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Grip on Sports: Baseball’s big numbers just don’t seem to have the impact they used to

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Numbers have been at the core of baseball since Abner Doubleday allegedly invented the game. The apocryphal story goes the former Union officer decided the …


Grip on Sports: Revenge is a dish best served with a side of grand salami

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever change jobs? And then had the opportunity to poke your old boss in the eye, metaphorically? Must be nice. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The M’s could use a little heavenly help

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a scene in “Major League” in which there is a sacrifice to Jobu, one of the player’s baseball god. They offer the little …


Grip on Sports: There is a lot to look forward to and we’re not just talking about summer vacation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thursday is probably the best day of the week to look ahead. After all, the weekend sits just over the Friday hill. So let’s do …


Grip on Sports: The weather has been better and so have Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you had a three-day weekend, I’m sure yesterday was miserable. You looked out the window, saw the sunshine, the heat radiating off the street …


Grip on Sports: Mariners play their part in making the holiday memorable

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Holidays usually put a damper on the sports news. But yesterday was, as someone younger than me would say, lit. Mainly because of baseball, but …


Grip on Sports: There are many different ways to honor the fallen on Memorial Day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Abraham Lincoln was a great man. Not just for what he did, but also for how he expressed himself – and the thoughts of those …


Grip on Sports: The prep sports season ends its long run with a cornucopia of championships

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Memorial Day weekend is the last gasp of non-summer. The end of the prep sports season. And the beginning of the next. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The season is slip-sliding away in the East Coast rain

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is not yet June. And we don’t want to get a reputation as a Negative Nancy, Mariners’ division. But, honestly, what the heck …


Grip on Sports: It seems like a good time to catch up with an old friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Summer, we’ve missed you. Waited so long for you to return. And now that you are back, even if it is only for the weekend, …


Grip on Sports: May 10th was such a special day with special memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember that glorious day a couple weeks ago? You know the one I mean. Wednesday, May 10th. The day the Mariners were at .500. The …


Grip on Sports: Cortez Kennedy anchored the Seahawks at a time when they were barely above water

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You may not remember, but there was a time when the Seahawks were no better than the Mariners are now. In other words, they were …


Grip on Sports: Here’s a fishing story about the son who wouldn’t take the bait

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There were few activities my dad loved more than fishing. His only son? Not so much. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s too bad we can’t start the M’s season over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We interrupt the unending wet and cool spring with a summer interlude of a couple days. And some sports news. Read on.


Grip on Sports: A blowout wasn’t what the Mariners needed

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One night it is 1-0, the next 16-1. The common denominator: The Mariners didn’t win. At home. With a decent crowd at Safeco Field. Read …


Grip on Sports: May the force be with you this month, because not much else is

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something uplifting about the month of May. New growth maybe. Or the promise of spring warmth finally fulfilled. But there is no May …


Grip on Sports: Nothing Cooper Kupp does anymore should come as a surprise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Honestly, are any of you surprised Cooper Kupp was impressive in his first weekend with the Los Angeles Rams? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Mariners better get their bullpen act together before the season falls apart

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the problems the Mariners have already have had to work through in the 2017 season, the one they are facing now may be …


Grip on Sports: Man-bun aside, former Gonzaga star Kelly Olynyk is a certified Boston hero

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Back in the day, when Noah checked his weather app and saw the rain coming, he built an ark. These days, we mow the lawn. …


Grip on Sports: There will come a day when a Yankee player will be wearing No. 139

A GRIP ON SPORTS • My doctor told me I needed to keep my blood pressure down. His recommendation: quit writing about the Mariners. But it’s baseball season, doc. I …


Grip on Sports: Thanks mom (and grandma) for always being there to cheer for us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Mother’s Day, so it seems mandatory to write about mom. And sports. Or there will be heck to pay. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s not sunny everywhere, including the Mariners’ injury report

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weekend beckons. It’s not supposed to be warm, but sunshine expected around here. None in Seattle however, especially not around the Mariners’ offices. Read …


Grip on Sports: It took a team effort for the Mariners to lose last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some baseball losses are shouldered by the hitters. Some are the fault of the pitchers. And some, like the M’s defeat last night in Toronto, …


Grip on Sports: Like most things the NCAA does, the APR is not perfect but it does help us keep score

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA wants everyone to believe college athletics are played by student/athletes, with the emphasis on the last word. And that those student/athletes are at …


Grip on Sports: For the M’s to be truly successful, they are going to need a moniker to hang their hats on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe all they need is a cute nickname to rally around. Maybe something like “The Comeback Kids” or “The Hair Bunch.” Maybe that’s all it …


Grip on Sports: It may be the calm before the storm, but the storm is well over the horizon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Quiet doesn’t begin to describe this time of year. Graveyard-at-midnight might be better. But it’s really more like that moment in your favorite slasher movie …


Grip on Sports: It wasn’t the biggest Bloomsday ever, but does that matter?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first weekend in May is a big deal around these parts, right up there with the final weekend of June. This year it was …


Grip on Sports: If you like racing, this is a good weekend near and far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, 19 out of 20 horses who started at the Kentucky Derby finished. Only one, Always Dreaming, was declared the champion, however. Today, more than …


Grip on Sports: You can count on two things on the first Saturday in May – the M’s floundering and the Kentucky Derby

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Call it Black Friday if you must, but yesterday wasn’t all that bad for the Mariners. It was worse. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Bloomsday is a part of Spokane’s DNA

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every year we look out the back slider and see the massive Lilac plant in the southwest corner of the yard. And wait for it …