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It seems like basketball season 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I'm about to send out an all-points bulletin, if those things are used any more. The sun is missing and I want it back. It's time to be outside, swinging a golf club, running the lawn mower or taking a long...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

A wasted Sunday afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday afternoon I was fiddling around in the garage, pretending to be organizing and cleaning it when all I was really doing was sitting as often as I could and listening to the Shock game on the radio. In the end,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Three touchdowns enough for M's 

A GRIP ON SPORTS When Tony Romo took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday before Texas' game with the Seattle Mariners, little did he know the Rangers would have to go for two late in the game. They converted it, but...

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Some surprises for a Wednesday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Isn't it nice to wake up on a typical Wednesday and be surprised a little? You know what I mean. Maybe you make every light on the way to work. Or you drive through McDonald's and see the Rolo McFlurry is...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

A late start to the week

A GRIP ON SPORTS Good morning and welcome to your work week. Yes, I know it is a Tuesday. But thanks to the holiday Monday, you probably didn't have to drag yourself into the office until today. So it's a short week. And a light...

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

Thank you 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There is one thing I like to do each Memorial Day. I reread the Gettysburg Address. It's my way of saying thanks to those the day was designed to honor. Fittingly, Abraham Lincoln wrote the speech and delivered it in 1863...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Another gem-filled Sunday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We've reminisced here before about Sunday papers, how they were always little magazines crammed full of stories to read. But there is one other aspect of that we may have forgotten to touch upon, though we will this morning. They were...

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

Summer's opening weekend 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Summer unofficially begins this weekend. Schools not out around here, sure. And it's still cold in the morning at times. But according to lore, Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to summer. Fine by me. It's time to get into that...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Happy holiday weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS It is Friday of a holiday weekend. Seven really exciting words, no? With Memorial Day coming up Monday, there is a chance to get out and enjoy all that the Northwest has to offer (if you live outside the area, I'm...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012


It's not a dry day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Remember that old ditty you used to sing as a kid about the rain? Something about it staying away and coming again another day? Well, if we could remember all the words we would be singing it today, as we have...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

A wide range for the morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's an eclectic mix we present for you this morning, with links ranging from New Jersey, where former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison had a tryout with the Nets, to Tampa, where the Bucs said goodbye to Kellen Winslow and sent him...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Solving a Palouse mystery 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Mondays are never easy. It's a day of searching, especially this time of year. Trying to find enough to link is pretty dang hard. But thanks to a guy we've known – and learned from – for years, we have a...

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012

History in the making 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's been a long time since a Spokane college baseball team has been to these heights. Fifty-two years. That's the last time a team from the Lilac City has headed off to a college world series. But it will happen next...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Cleveland maybe, but not Philadelphia 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For quite possibly the first time in my life, today I would rather live in Cleveland. At least there the major league baseball team battles through adversity and has an ownership that will spend a bit of money to help its...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012


Not a lot to scream about today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday we didn't write a lot due to back problems. Well, after a trip to the doctor and pharmacist (who I presumed was a Cougar because almost every pharmacist around here is a Cougar), we're doing a bit better. A bit...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

A warm start to the week 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • ADDITION: 9:25 A.M. Really, could there have been better weather to celebrate Mother's Day? The sun was shining, the temperature rose into the high 70s and the weeds seemed to almost pull themselves. OK, I was exaggerating a bit on...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

Time to ask forgiveness

A GRIP ON SPORTS As most of you know, I'm a big Felix Hernandez booster. The guy can pitch, it's as simple as that. But yesterday evening, I found myself quietly rooting for Hernandez to fail. Don't judge me. Read on.

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

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