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Grip on Sports: WSU’s Luke Falk will make a decision on the NFL some day, but probably not today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have some breaking news here. Sources are telling me Luke Falk will attempt to play in the NFL at some point. Read on.


A Grip on Sports: Jeremy Affeldt made way as reliable middleman

Friday: Jeremy Affeldt may not be the most physically talented baseball player to come out of Spokane, but he’s easily the most successful. That is, if you use team success …


Even ‘Yankee haters’ loved Yogi

WEDNESDAY: As Yogi used to say, it ain’t over until it’s over. Sadly, the saying is true of life as well as baseball. Though maybe not in Yogi Berra’s case. …


Grip on Sports: There was a whole lot of interest in Vernon Adams’ math final

Friday: When you were in college, did anyone, other than your parents, care if you passed your math test? Vernon Adams takes one final math test as an undergraduate and …


Management has dropped the ball

Friday: There is a classified ad I expect to see soon, either up on Craigslist or the local Seattle newspapers. Yep, what I’m expecting should read something like this:


Grip on Sports: Hoops awards out of control

Wednesday: The college basketball regular seasons are about over. Which means before we can get to the meat of the schedule, the NCAA tournament, we have to endure awards season. …


A Grip on Sports: Tark made tough D mandatory

Thursday: It’s been a bad stretch recently. Many of our sports icons from the last half of the 20th Century have passed on. There seems to have been more sports-related …


Grip on Sports: No love for Edgar in Hall

Tuesday: I’m sorry to say, when the voting is announced today for the 2015 class, Edgar Martinez won’t be among the Hall of Fame inductees. If the voters weren’t so …


Grip on Sports: Playoffs a good thing for NCAA

Friday: We have a history lesson for you. Back in 1939, the first NCAA basketball tournament was held. Eight teams were invited. The two finalists? Oregon, representing the West, and …


Grip on Sports: Football not about fans in the stands

Wednesday: College football was created as a Saturday afternoon sport. A way for college students to have something to break up their monotonous life of studying, going to class and …


Grip on Sports: Cy Young award takes left turn

Thursday: Just when you think you have baseball’s postseason award voters figured out, the target moves again. As that longtime Red Sox fan Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, foolish consistency …


Grip on Sports: Washington State’s desired defensive identity remains elusive

Wednesday: This was the season the Cougars were supposed to turn the corner. Nine games in, we all know it didn’t happen. So will there be repercussions? There already have …


Grip on Sports: For Zags, real skill will be blending talent

Tuesday: There have been rumblings up around Boone St. and Hamilton Ave. You know, about how this may just be the best team Mark Few’s put together at Gonzaga. Looking …


Grip on Sports: Come on Vandals, get back to Sky

Thursday: Are we blessed around here or what? We have four college football teams, all playing a different level of the game, all with varying degrees of fan support, but …


Grip on Sports: Blunders abound in Seahawks, Percy Harvin saga

Saturday: The stunning news Friday afternoon: playmaker Percy Harvin, the guy who was supposed to inject excitement into the Seattle franchise, was out the door. Booted off to the New …


Grip on Sports: Let preps have own night

Friday: Remember that really cool book, movie and television show, “Friday Night Lights?” It was all about Pac-12 football, wasn’t it? Of course it wasn’t. It was about high school …


Grip on Sports: Ageless Vin Scully brings you back

Tuesday: Are there certain things that take you back to childhood? Certain odors or tastes or sights that transport you from this day to one years and years ago? I …


Grip on Sports: Hard to count on streaky Mariners

Tuesday: It’s hard to admit when you are wrong. But it’s also good for the soul. Cathartic is the term, I believe. But I could be wrong. Again. Looking at …


Grip on Sports: Nevada loss cripples Cougs

Saturday: It’s pretty easy to imagine how the typical Cougar fan feels this morning. Disappointed, discouraged and confused. Above all, confused. That last one I understand. I share that final …


Grip on sports: Similar recipe for Cougs in loss

Friday: Did last night’s game have a familiar feel? Sure it did. And we’re not just talking about the Mike Leach era.


Grip on Sports: Everyone’s a winner on first day of practice

Thursday: With an apology to my Idaho friends, who have been sweating buckets on the high school fields for more than a week, you can’t say football season is fully …


Grip on Sports: Forget wild card for the Mariners! How about a crown?

Friday: On Aug. 14, 1995, the Mariners were 11 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West, sitting in third behind the high-flying Angels and the Texas …


Grip on Sports: A great honor for the great Steve Gleason

Friday: The Cougars will induct one person into their athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Just one.


Grip on Sports: Technologies change, but fans remain the same

Thursday: Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when streaming video did not exist. We had a thing you might call streaming audio. We called it a …


Grip on Sports: Nothing cool about chew

Wednesday: Do you remember your first time? I mean the first time you tried tobacco. I do. It wasn’t pretty. And it was my last. Tony Gywnn’s death, attributed to …


Grip on Sports: You didn’t mess with mighty Fred

No one had a better father-in-law than me. No one. Fred Folta was perfect in that regard – with one exception, which we will get to in a moment.


Give and take: There’s no doubt Jim Redmon can coach

Tuesday: Ever sit around with friends and play conversational games? You know what I mean, asking each other questions like, “What was the best TV comedy of all time?” or, …


Grip on sports: Two billion dollars for the Clippers, Donald Sterling!?

Friday: It’s a number that’s hard to comprehend. Two billion dollars. It sounds almost like a laugh-line in a new Austin Powers movie. Two billlllion dollars. But it isn’t a …


Grip on Sports: The great sports divide in America

Friday: Did you ever think you would see the day when the announcement of the U.S. team for the upcoming World Cup would cause a controversy? If you are under …


Grip on Sports: Finding right pieces not easy

Tuesday: Whenever a player transfers from one college to another, the fans of where he or she lands always get excited. When Gerard Coleman decided to leave Providence College, where …