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Hey, the Cowboys are on 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The NFL is back. Wait, what? It is Wednesday, right? And the NFL is back tonight? Yep, America's team is going up against New York's better team in the premier of the National Football League, 2012 edition. But why on a...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2012

College football Saturdays are back 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The first Saturday of the college football season was pretty good if you are a fan of the nation's top-ranked teams. That means you USC and Alabama fans. You can whoop and holler as much as you want. But see that...

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No time for a history lesson 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I spent a lot of time last night trying to come up with a way to work John Belushi's speech about the Germans and Pearl Harbor into my blog post this morning, but failed miserably. So alas, no "Animal House" reference...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

Mariners are booming 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Earlier this month, while on vacation in Northern Arizona, we experienced some thunderstorms that were impressive in their intensity. The lightning strikes seemed to stretch for miles, fingers illuminating the sky, while the accompanying rain made it impossible to walk, let...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2012

It's not too long now 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Let's look into the future 14 days. Two Saturday's hence, Cougar football fans should be over their hangover after the Thursday night opener with BYU, either good or bad. Eastern fans should be as well, though Idaho fans will be thinking...

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

So long to London 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For the past two weeks or so, the Olympics have not only held our attention spans in sway, but have given me something to write about – if need be – each morning. But that is over now. London 2012 is...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

Watching and writing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:05 A.M. My attention is split right now. No, I haven't developed a second persona. I am trying to watch the gold medal basketball game while I write. Thus part of me is a writer, part of me a...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2012

Why rant on a day like this? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really don't have anything to rant about today. Sorry. Though I did notice the stars of the Arena Bowl seemed to be all former Shock players. And Tiger Woods is in position to win another major. And the Mariners threw...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Still the world's greatest athlete? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The names rolled off the tongue like a rap song – though rap hadn't been invented yet. Names like Jim Thorpe, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner. They were the winners of the Olympic decathlon and they were considered...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

The NCAA has its say on Penn State 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 8:05 A.M. After a long day of travel, we finally have arrived in the city that really never sleeps, ready for sleep. So we're putting together a morning post in the very early morning, with the express purpose of...

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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012


It's easy to fill waking hours today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The early morning hours on this Thursday were a bit different. A bout of insomnia wouldn't have been such a bad deal because you could have turned on the tellie and watched Adam Scott set a course record. Can't do that...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

Boxed in during the summer 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know what is just around the corner? The Olympics, that's what. And the British Open. And, if you peak just a bit farther down the street, you can see the start of college football. But right now, on this block,...

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Not so fast my friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was only this past December when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and his Big Ten counterpart Jim Delany stepped to a podium and made an announcement that rippled through college athletics. Read on.

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A busy July day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know how I've written recently about the lack of items to talk about? You might even have labeled it whining in your head and moved on. Well, I take it all back. And I promise I won't be whining anymore....

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012


Work interrupted by tennis 

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you are a baseball fan who lives anywhere near, say, Spokane, I want to introduce you to something called a "run." It's when your team moves a player all the way from home plate to first, second and third base,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

It's about to warm up 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Looking at the Weather Channel forecast for the rest of the week made me gulp. Were there actually 100-degree temperatures in there? Yep. That's pretty darn warm even if you're just sitting in the house watching baseball on the TV. Just...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Another track and field fiasco 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are a lot of lessons to be learned from athletics, not the least of which is how not to deal with a problem. "Oh," you think to yourself, "he's talking about the Olympic track and field trials." Was I that...

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Answering the yet-to-be-made call 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Even though this goes against a lifetime of saying no, I've decided to volunteer. Yep, if the guys running college football need an average Joe (I mean that literally, as my first name is Joe and I am average in a...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Basketball is finished

A GRIP ON SPORTS As the confetti rained down onto the floor in Miami last night, I wanted to get on my horse and ride around Spokane yelling, "the NBA is over, the NBA is over." Then I realized I don't have a horse. Read...

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