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Blanchette: Seahawks doing all they can to keep window open

One of those narrow moral contexts in which the ends truly do justify the means is the building of a football team.


John Blanchette: Dave Vaughn recalls bat boy duties for magical Spokane Indians team of 1970

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

John Blanchette: Lack of any truly optimistic choices perfectly sums up of our corona summer

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

Blanchette: Rest easy, GU fans, well-intentioned ‘Russell Rule’ won’t take away Tommy

When he calls together his senior staff, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth sees one reality that’s impossible to escape.


20 for 20: Ranking Idaho’s top 20 athletes since 2000

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

Ralph Walter: No Wet Dog Fur Open golf tournament this year, but that’s no reason to be teed off

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 …


John Blanchette: Well-traveled Jim Fitzgerald takes over Sasquatch during hairy times

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

John Blanchette: These sports memories might not have been big time, but we still miss them

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

John Blanchette: Washington State’s Dallas Hobbs designs angelic memorial to Bryce Beekman

Often the most difficult part of helping is deciding what part of ourselves to give.


John Blanchette: Spokane Indians owner Bobby Brett prepares for inevitable changes

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

John Blanchette: As NCAA slogs through coronavirus shutdown, money issues loom

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

John Blanchette: Shattered dreams pale in comparison to potentially shattered lives

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

John Blanchette: Familiar WCC title win has special feeling for Gonzaga

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 …


John Blanchette: Return trip to Las Vegas reminds coach Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga to always carry on

Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.


John Blanchette: With WCC tourney in Year 12 in Sin City, go all-in with Gonzaga’s All-Vegas teams

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

John Blanchette: Mac Graff’s Senior Night moment upstages Rui Hachimura’s return to Gonzaga

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

John Blanchette: Just like his No. 3 jersey, Adam Morrison plans to hang around Gonzaga

Something sort of eerie is going on with the jerseys Gonzaga elects to raise to its rafters.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

John Blanchette: It’s a perilous fight to get rid of these overused phrases

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

John Blanchette: Gonzaga learns new lessons while passing familiar test as conference champions

So it turns out the West Coast Conference still can teach the Gonzaga Bulldogs a thing or two.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Washington State beats UW on day former coach George Raveling honored

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 …


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.