Stories tagged: John Blanchette
SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015
Blanchette: You saw Stabler play in Spokane? Apparently we all did
Not to overstate this, but when Ken Stabler passed away on Thursday, a little piece of Spokane died with him. A little lore, a minor urban legend, a cockeyed touchstone, …
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015
Blanchette: Bud Nameck class act to the end, not so with IMG College
For a ride that has so many things broken – truly broken – Washington State’s athletic department sure spends a lot of time fiddling with the radio. Now the Cougars …
SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015
Blanchette: Mark Few has golden opportunity
Having reclaimed the summit of international basketball over the past couple of decades, you’d think good old American know-how could subdue the neighborhood ballers of Uruguay and the Dominican Republic …
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
Blanchette: Rangers plan to ease first-round pick Dillon Tate into Indians rotation
Here’s the thing about No. 1 draft choices: the distinction has become relative. Forty-three years ago, when the Spokane Indians first dabbled in short-season, entry-level baseball, they sent one of …
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015, 9:25 P.M.
Blanchette: Indians plan to handle top prospect Tate with care
So the advice from here is if you figure on getting a look at this year’s No. 1, be prompt to the ballpark and don’t linger in the beer line. …
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
Blanchette: Connor Halliday’s reversal puzzling, but his business
For someone who seemed easily reconciled to the glorious, communal possibilities of football and the inevitable beatings it delivers to the soul – to say nothing of the body – …
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015
Blanchette: Spirit of Cougars football lives on at Joe Albi Stadium
One of the simultaneously high and low moments of Washington State football history occurred at Albi Stadium some 45 years ago in the rubble of a blowout loss to Stanford. …
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015, 9:15 P.M.
Blanchette: WSU scrimmage a bit inconclusive
Either the defensive mindset at Wazzu really has turned the corner, or the offense has decided to take things into its own hands. Only kidding.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
Blanchette: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred focuses on less-pressing issue
SEATTLE – Rob Manfred, the new potentate of Major League Baseball (another subsidiary of One Game at a Time, Inc.), blew into town Wednesday and held a closed-door Q-and-A with …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015, 10:17 P.M.
Blanchette: Commissioner not focused on big picture
Rob Manfred, the new potentate of Major League Baseball (another subsidiary of One Game at a Time, Inc.), blew into town Wednesday and held a closed-door Q-and-A with the Seattle …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
Blanchette: World Series spot may be premature
SEATTLE –Lloyd McClendon sits in his Safeco Field office, surrounded by reporters, and parries a question about his lineup card, which shows that he has decided to play his designated …
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015
Spokane’s Tyler Olson goes from playing a Mariner to being a Mariner
SEATTLE – When bats and gloves were in season out in the side yard of the Olson residence in the Spokane Valley, the youthful imitations always flattered the Seattle Mariners. …
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015, 9:44 P.M.
Blanchette: Tyler Olson a Mariner for real
Opening Day is baseball’s biggest chance for goosebumps until the World Series, and no one is exempt. Not the veteran manager, not the millionaire second baseman, not the kid in …
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
Blanchette: Tyler Harvey did his part for Eastern
The walk-off home run Wednesday at Tyler Harvey’s warm off-to-bigger-things adieu came courtesy of Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford, who jokingly called it the “first annual.” Annual?
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
Blanchette: Final Four in view until final four minutes
HOUSTON – So what will be harder to turn loose – the most successful basketball season in Gonzaga history or the unhappy coda? The deflating missed layup. The open 3 …
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
Brayton put Cougar baseball on map
He would cut radio commercials wearing his uniform and stirrup socks, and speed to practice in his wheat farmer’s overalls. Tossed out of a baseball game once, he hid under …
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
Ex-GU star Santangelo: It’s easy to root for this team
HOUSTON – The celebrating was done. Back at their hotel, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had already turned their thoughts to Duke and the 40 minutes that stand between them and the …
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015, 10:57 P.M.
Blanchette: Bobo Brayton a Cougar to the end
Blanchette: He taught generations to bunt and cover first, and he taught his best pitcher ballroom dancing. He’d zing an outfielder for playing a fly ball “like a blind dog …
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015, 8:32 P.M.
Santangelo bullish on Bulldogs
Blanchette: The celebrating was done. Back at their hotel, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had already turned their thoughts to Duke and the 40 minutes that stand between them and the Final …
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015
With Shem, Houston, Bruins no problem
HOUSTON – The jokes about NRG Stadium were reaching roast temperature even before tipoff. How it was a four-dirigible garage. How the Uecker seats were in the next area code. …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015
Blanchette: Eric McClellan’s exit from Vanderbilt a blessing in disguise
HOUSTON – At his self-described lowest point, when Eric McClellan was one of those national footnotes of disdain and weighed down by his own remorse, he didn’t so much lean …
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015
Gonzaga jazz band director faces major challenge for Sweet 16
The only thing that has Spokane more a-dither than two Gonzaga basketball teams reaching the NCAA’s Sweet 16 is how they did it. The Bulldogs women, under first-year head coach …
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015, 11:22 P.M.
Strike up the band for Gonzaga
John Blanchette: Imagine how jazzed the community will get over the one Gonzaga team that’s in both tournaments. OK, not as jazzed as it should. Because that team is the …
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015
This was no flippant occasion for Zags
SEATTLE – You could see it when their eyes locked – Gary Bell Jr., Kyle Dranginis and Kevin Pangos – in the final 90 seconds, and broad smiles instantly creased …
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, 10:23 P.M.
Sweet 16 would validate Gonzaga
As much as coach Mark Few insists neither he nor the other principals of Gonzaga basketball are consumed with destinationitis, you can sense some urgency over today’s game.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
Zags wouldn’t mind taking Werner along
SEATTLE – Never mind shortening the shot clock or moving the charge circle out a foot. The next rule tweak in the NCAA tournament should be the barnstormers’ special, allowing …
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015, 11:40 P.M.
Blanchette: Zags wouldn’t mind taking Werner along
Never mind shortening the shot clock or moving the charge circle out a foot. The next rule tweak in the NCAA tournament should be the barnstormers’ special, allowing the winners …
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Blanchette: Hoyas disproved Jim Hayford’s prediction
PORTLAND – Sometimes it’s not the midnight toll that brings Cinderella back to reality. Sometimes it’s a blackjack and an Uzi.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Blanchette: Jim Hayford’s victory boast breath of fresh air
PORTLAND – Look out, bracket: Broadway Jim Hayford is in town. Eastern Washington’s head coach is either a calculating Barnum who’s found his audience in the NCAA basketball tournament, or …
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015
Gonzaga men have set the bar high; too high?
In the spring of 2013, Kelly Olynyk was weighing a jump to the NBA against a return for his senior season at Gonzaga University, which was coming off the highest …