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Grip on Sports: The snow gives us all an excuse to watch football on TV

A  20-car pileup, including an STA bus, stopped traffic on Ben Garnett Way north of Sumner Avenue during Friday night’s snowstorm, Dec. 23, 2016, in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A 20-car pileup, including an STA bus, stopped traffic on Ben Garnett Way north of Sumner Avenue during Friday night’s snowstorm, Dec. 23, 2016, in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of my favorite Christmas carols, "Let it Snow," plays through the end credits in one of my favorite Christmas-set movies. I like the thought, especially when it begins snowing at 3 p.m. one day and doesn’t stop all night. Yes, the weather outside is frightful and what’s on the TV is so delightful. So let it snow. Read on.

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• Four NFL games, including the local team. The RedZone. A bowl game from Hawaii, where the field will not be blue – or frozen. Any Christmas movie you could really want from “Die Hard,” which is mentioned above but really isn’t a Christmas movie, though it is set at Christmas, to “Scrooged,” one of my odd little favorites.

So why would anyone worry about going out in the snow today?

Well, there is that last-minute request of Santa from Tiny Tim, the one you didn’t hear about until just this morning, that you know you have to fulfill. Or there is the paprika for your mother’s favorite Christmas recipe, something you were sure you had plenty of on Nov. 7, but just can’t find this morning.

Or there is the little bombshell your husband dropped at dinner last night, how he is looking forward to (fill in the blank) so much this Christmas. You rack your brain. You still don’t remember him mentioning it before. And I don’t believe there is anyway to set up a flight to San Diego for Tuesday today. Tickets to the Holiday Bowl? Those you can find.

But whatever drives you out in the snow on this Christmas Eve, remember this. When you get home, there will be something inviting to watch, sports-wise or otherwise, all day.

My plan? Cheer on the Hawks while drinking a hot toddy or something. Or, while everyone else is engrossed in the tight battle with the Cardinals, wrapping the few gifts that I will set under the tree.

The big gift for Kim and I is just a picture. As she doesn’t read this much anymore – this is a test of that – it is a picture of Disneyworld. I’ve booked the two of us a trip there in the spring. Just the two of us. For the third time. Yes, we have a lot of fun.

Let it snow here. There won’t be any in Orlando.

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WSU: There isn’t any snow in San Diego either. There is, however, hard work and sweat. The Cougars practiced yesterday for Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl game with Minnesota and Jacob Thorpe was there. He has this story on Isaac Dotson, the junior making his mark on defense. He also has video of interviews with Mike Leach and Alex Grinch. … John Blanchette walks us down memory lane with Washington State’s bowl history, from the first Rose Bowl 100 years ago to last year’s snow bowl in El Paso. He also ranks the games and the best performances. … Around the Pac-12 in football, ESPN.com looks back at WSU’s season and has its weekly mailbag, courtesy of Ted Miller. … Stefanie Loh has a feature on Gabe Marks as his illustrious WSU career winds down. … It must be history-lesson day, because Christian Caple teaches one as well, going back to Washington’s first game with Alabama. … Another longtime Oregon assistant coach is looking for work. … In basketball, USC had to go overtime against Wyoming but remained unbeaten. … Utah bounced back with a win. … Arizona’s iron young men kept the season afloat. … Finally, California is still trying to figure out how to balance the school’s, and the athletic department’s, budget.

Gonzaga: USF is in the finals of the Diamond Head Classic and the Dons have looked good in getting there.

EWU: The S-R is doing a Christmas-time series on individuals who have made the Spokane-area better. Today, Jim Allen writes about Cooper Kupp, who is more than just the best wide receiver in the nation.

Seahawks: Yes, Arizona is in the region to play the Hawks this afternoon. No snow in Seattle but it won’t be warm. And this is a game the Seahawks need to win to assure a bye and the home-field for at least one playoff game. Getting anywhere this year may demand those two prizes. … The offensive line is still in flux going into the 15th game of the season. … The Cardinals aren’t very good but they will probably be playing mad. … Tyler Lockett and the Hawks have yet to lose at home.

Sounders: Seattle isn’t standing pat. The Sounders went out and bought a young goal scorer who has lots of potential.

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• It’s time to tell you something. Merry Christmas. We won’t be here tomorrow. Instead, Kim and I are rising early, we’re having breakfast and then we are headed to a movie. Yep, we don’t have any responsibilities until later in the day when the rest of the clan will be gathering at our place. So we are having a Christmas Day date. Romantic, huh? Until one of slips on the ice and breaks a hip. Until later …

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