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John Blanchette: Count on out-of-this-world play during Gonzaga’s bright future

“Welcome to Selection Sunday 2038 on PBS. I’m your host, Greg Gumbel and, yes, I am 91 years old, but I’m going to keep doing this until we get it …


20 for 20: Gonzaga basketball has produced plenty of memorable moments in NCAA Tournament run

The best plays, performances, games, quips and wild cards over two decades of dancing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs


It all started with a tip-in: An oral history of Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga’s residence in the NCAA Basketball Tournament extends to 20 consecutive years now with the Bulldogs’ placement in the 2018 bracket, meaning there’s actually a player on the Bulldogs roster …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

John Blanchette: Sixth straight tournament win just as sweet for Gonzaga

The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie threw himself a birthday bash, San Francisco had a front-row seat

But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Zags to the MWC? That’s hysterical, or good sense

Wandered down to the sports book at the Orleans Casino and, you guessed it, those best of buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, were sitting side by side …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga coaches sweat through quarterfinal with eyes on family matters

It probably should have been no surprise that Gonzaga had to work so hard to shed Loyola Marymount 83-69 in the prime-time game at Orleans Arena – not getting any …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

John Blanchette: Ronny Turiaf still keeps his Gonzaga memories close, no matter where in the world he may be

His ability to speak five languages made Ronny Turiaf – Zag by way of France by way of Martinique – the school’s international man of mystery. Or would have, except …


John Blanchette: Las Vegas has played host to plenty of memorable WCC tournament moments for Gonzaga

The marriage of the West Coast Conference tournament and Las Vegas turns 10 this week, an anniversary of such happy construct that it’s hard to remember the Pliocene days when …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Righting the Academy’s wrongs as sports films again overlooked at The Oscars

We know it’s behind us, because this year “Get Out” is in the hunt for Best Picture and because Denzel is once again hitting cleanup in the Best Actor lineup …


John Blanchette: Mountain’s ‘landscape’ offers Gonzaga potential dream of upward mobility

You know the best fit for Gonzaga University in the college athletic universe? Easy. It’s the Big East Mountain West Coast Conference.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

John Blanchette: Tabbed as underdogs to start the season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs again showed the WCC goes through them

On a day when everyone wanted to fly college basketball’s flag at half-staff, the Gonzaga Bulldogs went through the routine of raising another – all the way up. Another all …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson among many to say goodbye to The Kennel

The merry old times made it back for Senior Night, and don’t kid yourself – winning the game makes all the difference.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Silas Melson has been key part of Gonzaga’s winning culture since first day on campus

Silas Melson is an old soul. So says his mother, Deidre. His father, Tony, too. The description Mark Few summons is “throwback.”


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga proving that RPI is no longer the golden child of college hoops metrics

But maybe the sizzle got doused way back on Sunday, when the NCAA selection committee did its in-season bracket preview for the second year. And the most revealing part of …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

John Blanchette: CC Spokane’s Cesar Sandoval, North Idaho’s RayQuan Evans have taken winding roads to hoops success

Junior colleges are the blue highways on the basketball map, but they can still get you where you want to go. Sometimes it just takes a little recalculating of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

John Blanchette: Josh Perkins more than atoned for Gonzaga’s slip-up against Saint Mary’s

College basketball’s ultimate sardine can – McKeon Pavilion – was stoked for a coronation Saturday night, and best of all it was going to come at the expense of Gonzaga, …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Never mind the white shirts; Gonzaga treasures blue-collar win

The Bulldogs put an end to this hex or voodoo or whammy or whatever it was that Brigham Young held over their heads in the McCarthey Athletic Center the previous …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Destiny better be knocking on Jerry Kramer’s door come Pro Football Hall of Fame decision day

Saturday is decision day for the voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and destiny day for Sandpoint’s – and Idaho’s – favorite football son, who will either be …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Nail-biting victories become the new normal for Gonzaga

One possession game, three minutes to go. Two minutes. A stop needed in the last 40 seconds, or a play call that must produce. Double-digit leads evaporating in five laps …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

John Blanchette: Former GU coach Adrian Buoncristiani returns to The Kennel after 40 years

The Kennel Club was at its pile-driving loudest, butt-cheek-to-cheek across the south bleachers, doing its Kennel Club thing. That reminded Adrian Buoncristiani of … well, of nothing at all proximate …


John Blanchette: Disappointed Mariners fans must designate 2019 as Edgar Martinez’s year

Remember the wry commercial that used to run during Seattle Mariners telecasts – and lives forever on YouTube – about all the things Edgar Martinez did between his at-bats as …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gaels senior Jock Landale rules in land of bigs

Internet Fanworld is an amusement park of delights, earnest thoughts tossed into the anonymity Mixmaster with heavy amounts of vitriol and outrage in a struggle to survive.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

John Blanchette: Though the voice for college football fans across the country, Keith Jackson’s heart never left Pullman

Keith Jackson started calling football games as a boy shucking corn in his grandmother’s barn and … well, never left.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Rui Hachimura finds friendly face 5,000 miles from home

When they were high school kids, Rui Hachimura and Tahirou Diabate had the sizzle, the steak, the jam and the bread.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Carlos Johnson and backseat strategy help Huskies find way to defeat Cougars

PULLMAN – It’s a lonesome road, that ribbon from Spokane to Pullman. Especially so in the 1 a.m. darkness, when you figured to be snug under the covers against the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks kicking themselves after playoff hopes sail wide of the uprights

If the Seahawks have a kicker – a kicker – they aren’t just in, they have a bye next week. It truly boggles the mind.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s latest rout shows why conference schedule needs tinkering

So here’s the motion on the floor: trim the number of WCC games each school plays from 18 to 16, and let them schedule two more outside the conference that …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.

John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s celebrated career, WSU’s solid season come to a tragic end in Holiday Bowl beating

No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: All the world’s a stage and Mike Leach’s Cougars are merely players

It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because …