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Grip on Sports: The weekend gets off to a running start tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Thursday, which means, in sports-speak, the weekend begins. And it begins in Seattle, where the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers get together for …


Grip on Sports: The local college football possibilities are almost unlimited today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, we know college basketball season is underway. Eastern Washington played last night and Gonzaga hosts Texas Southern this evening. But Saturdays are still dominated …


Grip on Sports: When it comes to a new football facility’s location, the question shouldn’t have been asked in the first place

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Real estate is all about the three L-words. You know them. One is location. So are the other two. So why did folks vote to …


Grip on Sports: How many times can Jerry Dipoto be allowed to trade for one guy?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Your cell phone rings. You look at the caller I.D. It is Mariners’ general manager Jerry Dipoto. If you happen to be one of the …


Grip on Sports: Sunday didn’t live up to expectations for Seattle’s football teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was not a good Sunday for football teams in Seattle. Not good at all. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Washington State has its hands around the Pac-12 but that may be as far as it goes

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, ya, singing college football’s praises. It was another good Saturday for the local teams. Or should we use the term great …


Grip on Sports: OK, so the season hasn’t ‘officially’ started yet, but Gonzaga was on TV last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball season isn’t officially here. But it sure seemed like it was last night. There was a game on television and everything. Read on.


Grip on Sports: We interrupt this football season to welcome in college basketball

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College football season may be in the stretch run, but that has to take a back seat this morning. There is way too much college …


Grip on Sports: Happenings in Maryland makes one wonder who is really in charge of some of our nation’s college campuses

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is Halloween. A scary night. But we are going to tell you a scary story that has nothing to do with Halloween. It has …


Grip on Sports: Sometimes sports can be exhilarating and sometimes it can be cruel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There isn’t a lot going on, is there? Dead time of the year and all that. Ya, right. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks are playing better, sure, but are they a contender for the ultimate prize?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Seahawks, coming off a bye, played well yesterday in Detroit. They won handily over another average NFL team, the Lions. Enjoy it. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The pressure continues to mount on Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want another piece of evidence times have changed (as they always do)? One of my friends used to have a toy, a blow-up, hard-rubber clown …


Grip on Sports: As the college basketball season prepares to tip off, Gonzaga once again is one of the sport’s bluebloods

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball polls really don’t matter, do they? It’s a sport that determines its champion through competition, not a vote. So why does it seem …


Grip on Sports: The weekend is over and an uncertain future beckons

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a Monday morning after an eventful weekend. One that included a surprisingly calm Sunday following hard on the heels of a maniac Saturday. Read …


Grip on Sports: The Inland Northwest must have picked up some fans yesterday as WSU put the area’s best foot forward

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was a long day yesterday. But it was a fun one, unless your day consisted of raking leaves and cleaning out gutters. For those …


Grip on Sports: If a bus garners this much attention, what will the show itself bring?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We wrote about baseball yesterday. We can’t do it today as well. Instead we will write about a bus rolling into Pullman. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s always fun to celebrate a postseason win no matter how it happens

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball suckered me in last night. Like a zombie emerging from a grave, the Dodger/Brewer game grabbed me by the ankle and held on for …


Grip on Sports: It’s time to head home if only to be able to watch sports at a reasonable hour

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you’ve been paying attention the past week, you would know the Grippi family has been on vacation on the East Coast. It’s the first …


Grip on Sports: The college basketball season can’t start fast enough for some but is too early for others

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball games are right around the corner. Seems awful early, doesn’t it? Not anymore it doesn’t. Read on.


Grip on Sports: When replay reviews overshadow the game results, no one should be excited

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was some baseball to watch last night, including three teams with as much pedigree in the major leagues. But the biggest star? Replay. Read …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks don’t win, but the rest of the weekend is OK

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you are in a tourist location, it is important to visit the sites. All the sites. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No matter where you are, you never are far from making new fan friends

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sports brings people together, right? And just as often drives them apart. Read on.


Grip on Sports: If Washington State takes care of the football today it will be really tough for Utah to win

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a storyline heading into today’s Homecoming game in Pullman. Can the Utah offense outscore Washington State’s? Hate to be a contrarian, but what …


Grip on Sports: Never be concerned about the Cougars’ returning receivers as there will always be talent in Pullman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there is one lesson that had to be learned over and over again in Mike Leach’s tenure at Washington State, it is to never …


Grip on Sports: A couple of eagerly awaited wins allows us to celebrate the present without worrying about the past – or future

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Monday morning. This one seems different. Why? A couple of wins yesterday. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The weekend’s action can grind us all into dust

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’re going to try something new today: Quick-hitting, short thoughts on the news of the weekend. Let’s see how it works out. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s no fantasy; the college football weekend around here starts on Friday night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sign of the apocalypse No. 1,720: An email arrived in the inbox this morning wondering if I wanted to play fantasy hockey. Yes, fantasy hockey. …


Grip on Sports: After denying the importance of the game, WSU denies Eastern much of a chance for another upset

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State’s week of denial ended Saturday night with its defense denying Eastern Washington much of a chance to score. And the Cougars showing on …


Grip on Sports: Let’s just say goodbye to summer a bit early

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A Pac-12 showdown in Salt Lake City. A big local showdown in Pullman. Intersectional games on the television. Yep, fall Saturdays are here, even if …


Grip on Sports: It’s a miracle there is a lot of excitement about a punter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It has come to this: The Mariners need a miracle and the Seahawks were raving about their punter. This wasn’t the scenario we thought we …