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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 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: 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: 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: 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 …


Grip on Sports: Wherever it is sung, ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ sounds the same

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did the rocket’s red glare lift you up or knock you down last night? It did both around here. The Indians’ fireworks were a celebration …


Grip on Sports: The Fourth and baseball go together like a hot dog and mustard, especially when the local team is winning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you ready to celebrate? To shoot off some fireworks? To call your sister, brother, mom or dad and wish them a happy Fourth? Exchange …


Grip on Sports: Even after a day off, some things just don’t change – but others do

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, the Mariners were winning. They still are. And Hoopfest was coming. It’s here. And some old Zags were playing hoops. …


Grip on Sports: It’s not Christmas, it’s better. Hoopfest is back this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many good weekends around here. Memorial Day weekend is always fun. Labor Day weekend means college football is beginning. The weekend that includes …


Grip on Sports: Winning a College World Series title is the thing dreams are made of

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you are young, you have goals. Dreams even. Realizing them is hard. But that doesn’t mean you forget them. Read on.


Grip on Sports: We interrupt this summer of baseball with a bit of football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We may not be all that far away from July, but today is a good day to touch base with football. Indoor and outdoor football. …


Grip on Sports: The Mariners’ bullpen is ‘seriously regressing’

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What’s on tap for your Saturday? Is there any chance you’ll be digging a big hole in the backyard, preparing a place to bury your …


Grip on Sports: It’s time to plan for warm summer nights watching the Spokane Indians fly around Avista Stadium

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weatherman tells us it’s going to get real warm around here soon. Which is appropriate, considering summer is officially just around the next bend. …


Grip on Sports: This Triple Crown thing is getting a bit redundant … or at least it seems that way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was just three years ago when horse racing aficionados wondered if there would ever be another Triple Crown winner. After all, 37 years had …


Sounders break scoring drought, rally in second half to top D.C. United

Depending on how recent you want to take recent history, a second half go-ahead goal by their Saturday night opponent could have left the Sounders either downcast or slightly optimistic.


Grip on Sports: The Warriors win again and this time it isn’t even close

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Now this is the type of June (weather) we remember. Except, in our memories, there was nothing like the Warriors. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Just shrug, say ‘that’s baseball’ and get ready for Tampa

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there was ever a term invented for what happened to the Mariners last night in Houston, “that’s baseball” is it. Nothing more is needed. …


Grip on Sports: Mariners, Paxton get the drop on Houston and now know they will leave town still on top in the West

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was an old-time showdown in Houston last night, but the script lacked a bit of drama. If you are a Mariners’ fan, it’s pretty …


Grip on Sports: Is there nothing Mr. Unlimited can’t do? Well, his name says it all

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want a professional sports franchise in your city? You should call Mr. Incredible. Wait, that’s not it. He’s out fighting crimes and getting ready …


Grip on Sports: Another year of building memories is over for high school athletes

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s take a break, shall we? A break from all the Mariner news. Instead let’s say goodbye to something that’s ridden along with us for …


Grip on Sports: As summer looms, the promise of a strong pitching staff gives Mariner fans hope

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Holiday weekends are the best. And the one that kicks off summer? The best of the best. Especially when the Mariners have an ace. Read …


Grip on Sports: If anger isn’t one of the emotions you are feeling about Robinson Cano’s suspension, it should be

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Don’t pretend you aren’t at least a little ticked off at Robinson Cano. You should be. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No one knows if Washington or Idaho will take the gamble on sports betting

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that gambling on sports was a state’s rights issue, it was easy to imagine a world in which everyone …


Grip on Sports: The sun may have been shining in Seattle on Sunday but it was a dark, dark day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday was beautiful around here. Sunny, warm, a perfect day to celebrate motherhood. But 285 miles to the west, it was a dark, deplorable day, …


Grip on Sports: It’s Mom’s day, though every day should be

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Mother’s Day. In lieu of flowers, we offer a tribute to mom’s everywhere. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Take some time before smelling the blooming flowers today to find out what’s happening in the world of sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe the best spring weekend of the year, weather-wise, beckons. So we’ll get out of the way quickly. Though we have a little to say. …


Grip on Sports: There are local connections throughout the playoffs that highlight this month

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s check the schedule to see what’s going on in the world of sports this second week of May. There are the NHL and NBA …