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Grip on Sports: Beauty is in the eye of the viewer when it comes to NCAA hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Football players specialize on one side of the ball. Baseball? There is even a position where you never play defense and another where you never …


Grip on Sports: Klay Thompson’s WSU number will be retired and hang in a place where he came of age

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you were up late last night, you might have seen the news. In a nod to modern times, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga experiences the one constant in sports – the pain of losing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Two years ago, Gonzaga’s season ended a couple points short of every college basketball team’s ultimate goal, the NCAA title. Last night, this season ended …


Grip on Sports: As soon as one NCAA test ends, another awaits Gonzaga on Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not to get ahead of ourselves, but Gonzaga’s win last night over Florida State, while a big one, was just prelude. Now the team that …


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: Gonzaga learns its NCAA fate this afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Their place in the tournament has been locked in since their tournament win in Hawaii, more than likely. But this afternoon the Gonzaga Bulldogs discover …


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: 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: If you like upsets, the WCC tournament has been almost perfect thus far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you decided not to worry about the West Coast Conference tournament until it was Gonzaga’s turn to play, you’ve missed a lot. How much? …


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: Awards are nice and all, but they are only the appetizer for what is ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are looking forward to the next week. And the week after that. And the week after that. And … well, you get the picture. …


Grip on Sports: It may be March, but we are snowed under with college football news today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Went to bed last night with two feet of snow on the ground and the knowledge we live in an area where college basketball is …


Grip on Sports: It’s a good week to get ready for college basketball’s drive to the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Take a breath. Relax. Sit calmly for a moment. It’s time to prepare for college basketball’s stretch run. Read on.


Grip on Sports: High school basketball is over, but that’s just the beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yeah, basketball season. Not to be confused with baseball season or soccer season or anything else right now. Especially at the …


Grip on Sports: The newsboys on the corners may be gone, but the S-R sports section just keeps churning out the coverage

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you think newspapers are an extinct form of information delivery, think again. Today’s S-R sports page is proof they are still alive and typing. …


Grip on Sports: Thank goodness February is over – and it’s ending the right way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the last day of February, the shortest, and longest, month of the year. Tomorrow we begin March, which is appropriately named because it …


Grip on Sports: There is nothing worse than a life lost way too young. Nothing.

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s ugly outside. Really ugly. It fits. Once again we are dealing with a life lost way too soon. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Josh Perkins, senior version, earns his due as he passes his way into Gonzaga’s record book

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Records are, more than anything, just a target to shoot at. A goal to aspire to. And any other cliché you can think of that …


Grip on Sports: If you love basketball, this is the right time of the year for you

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, we took a respite from college hoops and talked baseball instead. That was yesterday. Today is different. Read on.


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: On the day Edgar Martinez is elected to the Hall of Fame, a couple of walls tumble down

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A couple of barriers fell yesterday, but only one really mattered to fans in this area. Edgar Martinez was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. …


Grip on Sports: It’s not often there is as successful a night on the local basketball courts as Thursday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was a good night for the local college basketball teams, though the action on the floor was limited. Gonzaga and Washington State picked up …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga makes short work of Pacific, Eastern upsets Montana and the night is halfway successful for area college teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thursday was a busy night in college hoops around these parts but, ultimately, it was a 50/50 proposition. Half of the area’s Division I teams …


Grip on Sports: Clemson runs over Alabama and it was impossible to look away

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Usually, I’m not the type of guy who slows down to rubberneck at a gruesome scene. But for some reason last night I couldn’t turn …


Grip on Sports: The day after Christmas contained little in the way of gifts for college football fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The college bowl season, Wednesday, Dec. 26 edition: One game declared “no contest,” thanks to the weather, and another that was no contest, thanks to …


Grip on Sports: With only a week to go, maybe it’s time to start doing your Christmas shopping

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is your official one-week warning. Yep, Christmas is in a week. Get your shopping done. And while you are at it, pick up these …


Grip on Sports: When you get knocked down, it is your teammates who are supposed to pick you up

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every once in while people need to vent. Sort of like a volcano. Today’s that day for me. Read on.


Grip on Sports: When there are so many college basketball games on, there is little time for the playoff games

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every year we hit this spot in the major college football schedule. Call it a hiatus or a pause. The regular season is over, the …


Grip on Sports: It’s hard to concentrate on making the perfect green bean casserole when so much is going on in the world of sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Honestly, this week is getting a bit overwhelming. And it’s not even the holiday yet. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The M’s trade James Paxton and that might have been the third most-important story from a crowded Monday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This may be a product of our now-is-best culture but I’ll ask this question anyway: Can anyone remember a better Monday in sports? Read on.