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A Grip on Sports: A Happy New Year to our readers, the fuel for our sports fireworks

Thousands watch as fireworks explode over Riverfront Park at precisely 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in Spokane Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.
Thousands watch as fireworks explode over Riverfront Park at precisely 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in Spokane Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Just a quick note to wish you a Happy New Year. Let’s hope that 2020 is just that, a vision of perfection.


• We know you want to watch bowl games and begin contemplating those resolutions. Myself, I have to look up the order of floats in the Rose Parade so I can see that vision of loveliness that is the Sierra Madre float each year.

So we’ll keep this simple.

A new year beckons. The past is just that, past. It’s a leap year, so there is an extra day to get everything done you need to before the end of December rolls around again.

We’ll be here to help guide you through the days, weeks and months ahead. And by guide you, we mean just adding to your knowledge, with links to stories and commentary on the local sports scene. It’s what we do.

Good luck and God bless.


WSU: Theo Lawson enters 2020 looking back on the past decade of Washington State football. It was packed with a lot of news. … Ryan Collingwood preview today’s Rose Bowl by talking to two former Oregon Ducks with Inland Northwest ties: Carson York and Brandon Hanna. It’s a fun journey through their eyes. … Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Utah was blown out in the Alamo Bowl by Texas and Arizona State won the Sun Bowl over Florida State. Neither game was an artistic masterpiece. … In basketball news, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim probably believes this news will submarine Arizona basketball.

Gonzaga: Jim Meehan takes one last look at the win over Detroit Mercy, as the Zags begin West Coast Conference play this week. His rewind is accompanied by the news Ryan Woolridge was named WCC Player of the Week.

Seahawks: Philadelphia was tough the first time around. The Eagles will be even tougher this time, at home and in the playoffs. Will Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have enough to carry the day? … Speaking of Lynch, what’s his future hold?


• A quick update on my health. We now know what’s going on inside me. It’s the same battle that occurred a dozen years ago. C-diff vs. my intestines. It was touch and go last time, as antibiotics didn’t work and we had to go another, more experimental route. Trying the antibiotics again this time. Started them last night. Hopefully, they’ll score a knockout quickly. Until later …

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