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Facing his demons

Let’s talk about sex. What? That’s one of Craig Blanchette’s favorite topics.

Seahawks still have time to help selves

SEATTLE – There’s a lot of NFL football yet to be played in 2011, so maybe the Seattle Seahawks aren’t out of it yet. Maybe they can still get a decent draft spot to pick off a marquee quarterback.

Blanchette: Wulff’s view of his work blurs reality

SEATTLE – As the curtain fell on another Mediocrity Cup, the great disconnect of football at Washington State was again revealed. Today or Monday, Cougars athletic director Bill Moos will huddle with coach Paul Wulff for a palm reading and everyone will have the answer they’ve been demanding – though, of course, not the one they necessarily prefer. That’s not the disconnect.

In his defense, Wulff has made progress

The record invites choler, but you know what really infuriates the football faction that demands Washington State file for divorce from Paul Wulff? He reminds them that they’re finally getting results commensurate with their level of support all these years.

Blanchette: Only a snow bowl for Cougars

PULLMAN – The glass can be either half full or half empty, but the bowl, well, there are no half measures. So for the Washington State Cougars, empty.

Blanchette: GU freshmen show how it’s done

It has not been a game for the faint of heart, this Wazzu-Zag U business, nor much for freshmen. Kevin Pangos pretty much changed that Monday night. In fact, he and Gary Bell Jr. have changed the entire equation at Gonzaga this season, even though it’s just two games old.

Blanchette: Sensational game makes QB talk of town

PULLMAN – Look, it isn’t as if Paul Wulff pulled a guy out of the stands at Martin Stadium in desperation and hustled him into a uniform to save the honor of ol’ State U. That’s so three years ago, back when Wulff was taking over the football program at Washington State and holding quarterback auditions for the student body.

Got plans for Halliday?

Connor Halliday, a redshirt freshman, came in and strafed the Pac-12’s No. 4 pass defense for 494 yards and four touchdowns in WSU's win over Arizona State late Saturday. And now he's the talk of the town.

Blanchette: We can hardly wait for sequels

Boise State to the Big East Conference. Really, that’s all we need to read to understand that when it comes to the shuffle of college football’s backstabbers and soul-sellers from conference to conference, it’s not a matter of getting our arms around it but of applying palm to forehead.

This tale has a familial feel to it

Among the hazards of being in the storytelling business is the inevitable feeling that you’re telling one that you’ve told before. But this time, it’s more than a feeling.

One school’s team spirit is another’s broken trademark

It hasn’t been the football season at Eastern Washington University that most anticipated. The defending national champions lost their first four games, the lineup has been gashed by injuries and with just four games at Roos Field, well, Eags, we hardly knew ye. But on the eve of the home finale Saturday against Portland State, they’re inching back toward the Top 25 and still in the playoff hunt.

Blanchette: Tofflemire paid ultimate price to play in NFL

Revel in your football today. Throw on your replica NFL jersey, invite some friends over, wolf down some wings. Meticulously add and project your fantasy league points. High-five your buddy when a particularly vicious hit is delivered. Maybe even lament that the last labor agreement didn’t allow the league to add two more weeks to this wonderment.

Shock thought process confusing

The players do get paid so it is professional football, but frankly speaking when it comes to the Arena Football League and the Spokane Shock there’s still a lot of, “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” Don’t think so?

Shock thought process confusing

Consider that not even five months ago, the man announced Monday as the Shock’s newest field boss had never coached before and was paying the rent pouring concrete. Just what about that suggests real-deal football?

Venue changes Shock fan base, game for one sunny evening

From the moment the Spokane Shock announced they would play a game outdoors at Albi Stadium this summer, there was one image that was hard to shake. It’s of the cyclist who buys an exercise bike to keep in shape over the winter … and then moves it to his patio to use when the clock strikes June, while his $1,700 carbon frame beauty hangs on hooks in the garage.