FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016
Fri., June 10, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We used to sit around the newsroom years ago and talk about the Spokane vortex, a made-up term to explain how so many world and national events had a connection to the medium-sized city on the river. It still exists. Read on.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
Thu., June 9, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • So if this Cleveland team had shown up just once in Oakland, maybe this series would have some excitement in it. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016
Wed., June 8, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are all a bit jaundiced to news about college football programs going on NCAA probation, aren’t we? After all, it happens to a high-profile school about once a year. But when the same problems – recruiting violations, rule-breaking and the like – filter down to the high school level, that still catches our eye. Read on.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
Mon., June 6, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Frustrated? No, that’s not right. Disappointed? Not that either. Angry? Now that’s the right word. Read on.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
Sun., June 5, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If pitching is 80 percent of baseball and starting pitching is two-thirds of that, than the M’s are 110 percent behind the eight-ball right now. At least by my math. Read on.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
Sat., June 4, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Boxing isn’t a sport that dominates the nation’s consciousness anymore. Certainly not like it did 40 or 50 years ago when there was one man who was able to keep it in the spotlight all by himself. The brightest light in a dark time. But now Muhammad Ali is gone. Read on.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
Fri., June 3, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s time to give an Academy Award-like speech. You know, when the speaker acknowledges everyone from his or her first-grade teacher to his or her dialect coach. That’s how I feel about the Golden State Warriors’ bench right now. And it has to do with the M’s. Read on.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016
Wed., June 1, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Given up yet? Trying to figure out the Mariners, I mean. The last five home games included three losses to the Twins, then so many home runs against the Padres it made Safeco Field look a bit like Fenway. Or your local youth baseball field. Read on.
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