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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>.


Most Recent Stories

July 12, 2020, 8:12 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best part about a warm mid-July day? You mean besides lolling around, doing little-to-nothing? Or watching tomatoes grow? No, that’s about it in 2020.

July 11, 2020, 8:29 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Anything happen on Friday? Other than the Pac-12 following the Big Ten’s lead and eliminating fall nonconference athletic events? Or the conference’s commissioner coming down with a COVID-19 case? Or college athletic budgets everywhere taking a huge hit? Other than that, it was a quiet day.

July 10, 2020, 8:43 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In an unrelenting time of bad news for sports in America, we dug deep and found some good news just for you. It’s what we do – occasionally.

July 9, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In the late 1950s and the early 1960s, there was a hypothesis that dominated America’s international thinking. The domino theory. Turns out it wasn’t true, though it took thousands of American lives to prove it wrong. In a year in which even more American lives have been lost in a war with a virus, we’re probably going to find out if the theory applies to college athletics.

July 8, 2020, 8:23 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s odd, but we hadn’t thought of the butterfly effect in years. But this morning, while thinking about the virus and high school football, a butterfly flitted past our window. And it made me realize something about interconnection.

July 7, 2020, 8:06 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every once in a while, it’s good to stop, look around and ask that time-honored question, “where are we?” Not that we are lost, mind you. Nope. But the way ahead looks a little muddled.

July 6, 2020, 7:27 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The plan is simple. Before the month is out, baseball will again be played in parks around the nation. There will not be any fans, but the games will go on.

July 5, 2020, 8:31 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In a year in which sports has little in the way of fireworks, neighbors throughout Spokane decided it was appropriate to scare just about every dog from here to Indian Trail by creating big bangs, high-pitched whistles and explosions of light in the night sky. How patriotic.

July 4, 2020, 7:06 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s appropriate, I guess, to be talking about baseball on the Fourth of July. It seems the two are joined at the hippocampus or something.

July 3, 2020, 8:38 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sure, circumstances change. But knocking something off before it really had a chance to get started seems unusually cruel. We are looking at you Boise State.

July 2, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Summer starts today. Well, not really. But the Spokane-area weather we love seems to be kicking in today and holding for a while, so let’s go with the “summer starts today” theme. And see where it leads us.

July 1, 2020, 8:24 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s July. The month of hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, as the Mad Men taught us to believe back in the day. But it’s not going to be a typical July. No way. And, around here, it is not starting well. Unless you appreciate red ink.

June 30, 2020, 8:26 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Goodbye June. Or is it good riddance? Whatever. The month is in its last day today. We can only hope July is better.

June 29, 2020, 7:55 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Unlike Garfield, we don’t fear Monday mornings. But we aren’t fond of them either. There are not enough stories to pass along.

June 28, 2020, 8:37 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Any list of the best sports-related items around the Inland Northwest has to include the abundance of outstanding golf courses. The area features challenging and scenic tracks that range from the Palouse to near the Canadian border. In some ways this is a golfing paradise.

June 27, 2020, 7:38 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the sadness associated with lost sports and the pandemic, today may be the day that moves the meter the most. Around here at least. Sure, the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournament is right up there, as is baseball’s postponement. But the final weekend of June has been associated with one event for so long in Spokane, it was hard to get out of bed today with the realization Hoopfest is not going on.

June 26, 2020, 8:22 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Money is tight everywhere. And it’s going to remain tight for the foreseeable future. That future isn’t all that foreseeable right now, however.

June 25, 2020, 8:22 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are certain sports-related activities one can only do in the summertime. And when you are young (or youngish). Watching someone swinging a bat at a batting cage the other day – on a TV show, of course – got me to thinking what I miss about being a youngish person as the days are long and warmer.

June 24, 2020, 8:03 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Truth be told, Mr. Peabody was one of my favorite Saturday morning friends. Maybe it was because he was a nerd. A nerd with a time machine. So let’s jump in the WayBac Machine and head, well, a little ways back.

June 23, 2020, 8:16 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the near-future of high school sports in the Inland Northwest? Yesterday’s guidelines, released by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association took us from one camp to the other in about 400 words.

June 22, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been a long time since a work week started with a body so sore it’s hard to sit at the computer and type. But that’s where we are this morning. Makes me wonder if that’s how Webb Simpson feels today.

June 21, 2020, 8:37 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Though it doesn’t seem like it to those of us who mark the time with a sports-oriented calendar, it is Father’s Day. Which makes it mandatory we reminisce about out our father-related moments. It’s cathartic, believe me.

June 20, 2020, 8:14 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A video was making the social media rounds recently. It came from 1973, which might as well be Roman times to most. The subject of the three-minute, grainy video? Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes win, cementing the horse’s place atop horse-racing legends. Forty-seven years later, another Belmont will enter the history books.

June 19, 2020, 8:33 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Tomorrow is the first day of summer. Today, in Spokane at least, summer weather is in the house. So it got us to thinking. What is your favorite summer activity?

June 18, 2020, 8:50 a.m.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As we sit, brokenhearted, waiting for baseball season to start ... wait. Forget that. Heck, we are sitting here waiting for the owners and the players to just agree on something. Anything. Other than a universal designated hitter.