Stories tagged: Commentary
Fri., March 25, 2016, 11:17 p.m.
Blanchette: Zags’ long, strange trip comes to abrupt end, now intrigue begins
CHICAGO – So Gonzaga’s off-season begins much as this basketball season did, in a cocoon of intrigue. Or doesn’t anyone remember all the mystery about how Mark Few was going …
Thu., March 24, 2016, 11:08 p.m.
Blanchette: Current Zags may be Mark Few’s best coaching job
Maybe this really is the Sweetest 16 for Mark Few or maybe it’s just the moment he’s in that makes him think so. Either way, that’s cool.
Wed., March 23, 2016, 11:16 p.m.
Blanchette: Don’t look now, but Zags are crazy-good defenders
Here’s what may have been overlooked in the NCAA tournament: the Zags held Seton Hall and Utah under 60 points in back-to-back games, something that had happened in Gonzaga’s NCAA …
Mon., March 21, 2016, 11:55 p.m.
Blanchette: Zags pick right time to display resume
If college basketball is your drug of choice, maybe your favorite day of the year is Selection Sunday. Hard not to get wrapped up in the intrigue of the bracket …
Sat., March 19, 2016, 11:16 p.m.
Blanchette: Nothing-to-lose Zags hit new heights after surgical demolition of Utah
There isn’t a team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament playing better than the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the moment, and the collective will it’s taken to get them to this …
Fri., March 18, 2016, 10:36 p.m.
Blanchette: Big excitement develops for Domantas Sabonis vs. Jakob Poeltl
The anticipation is higher than 7-feet tall already, but perhaps it’s time for a caution.
Wed., March 16, 2016, 11:21 p.m.
Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins all business these days
Randy Perkins sits high above the floor at the Pepsi Center, retracing the switchbacks that brought his son home for the weekend – in a manner that transcends the routine …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 7 p.m.
How ‘Zootopia’ is perfect during this divisive campaign season
The screenwriters behind Disney’s new hit “Zootopia” would seem to have the superpower of prescience, because the CGI caper has uncanny timing in reflecting the current presidential election. It’s as …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 11:21 p.m.
Blanchette: Bulldogs, Zag nation breathe sigh of relief
In the confetti squall and general delirium at Orleans Arena on Tuesday night, Gonzaga coach Mark Few came face to face with Jonathan Fierro, the ramrod of the HBO crew …
Sun., March 6, 2016, 12:37 a.m.
John Blanchette: Zags must enter high-anxiety semifinals with big worries about bigs
It’s rare anymore that the West Coast Conference basketball tournament reverts back to a scuffler’s convention like the Big Sky or Horizon or the other leagues in single-bid hell.
Fri., March 4, 2016, 11:52 p.m.
Blanchette: Of all years for the Zags to be on the edge
The madness of college basketball is far too expansive to be limited to March. Although that’s as good a time as any.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 5:42 p.m.
In victory or dissent, Antonin Scalia was a man of strong opinions
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not.
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 11:11 p.m.
Blanchette: Gonzaga still searching for way to close out victories
Curious behavior trending at McCarthey Athletic Center these days: the customers are cutting out with the outcome still in doubt.
Sat., Dec. 19, 2015, 11:57 p.m.
Blanchette: No time to get angry at Gonzaga’s ‘maddening’ year
Yes, indeed. In the continued bludgeoning of common sense and everything that used to be holy about college basketball scheduling, Pepperdine’s Waves roll into the Mac in a little more …
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015, 11:19 p.m.
John Blanchette: Fireworks all around the Big Sky, but none more so than in Cheney
Say, did someone mention that the Big Sky is stupid?
Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 9:53 p.m.
Larry Stone: Lloyd McClendon wasn’t Dipoto’s man and had no chance to stick with Mariners
Lloyd McClendon was doomed from the moment Jerry Dipoto was hired as Mariner general manager Sept. 29. Of course, the cynical would say that each manager in the growing line …
Mon., Sept. 28, 2015
Blanchette: Jimmy Graham back in the picture
SEATTLE – In the middle of the locker room, Jimmy Graham chatted hobbies and acquisitions with owner Paul Allen, the Seattle Seahawks’ new tight end perhaps not appreciating that whatever …
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
Dahlberg: Old friends help former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda celebrate his 88th birthday
LOS ANGELES – It was Tommy Lasorda’s 88th birthday, so of course he was spending it at Dodger Stadium. “It’s where I belong,” the last Dodgers manager to win a …
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
Even ‘Yankee haters’ loved Yogi
WEDNESDAY: As Yogi used to say, it ain’t over until it’s over. Sadly, the saying is true of life as well as baseball. Though maybe not in Yogi Berra’s case. …
Sun., Sept. 20, 2015
John Blanchette: Even with two straight wins, still tough to tell where these Cougs stand
PULLMAN – A game into the Washington State season, the fixes offered up by a restless public ranged from firing the coach to joining the Big Sky Conference – wait, …
Thu., Sept. 10, 2015
Any season is right season for Greg Lee
This is my favorite time of the year. From late August through mid to late November, who doesn’t like nights watching high school football?
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015
Blanchette: In the end, Vernon Adams Jr. gets last word with his play
EUGENE – The problem with college football morality plays is that inevitably the morals get to be drawn by the guys who can make the plays. The Oregon Ducks have …
Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Litke: Wait, NFL commissioner Goodell got it wrong again? Roger that!
The day is coming when NFL owners won’t have enough faith in Roger Goodell’s judgment to let him order lunch. At his current pace, that won’t take long. Counting Thursday’s …
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
Blanchette: Time will tell whether Shock made right move
So, Spokane is back in a $250-a-game indoor football league. For some, this will be the entire takeaway from the rebooting of the Spokane Shock that was formalized on Tuesday. …
Sun., Aug. 30, 2015
Grip on Sports: Jack Zduriencik never stuck to one plan
Saturday: Mariners president Kevin Mather sent general manager Jack Zduriencik on his way after seven years. Mather, who has been in his position for about a year, cited a lack …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Diaz: Kids don’t deserve participation trophies, medals for showing up
Welcome to America, where everybody is a winner! Step on up, Billy, and collect that big ’ol trophy for letting the fly ball drop on your head in the ninth …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Grip on Sports: Face of Vandals not flattering
Friday: What do you want out of a college football coach? Most fans would say wins. Or an entertaining team. Others at a university might cite academics and a commitment …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Cowlishaw: For starters, you don’t get what you pay for in NFL preseason; here’s how to fix it
Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw four passes. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw three. Detroit’s Matt Stafford threw two. Did you enjoy the NFL’s return?
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
Kerkhoff: Sam Ukwuachu shouldn’t have been accepted at Baylor
Two weeks before the college football season opens, one of the ugliest stories in the sport is unfolding in Waco, Texas. Talk of Baylor football centered on its prospects as …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Erskine: A special delivery for football coaches in need of a pep talk
The all-purpose training camp speech, for football coaches from preps to pros. It should be delivered psychotically, like Lombardi would. Or like a liquored-up Baptist preacher trying to save his …