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Hey, sometimes a little jingoism isn’t a bad thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The World Cup championship match is this afternoon. Seems like a good reason to put on a red, white or blue shirt, burn some meat on the barbecue and cheer for the U.S. women. Read on.

Time to celebrate in American fashion

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the Fourth of July weekend, so, in typical American fashion, the sport with the most news right now is … soccer? Yep, that’s American all right. We include anyone – and any sport – here. And we have ever since the fateful day 239 years ago. Read on.

The Fourth is always infused with summer’s magic

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best part of summer when you are under, I don’t know, 14? The endless possibilities. And nothing epitomizes that more than the Fourth of July. Read on.

As Cano goes, so go the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to hear something odd and strange? Robinson Cano had four hits last night. Yes, in one game. No, I haven’t been drinking. Read on.

Enjoy the weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The next couple days are going to be long ones. And hot ones. And fun ones. Read on.

The best weekend of the year is almost here

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is the calm before the heat wave, or something like that. Read on.

The heat is on and we’re not talking about the temperatures outside

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The air conditioning is about ready to kick in, but it probably won’t cool us off. Nope. We’ve got some bones to pick. Read on.

The M’s face a decision soon that should tell us where they are headed

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In a week or two, Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list. The M’s will have to find the righthanded pitcher a spot on the roster and in the rotation. Who they decide to part with when that happens will tell us a lot about the future of this team. Read on.

A group of Royals trumps one King

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not much happened last night, other than an inept Mariners’ offensive showing. And what’s new about that? Read on.

Hey, no one is perfect

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Happy Father’s Day. Do we have stories? You bet. Are we going to share them. Sure. Read on.

What should we do today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another perfect Northwest day on hand. Sunny, highs in the 70s. Just perfect. So what to do? Should we stay inside and watch golfers complain about Chambers Bay? Or should we head outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our hometown? Decisions, decisions. Read on.

It’s hard to believe Tiger Woods can elicit sympathy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • That was hard to watch. No, we’re not talking about the Mariners’ most recent shutout loss, one seemingly assured after the lineup was decimated just before the game. Nope, I’m talking about Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open opening round yesterday. Who knew we could feel bad for the guy? Read on.

A new look at one of the oldest events

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Not because of anything around here, of course. It’s kind of dead until Sunday, when the area’s fathers are honored. (That doesn’t happen elsewhere, does it?) But it’s one of my favorites because of what’s on TV. And that scares me a bit this week. Read on.

Winter is finally over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well, I for one am glad the two winter professional sports, the NBA and the NHL, are finally done. After all, summer officially starts Sunday. Now we can start focusing on the most important warm-weather sport: football. Read on.

Sometimes facts do get in the way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Darn facts. I had an idea for a subject today, but, after checking the numbers, had to scrap it. Read on.

Is winter coming early for the M’s?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you watched “Game of Thrones” last night, you probably woke up this morning wondering how many of the key characters have to die. But, honestly, how often do they stay dead? It’s sort of like “The Princess Bride.” Or the Mariners. Read on.

There is always a place to watch even if no one knows your name

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It isn't always easy being a sports fan, is it? And it isn't always easy putting together this column for area sports fans. Read on.

Summer offers a lot of opportunity

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Think about this: Either this is the final weekend of the school year or it is already summer for your school-age kids. Whatever, it means, unofficially, summer is upon us. And isn’t that just the best? Read on.

Every once in a while there is just too much on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Can it be Friday again already? Must be. My to-do list, which includes which sporting events to watch, is growing by the minute. Read on.

A couple words trigger a stroll down memory lane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You never know what might trigger a memory anymore. The smell of a certain type of coffee, a word spoken casually in a conversation or a mention in an online article. Read on.

The heat is on the Hawks as they prepare for another season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you’ve been around Spokane for any length of time, you can remember when the dog days of August were interrupted by Seahawks training camp in Cheney. That’s no longer the case, sure, but we will use the Hawks again today to interrupt the dog days of June. Read on.

Hockey seemed a little out of place considering yesterday’s weather

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You like it hot? You like triple digits? You crazy? Then yesterday was for you. Of course, the best sporting event of the day was played on ice, but still, yesterday was for you. Read on.

A tradition unlike any other – thank goodness

A GRIP ON SPORTS • How many of you have been involved every year with an event that is 31 years old? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Read on.

The Mariners are putting everyone to sleep

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was hard to keep the eyes open last night, wasn’t it? After a warm day, the temperature had dropped and a breeze had come up. Perfect sleeping weather. Except the M’s were engaged in a scoreless battle with Tampa Bay. Who would blink first? Read on.

Today is the longest day as far as I’m concerned

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Keep this under your baseball cap. It’s National Doughnut Day. And I won’t be having one. Read on.

This was a trade that needed to be made

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is only one way to battle despair. Hope. There is only one way to battle indifference. Hope. There is only one way to battle irrelevance. Make a trade. And then hope. Read on.

The M’s are making us all suckers right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there is a more frustrating team to follow these days than the M’s, I’m not sure which team it would be. So I decided to take a day off yesterday. Not watch. Not listen. Go my merry way. Then they sucked me in. And may have lost me for good. Read on.

Is this team jinxed?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Funny how rain works. Some days it’s cloudy everywhere and the water falls slow and steady. Other days, like last night, it was hit and miss. Wonder if there is a metaphor in there somewhere. Read on.

Cano has to get going or the M’s aren’t going anywhere

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In reality, the Mariners were lucky to be in extra innings. Intellectually, we can comprehend that. But still, when they lose a home game in the 12th inning on a ground ball Logan Morrison should have corralled and a bases-loaded walk, it’s still hard to take. Read on.

May the month be with you, always

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Believe it or not, today is the last day of May. A good month, gone way too soon. Read on.