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A GRIP ON SPORTS • Welcome to the best day of the best month of the year. And that’s saying something coming from someone who celebrated his birthday earlier this October. But today is special. It’s the day we can watch new episodes of the Mandalorian again. Hey, we all have a bit of an inner nerd yearning to be free, don’t we?
The Seattle Mariners re-signed right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract Thursday.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • So who you got? In the Washington State quarterback derby, of course. It’s getting down to it and the Cougars, according to coach Nick Rolovich, have chosen a starter who is getting the bulk of the work in the run-up to the season. The starter is still a secret, however, outside of practice. So who do you think it is?
With the World Series ending on Tuesday evening, Major League Baseball released the list of of players that officially became free agents under Rule XX B of the collective-bargaining agreement between MLB and its players’ union on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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 • There was no way anyone, or any team, was going to harsh my mellow, as The Dude might say. Which is why the end of the Seahawks’ game passed by without a second glance. Not with the Dodgers a game away from a World Series title.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s keep this short and sour, shall we? After all, you want to get to the NFL on a Sunday in which the Seahawks play the day’s final game. That leaves all of the daylight hours to watch RedZone, snack and prepare yourself for whatever happens in the Phoenix area tonight.
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.