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UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Couch slouch: From pub darts to Keith Olbermann, some new ideas for ESPN programming

ESPN without sports is like NASA without space. But ESPN is smarter than NASA – it can still thrive even if its world explodes into the atmosphere. Here is a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

Paul Newberry: As we battle coronavirus, don’t forget 1919 Stanley Cup

Anyone who scoffs at the idea of shutting down sports to deal with the coronavirus outbreak needs a primer on the 1919 Stanley Cup Final


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Larry Stone: Waiting for MLB’s opening day amid coronavirus crisis: ‘You have to laugh; if not, you’re going to cry.’

Under different circumstances, Rick Rizzs would have been bubbling with enthusiasm Thursday – turned up to an even higher boil than normal from a man who thrives on undisguised zeal.


Tim Dahlberg: Enough greed, just shorten the baseball season

Major league owners and players seem to be in rare agreement. They want to play as many games as possible, as soon as possible. Ordinarily that would be something to …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Jim Litke: The ‘no-win’ Olympics gets another chance

Long after other major sports leaders tore up their calendars, the International Olympic Committee is headed to the sidelines.


Helene Elliott: IOC ultimately made the smart decision by postponing Tokyo Olympics until 2021

Spurred by a near-rebellion by the federations of several countries who feared for the safety of their athletes while the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the International Olympic Committee came to its …


UPDATED: Sat., March 21, 2020

Matt Calkins: Do social distancing and playing sports in Seattle go together during the coronavirus outbreak?

There were more parking spaces available than usual Tuesday at Interbay Golf Center in Seattle, but that didn’t mean the first tee wasn’t full. Every few minutes, the starter called …


Paul Newberry: Playoffs-or-bust should be Tom Brady’s new mantra

Well, it’s official now. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Couch Slouch: Feeling empty, sports fans? You can bet on the games returning – in 2021, perhaps.

Sports fans have put all their eggs in one basket for so long, they’ve tossed out every other basket in the house. So now, many of them, in the face …


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Ralph Walter: The past week has turned into the sports world’s greatest ‘What-If’

Back in 2018, we launched a series called “The Great What-If,” stories that explored alternate endings to real-life sporting events: what if the SuperSonics had stayed in Seattle? What if …


Shawn Windsor: The absence of March Madness and other sports is exactly what we need

So, again, what’s going to fill our time without sports? What other refuge will we seek?


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Larry Stone: In roughly 24 hours coronavirus makes sports, a longtime sanctuary in times of crisis, disappear

It was dizzying. It was surreal. It was unfathomable.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

John Blanchette: Shattered dreams pale in comparison to potentially shattered lives

This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

John Blanchette: Mark Few trusted NCAA to ‘do the right thing’ and it did in limiting patrons at tournament games

It’s unlikely that any fan base will feel as emotionally empty – OK, robbed – as Gonzaga’s local mob, which has been teased with seeing the Zags launch a tournament …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

John Blanchette: Familiar WCC title win has special feeling for Gonzaga

When do you suppose came the signal for the Gonzaga masses that it was safe to exhale?


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

TV Take: Drew Timme puts twinkle in eye of ESPN crew as Gonzaga rolls past Saint Mary’s for WCC Tournament title

Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Gonzaga avoids Black Monday, settles for an Off-Black one after men rally to beat San Francisco

A bit more than four minutes remained when Joel Ayayi got loose in the paint and pulled up for a 10-footer that would give Gonzaga the lead for good and …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

TV Take: When it comes to the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga fans can bet on the ESPN tandem of Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale to be on the call

No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA …


John Blanchette: Return trip to Las Vegas reminds coach Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga to always carry on

Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.


John Blanchette: With WCC tourney in Year 12 in Sin City, go all-in with Gonzaga’s All-Vegas teams

Somebody suggested it would be a good time to pick Gonzaga’s All-Vegas team.Can’t do it, I demurred. No credibility. I’m never up at 5 a.m. to see which Zags fans …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Larry Stone: Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez have impressed for Mariners, but let’s tap the brakes

After nearly two weeks in Arizona watching the Mariners go through the rigors of spring training, I am much more optimistic about their 2020 outlook.


Doug Ferguson: The 4-letter word from Paul Azinger that stirs Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is more than six months away, and all it took was a four-letter word from Paul Azinger to get Europe worked up over defending more than just …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

John Blanchette: Mac Graff’s Senior Night moment upstages Rui Hachimura’s return to Gonzaga

After Gonzaga’s next-to-last regular season game on Thursday night, coach Mark Few made a modest appeal about toning down, or powering through, the sentiment – “the pomp and circumstance” he …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga does all the little things right in Senior Night victory over Saint Mary’s

Every game between now and the end of the season – whenever that is in the NCAA Tournament – matters.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Larry Stone: Ichiro makes seamless transition from star player to Seattle Mariners coach

For the first time since perhaps infancy, Ichiro has begun a baseball season with no aspirations of being an active ballplayer.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

John Blanchette: Those in the know share some ‘Mo-mentos’ from Adam Morrison’s storied Gonzaga career

Adam Morrison had his Senior Night on Thursday, 13 years delayed.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

TV Take: On Adam Morrison’s night in the spotlight, KHQ crew that knows him best aces the call

After all, Heister was already doing play-by-play while Morrison was wearing No. 3 at GU early in the century. Dickau had recently graduated, carrying an All-American plaque with him. And …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

John Blanchette: Just like his No. 3 jersey, Adam Morrison plans to hang around Gonzaga

Something sort of eerie is going on with the jerseys Gonzaga elects to raise to its rafters.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Matt Calkins: If Sounders manage to win CONCACAF Champions League, casual Seattle sports fans should take notice

I think we can agree that the average American understands a soccer schedule about as well as a grade-schooler does a calculus theorem.


Doug Ferguson: A noisy West Coast swing not all about the golf

The PGA Tour delivered plenty of drama during the West Coast swing. Most of it was outside the ropes.