A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to know what’s still a bit strange for me concerning Gonzaga basketball? It happened yesterday, when the Associated Press All-America teams were announced. There were three Bulldogs on the first two teams, including Corey Kispert among the nation’s five best. And everyone seemed to shrug. Such accolades seem to have become ho-hum.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. What should we type words about this morning? The local college basketball scene, of course. It is Feb. 20. And something we neglected yesterday, examining the weekend from a sports-on-TV perspective.
Hoopfest organizers announced Monday the basketball tournament that brings thousands to the streets of downtown Spokane will move to September in hopes the pandemic will be under control by then.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We will be welcoming February, 2021 with all the pomp and circumstance it deserves. And a high that may just hit 50 degrees in Spokane. Now that would be something. Unlike the sports scheduled for today.
A new proposal would create a tiered system for public event organizers requiring public safety personnel. Large events, including Hoopfest and Bloomsday, would be required to cover half the cost to the city of staffing streets with officers and medical personnel.
Construction of a new, Ice Age-inspired playground, a new skate park and basketball courts on the north end of Riverfront Park is scheduled to be completed in the spring. The structures are taking shape behind chainlink fences, even during the pandemic.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Most weekends, even in the best of times, golf on television isn’t what one would call heartbeat-raising. In fact, dozing while watching golf is probably America’s new favorite pastime. But there’s something different about a major tournament. Four times a year – or three in 2020 – each putt among the leaders takes on the intensity of trying to make your way through a carnival fun house. With your first girlfriend. Such is the case this week.
Hoopfest won't be on the streets of downtown Spokane this summer, but you can still play for a championship T-shirt.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One thing that seems incredibly obvious (and a bit ominous) about this coronavirus pandemic is conditions change quicker than one would have thought. A month ago it seemed a given college football would be played. Today it seems a long shot. And college hoops? Well, November is, thankfully, a long ways away.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everywhere you look in the world of sports, the news seems to be dreadful. Dreary. Depressing. We can’t change that. It’s not in our power. But we can try to add a smile or two. That’s our goal this morning. To add a little humor to the despicable news floating around. Just call me Gru.
The brutal heat that’s settled into the desert Southwest is expected to stay well south of Spokane going into Hoopfest weekend. Forecast highs in Spokane of 80 on Saturday and 87 on Sunday will be accompanied by plenty of sunshine. Have you ever attended or participate in Hoopfest? CH
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Anything happen yesterday? Other than thousands crowding the streets of Spokane, the M's pitching staff suffering from whiplash and Lionel Messi calling it quits in international competition? Oh, nothing then. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Lou Piniella was adamant solo home runs never beat a team. He was proven right again last night despite the fact Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four of them in his first start back from the disabled list. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We make no secret about it. No journalistic balance here. We are an unabashed Hoopfest supporter. Have been for more than a quarter century. And continue to be even when it is so hot you think your feet are going to melt. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The M’s lost. There is more discussion of Russell Wilson’s contract. Hoopfest is in town. It’s hot. All’s right with the world. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The next couple days are going to be long ones. And hot ones. And fun ones. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is the calm before the heat wave, or something like that. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you qualify for the super senior discount at your neighborhood restaurant, then you will remember a song called "The Name Game." We play a version of it today, though we're not using the bananas.