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It was “a hole in one”

A GRIP ON SPORTS

“The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.” Read on.

You’ll get no answers here

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The word “why” was uttered a lot around the Grippi household yesterday. There were the “whys” when the Hawks eschewed an early field goal and tried fullback Michael Robinson on a fourth-and-1 at the goal line. There was a “why” followed by a “Marshawn” when he fumbled. The “why” that came out when Russell Wilson took a sack near the end of the first half, pushing the Hawks out of field goal range. And then there were a lot of “whys” followed by “god” all afternoon after Atlanta marched down the field in about two seconds and kicked the game-winning – and Seahawk-season-ending – field goal. Read on.

Will Hawks rise early today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Ten in the morning comes darn early, especially on a Sunday. But that's when the Seahawks will kick off their quest for a third meeting with the 49ers this season. Or their NFL playoff game with Atlanta, if you prefer. The kickoff comes so early we don't want to get in the way, so we'll be quick. Read on.

Even the headline was a struggle

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I arose from bed this morning not sure what to write about. No worries, though. It always comes to me. Except today it didn't. Read on.

Ending the week in style

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was a pretty interesting Thursday around here, what with Gonzaga having to hold off St. Mary's best shots, Eastern winning in a blowout fashion for the first time this season and the Pac-12 releasing the football schedules for next season. We cover all those items. Read on.

This is where everyone knows your name

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Years ago I used to look forward to Thursday nights because it meant “Hill Street Blues” and “Cheers.” Now I look forward to Thursday nights because it means a full night of college basketball. These days are better, though I miss hearing “let's be careful out there.” Read on.

The final report on WSU

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The Pac-12 released its investigation into the Washington State football program yesterday and, at its core, refuted any allegations of abuse of the players. But it did something else. It shed a light on what happens at football practice and some things might surprise you. Read on.

Sarcasm is the best defense

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What a great game last night. The two best college football teams in the nation meeting for the national championship. The BCS got it right again. OK, I'm being sarcastic. But doesn't a game that bad, a game basically over in the first quarter, a game pitting a team with speed and power against a team, well, that doesn't have at least one of those things, deserve some sarcasm? Read on.

Nothing can top a playoff win

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Woke up to a foot of snow this morning. Who cares? It's still going to be a great week. Read on.

All the news that fits

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you try to read every link we found on the Seattle/Washington playoff game, you probably won't be done in time for the kickoff. And it is the late game today. But it would be fun to try. Read on.

A busy weekend ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS

By this time Monday, the day of the BCS national championship game, you might just be burnt out. After all, the human body can take only so much blocking, tackling, long jumpers, dunks and blown calls. Read on.

It’s just so tiring

A GRIP ON SPORTS

At about 9 p.m. last night, I knew exactly what I was going to be writing about today. This. But then it hit me. I'm tired of it all. And if I'm tired of it, you folks must be exhausted. Read on.

There are two sides to the WCC

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You are a college basketball fan living somewhere in Middle America, say Davenport, Iowa. You have a good satellite package and you really enjoy watching the best that college basketball has to offer. So whenever the Gonzaga Bulldogs play on TV, you tune in. You know what your impression of the West Coast Conference would be? Yep, those gyms in that league really rock. That Kennel place is loud and the other schools really draw well too. But is it true? Not really. Read on.

It seems like only yesterday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The headline hit me like a Montee Ball run up the middle. “41-year wait is over; Stanford gets Roses.” It has been 41 years since Stanford won a Rose Bowl game? Really? It seems like only yesterday. After all, the last time the Indians – as they were known then – won, I was sitting in the stands. In the south end zone, actually. And I was shocked by how wide the splits were on Stanford's offensive line. They were like a yard wide, if not more. Stanford coach John Ralston was Mike Leach before Mike Leach was Mike Leach. Read on.

Celebrate today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When I was younger (and by that I mean in my 30s or so), I used to hate New Year's Day. After all, it was the last holiday for a while (and the last big day of college football). From the Rose Parade until Memorial Day, there wasn't a paid day off. Five long months. That's changed a little, of course, over the years, but today is still the final day to gorge yourself on multiple college football games before the long winter descends. Read on.

On to the playoffs

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There really is just one thing to talk about on this New Year's Eve. The Seattle Seahawks' run to the NFL playoffs. And the upcoming week of anticipation and hope. It will be fun. Read on.

This is the best day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sunday mornings are the best mornings, no doubt about it. Oh sure, Saturdays are great, especially for those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 70s and 80s and still have memories of being parked in front of the TV, cartoons blaring, a bowl of sugar-infused cereal in our lap. But Sundays, well Sunday mornings mean football, on the tube and on the Net. Sunday is great synonym for lazy, a euphemism for lolling around. To help, we searched the web and came up with 729 stories for you to read. OK, that's an exaggeration, but there is quite a few. Read on.

A moment in time

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Like to be sitting in a movie theater and be able to find out who is winning the game you're missing? It's possible these days if you have the right app on your smart phone. Like to be able to find the movie theater in the first place, or the time of the movie, or a list of stars? All are possible with the right app. Pretty cool, huh? Want to see a picture of a public figure in what probably is a totally innocent position and watch it blown completely out of proportion? That's possible too. Such is the yin and yang of modern technology. Read on.

Eight, nine, hey, what happened to 10?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Now that Christmas is starting to fade in the rearview mirror like the last gas station before the Mojave Desert, it's time for the sports world to get back to normal. And it is around here, with Gonzaga returning to the Kennel this evening to face a nationally respected program, prep basketball players getting back at it and a Pac-12 football team involved in a horribly officiated game. That's the sporting life I know. Read on.

Pro Bowl a two-edged sword

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is one NFL story you can count on this time of year. Actually, let's make that two. There is the one about the players who made the Pro Bowl. And there's the one about how the players who didn't will be motivated by the snub. Read on.

Today exceeds expectations

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When I pulled myself out of bed today, I was expecting a light morning. After all, the day after Christmas couldn't be too overwhelming could it? About the only thing I thought I would be linking were boxing stories from England. Read on.

Merry Christmas to each of you

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's Christmas morning and the stockings are hung on the mantle with care (the reason this is a bit late; that had to come first). But we also have a few stocking stuffers for you. Read on.

That’s what winning feels like

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Kind of fun, wasn't it? A Sunday night game that live up to its hype – if you are a Seahawks fan. I am assuming most of you are, so I'm also assuming you had a great time yelling at the TV last night. Read on.

M’s make a trade that pleases almost everyone

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The Mariners traded for a hitter. Just what we've been asking for, right? Then why does it seem so wrong? Read on.

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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

A GRIP ON SPORTS

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