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Nightmares are part of the game

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If you've read this column for any length of time – and we are in our third year here – you know there are only two things I root for when covering a football game: A quick contest and that no one gets hurt. Neither happened last Sunday in the NFC Championship game. Read on.

This is even bigger than St. Nick

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Can you believe it? It's finally here. No, not Christmas. That flew by last month with hardly a ripple in our household. I'm talking about today's NFC Championship. Heck, I think we bought more foodstuffs for this afternoon than we purchased for Christmas dinner. And a more eclectic variety too. I guess it's appropriate. In some ways today is bigger. Read on.

What will next week and the week after be like?

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It hit me this morning as I was reading the 73rd story of the day on the Seahawks/49ers game. All this hype. And it's just the NFC Championship game. Not the Super Bowl. The NFC Championship. A semifinal if you will. What happens if Seattle wins? What will the next two weeks look like? Read on.

Which do you prefer?

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As a fan, would you rather have your team, in this case the Seattle Seahawks, win a playoff game in a dominant fashion, making it look easy, or would you rather have them gut out a win? It's a legitimate question, especially after yesterday. Read on.

The snow and the rain and the bright sunshine

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It's easy to wonder if the term, “the calm before the storm,” was first coined in Seattle. After all, this time of year it always seems storming in the Puget Sound, especially around CenturyLink Field. Read on.

Get a win, have a party

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I knew it was coming so I stayed up late to watch it. It is so much fun to watch a college basketball fan base treat a mid-January game as if it is the national title championship. But, in a way, to them it is. Read on.

Cougars look better than expected against Colorado

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Wasn't it Mark Twain who said “the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” or something like that? It's quite possible that witticism could apply to Washington State's basketball team. That's if the Cougars continue to play like they did on Wednesday night in the Spokane Arena. Read on.

A farewell party that lived up to its billing

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Hype. It is a funny word. Any word that's first vowel is a “y” is, by default, a funny word. And its connotation is kind of strange as well. Negative for sure. Each and every BCS national title game was hyped. Over-hyped. And only a couple ever lived up to that pre-game hype. Last night was one of them. Actually, the last one of them. Read on.

It’s an NFL-playoff weekend

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There was a lot going on last night, ranging from college football to high school basketball. But weekends are made for pro football. At least the next few are. Read on.

Well, maybe

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The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! Or are they? Read on.

Another year, a different look

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs reached unprecedented heights during last college basketball regular season. How unprecedented? How about No. 1 in the land? Hard to get any higher than that. But that was last season. In our what-have-you-done-for-us-lately culture, we put that away with the Christmas decorations and ask about this year's team. Especially after a less-than-daunting preseason still resulted in two losses, an odd occurrence around the program. Which brings us to last night, the West Coast Conference opener against Santa Clara. Read on.

Building success isn’t as easy as writing a book

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You know, devoted fans of books should never get too excited when they are turned into movies. There are too many differences in the visual elements of film vs. the imaginary vision of each reader. It's as simple as that. So today I sit at my computer ready to churn out the screenplay for the upcoming “A Grip on Sports” movie. I promise it will stay true to the “artistry” of the written word. Read on.

And some days there is nothing

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I was talking to someone the other day about this column and they asked me a question. They wanted to know how I came up with my ideas each day. I told them there is no magic formula, I just read the news and something comes to me. At least that's how it works most days. Read on.

It is a very good year

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Will we look back on 2013 as the year everything turned around in Northwest sports? Maybe. Read on.

Yes, it is a big Sunday

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Can't quite remember a bigger Sunday. The Seahawks are in San Francisco for an afternoon battle with the 49ers. The Cougars will find out their bowl fate. And I promised Kim we would get a Christmas tree. Guess which one is the priority? Read on.

We’re going to be extra nice this month

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It is officially December. The last month of the year. Christmas season. After 11 months of grumpiness, it is time to make sure you are nice. We will follow that dictum. Read on.

My prediction for today: Sunny and 85

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You know, when you are in the forest and dangers lurk all around, you are supposed to be quiet, right? Avoid doing anything that will attract the attention of the predators. Keep under their radar. Don't wake the bear. Good advice. Maybe someday I'll follow it. Read on.

It could be a big day for WSU

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This could be a day Washington State football fans tell their grandchildren about. Or not. Read on.

Don’t sweat it

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Angst. It is a real thing, not just some made up word that sounds really cool. And it goes really well when paired with another word, like, say, “bowl.”  Read on.

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