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Five Seattle Seahawks that will WOW you in 2014

Who Makes 12s’ Jaws Drop This Season? As much as I would like to celebrate forever about the Seattle Seahawks winning the Superbowl last season it is just that– Last Season. It’s become yesterday’s news.  It’s a fickle life in the NFL as a player.  Fans are forever asking that famous Janet Jackson question. What Have You Done For Me Lately? A few predictions on who from...
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M’s Skipper Lloyd McClendon mid-season report card

How Has The Skip Performed? Sometimes I think the media forgets that it’s not 100% about the players.  Coaches and managers definitely play a role in how their teams perform. There is no exception for the Seattle Mariners newly anointed Skipper, Lloyd McClendon either. I think it’s time we pay some attention to the skipper, the moves he’s made and the other decisions that...
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Should The Seattle Mariners trade Ackley And Walker?

The Time For A Deal Is Now The Seattle Mariners have a problem and it’s not a new problem either. Fresh out of the All-Star break the same thing that haunts this team is still present.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to go away just because the M’s had a few days off. The problem is easily identifiable if you watched the most recent series against the Angels. The M’s...
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Projecting Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 rotation

Looking Ahead. The 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League has come and gone, and the only big event standing between the Portland Trail Blazers and the 2014-15 regular season is training camp. With all significant moves now in the past (and more likely, all moves altogether), the Blazers’ roster is set. We know who will be there come the season opener, and we have a good idea of who...
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How NBA free agency has impacted Portland Trail Blazers

NBA free agency. It’s a time for teams to get better, and that’s exactly what the Portland Trail Blazers did with the shrewd signings of Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. Although Portland, tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, didn’t make many headlines with these acquisitions, it’s clear that they’re going to be rotation players in the 2013-14 season. Steve Blake, while...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2014 Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Depth Chart

Wide Outs Are Plentiful  It’s hard to believe, but we are well inside 30 days until the first preseason game for the defending Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. As you likely heard, the Seahawks made some interesting moves in the draft and free agency this offseason.  No single position in my estimation will be more interesting to watch than the 13 guys — yes, count ‘em...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Targeting A Trade – Seattle Mariners Looking For Bats

Outfielder, Shortstop, Maybe A Starter? The Seattle Mariner’s offense continues to be streaky.  For a couple nights it looks as if they are crossing a line and hitting consistently then we go right back to where we started and they get shutout again. Cleary if the M’s are going to legitimately try to make a run with this excellent season they have going they are going to need...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Could the Legion Of Boom get bigger in 2014?

Simon making his case By now, it’s no secret that the Seattle Seahawks defense was the best in the National Football League last season. The stellar 43-8 Super Bowl drubbing of the top offense in football history left even more wondering if this nasty Seahawk defense could be one of the best EVER. On top of that, though, is the fact that this defensive unit could be even better...
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What Chris Kaman signing means for Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Finds Its Big Man. The Portland Trail Blazers entered free agency knowing one thing: It needed to improve its bench. That could be done in a number of different ways, but as it turns out, general manager Neil Olshey spent his energy looking for big men, and a big man he found in Chris Kaman. On Thursday night, Portland came to terms with Chris Kaman on a two-year, $9...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Gets The Honor Of Taking The Mound At Target Field First For The AL?

Felix Hernandez is an All-Star but Should he Start? I don’t think anyone is going to argue that one way or another the Ace of the Seattle Mariner’s starting rotation in 2014, Felix Hernandez, is an All-Star.  No question about it!  Write his name in ink! But should he get to start that game? While the decision of who starts is ultimately up to the AL All-Star Team Manager,...
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Is the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager an All-Star?

Do Kyle’s Numbers Say “All-Star”? With about two weeks to until the 2014 All-Star in Minneapolis a case can be made for many Seattle Mariners to make the team. Robinson Cano has been in the top five in hitting numbers for some time and is certain to make the team.  Felix Hernandez might be having the best season of his career and will make the team as well. But what about...
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Vince Carter ‘open’ to signing with Portland Trail Blazers?

Rumor Time Has Begun. NBA free agency is set to begin on Monday, June 30 at 9:00 p.m. PT, and while the Portland Trail Blazers are stuck with the bi-annual and mid-level exceptions as their only avenues toward improvement, there’s one former All-Star who is reportedly interested in joining Rip City. In a recent report from CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes, Damian Lillard listed Mo...
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Don’t expect LaMarcus Aldridge to accept max extension just yet

Big-time Money, Big-time Player. LaMarcus Aldridge has been through numerous phases during his eight years with the Portland Trail Blazers. He went through a rebuild his first few seasons, a revival soon after, another rebuild during the post-Brandon Roy (and post-Greg Oden) era and now he’s experiencing the current resurgence alongside Damian Lillard. That’s a roller coaster...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back on the 2014 Vancouver Canucks NHL Draft

Memorable Moments It hasn’t taken long for newly minted general manager Jim Benning to make his mark on the Vancouver Canucks. Since joining Vancouver, Benning’s made his first hire, snagging Willie Desjardins for the Canucks coaching vacancy. Following that, Benning dealt arguably the Canucks best forward in Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks. And that was just the beginning....
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The Seattle Mariners 2014 Mid-Season Report Card

Half the 2014 Season is in the Books With 81 of 162 games now complete if you have the least bit of optimism in your life you have to be pretty pleased with the Seattle Mariners 2014 campaign so far. The Mariners have compiled 43 wins vs. 38 losses which puts them solidly in 3rd place in the AL West and in the post season as the 2nd AL Wild Card team if the season were over now....
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Seattle Mariners Disabled List Log Jam

4 Players Ready But Is There Room? The beginning of the week began with a bang for the Seattle Mariners as they made chopped clams out of the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox.  At the same time, however, several of their key players were down in Tacoma proving that they were healthy and ready to return to the show. It’s not often that team winds up with 4 guys on the DL...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Run Support for the King?  It’s Inconsistent At Best

Feast of Famine for Felix Hernandez Watching Seattle Mariners‘ ace Felix Hernandez pitch is an absolute joy.  Watching him pitch with some of the run support he has received from his teammates can also be an absolute nightmare. To say the M’s offense is inconsistent when Felix is on the hill is probably something of an understatement.  Let’s take a look at some numbers....
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Willie Desjardins Becomes Canucks head coach

Just a matter of time. This is now official. (Watch the presser here) There has been an announcement and a press conference. All “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” crossed, Willie Desjardins has been named the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Though it was previously reported elsewhere, the resounding statement of confidence came from TSN’s Bob McKenzie late last week...
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How Meyers Leonard can turn around career for Portland Trail Blazers

Bust. Over-hyped. Underachiever. These are words that Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard has already heard following his second season in the NBA, but they’re words that he’s ignoring in his quest to become an integral part of a contending rotation. According to The Oregonian‘s Joe Freeman, the big man knows he has to work on his game, but he believes he can...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NBA draft: No picks, no problem for Portland Trail Blazers

Quiet Night For Rip City. On Thursday, June 26, fans will sit in front of their televisions and watch the 2014 NBA draft. For teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, the question is whether they’ll land Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid. For the Portland Trail Blazers, the question is whether they’ll select anyone at all. Portland...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

So long, Booth The 2013-14 NHL season may have come to its conclusion with the L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. That’s hardly the case, as a matter of fact. The window for teams to buyout players began this Monday and will continue until after the NHL draft, which ends June 28th. The festivities started with former...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Talk: Are The Seattle Mariners Buyers Or Sellers In 2014?

Can the M’s Afford To Buy? As the MLB season heads into the 2nd half of June and the 2014 All-Star game approaches it’s time for one the best parts of any MLB season–  Trade Rumor Time. You have to love trade talk.  Even when you team is woefully out of the race early, trade talk gives even the most desperate fan base of a losing team hope for the future. The good news for...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cheeseburgers, Pizzas, And Candy Bars, Oh My!

Jesus Montero back in the bigs With Justin Smoak on the DL and struggling with a sore quad muscle — and Corey Hart already there — it was easy to understand why the Seattle Mariners made two of their more recent roster moves in bringing up Logan Morrison and Jesus Montero. While it makes sense to bring up Montero from AAA at this point in the season, it is still a very interesting...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Free-agent possibilities in 2014 offseason

Potential PDX Free Agents. The Portland Trail Blazers ended the 2013-14 NBA season with a series loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The year was unequivocally considered a success in the eyes of both fans and media alike, but it’s clear that there are areas where improvement must take place over the offseason. The two major spots where Portland needs help is depth and defense. Specifically...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hello Seattle?  Wooden Bats? Leather Gloves? Does That Ring A Bell?

Attendance at Safeco Not There Despite Winning Dear, Northwest Sports Fans, I realize you may have forgotten, since that team of yours hasn’t played a decent season in more than a decade, but I thought I’d drop you a line and remind you that you have a baseball team. They are called the Seattle Mariners.  Does that ring a bell? Do you remember Ken Griffey Jr.,  Edgar Martinez...
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