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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. …


Grip on Sports: Maybe someday we will have a better perspective on Gonzaga’s title game defeat, but not yet

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You have any perspective today? Me neither. But it will come. Maybe. Then again, some of us are still not over the Super Bowl. Against …


Grip on Sports: After tonight, Gonzaga’s basketball history will be richer, but how much we don’t yet know

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s the day. The day the school from out-of-the-way Spokane, Washington, plays for the NCAA basketball title. It’s a pretty big deal. Really. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s national title dream is no longer just a fantasy as it was 40 years ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It wasn’t an April Fools’ joke, though it certainly had the sound of one. “Hey mom, did you hear. Gonzaga won. The Zags are in …


Grip on Sports: Today is Gonzaga and Spokane’s shining moment, though Monday may even be brighter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If Gonzaga wins this afternoon, will they burn Bernhardt couches up at the Manito Center? Or will they think it’s just an elaborate April Fools’ …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s shine has a tendency to overpower the area’s other big news

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been sort of a complicated work week, hasn’t it? Gonzaga is in Phoenix getting ready for Saturday’s NCAA semifinal, Eastern Washington changed basketball coaches …


Grip on Sports: Former EWU coach Hayford has been a part of the Spokane basketball scene for a long time

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In the midst of the “Gonzaga-to-the-Final-Four” narrative (or is it hysteria?) another college basketball story broke out around here yesterday. A coach who had become …


Grip on Sports: There will be more memories built this week for Gonzaga, but what type will they be?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no longer wait in sports than the two-week buildup to the Super Bowl. But this week, after the Elite Eight ends and the …


Grip on Sports: Some college coaching traditions are heartwarming; others just give us heartburn

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny how life’s little journeys lead us down the road to the future. It showed yesterday as the Final Four coaches met the media …


Grip on Sports: It’s been a long time, but Gonzaga’s run to the Final Four isn’t the first one for the Inland Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The bulbs are popping up and the rain continues to come down. It is March, late March actually, after all. That’s normal. You want to …


Grip on Sports: Yesterday was a huge day for Gonzaga, Spokane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Was Saturday the biggest day in Spokane sports history? There are a lot of contenders, sure, but the small university by the river reaching the …


Grip on Sports: The one where we talk about primates, backs, the Final Four and Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • For the third time in program history and the second time in three years, Gonzaga is playing an Elite Eight game. The reward for the …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga displays a key character trait as they survive West Virginia and advance to the Elite Eight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The cliché is simple. Survive and advance. And that’s exactly what Gonzaga did Thursday night. The Bulldogs survived. And they advanced to their second Elite …


Grip on Sports: Perkins, Gonzaga have to respond positively to West Virginia’s pressure to advance

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s back on tonight. The NCAA tournament. The Sweet Sixteen. And Gonzaga’s run. Does it end in San Jose, brought down by West Virginia’s pressure? …


Grip on Sports: The M’s still have a few unanswered questions even though the regular season is just a fortnight away

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We interrupt this college basketball lovefest that is late March to bring you some really important news. In two weeks the major league baseball season …


Grip on Sports: What do we do for the next three days without NCAA games to fill our time?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mondays are the worst. The Monday after the first NCAA basketball tournament weekend? The worst of the worst. If today wasn’t the first day of …


Grip on Sports: The modern equivalent of the gathering around the burning stake just may be college basketball officials and the internet

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The question isn’t how but why. The subject? Missed calls in the NCAA tournament and the officials who are making – or not making – …


Grip on Sports: Will Gonzaga turn Northwestern’s NCAA ride back into a pumpkin today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Had enough basketball yet? Or are you just getting started? We are halfway through the 64 teams that started the four-day weekend of NCAA hoop, …


Grip on Sports: There has always been a connection between St. Patrick’s Day and sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s St. Patrick’s Day. I have bad memories of St. Patrick’s Day. And it has nothing to do with green beer. At least not with …


Grip on Sports: As the NCAA tournament begins, a reminder fame is fleeting everywhere but at Gonzaga these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is called March Madness, right? Well, the madness part of it started yesterday. Well, actually earlier this week. As we march to the NCAA …


Grip on Sports: Today is the day to get chores done, because the rest of the week is NCAA basketball

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Madness has begun, albeit only in fits and starts. The first two of the four NCAA tourney play-in games – call them what you …


Grip on Sports: Maybe we should just wait until Gonzaga’s NCAA run is over before worrying about the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather around here has been downright spring-like the past couple days, so that got us thinking about baseball. And realizing we haven’t really checked …


Grip on Sports: As soon as you turned the TV on, you knew Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed – if you were observant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did you turn on CBS’ NCAA selection show yesterday afternoon with one main objective? You know, to find out if Gonzaga was a No. 1 …


Grip on Sports: It’s the matchups, not the seeding, that really matters to Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s the day we finally find out the answer to all of the important questions in the universe. Well, at least one of them. Is …


Grip on Sports: Some days in Reno are like Friday, though probably only a few have been worse

A GRIP ON SPORTS • That was a bad day in the world’s biggest little city. At least for teams from around the Inland Northwest. The Big Sky Conference basketball …


Grip on Sports: Idaho and Eastern hold Inland Northwest’s banner up today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga’s regular season is finished. The NCAA tournament awaits. Washington State’s season is over. So is Whitworth’s and the area’s community colleges. Even high school …


Grip on Sports: Though WSU finished another basketball season under .500, Ernie Kent is locked in for a few more years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Washington State University basketball season is over. And like most before this one, it wasn’t all that successful. But whether or not that changes …


Grip on Sports: As Gonzaga wins again, Saint Mary’s seems to wilt under the pressure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, looking back into the past to find some semblance of comparison to the present. It’s what we do, especially when …


Grip on Sports: This year we tried to navigate the potholes of basketball awards season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As we have said before, it’s awards season. Not to be confused with mud season and pothole season, which runs concurrently in this area. Though …