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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

A long-time connection 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I was a little disappointed to see Mark O'Meara shoot a 78 today in the British Open's second round. After all, his 67 on Thursday had me a bit nostalgic. Read on.

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THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013

The perfect scenario plays out

A GRIP ON SPORTS Even before the first pitch, you had a feeling Mariano Rivera would have a role in the outcome of Tuesday's All-Star Game. After all, it was the final All-Star Game for the greatest relief pitcher of all time (for once, that...

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MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

A world without rules 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The Tour de France in going on. Baseball's home run derby is tonight. Track and field is in the news. What do these three things have in common? Read on.

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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

Another no-hitter? Is it a big deal? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Why is a no-hitter considered such a big deal in baseball? Just because a pitcher, and the defense behind him, was able to keep the other team without a hit doesn't mean he pitched all that well. Or even won the...

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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

Oregon wins another day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Today was supposed to be simple. I would wait until the NCAA released its sanctions on Oregon and then rail about how unfairly the Ducks were treated. Simple. But the NCAA didn't cooperate. Read on.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

Another failure on Father's Day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS How hard is it, really? You drop hints about what you want for Father's Day – if by hints you mean saying, "I want that" – for the last month or so and, on the big day, no one comes through....

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SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

A bit distracted today

A GRIP ON SPORTS As I type this, Tiger Woods is teeing it up for his second round at the U.S. Open. Like a lot of you, I am trying to work and keep tabs on what's happening in Pennsylvania. And it isn't easy. Read...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

It wasn't a dream 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometimes, when my back hurts or my leg is sore, I will take a nighttime pain reliever before bed. It helps me feel better and contributes to a long night's sleep. But it also gives me some real weird dreams, hallucinations...

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MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

It's a nice dry day for the WDFO 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sorry, but I have an important engagement this morning, so the post will be a short one. And, as befitting my status as a (semi) retired American, the engagement is on the golf course. Read on.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

So it doesn't matter who caught the ball? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS An unimportant play in a completely forgettable season. That's what traditionalists – or apologists – might say about another obviously blown call in the Mariners' loss to the Texas Rangers. But there is another view, even if baseball may have trouble...

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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

The Seahawks continue to surprise 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Why would anyone be surprised by anything the Seahawks do during the NFL draft? Trade down to get more picks, take a guy who plays a position already well stocked, or pick a guy with some baggage, it's always something. Read...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

A hard-earned reward 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was an announcement everyone expected but most Gonzaga fans hoped wouldn't happen. Kelly Olynyk is bypassing his senior year of eligibility and heading to the NBA. But guess what? The system worked. Read on.

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

My throat is tight as I type this 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Watching a sporting event like the Ryder Cup takes an investment. An investment of time, lots of time. There are matches all day Friday, all day Saturday and then most of the day on Sunday. But the investment is worth it,...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2012

A late night in Seattle 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's not often I see the other side of midnight anymore. It was a time I used to visit quite often in my younger days, either for work or pleasure. But not much anymore. Last night, thanks to a combination of...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2012

A great day for sports 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Is there anything better than spending an entire day vegging out in front of the television set, watching a golf tournament that has the ambiance of a football – both U.S. football and the world's definition of the game – game?...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012

The showdown is finally here 

A GRIP ON SPORTS After months of watching a building materialize inch-by-inch on a web camera, today's the big day. Time for the big unveil. Washington State will host its first game in the rebuilt Martin Stadium this afternoon and the visitors from up U.S....

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