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SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012

Let it drop; it doesn't matter 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Today is a day for ordinary effort. So, even if I drop a comma or two, maybe misplace an adverb or misuse a simile, the blog post will still be out. SportsLink's version of the infield fly rule is in effect....

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

The best-laid plans go awry 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Being I wrote two posts yesterday, I was kind of thinking about taking this morning off. You know, sleep in, get up and go for a run, eat a fire-roasted tomato and brie egg-white omelet for breakfast and then settle down...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

A Triple Crown memory 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As Miguel Cabrera attempted to become the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown, I sat at home and hoped he was a bit nicer than the last guy to lead a league in all three major offensive categories....

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

Early sunsets and late starts 12 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As fall begins to take hold around the Inland Northwest (there are more than a few leaves turning in our back yard) and the mornings become cooler, we can only look forward with anticipation of a 7:30 p.m. football game in...

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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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FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

Early morning links and golf 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I got up a bit before 5:30 this morning to watch the Ryder Cup and I haven't been disappointed. Sure the golf has been great – Rory McIlroy just chipped in a nearly impossible shot and Tiger Woods has already put...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

Words can be powerful things

A GRIP ON SPORTS Only one day after typing "our long national nightmare is finally over," the NFL and its usual officials settle their labor dispute. Today I've decided to type, "Vince Grippi wins million dollar lottery" and see if that happens in the next...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

Our nightmare will end sometime 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I can't wait until the NFL and its usual officials finally settle. When I can sit here at my computer and type "our long national nightmare is finally over." And then, just a few days later, make fun of some blown...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012

This is how not to wave the flag 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometime in the fourth quarter Saturday at Martin Stadium, public address announcer Glenn Johnson asked what was left of the crowd of 31,668 to grab the WSU flags left on their seat for homecoming and wave them. It was an impressive...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Nice guys do get to finish 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's an interesting weekend coming up in the Inland Northwest. Not only because the Cougars will host Colorado for homecoming (talk about picking the right opponent for that game), but also because Eastern Washington gets into Big Sky play with a...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012

M's game sparks old memories 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Probably the best thing about baseball is it doesn't have a clock. Though I'm sure those folks in the press box at Safeco Field last night would be willing to say it is the worst thing about baseball. Read on.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

It's a late-summer lull

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's a Tuesday in late September. The baseball pennant races involve teams other than those we have a vested interest in. The college football season has really yet to hit full stride and the NFL, well it just started. So what...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

And the hits just keep on coming 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a big hit for the Seahawks on Sunday. It was delivered by Golden Tate on a Top Pot maple bar two hours after Seattle's 27-7 dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys. What, that's not the one everyone was talking about...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2012

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012

No time for fun in Vegas 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a tweet from one of the Washington State football players last night – and no, I'm not going to rat him out – that said it all about playing a game in Las Vegas. The essence of the tweet...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2012

It doesn't hurt to report injuries

A GRIP ON SPORTS Do you like Madden football? Do you like the way you can control the computer players, make them go exactly where you want, run the right pattern, hit the correct hole? If you do, you would make a great football coach....

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012

MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012


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