Stories tagged: John Blanchette
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
John Blanchette: Mike Leach steals the show … after the game
The most remarkable thing about Washington State’s not-ready-for-even-subprime-time play in getting beat 373-3, or something along those lines, on Friday night wasn’t the 17 turnovers or the 29 sacks or …
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 11:47 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State defense is making some noise
Call it one of those “Did I hear that right?” moments. We’ve all had them.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
John Blanchette: Three guys happy to play and some Wilson anger fuel victory
So this is what it’s come to for the Seattle Seahawks? Justin Coleman and J.D. McKissic and Marcus Smith?
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 12:37 a.m.
John Blanchette: Cougars shed underdog label that they didn’t deserve anyway
One play, decided nothing, revealed everything.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
John Blanchette: Spokane Chiefs roster work in progress but offers possibility
Dead last, no playoffs, coaching change, new regime. So when do the Spokane Chiefs hoist that next Western Hockey League championship banner to the top of the Spokane Arena? Why …
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
John Blanchette: Seahawks try to put lipstick on this pigskin problem
Let’s start with the concept of the touchdown, foreign as it is to the Seattle Seahawks.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 12:48 a.m.
John Blanchette: Something special, zany filled the air in Pullman
Having worked overtime all week, the gray haze smothering the region took Saturday off, for the most part – the air on the Palouse no worse than if it was …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 11:18 p.m.
John Blanchette: Brett Rypien faces Washington State with something to prove
The five stages of grief have nothing on the college football fan’s emotional dance with the starting quarterback. Often as not, those reactions – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance …
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 11:33 p.m.
John Blanchette: Vandals continue to win despite controversial decision to downgrade
As it’s been pretty much 95 degrees every day since our last Idaho football fix in the giddy triumph at the Potato Bowl, it could be assumed that all had …
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 11:42 p.m.
John Blanchette: Winning Hoopfest just one of many talents for this former Eagle
Posing with his teammates and wearing a winner’s smile under that white headband after last year’s Hoopfest? That’s right, it was Matt Brunell who scored just 221 points in 84 …
Thu., June 15, 2017, 6 a.m.
John Blanchette: Short-season baseball fits Spokane well
Let’s set the WABAC machine for the year 1982, when Spokane was feeling butt-hurt, burned and betrayed when its baseball team was spirited off to Las Vegas, and by local …
Thu., June 8, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
John Blanchette: Hoopfest, Olympics 3-on-3 almost seem made for each other
If the Olympic stewards in this country had any notion of tapping into what makes the street game truly appealing, they’d go straight to where the appeal is greatest: They’d …
Sat., May 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
John Blanchette: Maybe Mariners marketing folks could figure out how to promote good health
You’ve probably detected a trend this season involving the Seattle Mariners.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 6 a.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley may be a bit crazy but he’s nation’s top steeplechaser
Troy Fraley is the nation’s foremost collegiate practitioner of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and in all probability the only student on GU’s campus who’s in bed by 8:30 each night.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
John Blanchette: As spectacle, expect Bloomsday to stand the test of time even as running world continues to evolve
There is spectacle – and Bloomsday is certainly that – and there is stunt, which is often spectacle without the charm. And on the eve of Bloomsday XLI, the buzz …
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
John Blanchette: Departure of Nigel Williams-Goss opens door for others
So make that two one-and-dones. Or is that ones-and-done?
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
John Blanchette: Seeds of discontent present during M’s win in home opener
Think of it this way: as customer incentivizing goes, the Seattle Mariners have not yet dipped to United Airlines levels.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s best season sets table for possibility of better future
So where do the Gonzaga Bulldogs go from here?
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
John Blanchette: Loss puts sour end on great Gonzaga season
So the confetti that fell will end up in a landfill and not on some Gonzaga entrepreneur’s eBay page. So Nigel Williams-Goss’ No. 5 won’t adorn the clocktower for the …
Sun., April 2, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s ties bind like no other program
There is something almost Rat Pack-y about them, only they’re in shorts and sports shirts instead of tuxes and unknotted bow ties.
UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 11:24 p.m.
John Blanchette: What to make about Gonzaga? They’ll make you take notice
They could have made it easy. They made it hard.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:10 p.m.
John Blanchette: Final Four coaches Mark Few, Frank Martin rooted in humility
Mark Few and Frank Martin are two coaches who couldn’t seem to be less alike except that their roots were humble and their achievements have been great.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 9:50 p.m.
John Blanchette: Five steps that ‘made’ Gonzaga a Final Four program
It only took 19 years – and that was just how long ago the nation first became aware Gonzaga had a basketball team – for the Bulldogs to become an …
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 12:29 a.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga has earned those tears, turning them from agony to joy
When he saw the subs being sent to the scorer’s table – the basketball valedictory – the emotions finally burst inside of Nigel Williams-Goss. He sprinted to a corner where …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
John Blanchette: There is no monkey – Gonzaga, Mark Few are legit
By now, surely you’ve read the quote or seen the clip of Gonzaga coach Mark Few responding to a pointed inquiry the other night on what it would mean to …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 12:11 a.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga powers past West Virginia and proves tough enough
How tough do you have to be to sumo wrestle a stump grinder? To slow dance with gunnysack of glass shards? To endure the baleful glare of Bob Huggins and …
UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 11:25 p.m.
John Blanchette: Jordan Mathews’ ride with Gonzaga has been short but sweet
Over the years, Gonzaga basketball has been the ultimate party mix. Charismatic big men, exotic imports from six continents, steady Eddie guards, second-chancers, glue guys, rock-star celebrities. And Jordan Mathews.
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
John Blanchette: Don’t blame Gonzaga for cashing in when good fortune presents itself
It’s official. Gonzaga is now the most hated team in America. But the referees who missed the goaltending call are a close second.
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 1:30 a.m.
John Blanchette: Northwestern inherits slipper from teams of Zags’ past
In a Northwestern locker room aswirl in joy and delirium on Thursday night, a reporter approached Wildcat sub Gavin Skelly at his locker. Skelly flashed a big grin and patted …
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
John Blanchette: Zags didn’t exactly shine as guardians of the No. 1 seed
The Guardian issued a cheery mea culpa Thursday for the withering dismissal of Spokane penned some 48 hours earlier by its young house sociologist between sips at the Hemingway Bar …