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Hey, sometimes a little jingoism isn’t a bad thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The World Cup championship match is this afternoon. Seems like a good reason to put on a red, white or blue shirt, burn some meat on the barbecue and cheer for the U.S. women. Read on.

Too bad the final couldn’t be Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is it about a shirt with U-S-A written across the front, even if it's not really there? Why does it cause a seemingly rational adult male to root loudly for a women’s team in a sport, at times, he can barely tolerate? Is it jingoism, nationalism, idiocy? Read on.

Hey, July starts tomorrow

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s say it. A hot, dry day at the end of June isn’t conducive to doing a lot outside. Or to a lot of local news stories. Read on.

There is a lot to celebrate if you can find the games

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We make no secret about it. No journalistic balance here. We are an unabashed Hoopfest supporter. Have been for more than a quarter century. And continue to be even when it is so hot you think your feet are going to melt. Read on.

The best weekend of the year is almost here

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is the calm before the heat wave, or something like that. Read on.

The heat is on and we’re not talking about the temperatures outside

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The air conditioning is about ready to kick in, but it probably won’t cool us off. Nope. We’ve got some bones to pick. Read on.

The M’s face a decision soon that should tell us where they are headed

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In a week or two, Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list. The M’s will have to find the righthanded pitcher a spot on the roster and in the rotation. Who they decide to part with when that happens will tell us a lot about the future of this team. Read on.

What should we do today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another perfect Northwest day on hand. Sunny, highs in the 70s. Just perfect. So what to do? Should we stay inside and watch golfers complain about Chambers Bay? Or should we head outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our hometown? Decisions, decisions. Read on.

A new look at one of the oldest events

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Not because of anything around here, of course. It’s kind of dead until Sunday, when the area’s fathers are honored. (That doesn’t happen elsewhere, does it?) But it’s one of my favorites because of what’s on TV. And that scares me a bit this week. Read on.

A couple words trigger a stroll down memory lane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You never know what might trigger a memory anymore. The smell of a certain type of coffee, a word spoken casually in a conversation or a mention in an online article. Read on.

Hockey seemed a little out of place considering yesterday’s weather

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You like it hot? You like triple digits? You crazy? Then yesterday was for you. Of course, the best sporting event of the day was played on ice, but still, yesterday was for you. Read on.

A tradition unlike any other – thank goodness

A GRIP ON SPORTS • How many of you have been involved every year with an event that is 31 years old? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Read on.

The M’s are making us all suckers right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there is a more frustrating team to follow these days than the M’s, I’m not sure which team it would be. So I decided to take a day off yesterday. Not watch. Not listen. Go my merry way. Then they sucked me in. And may have lost me for good. Read on.

Is this team jinxed?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Funny how rain works. Some days it’s cloudy everywhere and the water falls slow and steady. Other days, like last night, it was hit and miss. Wonder if there is a metaphor in there somewhere. Read on.

May the month be with you, always

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Believe it or not, today is the last day of May. A good month, gone way too soon. Read on.

Spokane-area alums making noise in the pro ranks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was an interesting day around here Friday for Spokane-area alums. Especially those playing professionally. Read on.

Summer can get crowded for everyone these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s get this straight. It’s not summer yet. If it were, you think the NBA and NHL would still be on the TV? Read on.

If Cano comes around, so will the M’s

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This was the way it was supposed to go all season. Good pitching from start to finish and a key Robinson Cano hit or two. The question is, then, will it continue? Read on.

Names of newly discovered soil viruses contain veiled `Zags references

Biology students at Gonzaga University participating in a national genomic research project managed to tuck a couple Zag Nation references into the names of newly discovered soil viruses.

"GUmbie" and "Spike509" now are the scientifically recognized names for two of the six viruses, known as mycobacterial phages, that Gonzaga students discovered and conducted DNA analysis on as part of a multi-year research project involving about 70 universities. Overall, the consortium found and researched 627 phages that infect soil, according to the university.

The findings were published last month in the scientific journal eLife, with Gonzaga getting a mention in the acknowledgements section toward the end. The research effort was organized by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Summer is upon us in a few ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Welcome to summer, albeit a couple weeks early. Sunshine, highs in the 80s and a dearth of stories to pass along. Read on.

Saturday got lost in the shuffle a bit

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there ever is a lost Saturday, it was yesterday. Tucked between the weekend that hosts Mother’s Day and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, this is the forgotten weekend. And there are many who would like to forget yesterday. Read on.

M’s transmission is still slipping

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did the M’s lose last night? They did. Well, I figured. When I hit the sack they had already left the population of Kirkland stranded in scoring position. Read on.

What part of a fool and his money don’t people understand?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • About once a week or so, something happens that proves P.T. Barnum was way ahead of his time. And right. Read on.

NFL comes down pretty easy on Brady, Patriots

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So the NFL threw the book at Tom Brady and the Patriots. At least it wasn't heavy like "The Stand." It was more like "Of Mice and Men." You were expecting anything else? Read on.

Hey, this is serious

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot of easy jokes out there this morning, jokes I would have jumped at making just a few short years ago. Not any more. Read on …

The M’s without Felix is too awful to imagine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • All we can say is thank goodness for Felix Hernandez. Where would the Mariners be today without him? Read on.

A little of this, a little of that

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You will find a short blog post on the other side. If you are wondering why it is so short, all I can say is, I'm under orders. Read on.

Hawks’ first pick in the draft came a while ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What was your favorite moment of the NFL draft’s first day? Was it when the commissioner was booed heartily? Or when the Walter Payton award winner was cheered? How about the Seahawks’ pick? Oh ya, that happened weeks ago. Read on.