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A GRIP ON SPORTS • Welcome to our version of “Sesame Street.” The word of the day on this last Thursday of November is “thanks” of course. And the number? Not sure just yet. We may have to count all the links and give you a total later.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball is tipping off the 2020-21 season today, though the schedule of your favorite team has probably changed already. Which brings up a pretty important question: Why are games being played? We know the answer of course, but we thought we would ask anyhow.
Nicolas Lodeiro scored early in the first half, Raul Ruidiaz added a second midway through the second, and the defending champion Seattle Sounders beat depleted Los Angeles FC 3-1 in the opening round of the MLS Cup playoffs.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Gonzaga celebrated its 84-66 shellacking of Saint Mary’s on March 10, some folks realized it was head coach Mark Few’s 599th career victory. No. 600 was sure to come nine days later in Spokane, where the Zags would have played a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Then it didn’t.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot has been lost this year, in ways big and small. It’s huge in Washington there won’t be an Apple Cup game this Friday, but in the realm of the world, it’s probably a tiny blip on the year that is 2020.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thanksgiving week is upon us. It begins without many things, including a Washington State game to analyze or a Seahawks’ game to anticipate. And, most importantly, thousands upon thousands of our fellow Americans whose lives were cut short by the insidious virus. But we want to stay true to the holiday’s mission and be thankful this morning, no matter how difficult it may be.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • “South Park” might be passé these days, but one of the shows better characters, Professor Chaos, would be right at home in 2020. After all, it’s a year of chaos and missteps, two things Butters Stotch always hopes for when he dons his aluminum foil costume.
The Sounders expect to have their full roster available for selection to open their Major League Soccer playoff run. Seattle, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, hosts seventh-seeded Los Angeles FC on Nov. 24 at CenturyLink Field.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the recent innovations instituted by the NFL in the past 20 years or so, Thursday night football has to be the worst, right down there with the way the league handles replay or marks the football. The Seahawks’ appearance this year occurs tonight. At home vs. the Cardinals. Strap in folks, because we don’t know what’s going to happen.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • OK. I will say it. This week is weird. I blame the NFL. Partly because the Seahawks will be wearing their garish “color-rush” uniforms but mainly because they will face Arizona on Thursday night. For the second time this season. The first one didn’t go all that well.
The Seattle Sounders have added Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the club’s ownership group.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We watched quite a bit of Pac-12 football yesterday, especially after the Masters finished play for the day. And we have some thoughts.
Too often Alex Roldan was part of what you didn’t see.
There is Pete Carroll, who has led the Seahawks to eight postseasons, two Super Bowls and one world championship.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is you favorite college football team playing today? Before you answer, you better make a quick check of your newsfeed. Games have been canceled that quickly these days. Or changed. Meanwhile, in the real world ...
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is going to be an odd weekend ahead. No, we’re not talking about the weather, though it looks a little like Chicago in January around Spokane this morning. We’re looking at a college football schedule that is not only light on games but light on decent matchups as well. At least there is golf.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When the present is bleak, it’s best to look forward, right? Except, what do you do when that doesn’t look all that promising, at least in the near term?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are looking for answers for the Seahawks’ putrid performance in Buffalo yesterday, a performance only matched in the Spokane area by Comcast’s, than look no further than one specific position group.
An unprecedented Major League Soccer season held on to one familiarity – a drama-filled Decision Day.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you ready for some Pac-12 football? Sure you are. And your thirst will be quenched today. Unless you are a fan of Utah. Or Arizona. Or Washington. Or California. You Washington State fans? You are just fine. So far.