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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.
SEATTLE – The expected kudos for Kyle Lewis and his outstanding rookie season for the Seattle Mariners have started to accumulate in the past week, but he’ll have to wait a few more weeks before he can receive the most coveted of these rookie postseason awards.
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 • It seems like a lifetime ago, but it really wasn’t. Last night’s World Series opener kindled memories here of the same event just three years ago. Before noisy trash cans. Before COVID-19. Just plain before.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • College football has seen a plethora of game postponements and cancellations this season. The culprit? COVID-19, of course. So why would Pac-12 fans think their conference will be different?
SEATTLE – Sitting in his room in Peoria, Arizona, on Sunday night, Julio Rodriguez took a break from video games to watch the thrilling, back-and-forth action between the Braves and Dodgers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
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.
Of all the players in the Seattle Mariners' organization, there isn’t anyone more driven to refine his craft and evolve than former Gonzaga standout pitcher Marco Gonzales.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s about to get weird. But not this weekend. This weekend is the eye of the sports hurricane, so to speak. Next weekend the Big Ten begins playing football and all heck will break loose. This weekend? The best televised event might be whatever feed CBS sets up from Nick Saban’s house.
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 • Some of us like college football. It’s a grand sport with cool Saturdays and all, but it isn’t No. 1 in our hearts. Nope, that ranking is reserved for college basketball. Packed gyms, longtime coaches, March Madness. We love college hoops. It’s college athletics at it’s finest. And it all begins, again, today.
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 • It hasn’t happened before. The Seattle Seahawks have never started a season by winning their first five games. They have a chance to do just that tonight, hosting Minnesota on Sunday Night Football. Will they get it done?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are supposed to see showers off and on in the Spokane area today. Rain actually. I, for one, welcome it. The cars are getting really dirty. In honor of the intermittent showers, we decided to let the news pour out in the same way.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • With Pac-12 schools opening football practice this weekend, it’s only a matter of time before your Saturdays will be filled with hoping USC will lose. Or something of that ilk. But before then, we still have a few weekends to fill. Starting today. What should we watch?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well, that streak lasted one day. Today we have to write about things we don’t like writing about, though it’s not sports related. And, of course, some sports. A championship, actually. In the Northwest. That’s fun.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Might as well count our blessings this morning. After all, it’s a good day when you don’t have to write about a childhood hero passing. Or an NFL team in semi-quarantine after a virus breakout. There is bad news of course. Both the Yankees and Astros won their playoff games.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Monday morning. That means we are contractually obligated – not really but it sounds plausible – to look back at the Seahawks’ game from some 24 hours ago. For the fourth consecutive time to begin a season, we get to examine a victory.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m tired of this crud. When the news broke yesterday Bob Gibson had died, I wanted to fire a high-and-tight fastball under 2020’s chin. Enough is freaking enough.