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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

John Blanchette: Hiring more about hope than home runs at Washington State

Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Now Mike Leach can become Mississippi State’s Starkville reality

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

John Blanchette: Something’s afoul at the free-throw line for nation’s No. 1 team

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

Sports letter: John Blanchette, Mike Leach feud easy to resolve

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.