Read on.

There goes another certainty

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are only a few certainties in life. One of them is due our government today. Another was ruined yesterday in Augusta. Read on.

Who was Tiger’s savior?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 11:15 A.M.

Believe it or not, a television viewer may have saved Tiger Woods' opportunity to win another Masters. Just by calling Augusta National. Read on.

News from Augusta

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What do you know. We actually have breaking news this morning. Tiger Woods is still in the Masters. Why is that breaking news? Read on.

Four for Friday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know the best way to finish the work week? Covering a bunch of subjects heading into the weekend. Read on.

Too early to panic?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is it time to panic yet? Or should we wait awhile? Read on.

A crowning jewel for a pig of a season

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is one thing last night's NCAA championship game taught us. Bad dress rehearsals don't necessarily mean a bad play. Read on.

Wandering around a reader’s paradise

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you love to read, you have to love the Internet. Read on.

No one played Superman yesterday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As I settled down last evening, I realized something. Every team I was hoping would win yesterday had lost. Not just some of them. All of them. A perfect Saturday, in a Mr. Mxyzptlk sort of way. Read on.

A Hall of Fame Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is the weekend. And what a weekend it will be. If sports are your thing – and, if you are reading this, I'm guessing it is – then in front of the TV is the place for you, at least today. There is Mariners baseball, with Felix Hernandez on the mound, in the morning and the NCAA semifinals in the afternoon, with two compelling story lines leading into the games. If sports aren't your thing, well, there is always “Jurassic Park 3D” at the movie theater. Hey, everyone likes to re-live their childhood once in a while. Read on.

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