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Where did everybody go?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Ever been around Spokane on Memorial Day weekend? I'm guessing not. Because there is nobody here. Driving around town yesterday I was struck again on how this place empties out on the first unofficial weekend of summer. Read on.

Nothing enlivens a dull day like a good tantrum

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I don't know what it is about a explosive managerial meltdown about a missed call, but I have to admit I like it. Read on.

There was a lot going on Saturday

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Was it a busy Saturday? Well, you decide. The Cougars played their spring game. The Eagles played their spring game. It seems as if the Vandals played their bowl game Friday night. And there was an uproar in the NBA that had nothing to do with the officiating – or the games for that matter. Read on.

There are some shining lights out there

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As the good ship Mariner slowly sinks in the west, let's take a moment to be thankful for some of the good things out there. Read on.

Golf supplies its own drama

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No writer's block today. The subject of today's column is obvious. Read on.

As Yogi might say, it’s not over but it’s over

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The college basketball season in these parts is officially over. The ending wasn't what anyone wanted, I'm sure. For any of the area's teams. Read on.

The next couples day are about recuperating

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There is a move afoot, brought to you by our friends at Budweiser, to make the opening day of baseball season a national holiday. Publicity stunt? Sure. Heck, baseball's Opening Day isn't even the most important day in American sports these days. It's probably a poor third. Heck, in my eyes, if any day (or days) deserves national holiday status, it is today. And/or tomorrow. Call them Cinderella Days. Then the males of this country wouldn't have to schedule surgical procedures earlier in the week just to be able to enjoy them. Read on.

The madness begins tonight

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Thanks to the magic of the “first round,” the NCAA tournament begins tonight. Imagine, being picked on Sunday night, flying to Dayton on a Monday and then playing on a Tuesday. Lots of prep time contained in there. And lots of time for school too. Read on.

Upsets and near-upsets highlight a busy Saturday

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Do you know what time it is? Yep, an hour earlier than it should be. But the clock didn't strike midnight for a couple of local basketball teams. And it did for others. Of course. Read on.

Our sports scene is overflowing

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When we woke up this morning, there was just a hint of the sunrise to come. Just enough light in the house that the phone/flashlight was not needed. But it will be tomorrow. Yep, we spring ahead in the wee hours of the morning (miss you Frank) as Daylight Savings Time kicks in. And you know what? It's too darn soon for that. Heck, this weekend is so crowded, we need all the hours we can get. We can't lose one. Read on.

Nothing good can come of this

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Some mornings you just feel like whining a bit. But what good would that do? The day is still going to happen. And you are going to be a part of it. It's better than the alternative, right? Read on.

There is someone to blame for WSU’s woes

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Remember that scene in “Titanic” when the lookout spies the iceberg, yells down a warning from his perch and they try to turn the ship out of harm's way? Me too. But I bet you're asking yourself, “What does that have to do with sports?” Read on.

High school ties bind forever

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When does the statute of limitations expire on rooting for your high school? Never? Read on.

It’s time for February to go away

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All I can say is it's about darn time. Tomorrow is March 1. Today is the final day of February. Thank goodness. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of winter. And ready for the madness of March. Read on.

It’s cold out there every day

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OK campers, rise and shine. And don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooold out there today. Read on.

The years roll by but prep playoffs remain as competitive

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Funny thing when you get into a Twitter spat with someone. They often times try to insult someone of my advancing years by exaggerating my age. Like, say, insinuating I'm 80 or something. Little do the youngsters know, when you get to these senior years, 80 starts to look really good. As in, “I hope I'm still around when I'm supposed to be 80.”  Read on.

Is there change in the air?

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So what does the future hold in Pullman? That's the $1.7-million question, isn't it? Read on.

There are folks around these parts who know how to worry

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There is angst in Gonzagaville this morning. Why? The Zags blew a lead in Memphis last night and lost, 60-54, to the 24th-ranked Tigers. But that, in itself, isn't what's causing the heartburn. It is what the loss may portend come Selection Sunday. Should it? Read on.

Sometimes it is good to start the weekend with a laugh

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It's Saturday. I'm sure you have a lot to do. I know I do. So let's get right after it. Read on.

Game day is finally here – let’s get to it

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The hype is, or should be, behind us. The game is all that's left. Today we find out if the Seahawks will be NFL champions. Read on.

A cliche can’t be wrong, can it?

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There is one sporting philosophy I've always relied upon. Not just for the past few years or decades, but my entire life. I can't go against it now, can I? Read on.

A different sound last night

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There was something a bit different about Gonzaga's game against BYU on ESPN2 last night. I just couldn't put my finger on it. Well, honestly, yes I could. Read on.

Nightmares are part of the game

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If you've read this column for any length of time – and we are in our third year here – you know there are only two things I root for when covering a football game: A quick contest and that no one gets hurt. Neither happened last Sunday in the NFC Championship game. Read on.

This is even bigger than St. Nick

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Can you believe it? It's finally here. No, not Christmas. That flew by last month with hardly a ripple in our household. I'm talking about today's NFC Championship. Heck, I think we bought more foodstuffs for this afternoon than we purchased for Christmas dinner. And a more eclectic variety too. I guess it's appropriate. In some ways today is bigger. Read on.

What will next week and the week after be like?

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It hit me this morning as I was reading the 73rd story of the day on the Seahawks/49ers game. All this hype. And it's just the NFC Championship game. Not the Super Bowl. The NFC Championship. A semifinal if you will. What happens if Seattle wins? What will the next two weeks look like? Read on.

Which do you prefer?

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As a fan, would you rather have your team, in this case the Seattle Seahawks, win a playoff game in a dominant fashion, making it look easy, or would you rather have them gut out a win? It's a legitimate question, especially after yesterday. Read on.

The snow and the rain and the bright sunshine

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It's easy to wonder if the term, “the calm before the storm,” was first coined in Seattle. After all, this time of year it always seems storming in the Puget Sound, especially around CenturyLink Field. Read on.

Get a win, have a party

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I knew it was coming so I stayed up late to watch it. It is so much fun to watch a college basketball fan base treat a mid-January game as if it is the national title championship. But, in a way, to them it is. Read on.

Cougars look better than expected against Colorado

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Wasn't it Mark Twain who said “the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” or something like that? It's quite possible that witticism could apply to Washington State's basketball team. That's if the Cougars continue to play like they did on Wednesday night in the Spokane Arena. Read on.