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UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: In era of eye-popping offenses, Washington State defense as good as they need to be

The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: On decision night, Gonzaga cruises to decisive victory over Idaho State

If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State keeps closer eye on national scoreboard with each passing week

It’s been established: The Pac-12 can’t get out of its own way. So maybe try this, fellas: Get the hell out of Washington State’s.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie injury will force Gonzaga to test flexibility in a hurry

When we last left the Gonzaga Bulldogs in competitive mode, Killian Tillie was hunched in a sideline chair in the Staples Center, jacket collar pulled up under his lower lip. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height

That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.


John Blanchette: Game that started Gonzaga’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run was part fact, part fiction

But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

John Blanchette: In unpredictable Pac-12, Washington State continues to be the cream of the crop

There were a lot of 6-6s projected, or maybe five wins and you could even find a 3-9 prediction or two out there, though that seemed the fuzziest of math …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 11:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew is head and shoulders (and mustache) above Pac-12 competition

Just FedEx the Player of the Year award – Trophy? Plaque? Key chain? – to Gardner Minshew right now.


John Blanchette: Cougars lose a legend, if only to retirement

Whatever the Washington State Cougars achieve this football season and beyond, they’ll do it without the comforting narration – or even just the avuncular asides – of Bob Robertson, who …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Blanchette: Seahawks don’t point finger at themselves

Who wasn’t giving the Seahawks the bird in a 33-31 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams that was half heartbreaking, half forehead-slapping?


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 11:51 p.m.

John Blanchette: Oregon State’s hijinks-heavy attempt at upset of Washington State falls flat late

Any number of things are contrary to official Pac-12 policy, including football games that get you back home before midnight. Another one: Washington State and Oregon State being good in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

John Blanchette: Time to read up on your Kennel Club history

John Blanchette: Whatever grand aspirations get attached to the authoring of history books, they all start with the same premise. Correcting memories that are faulty, or worse. Too much history, …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:51 p.m.

John Blanchette: On this day, defense defined the Cougars’ heart

For nearly the entire second half Saturday, the wait was on for The Drive That Would Define the Season. But it turns out we were looking for Wazzu’s telltale heart …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

Blanchette: Don’t pay Earl Thomas; instead cash in on the drama

Here’s why you don’t pay Earl Thomas – not right now anyway – and you don’t trade him, as reports suggested might happen as soon as Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly

Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play

So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …


John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho

Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm

What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked …


John Blanchette: Football not under siege, but movies about the sport should be

The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.


The Hollywood All-Stars: Forrest Gump takes the kickoff, and it just gets better from there

Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team


John Blanchette: Handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX turns the Seahawks into an unstoppable dynasty – or he’s stopped short

Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Corner Club cornered market on true-blue Vandals

Corner Club stories? There are too many – the place is 70 years old, after all.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:45 a.m.

John Blanchette: Omar Samhan hopes to play the spoiler role for Gonzaga fans at The Basketball Tournament

A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.


John Blanchette: Royce Bolinger gets a second baseball life as pitching prospect

Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians … pitching …


John Blanchette: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had the Spokane Indians remained a Triple-A team

What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Ralph Walter: Magic of ‘What if’ keeps SuperSonics in Seattle, gives Gonzaga a football team

“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …


John Blanchette: Washington State’s plan for balanced athletics budget uses mental gymnastics

In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

John Blanchette: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer returns to Sandpoint completely validated

Why Jerry Kramer had to wait more than half his life – 45 years – for a distinction that should have been pro forma will remain a mystery, though joining …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: Japanese media devour every scrap from Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura

On Tuesday, crews from Japan’s six national television channels – 20 people in all – descended on McCarthey Athletic Center to explore Ruiworld.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Visiting Japanese media have plenty of questions for Gonzaga coaches Mark Few, Tommy Lloyd

Rui Hachimura wasn’t the only one getting grilled by Japanese television crews Tuesday. Bulldogs head coach Mark Few and assistant Tommy Lloyd had to parry some questions about their star …