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Grip on Sports: Eastern’s win, high school hoops give us more than enough to digest Thursday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Even with Gonzaga and Washington State not playing on a Thursday night, yesterday was a busy one for basketball in the area. So instead of …


Grip on Sports: The new look doesn’t change what’s contained within

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know how the Oregon Ducks have a “new look” just about every football game? Or how, when NFL teams play on Thursday nights, they …


Grip on Sports: New state high school tournament format a compromise, and that’s not a bad thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Washington State high school basketball tournaments begin today at three sites. Why is that news? For the past few years they would not have …


Grip on Sports: You can find great moments around here this college basketball season no matter who you root for

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday we asked for the snow to go away. And we got more. So today we are going to ask for certain results for the …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s final regular season game elicits some responses and criticism

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Welcome to Monday morning. And welcome to our reader mailbag for the century. Ya, that’s about as often as we do them. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s first loss of the season had a handful of reasons behind it

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The quest for perfection ended on a not-so-perfect Senior Night at McCarthey Athletic Center. That’s the news flash. But there were a lot of reasons …


Grip on Sports: When it comes to motivation, ugly is in the eye of the beholder

A GRIP ON SPORTS • How important is motivation to a college athlete? We ask because tonight in the Kennel, Gonzaga tries to cap an historic 30-0 regular season. On …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga dominates San Diego in a game no one but the folks in the Jenny Craig Pavilion got to see

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There may have been more dominating performances by the Gonzaga University basketball team than the one it turned in last night in San Diego, but, …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s WCC reign means just about every road game is a sold-out event

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga is on the road again, which means there will be a big crowd in someone’s gym. It’s just the way it is in the …


Grip on Sports: The Simpsons, Ken Griffey Jr., and baseball history all collided long ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • An anniversary slipped by the other day, obscured by the mists of time. Yes, it’s been 25 years since “Homer at the Bat” aired, the …


Grip on Sports: And you thought Honest Abe was tall …

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know why everything was better years and years ago? Instead of a Presidents’ Day, honoring all of the folks who have held that office …


Grip on Sports: Spring training comes at just the right time every year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s still February. There are piles of snow on the ground taller than Przemek Karnowski. The rain is falling hard enough to put out an …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, WSU fill in the blanks over the past 48 hours

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, documenting Gonzaga’s inexorable march through the WCC. And wondering if the Cougars could sweep a Pac-12 basketball foe this season. …


Grip on Sports: Fireworks of a different kind erupted in Pullman last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One would hope with two of the nation’s top five college basketball teams playing in the Inland Northwest on the same night, there would be …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, Arizona make this area the capitol of college hoops tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is an area filled with pride due to its four seasons. Four? Heck, there are many more. There’s duck season (also known as rabbit …


Grip on Sports: Decision by WSU’s Fossum is easy to understand

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being a walk-on in Division I isn’t easy. Even if you play. And that’s not a given for those who pay their way in college …


Grip on Sports: Sports delivers presents every day, not just on the holidays

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Before we get into the day’s news, let’s get this out of the way: I’m sorry. I didn’t get you anything special for Valentine’s Day. …


Grip on Sports: The lack of football left us a little out of tune on Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was not a drop of the NFL available yesterday. No football of any kind on television all weekend. Did you suffer from withdrawal symptoms? …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga survives GameDay circus and a less-than-stellar game by key contributors

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga basketball has been a big story in the Spokane area since 1999. The Spokane area. But I don’t recall as many national resources devoted …


Grip on Sports: From GameDay to prime time, Gonzaga’s matchup with Saint Mary’s is a big deal

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the nice things about college basketball is big games can happen at any time. There aren’t rivalry weekends or an ordained matchup late …


Grip on Sports: Forget the groundhog, it’s all about when Gonzaga wins its 25th game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mount Snowplow began to melt away yesterday. To slip down the drain at the end of the cul-de-sac. It’s the best harbinger known to man …


Grip on Sports: There are some nice perks for college basketball players, including trips to warm places

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather outside is frightful, thanks to a mid-winter snow/ice/rain storm. But inside? Well, delightful isn’t the right word, but it will do. After all, …


Grip on Sports: The long march toward high school state basketball tournaments has begun

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. It’s Wednesday. No college basketball tonight in the area. The NFL is finished. The NBA? No, not until Seattle has a team again. …


Grip on Sports: In a season dominated by Gonzaga’s undefeated run, Eastern’s Jake Wiley still stands out

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There’s a glitch in the email software I use at home. We won’t throw under the bus a business that brings so much money to …


Grip on Sports: Patriots win seemed inevitable even when they trailed by 25

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You hungover? With excitement? Me neither. The halftime conversation in the kitchen last night, while waiting for the German sausages to burn, was about the …


Grip on Sports: You really have no choice on Super Bowl Sunday, unless you choose ‘none of the above’

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no avoiding it today. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we have to spend some time opining about the “Big Game,” as the NFL …


Grip on Sports: If you are snowed in, don’t worry, the TV will get you through until it warms up

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Can you stay home today? Might be the best thing to do if you live in Spokane. At least until the afternoon. It might take …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s continuing perfection is helping to build memories in the Inland Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS • However Gonzaga’s basketball season ends up, nights like Thursday are the answer to the question. What question, you may reasonably ask. Why is college basketball …


Grip on Sports: Every signing day is just like the one before except for the players who achieve their dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One Pac-12 coach was quoted as saying he got every kid he wanted. Another talked about the players that signed are his schools’ “guys.” One …


Grip on Sports: Today is a day of celebration, no matter what school everyone picks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s national signing day for college football. If you are not a fan of college football then we advise staying off of social media today. …