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Grip on Sports: Brandon Clarke came to Gonzaga to become the Bulldogs’ go-to guy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In life, consistency can be a bit boring. In college basketball, it’s a prized commodity. Gonzaga continued its consistent domination of the NCAA Tournament’s first …


Grip on Sports: There is nothing quite like when your team wins an NCAA Tournament game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Winning any NCAA Tournament basketball game is cause for celebration. No matter who you root for – or against. Gonzaga fans should never forget that. …


Grip on Sports: On a day when upsets were rare, Gonzaga made sure it played the favorite’s role correctly

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first day of the NCAA Tournament is often-times filled with upsets. Buzzer-beating upsets. “Can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw” upsets. No-chance-in-heck upsets. The upset from yesterday? There were no …


Grip on Sports: Today is the best day for a variety of reasons, not all of them coming on a basketball court

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best day of the year deserves more than just some random thoughts. But that’s what the NCAA Tournament, which really begins today, is receiving. …


Grip on Sports: Yes, Gonzaga is the NCAA focus in Spokane, but there is a lot more to pick from – and to pick against

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Filled out your bracket yet? If the answer is no, why the heck not? If it is yes, how far do you have Gonzaga going? …


Grip on Sports: Will the Eagles find a way to earn another NCAA berth tonight?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday morning again. Which means you probably have a lot of fun things planned. Me too. But first we have to get this darn …


Grip on Sports: Wednesday night’s loss marked the end of WSU’s basketball season but probably not Ernie Kent’s tenure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is this the end? The end of Ernie Kent’s elaborate plans? Of everything that stands in Washington State’s basketball program, the end? Read on.


Grip on Sports: There are bad days and then there are awful days, like the one Gonzaga had Tuesday in Las Vegas

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone who has ever visited Las Vegas can look back on a bad day or two in Sin City. It’s inevitable or they wouldn’t keep …


Grip on Sports: Daylight saving time is coming, so maybe now the snow can melt

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What are your plans for the weekend? Do they include any basketball? Or is a marvelous movie on the horizon? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Now you know March is really here – postseason college basketball tournaments are beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • And so it begins. If you were flipping around the dial last night, you may have seen snippets – or full games ­– from the …


Grip on Sports: Times change but Senior Night still carries emotional baggage for the home team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe it’s because we qualify for the senior discount these days, but it seems a good morning to have a talk about senior nights. Read …


Grip on Sports: When a game comes down to whether or not someone can operate a stopwatch accurately, then we’ve jumped the video review shark

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is an argument for video review in college basketball. There is also an argument against it. And there should be a discussion about when …


Grip on Sports: If winning is your goal, there are two area college basketball programs that complete your quest most every game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you asked any college basketball fan what they wanted most from their team, winning would be No. 1 on their list, right? No one …


Grip on Sports: There is a lot to like about winter and winter sports, but snow messing with schedules isn’t one of them

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the seasons wear on (us), there are a few thoughts that come to mind about winter. We decided to share them, without some of …


Grip on Sports: It may not have been the No. 1 day in sports this year, but Saturday was pretty darn good

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Saturdays go, yesterday was a slap in the face. In a good way. You know, like in one of those old-time movies where the …


Grip on Sports: It’s bad luck to take the ball to the rim if Brandon Clarke is around

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We assume you are a sports fan if you are reading this. Which makes us believe you are aware of the fabled Sports Illustrated jinx. …


Grip on Sports: You can take your Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday nights; we like Thursdays

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If Sunday is, as marketed by one of the major networks, “Football Night in America,” than maybe we should start calling Thursday, “College Basketball Night …


Grip on Sports: It’s time for another Super Bowl – and to root for the king to fall from the throne

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is Super Bowl Sunday, all caps required. A national uprising – of sorts. It’s the closest thing our nation has these days to a …


Grip on Sports: Sunday is all about football but today still holds the promise of a college basketball upset or two

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you can pull yourself away from the Lakers and the Warriors this evening, you have an opportunity to watch some decent college basketball. Read …


Grip on Sports: UCLA, BYU bring back memories for local college basketball fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Memories are where the present collides with the past. So this morning we are going to invoke some memories of college basketball games past and …


Grip on Sports: There may be college basketball on TV from early morning to late at night, but it doesn’t include the local men’s teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s get right to it. After all, there are 29 college basketball games on television today. And a college football all-star game. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s another up and down Saturday for area college basketball fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, talking about college basketball. Yesterday was the busiest day of the year around the country, with plenty of games around …


Grip on Sports: Despite a few dents, Saturday’s sports action was hard to beat

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Saturday night of college basketball action left its mark. Actually, it may have been the college hoops combined with a day of NFL playoffs. …


Grip on Sports: Another great basketball Saturday is headlined by a Gonzaga showdown in San Francisco

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you took all seven days of the week and ranked them, 1-to-7, Saturday would probably be the top seed, right? It’s No. 1 in …


Grip on Sports: Another crowded Thursday night looms as games vie for your attention

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What’s on your agenda for this evening? Planning on watching a little college basketball? Maybe sit at home and peek at the Cougars or the …


Grip on Sports: With all eyes on Texas, neither Eastern Washington nor Seahawks could see a way to victory

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yes, wondering if the Seahawks and Eastern Washington could find ways to win playoff games in Texas on Saturday. Neither could. …


Grip on Sports: As college basketball conference play gets underway, Eastern prepares to play in the final FCS game of the season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • And we’re off. Every college basketball conference race in the area is underway. Expect some surprises. Read on.


Grip on Sports: From fireworks in the bowl games, to fireworks elsewhere, 2019 starts with a bang

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s keep this fast and simple. There is a lot of college football to watch. And a parade. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Playoff semifinals expose the gaps in college football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The gulf between the haves and the almost-haves in college football seems to be getting wider. At least it looked that way Saturday afternoon and …


Grip on Sports: This Washington State football team earns its rightful place among the school’s best ever with its Alamo Bowl victory

A GRIP ON SPORTS • All season long this Washington State football team looked a bit different. Turns out it was. It was better than most, if not all, WSU …