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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, NOV. 13, 2018

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – a continuation of a Few theme that’s been logged in the Spokesman for, well, years.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018

TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2018

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THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018

John Blanchette: In unpredictable Pac-12, Washington State continues to be the cream of the crop

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

There were a lot of 6-6s projected, or maybe five wins and you could even find a 3-9 prediction or two out there, though that seemed the fuzziest of math when you looked at Wazzu’s nonconference schedule. In any event, the best the Cougs were supposed to aspire to was a leaky raft and a roll of duct tape, and maybe a reward in one of those post-season games that sheds one sponsor’s name for another every year. And now look

SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018

MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2018

John Blanchette: Cougars lose a legend, if only to retirement

Whatever the Washington State Cougars achieve this football season and beyond, they’ll do it without the comforting narration – or even just the avuncular asides – of Bob Robertson, who went into victory formation on Monday after 52 years as their beloved voice.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018


John Blanchette: Time to read up on your Kennel Club history

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, we know, is like a party round of the Telephone Game after uncorking the fifth bottle of wine. The original story almost never makes it to its destination.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018

John Blanchette: On this day, defense defined the Cougars’ heart

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 in the wrong place. Because it was there all along. It was just the defense doing the defining.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018


THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018