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All eyes this weekend will be on …

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You know what happens this weekend? Summer ends, in a metaphysical way. See, this is the last weekend of baseball. The last gasp of summer's game. Of course, it won't be that big a deal. Saturday the nation's eyes will not be turned to Joe Dimaggio's successors, they will be tuned-in to Knute Rockne's descendants. And Sunday will be, as always, about the NFL. Read on.

The area’s college football scene has a bit of everything

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Are we blessed around here or what? We have four college football teams, all playing a different level of the game, all with varying degrees of fan support, but none on the outskirts of the game. That isn't the way it is everywhere. Read on.

The week rolls on to Saturday

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Are we to Wednesday already? That means it is time to go back to work. Read on.

The Hawks are just average right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Who was it that said, “you are what your record says you are?” Or something to that effect? Read on.

A road block may be ahead this morning

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sunday mornings are usually the pivot point for the football weekend. We look back, we look ahead. Not this morning. No rearview mirror today. We're headed full speed down the highway. Destination: St. Louis. Read on.

Hawks say goodbye to Harvin

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Doesn't it feel as if you had vacations in Seattle that lasted longer than Percy Harvin's tenure there? Let's hope when you finally left town the hotel clerks and cab drivers spoke better of you than the Hawks have of Harvin. Read on.

Rivalries are fun until we’re the someone who gets hurt

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Rivalries are fun. Except when your rival is head-and-shoulders more successful than your team. Then rivalries are sad. Crying in your diet soda sad. Read on.

The lies the men in blazers told us …

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is even the specter of the college football playoffs ruining the regular season? Ha. Read on.

Take a breath; it isn’t as bad as feared

A GRIP ON SPORTS

In the world of the NFL, seldom are our worst fears realized. Monday was an example of that. Read on.

Well, maybe we’re worried a little

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I'm not worried. Not me. No sir. I'm sure the Seahawks will be OK. I think. Maybe. Read on.

Insomnia and football go together these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Get to bed early or watch the end of another down-to-the-wire Pac-12 football game? Some choice. We're exhausted this morning. Read on.

Is another long season already in the cards?

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One of my post-retirement, make-the-ends-meet jobs is providing commentary on the Washington State football postgame call-in show. Last night was no exception. But in a sense it was. Read on.

Are you ready for some college football?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Remember that really cool book, movie and television show, “Friday Night Lights?” It was all about Pac-12 football, wasn't it? Read on.

The Pac-12 changes course midseason

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After WSU's loss Saturday night to California, it seemed changes would be made. They have. And in more places than Pullman. Read on.

A birthday is rarely perfect, but it can strike the right chord

A GRIP ON SPORTS

“It was 58 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play” … or something like that. Read on.

Tough nature of the game comes through this week

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Football is a tough game, physically and mentally. The two best quarterbacks in the area epitomized that this weekend. Read on.

We watched four hours for that?

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This is going to be short and sweet. Mainly because the Cougar game last night was so long and – ultimately – sour. Read on.

It’s all about the action, isn’t it?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Oh, what a night. Early October back in 'ought 14. Or something like that. Being that my voice is nothing like Frank Valli's I won't try to sing, or even hum, the tune, but its sentiments are appropriate after last night's baseball action. Read on.

Is it one and done around here?

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Alabama can lose one, maybe two games, and still will be in the hunt. Texas A&M can have a loss. Ditto Auburn. Heck, LSU and Georgia are still in the national playoff picture and they've already lost. But Oregon loses last night and it's kaput. Done. Finished. Well, maybe not. Read on.

The West Coast is out in front again

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The Pac-12 has always been on the forefront of change in college athletics. Even when it was the Pacific Coast Conference, the folks back East felt there was something a little off about the sports out here. Heck, when Stanford initiated the “T” formation, it revolutionized college football. And where do you think the one-handed basketball shot originated? Yep, out west. So it should come as no surprise the conference is once again trying to inject something new into college athletics. Read on.

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