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John Blanchette

John Blanchette

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

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Blanchette: Shock leave odor with latest defeat 

Here’s some Sports Marketing 101: Happy history makes for a useful – if fleeting – distraction from an unpleasant present. (Refer to your textbooks for the roughly two dozen times the Seattle Mar...

Sasquatch softball coach Janet Skaife saved best for last

No longer is it enough to simply join a team. There must now be the “buy-in,” a commitment of heart and mind that sounds concrete and final, and yet remains strangely undefined. So let’s take a s...

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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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