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Grip on Sports: Seahawks’ win comes with a big loss

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s not often such joy can be tempered with such abject sadness. But such was the case last night as the Seahawks routed the Carolina …


Grip on Sports: Though football is king, basketball has a princely role

GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, ya. Wondering about the college football playoffs. At least a day away didn’t change that. Or, probably, the teams that will be …


Grip on Sports: A lot is riding on the Pac-12 championship game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The preliminaries are over. The flotsam out of the way. It’s time for the real deal. The big game. Well, make that the big games. …


Grip on Sports: Yes, the WSU Cougars won a basketball game last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you only read headlines, there are a few today that don’t tell you the whole story. Or might even qualify for the newest rage: …


Grip on Sports: Hype is sometimes the common thread amongst big stories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • My goodness, a lot went on yesterday. One of the Pac-12’s coaches who had won the most games over the past four years was fired, …


Grip on Sports: Mariners are once again saying goodbye to the old guy’s players

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever stare at a blank computer screen and wonder what you’re going to fill it with? Me neither. Except about every other day. Luckily for …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks’ offensive performance made us want to bang our head against something

A GRIP ON SPORTS • I can’t speak for everyone, sure, but yesterday tuckered me out. Basketball, soccer, football. Lots and lots of bad football. Sports all day. It’s not …


Grip on Sports: Have the remote handy; this Sunday is packed with sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is anything still called “super-sized” anymore? Well, if the term is still used then it is appropriate for today. It’s “Super-Sized Sunday.” (Not to be …


Grip on Sports: The Dawgs take a big bite out of the Cougars’ season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is that old saying about the amount of fight in the dog? Something about size, right? But what happens when the bigger dog puts …


Grip on Sports: Today’s Apple Cup will decide more than most

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Apple Cup is finally upon us. After weeks and weeks of hype and speculation, it’s time to figure out which of Washington’s Pac-12 teams …


Grip on Sports: Thanksgiving football memories are always good, except when they flood back

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Thanksgiving. In my lifetime – and that’s not a short span my friends – that’s meant three things: way too much food, great football …


Grip on Sports: There is always something on the line in the Apple Cup

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is about 50 hours or so until the Apple Cup kicks off in Pullman and it’s raining. Or snowing, if you look through life …


Grip on Sports: Rivalry games like the Apple Cup are more than just another game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Rivalry games inspire the best efforts from everyone. Players, coaches, fans. And, yes, even sportswriters. At least that’s the case today. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The football teams in Washington – college and professional – are pretty darn good

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Seahawks are for real, even if they are a little thinner at running back today than they were this time yesterday. And the Apple …


Grip on Sports: No, WSU’s loss wasn’t a good thing but, yes, the Apple Cup is still huge

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, talking about the Apple Cup. Well, at least that hasn’t changed. This year’s rivalry game between Washington and Washington State …


Grip on Sports: Pullman the place to be this week for the nation’s sports media

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Funny thing about winning football game after football game. The national media begin to take notice. It’s happened this week in Pullman, where the Cougars …


Grip on Sports: It’s another Thursday with the Cougars and the rest of the Inland Northwest sports scene

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every day. Well, almost every day. That’s how often we put together this column. Most days are pretty easy. But Thursdays? Those are tough. So …


Grip on Sports: The best receiver in the land isn’t eligible for the biggest award

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s that time of year. When everyone is angry at everyone else because of their voting choices. No, not those choices. We’re talking about college …


Grip on Sports: Just another Monday? Not if Gonzaga, Russell Wilson and the Cougars have anything to say about it

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Most work weeks don’t start out as crowded as this one did. From Gonzaga’s behind-kicking of San Diego State to news from Seattle to Pullman, …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks overcome Patriots because they refused to move

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Back in the day, the nuns at St. Rita’s elementary taught us a song in unity with California’s striking farm workers. We learned the lyrics …


Grip on Sports: The Inland Northwest is having a college football season for the ages

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You may not have been awake to see it, but Washington State crushed California last night 56-21. And, unless you were in Cheney, you probably …


Grip on Sports: Even as football season rolls on, college basketball elbowed its way in yesterday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The new thing is always shiny and attractive. The old thing? Dust-bin ready. Well that’s not exactly the case with college basketball, which started off …


Grip on Sports: An early Christmas as Gonzaga, WSU and EWU begin basketball season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is my Christmas. College basketball begins again. And the presents keep on coming until April. Aren’t we lucky? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Beau Baldwin, Mike Kramer and the deep roots of Eastern Washington football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Beau Baldwin is a heck of a football coach. The Eastern Washington head man has accomplished things that no other Eagle coach has ever done, …


Grip on Sports: 2016 will be remembered for a long time - in sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Kind of wild year, huh? Got thinking about 2016 and it’s off-the-wall quality somewhere around midnight or so last night. Being that this is on …


Grip on Sports: Whether you believe the Seahawks are snakes or lizards, they are Monday Night winners – again

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever feel like an iguana surrounded by a bunch of snakes? Ya, me too. Almost every day. But I never seem to escape. Not like …


Grip on Sports: So what will we see tonight from the Seahawks?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Monday night means Monday Night Football. Has for as long as most of us can remember. For the Seahawks and their fans, Monday Night Football …


Grip on Sports: Each week the Apple Cup seems to grow in importance

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Washington State and Washington play a weekly game of “can you top this,” the Apple Cup looms ever larger in our front window. Sort …


Grip on Sports: Will WSU be the big Pac-12 favorite that has a tough time today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are four football games in the Pac-12 today. All of them, including the one in Pullman this afternoon, include a double-digit favorite. What happened …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks’ Richard Sherman has his views on the NFL today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Professional sports on Nov. 4: Baseball is in bed for the year. Basketball isn’t really in full swing yet, though there was an interesting matchup …