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Grip on Sports: Gonzaga learns its NCAA fate this afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Their place in the tournament has been locked in since their tournament win in Hawaii, more than likely. But this afternoon the Gonzaga Bulldogs discover …


Grip on Sports: Will the Eagles find a way to earn another NCAA berth tonight?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday morning again. Which means you probably have a lot of fun things planned. Me too. But first we have to get this darn …


Grip on Sports: The Cougars decide to pay now for the last five years instead of waiting any longer

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State made a change in its basketball program leadership yesterday. Bit the $4.2 million artillery shell and fired head coach Ernie Kent. At least …


Grip on Sports: Wednesday night’s loss marked the end of WSU’s basketball season but probably not Ernie Kent’s tenure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is this the end? The end of Ernie Kent’s elaborate plans? Of everything that stands in Washington State’s basketball program, the end? Read on.


Grip on Sports: There are bad days and then there are awful days, like the one Gonzaga had Tuesday in Las Vegas

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone who has ever visited Las Vegas can look back on a bad day or two in Sin City. It’s inevitable or they wouldn’t keep …


Grip on Sports: After two decades, the Gonzaga basketball phenomenon just keeps rolling

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some of us are old enough to remember 1999. Y2K, The Matrix, Jose Mesa, Livin’ la Vida Loca, Vin Baker’s knee, Jar Jar Binks. But …


Grip on Sports: If you gave up watching the Zags for Lent, you finally can break your vow this evening

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga basketball withdrawal symptoms are easy to identify. One of the more prominent is spending your Sunday arguing if the double bye the Zags received …


Grip on Sports: If you like upsets, the WCC tournament has been almost perfect thus far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you decided not to worry about the West Coast Conference tournament until it was Gonzaga’s turn to play, you’ve missed a lot. How much? …


Grip on Sports: Daylight saving time is coming, so maybe now the snow can melt

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What are your plans for the weekend? Do they include any basketball? Or is a marvelous movie on the horizon? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Now you know March is really here – postseason college basketball tournaments are beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • And so it begins. If you were flipping around the dial last night, you may have seen snippets – or full games ­– from the …


Grip on Sports: Pac-12 basketball just doesn’t have the same excitement it had for years and years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • I’m not sure why Pac-12 basketball is so down this season. But I am sure about one thing: It doesn’t hold my interest like it …


Grip on Sports: Awards are nice and all, but they are only the appetizer for what is ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are looking forward to the next week. And the week after that. And the week after that. And … well, you get the picture. …


Grip on Sports: It may be March, but we are snowed under with college football news today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Went to bed last night with two feet of snow on the ground and the knowledge we live in an area where college basketball is …


Grip on Sports: It’s a good week to get ready for college basketball’s drive to the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Take a breath. Relax. Sit calmly for a moment. It’s time to prepare for college basketball’s stretch run. Read on.


Grip on Sports: High school basketball is over, but that’s just the beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yeah, basketball season. Not to be confused with baseball season or soccer season or anything else right now. Especially at the …


Grip on Sports: The newsboys on the corners may be gone, but the S-R sports section just keeps churning out the coverage

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you think newspapers are an extinct form of information delivery, think again. Today’s S-R sports page is proof they are still alive and typing. …


Grip on Sports: Thank goodness February is over – and it’s ending the right way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the last day of February, the shortest, and longest, month of the year. Tomorrow we begin March, which is appropriately named because it …


Grip on Sports: There is nothing worse than a life lost way too young. Nothing.

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s ugly outside. Really ugly. It fits. Once again we are dealing with a life lost way too soon. Read on.


Grip on Sports: After a loaded weekend, we need to take a breath and regroup on Mondays

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Tuesday. Let’s get right to it. Read on.


Grip on Sports: If you can later this week, sneak out of your office space and wander over to the Arena for a State B break

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So what’s on your agenda for the work week? TPS reports? Destroying your computer? Ordering a new stapler? How about sneaking away for a hot …


Grip on Sports: You didn’t have to look too hard to find some college basketball to celebrate on Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you aren’t watching college basketball on your Saturdays this time of year, you aren’t doing Saturday right. That’s all I have to say about …


Grip on Sports: Times change but Senior Night still carries emotional baggage for the home team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe it’s because we qualify for the senior discount these days, but it seems a good morning to have a talk about senior nights. Read …


Grip on Sports: Josh Perkins, senior version, earns his due as he passes his way into Gonzaga’s record book

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Records are, more than anything, just a target to shoot at. A goal to aspire to. And any other cliché you can think of that …


Grip on Sports: If you love basketball, this is the right time of the year for you

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, we took a respite from college hoops and talked baseball instead. That was yesterday. Today is different. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No it’s not spring yet, unless you are referring to spring training and a player who is in ‘the best shape of his life’

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is more than a foot of snow in the backyard. The sun has spent most of February hiding behind an offensive line of clouds. …


Grip on Sports: When a game comes down to whether or not someone can operate a stopwatch accurately, then we’ve jumped the video review shark

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is an argument for video review in college basketball. There is also an argument against it. And there should be a discussion about when …


Grip on Sports: Love him or not, Walton has a story to tell … lots of them in fact

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In the spring of 1979, the UC Irvine women’s basketball team held their awards banquet in Newport Beach. The featured speaker? A big redhead guy …


Grip on Sports: It’s a tough lesson to learn, but winning tight games is an acquired skill for every team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Learning how to win is a tough aspect of sports some people overlook. Until it becomes part of a team’s skill set, there can be …


Grip on Sports: If winning is your goal, there are two area college basketball programs that complete your quest most every game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you asked any college basketball fan what they wanted most from their team, winning would be No. 1 on their list, right? No one …


Grip on Sports: A late start is actually followed by Gonzaga’s late start – but also another double-digit win

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The staff here at Grip on Sports is not a huge fan of late Gonzaga basketball games. When a game begins at 8 p.m., it’s …