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Wait, it’s what time?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I knew yesterday today was going to be a bad day. Even wrote it here. And I was right. Read on.

Goodbye to the region’s Boys of Summer

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Tomorrow is the saddest day of the year. The first day since March, really, when you open the newspaper and there aren't 10 or so box scores to peruse. The day that officially ends summer as far as I'm concerned. But at least this summer was a bit more intoxicating, baseball-wise, than the most recent ones. Read on.

Avert your eyes if you want to win

A GRIP ON SPORTS

For some reason lately I've been thinking about a character in an old comic strip. I'm sure he had some elements of humor that wouldn't be considered politically correct these days, but that's not the reason he's sprung to mine. No, the reason is simple: Everywhere he went, a black cloud followed him around and rained on him. Hit him with lightning occasionally as well. I understand the joke these days. Read on.

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.

We come not to praise the M’s but …

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Real quickly, run out to the garage or shed and grab a shovel. You're going to need it over the next few minutes, and not for the usual reason while reading this column, ie., cleaning up after the bulls. Nope, you're going to need it to help me bury the M's. Read on.

Going back in time thanks to a golden voice

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Are there certain things that take you back to childhood? Certain odors or tastes or sights that transport you from this day to one years and years ago? I was able to experience that feeling last night and, yes, it was fun. Read on.

Wilson’s ability can stand on its own

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Can we all agree that Russell Wilson is really good and leave it at that? Read on.

Breaking the rules occasionally pays off

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Any list of best or greatest managers in Seattle Mariners' history begins and ends with one name: Lou Piniella. That's how it should be. But last night, Lloyd McClendon went against one of Piniella's cardinal rules and it worked. Boy, did it ever work. Read on.

Just tell me who won

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is something calming in this day an age when you are forced to turn off all your electrical devices and avoid human contact through your smartphone. But it isn't really advisable to do it during a pennant race. Not if you want to have any fingernails left. Read on.

Schedule makers always keep your budget in mind

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Who knew attending a college football game might actually be good for your budget? It just may be that way next year. Read on.

Talk about missing the mark …

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's hard to admit when you are wrong. But it's also good for the soul. Cathartic is the term, I believe. But I could be wrong. Again. Read on.

At least one team got it done Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Yesterday was a bottom-line type of day. And the bottom line was, the Cougars took care of business. The rest of the teams in the region? Not so much. Read on.

Get ready to rake, autumn is here

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Summer is unofficially over in the Inland Northwest. The Cougars are playing a home football game. In the more than 30 years I've lived in this area, that's always seemed to be the unofficial kickoff of autumn. Read on.

There are a few ‘must-wins’ out there this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The weekend ahead? Let's pretend we're ESPN and have to label it, as the self-proclaimed world-wide leader is wont to do with everything. We'll call it “Must-Win Weekend,” and admit we have no future in marketing. Read on.

Should he stay or should he go?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is one subject on everyone's lips right now, so I guess we have to address it. But we want to tread carefully, because some folks who have talked about it have been handed punishments as tough as those originally given the people actually doing the heinous acts. Read on.

Was last night a turning point for M’s?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Some days are easy to identify as turning points. Others are a bit harder. And often times the realization doesn't come for a week or two. Read on.

Sleep can wait; the M’s are rallying

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Last year at this time, sleep was no problem. Early to bed, early to rise and all that malarkey. But this year is different. Thanks to the M's, I'm a bit sleep-deprived. Read on.

Teams look for mix that will help them percolate

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We have been on a mission lately. A mission to put together the perfect cup of morning coffee. After multiple attempts, the elusive mix seems to have come together today and we couldn't be happier. Read on.

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