FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019
Columnist John Blanchette imagines this year’s Oscar-snubbed films with a sports twist.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019
Records both take you out of the moment and amplify it at the same time, and with the volume knob in Spokane cranked up to 11 on anything Zags, it’s not like this was going to slide by unnoticed by anyone.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2019
That’s right, Lorenzo Romar wants to be in a position to play Gonzaga more often.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019
Even a full month out from Selection Monday, there was an angsty little subtext mixed into Saturday’s doings at McCarthey Athletic Center that went beyond how much space exists between Gonzaga and Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference standings.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2019
The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so it was all rather cryptic.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019
There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine in sports.
In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the grateful witness to a charmed football season that set standards for everything from victories to GameDay gaga.
Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019
The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019
Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets still on the table.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019
What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence of roars that surely was heard all the way over on the Las Vegas Strip.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2019
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see Edgar Martinez again.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2019
In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may never see them again.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.
SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2019
Retired Gonzaga coach and baseball executive Larry Koentopp died on Saturday in Las Vegas at the age of 82, as announced by the Las Vegas Aviators baseball club. No cause of death was revealed.
SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2019
That, of course, is the narrow view, the only one that seems appropriate in one-and-done football. The playoffs opened and closed for the Seattle Seahawks in one day, no better a showing in the National Football League than it is on Broadway.
As sure as your teenager brought the family car home with the gauge on “E” again, North Dakota State rules the clubby little realm of the Football Championship Subdivision, thanks to Saturday’s 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington. That’s seven times in eight years for America’s spoilsports.
FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2019
Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won that season. It was, in fact, the only way they could win it.
About 15 months ago, on yet another late night on the road – New Orleans this time – Jay Hillock pushed through the glass door of another 7-Eleven manned by another clerk, lonesome, chatty.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2019
Please consider funding a budget bump that will entice North Dakota State into battle with the Alabamas and Washington States of the college universe, and save the rest of the Football Championship Subdivision teams from their yearly wedgie.
MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2018
Oh, the Bulldogs might well win the West Coast Conference four or five games clear of the field, and could even run the table. When an opponent has their full attention, they’re certainly that good – and will be even better once Killian Tillie and Geno Crandall return to the rotation.
FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2018
When Iowa State’s Willie Harvey reached ramming speed and drove the crown of his helmet straight at Minshew’s nose early in the second quarter of Friday’s Alamo Bowl, all the Washington State quarterback did was take the lick and bounce back to his feet.
THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2018
Any canoe ride up the murky creek of social media tells us that the bowl system must die and that the playoff field must expand, and that seemed perfectly reasonable until it came time to board the plane out of Spokane.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2018
So in the wake of the 103-90 pounding at the Dean Dome and their second straight loss – and possible tumble out of top 10 next week – how much credit should be accorded the Zags as this semester ends?
MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2018
Rarely has something that looked so bad for so long felt so good.