Stories tagged: Commentary
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:51 p.m.
TV Take: Zags go to In-N-Out for victory
The Gonzaga Bulldogs, in general, needed a bounce-back game after their loss Thursday night to Saint Mary’s. And Josh Perkins, in particular, needed one personally after a 1-for-9 shooting performance …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 11:32 p.m.
Paul Newberry: After Larry Nassar, still a battle to protect athletes
The testimony out of Michigan is horrific and heart-wrenching. One by one, dozens of gymnasts have bravely recounted the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced doctor Larry …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:01 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gaels senior Jock Landale rules in land of bigs
Internet Fanworld is an amusement park of delights, earnest thoughts tossed into the anonymity Mixmaster with heavy amounts of vitriol and outrage in a struggle to survive.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:11 p.m.
TV Take: Saint Mary’s lucky, Gonzaga not so much when it comes to the number 13
Gonzaga ascended to the No. 13 spot in the Associated Press basketball poll this week and that proved to be unlucky, as the Zags proceeded to lose their first West …
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Larry Stone: Bob Robertson’s interview of Keith Jackson was filled with emotion, mutual respect
Bob Robertson, the immortal (and eternal) Bob-Rob, voice of WSU for decades, was interviewing Jackson, who honed and nurtured his own legendary announcing career as an undergraduate in Pullman. They …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 11:17 p.m.
TV Take: ESPNU fell into its old, dependable ways
When a Gonzaga game is on ESPNU and the broadcast team is Eric Rothman and Adrian Branch, you can depend on a few things.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m.
John Blanchette: Though the voice for college football fans across the country, Keith Jackson’s heart never left Pullman
Keith Jackson started calling football games as a boy shucking corn in his grandmother’s barn and … well, never left.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:27 p.m.
John Blanchette: Rui Hachimura finds friendly face 5,000 miles from home
When they were high school kids, Rui Hachimura and Tahirou Diabate had the sizzle, the steak, the jam and the bread.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:15 p.m.
TV Take: Silas Melson responds in a big way for Gonzaga
For the fifth time in five games, the Gonzaga Bulldogs rolled to an easy West Coast Conference victory. But the players who keyed the win, and one who didn’t, were …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 11:33 p.m.
TV Take: Even experts can’t completely fathom Gonzaga’s dominance in Los Angeles area
Over the course of his Gonzaga career, coach Mark Few has enjoyed success any way you want to measure it.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 6:31 p.m.
John Blanchette: Carlos Johnson and backseat strategy help Huskies find way to defeat Cougars
PULLMAN – It’s a lonesome road, that ribbon from Spokane to Pullman. Especially so in the 1 a.m. darkness, when you figured to be snug under the covers against the …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 11:20 p.m.
TV Take: Gonzaga’s late-night snoozer must have been bad for ratings
It’s easy to imagine the bigwigs at ESPN, those whose lives revolve around the rating numbers, hate blowouts. Especially when a game on one of their properties begins after 11 …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
John Blanchette: Seahawks kicking themselves after playoff hopes sail wide of the uprights
If the Seahawks have a kicker – a kicker – they aren’t just in, they have a bye next week. It truly boggles the mind.
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Three takes: Misses, mistakes the difference between this Seahawks team and ones in the past
The Seahawks won nine games in the 2017 season. They needed to win 11. Or to win the right 10. There were more than enough reasons they came up short.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s latest rout shows why conference schedule needs tinkering
So here’s the motion on the floor: trim the number of WCC games each school plays from 18 to 16, and let them schedule two more outside the conference that …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 11:10 p.m.
TV Take: ‘Frustration’ is word of the day for Gonzaga despite 49-point rout
The word of the day during KHQ’s broadcast of Gonzaga’s easy 101-52 win over visiting Santa Clara on Saturday night? It might have been “frustration” or some variation of it.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.
John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s celebrated career, WSU’s solid season come to a tragic end in Holiday Bowl beating
No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:23 a.m.
Vince Grippi’s three takes: Washington State’s secretive nature regarding Luke Falk was the first of many poor decisions
This one may have been decided before the first kickoff, which featured the first of many poor Washington State decisions.
Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
Three takes: Patchwork Seahawks put an end to Cowboys’ season using defense
It’s not Pete Carroll’s team. It’s Dr. Frankenstein’s. The Seattle Seahawks cobbled together some spare parts to put together one of their best defensive performances of the season Sunday in …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
TV Take: Broadcast crew spotted Gonzaga’s weaknesses, San Diego State exploited them
With about 13 minutes left in Gonzaga’s game Thursday night at San Diego State, CBS Sports Network analyst Steve Lappas described the contest perfectly.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Matt Calkins: Chris Petersen’s latest and greatest class has the Huskies primed to thrive
Outside of 8 p.m. kickoffs, there may be nothing Chris Petersen despises more than rankings. He doesn’t want to talk about them. He doesn’t want to think about them. He’d …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:47 p.m.
John Blanchette: Cougars’ positive buzz turns to sting of defeat
Hey, remember when Washington State was the buzz of the West in college basketball?
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts clunker in rear-view mirror
Don’t know about you, but some us have a hell of a time distinguishing IUPUI from IPFW in our college basketball soup.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
TV Take: Fans might not have seen tough test coming, but play-by-play crew called it
It’s pretty interesting when one can be prophetic. And it is even more so when all three people on the Gonzaga television broadcast can do it.
Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Sneva skis a blend of quality craftsmanship, personal care
In his 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell coined his famous “10,000 Hour Rule.” He claimed the key to developing world-class skill is 10,000 hours of practice. …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
To have chance at postseason, Mariners need a healthy, revived Felix Hernandez
For so many years – a decade, actually – any prognosis for the Mariners’ season began with one reassuring certainty: Felix Hernandez would be the stalwart ace around which the …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 10:09 p.m.
John Blanchette: Huskies on the rise again, but Gonzaga still the state’s top dog
Yes Mike Hopkins steered Washington to a win over Kansas. But getting the Gonzaga-UW game back to the rivalry the Huskies so desperately want it to be? That will take …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
TV Take: While Washington dominated the broadcast, Gonzaga dominated the game
To every University of Washington fan who has DirecTV and couldn’t watch the Huskies’ home game with Gonzaga on Sunday night, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott would like to say “you’re …
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 6:07 p.m.
Three takes: Behind a flurry of mistakes, Seahawks take a step back with loss to Jaguars
Russell Wilson came out of the win over Philadelphia last week a bit like the shiny new ornament on the Christmas tree. Everyone was talking about Wilson as an MVP …
Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
John Blanchette: Zags must improve to match teams like Villanova
Right now, the difference between No. 4 team in the country and No. 12 is not just simple subtraction, and the point spread in Villanova’s 88-72 dissection of the Bulldogs …