SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2016
SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2016
Sat., Aug. 27, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Walked through one of the big box stores the other day. The back-to-school supplies had been picked over like last Thanksgiving’s turkey. We have to admit it is time to turn the page on summer. So where did it go? Read on.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2016
Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Opposites attract, right? Yin and yang. Kim and Kanye. And, in the case of Seattle’s two major professional sports teams last night, sharp and dull. Read on.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2016
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The good and bad of college football – and Olympic soccer – were in the news yesterday. It seems as if we should touch on all of that. Read on.
MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to know why being a Mariners’ fans is so frustrating? Look no further than yesterday’s ninth inning. And the look on Robinson Cano's face. Read on.
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016
SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2016
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is easy to love the competition aspect of sports as displayed in the Olympics. Or lack of same (thank you, Usain Bolt). But what it really easy to love are the stories behind the stories. Read on.
THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2016
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was a lot of news from Pullman yesterday. None of it earth-shattering but it did have a tendency to add up. Read on.
TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2016
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you mow your lawn, what do you think about, other than not cutting off any toes or whatnot, of course? Sometimes my thoughts drift toward the months ahead. And the thought of what’s coming before winter gets here. Read on.
MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s start this week with a few items from Rio to Oakland and on through Lewiston. Read on.
SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2016
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sorry, but the Olympics brings out the patriot in me. If you can’t abide a little national pride for the next few hundred words, skip down to the links. We're about to get a smidgen jingoistic. Read on.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2016
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What will hold our interest this weekend? Let’s see. There is a real honest-to-goodness pennant race, an NFL game, preseason college football practice and a little competition going on in the Southern Hemisphere. Anything else? Read on.
MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2016
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016
Sunday was full of more than 58 items that demanded our attention into the wee hours of the morning 1
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are mornings when it’s hard to have an idea what to write. And there are mornings like today, when the theme overwhelms you in the middle of the night, causing you sit up in bed and want to write it all down. And then you fall back to sleep. Read on.
SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2016
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Wasn’t it Lionel Ritchie who years ago sang something about it being “easy as Sunday morning?” When has Sunday morning ever been easy? Read on.
SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2016
Sat., Aug. 6, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the most important aspects of sports is how they build memories. And when it comes to your children, there probably isn’t a better breeding ground. Read on.
FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here’s a question for you: How many fights have you seen at football practice? More than likely, if you include your high school days, it’s a lot. Personally, it seems about every second practice I’ve watched over the years was interrupted by some sort of extra-curricular tussle. Should they cause alarm bells? Read on.
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Olympics are underway in Rio. Unless you are a soccer aficionado, you may not have known that. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not often you hear a football fan chant “We’re No. 59” as if it’s a good thing. But maybe, in this poll, it is. Read on.
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever make tea? Sure you have. The kettle sits on the burner for-freaking-ever with nothing happening, then a low whistle begins. Take the kettle off the heat, though, and the calm returns. It’s sort of how I felt yesterday about the Mariners. Read on.
MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been worse Sundays for Northwest sports fans. I’m sure of it. I am hard-pressed, however, to think of one. Yesterday was that bad. Read on.
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016
Sun., July 31, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A cool wind blew through our area last night, dropping temperatures down and taking the edge off summer. It’s sure a lot better than thundershowers, tornadoes and golf delays. Read on.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016
Fri., July 29, 2016
Soccer is on an upward wave in this nation despite a professional league that makes a lot of unfathomable decisions
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A couple things happened yesterday that made me realize something. The MLS may be the worst run professional league in America. But why should we care? Read on.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016
Wed., July 27, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One professional era came to end yesterday in Seattle. And another continued. Odd, isn’t it, both came on the same day? Read on.
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
Tue., July 26, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s great to be back home. To sleep in the correct bed, to awake at 5 in the morning to the singing of birds, to hear the neighbors’ sprinklers. And to reflect on what’s good about the Inland Northwest. Read on.
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
Mon., July 25, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya. Choking up along with the rest of the Northwest's baseball fans. Yesterday was truly special. Read on.
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