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Seahawks Takeaways From Superbowl Rematch With Broncos

Hawks Head Into Bye Week With Win The Seattle Seahawks reminded everyone, especially the Denver Broncos, that they got to, and won, Superbowl 48 for a reason this past Sunday by once again beating Peyton Manning and the rest of the crew in blue and orange. The game was monumentally closer compared to the Superbowl. Looking back, there were things to like and not like on both sides...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Championship odds approaching 2014-15 NBA season

Rip City Championship Odds When you think about the 2014-15 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers don’t come across as championship favorites. Their showing last year was impressive to say the least, but to win a title, it will have to go through the powers out West — not to mention at least one power out East — to make it happen. All that said, Portland will enter training...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Portland Trail Blazers prospect has the highest upside entering 2014-15 NBA season?

Youth and Potential When you look at the Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season, it’s clear that there’s a monumental disparity between what the starters have done and what the bench has done in the recent past. In fact, the second unit has been the worst in the league in numerous categories for two years running, while the starters have been No. 1 in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Replaces Chris Young In the Mariners Starting Rotation?

Young And His Struggles Moving To The Pen Seattle Mariners Skipper, Lloyd McClendon, has been kind to Chris Young and his struggles, and he continues to be as he has made the decision to pull his lanky right hander from the M’s starting rotation. McClendon said, courtesy of the Tri-City Herald‘s Bob Dutton “I think he’s probably out of gas from a starting standpoint.  He’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Consecutive Losses Have M’s In Do Or Die Scenario

The Seattle Mariners’ Postseason Hopes Fading Not long ago, the Seattle Mariners‘ future in the 2014 playoff chase seemed a lot more secure than it is now.  With nine games left to play, a reasonable goal of winning six of those nine games would likely have propelled the M’s into October baseball. Things change quickly in pennant chases, however. With three consecutive losses...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Trail Blazers Bench

The Pine Some may call them glorified fans with the best seats in the house. Others look at them as the best towel wavers in the league. But for those who truly follow the game, they will know how important the bench unit is to the success of a team in search of a championship. Many of these guys were THE MAN at some point in their basketball careers, but now they play second fiddle...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Pennant Chase Update

Blink and Your Mood Will Change Up and Down, Winning and Losing, Hope and Despair, yes, it’s meaningful baseball in September.  Did you forget what that felt like the past 10 years or so Seattle Mariner fans? Let’s Talk Hope As it stands at the moment the M’s are embroiled in a chase for both Wild Card spots in the American League.  They currently trail the Royals by just...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Touch Decisions For McClendon Should M’s Make Postseason

Who’s Your 25? With just over a week to go in the regular season it is time to start thinking about something that Seattle Mariner’s fans have not had to think about for quite a long time. Who should the Seattle Mariners put on their post season roster? A post season birth is a great thing and it would be a huge thing for the Mariners and their fans to once again get a taste...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Improvement Needed In Week 3 for Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Must Put Chargers Game Behind Them It wasn’t pretty out there in Week 2 for the 2014 Seattle Seahawks. After a pretty convincing win over the Packers in Week 1 the Seahawks took a step backwards in Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers.  The Hawks looked over matched in many areas of the game. You can point fingers to the heat that was going on in San Diego and try and...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Blazers moving forward or backward?

Rip City Remembered After a two year hiatus from the playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers returned to the post season last year, giving fans of the only northwest club hope for the future. Prior to their second round defeat to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs, the Blazers were putting together a playoff streak that mimicked Carmelo Anthony’s post season one and done run...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Prospects that have a chance to crack the lineup

Almost Time! Vancouver Canucks potentials recently took to the ice against the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls as part of the Young Stars Classic in Penticton BC.  Over the course of the four-day event, the Canucks, along with the Oilers, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets, will take to the ice for three games apiece, highlighting the future talent for each respective club. Let’s face...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster by position

How do they rank? Point guard. Shooting guard. Small forward. Power forward. Center. The Portland Trail Blazers, like all 30 NBA teams, have them, but which position ranks the best on the roster entering the 2014-15 season? When ranking these positions, a few things come to mind. First is past production. What did the players at each spot do last season, and what has each player...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s talk controversy… Not like it isn’t going to happen

Schneider…gone,  Luongo…outta here, Lack…next up? When it comes to quarterbacks and goaltenders, it’s rare when a season goes by that there isn’t some sort of dilemma, warranted or not. Last year, the Vancouver Canucks parted ways with both their No. 1 netminders, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo.  After a handful of years on the farm, grooming their goalie of the future...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

What to watch Sunday!? Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers Preview

Seahawks Really Should Go 2-0 The NFL Season marches on and your 2014 Seattle Seahawks look to start the year a perfect 2-0 this Sunday as they travel to sunny San Diego to face the Chargers. Despite a score that on the surface says the Seahawks trounced the Green Bay Packers, I felt the Seahawks had plenty of room for improvement last week. That said, here’s five matchups I...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Down To The Wire – Seattle Mariners Pennant Chase Is The Real Deal

Biggest Series For M’s In A Decade This Weekend You want sports drama?  You want excitement?  You want gut wrenching, excruciating moments as you team triumphs or falls?  Well, the 2014 Seattle Mariners your team then. The pennant chase is on, it’s real and it’s going down to the wire folks.  The Mariners sit at just .5 games back of the American League’s 2nd wild card...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Next Big Bat? When Will The M’s Take A Look At DJ Peterson?

Staggering Minor League Numbers For The Youngster Since the Seattle Mariners are embroiled in a pennant chase for the first time in what seems like forever I feel like we haven’t touched at all this fall about some of the young players working their way through the M’s minor league system. One player in particular stands out amongst the crowd is one that I am often asked about...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Power ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster

Who Will Be No. 1: L.A. or Dame? With NBA training camps quickly approaching, the Portland Trail Blazers are lucky enough to have all 15 roster spots filled. We have a good idea as to what the rotation will look like, so let’s take a look at how each player ranks at this point in the process. 15. Allen Crabbe One year into Allen Crabbe‘s career, it would be unfair to call...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

My Takeaways from Seahawks First Regular Season Game

The Stats Look Good But… The leaves are beginning to change color, there is a crispness in the air during the morning hours, and yes,  your Seattle Seahawks have started playing regular season football games once again. It’s difficult to argue that fall has officially arrived given those facts but what about that Seahawk game? A quick look at the stat sheet might tell you that...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Gets Called Up In September For The Seattle Mariners?

Phones In Tacoma Soon To Be Ringing The playoff chase is on and help could be just 30 miles or so south for the Seattle Mariners. The AAA Tacoma Rainiers are full of players to choose from, some deserving a look and others not so much.  MLB rules allow the Mariners to call up as many as 15 addition players for a total of 40 for the final month of the season. Will the M’s call...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the REAL Dustin Ackley Please Stand Up?

Another flash or is this the real Ack? Rarely do you see a player with a more crazy up and down, hot or not story as that of the Seattle Mariner’s Dustin Ackley. It’s crazy to think about but Ackley was taken 23 picks BEFORE the Angels selected Mike Trout. It kinda gets you right down there in your gut, doesn’t it?  Who’s name is more recognizable in baseball circles at...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Predictions For Your 2014 Seattle Seahawks

Superbowl or Bust? I think it’s safe to say that for the 2014 Seattle Seahawks, expectations have never been higher in their entire team history. Despite the fact that recent history says that the previous eight Superbowl Champions have failed to make it past the 1st round of the playoffs many truly believe that Seattle is still the best team in the NFL. I’m not going to predict...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard: Face of the NBA?

Dame = Fame. Damian Lillard is quickly becoming one of the most recognized players in the NBA, and we’re not just talking about his play on the court. Sure, his series-winning shot in Game 6 against the Houston Rockets may have solidified his stardom in the eyes of most across the Association, but it’s his presence both on and off the court that is defining him as one of the...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Brass Gives GM Jack Zduriencik A Multi-Year Extension

And Deservedly So, I Might Add The 2014 Seattle Mariners are just full of surprises.  After giving their GM, Jack Zduriencik, a “do or die” one-year deal preceding the season, the M’s brass has now apparently seen enough to be satisfied. That’s right, Jack Zduriencik has just been extended as the M’s GM for multiple years.  The exact number of years has not been released...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers X-factor in 2014-15 NBA season

Who Will Step Up? When it comes to the Portland Trail Blazers, you know what you’re going to get out of the starting lineup. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the go-to options on offense, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum will impact the perimeter on both ends of the floor and Robin Lopez will do the dirty work so the rest of the crew doesn’t have to. The...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 NBA schedule

It’s official. The NBA has released its schedule for 2014-15, and there are numerous contests to get excited for. The Miami Heat host LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 25, the Kevin Love-less Minnesota Timberwolves host those same Cavs Jan. 31 and the San Antonio Spurs travel to Cleveland on Nov. 19. From a league-wide perspective, there’s plenty of anticipation for...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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