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It’s the week of regional rivalries

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You a Cougar fan? How about Gonzaga? Both? If it's the last one, then it is going to be a tough couple days for you. Read on.

Seahawk defense puts the D in domination

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Pulled out my dictionary this morning from its storage spot, under the broken back leg of our old couch. Blew off the dust and opened it to the “D” section. Flipped through until I found the word domination. Much to my surprise, there wasn't a picture of the Seahawks defense. Read on.

Winners and losers from a great Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Well, that was fun. Even for the one team in the area that didn't post a “W.” And for all of us who got to watch. Read on.

A fun day is on tap

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is there a bigger Saturday than this one? Read on.

College football’s wild day could hit here

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If you follow college football, yesterday morning was pretty exciting. And no one even played. Read on.

A win is sweeter when it comes with some adversity

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It can be dangerous to be Italian. No, I'm not making a Mafia reference or anything like that. That would be wrong. It's just that, for some reason, Italians like to talk with their hands. I know, strange. But there I was yesterday, channeling my inner Sicilian, talking with my hands – in a radio studio no less, where no one can see me – and my right one just happens to collide with part of the decorations. My hand got the worst of it. After cleaning up the blood (and no, I am proud to say, I didn't faint), we were able to continue. What is it coaches always say? You have to play through adversity? Just like a couple of our local college basketball teams did last night. Bloodied, sure. Bowed, maybe. But not beaten. Read on.

In this case, missing a block is a good thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS

One thing I never worry about: writer's block. I just yell “lookout,” as I did years ago on the football field, and move on. So, like those quarterbacks and running backs of yesteryear, you've been warned. Read on.

A hot stove is always appreciated

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Is it too early to start thinking about baseball season? When it's 25 degrees outside, is wishing for spring appropriate? What say you? Read on.

Sports can be downright cruel

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Cruel is not a word that's used often in relationship to sports, at least not in this space. But yesterday was a cruel day around here, in more ways than one. Read on.

Will tonight be another of those epic Apple Cups?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's Apple Cup Saturday, which is sort of a big deal around here. That it might possibly bleed into Apple Cup Sunday, well, that's not such a big deal, is it? Read on.

Who will fly tonight?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Being it is the Thanksgiving holiday, I contemplated taking the day off. Relaxing, sleeping in and all that. But I couldn't. Not with all the sports news out there. And with the Seahawks' biggest game of the season coming our way this evening. Read on.

It all seemed a little out of place

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes, even mature adults get that mixed up. Read on.

Eagles fly higher than they ever have before

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There's a fun game to play in the local sports bar with your buddies. You know the one I'm talking about, where you pick a subject and argue for hours. The most dominant Seattle Mariner pitcher? The Seahawk who meant the most to the franchise? Most entertaining Apple Cup? Well today we have a subject that, while interesting, wouldn't lead to a long discussion. Best non-conference win in Eastern Washington basketball history? Read on.

An early start to college football’s Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I hope the bacon is already cooking. The pancake batter better be mixed and ready to go. And the oranges cut in half, waiting to be squeezed. Why? The Cougar game is about ready to start. Brunch before the game or lunch at halftime? You decide. Read on.

Overlap just makes our laps grow larger

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Want to talk football? It's possible right now because the NFL schedule is in full swing and college football is coming down to the wire. Want to talk basketball? Why not, college basketball is ramping up and the NBA has been going for a while. It's overlap season, that exciting time of the year when all manner of sports fight for your attention with ads for Black Friday sales and snow tires. Read on.

Sometimes we are just a fool in the rain

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From here to there and back again. Sounds like a '60s/'70s music anthology featuring Led Zeppelin or someone. But no, that's not it. It just describes where we are headed today. Read on.

What time is the right time?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What time is the right time to start a college football game? Is it 11 in the morning? Or 1:30 in the afternoon? How about 7:30 at night? Read on.

Zags have already tasted some success

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's not easy putting a team together from what basically is scratch. Taking less than a handful of returning players and using them as the base, mixing in new faces in the starting lineup and off the bench. It's not the usual recipe for success. But Mark Few and the Zags seem to be cooking already. Read on.

Winning out isn’t all that easy

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Want to know what the dumbest statement in all of sports is right now? “If they win out.” Using the term in relationship to college football is just plain silly. Nobody “wins out” anymore. Well, except maybe one team. Read on.

Another busy Friday night – and day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Friday was the night the lights were turned on in college basketball arenas all over America. It was also, as usual for the fall, a high school football night. Read on.

College basketball is back – thank goodness

A GRIP ON SPORTS – ON THE ROAD

The band is setting up, the fans are, slowly, beginning to wander in as we are about 45 minutes away from the college basketball season beginning. In Cheney. Who knew that would be the spot? Read on.

Felix’s numbers didn’t come up this time

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Just when you think you have baseball's postseason award voters figured out, the target moves again. As that long-time Red Sox fan Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. The hobgoblins took down Felix Hernandez this time. Or was it the little minds? I'm not sure. Read on.

As weather cools off, college football talk heats up

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There's a line in the movie “Groundhog Day” that seems appropriate this morning. “It's cold out there every day.” Yes, “every day” has already arrived. And it's not even Thanksgiving. So when you leave the house today, don't forget your booties. Read on.

Not just another day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's Veterans Day, which means I should be sharing a story with you about the most important veteran in my life. Read on.

Seahawks pound New York into submission

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is something about a ground and pound football game. It goes quicker, for one thing. And it seems a bit like a schoolyard brawl for another, though I'm not sure those type of things are allowed anymore. It's just different than the modern-day, throw-it-all-over-the-field contests that are so typical of the NFL now. We were able to view a game right out of the 1950s yesterday, though with all the modern conveniences like instant replay, diet soda and Hot Pockets. Read on.

Falk gets his chance for Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A new era in Washington State football begins today in Corvallis. It may be a three-game “era” or it may last longer. Today's game won't completely determine that, but it will go a long way in the decision. Read on.

Yes, the college football season is nearing the end

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I know this can be hard to swallow, but the college football season is winding down. Really. Read on.

Cross country races can stay with you for a while

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Of all athletic endeavors, running seems to be the most basic. Just about everyone has done it at some point in their life, whether it was in competition or just to get to the fridge quick enough to get back in time to watch a game-winning field goal. Basic. But running, as is practiced in a cross country race, is anything but. There's more strategy than the average Joe imagines. And more drama. Read on.

Is Mike Leach looking to make more changes?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Has Washington State's football season been disappointing? Yes. This was the season the Cougars were supposed to turn the corner, remember? Last year, when WSU earned the right to blow a late lead in the New Mexico Bowl, was a surprise, a season ahead of schedule. This was supposed to be the year of the revival. Nine games in, we all know it didn't happen. So will there be repercussions? Read on.

What’s wrong with a little mystery between rivals?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

How would you define “gamesmanship?” Type the word into your Google machine and it spits out such words as “questionable” and “ploy” and “unethical.” All words with negative connotations. But is it really all that bad? Read on.