SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016
Fri., May 6, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It became official yesterday. Marshawn Lynch is no longer a professional football running back. He’s 30 and retired. Owns a few stores, sure, and a really cool car. But the rest of his life is up for grabs. We have some suggestions. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016
Wed., May 4, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you getting excited at all yet? Or is it still “too early” to think the Mariners have something going on? Read on.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Sun., May 1, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Bloomsday, which means the city is filled with lilacs flowering from Mead to Liberty. No, that’s not it. It has some other meaning. Read on.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
Thu., April 28, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Anything happen Wednesday? Only about two of the biggest stories of the year, one regional, one local. Read on.
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
Mon., April 25, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As that great sports commentator Jimmy Steinman once wrote and Meatloaf bleated out, two out of three ain’t bad. Read on.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016
Sat., April 16, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • So where were we? Certainly not counting Mariner wins, though we now can put two consecutive games in that column. Nor figuring out which players off a last-place Pac-12 team would end up playing professionally. Read on.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
Thu., April 14, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Talk about a busy day yesterday. Not only did the Mariners in in the afternoon – finally – but the evening was filled with drama as well. Read on.
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
Mon., April 11, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Masters is over for another year. But the 2016 version won’t be forgotten quickly. For all the wrong reasons. Read on.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016
Sat., April 9, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every once in a while the NCAA does something that seems attuned to the needs of the people the organization should really serve: the students who are also athletes. But usually it doesn’t last long. The point was driven home again yesterday. Read on.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
Wed., April 6, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • So the Mariners won yesterday. They blasted the ball around, and out of, the Rangers home field. And then they got into a late dustup with the defending American League West champions. Anyone have a problem with any of that? Read on.
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
Mon., April 4, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is a line of demarcation. Forget what the calendar said, today is end of winter, the start of spring. In the sporting sense, at least. Read on.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
Sat., April 2, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Saturday morning is here. The best four or five hours of every week. This Saturday includes a lot of sunshine. Which carries possibilities. And responsibilities. Read on.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
Thu., March 31, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the sure sounds of spring is the beep, beep, beep of a truck backing up at a road construction project. Started hearing that this week. Which means it is time for a road trip. Read on.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
Wed., March 30, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is your favorite thing about sports in the spring? Or, like me, do you have trouble winnowing it down to one specific item? Read on.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
Tue., March 29, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • You notice how just about every day of the calendar year has been accounted for nowadays? If it isn’t “National Bacon Day” it is “National Lower Your Cholesterol Day.” “National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day” is followed by “National Take a Walk in the Park Day.” Naturally. Well, today is a special day in our area as well.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
Sat., March 26, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember, just a single team has the ultimate one shining moment. Read on.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
Fri., March 25, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • I received a text yesterday from a friend. He wanted to know whether I thought Gonzaga could deal with Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. It got me to thinking. And made me realize I really don’t know the answer. Read on.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
Thu., March 24, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Do you have a hobby? Playing golf? Woodworking? Chasing butterflies through the Amazon? Or maybe watching, in person, every game a college basketball team plays throughout an entire season. Read on.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016
Sun., March 20, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Adaptability is the key to survival. In the wild – and in the wild that is the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga showed its adaptability this weekend and, because of it, is still playing. Read on.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
Sat., March 19, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A half-court buzzer-beater. A dunk that comes just after the horn goes off. A putback preceded by a handy shove. Upsets seemingly galore. An occasional chalk decision. Yep, a typical Friday in the NCAA tournament’s first round. Read on.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
Fri., March 18, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Wouldn’t it be odd if Gonzaga returned to its underdog roots this season and made a nation-captivating run through the NCAA tournament? It could just happen. Read on.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
Thu., March 17, 2016
A GRIP ON SPORTS • So what’s on your docket today? Are you in the office, dealing with irate customers or interminable meetings? Or did you get the day off, hoping to take a long walk through the park and enjoy the spring-like weather? Or are you celebrating St. Patty’s day with plans for some corned beef hash and an Irish beverage? Read on.
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