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A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is possible to love and hate something at the same time. As evidence we present our cat, which forced us to get out of bed sometime south of 5:30 this morning. Or, to hit more of your hot buttons, college football, which plays the role of the biggest tormentor in this year of the coronavirus.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • For some reason I’m of the mind that you good folks are distracted this morning. Too busy following a competition of a non-sports kind to really focus on what’s happening on the fields and courts around here. We understand. We’ll keep it simple. And short.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s election day. In a leap year. Which brings ups memories of presidential elections dating all the way back to the early 1960s. Even then, sports and politics intermingled.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Seven games into the 2020 season, the Seattle Seahawks earned what can only be termed an easy win. And yet there was plenty of anxiety for adrenaline junkies – or worry warts, if you don’t mind a term out of 1925.
On a brisk Colorado night, the burning desire to win was there for both teams.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s hard to believe it’s All Saints’ Day already. It was my favorite Catholic day of observance, as our elementary school was closed – though we were supposed to trundle off to Mass – and we could stay out later on Halloween than our public school counterparts. Hey, the tail end of the Baby Boom was a tough time to be a kid. You took your joy where you could find it.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Halloween. Which means, by the sports calendar, it’s the last Saturday without Pac-12 football. Doesn’t mean it’s an empty day, but it does mean next Saturday will feature much more action.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s get this out of the way at the start. There is no hangover here. No champagne flowed in the living room last night after the Dodgers, the team of my youth (and now, old age), won their first World Series title since my youngest was in diapers.
Raul Ruidiaz returned to the lineup after testing positive for coronavirus and posted a goal and an assist, and the Seattle Sounders clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some days, news comes at you in unexpected ways. Thank goodness, yesterday wasn’t one of those days.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s kind of fun when the weather changes. It’s part of the joy of living in an area with four distinct seasons. But when the snow gods decide to visit with more than a half-foot of fun in late October, that seems a little over the top. Still, high school football went on in North Idaho, even as the white stuff obscured much of the fields.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure if we are going to get snowed under this afternoon – the forecast calls for 3-to-5 inches of the stuff and it’s only late October – but I do know this: we were snowed under by the amount of stories available to link this morning.
Will Bruin scored off a corner kick in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, and the Seattle Sounders salvaged a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Thursday night.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • For years, winter hit without a warning. Then HBO turned a cult novel into a phenomenon and the season lost its anonymity. Yes, winter is coming, and with it comes a bunch of new questions for the local sports community.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball has a legacy. It’s the game handed down through the generations, from father to daughter or mother to son, or some combination of same. It spans the generation gap. At least last night’s National League Championship Series’ result did in our house.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • No matter the sports, a seventh game in a best-of-seven series is fun. At least a week’s worth of work coming down to three or four hours. In baseball, however, one person can make all the difference. As it did again last night.
SEATTLE — Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday while with his Peruvian national team, could be available for selection for the club’s Oct. 27 match vs. Vancouver.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. What was Wednesday’s highlight? The lowlight is easy: The Astros winning and avoiding being swept out of the American League Championship series. The highlight, though? The Dodgers scoring 11 runs in the top of the first? College hoops practice tipping off? Wait, I’ve got it.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • My entire life I’ve loved October. My birthday month, sure, but more importantly the month is filled with baseball games that mean everything. It’s also filled with heroes and goats, with lifelong reputations built on one pitch, one game or one series. One of those heroes died Monday, joining a long list of baseball’s best that will not be with us when this year’s World Series ends.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Confident. Surprised. Alarmed. Frustrated. Angry. Happy. Expectant. Disappointed. Scared. Astonished. Doubtful. Amazed. Celebratory. Crazy. Exhausted.