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Another full day in a season full of them

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It certainly is a full day. What with the Seahawks about to compete for another Super Bowl berth, the Zags ranked third in the nation, high schools deep into basketball season and assorted other sports vying for our attention, it should be. Read on.

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• We're going to keep it short this morning. The reason is simple. It's hard to see the keyboard. A bit of fever – and other things – will do that to you. It was a long night. So we got up, took some magic pills – hey, legal magic pills – and wandered through the cybersphere for you. But putting two coherent thoughts together. That's tougher. (Raise your hand if you thought to yourself, "why should today be any different than usual?") So we're going to skip it this morning and just give you your links. Sorry we can't do more.

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• WSU: We'll start today in a different venue. Tom Clouse's women's basketball notebook leads with Washington State's tough start to the Pac-12 season. ... Jacob Thorpe has a great blog post this morning (the one with the links) that you shouldn't miss. In it he ask a pertinent question about recruiting. ... Jacob also had a couple posts yesterday, one on Deone Bucannon's NFL honor and another on Isiah Myers' plans. ... There were some interesting blog posts yesterday as well from Jon Wilner in San Jose, including an early top 25 for next year, a ranking of the Pac-12's all-time greats and the winners from this year's bowl season.

• Gonzaga: The third-ranked Bulldogs held their media day yesterday, which means Jim Meehan has his weekly notebook. The subject? Adam Morrison (pictured) and his future. ... Rival BYU is struggling with another injury.

• EWU: The Eagles are 63rd in the RPI this week. That's the subject of a Jim Allen blog post from Tuesday.

• Chiefs: Though the Chiefs are on the road, Chris Derrick has his weekly WHL notebook in today's paper. He also has a Q&A with Liam Stewart on the blog. He didn't ask his opinion of "Handbags and Gladrags," though. ... Stewart and the Chiefs opened their long road trip with a 5-4 loss in Seattle. ... Tri-City is also hitting the road while Everett is coming home after a 5-1 trip.

• Preps: It was a pretty eventful day in the prep ranks, what with Colton setting a Washington record for consecutive wins for girls' teams. That's part of our girls roundup. We also have a boys roundup as well. ... Greg Lee was in Idaho last night and he has the story of Post Falls' 59-58 win over host Coeur d'Alene. ... Dave Trimmer has the lead to the GSL girls roundup and there is a boys roundup as well. ... There is also this wrestling roundup.

• Seahawks: Remember when the Hawks and Packers met up in the first game of the season? Well, forget it. These are two different teams than the ones that met back in September. ... One area the Packers have improved is wide receiver. ... One area that's worse for Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers' calf muscle. ... Thanks to Pete Carroll, the Hawks can "smell history." ... Or maybe it's because of Russell Wilson. Or the defense. Whatever. ... Kam Chancellor took two weeks off in the middle of the season and boy was it worth it. ... We know who the referee will be Sunday and why the game is early. ... There were not a lot of tickets available. ... The Jets decided to pass on waiting for Dan Quinn. Impatience is always the hallmark of a successful franchise. Not.

• Mariners: Randy Johnson was the best left-hander the Mariners ever had, and he's headed to baseball's Hall of Fame. But the most fun to watch may have been Jamie Moyer, he of the 78 mph fastball and the 54 mph changeup. (Or was it the other way around?) Moyer is headed for the Mariners' Hall of Fame.

• Sounders: Seattle is not afraid to make do with a veteran goalkeeper. The Sounders have proved that before and are proving it again with their newest roster addition, Troy Perkins. ... The domestic violence charges against Hope Solo were dismissed yesterday.

• Boxing: USA Boxing is holding its women's national championships in Spokane once again, so John Blanchette has a column on one of the crown jewels, Tiara Brown.

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• Thanks for sticking with me today. Not sure how many mistakes I made. Until later ...



Vince Grippi
Vince Grippi is a freelance local sports blogger for spokesman.com. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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