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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 …


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 …


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.