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The Anteaters are about to be NCAA champs


Ya, that's what it says. Volleyball.

I expect every one of you to join me this afternoon at 4 p.m. (not literally of course, because I'm not sure there's a venue in the Spokane area big enough to hold all the readers of this column) in watching UC Irvine kick a little Mastadon tail.

As most of you know, Kim and I are proud UC Irvine alums. And, if you are sports fan, we haven't had much in the way of NCAA championships to cheer about over the past almost 30 years (response: oh my god, it's been that long).

But today we get to cheer for the Anteaters, who defeated Penn State and Joe Paterno in the semifinals, as they face the python-length named University of Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for the NCAA Division I men's volleyball title. The championship match from that volleyball hotbed of Columbus, Ohio, is on ESPN2.

I guarantee you if the Anteaters win, make that, when the Anteaters win, there will be some celebratin' going on in the Grippi home. I might even open a bottle of Andre's.

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