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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

John Blanchette: Cougars’ positive buzz turns to sting of defeat

Hey, remember when Washington State was the buzz of the West in college basketball?


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts clunker in rear-view mirror

Don’t know about you, but some us have a hell of a time distinguishing IUPUI from IPFW in our college basketball soup.


Blanchette: Seahawks had a whole of lot of nothing in divisional showdown

When historians come to write of the Great Comeuppance of the Dynasty That Wasn’t, much will be made of the sorry Sunday at CenturyLink Field, when the proud – or …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Huskies on the rise again, but Gonzaga still the state’s top dog

Yes Mike Hopkins steered Washington to a win over Kansas. But getting the Gonzaga-UW game back to the rivalry the Huskies so desperately want it to be? That will take …


John Blanchette: Zags must improve to match teams like Villanova

Right now, the difference between No. 4 team in the country and No. 12 is not just simple subtraction, and the point spread in Villanova’s 88-72 dissection of the Bulldogs …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Don’t take offense, but Gonzaga’s scoring starts on defensive end

Fifty-four points in the second half. Zach Norvell Jr. going from zero to 21 in not quite that many minutes. Silas Melson, career high in points. Killian Tillie, career high …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

John Blanchette: Texas had a front-row seat to Rui Hachimura’s coming-out party

Cue the Cult of Rui. You knew it was coming. It’s been simmering for a year anyway, bubbling to quick boil every time Gonzaga’s sleek SUV of a forward rose …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 11:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington again proves it wants Apple Cup more than Cougars

While we were all still chuckling at Mike Leach’s oh-so-original and comical thoughts on weddings and his incisive theories into the College Football Playoff over the past couple of weeks, …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

John Blanchette: Zags should gain stature through these growing pains

PORTLAND – All grown up? OK, maybe not quite.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 1 a.m.

John Blanchette: PK80 Invitational gives basketball fans an early-season glance at college hoops royalty

Somewhere between the first forkful of Aunt Alice’s anchovy stuffing and the third Zantac on Thursday afternoon, a glance at the TV revealed a college basketball first: A player fouling …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:19 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks have taken a turn for the weird

When the going gets apocalyptic, the apocalyptic get weird. Knuckleball kickoffs. No-hope challenge flags. Fake field goal shovel passes with an open-mic night comic’s delusional sense of timing. The only …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 11:46 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga dodges first speed bump of season, overcoming slow start in win over Utah State

Mark Few is not a sandbagger in the Lou Holtz vein, where every Gonzaga opponent is the second coming of the Dream Team and land mines lurk beneath every dribble. …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

John Blanchette: There is no shortage of memorable Gonzaga moments for John Stockton as he enters College Basketball Hall of Fame

When John Stockton is solicited for some enduring moments of his college basketball days at Gonzaga, the memory train’s first stop is hardly a surprise.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

John Blanchette: Youth movement getting plenty of time in the spotlight for Gonzaga

Ask the 5,000-odd people who made up the crowd they marked down again as 6,000 at McCarthey Athletic Center on Tuesday night what happened after Rui Hachimura’s latest Ruination of …


John Blanchette: On Luke Falk’s homecoming, it was Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa that did the home wrecking

Perhaps when Sophie Mata’afa was naming the fifth of her seven children, she sold him a little short by settling on merely Hercules.


John Blanchette: New-look Gonzaga showed they’re ready to step up in win over Texas Southern

So how long will it take at Gonzaga to step away from the glow of the Bulldogs’ Final Four season?


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Plenty of blame to share in Seahawks’ loss

That loud bang you just heard was the window slamming on the Seattle Seahawks’ conceit of still being an elite team in the National Football League.


John Blanchette: Cougs didn’t crack while leaving Stanford in rearview mirror

Surely it’s taught in history classes at Washington State by now – that dark day back in 1970 when Stanford was rubbing the Cougs’ noses in it in Spokane and …


John Blanchette: Recruiting evolves but Gonzaga’s standards remain

Once upon a time long, long ago in college basketball, there was a pretty uniform look to recruiting: junior college prospects to fill instant needs, freshmen for “program players.” There …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Jerry Vermillion was serial entrepreneur, serial rebounder

Jerry Vermillion, Gonzaga’s all-time rebounding leader – with an eye-popping record that won’t be broken – died over the weekend at age 85, another underappreciated pioneer gone. The program’s outsized …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 12:29 a.m.

John Blanchette: Cougars’ win over Colorado shows new normal

Normal is underrated. The proof was in the long week at Washington State that technically started a few hours early with the berserk unraveling in Berkeley – the by-now-almost-annual inexplicable …


John Blanchette: As Moos runs ‘wholeheartedly’ to Nebraska, who and what does he leave behind?

In 1994, athletic director Jim Livengood departed for Arizona and Bill Moos – an assistant to three different Cougar ADs who’d detoured to Montana to apprentice at running his own …


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …