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Grip on Sports: It’s hard to see clearly if Gonzaga is the nation’s top college basketball team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was a time when a bunch of old guys gathered in a back room somewhere, smoked a few cigars, made awful comments about others …


Grip on Sports: Old is a relative term, especially in the world of tennis

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, talking about a Gonzaga rout, among other things. Here we are 48 hours later and the subject is still valid. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga rolls, sure, but Eastern, Idaho and WSU games had more drama

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know what makes life more exciting? Little surprises. An unexpected bill in the mail, or, on a happier note, an unexpected check. A wink …


Grip on Sports: Our area has a connection tonight to more than one Final Four contender

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s not often we can write about Inland Northwest college basketball and mention two Final Four competitors. But that’s the case today. And one of …


Grip on Sports: College basketball’s night of upsets opens the door for Gonzaga to ascend to the top of the polls

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As last night wore on, college basketball’s upsets just kept coming. No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Kansas and then No. 4 Kentucky all lost. Three …


Grip on Sports: EWU’s new head football coach has the best Eastern pedigree of anyone to ever take the position

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Eastern Washington University has a new football coach. It’s Aaron Best. His is a familiar face around the Eagles’ offices. Is that a good thing …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga is back in Portland for a rare back-to-back matchup

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The answer is: It’s the norm in baseball and professional basketball, at least in the playoffs. Football? Hardly ever. The same with college basketball. The …


Grip on Sports: Today’s NFL playoff games feature Northwest’s favorite teams – to dislike

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Villains are good too. Maybe not in every way, but good to have available to root against. That’s seems to be the case for most …


Grip on Sports: This Saturday isn’t all that packed, sports-wise, but with Zags, Cougars, Eagles and others, there is still plenty

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If your Saturday isn’t jam-packed, then you are probably doing it wrong. Or right. Maybe the best way to enjoy a weekend is to not …


Grip on Sports: Transitions take place all the time in the happy world of sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the myriad New Year’s resolutions I made this year involves staying on top of the news. Not just the sports news, but all …


Grip on Sports: WSU gets whipped, Edgar gets close and undefeated Gonzaga heads out of town

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One thing about Thursdays this time of year: There is a lot going on. College basketball is the main element, of course, but today also …


Grip on Sports: Martinez won’t make the Hall this year, but he’ll get close

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today Edgar Martinez will watch the baseball Hall of Fame voting announcement. For the eighth consecutive year, he won’t earn the needed 75 percent for …


Grip on Sports: Eastern’s Baldwin takes a neccesary step on the road to success

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Beau knows football, that’s for sure. And Beau knows how to be successful at football. Yesterday, Beau showed he knows the steps that have to …


Grip on Sports: If the Seahawks win another Super Bowl some day, will the rest of the country be in mourning?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So what are your holiday plans? You have any sporting events you must see? Or are you still in mourning, professional football variety? And I’m …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, Seahawks make it hard to sleep – for different reasons

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was impossible to fall asleep last night. After that nail-biter of a Gonzaga game, I was just too wired to call it a night. …


Grip on Sports: Any top 25 matchup is big but Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s is especially so

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a matchup in Spokane tonight pitting two of college basketball’s top 25 teams and, no matter who is participating, such an occurrence will …


Grip on Sports: Sometimes you win two and sometimes you lose two

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When there are four Division I basketball teams in one geographical area, it’s pretty common to have a night filled with ups and downs. It’s …


Grip on Sports: Mariners, Cougars and Seahawks all improved yesterday, which seems like a good thing – and day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mariners got better yesterday. The Cougars did too. Maybe even the Seahawks. In other words, it was a good day for Northwest sports. Which, …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks have given us the highest of highs and some terrible lows. What will happen this week?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a certain rhythm to the NFL season. Week by week, the better teams rise to the top until the playoff participants are decided. …


Grip on Sports: Clemson’s win was a long time coming – in a lot of ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Pac-12 Networks have one really outstanding feature: All of the conference’s football games are boiled down to 60 minutes and shown throughout the week. …


Grip on Sports: Is college football’s national title format still falling down on the job?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We thought long and hard about taking a snow day. After careful deliberation, which included, but was not limited to, looking out the front window …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s icy reception in Portland will mean another trip later

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is that old joke about the weather? Everybody talks talks about it, but no one does anything? It’s funny because it’s true. Well, no, …


Grip on Sports: Two TVs are a must at times on this crowded Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There aren’t enough hours in some Saturdays to get finished what we all want to accomplish. That is, if the to-do list includes anything other …


Grip on Sports: A cold winter night turned hot thanks to Wiley, Von Hofe and Williams-Goss

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This will not come as a surprise to anyone in the Inland Northwest who has left their house in the past 48 hours, but it’s …


Grip on Sports: Don’t get caught up with the ‘ya, but’ folks of the world

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s hard for sports fans to live in the moment. If you’re team is good or bad, the last game is never, seemingly, as important …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, WSU, Eastern and Idaho begin to get to the meat of their schedules

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s cold around these here parts. Really cold. But we do have some basketball coming up that will keep us warm. And some news from …


Grip on Sports: Rarely, if ever, does the Rose Bowl disappoint

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Rose Bowl was sure exciting yesterday. Especially if you consider it was just one of those meaningless bowl games. Sure didn’t seem that way …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks, Cougars win, which is the bottom line

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Anyone watch the Seahawks’ 25-23 win over the 49ers yesterday and come away convinced this team is going to make lots of noise in the …


Grip on Sports: If 2016 didn’t end the way you wanted, we’re here to help – sort of

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the first day of 2017 so we are resolved to help you get over the trauma of having to explain Mariah Carey’s comments to …


Grip on Sports: If you want the Pac-12 to have some football success this postseason, you want the Huskies to win today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are a lot of you ready to say good riddance to 2016. It’s time to move on to 2017 and put all the fighting …