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Arnie Stapleton: Pats’, Rams’ titles not tarnished by bad officiating

The AFC and NFC championships won by the Patriots and Rams were not tarnished by bad officiating, according to Arnie Stapleton.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

TV Take: Pregame premonition rings true as Gonzaga powers past Portland to remain perfect in WCC play

Tom Glasgow deserves some points for honesty. The veteran broadcaster, who handled the play-by-play chores on Saturday night’s Gonzaga contest, shown on KAYU in the Spokane area, was blunt before …


John Blanchette: Progress isn’t in WSU’s basketball vocabulary

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Paul Newberry: Steve Gleason comes along for the New Orleans Saints’ playoff ride

As the New Orleans Saints go for another Super Bowl title, Steve Gleason is along for the ride – the perfect beacon for a city that knows about emerging from …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies star Jaylen Nowell has gotten even better – and smarter

Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Conference switch wouldn’t stop Gonzaga from being dominant at home

Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

TV Take: Comfortable night in The Kennel for everyone except Loyola Marymount

No matter how you feel about the local broadcast trio who bring Gonzaga’s basketball games into local living rooms, there is something comforting about the continuity of roles.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6 p.m.

Vahe Gregorian: Sayonara, paranoia – Kansas City Chiefs’ win over Indianapolis Colts sets fans free to be in moment vs. New England Patriots

This, too, shall pass. It always helps to remember that. Just the same, it takes a lot to disperse lingering ghosts, doesn’t it? Especially when the paranoia was almost tangible …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Larry Stone: Russell Wilson contract extension may sting for Seahawks, but not as much as alternative

As the Seahawks enter what they ruefully believe is a premature offseason, numerous contractual matters hang over their future.


Tim Dahlberg: Breakfast with Manny Pacquiao on a rainy day in L.A.

Breakfast at Manny Pacquiao’s house began with a silent prayer, followed by more silence around the big dining room table as his massive entourage waited for the fighter to take …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 11:43 p.m.

TV Take: ‘Saturday Showcase’ lived up to billing, even if it took awhile to find the right channel

The West Coast Conference’s two best teams, circa 2019, met Saturday night in the University of San Francisco’s venerable War Memorial Gymnasium with the visiting Zags coming out on top, …



UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga not fazed by Pacific’s slow-it-down style of play

The Pacific Tigers seemed to have one goal Thursday night – and it may not have been to come home with a win.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Larry Stone: If healthy, no reason Ichiro can’t play for Mariners this season

If you thought we had heard the last of Ichiro as a major league ballplayer when he stepped into his murky role as “Special Assistant to the Chairman” last May …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks have obvious goal for next season – win division, play at home

For all but one team, locker cleanup day is the most melancholy ritual in sports.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks passed on opportunity to continue season of surprises by sticking to the run

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

TV Take: Different viewpoint still shows Gonzaga is playing dominant basketball

If you could pull yourself away from the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys, and the Northwest’s favorite – or something – NFL announcing crew, Joe Buck and …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington vows to get the next party started

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington hoping to make Frisco a home away from The Inferno

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

John Blanchette: Jay Hillock, Bruce Wilson return to Gonzaga for look at amazing transformation

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Larry Stone: Starting point in Seahawks’ turnaround? It may have been fear of missing out

Maybe the seeds were planted as the calendar turned to 2018, and the Seahawks dispersed to their homes after 16 games. For most of them, it was the first season …


John Blanchette: Please dig into your pockets to relocate these Bison

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 …


Ralph D. Russso: Expand playoff to get the guess work out of the game

The satisfying simplicity of sports is in the definitive result. A game is played. There is a winner and a loser and the winner gets a reward.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: West Coast Conference slate not likely to be a walk in the park for Gonzaga

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

TV Take: A not-so-secret weapon lifts Gonzaga past CS Bakersfield, elicits praise from announcers

This one was supposed to be different than Gonzaga’s recent three consecutive home nonconference routs. Tighter, more competitive. And for a while, the Zags’ New Year’s Eve matchup with Cal …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Norman Chad: Making sports better with New Year’s revolutions, not resolutions

We need change – radical change – and we need it now, so in 2019 please join Couch Slouch as we make Sports Nation a better place:


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 12:03 a.m.

John Blanchette: Gardner Minshew saves his best trick for last – making a bowl game memorable

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 11:52 p.m.

TV Take: Gardner Minshew makes most of final showing in crimson and gray as Washington State outlasts Iowa State in Alamo Bowl

The senior transfer quarterback not only threw for 299 yards, ran for one touchdown, threw for two others, set WSU and Pac-12 single-season passing records but also made the play …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

John Blanchette: Bowl critics should be realistic, join the party

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks’ playoff mission accomplished, it’s on to the next goal – ‘We’re not stopping here’

The Seahawks did the requisite amount of savoring on Sunday night, sprinkled with just a little bit of sass, and why not?