TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2018
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
The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2018
If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2018
It’s been established: The Pac-12 can’t get out of its own way. So maybe try this, fellas: Get the hell out of Washington State’s.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018
When we last left the Gonzaga Bulldogs in competitive mode, Killian Tillie was hunched in a sideline chair in the Staples Center, jacket collar pulled up under his lower lip. His mien suggested he’d just been served one of those employee special pizzas now famous at Comerica Park.
That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.
But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.
The prize recruit in the West Coast Conference last spring wasn't a 7-foot center with forward skills, a jumping-jack slasher with a touch from 3 or a consummate playmaker at the point. The league kept Gonzaga. That was the catch of the year.
Whenever Pac-12 football needs to feel good about itself, all it has to do is look across the hall at Pac-12 basketball.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018
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
Just FedEx the Player of the Year award – Trophy? Plaque? Key chain? – to Gardner Minshew right now.
MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2018
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
Who wasn’t giving the Seahawks the bird in a 33-31 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams that was half heartbreaking, half forehead-slapping?
SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018
Any number of things are contrary to official Pac-12 policy, including football games that get you back home before midnight. Another one: Washington State and Oregon State being good in the same season.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2018
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
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.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018
Here’s why you don’t pay Earl Thomas – not right now anyway – and you don’t trade him, as reports suggested might happen as soon as Monday.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018
Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of a toddler’s nose on a 20-degree afternoon.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun 59-24 shootout-turned-beatdown Saturday to run their record to 3-0.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Shilo Morgan can make a coach and a quarterback go deep into the playbook – if only for characterizations.
Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready to gamble some spare change and create yet another professional league – or two – because they know America’s football thirst cannot be slaked.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked as if he had years of flight hours in Leach’s cockpit.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Even back in the bad, bad days of 0-12 – just a decade ago, can you believe it? – the Washington Huskies did their best to pass themselves off as a college football blueblood. OK, purpleblood.