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Wednesday, September 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, Arizona make this area the capitol of college hoops tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is an area filled with pride due to its four seasons. Four? Heck, there are many more. There’s duck season (also known as rabbit …


Grip on Sports: Decision by WSU’s Fossum is easy to understand

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being a walk-on in Division I isn’t easy. Even if you play. And that’s not a given for those who pay their way in college …


Grip on Sports: Sports delivers presents every day, not just on the holidays

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Before we get into the day’s news, let’s get this out of the way: I’m sorry. I didn’t get you anything special for Valentine’s Day. …


Grip on Sports: The lack of football left us a little out of tune on Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was not a drop of the NFL available yesterday. No football of any kind on television all weekend. Did you suffer from withdrawal symptoms? …


Grip on Sports: There are some nice perks for college basketball players, including trips to warm places

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather outside is frightful, thanks to a mid-winter snow/ice/rain storm. But inside? Well, delightful isn’t the right word, but it will do. After all, …


Grip on Sports: The long march toward high school state basketball tournaments has begun

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. It’s Wednesday. No college basketball tonight in the area. The NFL is finished. The NBA? No, not until Seattle has a team again. …


Grip on Sports: In a season dominated by Gonzaga’s undefeated run, Eastern’s Jake Wiley still stands out

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There’s a glitch in the email software I use at home. We won’t throw under the bus a business that brings so much money to …


Grip on Sports: Patriots win seemed inevitable even when they trailed by 25

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You hungover? With excitement? Me neither. The halftime conversation in the kitchen last night, while waiting for the German sausages to burn, was about the …


Grip on Sports: If you are snowed in, don’t worry, the TV will get you through until it warms up

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Can you stay home today? Might be the best thing to do if you live in Spokane. At least until the afternoon. It might take …


Grip on Sports: Today is a day of celebration, no matter what school everyone picks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s national signing day for college football. If you are not a fan of college football then we advise staying off of social media today. …


Grip on Sports: It’s hard to see clearly if Gonzaga is the nation’s top college basketball team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was a time when a bunch of old guys gathered in a back room somewhere, smoked a few cigars, made awful comments about others …


Grip on Sports: Old is a relative term, especially in the world of tennis

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, talking about a Gonzaga rout, among other things. Here we are 48 hours later and the subject is still valid. …


Grip on Sports: Our area has a connection tonight to more than one Final Four contender

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s not often we can write about Inland Northwest college basketball and mention two Final Four competitors. But that’s the case today. And one of …


Grip on Sports: College basketball’s night of upsets opens the door for Gonzaga to ascend to the top of the polls

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As last night wore on, college basketball’s upsets just kept coming. No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Kansas and then No. 4 Kentucky all lost. Three …


Grip on Sports: EWU’s new head football coach has the best Eastern pedigree of anyone to ever take the position

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Eastern Washington University has a new football coach. It’s Aaron Best. His is a familiar face around the Eagles’ offices. Is that a good thing …


Grip on Sports: This Saturday isn’t all that packed, sports-wise, but with Zags, Cougars, Eagles and others, there is still plenty

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If your Saturday isn’t jam-packed, then you are probably doing it wrong. Or right. Maybe the best way to enjoy a weekend is to not …


Grip on Sports: Martinez won’t make the Hall this year, but he’ll get close

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today Edgar Martinez will watch the baseball Hall of Fame voting announcement. For the eighth consecutive year, he won’t earn the needed 75 percent for …


Grip on Sports: Any top 25 matchup is big but Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s is especially so

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a matchup in Spokane tonight pitting two of college basketball’s top 25 teams and, no matter who is participating, such an occurrence will …


Grip on Sports: Sometimes you win two and sometimes you lose two

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When there are four Division I basketball teams in one geographical area, it’s pretty common to have a night filled with ups and downs. It’s …


Grip on Sports: A cold winter night turned hot thanks to Wiley, Von Hofe and Williams-Goss

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This will not come as a surprise to anyone in the Inland Northwest who has left their house in the past 48 hours, but it’s …


Grip on Sports: The snow gives us all an excuse to watch football on TV

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of my favorite Christmas carols, “Let it Snow,” plays through the end credits in one of my favorite Christmas-set movies. I like the thought, …


Grip on Sports: Vandals stand up to CSU and blow past Rams in Boise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas and all through Boise, Vandals were stirring. Partying, really. And why the heck not? …


Grip on Sports: Do college sporting events mean anything and other existential questions

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A college football player announced a personal decision about 24 hours ago and it immediately made me think of the meaning of words. Words like …


Grip on Sports: More drama as Seahawks win West but lose their cool

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have a couple questions for you. Who was that lime green team playing at CenturyLink last night? Oh, there’s Richard Sherman yelling at someone …


Grip on Sports: Today is one of the days your college football team gets better

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, we wrote about one of the December college football traditions: awards. Today we delve into another couple: transfers and recruiting. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The mystery of WSU’s All-American Cody O’Connell is hard to unravel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Christmas is just around the corner. There is enough snow on the ground to give the area a winter feel. And it’s going to get …


Grip on Sports: The Seahawks played like a bunch of Gump yesterday in Green Bay

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If life is still like a box of chocolates, then all Seahawk fans got yesterday was stale, raisin-filled, spit-them-out waxy candies. They played as poorly …


Big crowd greets MLS champion Sounders on return to Seattle

The MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders arrived home to a big crowd of fans in “rave green” following their dramatic victory over Toronto FC on penalty kicks.


Grip on Sports: EWU, Gonzaga, Sounders all win; what more could anyone want?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is one of those Sundays with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From Toronto to Tacoma, from Cheney to …


Grip on Sports: For EWU, today’s FCS playoff game is all a matter of perspective

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Will the snow that is blanketing the Inland Northwest this morning affect Eastern Washington’s FCS quarterfinal playoff game with the University of Richmond. Yes and …