Stories tagged: john blanchette
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.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020
Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020
Wonder if the folks at Mississippi State will enjoy discovering that their new coach considers the Egg Bowl to be just another game?
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020
Washington State AD Pat Chun optimistic about football’s future after Mike Leach’s move to Mississippi State
With the majority of the football team still elsewhere on winter break, and the streets of Pullman relatively quiet, Pat Chun stood at a podium inside the Cougar Football Complex …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
Not quite 7 minutes on the clock had elapsed Saturday night when a whistle sent Gonzaga to the foul line for the first time.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
It’s relatively easy to resolve the escalating feud between Mike Leach and John Blanchette, and to additionally remedy the WSU and Spokesman-Review budget problems.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
John Blanchette: Peanut brittle, paydays make visit to Gonzaga worth the lopsided result for lesser-known nonconference foes
Men of a certain age who as boys collected baseball cards – along with marbles and skinned knees – may recall the morbid fascination that came with opening another five-cent …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019
This was going to be Pete Carroll’s make-up gift to Marshawn Lynch. The shame is he took too long fussing with the wrapping paper and the bow. But this is …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
Maybe it’s the regret of another defining moment slipping through the Washington State Cougars’ paws in Anthony Gordon’s finale – a 31-21 loss to Air Force on Friday night at …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019
John Blanchette: Both Air Force, Washington State offenses prove balance is more about perception that percentages
Even with Air Force’s beloved triple-option Flexbone offense pushing 40 years old, does anybody hit Troy Calhoun with, “Coach, why can’t you pass it even a little more?”
Sat., Dec. 21, 2019
John Blanchette: Gonzaga not chicken when it comes to taking its spot atop the college basketball podium
“Welcome to your worst nightmare Gonzaga: the #1 ranking,” came the blast over Twitter. From Buffalo bloody Wild Wings.