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Blanchette: Chiefs lit the fuse on perfect outdoor outcome

The definition of an unqualified hockey success? When you run out of cannonballs for goal celebrations – and beer. As long as you can radio for backup beer, of course.

Outdoor hockey about spectacle

One of the unex- pected sidelights to outdoor hockey? Wildlife. As the Spokane Chiefs broke in the constructed-at-great-cost-man- it-better-hold-up-in-this-heat- wave rink with a practice Thursday afternoon at Avista Stadium, a …

Blanchette: Eagles get their own nation

Connecting in the Denver airport for a flight to Dallas last week, D.J. Sigurdson – attired in Eastern Washington University red – passed by one of those snug-but-soulless concourse lounges …

Blanchette: No epitaph just yet for QB

SEATTLE – Never before has a shovelful of dirt fit a man better than tailored Armani. We keep trying to bury Matt Hasselbeck, but he will not go quietly, like …

One thing is for sure, Eagles have the title

FRISCO, Texas – So here it is, Eastern Washington football redefined, by the Eagles themselves: The unlikely is humdrum.

John Blanchette: Eastern never blinked

Let’s be real: the Blue Hens blinked. Eastern never did, all year.

EWU players see the big picture

You don’t find a lot of gratitude in college athletics here in the Age of Entitlement. But there is an unmistakable air about the Eagles that their achievement this season …

John Blanchette: Colonial knows football

The best thing about Eastern Washington playing for a national championship is … well, Eastern playing for a national championship. There doesn’t even have to be a second-best thing. But …

Whitehurst won’t be the answer

So the story goes that Matt Hasselbeck was still in coach Pete Carroll’s ear to start Sunday’s playoff-for-the-playoffs even as the Seattle Seahawks made their way through the tunnel canopy …

Blanchette: Let’s build time machine for 1997 Eagles

After review, could we go back 13 years for even further review? Just for the what-if fun of it?

Zags draw energy from Baylor win

The exhale in Spokane would have registered 13 on the Beaufort Scale if it went that high. In any case, Marquise Carter felt it – heard it – all the …

What a huge difference a game makes

There’s something different now about this place, this program. Maybe one victory shouldn’t do that, necessarily. Maybe it won’t be completely true without one more.

Blanchette: Kick in the tail feathers for no-show Eagles fans

Dear Montana fan, I’m not sure how to say this, so I’m just going to say it.

Even good product needs advertising

Episode 4,382 in the ongoing reality soap that is The Real Cougs of Spokane County: That’s how many passed through the portals of the Spokane Arena on Friday night for …

EWU’s Sherritt knows his defense

J.C. Sherritt will not tell you what the initials stand for, but he will tell you why he won’t tell you. “My two older sisters,” he said. “When they got …

Blanchette: Cougs would do well to take page out of Huskies’ book

PULLMAN – Bowl berths are doled out like bailouts anymore, but that’s how the system has been corrupted and the football player’s job is not to reform it but leverage …

Game could’ve stolen thunder

PULLMAN – In the confluence of three hyperrific games here in the space of six days, would you ever imagine that the least of them might be the – heresy …

Excuse us if we’re not bowled over

“I’m so happy for the state of Washington that this Apple Cup is really going to mean something – for both schools.” – Steve Sarkisian

Blanchette: Moos’ silence ominous for Wulff

Since logistically they’re treating this bizarre double bye at Washington State “like a bowl game,” according to coach Paul Wulff, does that mean the school will extort itself into buying …

Blanchette: Wynne, 24, realizes his dreams at CC Spokane

Some days, Preston Wynne is up and on the road by 5:30 a.m. and may get home barely in time to tuck in his two children at bedtime. He is …

Williams, Seahawks revived together

SEATTLE – Not to put an indelicate spin on it, but the Seattle Seahawks are the Farmer Ted of the National Football League. Remember him? From “Sixteen Candles”? He crowned …

John Blanchette: Big Sky is anything but Big Easy

Chris Powers is not panhandling for gimmes. What he and his football teammates at Eastern Washington reap, they expect must be earned. So when do they earn a breather?

Blanchette: Price is right for WSU

Look at it this way: If they’re happy at Washington State, it’s hard not to be happy for them.

No revelations from Cougs or Commish

Pacific-10/12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott made a drive-by – he would turn up across the state at Oregon State-Washington later Saturday night – to speak eloquently about the revenue sharing/division …

Blanchette: Luchs’ revelations serve little purpose

So you didn’t think there was any upside to Washington State being the Officer Barbrady of college football these last couple of years? Wrong, scandal-breath.

Blanchette: Can’t duck Cougars’ progress

If Wazzu was overmatched in its 43-23 loss to the Ducks at Martin Stadium – and, yes, that’s still the case – the Ducks did not have to be coaxed …

John Blanchette: Klitschko’s radar spots Welliver

In the ring together, Wladimir Klitschko and … Chauncy Welliver?

John Blanchette: No defense for WSU’s

If Reggie Bush had played against a defense like Washington State’s, he would have been too sheepish to accept the Heisman Trophy in the first place, never mind being shamed …

John Blanchette: Taking both sides in EWU turf debate

Eastern Washington’s new football turf? I love it. It’s wild. That ridiculous red rug? I hate it. It’s just another gimmick in a gimmicked-up world.

John Blanchette: Cougars will take it

The wearing of hair shirts and the hurling of high, hard ones can resume soon enough this week in and around Washington State. For a few hours, at least, the …