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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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The Fourth a good time for memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS I hope everyone had a safe and sane Fourth. It was relatively quiet in Spokane, until the Indians' game ended. That's when the booming began and the fireworks started in the sky. Pretty cool. And at least they all went off...

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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012

A basketball celebration

A GRIP ON SPORTS Do you like to people watch? Enjoy competition? Need a long walk? Then Hoopfest is for you. If you hate crowds, the smell of sun screen or the pain of over-used feet, then it's better to avoid downtown Spokane today. Read...

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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 29, 2012

A Mariner conversation 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Two guys are sitting in a Renton bar, arguing about the Mariners. The guy on the left is wearing a light pink shirt, chino shorts and flip-flops. The guy on the right sports Levis, work boots and a worn blue work...

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NBA takes a backseat

A GRIP ON SPORTS The biggest news today, other than what's coming out of Washington, D.C., of course, is the NBA draft. You would think that David Stern has enough pull in Washington to get the Supremes to put off announcing something as big as...

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Cue the Jim Mora video 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:46 A.M. Change is coming to college football. Big change – in more ways than one. There is the change to the postseason, approved for a 2014 start by university presidents. And there is the change due to schools...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

An uplifting Monday post 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Mondays always hold a special place in the workingman/woman's heart. The first day of the workweek is usually the toughest day to attack with fervor, especially this time of year. The light at the end of the tunnel – Friday –...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

Late night, late post

A GRIP ON SPORTS I usually hit the sack pretty early, even on Saturday nights. A product of having walked the planet quite a few years I presume. But last night was different. As I prepared for my typical 9 p.m. bedtime I turned on...

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Three for a June Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS So where to start as the month of June winds down? The Mariner results are starting to get a bit redundant (though we offer some discussion today on Felix Hernandez's future with the team). The other major sports are basically in...

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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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Sliding inexorably toward winter 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday was the longest of the year in the northern climes. The sun was over the horizon for more minutes than any other, though I can't give you the exact figure. What I can tell you, however, is that means one...

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The things you can do in Frisco 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Did you know it is not illegal in San Francisco to get drunk, wander onto the 18th green during the middle of the U.S. Open award ceremonies and make "Ca-ca" noises in front of the television cameras? Neither did I. What...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

No complaints today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I was going to begin today's post by complaining about the sun shining through the window and ruining my ability to see the computer screen. Then I caught myself. After all, in six months I will be moaning about the overcast,...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

Father's Day memories 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Father's Day. So, like any good father, it's time to hand out a chore. See, I want to know your favorite sports-related memory of your father. Whether it was taking you to a game or hitting you fungos or walking...

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A quick Saturday post

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Saturday morning. I get that. So we won't waste a lot of your time with chit-chat. I understand you want to get out into the day and explore the possibilities of your weekend. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Another nice Friday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really can't think of a better way to end the workweek. I warmed up a cup of Thursday's coffee, opened up the computer and began reading stories from Miami, San Francisco and Seattle about subjects as varied as the NBA...

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An odd sort of Thursday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Kind of an odd day. Maybe it's because the sun is shining. OK, not really, but it's not raining and the clouds are a bit scattered. Or maybe it's because we found a series of stories worth passing along on Olympic...

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Why not play one-on-one? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I love this headline in the Oklahoma City newspaper. "Kevin Durant scores 36 to power Thunder past LeBron James' Heat." As if those were the only two guys playing last night. I guess to many folks, they are. Read on.

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

It's a golf day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As June Sundays go, yesterday wasn't what one would call chock full of sporting events. Oh sure, the Mariners lost again and there was a non-descript golf tournament. If you're into soccer, there is the big tourney going on over in...

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A little denial goes a long way 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For all of you who experienced feelings of sadness last night watching Oklahoma City defeat San Antonio and move on to the NBA Finals, we have a solution for you. It's one I'm using myself and it seems to be working....

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