Stories tagged: Commentary
Tue., March 13, 2018, 10:54 p.m.
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 …
Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:57 p.m.
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 …
Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:25 p.m.
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 …
Sat., March 3, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
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 …
Fri., March 2, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
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.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:13 p.m.
Commentary: How the U.S. women’s hockey team turned courage into gold
And that, as much as anything that happened between the blue lines late Wednesday night at Gangneung Hockey Center, is why the next time USA Hockey pays homage to Olympic …
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
Doug Ferguson: West Coast in rearview mirror, Masters on horizon
It took until the start of the Florida swing – seven tournaments – for a PGA Tour event in 2018 to not feature at least one of the top three …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:27 p.m.
John Blanchette: Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson among many to say goodbye to The Kennel
The merry old times made it back for Senior Night, and don’t kid yourself – winning the game makes all the difference.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:43 p.m.
TV Take: Gonzaga outlasts opportunistic Pepperdine squad, avoids another Senior Night letdown
During halftime of Gonzaga’s 81-67 win over Pepperdine on Saturday night, Richard Fox used a word that seemed apropos when describing the way the Waves were playing. It was “opportunistic.”
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
John Blanchette: Silas Melson has been key part of Gonzaga’s winning culture since first day on campus
Silas Melson is an old soul. So says his mother, Deidre. His father, Tony, too. The description Mark Few summons is “throwback.”
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga proving that RPI is no longer the golden child of college hoops metrics
But maybe the sizzle got doused way back on Sunday, when the NCAA selection committee did its in-season bracket preview for the second year. And the most revealing part of …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m.
TV Take: Gonzaga made sure win against short-handed Loyola Marymount was secured early
It’s hard to say when Gonzaga’s 76-46 rout of visiting Loyola Marymount was actually over – as opposed to being finished – but it certainly was some time in the …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:36 p.m.
John Blanchette: Josh Perkins more than atoned for Gonzaga’s slip-up against Saint Mary’s
College basketball’s ultimate sardine can – McKeon Pavilion – was stoked for a coronation Saturday night, and best of all it was going to come at the expense of Gonzaga, …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:38 p.m.
TV Take: ‘What, when and how’ all favor Zags in win over Gaels
As Gonzaga’s dominating 78-65 victory over 11th-ranked Saint Mary’s became more and more apparent Saturday night, ESPN’s Sean Farnham began repeating a phrase that became more and more like a …
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 10:46 p.m.
Doug Ferguson: Rory McIlroy’s outlook on golf matches weather at Pebble
Rory McIlroy now gets to sample the PGA Tour’s version of a golf tournament set to a social setting. McIlroy is making his debut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
John Blanchette: Never mind the white shirts; Gonzaga treasures blue-collar win
The Bulldogs put an end to this hex or voodoo or whammy or whatever it was that Brigham Young held over their heads in the McCarthey Athletic Center the previous …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:48 p.m.
TV Take: ESPN crew on top of its game as Zags take down BYU
There is probably no better way to watch a college basketball game than from inside a loud, raucous arena with about 6,000 of your best friends. But watching from home, …