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Grip on Sports: The Mariners’ recent transformation is worth a high five or two

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So who are those guys playing at Safeco Field and what did they do with our beloved stumbling, bumbling Mariners? Read on.


Grip on Sports: How the wind will blow during a baseball season is not easy to predict

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being a weatherperson is a tough job. People depend on you. They want to know if Thursday is going to be the right day for …


Grip on Sports: Revenge is a dish best served with a side of grand salami

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ever change jobs? And then had the opportunity to poke your old boss in the eye, metaphorically? Must be nice. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The M’s could use a little heavenly help

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a scene in “Major League” in which there is a sacrifice to Jobu, one of the player’s baseball god. They offer the little …


Grip on Sports: There is a lot to look forward to and we’re not just talking about summer vacation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thursday is probably the best day of the week to look ahead. After all, the weekend sits just over the Friday hill. So let’s do …


Grip on Sports: The weather has been better and so have Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you had a three-day weekend, I’m sure yesterday was miserable. You looked out the window, saw the sunshine, the heat radiating off the street …


Grip on Sports: Mariners play their part in making the holiday memorable

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Holidays usually put a damper on the sports news. But yesterday was, as someone younger than me would say, lit. Mainly because of baseball, but …


Grip on Sports: The prep sports season ends its long run with a cornucopia of championships

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Memorial Day weekend is the last gasp of non-summer. The end of the prep sports season. And the beginning of the next. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The season is slip-sliding away in the East Coast rain

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is not yet June. And we don’t want to get a reputation as a Negative Nancy, Mariners’ division. But, honestly, what the heck …


Grip on Sports: It seems like a good time to catch up with an old friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Summer, we’ve missed you. Waited so long for you to return. And now that you are back, even if it is only for the weekend, …


Grip on Sports: May 10th was such a special day with special memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember that glorious day a couple weeks ago? You know the one I mean. Wednesday, May 10th. The day the Mariners were at .500. The …


Grip on Sports: Cortez Kennedy anchored the Seahawks at a time when they were barely above water

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You may not remember, but there was a time when the Seahawks were no better than the Mariners are now. In other words, they were …


Grip on Sports: It’s too bad we can’t start the M’s season over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We interrupt the unending wet and cool spring with a summer interlude of a couple days. And some sports news. Read on.


Grip on Sports: A blowout wasn’t what the Mariners needed

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One night it is 1-0, the next 16-1. The common denominator: The Mariners didn’t win. At home. With a decent crowd at Safeco Field. Read …


Grip on Sports: Nothing Cooper Kupp does anymore should come as a surprise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Honestly, are any of you surprised Cooper Kupp was impressive in his first weekend with the Los Angeles Rams? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Mariners better get their bullpen act together before the season falls apart

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the problems the Mariners have already have had to work through in the 2017 season, the one they are facing now may be …


Grip on Sports: There will come a day when a Yankee player will be wearing No. 139

A GRIP ON SPORTS • My doctor told me I needed to keep my blood pressure down. His recommendation: quit writing about the Mariners. But it’s baseball season, doc. I …


Grip on Sports: Thanks mom (and grandma) for always being there to cheer for us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Mother’s Day, so it seems mandatory to write about mom. And sports. Or there will be heck to pay. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s not sunny everywhere, including the Mariners’ injury report

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weekend beckons. It’s not supposed to be warm, but sunshine expected around here. None in Seattle however, especially not around the Mariners’ offices. Read …


Grip on Sports: For the M’s to be truly successful, they are going to need a moniker to hang their hats on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe all they need is a cute nickname to rally around. Maybe something like “The Comeback Kids” or “The Hair Bunch.” Maybe that’s all it …


Grip on Sports: It may be the calm before the storm, but the storm is well over the horizon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Quiet doesn’t begin to describe this time of year. Graveyard-at-midnight might be better. But it’s really more like that moment in your favorite slasher movie …


Grip on Sports: If you like racing, this is a good weekend near and far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, 19 out of 20 horses who started at the Kentucky Derby finished. Only one, Always Dreaming, was declared the champion, however. Today, more than …


Grip on Sports: You can count on two things on the first Saturday in May – the M’s floundering and the Kentucky Derby

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Call it Black Friday if you must, but yesterday wasn’t all that bad for the Mariners. It was worse. Read on.


Grip on Sports: With Cooper Kupp headed to Los Angeles, another choice needs to be made

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Pro sports can test one’s loyalty a bit, can’t they? Say you are an Eastern Washington University football fan. Yesterday you were rooting for Cooper …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks did what they do on the draft’s first day, but today has to be different

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Raise your hand if you were surprised John Schneider traded the Seahawks first-round draft pick last night. Put it down, quickly. Don’t admit it. Nobody …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks’ future may just hang in the balance tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NFL holds its draft starting at 5 p.m. (PDT) tonight. Did you know there are odds about who will be the first pick, first …


Grip on Sports: Never let your sports memories degrade over the years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mariners had the day off. Spring football is either basically over or on a break. Basketball is down to the NBA playoffs. It’s too …


Grip on Sports: It’s the time of year when sports worlds coliide

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Sunday. For more than a third of the year that means NFL football. But we are in the other two-thirds right now, which means …


Grip on Sports: A rite of spring arrives today with the Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s going to be a typical spring day in Spokane, with one atypical event: Washington State will hold its spring football game this afternoon at …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s Williams-Goss decides to turn pro, making a decision that is never easy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was just a year ago when Gonzaga fans were lamenting the loss of stars Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer. It sure didn’t bode well …