Stories tagged: Commentary
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 8:32 p.m.
TV Take: Attendance, injuries the major talking points in Gonzaga’s blowout win over Incarnate Word
If you missed it, Gonzaga blew out Incarnate Word by 35 points on Wednesday night. Asking “who” is probably OK.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 5:57 p.m.
John Blanchette: Texas had a front-row seat to Rui Hachimura’s coming-out party
Cue the Cult of Rui. You knew it was coming. It’s been simmering for a year anyway, bubbling to quick boil every time Gonzaga’s sleek SUV of a forward rose …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
TV Take: Pressure got to Zags but not in end
If you were wondering how Gonzaga would handle pressure after the graduation of All-American point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, you received an answer Sunday. It was, simply, not well. But well …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 11:48 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington again proves it wants Apple Cup more than Cougars
While we were all still chuckling at Mike Leach’s oh-so-original and comical thoughts on weddings and his incisive theories into the College Football Playoff over the past couple of weeks, …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 12:24 a.m.
John Blanchette: Zags should gain stature through these growing pains
PORTLAND – All grown up? OK, maybe not quite.
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 12:20 a.m.
TV Take: Gonzaga-Florida couldn’t have been any better
Doug Sherman had it exactly right. “Can this game get any better?” the ESPN2 play-by-play announcer asked.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 1 a.m.
John Blanchette: PK80 Invitational gives basketball fans an early-season glance at college hoops royalty
Somewhere between the first forkful of Aunt Alice’s anchovy stuffing and the third Zantac on Thursday afternoon, a glance at the TV revealed a college basketball first: A player fouling …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 11:46 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga dodges first speed bump of season, overcoming slow start in win over Utah State
Mark Few is not a sandbagger in the Lou Holtz vein, where every Gonzaga opponent is the second coming of the Dream Team and land mines lurk beneath every dribble. …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5:28 p.m.
Matt Calkins: Seahawks have no room for error in penalty-prone season
History is in their sight. All the Seahawks have to do is keep pace.
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 9:17 p.m.
John Blanchette: On Luke Falk’s homecoming, it was Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa that did the home wrecking
Perhaps when Sophie Mata’afa was naming the fifth of her seven children, she sold him a little short by settling on merely Hercules.
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
John Blanchette: New-look Gonzaga showed they’re ready to step up in win over Texas Southern
So how long will it take at Gonzaga to step away from the glow of the Bulldogs’ Final Four season?
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
John Blanchette: Cougs didn’t crack while leaving Stanford in rearview mirror
Surely it’s taught in history classes at Washington State by now – that dark day back in 1970 when Stanford was rubbing the Cougs’ noses in it in Spokane and …
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:31 p.m.
Commentary: Finding strength in saying ‘Me too’
The summer going into my senior year of high school, I attended a summer journalism camp at University of Missouri, a decision I made in large part because my teacher …
Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Mariners continue to drop ball in big situations
If you are wondering why the M’s have been basically 50/50 all season, the bottom of the first from Yankee Stadium went a long way in explaining it to you. …
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 2:19 p.m.
Tim Dahlberg: Wladimir Klitschko was dominant but never really got his due
Wladimir Klitschko was as dominant as he was boring, holding pieces of the heavyweight title for the better part of a decade in a reign not seen since the days …
Fri., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Wed., 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: Wed., 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: Sun., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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?
Sat., 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.
Sat., 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.
Sat., 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.
Thu., 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.
Sun., 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.
Sat., 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 …
Tue., 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.