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Hey Mom, thanks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is a day to say thanks. Thanks to all of you mothers out there. When it comes to sports, you are the engine that makes the whole thing go. Read on.


• Think back to when you were young. A Little League game to get to? Mom pulled up in the mini-van (or station wagon or horse-drawn carriage, depending on how old you are) and off you went. You forgot your hat? Mom scurried home to fetch it. The world looked about to explode because you struck out with the bases loaded and the game on the line? Mom was there with some words of comfort. Now think about your last week. If you are of the age with children or grandchildren, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen an act of kindness by a mom at a sporting event. Whether it’s handing out juice boxes and cookies (OK, healthy snacks are in vogue, but go with me on this one), or making sure someone on the team had a ride when they needed it, it was a mom who came to the rescue. I truly believe you don’t realize how much your mom does for you until you have children of your own. The little things – that add up to big things – were expected because they always happened. You didn’t realize then the other stresses on her life, the other pulls on her time, you just knew she had to do something for you and it got done. Remember that time mom (fill in the blank). I do. And though I can’t tell my mother “thank you” anymore, I am right now. In front of all of you. I hope you find time today to do the same. I know she’ll appreciate it.


• WSU: The Cougar baseball team had a case of senioritis yesterday, and that was a good thing. Senior pitcher Joe Pistorese graduated early in the day and then lifted WSU past Oregon, 3-1. Jacob Thorpe has the story. ... The Register-Guard takes a look at the Pac-12 North’s quarterbacks for next season. ... WSU’s Alivia Brown and Idaho’s Lelanie Kim both qualified yesterday for the women’s NCAA golf championships.

• Shadow: The home schedule began with a 1-1 draw last night.

• Wrestling: Greg Lee has an interesting feature on the new U.S. national wrestling team’s coach. Bruce Burnett (pictured) just happens to live in North Idaho.

• Seahawks: Day two of the rookie mini-camp is in the books and Tyler Lockett seems to be the star. ... Larry Stone weighs in on the Frank Clark situation. ... A healthy Kasen Williams is trying out with the Hawks. ... Dave Boling has a soft spot in his heart – and scars on his wrist – for offensive linemen.

• Mariners: Well, that was easy. Relatively speaking. The M’s received a gift of sorts – the Oakland A’s made four errors – and coasted to a 7-2 win at home. ... The M’s featured the same lineup for two consecutive games. ... A rookie and a couple of veterans are feeling comfortable in the bullpen.

• Sounders: Despite two Clint Dempsey goals, the Sounders lost for the first time ever in Columbus, though it was their second consecutive loss to the Crew. The 3-2 final was a big deal to the Crew and less of one to the Sounders who used to play there. ... Sigi Schmid thought his team played well but he made some mistakes. ... There was a little controversy on Dempsey’s second goal but it didn’t matter. ... Real Salt Lake picked up three points in Chicago.


• Again, happy Mother’s Day. Enjoy the sunshine. Until later ...

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

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