John Blanchette

John Blanchette

John Blanchette is a freelance columnist who writes about local sports issues.


Recent Stories

Blanchette: Time will tell whether Shock made right move 

So, Spokane is back in a $250-a-game indoor football league. For some, this will be the entire takeaway from the rebooting of the Spokane Shock that was formalized on Tuesday. Explanations, ratio...

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Recent Blog Posts

Is Chalich in or out? Don't ask the coach 

Idaho's bye week produced more drama than some of the Vandals' game weeks have. But during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, coach Paul Petrino did his best to snuff it out, refusing to addre...

Idaho Vandals hit rock bottom in loss to Troy

This was the flip side of those storybook Senior Day memories. Idaho hoped to send 19 seniors out on an uptick in their final Kibbie Dome appearance Saturday afternoon. Instead, it was all banana p...

And the beat goes on with Mike Marboe

Mike Marboe is a throwback, maybe in every sports sense of the word. He's the epitome of a durable grinder you simply can't get out of the lineup -- he's started all of the 45 games for which he's ...

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