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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012

It's time to find the hidden eggs

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Easter Sunday, so we decided we needed to hide some brightly colored eggs for you. Yep, sprinkled through the report today are a few eggs, which indicate a special story we found just for this Easter. Read on.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012

Tiger's tale is showing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The sun is peaking over the house next door. Yes, we can actually see the sunrise today and, no, the surprise has nothing to do with the hour. We're up this early a lot. It's the fact there are no clouds...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

Time to dial in 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M. We're not real focused today. Don't know what it is, whether it's the looming deadline on the 15th, which seems to sneak up on me every year. Or if it's something else causing me to act like...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012

The best golf weekend tees off

A GRIP ON SPORTS Over the years I've come to realize this is one of the best weekends in sports. Masters weekend. I think it really sunk in about 1986, when I was playing in a softball tournament at Franklin Park and told everyone not...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Better late than the other thing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We have a goal with this feature every morning. We want it on the web by 9 a.m. But about eight, nine hours ago, we weren't even sure we would have it all this morning. Not with the way we were...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

Hey, we could have gone for Dylan Thomas 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I was thinking of changing the name of today's blog post to Highway 195 Revisited, but as this feature already skews really old, we skipped the Dylan reference atop the page. But we couldn't resist mixing it in somewhere. Read on.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Chiefs sit atop Sunday's sports fare 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Best sports moment on the first Sunday in April? It might have been I.K. Kim missing an 18-inch putt that would have sealed the deal at the Nabisco Championship, though where I was at that moment, the television was having trouble...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

A shining Saturday night

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a pretty fun five hours or so last night, other than all the commercials and the usual over-the-top CBS promotion. But the national semifinals were once again can't-miss television, with Kansas rallying down the stretch to upset Ohio State...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

The changing of the guards 

A GRIP ON SPORTS A lot has changed since Washington State began basketball practice last October. Personally, I was a member of the working class back then, drawing a gigantic paycheck and disdaining such trivial pursuits as buying Mega Millions tickets. Most, if not all,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Another magical day in sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS One thing I like to do before falling asleep at night is play solitaire on my iPhone. While I was somehow missing the opportunity to put the red eight on the black nine around midnight last evening (I blame fatigue), I...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

M's go down in flames 

A GRIP ON SPORTS In my lifetime, relief pitchers have always been known as firemen. You know, the guys who rush into the middle of a burning building, pour water on the flames and try to save everyone? That's the usual definition, anyway. In the...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

We're back with the Sunday edition

A GRIP ON SPORTS When I was young, the Sunday newspaper was something special. Our Los Angeles Times was so large, a mastiff could get a hernia trying to drag it in from the driveway. And yet, the young Vince Grippi had to carry them...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

Friday's news only a ripple

A GRIP ON SPORTS Some days you are overwhelmed by the sports news. It's similar to being driven to the beach by an 8-foot wave coming from out of nowhere when you're body surfing at Newport Beach. Other days, the news is more like the...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

A bittersweet time of year 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Oregon State coach Craig Robinson tweeted something this morning that every basketball fan understands: "Bittersweet time of the year. Still wish you were playing but get to spend time with loved ones. Ugh!" Yep, everyone wishes their college basketball team was...

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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

It's time for some noise

A GRIP ON SPORTS We have a clock on the living room mantle that chimes each hour. When the batteries are fresh, it's loud enough to be heard all throughout the upper level of the house. But as those batteries wind down, the chimes become...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

Basketball is almost over 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Just noticed something. The tree outside my window, the one with the single leaf still attached – it often moves in the wind, catching my eye while I'm trying to write in the morning – is starting to bud. Yep. The...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012

Nope, we had Duke 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It seems upsets, real upsets, like a 15 seed defeating a two seed, are somewhat akin to Lay's potato chips. You can't stop with one. At least not Friday. It had been 11 years since a lightly regarded 15 seed rose...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

A long, fruitful day of hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS I have to admit I didn't see the end of the UNLV/Colorado game last night. Couldn't get to the finish line. Failed. After spending most of the day watching favorite after favorite win, I couldn't stay awake anymore. Heck, it was...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

It wasn't that empty 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The last time I watched a college basketball game on TV from the University of San Francisco's venerable War Memorial Gymnasium, I was afraid the fire marshal would clear the place out. It was that crowded. That, of course, was less...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

Labor woes in the Twitter era

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a pretty slow Friday – unless you happen to be an Arena football fan. Then it got real exciting, real quick in the early afternoon. But the Spokane Shock don't play until Monday evening and the labor troubles that...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

Nothing super about Monday for GU 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It is kind of appropriate today is Super Tuesday. After all, around Gonzaga yesterday, it was not-so-super Monday. Not with the men losing the West Coast Conference title game in overtime to St. Mary's. And the women melting in the second...

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

A warmup is in store

A GRIP ON SPORTS Do you know by the end of the week the forecast calls for temperatures in the high 50s in the Inland Northwest? High 50s. Golfing weather. Wonder if I can lose 20 pounds by Friday? Read on.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012


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