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Angry, no. Jealous? Heck ya.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is an ancient cliché – isn't “ancient” the only type of cliché there is? – about the angry old fellow yelling “get off my lawn” at the neighborhood kids. We're not that guy. We're not angry at all. Now jealous, that's another story. Read on.

The light comes on early this time of year

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Here it is, a little past 6 in the morning and I'm trying to figure out what to write about. Welcome to summer in the Inland Northwest. Read on.

Hector Noesi? Really?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

In every baseball season there is one or two games that are impossible to explain. The M's had one of those yesterday. Read on.

The Fourth is about independence

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The Fourth of July is full of memories for me. You too I bet. I'm not sure there is a kid in America who didn't do something athletic on the Fourth at least once in his life. Heck, climbing on the roof to watch fireworks might even qualify. Read on.

The M’s are now the summer’s bright spot

A GRIP ON SPORTS

After the disappointment of the U.S. World Cup loss to Belgium yesterday, I'm sure we were all in the need for a pick-me-up. If you watched the Mariners' game, you got one. And another. And another. Read on.

Another European power awaits U.S.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If I had any culinary skills outside the barbecue, I would make waffles this morning. Smother them in butter and syrup and then eat them with gusto. I guess it would be my patriotic duty. Read on.

There are a lot of sore people downtown today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I can tell you right now, though I could have told you last night as well: Even just watching Hoopfest is something you should train for. Read on.

Twenty-five years of memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending on how you look at it. Read on.

When it comes to rooting for the U.S., everyone is all-in

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was kind of odd last night, while watching the NBA draft, to be interrupted with a World Cup discussion. But I guess that's where we are right now. Read on.

The delivery system is different but the desire is the same

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when streaming video did not exist. We had a thing you might call streaming audio. We called it a transistor radio. Read on.

Hey, the M’s won again

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are mornings when I sit at the computer and know exactly what I'm going to write about. And there are mornings when I don't. Read on and then guess what type of day this was.

The end of June is a good time to take our temperature

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What can I say? I think I'm a little under the weather. Have I caught a mild case of Mariners fever? Read on.

The U.S. was oh so close

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Never in the history of athletics – now that's a loaded statement – has a team's fans been more deflated by a game their team didn't lose. At least it seemed that way last night. Read on.

Just another day for U.S. soccer?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Ever since the New York Cosmos signed Pele, the Michael Jordan of soccer, to a contract, the sport has experienced many a most-important-day-ever in this country. Read on.

You can never look back

A GRIP ON SPORTS

This is it. Summer has officially begun. It happened early this morning, so early even I was asleep. But we are now in the hot-day-at-the-beach mode, so enjoy. To celebrate, we'll be talking baseball today and weaving in Don Henley lyrics. Yes, our hair is combed back and the sunglasses are on. Read on.

Savor the upcoming summer days

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Another week in the books. Or at least another work week. But this one corresponds with a day I hate. The longest day of the year. The end of spring and the beginning of summer. Why is it on my hit list? Because it's all downhill from here until, gasp, winter. Read on.

The first time was also the last time

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Do you remember your first time? I mean the first time you tried tobacco. I do. It wasn't pretty. And it was my last. Read on.

U.S. had something to cheer about

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The high temperature in Spokane is supposed to be 56 degrees today. What the heck? OK, I've lived here long enough to know mid-June is prone to days like this, but really? Why couldn't it have been 56 and raining yesterday when I was stuck in the house listening to chants of U-S-A, U-S-A and other, more raucous retorts. Read on.

Like all dads, we’re just living the dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I was greeted this morning with a Father's Day breakfast in bed. Three eggs, perfectly over easy, ham, bacon and sausage. Crisp hash browns, aromatic coffee, lightly buttered rye toast and, lest I forget, doughnuts. Mounds and mounds of hot, fresh, greasy doughnuts. And then I woke up. What a dream. Read on.

Maybe luck had nothing to do with it

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Was yesterday unlucky? Well, if you are a Mariners' fan, sure. An error by Robinson Cano led to the only run in a 1-0 loss. But a Texas fan might consider that lucky. Then there are the Ranger fans (hockey variety) that will remember this as the unluckiest Friday the 13th ever. Two shots hit the bar in a 3-2 loss to the Kings? But as a Los Angeles fan (during the Stanley Cup finals) and a hockey aficionado in general, last night's Cup-clinching double overtime win was as fortuitous as it gets. Read on.

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