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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 …


Grip on Sports: It’s Easter, which is a day for family – and a whole bunch of stories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Easter. New bonnets, dresses, bow ties, baskets, church services. All that goes into celebrating. And don’t forget time with the family. Read on.


Grip on Sports: NCAA always seems to be breaking the law of unintended consequences

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA is a reactive organization. Bad things happen and the monolith calls in its troops, discusses remedies and then, after years of hemming and …


Grip on Sports: Even Easter week isn’t immune to speculation and rumor

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Easter weekend looms, with the specter of little ones roaming the neighborhood in search of eggs. Yep, for those of you who believe life began …


Grip on Sports: With Collins leaving Gonzaga, where does that leave the Zags?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Gonzaga basketball team achieved a handful of firsts this season. First GU group to finish non-conference play undefeated. First to enter the last game …


Grip on Sports: It had to happen yesterday, but the anticipated meltdown came from an unexpected source

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the afternoon wore on yesterday, I expected a meltdown. At some point, I was sure, it would happen. But I picked the wrong horse. …


Grip on Sports: If you don’t want to be depressed, maybe it’s better to skip the M’s games right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Decided to watch the M’s last night. But it was too depressing. So I switched back and forth between the game and a Mel Gibson …


Grip on Sports: The M’s win, WSU, EWU and Idaho are practicing football and golf is on the TV. Isn’t life perfect?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Friday already? It’s raining hard outside, so it must be. After all, how often are weekends around here clear and warm? But who …


Grip on Sports: The M’s start isn’t what fans wanted to see

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember that fast start we all wanted the M’s have? Well you can forget about it. It’s down the drain unless they reel off 10 …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s national title dream is no longer just a fantasy as it was 40 years ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It wasn’t an April Fools’ joke, though it certainly had the sound of one. “Hey mom, did you hear. Gonzaga won. The Zags are in …


Grip on Sports: Today is Gonzaga and Spokane’s shining moment, though Monday may even be brighter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If Gonzaga wins this afternoon, will they burn Bernhardt couches up at the Manito Center? Or will they think it’s just an elaborate April Fools’ …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s shine has a tendency to overpower the area’s other big news

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been sort of a complicated work week, hasn’t it? Gonzaga is in Phoenix getting ready for Saturday’s NCAA semifinal, Eastern Washington changed basketball coaches …


Grip on Sports: Former EWU coach Hayford has been a part of the Spokane basketball scene for a long time

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In the midst of the “Gonzaga-to-the-Final-Four” narrative (or is it hysteria?) another college basketball story broke out around here yesterday. A coach who had become …


Grip on Sports: There will be more memories built this week for Gonzaga, but what type will they be?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no longer wait in sports than the two-week buildup to the Super Bowl. But this week, after the Elite Eight ends and the …


Grip on Sports: Some college coaching traditions are heartwarming; others just give us heartburn

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny how life’s little journeys lead us down the road to the future. It showed yesterday as the Final Four coaches met the media …


Grip on Sports: Yesterday was a huge day for Gonzaga, Spokane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Was Saturday the biggest day in Spokane sports history? There are a lot of contenders, sure, but the small university by the river reaching the …


Grip on Sports: The one where we talk about primates, backs, the Final Four and Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • For the third time in program history and the second time in three years, Gonzaga is playing an Elite Eight game. The reward for the …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga displays a key character trait as they survive West Virginia and advance to the Elite Eight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The cliché is simple. Survive and advance. And that’s exactly what Gonzaga did Thursday night. The Bulldogs survived. And they advanced to their second Elite …


Grip on Sports: What do we do for the next three days without NCAA games to fill our time?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mondays are the worst. The Monday after the first NCAA basketball tournament weekend? The worst of the worst. If today wasn’t the first day of …


Grip on Sports: The modern equivalent of the gathering around the burning stake just may be college basketball officials and the internet

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The question isn’t how but why. The subject? Missed calls in the NCAA tournament and the officials who are making – or not making – …


Grip on Sports: Will Gonzaga turn Northwestern’s NCAA ride back into a pumpkin today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Had enough basketball yet? Or are you just getting started? We are halfway through the 64 teams that started the four-day weekend of NCAA hoop, …


Grip on Sports: As soon as you turned the TV on, you knew Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed – if you were observant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did you turn on CBS’ NCAA selection show yesterday afternoon with one main objective? You know, to find out if Gonzaga was a No. 1 …


Grip on Sports: It’s the matchups, not the seeding, that really matters to Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s the day we finally find out the answer to all of the important questions in the universe. Well, at least one of them. Is …


Grip on Sports: Some days in Reno are like Friday, though probably only a few have been worse

A GRIP ON SPORTS • That was a bad day in the world’s biggest little city. At least for teams from around the Inland Northwest. The Big Sky Conference basketball …


Grip on Sports: Though WSU finished another basketball season under .500, Ernie Kent is locked in for a few more years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Washington State University basketball season is over. And like most before this one, it wasn’t all that successful. But whether or not that changes …


Grip on Sports: As Gonzaga wins again, Saint Mary’s seems to wilt under the pressure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, looking back into the past to find some semblance of comparison to the present. It’s what we do, especially when …