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John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s quiet cast must learn to chat, and in a snap

There was a sitcom-worthy moment last week after Gonzaga’s exhibition game romp as a few young Bulldogs relaxed in their locker-room lounge, refueling on some grub and, well, doing what …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

John Blanchette: Time to change Hawks’ bird logo to yin/yang symbol

John Blanchette: Perhaps it’s time for the Seattle Seahawks to ditch the beloved Haida eagle logo for something more befitting the 2019 season, like the tai chi symbol. You know. …


John Blanchette: Ol’ Doc Basketball has a wonderful mix of ingredients in creating the perfect Gonzaga player

Ol’ Doc Frankenstein – movie Frankenstein, anyway – had it easy.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: ‘Positive stubbornness’ allowed Sam Jankovich to reshape Washington State athletics

Sam Jankovich, who died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at the age of 85, was sometimes brusque, often polarizing, combustible, fiercely loyal. Also wise counsel and enduring friend.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

John Blanchette: Jason Hanson’s not the type to go just halfway

Jason Hanson joins the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of a splendid 2019 class in a ceremony at the Spokane Arena which, alas, he won’t …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

John Blanchette: The Seahawks have a big problem when Russell Wilson isn’t himself

His previous four passes had sailed or fallen incomplete, and 20 minutes of clock time into the proceedings at CenturyLink Field, it was apparent that Russell Wilson wasn’t Russell Wilson …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

John Blanchette: With HBO cameras rolling, Washington State rolled out the red carpet for Max Borghi

Other than Wazzu’s first step into the Pac-12 win column, the best news out of Saturday’s 41-10 drubbing of hapless Colorado was Borghi amassing a career high for touches – …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga needs Killian Tillie to be whole as desperately as Tillie needs Tillie to be whole

On Thursday, the 6-foot-10 senior and presumptive drive train of these Bulldogs underwent surgery on his right knee, and a brief statement from the school said “his status will be …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

John Blanchette: Russell Wilson’s rise to elite level boosts Seahawks’ fortunes

As the sure-thing kick missed by no more than the width of the hyphen between sure and thing, there was one obvious conclusion: It’s better to be lucky than …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Whatever you choose to call it, Washington State shows lack of electricity

Larry Scott can’t get his league’s games on DirecTV, and now he can’t get them on Dish, either. But apparently he has enough pull to harness lightning.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

John Blanchette: Seahawks not afraid to accept blame for blunderous effort

Safe to say that a favorite topic around Sunday’s tailgates was Saturday’s late-night Marx Brothers movie on national TV, featuring a core melt by the Washington State Cougars – turnovers …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

John Blanchette: Mason Petrino kicks up heels in Idaho’s defining win over Eastern Washington

Faux outrage is fun reserved for winners, and surely the Vandals were that on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome – 35-27 over the school up the road, Eastern Washington, which …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

John Blanchette: Seahawks produce answers and questions in Week 1 escape

Earl Thomas got himself an interception in his NFL season opener. Richard Sherman had a pick-6. And their old team, the Seattle Seahawks, surrendered 418 passing yards to Andy Dalton, …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

John Blanchette: As WSU rises in college football’s ranks, attendance for nonconference tilts sputters

Look, winning football is a fan magnet, but there’s still a limit for a discerning clientele.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington’s biggest donor ‘ask’ in history comes with some odd optics

Just another reminder that the old-school household economics learned as mom and dad balanced the checkbook at the kitchen table just don’t have much application in today’s world of college …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington State shining brighter than ever standing just outside spotlight

All in all, it’s pretty good being Washington State these days, and not just because the scoreboard read 58-7 in the Cougars’ favor on Saturday night.


Washington Huskies season predictions: Sky is the limit for Jacob Eason and the Huskies

Will it be a trip to a bowl game or an early offseason for the Huskies this year?


Seattle Seahawks season predictions: Russell Wilson will lead team back to the playoffs

Will it be a trip to the playoffs or an early offseason for the Seahawks this year?


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

John Blanchette: Lost art of scorekeeping is ‘central to a full life experience’

Once upon a time, baseball made a stab at interactivity long before that became a marketing buzzword.


John Blanchette: After forgoing early entry into the NBA draft, Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie must go about reinventing – and improving – his game

They are there and he is here in Spokane, but if it bothers Killian Tillie even a whit it is undetectable – even if he fully expected to be there, …


John Blanchette: Pat Shine coaxed into All-Star spotlight again to help Christian Yelich at Home Run Derby

Face it, you don’t want to be the caddie who hands his golfer the wrong club. Or the field-goal holder who doesn’t get the laces out.



UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

John Blanchette: Despite their collegiate accomplishments, the toughest challenges still await this bunch of Bulldogs

Both players, Hachimura in particular, will have to endure the modern blather that suggests that any first-rounder who falls short of All-Pro status is somehow a bust.


John Blanchette: Firing Don Verlin puts Idaho in contention as college basketball’s No. 1 laughing stock

This may be Idaho doing the most Idaho thing ever. So far.


John Blanchette: Heart-and-soul Spokanite Randy Burkhart truly whistled while he worked

During summers at Priest Lake, Randy Burkhart was known to drag his son Jackson down to the boat before breakfast, motor offshore of Kalispell Island, bring a megaphone to his …


John Blanchette: Michael Jordan made The Shot, but Craig Ehlo made it necessary

It was the summer that Austin Ehlo – then a fifth-grader – was a camper at Michael Jordan’s Flight School in Santa Barbara, which should have been irony enough given …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

John Blanchette: There’s no debating Rui Hachimura’s legacy at Gonzaga

And now begins the debate over what Rui Hachimura might become.


John Blanchette: Even before Title IX, women’s sports had true pioneers such as Nancy Monroe

Having never been on an airplane or out of the state of California before her 17th birthday, Nancy Monroe can only explain away her decision to enroll at the University …