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John Blanchette

John Blanchette

John Blanchette is a freelance columnist who writes about local sports issues.
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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

John Blanchette: Bobby Hauck tasked with making Grizzlies relevant in football again

News is as unlikely as rain at college football’s mid-July conference gabfests, unless Nick Saban announces he’s changed his brand of coffee filters. As the coaches of the Big Sky Conference gathered in Spokane for probing and prodding on Monday, the drought was especially dire. The one woulda-been cloudburst – Montana State coach Jeff Choate benching the Bobcats’ starting quarterback for the year with the order to introduce himself to his textbooks – was released last week. This, sadly, pre-empted any hyperventilating here. There was this, however:


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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

John Blanchette: Zags take stellar pitching, suddenly explosive bats to Minneapolis

UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

With 700 miles to travel, it took until Monday morning for the thunder – OK, the very, very loud pings – from Gonzaga’s bats heard over the weekend in California to resound in Spokane. Still pretty loud, though – until being drowned out by an explosion of cheers from the Bulldogs themselves when their name went up at last near the end of ESPNU’s NCAA baseball selection show.

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

John Blanchette: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer returns to Sandpoint completely validated

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 the parade of his Green Bay Packers teammates from the 1960s into the hall was like trying to merge into rush hour traffic. In any case, with an appearance schedule that was already busy before, the countdown to the August induction on and his daily triple-team of joy, relief and gratitude, fixating on old slights doesn’t fit into Kramer’s schedule.

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

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SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018


John Blanchette: Marco Gonzales’ education continues with each pitch for Mariners

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 practice or staring numbly at the sailboat race on MarinersVision (they must be saving money on hydro fuel). In two nights, nearly 79,000 have swept through the gates of Safeco Field out of curiosity.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018