Stories tagged: john blanchette
Wed., Sept. 9, 2020
One of those narrow moral contexts in which the ends truly do justify the means is the building of a football team.
Sun., Aug. 23, 2020
He had broken his left arm in a mishap at church camp and was shackled with the standard wrist-to-elbow cast.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020
With its proclaimed priority being the health, safety and welfare of its athletes, the Pac-12 on Tuesday opted out of college football in 2020… and unleashed the possibility …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 3, 2020
When he calls together his senior staff, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth sees one reality that’s impossible to escape.
Sun., July 26, 2020
An Idaho 20 for 20? As in the number of conferences the Vandals have called home since the turn of the century?
UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020
Always scheduled for the second Monday of June, the Wet Dog Fur Open – the S-R sports department’s unauthorized golf tournament that has produced enough embarrassing moments to make even …
Sun., June 7, 2020
It is simply not the case that Jim Fitzgerald has either attended or worked for every college and sports franchise between here and Seattle.
UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020
Among the lesser and self-evident lessons from our ongoing limbo is just how much sports can be missed when they’ve been furloughed.
UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020
Often the most difficult part of helping is deciding what part of ourselves to give.
Tue., April 7, 2020
In Spokane, it’s possible that while there could be fewer baseball games this year, there could be more in 2021 and beyond.
UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020
This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.
UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020
John Blanchette: Mark Few trusted NCAA to ‘do the right thing’ and it did in limiting patrons at tournament games
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020
When do you suppose came the signal for the Gonzaga masses that it was safe to exhale?
UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020
John Blanchette: Gonzaga avoids Black Monday, settles for an Off-Black one after men rally to beat San Francisco
A bit more than four minutes remained when Joel Ayayi got loose in the paint and pulled up for a 10-footer that would give Gonzaga the lead for good and …
Sun., March 8, 2020
Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.
Fri., March 6, 2020
Somebody suggested it would be a good time to pick Gonzaga’s All-Vegas team.Can’t do it, I demurred. No credibility. I’m never up at 5 a.m. to see which Zags fans …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
After Gonzaga’s next-to-last regular season game on Thursday night, coach Mark Few made a modest appeal about toning down, or powering through, the sentiment – “the pomp and circumstance” he …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020
John Blanchette: Those in the know share some ‘Mo-mentos’ from Adam Morrison’s storied Gonzaga career
Adam Morrison had his Senior Night on Thursday, 13 years delayed.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020
Something sort of eerie is going on with the jerseys Gonzaga elects to raise to its rafters.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
As with tires, the tread on terms and expressions gets worn after a lot of hard miles. I’d say we’re risking a rash of blowouts here on the old sports …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020
So it turns out the West Coast Conference still can teach the Gonzaga Bulldogs a thing or two.
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020
From the warm reconnection with some of his former players on hand to the halftime raising of the banner with his name stitched on it to standing for snapshots with …
Sun., Feb. 9, 2020
John Blanchette: Academy again has its blinders on when it comes to diversity and snubbing of sports flicks
It’s hard to be holy about inclusivity when 18 of your 20 acting award nominees are white. Oh, and you female directors? We’ll catch you next year, gals.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020
John Blanchette: Razor-thin margin could be the difference in cross-country trek for either Gonzaga or San Diego State come March Madness
The month-before NCAA Tournament bracket reveal has become part of the sports furniture – or perhaps it’s more accurate to say it’s blended into the woodwork.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020
John Blanchette: George Raveling lifted Washington State basketball into the spotlight – now the program will return the favor
George Raveling’s name goes up in those same rafters on Sunday at halftime of the Cougars’ game with rival Washington, and as appropriate as Klay Thompson’s day of tribute was …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020
John Blanchette: Michael Roos hopes his post-NFL curling obsession turns into an Olympic opportunity
It can be said that professional athletes are not like us civilians. And even when they are, they’re not.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020
John Blanchette: With a top-10 ranking on the horizon, Gonzaga women’s basketball is more than ready to step into the national spotlight
Jeff Judkins is one of those rare head coaches in college basketball who wanders out from the locker room to take in even the earliest portion of warmups instead of …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
John Blanchette: Unprecedented fall from the perch of college hoops polls won’t do much to derail Gonzaga’s confidence, focus
Having dispatched the Pacific Tigers in a fashion that evolved from street fight to stupefying on Saturday night, the Gonzaga Bulldogs figure to wake up Monday morning ranked, what?
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020
John Blanchette: Nick Rolovich’s Apple computation adds to his growing popularity at Washington State
It took 25 minutes for Nick Rolovich’s introduction as Washington State’s 33rd head football coach to crest on Thursday afternoon.