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Breaking the rules occasionally pays off

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Any list of best or greatest managers in Seattle Mariners' history begins and ends with one name: Lou Piniella. That's how it should be. But last night, Lloyd McClendon went against one of Piniella's cardinal rules and it worked. Boy, did it ever work. Read on.

A big weekend is ahead

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You know, this weekend might be the best weekend ever in terms of sports depth around here. The Seahawks are playing the Broncos in a rematch from last year's Super Bowl, the Cougars host No. 2 Oregon, the Mariners face a key series at Houston in their chase for a postseason berth for the first time in 13 years and there are a bunch of other games. Too bad I won't be around. Read on.

Talk about missing the mark …

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It's hard to admit when you are wrong. But it's also good for the soul. Cathartic is the term, I believe. But I could be wrong. Again. Read on.

Cougs dazed and confused in Reno

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It's pretty easy to imagine how the typical Cougar fan feels this morning. Disappointed, discouraged and confused. Above all, confused. That last one I understand. I share that final one. Read on.

The NFL (and the Seahawks) reign supreme

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Listening to Colin Cowherd this morning, I was struck once again by the power of the NFL. A Thursday night game in early September on the tube draws a 16-plus overnight rating, according to numbers cited by the ESPN radio host. That's better than NBA final games, World Series games, heck better than most any other sporting event. It's the season opener, sure. And the defending Super Bowl champions are on, which makes it a bit more special. But that doesn't explain how the pregame show gets a rating in the 15s. That's just domination. More dominating than even the Seahawk defense. Read on.

Couldn’t the rain have held off a couple days?

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I am not ready for this. I get up to get a cup of coffee, look outside and it's raining. Not a nice summer shower either. A cold, nasty, hard late fall type rain. hat the heck? I blame all you folks who couldn't wait for football season to get here. Your collective consciousness has messed with the local environment and brought on an early autumn. You can all go to heck in a hand basket – whatever that is – as far as I'm concerned. Read on. 

The M’s are sinking in the West

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If you wondered when this M's follower's dream of winning the American League West passed away, wonder no longer. It occurred in the fourth inning last night, when Wilson Ramos drove a high changeup over the left-field wall, the fourth of four home runs Felix Hernandez would surrender. Read on.

Football season has officially begun

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The NFL began a while ago. Colleges started late last month. And now football season is officially here. Yep, the high schools here in Washington began practice yesterday. Read on.

Our allegiances are about to be stretched

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Is there anything worse than your Pop Tart breaking and half of it falling on the floor? Yes, there is. Read on.

What could have been in the Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Want to see what Seattle's professional basketball future could have looked like? Just watch Steve Ballmer's introduction to the Los Angeles Clippers fans yesterday. Read on.

What a fun Friday night

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Well that was fun. As fun a Friday night as I can remember in a while. Maybe all the way back to high school. The M's win. Dominate really, and take over the lead in the second wild-card race. The Seahawks win. Dominate really, and take over, well, nothing, as it was just the second preseason game. But they won. And easily. That's enough. Read on.

Fix-it Felix is already taken

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I'm sorry but I don't believe Felix Hernandez's nickname is sufficient anymore. There has to be some leader who is above the king, right? Emperor Felix, maybe. Or Supreme Commander Felix? Read on.

A jam-packed day of news

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It's been a long time since we've had a day as jammed with news as this morning is. Maybe since the end of last football season. Read on.

Our desire for football is burning bright

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Let's see. It's going to be 99 degrees in Spokane today. Wonder what it will be in Lewiston? My guess: 104. But there should be a nice breeze off the Clearwater. Read on.

Is the future now?

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Today is the day. The day the Mariners let their fans know how they feel about this season. Or maybe it's just the day they decide to continue to build for the future. Read on.

A couple weeks in, everyone will be really tired

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Guess what? We're a little short on thoughts today. College football, start soon please. Read on.

It’s not too long now

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As July winds down, the summer doldrums in the sports world begin to ease up. The wind beneath our sails? College football season. Read on.

It’s a nice time for an extended vacation

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The All-Star game was Tuesday night, right? Today is Friday. And baseball is just getting going again? These guys need another day off in the middle of the season? Really? Read on.

No void is ever left unfilled

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It is said the 24 hours after baseball's All-Star Game is the least crowded day in American sports. Which is why ESPN created the ESPYs, and stuck them there. Makes sense to me. Read on.

Where do the M’s stand at the break?

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It's time for baseball's All-Star break. The traditional midpoint of the baseball season, though it comes well into the second half. However, it is a good time for reflection, if your team is still in the hunt for the postseason. That's not been the case around here for a few years. Read on.

Spanning the globe on a Sunday morning

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Some Sunday mornings have little in the way of excitement. This isn't one of those Sundays. Read on.

He’s back

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Yesterday LeBron James decided to take his ball and go home. In this case, that's a good thing. Really. Read on.

The light comes on early this time of year

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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.

The Fourth is about independence

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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

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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.

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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.

Change is the one constant these days

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College basketball is a year-around sport these days. There is the regular season, March Madness, recruiting and, this time of year, transfer season. Read on.

There are a lot of sore people downtown today

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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.

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

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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.