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Vince Grippi
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Vince Grippi vincegrippi55@yahoo.com

Vince Grippi is a freelance local sports blogger for spokesman.com. He also contributes to the <a href="http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/">SportsLink Blog</a>.


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Nov. 18, 2019, 8:28 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • I took this little round Panasonic TV to college in 1974, mainly because it was hanging around the house and no one wanted it. It popped into my head last night as I tried to watch Gonzaga play Stanford on my iPhone. The reason for the flashback? The screens were about the same size.

Nov. 17, 2019, 8:34 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’re going to keep this simple and short, because we know you want to settle in early today for the Seahawks’ game. Wait, the Seahawks aren’t playing? They’re off? Why didn’t anyone tell me? Just kidding. Well, we’re still going to keep it short. Mainly due to how many subjects from Saturday we have to cover.

Nov. 16, 2019, 5:26 p.m.
Washington State was in control. The Cougars led Stanford by 12 points late in the second quarter and were about to extend their lead again when Anthony Gordon missed an open Brandon Arconado in the endzone.

Nov. 16, 2019, 8:40 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • No matter if you are looking back – at Gonzaga’s rout of Texas A&M in hoops – or ahead – to the Cougars’ football matchup with Stanford – you might hear alarms going off. It’s inevitable.

Nov. 15, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
This was supposed to be Gonzaga’s first big test. And it was, but only for as long as it probably took viewers to find the SEC Network on their television or streaming device – if that took the first 9 minutes of the opening half.

Nov. 15, 2019, 8:35 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to know what will the most asked question in Spokane today? It’s simple. “What number is the SEC Network?” As with just about every question in life, the answer depends on a lot of things.

Nov. 14, 2019, 8:22 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you ever wondered which day is the hardest to come up with a main subject in the online column world, it’s Thursday. Always Thursday. Though Tuesday isn’t easy either. But Tuesday has tacos, so there’s that.

Nov. 13, 2019, 8:15 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are warning signs for almost everything, you know. You just have to be able to read them. Then again, at times it’s also easy to add up two and two and get five.

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Sometimes art imitates life. It happened Tuesday night during Gonzaga’s third easy win to start the season, this one 97-66 over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:52 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, yeah. Wondering if the Seahawks could hang with the undefeated 49ers in Santa Clara? Well, we know the answer to that, don’t we?

Nov. 10, 2019, 8:43 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the sun sets on one college season, it’s rising on another. And that’s a little disconcerting – and tiring.

Nov. 9, 2019, 7:43 p.m.
Washington State’s bowl hopes took a hit Saturday night in Berkeley, driven back by a California defense that limited the Cougars to two touchdowns and forced two turnovers en route to a 33-20 Pac-12 upset.

Nov. 9, 2019, 8:26 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone ready for Saturday’s huge college football games? And for Alabama vs. LSU? Or Minnesota facing Penn State? It’s that type of day, what with big games around the nation and every local team involved in a key one as well. Welcome to mid-November.

Nov. 8, 2019, 8:39 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • You might have heard some creaking late last night. Some shuffling of boxes. Maybe a “where is that darn thing” or two. If you were wondering what was up, it was simple. Cougar basketball fans were combing their closets, checking out their storage areas, looking around the house for their stored away gear. After one game under Kyle Smith, they decided it was time to pull everything out of mothballs.

Nov. 7, 2019, 8:31 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. It’s Thursday, right? Is “Cheers” still on? Of course not. Even if it were, it would probably be on Netflix or Hulu and would include Cliff riffing on subjects he couldn’t talk about back in the day. Hey, I know. Let’s don our Postal Service uniform and riff on a few little-known subjects ourselves.

Nov. 6, 2019, 8:39 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • No subject pops out this morning as being one of those crucial, must-cover themes of the day. Unless, maybe, it’s the possible angst among local college basketball fans after the season’s first day.

Nov. 5, 2019, 7:08 p.m.
Another Gonzaga basketball season began Tuesday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Much of the 2019-20 season opener against visiting Alabama State was familiar, from the sellout crowd to head coach Mark Few’s presence on the sideline to the winning team.

Nov. 5, 2019, 8:05 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have a few thoughts on this election day that have nothing whatsoever to do with any candidates or issues. However, if you didn’t get your heartbeat into anaerobic territory going through the Washington ballot this week, we would be surprised. There were so many advisory questions my right arm was sore after filling in the little boxes.

Nov. 4, 2019, 8:27 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are a whole bunch of reasons why it’s easy to dismiss the Seahawks as pretenders for the NFL title this season. And only one real reason to believe they can win it all. All were on display yesterday in their wild overtime win against woeful Tampa Bay.

Nov. 3, 2019, 8:26 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There were three college football games in the area Saturday. And the three local teams all won fairly easily. Today, the regional professional football team hopes to succeed in the same manner.

Nov. 2, 2019, 8:40 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to watch all the area’s college football teams today? Even with the Cougars taking the weekend off, you would need a really tricked up DeLorean complete, maybe, with Doc Brown’s modifications, to do it. All three teams playing are at home and all start within an hour of each other.

Nov. 1, 2019, 8:42 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Friday. You know what starts up this weekend? Yep, college basketball gets a move on as we turn our clocks back an hour.

Oct. 31, 2019, 8:45 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We know how today will end, with hands full of candy bars as Spider-men and Wonder Women skip through the neighborhood, almost indecipherable under layers of coats and scarves. But it’s how it begins we are worried about, considering there is a World Series to digest and a feast of basketball news to share.

Oct. 30, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As we crest the hill, headed for the weekend, let’s take some time out to cover a whole bunch of bumps in the road, shall we?

Oct. 29, 2019, 8:37 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is football all that important to a college campus? Is it so important that a person who is the highest-paid employee in a state is actually underpaid? It’s a discussion schools in the Pac-12, and their constituents, which means just about everyone, need to have.