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John Blanchette: Progress isn’t in WSU’s basketball vocabulary

In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Conference switch wouldn’t stop Gonzaga from being dominant at home

Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks passed on opportunity to continue season of surprises by sticking to the run

That, of course, is the narrow view, the only one that seems appropriate in one-and-done football. The playoffs opened and closed for the Seattle Seahawks in one day, no better …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington vows to get the next party started

As sure as your teenager brought the family car home with the gauge on “E” again, North Dakota State rules the clubby little realm of the Football Championship Subdivision, thanks …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Sports letters: John Blanchette’s columns always informative, entertaining

I think I am qualified to say that John is the most pertinent and entertaining writer of all time.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington hoping to make Frisco a home away from The Inferno

Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

John Blanchette: Jay Hillock, Bruce Wilson return to Gonzaga for look at amazing transformation

About 15 months ago, on yet another late night on the road – New Orleans this time – Jay Hillock pushed through the glass door of another 7-Eleven manned by …


John Blanchette: Please dig into your pockets to relocate these Bison

Please consider funding a budget bump that will entice North Dakota State into battle with the Alabamas and Washington States of the college universe, and save the rest of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: West Coast Conference slate not likely to be a walk in the park for Gonzaga

Oh, the Bulldogs might well win the West Coast Conference four or five games clear of the field, and could even run the table. When an opponent has their full …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 12:03 a.m.

John Blanchette: Gardner Minshew saves his best trick for last – making a bowl game memorable

When Iowa State’s Willie Harvey reached ramming speed and drove the crown of his helmet straight at Minshew’s nose early in the second quarter of Friday’s Alamo Bowl, all the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

John Blanchette: Bowl critics should be realistic, join the party

Any canoe ride up the murky creek of social media tells us that the bowl system must die and that the playoff field must expand, and that seemed perfectly reasonable …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga may have muffed the final against North Carolina, but the rest of the semester deserves high marks

So in the wake of the 103-90 pounding at the Dean Dome and their second straight loss – and possible tumble out of top 10 next week – how much …


John Blanchette on Seahawks’ win: Ugly is in the eye of the beholder

Rarely has something that looked so bad for so long felt so good.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: With perfection out of the picture, Gonzaga focused on building best team for March

What, you thought they were going to go 40-0?


John Blanchette: Huskies infused new life into rivalry during Gonzaga’s down-to-the-wire win

Three days less than 20 years ago, Bob Bender did a nice thing for some coaching buddies and unwittingly changed the arc of basketball at the University of Washington. He …


John Blanchette: Washington State can still have it all at Alamo Bowl

Fans can party it up every bit as much – and maybe better – on the Riverwalk as they can in Buckhead or Old Town Scottsdale. And better still? They …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington players haven’t blocked importance of special teams magic from memories

Not to slide the Eagles’ greatest hits album onto the turntable yet again, but consider what might be the most forgotten defining play in Eastern Washington football history.


John Blanchette: Let’s boost Washington State’s status by packing it in with Pac-12

It sounds as if Mike Leach and athletic director Pat Chun are going to the mattresses to try to rub out the Barzinis, Tattaglias and Cuneos — otherwise known as …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga dealt another tough blow ahead of blowout win over North Dakota State

Quite the party the Gonzaga Bulldogs threw at McCarthey Athletic Center on Monday night. Marmite and earthworm pizza. Vinegar upside down cake. And a piñata filled with 30-weight Castrol and …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts up its dukes in true championship form

They didn’t win the national championship. It only felt that way.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Good Zags show up to replace Bad Zags in Maui Invitational semifinal win

In normal circumstances, there might be occasion to bask in the glow of Tuesday’s 91-74 sprint past Arizona a smidgen longer – just to appreciate the fulfillment of taking something …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

John Blanchette: Madness in Maui gives Gonzaga first test of its season against Illinois

Giorgi Bezhanishvili is a University of Illinois freshman from Georgia – the one wedged between Turkey and Russia, not between Florida and Bubba – via Austria and a New Jersey …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

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.

John Blanchette: On decision night, Gonzaga cruises to decisive victory over Idaho State

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.

John Blanchette: Washington State keeps closer eye on national scoreboard with each passing week

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.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie injury will force Gonzaga to test flexibility in a hurry

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.


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.

John Blanchette: In unpredictable Pac-12, Washington State continues to be the cream of the crop

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 …