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Grip on Sports: Face of Vandals not flattering

Friday: What do you want out of a college football coach? Most fans would say wins. Or an entertaining team. Others at a university might cite academics and a commitment …


Grip on Sports: What could have been for Mariners

Friday: Why is it when I heard the news yesterday that the M’s had traded Dustin Ackley to the Yankees, I immediately thought of the “Sound of Music?” You know, …


Grip on Sports: Quick turnaround could save M’s Jack Zduriencik, Lloyd McClendon

Friday: The All-Star break is over. The unofficial second half of the baseball season begins today. What will happen with the Mariners? No one knows for sure, but a lot …


Grip on Sports: EWU takes center stage, for a day at least

FRIDAY: Here we are in the middle of July and we are offering a post chock full of Eastern Washington University news. That’s a bit unusual. Now before all you …


Grip on Sports: When Robinson Cano hits, so do Mariners

Thursday: Want to hear something odd and strange? Robinson Cano had four hits last night. Yes, in one game. No, I haven’t been drinking. For just the third time in …


Grip on Sports: Hisashi Iwakuma’s return could define M’s

Wednesday: In a week or two, Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list. The M’s will have to find the right-handed pitcher a spot on the roster and in …


Grip on Sports: Sympathy not a word previously used in association with Tiger Woods

Friday: I’m not the biggest Tiger Woods fan. Arrogance turns me off. Woods was as arrogant as one could get – up until that night in Florida about seven years …


Grip on Sports: NBA players will police Matthew Dellavedova

Monday: Al Horford’s ejection for throwing an elbow at former Saint Mary’s star Matthew Dellavedova needs some context. I’m sure any Gonzaga basketball fan would be willing to supply it, …


A Grip on Sports: Inconsistent umpire hampers Mariners’ chances

Friday: In the Mariners’ game (Thursday), I was a bit shocked to see umpire John Tumpane’s strike zone. According to the pitch-tracker, Tumpane, a Triple-A callup working the series, called …


Grip on Sports: Air goes out of Tom Brady inflators

Thursday: When the NFL finally decided to release the Wells Report on the Patriots’ cheating, every deflated ball joke that’s ever been written was dusted off and thrown against the …


Grip on Sports: Russell Wilson works deal in public

Friday: You’re thinking of changing jobs. Your boss wants to keep you. How does that play out? Of course you go on the radio and talk with the local newspapers …


Let’s put the refs back in charge

Monday: There has been a lot of discussion this season on improving college basketball. The game has gotten too physical, the narrative goes, and changes have to be made. Attendance …


Grip on Sports: Kevin Pangos can’t beat a woman in shooting contest? So what?

Friday: Kevin Pangos won the 3-point shooting contest last night. (I know, I know. Gonzaga fans everywhere on hearing the news Pangos had 23, 23 and 22 points in his …


G&T Grip on Sports: This GU team is no Cinderella

Saturday: There was something magical about Gonzaga’s run to the Elite Eight in 1999. A scrappy bunch of Bulldogs did the unexpected, shocking the nation with crashing dunks and deadly …


Grip on Sports: Motivated Felix key to M’s success

Monday: I’m not sure whether it’s the weather – it’s been warmer than normal all month – or what, but I’m excited about baseball this season. Specifically, I’m excited about …


Grip on sports: Zags look like a No. 1 this season

Wednesday: There is a lot to debate about college basketball these days – shot-clock length, attendance, rankings – but the No. 1 point of contention right now nationally seems to …


Grip on Sports: A Pac-12 loss unforgiveable

Friday: Alabama can lose one, maybe two games, and still will be in the hunt. Texas A&M can have a loss. Ditto Auburn. Heck, LSU and Georgia are still in …


Grip on Sports: Mariners should hold off selling the farm

Friday: The All-Star Game was Tuesday night, right? Today is Friday. And baseball is just getting going again? These guys need another day off in the middle of the season? …


Grip on Sports: Steve Garvey’s return to Spokane spurred memories

Thursday: Steve Garvey threw out the first pitch at the Spokane Indians game last night, wearing a 2014 Indians jersey even though his eldest son, Ryan, was in the visitors …


Grip on Sports: Fourth is about independence

Friday: The Fourth of July is full of memories for me. You, too, I bet. I’m not sure there is a kid in America who didn’t do something athletic on …