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Blanchette: Abuse in football commonplace

The Pac-12’s drawn-out inquiry into the sketchy, and in some cases already recanted, indictments that Washington State football is a chamber of horrors presided over by the Marquis de Leach …


Blanchette: Nobody had great night at Beasley

PULLMAN – So that last 3-pointer: Did it get off in a time or not? Oh, sorry. That’s a call the officials didn’t have a chance to get wrong here …


Blanchette: GU’s Pangos has worked way back

The scoreboard had been dark for nearly an hour and still he had yet to settle his load onto his locker stool, hear the hiss of a shower or take …


Blanchette: GU’s Pangos has worked way back

The scoreboard had been dark for nearly an hour and still he had yet to settle his load onto his locker stool, hear the hiss of a shower or take …


Blanchette: Season finished, but Eagles aren’t

For entertainment purposes only, the godfathers of the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision might well regret that they don’t cast their title game by audition. But this is tournament football. Every …


Blanchette: Padron a feel-good story

The drilling, the repetitions, the video sessions until the eyeballs bleed. The conditioning, the steamy August waltz in the weight room, the endless spring practices when the games seem so …


Blanchette: Padron feels like a winner

The drilling, the repetitions, the video sessions until the eyeballs bleed. The conditioning, the steamy August waltz in the weight room, the endless spring practices when the games seem so …


Blanchette: Thrilling game sends message across state

PULLMAN – All the hoohah and hand-wringing that goes on every single year about the mutual disdain that keeps Gonzaga University and the University of Washington from meeting on the …


Blanchette: ‘Stanzaga’ game great for Tinkles

By the time Elle Tinkle checked into the game Sunday afternoon, her sister Joslyn had been on the floor for seven minutes and 21 sprints up and down the floor …


Blanchette: Tinkle family makes most of matchup

There were lots of reasons to fill the seats inside on a sunny afternoon at Gonzaga, and Spokane did. Stanford, the nation’s top-ranked women’s basketball team was in town again, …


Blanchette: EWU’s Kaufman was simply the best player on field

Beau Baldwin tacks up signs in his locker room like “Adversity’s coming,” as if to court danger. He hunch-plays two quarterbacks like a Vegas parlay junkie. His defense is a …


Blanchette: EWU’s Kaufman simply best player on field

Beau Baldwin tacks up signs in his locker room like “Adversity’s coming,” as if to court danger. He hunch-plays two quarterbacks like a Vegas parlay junkie. His defense is a …


‘Fitz’ on a mission, like namesake

Dan Fitzgerald was a “cause guy,” though the singular modifier was misleading. There was never just one. In this respect, the basketball tournament that bears his name and which begins …


Blanchette: No matter past or future, win will be savored

PULLMAN – Retailers can market the day as they see fit. But anyone who saw the 105th Apple Cup knows how it will be forever remembered. It was Whack Friday.


Blanchette: No matter past or future, win will be savored

Retailers can market the day as they see fit. But anyone who saw the 105th Apple Cup knows how it will be forever remembered. It was Whack Friday.


Blanchette: Apple Cups ending in 2 are often 10s

The records and the betting line don’t suggest much of a game Friday when Washington State hosts Washington in the 105th Apple Cup. But those numbers may be immaterial. Here’s …


We’re left to wonder: What if Price had stayed?

When the old Pacific-10 Conference held its annual football media briefing and cocktail-a-thon in the summer of 1992, Mike Price wandered into the hospitality room, poured two glasses of wine, …


Blanchette: Late night turned out to be fun

Good thing ESPN set aside 24 hours for its Tip-Off Marathon that started Monday night at Gonzaga’s rollicking Kennel. West Virginia needed nearly that long to make a shot. Does …


Blanchette: WSU looking like night of the walking dead

OK, put me in the camp that thinks Mike Leach shouldn’t compare his players to zombies and empty corpses, and bleat that their effort “borders on cowardice.” Not for the …


Blanchette: GU’s Karnowski shows early flair

Sometime after Gonzaga’s piñata-ing of Northwest Nazarene reached the 40-point threshold Saturday night, Przemek Karnowski found himself with the basketball in the low post, and instinctively scanned the floor for …


Blanchette: Akey made most of no-win situation

Here’s a bet: Robb Akey comes down to the breakfast table this morning, looks at a family trying to hide its heartbreak and booms out the question he asks every …


Blanchette: Akey’s spirit carried Vandals through thick, lots of thin

Those rooms where Robb Akey bowed the walls with his relentless spirit did not go concave with the air being sucked out in surprise when the University of Idaho sent …


Blanchette: Eastern’s two-QB strategy works wonders

A doggie door gives a pit bull more resistance than what Todd Davis faced on his blitz dead up the middle. That started the whole thing. The rest was all …


Blanchette: Enthusiasm is Leaching away now

PULLMAN – Next at Washington State University: Empty Corpse Bobblehead Night. Having exhausted the giddy buzz of a rock-star hire, whatever “whoa” jolt was felt from his recent trashing of …


Blanchette: It’s tough for Fighting Whatchamacallits

Fifty and a few more proud elders from Eastern Washington’s 1997 football team that won plenty and had plenty of fun were coaxed back to campus Saturday to be fed …


Blanchette: Cougars work on next chapter of story

SEATTLE – Everything we’re to know about the Washington State Cougars, we’re going to learn week by week. And that’s a relief to those who may have thought the book …


Seattle plays smashmouth, leaves Dallas bruised, beaten

SEATTLE – The big chuckle of the National Football League’s opening weekend was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones being caught on camera delegating the cleaning of his glasses to a …


Blanchette: Seahawks play smashmouth, leave Dallas bruised

The Cowboys were still being scraped and squeegeed off the deck at CenturyLink Field while the Seattle Seahawks were uncorking the afterglow of their 27-7 upset. And then there was …


Blanchette: Even sold out, Cougs still need to sell

PULLMAN – You wouldn’t recognize the place. Full.


Blanchette: Welcome to WSU’s mini cathedral

A magazine devoted to Pac-12 football currently on newsstands includes a photo essay on the conference’s stadiums. The title – “The Cathedrals” – seems a tad high-flown, especially if you’ve …