Stories tagged: John Blanchette
UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
John Blanchette: Omar Samhan hopes to play the spoiler role for Gonzaga fans at The Basketball Tournament
A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.
Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians … pitching …
Sun., June 10, 2018, 6 a.m.
What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:
UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 7:14 p.m.
“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …
Thu., May 31, 2018, 10:10 p.m.
In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.
UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:59 p.m.
Why Jerry Kramer had to wait more than half his life – 45 years – for a distinction that should have been pro forma will remain a mystery, though joining …
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
On Tuesday, crews from Japan’s six national television channels – 20 people in all – descended on McCarthey Athletic Center to explore Ruiworld.
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:08 p.m.
Rui Hachimura wasn’t the only one getting grilled by Japanese television crews Tuesday. Bulldogs head coach Mark Few and assistant Tommy Lloyd had to parry some questions about their star …
Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
What a great day for the Seattle Mariners. They got themselves a Gold Glove second baseman and saved $12 million.
UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
He shook the trees – hard – for the money that built the joint.
Sun., May 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
If they could have rustled up 23-year-old Felix Hernandez to go head-to-head with 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani, then they might have had something.
Sat., May 5, 2018, 10:55 p.m.
There may be 70 or more credentialed media here specifically to itemize his every move, whether at the plate or on the mound or jogging through the outfield during batting …
UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 11:10 a.m.
Day 2 of Ichiro Suzuki, Special Assistant to the Chairman, began without the formal press conference and moved straight into the meat of his duties at Safeco Field: Starting with …
UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 8:31 p.m.
The Spokane Sports Commission has put out the call for nominations for the annual Spokane Youth Sports Awards it hands out each June in partnership with SWX. They’re to honor …
UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
In the shortest romance since Taylor Swift and, well, anybody, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth made official Monday the ceasefire of flirtations between the Bulldogs and the MWC. That means …
UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.
John Blanchette: This season’s Gonzaga team deserves to take a bow, even if it fell short of Final Four encore
Having had so much success for so long, it gets increasingly difficult for each successive Gonzaga team to distinguish itself. Being part of a proud lineage is reward enough, certainly, …
UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
There haven’t been too many what-might-have-been endings in Gonzaga University’s recent and glittery basketball history.
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Madness? Let’s get more specific. It’s really March Schizophrenia. Let ol’ Doc Basketball here explain.
Sun., March 18, 2018, 8:23 p.m.
Local hacks and national yakkers, all are acquired tastes. Dan Dakich’s shtick on ESPN college basketball broadcasts and his Indianapolis-based radio show goes down with much of his audience like …
UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:42 p.m.
Maybe not until Rui Hachimura’s breakaway dunk with 4 – that number again – seconds left did all seem secure for the Zags in their 90-84 punch-out of Ohio State …
UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
They may not be the team everyone talks about now nearly 30 years later. But they’re part of a bigger team.
UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 6:44 p.m.
March Madness began in earnest Thursday amid a swarm of killer 3s.
UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 9:14 p.m.
For some of us, this is the best sports day of the year. But, man, does college basketball seem to be intent on putting us in a bad mood.
Tue., March 13, 2018, 10:54 p.m.
“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 …
Mon., March 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
The best plays, performances, games, quips and wild cards over two decades of dancing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs
Mon., March 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
Gonzaga’s residence in the NCAA Basketball Tournament extends to 20 consecutive years now with the Bulldogs’ placement in the 2018 bracket, meaning there’s actually a player on the Bulldogs roster …
UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.
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: 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, 3:27 p.m.
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.
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 …