Stories tagged: Commentary
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 12:48 P.M.
Paul Newberry: IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics
The International Olympic Committee, no stranger to embarrassing predicaments, has devised an unprecedented strategy to avoid – or, at least, put off – the indignity of having an empty queue …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, 1:32 P.M.
Dahlberg: Kaepernick and the end of anthem protests
Colin Kaepernick is looking for work, after a season more memorable for what he did before the games than anything he did while in them.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:59 P.M.
Paul Newberry: Baseball should get serious about speeding up games
There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 10:08 P.M.
Blanchette: It only makes sense to get hysterical with Zags
Hadn’t seen those best of pals and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, for a few years. But there they were celebrating Gonzaga’s romp last weekend over Saint Mary’s on …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017, 2:29 A.M.
Blanchette: Zags punctuated win over Gaels with exclamation points
On a night they were tasked with making a statement – for the country if not themselves – it turns out the Gonzaga Bulldogs lacked the proper punctuation.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:52 P.M.
John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s decision to return will allow Cougars to take big shot next season
You can think of it two ways: Luke Falk went through his reads, weighed the high risk/high reward options and checked down to something more prudent – coming back to …
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 11:34 P.M.
Blanchette: Now a walk-on football player, Connor Griffin lands in CFP semifinals
Connor Griffin transferred off an Elite Eight team at Gonzaga. And found himself in the Final Four.
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 10:30 P.M.
Blanchette: Uninspired bowl game puts topping on what may be Cougars’ worst best season
So what will be the first point of reference for Washington State’s 2016 football season?
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4 A.M.
Blanchette: Cougars’ bowl history has bloomed enough to erase memories of 50-year drought
As the source of the story was the late Carl “Tuffy” Ellingsen, there’s no possible way it could be apocryphal, so we’re taking it on an open-field run.
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4 A.M.
Blanchette: Washington State’s bowl games, ranked from best to worst
Sports columnist John Blanchette runs down Washington State’s bowl performances from best to worst.
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4 A.M.
Blanchette: WSU’s top 10 bowl performances
Sports columnist John Blanchette selects Washington State’s top 10 individual performances in bowl games.
THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 6:05 P.M.
Litke: Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face
Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016, 9:17 P.M.
Blanchette: Number this Gonzaga win among the unusual
So the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 11-0 now, though if you aimed your binoculars on the “0” Sunday afternoon you could scout a regiment of sweat beads marshaling along the brow.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 11:07 P.M.
Thorpe: Astounding legacy of Eagles seniors marred by blown semifinals leads
Perhaps the only time college football coaches can understandably feel undercompensated anymore is when they are tasked with addressing a locker room full of heartbroken people whose lives are just …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 5:06 P.M.
Dahlberg: No more Lady Gaga, and that might not be a bad thing
I’ll make this clear before anyone begins to get too upset: Bullying and hazing have no place in organized sports, or in civil society for that matter.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 5:01 P.M.
Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie Dress Up a healthy ritual
Huston Street, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, has been in the major leagues since 2005 and has long been a star closer. His late father, James Street, was …
SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016, 11:53 P.M.
Blanchette: Samson Ebukam helps change tone of game for Eagles
What a gift is the game-changing player.
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2016, 11:59 P.M.
Blanchette: Bryants of the world serve useful purpose while hoping pigs fly
In the fine old John Huston picture “Fat City,” a journeyman boxer named Arcadio Lucero is brought in from Mexico for the local favorite’s comeback fight – a worry for …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 9:02 A.M.
Analysis: It’s not just Trump. People freaked out over Nixon and Reagan, too.
Donald Trump’s election has been greeted by a considerable portion of the country with panic. Large swaths of commentators have described his victory as a potential disaster for the nation …
SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2016, 11:50 P.M.
John Blanchette: Lets not get ahead of ourselves, Cougs still have a lot to learn before Apple Cup
It’s been suggested we fast-forward this football runoff directly to the Apple Cup, given the early returns from Pac-12 precincts.
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016, 4 A.M.
With deflategate finally – mercifully – over, Tom Brady looks for payback
After millions spent investigating and litigating, after conflicting conclusions about whether the Ideal Gas Law did or did not play a role, after Tom Brady’s infamous cellphone destruction that convinced …
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016, 11:17 P.M.
Blanchette: Zags’ long, strange trip comes to abrupt end, now intrigue begins
CHICAGO – So Gonzaga’s off-season begins much as this basketball season did, in a cocoon of intrigue. Or doesn’t anyone remember all the mystery about how Mark Few was going …
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016, 11:08 P.M.
Blanchette: Current Zags may be Mark Few’s best coaching job
Maybe this really is the Sweetest 16 for Mark Few or maybe it’s just the moment he’s in that makes him think so. Either way, that’s cool.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016, 11:16 P.M.
Blanchette: Don’t look now, but Zags are crazy-good defenders
Here’s what may have been overlooked in the NCAA tournament: the Zags held Seton Hall and Utah under 60 points in back-to-back games, something that had happened in Gonzaga’s NCAA …
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 11:55 P.M.
Blanchette: Zags pick right time to display resume
If college basketball is your drug of choice, maybe your favorite day of the year is Selection Sunday. Hard not to get wrapped up in the intrigue of the bracket …
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016, 11:16 P.M.
Blanchette: Nothing-to-lose Zags hit new heights after surgical demolition of Utah
There isn’t a team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament playing better than the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the moment, and the collective will it’s taken to get them to this …
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016, 10:36 P.M.
Blanchette: Big excitement develops for Domantas Sabonis vs. Jakob Poeltl
The anticipation is higher than 7-feet tall already, but perhaps it’s time for a caution.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016, 11:21 P.M.
Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins all business these days
Randy Perkins sits high above the floor at the Pepsi Center, retracing the switchbacks that brought his son home for the weekend – in a manner that transcends the routine …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 7 P.M.
How ‘Zootopia’ is perfect during this divisive campaign season
The screenwriters behind Disney’s new hit “Zootopia” would seem to have the superpower of prescience, because the CGI caper has uncanny timing in reflecting the current presidential election. It’s as …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 11:21 P.M.
Blanchette: Bulldogs, Zag nation breathe sigh of relief
In the confetti squall and general delirium at Orleans Arena on Tuesday night, Gonzaga coach Mark Few came face to face with Jonathan Fierro, the ramrod of the HBO crew …