Stories tagged: John Blanchette
Mon., March 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
The best plays, performances, games, quips and wild cards over two decades of dancing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs
UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.
The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker …
UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie threw himself a birthday bash, San Francisco had a front-row seat
But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, …
UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Wandered down to the sports book at the Orleans Casino and, you guessed it, those best of buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, were sitting side by side …
Sat., March 3, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
It probably should have been no surprise that Gonzaga had to work so hard to shed Loyola Marymount 83-69 in the prime-time game at Orleans Arena – not getting any …
UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:01 p.m.
John Blanchette: Ronny Turiaf still keeps his Gonzaga memories close, no matter where in the world he may be
His ability to speak five languages made Ronny Turiaf – Zag by way of France by way of Martinique – the school’s international man of mystery. Or would have, except …
Fri., March 2, 2018, 6 a.m.
John Blanchette: Las Vegas has played host to plenty of memorable WCC tournament moments for Gonzaga
The marriage of the West Coast Conference tournament and Las Vegas turns 10 this week, an anniversary of such happy construct that it’s hard to remember the Pliocene days when …
UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:15 p.m.
We know it’s behind us, because this year “Get Out” is in the hunt for Best Picture and because Denzel is once again hitting cleanup in the Best Actor lineup …
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 10:23 p.m.
You know the best fit for Gonzaga University in the college athletic universe? Easy. It’s the Big East Mountain West Coast Conference.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 9:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Tabbed as underdogs to start the season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs again showed the WCC goes through them
On a day when everyone wanted to fly college basketball’s flag at half-staff, the Gonzaga Bulldogs went through the routine of raising another – all the way up. Another all …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:27 p.m.
The merry old times made it back for Senior Night, and don’t kid yourself – winning the game makes all the difference.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
John Blanchette: Silas Melson has been key part of Gonzaga’s winning culture since first day on campus
Silas Melson is an old soul. So says his mother, Deidre. His father, Tony, too. The description Mark Few summons is “throwback.”
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
But maybe the sizzle got doused way back on Sunday, when the NCAA selection committee did its in-season bracket preview for the second year. And the most revealing part of …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
John Blanchette: CC Spokane’s Cesar Sandoval, North Idaho’s RayQuan Evans have taken winding roads to hoops success
Junior colleges are the blue highways on the basketball map, but they can still get you where you want to go. Sometimes it just takes a little recalculating of the …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:36 p.m.
College basketball’s ultimate sardine can – McKeon Pavilion – was stoked for a coronation Saturday night, and best of all it was going to come at the expense of Gonzaga, …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
The Bulldogs put an end to this hex or voodoo or whammy or whatever it was that Brigham Young held over their heads in the McCarthey Athletic Center the previous …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:53 p.m.
John Blanchette: Destiny better be knocking on Jerry Kramer’s door come Pro Football Hall of Fame decision day
Saturday is decision day for the voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and destiny day for Sandpoint’s – and Idaho’s – favorite football son, who will either be …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:15 p.m.
One possession game, three minutes to go. Two minutes. A stop needed in the last 40 seconds, or a play call that must produce. Double-digit leads evaporating in five laps …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
The Kennel Club was at its pile-driving loudest, butt-cheek-to-cheek across the south bleachers, doing its Kennel Club thing. That reminded Adrian Buoncristiani of … well, of nothing at all proximate …
Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 10:30 p.m.
Remember the wry commercial that used to run during Seattle Mariners telecasts – and lives forever on YouTube – about all the things Edgar Martinez did between his at-bats as …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:01 p.m.
Internet Fanworld is an amusement park of delights, earnest thoughts tossed into the anonymity Mixmaster with heavy amounts of vitriol and outrage in a struggle to survive.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m.
John Blanchette: Though the voice for college football fans across the country, Keith Jackson’s heart never left Pullman
Keith Jackson started calling football games as a boy shucking corn in his grandmother’s barn and … well, never left.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:27 p.m.
When they were high school kids, Rui Hachimura and Tahirou Diabate had the sizzle, the steak, the jam and the bread.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 6:31 p.m.
PULLMAN – It’s a lonesome road, that ribbon from Spokane to Pullman. Especially so in the 1 a.m. darkness, when you figured to be snug under the covers against the …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
If the Seahawks have a kicker – a kicker – they aren’t just in, they have a bye next week. It truly boggles the mind.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
So here’s the motion on the floor: trim the number of WCC games each school plays from 18 to 16, and let them schedule two more outside the conference that …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.
John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s celebrated career, WSU’s solid season come to a tragic end in Holiday Bowl beating
No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:47 p.m.
Hey, remember when Washington State was the buzz of the West in college basketball?
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Don’t know about you, but some us have a hell of a time distinguishing IUPUI from IPFW in our college basketball soup.