Blog
03-22-17
A few days before Christmas, on a mostly deserted Gonzaga campus, I ran into Ken Bone, the former Seattle Pacific, Portland State and Washington State head coach. In a brief chat having to do with his...
03-20-17
So the University of Washington has hired longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, which is, at the very least, a provocative hire. Among other things, it tells me that UW athletic director Jennifer ...
03-15-17
Ah, it's that time of year. Brackets, buzzer-beaters, chaos. And of course, hating on Gonzaga. Now, everybody who finds his name on the 68-team bracket can talk himself into a perceived slight. There’...
03-13-17
So I was listening to a Seattle sports-talk radio show a couple of weeks ago, and the host posed a hypothetical question to his audience about Gonzaga men's basketball and the NCAA tournament. Two opt...
03-06-17
A stony silence has emanated from the athletic offices at the University of Washington regarding the future of basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, and we can only assume that shortly, a puff of white or b...
02-27-17
Have to admit, I didn’t recognize that Gonzaga team out there Saturday night against BYU. It was simply a confusing performance. As much as it was an inspired, all-in effort by BYU, it was also a slug...
02-25-17
Saturday night, Brigham Young comes to the Kennel, party to a coronation. At least that’s what the script says. Gonzaga has a chance to become one of college basketball’s rarities, a team negotiating ...
02-22-17
Watching Saint Mary’s take apart Brigham Young the other night, I was struck by a strange question: Is it possible we’re undervaluing Saint Mary’s? Consider: The Gaels are now 24-3, against what most ...
02-16-17
Ray Giacoletti never envisioned a January like this one: Vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, cruising to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cozumel and Key West. “It was good to get away and decompress a little...
02-09-17
Caught up with Gonzaga coach Mark Few in an early-February conversation this week, and he addressed a wide range of topics, mostly on his roster. The top-ranked Zags are now 24-0, and as of Wednesday,...
02-01-17
With the installation of Gonzaga as the No. 1-ranked team in the country in this week’s polls, I harked back to 2013, and the early-March Monday that the Zags gained that honor for the first time. On ...
01-30-17
Gonzaga got three minutes worth of national advertising Saturday on ESPN’s weekly College GameDay show, as the subject turned to the Zags’ potential shelf life in the NCAA tournament. “There’s still s...
01-26-17
If Gonzaga does what appears almost inevitable -- beats San Diego and Pepperdine this weekend to remain undefeated -- then Zag fans ought to indulge themselves in the moment. Step outside, breathe in ...
01-20-17
When Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss unloaded a game of superlatives at San Francisco Jan. 5, it got some Zag fans to wondering: Might they have just witnessed the best individual performance in sch...
01-13-17
So away we go: Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga, the dreadnoughts of the West Coast Conference, renewing Saturday night a deepening rivalry. This time, it’s with a twist. Each game last year generated its own...
01-12-17
Now it begins. Now comes the praise and the scrutiny, the hosannas and the criticism. About the time West Virginia forced top-ranked Baylor into its fourth gazillionth turnover Tuesday night in Morgan...
01-05-17
The new year has brought a deepening of the Lorenzo Romar conundrum, the one in which the Husky men’s basketball coach’s future is clouded by the ongoing wrangle between his coaching and recruiting ac...
12-29-16
As West Coast Conference men’s basketball play begins Thursday night, there’s a sense of newness. That is, right up until you project the best in show in the WCC. In eight of the past nine years, Gonz...
12-24-16
Thursday night, Washington and Seattle University renewed a tepid “rivalry” at KeyArena. A lot of things remained static; the Huskies won comfortably, which they always do against the Redhawks, and 6,...
12-20-16
This being sports and all, it’s foolhardy to assume anything and look ahead. Nevertheless, caveats, disclaimers and disavowals in place, there’s this: It might be awhile before Gonzaga loses. In fact,...
12-14-16
It’s that time of year -- holiday spirit, a chill in the air, and if you’re a Gonzaga basketball fan in the Puget Sound area, the Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. Well, hold that last thought, because f...
12-08-16
After watching Gonzaga put up 98 points against Washington Wednesday night in the rivalry-reinstatement game, I got to thinking: Even with an extended interruption in the series, the Zags have made a ...
12-08-16
A funny thing happened on the way to the renewal of the once-sizzling Washington-Gonzaga basketball rivalry: Nobody cared. Well, that's not completely true. I'm guessing there will be 6,000 people in ...
12-07-16
Among the various points of contention when Washington and Gonzaga began a dance aimed at resuming their basketball rivalry was this: Where to resume it? The Huskies, naturally, wanted it at their pla...
12-03-16
So here we are, 10 years later. When the Gonzaga and Washington men’s basketball teams meet in Spokane Wednesday night, it will be two days short of exactly 10 years since they ended an annual series ...