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Zags have already tasted some success

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's not easy putting a team together from what basically is scratch. Taking less than a handful of returning players and using them as the base, mixing in new faces in the starting lineup and off the bench. It's not the usual recipe for success. But Mark Few and the Zags seem to be cooking already. Read on.

Winning out isn’t all that easy

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Want to know what the dumbest statement in all of sports is right now? “If they win out.” Using the term in relationship to college football is just plain silly. Nobody “wins out” anymore. Well, except maybe one team. Read on.

Another busy Friday night – and day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Friday was the night the lights were turned on in college basketball arenas all over America. It was also, as usual for the fall, a high school football night. Read on.

College basketball is back – thank goodness

A GRIP ON SPORTS – ON THE ROAD

The band is setting up, the fans are, slowly, beginning to wander in as we are about 45 minutes away from the college basketball season beginning. In Cheney. Who knew that would be the spot? Read on.

Felix’s numbers didn’t come up this time

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Just when you think you have baseball's postseason award voters figured out, the target moves again. As that long-time Red Sox fan Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. The hobgoblins took down Felix Hernandez this time. Or was it the little minds? I'm not sure. Read on.

As weather cools off, college football talk heats up

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There's a line in the movie “Groundhog Day” that seems appropriate this morning. “It's cold out there every day.” Yes, “every day” has already arrived. And it's not even Thanksgiving. So when you leave the house today, don't forget your booties. Read on.

Not just another day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's Veterans Day, which means I should be sharing a story with you about the most important veteran in my life. Read on.

Seahawks pound New York into submission

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is something about a ground and pound football game. It goes quicker, for one thing. And it seems a bit like a schoolyard brawl for another, though I'm not sure those type of things are allowed anymore. It's just different than the modern-day, throw-it-all-over-the-field contests that are so typical of the NFL now. We were able to view a game right out of the 1950s yesterday, though with all the modern conveniences like instant replay, diet soda and Hot Pockets. Read on.

What a Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was a pretty eventful Saturday around here. Did you enjoy it? We certainly did. Read on.

Falk gets his chance for Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A new era in Washington State football begins today in Corvallis. It may be a three-game “era” or it may last longer. Today's game won't completely determine that, but it will go a long way in the decision. Read on.

Yes, the college football season is nearing the end

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I know this can be hard to swallow, but the college football season is winding down. Really. Read on.

Cross country races can stay with you for a while

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Of all athletic endeavors, running seems to be the most basic. Just about everyone has done it at some point in their life, whether it was in competition or just to get to the fridge quick enough to get back in time to watch a game-winning field goal. Basic. But running, as is practiced in a cross country race, is anything but. There's more strategy than the average Joe imagines. And more drama. Read on.

What’s wrong with a little mystery between rivals?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

How would you define “gamesmanship?” Type the word into your Google machine and it spits out such words as “questionable” and “ploy” and “unethical.” All words with negative connotations. But is it really all that bad? Read on.

You can’t tell the linemen without a program

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It would be easy to assume program sales were way up at CenturyLink yesterday. After all, if you wanted to know who was playing on the Seahawks' offensive line and in the secondary, you needed a roster. The guys out there were not wearing recognizable numbers. Read on.

A sad day in the Palouse

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Why is it the saddest days always seem to be accompanied by rain? A gloomy day filled with gloomy news. That was Saturday. Read on.

Nothing trivial about Saturday’s game

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We are going to share some trivia with you today. Which is different than our usual column, in which we mainly share something trivial. Only one letter different, maybe, but we'll go with that. Read on.

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I'm not really sure what to write about today. The weather, maybe. We are supposed to have a 60-degree day, which is nice. Or should I do something related to WSU or Eastern? Hey, I know. How about some cross country or tennis? Anything but baseball. Read on.

An end to a season and an unproductive era

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Today is the final day of the baseball season. Yesterday was the final day of something else in Seattle. Read on.

Gonzaga poised to have a special year

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There have been rumblings up around Boone St. and Hamilton Ave. You know, about how this may just be the best team Mark Few's put together at Gonzaga. Looking over the roster, the talent certainly is there. But talent is only part of the equation. Solving for FF, as in reaching the Final Four, is always about the other variables. Read on.

Seahawks win ugly, but they win

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is one win, one ugly, come-from-behind win against a struggling team, enough to get you off the ledge? Read on.

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