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John Blanchette
FREELANCE COLUMNIST
John Blanchette blanchettejp@gmail.com (509) 844-5558

John Blanchette is a freelance columnist who writes about local sports issues.


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March 30, 2020, 9:27 p.m.
So your favorite collegiate rower or third baseman will have this lost spring of athletic eligibility restored. Good deal. Any sliver of doing-the-right-thing by the NCAA deserves a huzzah. And if it throws a little chaos – or even a lot – into the machinery of college athletics, that’s almost a bonus for some of us.

March 12, 2020, 10:30 p.m.
This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.

March 11, 2020, 9:56 p.m.
You could say feelings were mixed when the Gonzaga Bulldogs learned Wednesday that NCAA Basketball Tournament games would be played in virtually empty arenas – though there was one overriding sentiment.

March 11, 2020, 4:15 p.m.
It’s unlikely that any fan base will feel as emotionally empty – OK, robbed – as Gonzaga’s local mob, which has been teased with seeing the Zags launch a tournament run here in town.