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A Grip on Sports: The changing of the seasons is marked by many things, including whether the newest Chiefs will sink or swim

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Stop whatever it is you are doing. Take a moment – and a deep breath. Isn’t it grand? That’s August in the Northwest right there. …


A Grip on Sports: High school football is beginning –just in time

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know when this work week is half over, high school football in this area will be in full swing, don’t you? Yep. All that …


A Grip on Sports: It’s better to play in Minnesota this time of year, though how many key Seahawks will see the field is still up in the air

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was a bit of a chill in the air this morning, almost as if autumn was making an early appearance. Or was that just …


A Grip on Sports: When old (in more ways than one) friends gather, even the Mariners future seems bright

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Memory Lane is a fun walk, especially when you are accompanied by a bunch of former friends and co-workers. Especially if there is pizza and, …


A Grip on Sports: The weekend actually has a lot of different sports-viewing options, if you don’t want to risk a sunburn

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is the first thing you think about when you get up on Friday? Is it what to do on the weekend? We are here …


A Grip on Sports: You better get moving before summer slips away one more time

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where did the week go? As far as I can remember, it was Sunday about three hours ago. And here it is, Thursday already. For …


A Grip on Sports: A new-look Gonzaga roster will face a back-loaded WCC schedule next season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When is it too early to start talking about the next college basketball season? The answer to that question is simple: never.


A Grip on Sports: Another summer quickly running out with the Mariners running on empty

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you the type of person who puts together a list of everything you want to do each summer? Me neither, but some are. And …


A Grip on Sports: Slowly and unsurely, the PGA is having to deal with a glacial-play problem

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday would have been a perfect day for the NFL to open its season. At least in Spokane. It was raining so hard at my …


A Grip on Sports: A new face at UI, a new problem at NIC and an old friend rocks the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Sunday morning. It’s a good time to take a quick spin around the dial, to use an ancient term made irrelevant by electronics, remotes …


A Grip on Sports: It may not be about the toons anymore, but Saturdays are still special no matter your age

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Those of us a certain age remember Saturday mornings as the be-all and end-all of kid-dom. No school on the horizon. Bugs Bunny and Underdog …


A Grip on Sports: With the stars playing cheerleader, Seahawks open preseason with a win

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you had told your neighbor as you ran into each other at the mailbox Thursday afternoon you thought Paxton Lynch would be key for …


A Grip on Sports: Will you know half the names playing in tonight’s Seahawks’ exhibition? Don’t bet on it

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Does it seem to you August is just flying by, or is that just the view from here? Maybe it’s the heat, as much of …


A Grip on Sports: The journey WSU’s football program has taken the past decade towers over the Palouse

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Driving south on U.S. Highway 195 is something akin to taking a trip back in time. The wheat fields that line both sides look no …


A Grip on Sports: If heat is a prerequisite for football improvement, than WSU should be taking great strides

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Load the family truckster. Pack the bags. Make sure you grab the sunscreen and lots and lots of water. We are headed south for a …


A Grip on Sports: Sure it’s still early August, but who among us can’t wait to watch the games play out this football season?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s hard to stay in the present this time of year. The days are getting shorter, which is a harbinger of winter. And football practice …


A Grip on Sports: Asking questions about football’s popularity is a little like asking about the chicken or the egg

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s column will start with a question, somewhat rhetorical in nature but also meant to elicit a response. Are you a football fan? We mean …


A Grip on Sports: As Cougars search for a starting quarterback, a Mariner legend searches for the fountain of youth

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, yes. Anticipating the opening of preseason football practice. It started while we were playing hooky.


A Grip on Sports: The month ahead will be full of heat, sure, but football is what really takes over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Hold on to you baseball cap. You know the one. It has a Seahawks or Cougar or Eagle or Vandal logo on it. Hold on …


A Grip on Sports: All the hot coffee in Seattle might not be enough to invigorate folks for a 9 a.m. college football kickoff

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s early this morning. And yet, even though it is right around 6, it would be late for the Cougars if they were playing a …


A Grip on Sports: There are always questions needing to be answered about sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have a few questions for you this morning, but we will start with this one: Is lawn maintenance a competitive sport?


A Grip on Sports: Keith Lincoln was an integral part of WSU’s football history, from his nickname to his legacy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Keith Lincoln is a legendary figure around Pullman and Washington State. But did the man match the myth? In some ways no, but in the …


A Grip on Sports: NFL training camps bring back memories of years gone by

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you’ve lived in the Spokane area long enough, you remember when the Seahawks used to hold their preseason camp in Cheney. The weather was …


A Grip on Sports: Aptly named Showcase does that (and more) for the Inland Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The sunshine today matches our disposition. And in the spirit of being happy, bright and warm, we’re not going to mention any negative news. We’re …


A Grip on Sports: For the sports fan, are summer weekends actually worse than winter ones?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A quick question. Are summer weekends better for sports than winter ones? Or vice-versa? Maybe the best way to answer that question is six months …


A Grip on Sports: What’s going to happen this college football season? Your guess is as good as mine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a bit more than a week before Washington State opens preseason practice in Lewiston, the Cougars home away from Pullman the past few …


A Grip on Sports: From predictions to awards and everywhere else in-between, Pac-12 football media day tells us how close the season really is

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College football season hasn’t officially begun, but the hype for the 2019 season is in full trot. Today in Hollywood, the Pac-12 fires its opening …


A Grip on Sports: This year’s Mariners are all bark and no bite, giving us a lot of free time in the evenings

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What are you reading this summer? Any titillating paperbacks? Any mesmerizing novels on your iPad? Anything sports related? After all, you must have free time. …


A Grip on Sports: There were quite a few tears of joy shed Sunday, from Ireland to Cooperstown to the Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a sense of normalcy returning to our tight little world of sports this morning. After all, the Mariners were blown out yesterday. And …


A Grip on Sports: One of baseball’s true nice guys finally finishes first

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Forgot about step backs and dropped popups. Today is about celebrating the Mariners’ past. More precisely, today is about celebrating Edgar Martinez and his Mariner …