Stories tagged: John Blanchette
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
Any number of things are contrary to official Pac-12 policy, including football games that get you back home before midnight. Another one: Washington State and Oregon State being good in …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Whatever grand aspirations get attached to the authoring of history books, they all start with the same premise. Correcting memories that are faulty, or worse. Too much history, …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
For nearly the entire second half Saturday, the wait was on for The Drive That Would Define the Season. But it turns out we were looking for Wazzu’s telltale heart …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.
Here’s why you don’t pay Earl Thomas – not right now anyway – and you don’t trade him, as reports suggested might happen as soon as Monday.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly
Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho
Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm
What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX turns the Seahawks into an unstoppable dynasty – or he’s stopped short
Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:44 p.m.
Corner Club stories? There are too many – the place is 70 years old, after all.
UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
John Blanchette: Omar Samhan hopes to play the spoiler role for Gonzaga fans at The Basketball Tournament
A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.
Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians … pitching …
Sun., June 10, 2018, 6 a.m.
What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:
UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 7:14 p.m.
“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …
Thu., May 31, 2018, 10:10 p.m.
In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.
UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:59 p.m.
Why Jerry Kramer had to wait more than half his life – 45 years – for a distinction that should have been pro forma will remain a mystery, though joining …
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
On Tuesday, crews from Japan’s six national television channels – 20 people in all – descended on McCarthey Athletic Center to explore Ruiworld.
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:08 p.m.
Rui Hachimura wasn’t the only one getting grilled by Japanese television crews Tuesday. Bulldogs head coach Mark Few and assistant Tommy Lloyd had to parry some questions about their star …
Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
What a great day for the Seattle Mariners. They got themselves a Gold Glove second baseman and saved $12 million.
UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
He shook the trees – hard – for the money that built the joint.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
If they could have rustled up 23-year-old Felix Hernandez to go head-to-head with 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani, then they might have had something.
Sat., May 5, 2018, 10:55 p.m.
There may be 70 or more credentialed media here specifically to itemize his every move, whether at the plate or on the mound or jogging through the outfield during batting …
UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 11:10 a.m.
Day 2 of Ichiro Suzuki, Special Assistant to the Chairman, began without the formal press conference and moved straight into the meat of his duties at Safeco Field: Starting with …
UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 8:31 p.m.
The Spokane Sports Commission has put out the call for nominations for the annual Spokane Youth Sports Awards it hands out each June in partnership with SWX. They’re to honor …
UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
In the shortest romance since Taylor Swift and, well, anybody, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth made official Monday the ceasefire of flirtations between the Bulldogs and the MWC. That means …
UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.
John Blanchette: This season’s Gonzaga team deserves to take a bow, even if it fell short of Final Four encore
Having had so much success for so long, it gets increasingly difficult for each successive Gonzaga team to distinguish itself. Being part of a proud lineage is reward enough, certainly, …
UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
There haven’t been too many what-might-have-been endings in Gonzaga University’s recent and glittery basketball history.
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Madness? Let’s get more specific. It’s really March Schizophrenia. Let ol’ Doc Basketball here explain.