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UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seattle Mariners’ record playoff drought could end this season (but probably not)

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – metaphorically, at least – the Mariners owned this town.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: This season’s Gonzaga team deserves to take a bow, even if it fell short of Final Four encore

Having had so much success for so long, it gets increasingly difficult for each successive Gonzaga team to distinguish itself. Being part of a proud lineage is reward enough, certainly, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga can focus on what was rather than what might have been

There haven’t been too many what-might-have-been endings in Gonzaga University’s recent and glittery basketball history.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:37 p.m.

TV Take: Killian Tillie’s injury prevalent throughout broadcast of Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 loss

Maybe it was appropriate America learned Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie wasn’t going to play Thursday night via a pregame tweet from TBS’ sideline reporter Dana Jacobson.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

John Blanchette: The chill is gone, baby; the NCAA Tournament is about to get real

Madness? Let’s get more specific. It’s really March Schizophrenia. Let ol’ Doc Basketball here explain.


With GU victory, ex-Zag Rem Bakamus gets last laugh on ESPN’s Dan Dakich

Local hacks and national yakkers, all are acquired tastes. Dan Dakich’s shtick on ESPN college basketball broadcasts and his Indianapolis-based radio show goes down with much of his audience like …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Remarkable Gonzaga program marches ‘fourth’ to another Sweet 16

Maybe not until Rui Hachimura’s breakaway dunk with 4 – that number again – seconds left did all seem secure for the Zags in their 90-84 punch-out of Ohio State …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s opening, closing stretches looked even better from new camera viewpoint

The view of Gonzaga’s 90-84 NCAA second-round win over Ohio State was better for the television audience, though many things they saw might have been better avoided.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

John Blanchette: After 20, even 30 years, all Gonzaga players matter

They may not be the team everyone talks about now nearly 30 years later. But they’re part of a bigger team.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s confident ‘Snacks’ took bite out of Spartans

March Madness began in earnest Thursday amid a swarm of killer 3s.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 5:01 p.m.

TV Take: Odd angle, odd calls and Zach Norvell’s clutch 3 equal Gonzaga first-round win

It started with the odd camera angle from Boise’s Taco Bell Arena. It continued with some odd calls, or noncalls, during Gonzaga’s 68-64 NCAA first-round win over UNC Greensboro.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: Enjoy the Big Dance, but don’t ignore the band’s sour notes

For some of us, this is the best sports day of the year. But, man, does college basketball seem to be intent on putting us in a bad mood.


John Blanchette: Count on out-of-this-world play during Gonzaga’s bright future

“Welcome to Selection Sunday 2038 on PBS. I’m your host, Greg Gumbel and, yes, I am 91 years old, but I’m going to keep doing this until we get it …


Dear TBS: Please get better or leave the selection show the heck alone

Being a sports fan means making some concessions, compartmentalizing some jadedness and accepting a certain level of commercialism and inconvenience as the fair trade for, well, sports.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Richard Sherman wasn’t perfect with Seahawks, but he always will be beloved in Seattle

Unlike most of you, I wasn’t around during Richard Sherman’s first four years in Seattle. I didn’t get an up-close look at his meteoric rise as he endeared himself to …


Larry Stone: A different side of Ichiro emerges in return to Mariners

In a news conference to discuss his one-year contract with the Mariners, Ichiro was more sentimental. The 44-year-old recognizes that his role in the game has changed irrevocably and appears …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

John Blanchette: Sixth straight tournament win just as sweet for Gonzaga

The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga overpowers BYU, thrills ESPN crew again

Simply put, that was impressive. Not just Gonzaga’s defense-powered 74-54 win over BYU to win the West Coast Conference Tournament – and the league’s NCAA automatic berth – for the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie threw himself a birthday bash, San Francisco had a front-row seat

But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s rout of San Francisco takes backseat when Dick Vitale is on the call

If there is one word that could never be used to describe an ESPN college basketball broadcast, that word would have to be “understated.” Especially when Dick Vitale is involved.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Zags to the MWC? That’s hysterical, or good sense

Wandered down to the sports book at the Orleans Casino and, you guessed it, those best of buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, were sitting side by side …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga coaches sweat through quarterfinal with eyes on family matters

It probably should have been no surprise that Gonzaga had to work so hard to shed Loyola Marymount 83-69 in the prime-time game at Orleans Arena – not getting any …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 12:15 a.m.

TV Take: ESPN2 crew kept eyes glued on Gonzaga forward combo of Killian Tillie, Johnathan Williams

Thanks to Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams (a combined 17 of 23 from the field), the seventh-ranked Bulldogs eventually advanced to Monday night’s semifinal matchup with San Francisco, an overtime …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

John Blanchette: Ronny Turiaf still keeps his Gonzaga memories close, no matter where in the world he may be

His ability to speak five languages made Ronny Turiaf – Zag by way of France by way of Martinique – the school’s international man of mystery. Or would have, except …


John Blanchette: Las Vegas has played host to plenty of memorable WCC tournament moments for Gonzaga

The marriage of the West Coast Conference tournament and Las Vegas turns 10 this week, an anniversary of such happy construct that it’s hard to remember the Pliocene days when …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Righting the Academy’s wrongs as sports films again overlooked at The Oscars

We know it’s behind us, because this year “Get Out” is in the hunt for Best Picture and because Denzel is once again hitting cleanup in the Best Actor lineup …


Commentary: Tiger Woods casting a shadow larger than ever

Tiger Woods is bigger than ever in golf, and he already was plenty big when he was winning at a rate never seen.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

John Blanchette: Tabbed as underdogs to start the season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs again showed the WCC goes through them

On a day when everyone wanted to fly college basketball’s flag at half-staff, the Gonzaga Bulldogs went through the routine of raising another – all the way up. Another all …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

TV Take: Clichés get a workout from broadcast crew in Gonzaga’s big win over BYU

Gonzaga has won the West Coast Conference regular season basketball title so often recently, it’s almost a cliché.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

TV Take: Rui Hachimura’s clutch performance catches attention of San Diego, ESPN crew

“I love Hachimura late in games,” ESPN’s P.J. Carlesimo said, mentioning not just his scoring ability around the hoop but his rebounding and his ability to hit free throws.