A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is anything still called “super-sized” anymore? Well, if the term is still used then it is appropriate for today. It’s “Super-Sized Sunday.” (Not to be confused with Super Sunday, which I'm guessing the NFL has trademarked, registered and padlocked.) Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is that old saying about the amount of fight in the dog? Something about size, right? But what happens when the bigger dog puts up the biggest fight? Well, you end up with a game like you saw yesterday. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Apple Cup is finally upon us. After weeks and weeks of hype and speculation, it’s time to figure out which of Washington’s Pac-12 teams is the best this season. On the turf. As it should be. But maybe nothing of the sort will be decided at all. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Thanksgiving. In my lifetime – and that’s not a short span my friends – that’s meant three things: way too much food, great football and at least one “disagreement.” The first one is universal, the third one too personal to touch on here so we’ll focus on the second one today. Besides, this is the sports page. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is about 50 hours or so until the Apple Cup kicks off in Pullman and it’s raining. Or snowing, if you look through life with Crimson-colored glasses. It’s a goal, isn’t it, every year the rivalry game is on this side of the mountains? Another snow bowl. Or Snow Bowl if you prefer. It doesn’t look as if that goal will be reached this year but others might. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Seahawks are for real, even if they are a little thinner at running back today than they were this time yesterday. And the Apple Cup is for real, even if it on Friday and neither team is perfect in Pac-12 play. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, talking about the Apple Cup. Well, at least that hasn’t changed. This year’s rivalry game between Washington and Washington State is for all the cider. (Sorry, that's the best apple-related phrase I could come up with.) Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Funny thing about winning football game after football game. The national media begin to take notice. It’s happened this week in Pullman, where the Cougars are riding an eight-game winning streak. It’s so crowded, I half-expected Drake to show up wearing a sweatshirt with Mike Leach’s portrait on it. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every day. Well, almost every day. That’s how often we put together this column. Most days are pretty easy. But Thursdays? Those are tough. So what’s your Thursday column? Today it’s a little of everything. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s that time of year. When everyone is angry at everyone else because of their voting choices. No, not those choices. We’re talking about college football award choices. And this season, we are in the middle of it. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Most work weeks don’t start out as crowded as this one did. From Gonzaga’s behind-kicking of San Diego State to news from Seattle to Pullman, it was a crowded Monday around here. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Back in the day, the nuns at St. Rita’s elementary taught us a song in unity with California’s striking farm workers. We learned the lyrics in Spanish and the tune has stuck with us since the 1960s. It was running around our head late last night as the Seahawks faced a crucial goal-line stand. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • You may not have been awake to see it, but Washington State crushed California last night 56-21. And, unless you were in Cheney, you probably didn’t see Eastern Washington wallop Idaho State 48-17. Pretty good college football around here. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The new thing is always shiny and attractive. The old thing? Dust-bin ready. Well that’s not exactly the case with college basketball, which started off its 2016-17 season yesterday, and college football, which has been trudging along for a dozen weeks or so. But yesterday did feature one and today will feature the other. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Beau Baldwin is a heck of a football coach. The Eastern Washington head man has accomplished things that no other Eagle coach has ever done, including win a national title. But this weekend, he goes into Eastern’s final regular season home game as an underdog. No, not on the field. In the press conferences. He’s about a 1,500-word underdog actually. That’s because Mike Kramer is returning to town. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Kind of wild year, huh? Got thinking about 2016 and it’s off-the-wall quality somewhere around midnight or so last night. Being that this is on the Sports page of The Spokesman-Review, we’ll concentrate on that. We'll leave the other stuff to, well, others. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever feel like an iguana surrounded by a bunch of snakes? Ya, me too. Almost every day. But I never seem to escape. Not like yesterday’s video-star lizard. And not like the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Monday night means Monday Night Football. Has for as long as most of us can remember. For the Seahawks and their fans, Monday Night Football usually means a Tuesday celebrating a win. Does it happen again this week? Read on.