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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 …


Grip on Sports: The Mariners are running hot and cold – sometimes in the same game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather gods are teasing us today. It’s going to be 80 in the Spokane area. You read that right. After not hitting 70 degrees …


Grip on Sports: Sooner or later, we will have something to warm our hearts

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Should we focus on another one that got away? Or the hot mess that is the Mariners’ roster? Maybe we should just ignore the M’s …


Grip on Sports: Even in the offseason, nothing competes with the NFL

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is there a more dominant professional sport than the NFL? Here were are, in early May, the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, baseball …


Grip on Sports: Just a typical April weekend in sports but it was also the last one for almost a year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, dealing with the draft. And spring football. And the M’s struggles. Take a day and nothing changes. Read on.


Grip on Sports: With Cooper Kupp headed to Los Angeles, another choice needs to be made

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Pro sports can test one’s loyalty a bit, can’t they? Say you are an Eastern Washington University football fan. Yesterday you were rooting for Cooper …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks did what they do on the draft’s first day, but today has to be different

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Raise your hand if you were surprised John Schneider traded the Seahawks first-round draft pick last night. Put it down, quickly. Don’t admit it. Nobody …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks’ future may just hang in the balance tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NFL holds its draft starting at 5 p.m. (PDT) tonight. Did you know there are odds about who will be the first pick, first …


Grip on Sports: Yes, the Mariners lost 19-9, but that wasn’t the only reason it was a dark day in Detroit

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Will April 25, 2017 go down into Mariner annals as one of those dark days? You know, along with May 26, 1995, when Ken Griffey …


Grip on Sports: Never let your sports memories degrade over the years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mariners had the day off. Spring football is either basically over or on a break. Basketball is down to the NBA playoffs. It’s too …


Grip on Sports: Another Gonzaga player leaves before his eligibility expires but that’s just the way of the college basketball world

A GRIP ON SPORTS • No one in college sports bats 1.000 in recruiting. Not even Alabama in football or the blue blood basketball powers like Kentucky or Duke. Read …


Grip on Sports: It’s the time of year when sports worlds coliide

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Sunday. For more than a third of the year that means NFL football. But we are in the other two-thirds right now, which means …


Grip on Sports: A rite of spring arrives today with the Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s going to be a typical spring day in Spokane, with one atypical event: Washington State will hold its spring football game this afternoon at …


Grip on Sports: If you are keeping track, the M’s James Paxton is still undefeated

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a term in finance called “reverting to the mean.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with cowardly people. But we did see …


Grip on Sports: As a Mariner star of the past exits, is another one stepping forward?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s keep this simple. The Mariners won yesterday afternoon. And Ichiro, in what may have been his last plate appearance in Safeco Field, hit a …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s Williams-Goss decides to turn pro, making a decision that is never easy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was just a year ago when Gonzaga fans were lamenting the loss of stars Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer. It sure didn’t bode well …


Grip on Sports: The M’s are on a roll as their former star finds an opponent he can’t run past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Four consecutive wins. That’s a good thing, right? Especially when you are the only game in the state right now. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The week begins with a visit from an old friend, Ichiro

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s pretty nice outside. Not really. Rain is pounding the pavement like Buddy Rich on the snare in 1943. Way to skew young, right? Well, …


Grip on Sports: It’s Easter, which is a day for family – and a whole bunch of stories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Easter. New bonnets, dresses, bow ties, baskets, church services. All that goes into celebrating. And don’t forget time with the family. Read on.


Grip on Sports: NCAA always seems to be breaking the law of unintended consequences

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA is a reactive organization. Bad things happen and the monolith calls in its troops, discusses remedies and then, after years of hemming and …


Grip on Sports: Even Easter week isn’t immune to speculation and rumor

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Easter weekend looms, with the specter of little ones roaming the neighborhood in search of eggs. Yep, for those of you who believe life began …


Grip on Sports: Don’t worry, it gets worse next week – when your taxes are due

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s an ugly time, isn’t it? Not only is there a check due the IRS next week, but it’s been raining, off and on, since …


Grip on Sports: With Collins leaving Gonzaga, where does that leave the Zags?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Gonzaga basketball team achieved a handful of firsts this season. First GU group to finish non-conference play undefeated. First to enter the last game …


Grip on Sports: We try to fill the dish every day, though some days are harder than others

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sometimes it feels as if my only job in this world is to feed the dogs. There they are in the morning, loitering by their …


Grip on Sports: It had to happen yesterday, but the anticipated meltdown came from an unexpected source

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the afternoon wore on yesterday, I expected a meltdown. At some point, I was sure, it would happen. But I picked the wrong horse. …


Grip on Sports: If you don’t want to be depressed, maybe it’s better to skip the M’s games right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Decided to watch the M’s last night. But it was too depressing. So I switched back and forth between the game and a Mel Gibson …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s Karnowski is officially the center of attention in college hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s appropriate the award for the best center in college basketball is named after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After all, he is the best center in college …


Grip on Sports: The M’s win, WSU, EWU and Idaho are practicing football and golf is on the TV. Isn’t life perfect?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Friday already? It’s raining hard outside, so it must be. After all, how often are weekends around here clear and warm? But who …


Grip on Sports: The M’s start isn’t what fans wanted to see

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember that fast start we all wanted the M’s have? Well you can forget about it. It’s down the drain unless they reel off 10 …


Grip on Sports: What’s behind us shouldn’t matter, but it always does even when we are looking ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Can we stop looking in the rear-view mirror? To look ahead at what may be, not what happened in the past? Well, yes. And no. …