A GRIP ON SPORTS • The U.S. Open is outside Pittsburgh this year, with the Fox sports guys immediately bringing up the supposedly poor memories from last year’s event at Chambers Bay. But they didn’t have much time to show golf. Nope. The horn sounded and the first round was delayed. Wow, they didn’t happen last year. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may just be late spring, but professional football is back in the news. It’s mini-camp week in Seattle. And the Northwest’s most successful sports franchise was back on the field again. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers used to have a saying. “Wait ‘til next year,” they would chant year after year until it finally came true. Maybe it’s time for the Mariner fans to adopt that attitude. Read on.
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.
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.
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.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is Memorial Day, the day we remember and honor those who gave, in Abraham Lincoln’s never-to-be-forgotten words, “the last full measure of devotion” to protect our freedoms. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Do you watch “Game of Thrones?” If you do, then you know that no one, it seems, is ever completely dead. And most everyone’s name has a magical feel. There are some parallels to sports right about now too, and we’re not talking about the length of the NBA playoffs. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Why does this have to happen? It’s the weekend, the time when most people are off work. The two out of seven days when the job doesn’t dominate life. And it’s raining. Hard. Oh well, it makes a good excuse to sit and watch the M’s. Or golf. Or read this blog, which is debuting a new feature today. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • OK, I understand I’m the one who is supposed to have all the answers. But there is something I don’t understand and am hoping you can explain to me. Why are the M’s so much better on the road? Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Triple A baseball was gone from Spokane when I arrived, spirited away from the town by my brother-in-law’s old high school coach. For years a vocal segment of the population campaigned to get it back, though at no time loudly enough to get it done. Last night offered a good example of why it is never returning. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are not a lot of mandates for this space. Only one, really. It needs to be filled with interesting items. We’ll try not to fail you on that point today, though it won’t be easy. Read on.