Stories tagged: John Blanchette
Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
Three days less than 20 years ago, Bob Bender did a nice thing for some coaching buddies and unwittingly changed the arc of basketball at the University of Washington. He …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Fans can party it up every bit as much – and maybe better – on the Riverwalk as they can in Buckhead or Old Town Scottsdale. And better still? They …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:43 p.m.
John Blanchette: Eastern Washington players haven’t blocked importance of special teams magic from memories
Not to slide the Eagles’ greatest hits album onto the turntable yet again, but consider what might be the most forgotten defining play in Eastern Washington football history.
Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:44 p.m.
It sounds as if Mike Leach and athletic director Pat Chun are going to the mattresses to try to rub out the Barzinis, Tattaglias and Cuneos — otherwise known as …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
Quite the party the Gonzaga Bulldogs threw at McCarthey Athletic Center on Monday night. Marmite and earthworm pizza. Vinegar upside down cake. And a piñata filled with 30-weight Castrol and …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:51 p.m.
They didn’t win the national championship. It only felt that way.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.
In normal circumstances, there might be occasion to bask in the glow of Tuesday’s 91-74 sprint past Arizona a smidgen longer – just to appreciate the fulfillment of taking something …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:05 a.m.
Giorgi Bezhanishvili is a University of Illinois freshman from Georgia – the one wedged between Turkey and Russia, not between Florida and Bubba – via Austria and a New Jersey …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.
It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:42 p.m.
John Blanchette: In era of eye-popping offenses, Washington State defense as good as they need to be
The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:59 p.m.
It’s been established: The Pac-12 can’t get out of its own way. So maybe try this, fellas: Get the hell out of Washington State’s.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:13 p.m.
When we last left the Gonzaga Bulldogs in competitive mode, Killian Tillie was hunched in a sideline chair in the Staples Center, jacket collar pulled up under his lower lip. …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height
That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.
Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
John Blanchette: Game that started Gonzaga’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run was part fact, part fiction
But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 11:12 p.m.
There were a lot of 6-6s projected, or maybe five wins and you could even find a 3-9 prediction or two out there, though that seemed the fuzziest of math …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 11:43 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew is head and shoulders (and mustache) above Pac-12 competition
Just FedEx the Player of the Year award – Trophy? Plaque? Key chain? – to Gardner Minshew right now.
Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 11:21 p.m.
Whatever the Washington State Cougars achieve this football season and beyond, they’ll do it without the comforting narration – or even just the avuncular asides – of Bob Robertson, who …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 9:27 p.m.
Who wasn’t giving the Seahawks the bird in a 33-31 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams that was half heartbreaking, half forehead-slapping?
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
Any number of things are contrary to official Pac-12 policy, including football games that get you back home before midnight. Another one: Washington State and Oregon State being good in …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Whatever grand aspirations get attached to the authoring of history books, they all start with the same premise. Correcting memories that are faulty, or worse. Too much history, …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
For nearly the entire second half Saturday, the wait was on for The Drive That Would Define the Season. But it turns out we were looking for Wazzu’s telltale heart …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.
Here’s why you don’t pay Earl Thomas – not right now anyway – and you don’t trade him, as reports suggested might happen as soon as Monday.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly
Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho
Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm
What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX turns the Seahawks into an unstoppable dynasty – or he’s stopped short
Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke …