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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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 9 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga has faced plenty of behemoths in past NCAA tournaments

In March of 1999 – or 1 A.D., as it’s known in the context of Gonzaga basketball – the Bulldogs’ coaching staff devised what would be the game plan to …


UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Blanchette: All giddy on the western front

If it wasn’t exactly West Coast Bias, it was at least … what? A West Coast Wink? Tolerance? Grudging Acknowledgement? Hell, no. It was West Coast Love.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:28 p.m.

Blanchette: Seeding? Don’t even go there, pal

Dear Mr. Committee Man: Seed this.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga absorbs Santa Clara’s best shot, primarily delivered by Jared Brownridge

Mark Few met Jared Brownridge in the handshake line and the two took a long moment for a hug and a handshake and some claps on the shoulder, and especially …


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

GU fans volunteer to help the hungry in Las Vegas

It’s undeniable: Gonzaga’s experience in the conference tournament business is the envy of college basketball.


Blanchette: Gonzaga turns aggressive in second half to reveal the Zags of first 29 games

Did a little research into how the Gonzaga Bulldogs bounced back this season after dropping a tough one and … couldn’t find a thing.


Blanchette: WCC can thank Gonzaga’s Mike Roth for its Las Vegas destination

It’s home now – familiar, comfortable, lived-in.


Blanchette: Zags get 29-and-oh-so-close

Just 29-1. How terrible could that possibly be?