Stories tagged: John Blanchette
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 11:55 p.m.
John Blanchette: And the Oscar, not Robertson or De La Hoya, goes to …
All I know about the Academy Awards is, Meryl Streep would have a better chance at winning another Oscar on Sunday if she hadn’t starred in “Florence Foster Jenkins” and …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 11:28 p.m.
Blanchette: Bulldogs draw rave reviews in Las Vegas and cause a lot of trouble for sports books
Caveat: this column is for entertainment purposes only. Unlike all the other ones that are devoted solely to, you know, the dogged pursuit of truth.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s situation allows NCAA president Mark Emmert to play up his notions of college athletics
When the boss makes a surprise visit from the home office, you want to be doing your best work.
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
Blanchette: Committee gave Gonzaga pat on back before Bulldogs gave Gaels good slapping
The Gonzaga Bulldogs woke up Saturday morning to a nice pat on the head from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
Blanchette: There’s nothing like GameDay in Moraga to get Bulldogs fans exiting the building
Another affront to the Gonzaga sensibilities arrived Saturday.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 1:03 a.m.
Blanchette: Gonzaga’s men ignore wild atmosphere, pass first test as top-ranked team in nation
Even the most unforgiving of teachers didn’t throw you an exam on the first day after you’d been moved up a grade.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 11:54 p.m.
Blanchette: Please use this constructive list while waiting for next week’s poll
Things to do while you’re waiting for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to climb to No. 1 in the polls next week – or while you’re working up outrage if they don’t:
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Blanchette: M’s retire No. 11, proudly worn by Mario Mendoza before some guy named Edgar Martinez
Now the Seattle Mariners have gone and done the most Mariners thing ever.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 2:03 a.m.
Blanchette: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, BYU continue to dominate WCC
We know well the numbing duration of Gonzaga’s dominance of the WCC. We know, too, that only once since Brigham Young joined the league has someone other than the Zags, …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Blanchette: It only makes sense to get hysterical with Zags
Hadn’t seen those best of pals and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, for a few years. But there they were celebrating Gonzaga’s romp last weekend over Saint Mary’s on …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 11:21 p.m.
Blanchette: Disarming George Chalich kept the fun in sports
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Blanchette: Baldwin leaves behind blueprint for success
Blanchette: With a date in the national championship game at stake in 2010, Beau Baldwin called a timeout and summoned quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to his side. Just 91 seconds …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 2:29 a.m.
Blanchette: Zags punctuated win over Gaels with exclamation points
On a night they were tasked with making a statement – for the country if not themselves – it turns out the Gonzaga Bulldogs lacked the proper punctuation.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 12:59 a.m.
Blanchette: Main event has arrived, Gaels vs. Zags on Saturday
As a culture, we are death on warmup acts, no matter how earnest the artist or how eager to entertain. It starts as soon as the tickets are in our …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s decision to return will allow Cougars to take big shot next season
You can think of it two ways: Luke Falk went through his reads, weighed the high risk/high reward options and checked down to something more prudent – coming back to …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 11:34 p.m.
Blanchette: Now a walk-on football player, Connor Griffin lands in CFP semifinals
Connor Griffin transferred off an Elite Eight team at Gonzaga. And found himself in the Final Four.
Sat., Dec. 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Blanchette: Cougars’ bowl history has bloomed enough to erase memories of 50-year drought
As the source of the story was the late Carl “Tuffy” Ellingsen, there’s no possible way it could be apocryphal, so we’re taking it on an open-field run.
Sat., Dec. 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Blanchette: Washington State’s bowl games, ranked from best to worst
Sports columnist John Blanchette runs down Washington State’s bowl performances from best to worst.
Sat., Dec. 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Blanchette: WSU’s top 10 bowl performances
Sports columnist John Blanchette selects Washington State’s top 10 individual performances in bowl games.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:01 p.m.
Blanchette: Men’s college basketball stacked with tough teams this season
The shortest day of the year was long on big doings in college basketball.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Blanchette: Parallels of the two Deon Watsons are obvious in their Idaho careers
As his father followed the bouncing basketball for a paycheck through Europe and South America, Deon Watson Jr. saw exotic ports of call, met interesting new playmates and acquired some …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 9:17 p.m.
Blanchette: Number this Gonzaga win among the unusual
So the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 11-0 now, though if you aimed your binoculars on the “0” Sunday afternoon you could scout a regiment of sweat beads marshaling along the brow.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 11:06 p.m.
Blanchette: Holiday Bowl is on, 100 percent
Washington State’s football coach had it pegged all along –in the end, there wasn’t going to be any boycott of the Holiday Bowl by the Minnesota players his Cougars will …
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, 11:53 p.m.
Blanchette: Samson Ebukam helps change tone of game for Eagles
What a gift is the game-changing player.
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
Blanchette: Gonzaga’s sheer strength more newsworthy than series renewal
At about a quarter past 9 on Wednesday night, Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski put his 7-foot-1, 300-pound chassis in fourth gear and accelerated downcourt past every University of Washington player on …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 11:32 p.m.
Blanchette: Dawgs who became Bulldogs remember how it was, and what might have been
More than 65 years have passed since George Chalich officially turned the spigot and begat the trickle of basketball transfers from the University of Washington to Gonzaga that continues intermittently …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Nervousness surrounds scintillating win
The tweet from Earl Thomas appeared on his time line a couple minutes before 7 o’clock Sunday night, unusual enough in that there was a football game that hadn’t yet …
Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 11:37 p.m.
Blanchette: Clutch play helps Gonzaga finally defeat Arizona
During their tiptoe here Saturday along the high wire where college basketball games are decided, the Gonzaga Bulldogs appeared to be clutching a balance pole with a beach ball attached …
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 9:46 p.m.
Blanchette: Seahawks’ Rawls crashes party just in time
Thomas Rawls touched the football on Sunday for the first time in 10 weeks, and 69,190 customers in CenturyLink Field cocked their ears to hear the collision – because they …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
Blanchette: Bryants of the world serve useful purpose while hoping pigs fly
In the fine old John Huston picture “Fat City,” a journeyman boxer named Arcadio Lucero is brought in from Mexico for the local favorite’s comeback fight – a worry for …