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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.
SEATTLE – Given the difficulties of trying to finish the shortened 2020 regular season and all the restrictions required, then factoring in the lack of a coronavirus vaccine and the inability to institute universal rapid testing, it’s illogical to assume the 2021 baseball season will return to normal.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Friday. Again. And the weekend beckons. Again. So what is there to watch?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In a year when everything is different, from presidential politics to youth sports, why not try a little out-of-the-box thinking? Nope. Not in college football.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Wednesday again already? The bad thing is, we seemed to have lost a couple days somehow. The good thing is, we are that much closer to the weekend and its NFL games. Well, everywhere but Tennessee.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One championship has been decided. Another final series starts this week. And one other sport begins its playoff march. Who knew the end of September could be so exciting?
SEATTLE – Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been a tough year to be a cardiologist. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are probably aware of that. It seems as if they are trying to help.