FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The staff here at Grip on Sports is not a huge fan of late Gonzaga basketball games. When a game begins at 8 p.m., it’s bound to end around 10, and that’s past the staff’s usual curfew. It also doesn’t help when the opposition injects some ZZZQuil into the proceedings. Read on.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019
Sooner or later, Gonzaga was going to have one of those nights. A night when the shots don’t fall. When the outside shots are more often than not clanging off the rim instead of finding the net.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Will there be a change in management at the Pac-12 Conference in the near future? Only if money matters to those who run the place. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the seasons wear on (us), there are a few thoughts that come to mind about winter. We decided to share them, without some of the adjectives we would like to use. Read on.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We love hidden gems. Little surprises that pop up occasionally. Like finding the last piece of Halloween candy in February, and realizing it’s OK to eat. Or a couple quarters in the couch cushions just when you were craving a Slurpee. Or, as what happened last night, a really fun ending to a college basketball game on TV. Read on.
MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Those of you reading this in Eastern Washington know what I’m talking about. We were snowed under yesterday. Inches and inches of the white stuff piled up, forcing us hardy Spokane folk to complain a bit more than usual about winter. And then head off to church or the store or the doughnut shop. It’s what we do. That and watch sports on TV because, actually, most of us probably didn’t leave our house yesterday. Read on.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Saturdays go, yesterday was a slap in the face. In a good way. You know, like in one of those old-time movies where the lead actor is starting to lose it because they are so overwhelmed by circumstances and someone slaps them back into reality. Ya, like that. Read on.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019
The way Gonzaga has been playing lately, it was a good thing Sean Farnham was in Spokane to broadcast the Saint Mary’s game for ESPN2.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We assume you are a sports fan if you are reading this. Which makes us believe you are aware of the fabled Sports Illustrated jinx. And believe in such things. Read on.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the best aspects of being a sports fan, any type of sports fan, is when the unexpected happens. OK, when the “good” unexpected happens. Like what happened last night in Tempe for Washington State basketball fans. For Arizona State’s fans, it wasn’t such an enjoyable experience. Read on.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019
The first two games between fourth-ranked Gonzaga and the University of San Francisco haven’t been within single digits. Close, maybe not, but intense? That’s for sure.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If Sunday is, as marketed by one of the major networks, “Football Night in America,” than maybe we should start calling Thursday, “College Basketball Night in the U.S.” Or something. Anyone else with me on this one? Read on.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are never too busy for a walk down memory lane. Which makes today’s story from prep writer Dave Nichols one of those pieces we can get lost reading. Read on.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thank goodness for Gonzaga basketball. And awards. If not for those related items, there would be nothing to chat about this morning. Or very little. Read on.
MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seems like no one liked the Super Bowl much. It reminded me of a couple of things: the NFL in 1974 and/or a lot of the recent Apple Cups. Read on.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is Super Bowl Sunday, all caps required. A national uprising – of sorts. It’s the closest thing our nation has these days to a revolution, a day we all come together to root for the overthrow of the tyranny of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Read on.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019
The University of San Diego men’s basketball team has never won a game in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you can pull yourself away from the Lakers and the Warriors this evening, you have an opportunity to watch some decent college basketball. Read on.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When the University of Washington traveled across the state early in December and faced then No. 1-ranked Gonzaga, no one knew what the season would hold. At least for the Huskies. But the two-point loss might have told us more about UW than the Zags, if we had been willing to listen. Read on.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2019
Most times Gonzaga appears on an ESPN network, the analyst informing the viewer about the Bulldogs, this year and in the past, have little to no connection to one of the nation’s winningest program this century.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Memories are where the present collides with the past. So this morning we are going to invoke some memories of college basketball games past and how they relate to the present. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Show me 100 college basketball fans and I’ll show you 98 who love offense. It’s pretty much the same in every sport. And it's why everyone loves the Zags, right? Read on.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When it comes to high school sports, every school just wants an opportunity to compete. How to ensure it happens is something high school administrators have been searching for since there were peach baskets on gymnasium walls. The WIAA decided Monday to try something old and something new in its latest attempt. Read on.
MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it’s the end of January. But a small piece of football news once again holds the promise of remaking Washington State’s football season. Read on.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019
A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the weekend for exhibition football games. And for getting ready for the final basketball push. Oh, and the calm before the Super Bowl hurricane. Read on.