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Get out your No. 2 pencil

A GRIP ON SPORTS A little known fact: I grew up next to a major league baseball pitcher. A former Mariners pitcher. And, from time to time, I would spend a few days with him in Seattle. Once, while driving to the Kingdome, he made...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

We present an alternative today

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's going to be the nicest day of the year in the Inland Northwest today, so if you can, get out and enjoy it. If you can't, say because you have to something mundane like working to support yourself and loved...

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Running around on a Monday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We're going to get right at it today, not because there is anything earth-shattering to relate or any incredibly important place for me to go. No, we're getting right at it because we're running late today and want you to have...

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SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012

Every day is big now 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:40 A.M. Sunday mornings were always a chore – and a joy – growing up in the newspaper world. The papers were huge, and when your family made its living making sure those papers were in folks' driveways first...

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At least it's not limbo 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Though I make jokes about it occasionally here on the blog, I really don't yell at the radio or television much. Usually it's more of an under-the-breath mutter about this or that. But that changed last night in the seventh inning...

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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

Memories from Pullman

A GRIP ON SPORTS Over the course of covering Washington State football for five years, I dealt with a diverse group of players. There were small ones, big ones, tall ones, short ones, fast ones and not-so-fast ones. They all sort of melded together in...

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Early May is basketball season, right?

A GRIP ON SPORTS Let's put aside the dropped pop ups, the 14 strikeouts, the game-deciding home run that was helped over the wall. Let's put the Mariners aside today and focus on something else. Heck, it's May 3, right? So let's focus on college...

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Making a little progress

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a lot of response yesterday to my thoughts on remaining a Mariner fan. To be honest, I appreciate the advice, but have yet to make up my mind. It isn't a results-based analysis, so the fact the M's lost...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012


Start your weekend here

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Saturday morning. There is a lot to digest and we're not talking about last night's dinner. The NFL draft went through two more rounds (when is Roger Goodell going to realize you can stretch the seven rounds through six days...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Even Roger Goodell looked surprised 

A GRIP ON SPORTS "With the 12th pick of the draft, the Seattle Seahawks make a trade." Now, those exact words were never spoken by Roger Goodell last night, but something similar was. Nothing surprising, of course, about that. Teams trade draft picks all the...

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Make your pick tonight 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I don't know about you, but I'll be listening to the NFL draft on the radio tonight when I drive back from Moscow. It will fill in the gap between Palouse and Garfield. Read on.

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No stopping this bandwagon 

A GRIP ON SPORTS What the heck? I got up this morning all ready to see how others around the country had began jumping on the Jason-Vargas-for-Cy-Young bandwagon and all I can find is stories about the Mariners' offense? Doesn't everyone realize yesterday's seven runs...

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Loyalty must have a new meaning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 10:20 A.M. While driving back from the Seattle area yesterday, the ride was accompanied by a sports soundtrack. There was the news of Seth Greenberg's firing at Virginia Tech. There was the fallout from Ron Artest's elbow to James...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012

A perfect Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For all of you who have been griping about the Mariners' offense, what do you want? Perfection? OK, you got it Saturday. Though not the right way. Read on.

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A highly anticipated day arrives 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We're in the Seattle area this week on personal business but that doesn't stop us from filling you in on the sports happening around the Inland Northwest. Just like the dirty looks my wife Kim kept shooting me didn't stop me...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

We're not that old 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Fenway Park is turning 100 today and I'm here to refute the nasty Internet rumor that I was at the first game. Nope, couldn't get tickets. And, besides, I wanted to wait until Buck O'Brien was on the bump. Read on.

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Maybe M's need a live chicken

A GRIP ON SPORTS When we got out of the car last night, the Mariner's had built an 8-1 lead over Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland, the poster child of ineptitude as illustrated by "Major League" (and a bunch of progressively worse sequels). Of course, the fictional...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Springing into a new season 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Growing up, some of the coolest things on television were the Disney nature shows. If you are of a certain age, you know what I mean. The best part was not the hawk swooping out of the sky, wings flapping to...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

You can't put it off much longer 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Everyone past a certain age – working age – knows what April 15th means. We don't have to go into it here, other than to say good luck to all you poor souls out there who have procrastinated about as long...

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Lucky or unlucky, you decide

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday was Friday the 13th (and just a few hours before the most inauspicious day of the year for everyone, tax day). Unlucky? Sure. If you are a pro sports fan and live in the Northwest. Read on.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Shining a light on the day's events 10 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I'm starting to become a believer. A believer in the advent of spring, as the sun is shining once again this morning. And a believer in the theory there is no off-season, no dead time in the world of sports, Inland...

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Sports is a laughing matter 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Life can be tough. No doubt about it, especially if you are a Mariners fan. But there's an easy way to make it a lot more bearable – and by it, I mean life as well as being a Mariner fan....

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It may be all downhill from here 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Oftentimes a person can peer back over history and pinpoint a moment when the world turned. A point when events stopped going one way and pivoted another. Usually, such momentous occasions are only visible in the rear-view mirror. But not always....

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