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Grip on Sports: Seahawks kick another fan favorite to the side of the road

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you think about it, it’s not hard to understand Seattle Seahawk fans’ infatuation with a punter. After all, when you build your team around …


Grip on Sports: This is the time of year we are supposed to be outside worrying about our golf score, not checking the air’s score

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today was supposed to be about the 7-iron. And the 7-wood. But it seems like golf would be pretty tough to play wearing a breathing …


Grip on Sports: The way the M’s won last night was weird, but just part of a strange day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well, that was weird. All day Saturday, I mean. Just weird from Los Angeles to Seattle. Maybe not in Pullman or Cheney, but weird everywhere …


Grip on Sports: Mistakes in the past turn out to be too much for Idaho’s Rob Spear to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The biggest news in the Inland Northwest yesterday, other than the smoke that fills our skies? That would be the dismissal of Rob Spear as …


Grip on Sports: More than likely this Mike Leach proposal is just a little too fun to ever happen

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State football coach Mike Leach likes to play the role of the contrarian. Nothing wrong with that. But usually his contrary views have little …


Grip on Sports: Given an opportunity by Paxton’s injury, Felix shines but the A’s still take a little more of the luster off the Mariners’ season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the way it’s always been in sports. One player’s misfortune is another player’s opportunity. It was last night in Oakland. Though, overall, this year …


Grip on Sports: When the air starts to look like soup, it’s time to practice indoors

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are old enough to remember, there was a time when people were allowed to smoke cigarettes anywhere. Offices, banks, movie theaters, you name …


Grip on Sports: Koepka’s play at the PGA Championship terminated the hopes of Tiger’s fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Late in Brooks Koepka’s inexorable march to the PGA title yesterday, Dan Jenkins asked a question on Twitter. The greatest golf writer of all time …


Grip on Sports: Some ‘what ifs’ are harder to answer than others

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever get up on a Sunday morning and wonder “what if?” No, not “what if” you had cut yourself off an hour earlier last night. …


Grip on Sports: Before we begin the weekend, we need to check in with the Mariners, Cougars and the weatherman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Have a lot on your to-do list today? Me too. First is to check in with Washington State football. Then the Mariners. And maybe a …


Grip on Sports: When did Thursday become the night for change?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A pretty eventful Thursday evening, wasn’t it? The M’s debuted a new lineup (it worked), Felix Hernandez was exiled to the bullpen and NFL preseason …


Grip on Sports: The only thing that rivals the numbers on the thermometer is the number of stories to tell

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The temperature in Eastern Washington is going to soar well above 100 today, which means we are having a summer after all. Add to that …


Grip on Sports: When Felix is pitching this poorly, maybe it’s time to change the channel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If we really wanted to be a bummer on this beautifully hot Wednesday, we could talk about Felix Hernandez and quite possibly his final start …


Grip on Sports: The heat is on everywhere, from high school football practice in Idaho to far away as Texas, where the M’s hope to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Has the temperature hit triple digits where you live? Not yet here in Spokane, but it will later this week. It certainly will in Lewiston, …


Grip on Sports: The weekend shows once again Gonzaga is an attractive destination for Europe’s best young big men

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been more memorable weekends in sports history – that one back in April, 1986 comes to mind – but a couple of interesting …


Grip on Sports: This latest M’s collapse may actually hurt more than similiar ones in the recent past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a bit excruciating, isn’t it? Watching the M’s lose night after night. Watching them sink lower and lower in the wild-card standings? Watching a …


Grip on Sports: College football’s sounds are back, doing their best to drown out the noises from the M’s recent face plant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whistles. Horns. Loud voices. Cleats on cement. Deep breathing. Cries of joy – and disappointment. Feet hitting turf. Such are the sounds of football practice. …


Grip on Sports: Back to school shopping should always include a football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is August the Sunday of summer? You know, the summer month you really can’t enjoy because school is right around the corner. Or is it …


Grip on Sports: Seattle is going through another of those battles between the rich and famous

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the not-so-fun aspects of NFL camps in the summer is watching millionaires disagree with billionaires. Can’t they all get just along? Read on.


Grip on Sports: If the weather cools, it’s possible football won’t be disrupted by smoke this August

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in the Latin roots of the word August there must be a shirttail relationship to another word: smoke. They seem to come to us …


Grip on Sports: Albi Stadium’s future has become a fumble that no one wants to recover

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, those who can’t remember the past may be condemned to repeat it. But George Santayana’s widely quoted philosophical theorem also has a corollary: Those …


Grip on Sports: It’s too late now, but wouldn’t it be nice if baseball’s Hall of Fame was a little more exclusive?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, baseball’s Hall of Fame once again welcomed a new class of honorees. And once again a place that should be reserved for the great …


Grip on Sports: Both the A’s and the Mariners have found the road through Colorado a bit rocky

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny, really. The Colorado Rockies aren’t in the American League West. Heck, they aren’t even in the American League. But they may end up …


Grip on Sports: Though the labor has started, it is still a long time until this year’s football season is born

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When a friend or relative welcomes a new baby into the family, what’s the first thing you want to do? My guess is it isn’t …


Grip on Sports: Though the M’s are still holding on to a coveted wild-card spot, the Oakland A’s are closing fast

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s sort of sad really. Here the Mariners are, trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back nearly to the last century, and they …


Grip on Sports: From Hollywood to Sodo to Spokane, today’s subjects are far flung geographically – and in other ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Settle in folks. It may be a Thursday in late July, but it isn’t a day to relax around these parts. Way too much news, …


Grip on Sports: There may not be any change-your-life breaking news at a football media day, but there is usually something fun to break up a hot July day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is the 25th day of July. Which means we are in the heart of summer. But it might as well be the 25th …


Grip on Sports: Home is not only where the heart is, it is usually where the wins are

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is nothing like coming back home. In every aspect. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The British Open had a surprise winner who played with a surprising calm

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The drama that is a major golf tournament was on display in Scotland yesterday. Heck, even a sentimental favorite took the lead at one point. …


Grip on Sports: In a game dominated by the long ball, the Mariners’ Jean Segura hit the most dramatic one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You get a home run. You get a home run. And you get a home run. Heck, everyone gets a home run. It’s the All-Star …