Stories tagged: John Blanchette
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.
It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:42 p.m.
John Blanchette: In era of eye-popping offenses, Washington State defense as good as they need to be
The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:59 p.m.
It’s been established: The Pac-12 can’t get out of its own way. So maybe try this, fellas: Get the hell out of Washington State’s.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:13 p.m.
When we last left the Gonzaga Bulldogs in competitive mode, Killian Tillie was hunched in a sideline chair in the Staples Center, jacket collar pulled up under his lower lip. …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height
That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.
Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
John Blanchette: Game that started Gonzaga’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run was part fact, part fiction
But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 11:12 p.m.
There were a lot of 6-6s projected, or maybe five wins and you could even find a 3-9 prediction or two out there, though that seemed the fuzziest of math …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 11:43 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew is head and shoulders (and mustache) above Pac-12 competition
Just FedEx the Player of the Year award – Trophy? Plaque? Key chain? – to Gardner Minshew right now.
Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 11:21 p.m.
Whatever the Washington State Cougars achieve this football season and beyond, they’ll do it without the comforting narration – or even just the avuncular asides – of Bob Robertson, who …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 9:27 p.m.
Who wasn’t giving the Seahawks the bird in a 33-31 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams that was half heartbreaking, half forehead-slapping?
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
Any number of things are contrary to official Pac-12 policy, including football games that get you back home before midnight. Another one: Washington State and Oregon State being good in …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Whatever grand aspirations get attached to the authoring of history books, they all start with the same premise. Correcting memories that are faulty, or worse. Too much history, …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
For nearly the entire second half Saturday, the wait was on for The Drive That Would Define the Season. But it turns out we were looking for Wazzu’s telltale heart …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.
Here’s why you don’t pay Earl Thomas – not right now anyway – and you don’t trade him, as reports suggested might happen as soon as Monday.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly
Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho
Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm
What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 5 a.m.
John Blanchette: Handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX turns the Seahawks into an unstoppable dynasty – or he’s stopped short
Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:44 p.m.
Corner Club stories? There are too many – the place is 70 years old, after all.
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.