Stories tagged: Commentary
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 11:15 p.m.
Sooner or later, Gonzaga was going to have one of those nights. A night when the shots don’t fall. When the outside shots are more often than not clanging off …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Matt Calkins: It might hurt the Seahawks, but nobody can question Kam Chancellor’s right to his money
You know that Seahawks fans, regardless of their reverence for the man, can’t be pleased with Kam Chancellor’s contract. He hasn’t played since the middle of the 2017 season, won’t …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle works even harder now that she’s at the top of the collegiate tennis world
The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so …
Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
The 144-man field at Riviera has 88 players who have combined to win 496 times on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson account for 25 percent of those …
Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
The lasting visual of Kareem Hunt’s second NFL season wasn’t him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown. It …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:37 p.m.
There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
TV Take: Gonzaga’s dismantling of Saint Mary’s leaves ESPN2 crew dreaming of the finer things in life
The way Gonzaga has been playing lately, it was a good thing Sean Farnham was in Spokane to broadcast the Saint Mary’s game for ESPN2.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.
John Blanchette: Football’s success gives Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun extra momentum for Year 2
In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the …
Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:06 p.m.
Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:34 p.m.
The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 6:46 p.m.
There’s no better reality show than the NBA’s off-the-court drama, which was at its peak leading up to the trade deadline and returns again this summer as soon as the …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:27 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference domination a statement to the college basketball world
Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:12 p.m.
The first two games between fourth-ranked Gonzaga and the University of San Francisco haven’t been within single digits. Close, maybe not, but intense? That’s for sure.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 6:20 p.m.
They’ve won 11 games in a row and are 9-0 in conference. They are 18-4 overall and have no truly glaring loss.
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:25 p.m.
Golf barely got out of January before it got attention for all the wrong reasons. Sergio Garcia took out his frustrations in a bunker (nothing new) and the greens (shockingly …
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 8 a.m.
In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
TV Take: Senior-led San Diego puts up fight, but falls short of earning first McCarthey Athletic Center victory
The University of San Diego men’s basketball team has never won a game in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:01 p.m.
Most times Gonzaga appears on an ESPN network, the analyst informing the viewer about the Bulldogs, this year and in the past, have little to no connection to one of …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:43 p.m.
Advanced apologies for the jinx, but the Washington men’s basketball team looks like the class of the Pac-12 Conference.
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:37 p.m.
Justin Rose won at Torrey Pines. Adam Scott challenged him to the final hole. And thanks to that 1-2 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, both surpassed $50 million in …
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:02 a.m.
The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Early in Gonzaga’s blowout win over host Santa Clara on Thursday night, the SWX broadcast flashed a graphic on the screen. It listed the four schools that had ever won …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:46 p.m.
Editor’s note: The following story, written by former Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine, appeared in The Spokesman-Review on Jan. 1, 1968, following the Green Bay Packers’ 21-17 victory over the Dallas …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:02 p.m.
Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing …
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 8:04 a.m.
Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball’s Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …
Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 3:12 p.m.
Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life. Even one involving Tiger Woods.
Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 8:24 a.m.
The AFC and NFC championships won by the Patriots and Rams were not tarnished by bad officiating, according to Arnie Stapleton.