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It is a very good year

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Will we look back on 2013 as the year everything turned around in Northwest sports? Maybe. Read on.

Yes, it is a big Sunday

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Can't quite remember a bigger Sunday. The Seahawks are in San Francisco for an afternoon battle with the 49ers. The Cougars will find out their bowl fate. And I promised Kim we would get a Christmas tree. Guess which one is the priority? Read on.

We’re going to be extra nice this month

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It is officially December. The last month of the year. Christmas season. After 11 months of grumpiness, it is time to make sure you are nice. We will follow that dictum. Read on.

My prediction for today: Sunny and 85

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You know, when you are in the forest and dangers lurk all around, you are supposed to be quiet, right? Avoid doing anything that will attract the attention of the predators. Keep under their radar. Don't wake the bear. Good advice. Maybe someday I'll follow it. Read on.

It could be a big day for WSU

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This could be a day Washington State football fans tell their grandchildren about. Or not. Read on.

Don’t sweat it

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Angst. It is a real thing, not just some made up word that sounds really cool. And it goes really well when paired with another word, like, say, "bowl."  Read on.

A busy Saturday is always nice

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Yesterday was a Saturday to remember. The Cougars won their third road game of the Pac-12 football season, something that hasn't occurred since 2006. The Eastern Eagles clinched the Big Sky championship and have a chance to post an unbeaten conference record. And we got to watch an oil tanker-full of college football. Read on.

It is just one of those days

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Some days I head downstairs to write knowing exactly what I am going to pontificate about. Today is not one of those days. Read on.

By 10 p.m. the eyes started to glaze

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I spent the entire day yesterday watching college basketball. Yep, the entire day. And I came to a couple conclusions. Read on.

A little something special this morning

A GRIP ON SPORTS

On the night of the biggest football game in the Pac-12 this season, we are going to talk … basketball? Yep, we're talking hoops. Read on.

Leach, Halliday go down throwing

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Jeez, without a Seahawk game, what do we write about on a Sunday morning? Maybe a few NCAA passing records and what they mean? Read on.

Baseball needs to makes some changes

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As you age, you are supposed to get more set in your ways. That doesn't seem to be true as it relates to my relationship with baseball. Read on.

As a wise man once said, it ain’t over until it’s over

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The best thing about baseball? There is no clock. You never know when a game will end. The worst thing about baseball, at least last night? There is no clock, and I just couldn't hold out until the end. Read on.

Making the not-so-smart choice

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I'm sort of torn today. I'm not sure which way to go. Should I rip the Mariners for something that hasn't been proven, though sounds real, or should I keep it topical and write about college football? Read on.

Despite the late hour, some things were obvious

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I'm not much of a late-night guy anymore. But, like a lot of you, I stayed up through the end of the Stanford vs. Washington game last night and I'm glad I did. I learned a couple things. One is Washington is pretty darn good. The other is "indisputable video evidence" is different in different circumstances. Read on.

Pacific defeats Whitworth 31-21

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered Whitworth's homecoming game against Pacific.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Russell Wilson reminds me of someone

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While watching the Seahawks game yesterday, I heard the announcer say something about Russell Wilson. And it triggered a memory. Read on.

There are good things about today

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The best thing about Sundays? If your college football team won, you have all day to savor it. If your team lost, then you can use the NFL to cleanse your palate. Read on.

Don’t get in Red Bryant’s way

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There was a GIF circulating on the Net yesterday. It featured the Hawks' Red Bryant in the starring role. Also featured, in a supporting role no one ever wants, was former Idaho star and now 49er guard Mike Iupati. Read on.

A good morning to look back … and ahead

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It's not often there's a college football game played on the Palouse in which the temperature is north of 90 degrees at the start. Certainly not in Moscow, where the Idaho Vandals play inside their air-conditioned dome. But it's possible in Pullman and such was the case Saturday. Yet the weather wasn't a factor, and was not even the hottest topic as Washington State routed Southern Utah. Read on.

The schedule doesn’t look all that bad anymore

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When the 2013 Washington State football schedule was released, Cougar fans across the nation – OK, across the Northwest – looked at the first two games and their heads fell. Auburn at Auburn? Well, that's on us. That was our choice. But followed by USC at USC? Really? Thanks Pac-12 for such a nice, soft opener to conference play. Well, it turned out OK. Read on.

You can always learn no matter how interested you are

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My name is Vince Grippi and I am not a college football junkie. Sure, I enjoy the sport. And I will watch it as often as possible. But do I need to watch it? Nah. At 10 last evening I had no trouble turning off the TV during halftime of USC's win over Hawaii and closing my eyes. Oh, sure, later I checked the score on the iPhone a couple times, but it's not as if I needed to. It was because I couldn't sleep. Nor did I need to watch South Carolina storm past North Carolina or Utah kick its little brother, Utah State. I did those things because I am required to by my jobs. If I didn't watch, how could I intelligently write or talk about the games? Heck, I watched parts of the Seahawks preseason game against the Raiders and the Mariners win over Houston. No one would do that if they didn't have to because of work, right? I will say this. In between the lightning bolts – on and above the fields – I learned some things about this just-out-of-the-shell college football season. Three things in fact. Read on.

An almost overwhelming day

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It's not often we get overwhelmed. But today was one of those days. Want to find out why? Read on.

A simple change would do it

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What is that old saying? A man works from sun to sun, but a online sports columnist's work is never done? Or something like that. Read on.

A few flakes among all the mud

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Sometimes I have this vision of myself as a gold miner in California, circa 1850. A crusty old guy with a filthy hat, overalls, a bad limp and a pie plate from Marie Calendar's. Bent over the waters of the Internet, I picking up a bunch a mud, swirl the plate over and over again and, Eureka, a couple of nuggets appear in the bottom. Read on.

Mariners sucking the life out of the season

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Really, I am at a loss. It's not that bad, though. Not as bad as an eight-game losing streak. Not even close. But therein lies the problem. It's May, late May actually, and the local major league baseball team is once again in a funk. And there is only so much you can write about a franchise that seemingly every year hits a stretch that ensures a long slide to the lower reaches of the standings. Read on.

The definition of light has changed

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It's funny. I expected today to be a really light day in the world of sports. It's kind of an in-between day, actually, in-between the weekend's college hoop action. But after doing my usual spin around the Web, I ended up with three-dozen stories to link. I guess that's what qualifies as light these days. Read on.

There was this guy …

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Ever wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep? A million thoughts are running through your head. Finally your mind focuses on one. You refine the thought, clean it up, mull it over and decide it's brilliant. Something that is perfect. Just what you need. Sleep comes. When you wake in the morning you can't remember what it was. Then it hits you. That's it. That's what you were thinking about. And guess what? It's really, really stupid. Read on.

Two is always better than one

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A lot of money could be on the line in Las Vegas tonight, and we're not talking about what's happening in the casinos. We're talking about the game between Gonzaga and St. Mary's. Read on.