Stories tagged: Commentary
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
There’s a lot going on inside that giant mascot head. Or maybe it’s a cougar head, or maybe a duck or a buckeye – whatever’s the cranial representation of the …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 10:37 p.m.
I was at a wedding reception filled with Washington State University alums Saturday night when news broke that ESPN’s College GameDay was finally coming to Pullman.
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 11:35 a.m.
The comment was vintage Johnny Miller, raw enough to cause most television producers to wince. Miller was in the NBC Sports booth at Doral in 2004 when he watched Craig …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 6:59 p.m.
Sports Nation has been divided by the NFL’s tackling issue, which displaced the national anthem issue, which displaced the is-it-a-catch-or-not issue, which displaced domestic violence, replay review and overtime issues, …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:49 p.m.
It’s no secret the Pac-12 Networks don’t have the reach of some college football conference’s broadcasting arm. The biggest hole? There is no DirecTV connection and hasn’t been since the …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:39 p.m.
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, …
Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
Bubba Watson – or “Boo-ba,” as he’s known in these parts – is trying hard to shed his image as the Ugly American. He doesn’t just like France. He LOVES …
Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 8:02 a.m.
It remains, on the eve of the Ryder Cup outside Paris, the defining image of French golf: Jean Van de Velde losing the British Open in excruciating fashion in 1999, …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 12:24 a.m.
It took four games, the first three of which they won, but the Washington State Cougars finally made the television big time. All it took was a game at USC. …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 5:33 p.m.
The Seahawks’ offense is broken right now, in a fashion we’ve rarely seen in the Russell Wilson era. The resourcefulness of Wilson that has come to define him is suddenly …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
TV Take: Washington State provided plenty of highlights for Pac-12 Networks to replay in 59-24 win over Eastern Washington
There is an argument to be made instant replay is the most significant invention in the history of football. At least the broadcast part of it.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 8:52 p.m.
The competitive portion of the Seattle Mariners schedule is over. It has been for a while, really.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Larry Stone: Breanna Stewart is the MVP, but Sue Bird remains heart and soul of the Storm’s latest title-winning team
The cast of characters has changed since the Storm last held up the WNBA championship trophy, and there were many heroes in this 2018 title chase. But above all, Sue …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:14 p.m.
The Mariners’ fall from grace in 2018 has been a slow, steady descent that has wiped out almost all of the good feeling that prevailed for half a season.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 10:23 p.m.
The Seahawks had much to lament Sunday in a 27-24 loss to the Broncos that saw many of their latent fears come to life.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 6 a.m.
Major league teams play 162 games from April through September, plus six weeks of spring training. During the regular season, they average about three days off per month and some …
Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:59 p.m.
When Andy Grammer’s song, “Back Home,” resonated through Martin Stadium Saturday night during the second quarter of Washington State’s easy win over San Jose State, it had special meaning for …
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:42 p.m.
If you’re a Washington football fan, you might have cracked one more brew than you should have over Labor Day weekend. You might have needed a way to dull the …
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 5 a.m.
Seattle fans are among our best friends, so like Andy Dufresne, we are here to offer you some of that good thing, maybe the best of things. We offer hope.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 6:44 p.m.
TV Take: Washington State fans greeted by familiar broadcast voice of Rich Waltz in victory at Wyoming
Rich Waltz began his career here, calling Indians and Chiefs games fresh out of college in the mid-1980s. That started him down a road that led to a variety of …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Last year, we had an obvious hook: the local star power at quarterback. From high schools to colleges and even the Seahawks, the talent was historic. This year proved more …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 5 a.m.
Mariners broadcaster Angie Mentink has passed the six-month clean checkup after her diagnosis of breast cancer and says her eternal optimism and focusing on what is important keep her going.
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.
Matt Calkins: Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after a lack of options
So as the Mariners chase the Astros and A’s for a playoff spot, I ask: Does this team have the starters to contend? Could Dipoto have done more to beef …