Stories tagged: John Blanchette
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 11 p.m.
Columnist John Blanchette imagines this year’s Oscar-snubbed films with a sports twist.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 11:09 p.m.
John Blanchette: Josh Perkins reaches the pinnacle of success at ‘Point Guard U’ with career assist record
Records both take you out of the moment and amplify it at the same time, and with the volume knob in Spokane cranked up to 11 on anything Zags, it’s …
Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:56 p.m.
That’s right, Lorenzo Romar wants to be in a position to play Gonzaga more often.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:35 p.m.
Even a full month out from Selection Monday, there was an angsty little subtext mixed into Saturday’s doings at McCarthey Athletic Center that went beyond how much space exists between …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle works even harder now that she’s at the top of the collegiate tennis world
The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:37 p.m.
There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.
John Blanchette: Football’s success gives Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun extra momentum for Year 2
In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the …
Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:06 p.m.
Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:34 p.m.
The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:27 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference domination a statement to the college basketball world
Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence …
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 4:37 p.m.
I enjoyed reading (John Blanchette’s) story covering Larry Koentopp’s years at Gonzaga University and it reminded me of my years as Assistant Controller in the Treasurers Office.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …
Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 5:59 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 11:16 p.m.
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?
Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 11:31 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
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.