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It’s almost time for a visit from Santa

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometimes the days just fly by. Not the ones in late winter when baseball season is just around the corner and the snow stands as high as Barry Bonds' head. No, those drag along. But around this time of year, when so much has to be done by certain dates, the days seem to disappear as quickly as Marshawn Lynch against the Buffalo defense. Read on.

A matter of perspective

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There is little in the way of earth-shattering news in the world of sports today. At least that's the way it looks from my perspective. I guess if you were a New York Jets fan, you would see it differently. Read on.

Seahawks making Mondays much more fun

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There is just something different in our lives right now. Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's the Christmas spirit. Maybe it's the fact the region's professional football team is playing so well the main argument each Monday morning is about whether the coach ran the score up or not. Read on.

A storybook ending that never came

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What a football game. It had almost everything. A seemingly insurmountable lead. A Rockne-like locker room jump-start. An incredible comeback. Everything, it seems, except the storybook hometown victory. Well, real life isn't the movies. Read on.

There is just something about that red turf

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One more step. That's all Eastern Washington has to take to make another trip to Frisco, Texas and the FCS championship game. But, as they used to say in cartoons, that step is a doozy. Read on.

M’s can be depressing even in winter

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I was a little depressed yesterday. No, make that a lot depressed. Read on.

A couple of subjects for Thursday

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Some days there is little to write about. Other days a whole bunch. And today? Today there are a couple of subjects we want to touch upon. Read on.

It’s hard to make this stuff up

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A prolific fiction writer can take one line a college basketball story and weave it into a long, easy-to-read bestseller (think Stephen King). We're not prolific. We're not a fiction writer. We're not capable of writing a long, easy-to-read bestseller. But we can take a single line of a story and weave it into a short lead-in to the morning links. Read on.

One of those old days

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Some days it's really easy to feel old. Today is one of those days. The Sporting News is discontinuing its print edition. Read on.

Seahawks rout prompts a flashback

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Remember when Pete Carroll coached at USC? Remember when his Trojans were beating on Washington State so completely he had Mark Sanchez take a knee inside the 10-yard-line with time running out – in the first half? I thought about that yesterday when the Seahawks were pounding out their 58-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Read on.

A memory – and a thanks – for a Sunday

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It's Sunday, the one day of the week when you are supposed to take time to reflect. So we will. Come along if you like. Read on.

So who wins on your ballot?

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I'm sure glad I don't have a Heisman vote. I'm not sure I saw enough games from around the nation to make an informed choice on who is the most outstanding college football player in the nation. And I watched a lot of football this fall. Read on.

Same battle, different night

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There were two local college basketball rivalry games this week and there was a big difference between the two games. Though that difference wasn't on the court. Read on.

Day after WSU

Well, was that any fun last night? It was great fun, until you have to try to write a coherent game story that was due at 10:15!

Got a conference call with Illinois coach John Groce in a bit, so we'll put together our day-after WSU post and get on with the day.

First, the links: My game story for Idaho readers (didn't quite make that 10:15 deadline!), WSU beat writer Christian Caple's gamer, John Blanchette's column, Tyler Tjomsland's photo gallery and an A.P. recap. Christian has more video/quotes from WSU coach Ken Bone (pictured above) and Cougar players here.

Much more below.

Time to think inside the box

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After a basketball game as good as last night's, I can't wait to read about it in the morning. What I can't wait to read might just surprise you. Read on.

When is the right time?

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Don't worry. I'm not using this forum to go on about gun rights or gun control or any other divisive argument out there. Heck, there are enough just in the world of sports to keep me busy. Read on.

It’s important to have someone to despise

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Think about what sports would be without rivalries. Not nearly as much fun, huh? But what happens when your rival falls on hard times? Do you rejoice or do you mourn the lack of competition? Hah, who am I kidding. You rejoice, right? Read on.

The NFL teeters on the edge with me

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A few years ago I gave up on the NFL. I almost did the same thing yesterday. And one play was the tipping point. Read on.

Winter is starting to settle in

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It was sort of odd Saturday when I turned on the television set. There wasn't wall-to-wall football. A few games, sure. All good ones. But no East Rockwood State vs. Southwest Missouri Southern on ESPN8, the Ocho. It made channel flipping a lot less fun. Read on.

Pac-12 officials can make it rain

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While watching the rain fall on the Pac-12 championship game last night, a thought popped into my mind. So I checked out the statistics. And what I found made me sad. Read on.

A different emphasis today

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Yesterday it was quantity. Today, we're focused on quality. Ya, that's it. We're focused on quality. Read on.

Time to settle in

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We'll keep this lead-in short, because we're going to be asking you for a lot of time today. Read on.

More study is always needed

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Yesterday I asked for your input on this commentary in the Chronicle of Higher Education. You gave it to me. Read on.

Studying the future

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If you want to major in dance or theater in many of our nation's universities, with the thought of heading to Hollywood or Broadway, you have that option. But if you want to major in athletics, with an eye on a professional career, you are out of luck. Is it time for that to change? Read on.

How much time is enough?

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Five years ago Washington State hired Paul Wulff to lead its football program. A year ago, after just nine wins, the Cougars fired him, an impatient action, according to some WSU fans, that came a year too early. Now it seems like the Cougs waited an eternity. Read on.

It’s about time

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It seems like it's been a month or two since the Seahawks last played a football game. But it's only been 14 days. It's just a lot has happened since the win over the Jets (that was their last opponent, right?) so the gap has been filled with some many games and holidays, it's hard to remember something that long ago. Either that, or I am getting really old. Read on.

Paint the town crimson today

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Welcome to Crimson Saturday. It's not it's official name, but after the largest comeback in Apple Cup history resulted in Washington State's 31-28 overtime win over Washington yesterday, today is dedicated to the Cougar fans. At least it is here. Read on.

Will it be a Crimson Friday or Purple Friday?

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It may be Black Friday in the retail world, but around the Northwest today is known for just one thing. Read on.

Turkey, pumpkin pie and football

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It is customary in our country to give thanks on the last Thursday in November. The tradition dates back to the Civil War and, no, we're not talking about the football game in Oregon. But in the past 50 years or so, football has become an integral part of our Thanksgiving celebrations, whether it be the traditional NFL games from Detroit and Dallas or college games that mean just about everything to the fans involved. Read on.

It’s about time

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Our long regional nightmare is over. Read on.