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John Blanchette: Huskies infused new life into rivalry during Gonzaga’s down-to-the-wire win

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 …


John Blanchette: Washington State can still have it all at Alamo Bowl

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.


John Blanchette: Let’s boost Washington State’s status by packing it in with Pac-12

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.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga dealt another tough blow ahead of blowout win over North Dakota State

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.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts up its dukes in true championship form

They didn’t win the national championship. It only felt that way.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Good Zags show up to replace Bad Zags in Maui Invitational semifinal win

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.

John Blanchette: Madness in Maui gives Gonzaga first test of its season against Illinois

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.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

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.

John Blanchette: On decision night, Gonzaga cruises to decisive victory over Idaho State

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.

John Blanchette: Washington State keeps closer eye on national scoreboard with each passing week

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.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie injury will force Gonzaga to test flexibility in a hurry

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.


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.

John Blanchette: In unpredictable Pac-12, Washington State continues to be the cream of the crop

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.


John Blanchette: Cougars lose a legend, if only to retirement

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.

Blanchette: Seahawks don’t point finger at themselves

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.

John Blanchette: Oregon State’s hijinks-heavy attempt at upset of Washington State falls flat late

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: Time to read up on your Kennel Club history

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.

John Blanchette: On this day, defense defined the Cougars’ heart

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.

Blanchette: Don’t pay Earl Thomas; instead cash in on the drama

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 …


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 …


John Blanchette: Football not under siege, but movies about the sport should be

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.


The Hollywood All-Stars: Forrest Gump takes the kickoff, and it just gets better from there

Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team


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 …