The difference between going home with 2-1 record and a win over a ranked foe vs. a 1-2 record and losses to two ranked opponents? That would be GU senior guard Kyle Dranginis and a couple of well-timed defensive stops in the final minute. Gonzaga…
FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 2015
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every year on this day I am transported back to 1975. It was a simpler time, when gas cost less than a dollar a gallon and the Cougars were so bad they didn’t win a single Pac-8 game. What takes me back? The term “Black Friday.” It had a different meaning for me in those days. Read on.
THURSDAY, NOV. 26, 2015
Gonzaga dropped its first game of the 2015-16 season, falling 62-61 to Texas A&M in a game that had the feel of a Sweet 16 contest. Here's my gamer. Whenever a game is decided by such a close margin, the what-ifs and coulda-beens are plentiful....
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The easiest thing to do today is write a column based on the holiday. But we never do the easy thing, do we? Read on.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2015
Gonzaga and Washington renewed acquaintances Wednesday and it looked a lot like it did before the series broke off nine years ago. The Zags cruised, 80-64, over the young, talented Huskies in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Here's my game story. I also wrote a notebook,…
It's about time these two teams met, though it shouldn't happen at the expense of another state school 3
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In just a few minutes – of course, that’s in relationship to when I type this, not when you may be reading it – something will be happening that hasn’t happened in about a decade. Gonzaga and Washington will be playing basketball against each other. Read on.
Washington State's players talk about their win on Tuesday.
TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015
Idaho football coach Paul Petrino addressed the media on Tuesday about the team's trip to Auburn and the upcoming home finale against Texas State. The Vandals will have an opportunity to finish 4-8, which would come close to the best record since Idaho finished 6-7 in 2010.
Gonzaga and Washington will renew their rivalry Wednesday ... roughly 2,600 miles from Spokane, 2,900 miles from Seattle ... with a breakfast special 9 a.m. PST tip time (noon in the Bahamas). It's not how either program drew it up. The matchup and time came…
A GRIP ON SPORTS • With the Apple Cup week upon us, and Washington State ranked this late in the season since the end of their 10-win-seasons run, we thought we would look back at those three Apple Cups. Sorry, Cougar fans. We had sort-of forgotten. Read on.
MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2015
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