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Grip on Sports: Before we begin the weekend, we need to check in with the Mariners, Cougars and the weatherman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Have a lot on your to-do list today? Me too. First is to check in with Washington State football. Then the Mariners. And maybe a …


Grip on Sports: When did Thursday become the night for change?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A pretty eventful Thursday evening, wasn’t it? The M’s debuted a new lineup (it worked), Felix Hernandez was exiled to the bullpen and NFL preseason …


Grip on Sports: The only thing that rivals the numbers on the thermometer is the number of stories to tell

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The temperature in Eastern Washington is going to soar well above 100 today, which means we are having a summer after all. Add to that …


Grip on Sports: When Felix is pitching this poorly, maybe it’s time to change the channel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If we really wanted to be a bummer on this beautifully hot Wednesday, we could talk about Felix Hernandez and quite possibly his final start …


Grip on Sports: The heat is on everywhere, from high school football practice in Idaho to far away as Texas, where the M’s hope to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Has the temperature hit triple digits where you live? Not yet here in Spokane, but it will later this week. It certainly will in Lewiston, …


Grip on Sports: The weekend shows once again Gonzaga is an attractive destination for Europe’s best young big men

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been more memorable weekends in sports history – that one back in April, 1986 comes to mind – but a couple of interesting …


Grip on Sports: College football’s sounds are back, doing their best to drown out the noises from the M’s recent face plant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whistles. Horns. Loud voices. Cleats on cement. Deep breathing. Cries of joy – and disappointment. Feet hitting turf. Such are the sounds of football practice. …


Grip on Sports: Back to school shopping should always include a football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is August the Sunday of summer? You know, the summer month you really can’t enjoy because school is right around the corner. Or is it …


Grip on Sports: Seattle is going through another of those battles between the rich and famous

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the not-so-fun aspects of NFL camps in the summer is watching millionaires disagree with billionaires. Can’t they all get just along? Read on.


Grip on Sports: If the weather cools, it’s possible football won’t be disrupted by smoke this August

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in the Latin roots of the word August there must be a shirttail relationship to another word: smoke. They seem to come to us …


Grip on Sports: Albi Stadium’s future has become a fumble that no one wants to recover

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, those who can’t remember the past may be condemned to repeat it. But George Santayana’s widely quoted philosophical theorem also has a corollary: Those …


Grip on Sports: Both the A’s and the Mariners have found the road through Colorado a bit rocky

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny, really. The Colorado Rockies aren’t in the American League West. Heck, they aren’t even in the American League. But they may end up …


Grip on Sports: Though the labor has started, it is still a long time until this year’s football season is born

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When a friend or relative welcomes a new baby into the family, what’s the first thing you want to do? My guess is it isn’t …


Grip on Sports: Though the M’s are still holding on to a coveted wild-card spot, the Oakland A’s are closing fast

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s sort of sad really. Here the Mariners are, trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back nearly to the last century, and they …


Grip on Sports: From Hollywood to Sodo to Spokane, today’s subjects are far flung geographically – and in other ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Settle in folks. It may be a Thursday in late July, but it isn’t a day to relax around these parts. Way too much news, …


Grip on Sports: There may not be any change-your-life breaking news at a football media day, but there is usually something fun to break up a hot July day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is the 25th day of July. Which means we are in the heart of summer. But it might as well be the 25th …


Grip on Sports: Home is not only where the heart is, it is usually where the wins are

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is nothing like coming back home. In every aspect. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The British Open had a surprise winner who played with a surprising calm

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The drama that is a major golf tournament was on display in Scotland yesterday. Heck, even a sentimental favorite took the lead at one point. …


Grip on Sports: In a game dominated by the long ball, the Mariners’ Jean Segura hit the most dramatic one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You get a home run. You get a home run. And you get a home run. Heck, everyone gets a home run. It’s the All-Star …


Grip on Sports: Memories of the home run derby need to be dusted off and updated for the next generation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in a storage locker on Spokane’s South Hill sits a box. It contains as many VHS tapes as would fit. And among those tapes …


Grip on Sports: It’s hard to explain momentum in sports until the rock rolls over your playoff hopes

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Momentum is the most mercurial entity in sports, especially professional sports. And yet it’s hard to prove it even exists. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The rest of the world has other things on their mind today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We could wail about the Mariners again, but that seems a bit redundant. Or we could wonder what the upcoming college football season will hold, …


Grip on Sports: As the Mariners swoon, the urge to panic may set in

A GRIP ON SPORTS • No, it’s not time to panic. Unless you really want to. Then feel free. Read on.


Grip on Sports: James Paxton follows Felix’s lead, even down to the back soreness

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Trying to emulate Felix Hernandez’s career path is one thing, but maybe James Paxton is taking this worship of the King a bit too far. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzales has been the biggest surprise for the surprising Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • NFL teams can go from mediocre to pretty good quickly. NBA squads become playoff teams sometimes overnight. But to go from below average to good …


Grip on Sports: Sports books can give you the backstory on athletes and their choices

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many great books written about sports, both in the fiction and non-fiction genre. And some, while true, seem almost to be a bit …


Grip on Sports: Another piece of our connection to the Sonics passes with Shelton’s death

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another piece of Northwest history passed recently a lot sooner than could be expected. Lonnie Shelton, who put the muscle in the SuperSonics’ 1979 championship …


Grip on Sports: The M’s have a trio of all-stars chosen, but also miss out on a couple more

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whenever choices are made, there will be people upset with those choices. It’s a reality of life that will never change. And it was illustrated …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga puts the puzzle of its nonconference schedule together with an eye on another shot at a national title

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball scheduling isn’t easy. There is so many competing interests to balance it’s at times like a game of Catan with a piece missing. …


Grip on Sports: ‘The Lake’ life makes us jealous but also makes it easier to get around these parts on weekends

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the weekend. And not just any weekend. A weekend in the middle of July. Which means the only sporting venue with a chance to …