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The Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker Is Coming Of Age

Phenom Talent Has It All Working It seems we’ve been here before.  The Seattle Mariners have had dozens of young arms throughout the years that were blessed with unimaginable talents to do the what seems like such a simple thing — throw a baseball. All of them could throw the ball of course but precious few, however, have lived up to the promise of becoming dominant. We live...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Returns Punts For The Seattle Seahawks In 2015

Punt Return Gig Is Wide Open One area I think the Seattle Seahawks regressed in 2014 was on special teams, specifically on punt returns.  When Golden Tate left for greener pastures and greener wallets in Detroit the Seahawks really never came up with a good solution to replace Tate returning punts. Before Tate, it was Leon Washington, who might be the best returner the Seahawks...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

How NFL Proposed Rule Changes Could Impact The Seattle Seahawks

Radical Ideas To Further Change The Game Proposed It’s that time of year when the NFL competition committee meets to discuss ways to improve the game and teams even submit ideas on how one rule or another should be changed to “improve the game”. Most fans, including Seattle Seahawks fans, are not big on the idea of changing rules.  Fans generally see rule changes as a way...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Battle For Shortstop Heats Up Again At Mariners Spring Training

Taylor and Miller Both Giving It Their All Since it’s pretty clear that Seattle Mariner’s skipper Lloyd McClendon is set on a quasi-platoon role between Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left, along with a true platoon role in right with Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano, one has to think that the real battle for a position spot on the Mariners 25 man roster is at shortstop. There...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Schneider and Carroll Wheeling And Dealing, Land Jimmy Graham

Hawks Send Unger & a 1st to Nawlins Free agency in the NFL is underway and the Seattle Seahawks are flying out of the gate.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Seahawks and their crafty general manager, John Schneider, pull off a very high-profile trade that nets the Hawks the highly talented tight end, Jimmy Graham. The Seahawks had recently cut...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch:  M’s Will Have 25 Man Roster Decisions To Make

Multiple Players Will Not Make Mariners 25 Man Roster As the first Cactus League action gets under way there are plenty of underlying stories  to keep an eye on as veterans and young players all try to scratch their way on to the Seattle Mariners’ 25 man roster. For some, not making the M’s roster means a trip into the M’s minor league system some place.  For others, it...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

What Position Will The Seattle Seahawks Target In The First Round?

Could Pending Contract Extensions Play A Role? Thanks to a Super Bowl 49 loss that I’m sure you are tired of being re-hashed the Seattle Seahawks are moving on and preparing to make their first draft pick at spot #31 instead of #32 in the NFL Draft.  What positions might the Seahawks chose to target? Like all teams, the Seahawks have some obvious needs at several positions, wide...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Zunino, Baker, and Sucre A Rare Combination Behind The Plate

The 2015 Seattle Mariners Spotlight One position the 2015 Seattle Mariners are not going to worry too much over is the catcher position.  The Mariners are about as deep with talented catchers in their organization as any club out there.  Together, Mike Zunino, John Baker, and Jesus Sucre are a trio that bring the best abilities in every facet of the game. Zunino has the power...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Free Agent Targets for the 2015 Seattle Seahawks

Cap Space Is Limited, But Some Deals Still Likely With mega-deals pending for Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and maybe even Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks are going to be seriously limited in what they can do in terms of free agency this offseason. Yes, put that crazy idea of signing Ndamukong Suh right out the window.  He very well might want to sign with Seattle, but the...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Seattle Mariners Breakout With Big Seasons In 2015?

Seager Busted Out In 2014, so who’s Next? I have already said on numerous occasions that it’s very unrealistic of Seattle Mariners fans to expect their shiny new DH, Nelson Cruz, to step in and hit 40 homers in 2015.  It’s NOT going to happen, and you are fooling yourself if you believe it will.  What will happen for Cruz is 25 homers or so — maybe 30 — and a batting...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

With Success Comes More Seahawks Coaching Changes

Norton and Quinn Replacements Named The fallout of Seahawks Coaches Ken Norton Jr. and Dan Quinn departing has come full circle as their replacements were named this week. In a move that surprised practically nobody, the Seattle Seahawks named Kris Richard, their current secondary coach, as their new defensive coordinator to replace Quinn who left for the Falcon’s head coaching...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Battles to Watch

A Few Key Battles Will Be Brewing In Peoria The 2015 Seattle Mariners are certainly looking more and more like a complete team.  Most of the position battles have already been sorted out and most guys are headed into spring training knowing what their role will be this season. A key battle for a job that will be fought will be for the 5th spot in the Mariners rotation which we’ve...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Are The Seattle Mariners Headed To The Arbitration Table?

Tom Wilhelmsen Still Holding Out When it comes to arbitration cases for their arbitration eligible players the Seattle Mariners are really quite boring, especially when you consider the fact that they haven’t been to a hearing in 12 seasons. Shockingly, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and the Mariners seem to be on a collision course for that hearing. The Bartender is taking a hard line...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Seattle Seahawks Have Free Agent Decisions To Make

Time To Churn That Roster It’s inevitable.  It happens every year regardless of whether or not you win the Super Bowl.  Free agency time has rolled around for the 2015 Seattle Seahawks‘ season and just like always, there are decisions to be made. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you look some of the names that John Schneider and Pete Carroll must decide upon...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Seahawks Can’t RePete, Fall To Pats In Super Bowl 49

Devastating Loss equals Bevell’s Head? Sunday, February 1st, 2015, a day that will live in infamy, the Seattle Seahawks were suddenly and deliberately attacked by one of the worst play call decisions made in the history of the Super Bowl. Trailing by just four points, a time out in hand with just 20 seconds left in regulation, and with a 2nd down and goal at the 1 yard line ...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seahawks and The Patriots — Super Bowl XLIX Preview

Seahawks Have The Blueprint In a very strange way, the roadmap to victory for the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks is not a very hard one to draw up.  The Seattle Seahawks need to do just one thing to bring home their second Lombardi Trophy in as many years–  Do exactly what they did last year. Maybe that sounds overly simplistic but I think it’s very true....
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Have A Battle For The Five Hole Starter

The Fifth Man In Rotation Will Win Job During Spring The Seattle Mariners roster for 2015 continues to finalize itself.  The M’s just picked up Endy Chavez one more time with a minor league deal to bolster their depth in the outfield.  Only one spot is truly “up for grabs” during spring training from what I can discern.  That spot would be the 5th starter in the M’s five...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Super Bowl 49.  Is It The Last Game For Beast Mode As A Seahawk?

Win or lose, What becomes of Lynch? At the beginning of the season I speculated that the 2014 Seattle Seahawks season was likely the last for running back Marshawn Lynch wearing a Seahawk uniform.  And while I still feel that this is probably true, even as the Seahawks head to their second consecutive Super Bowl, it’s probably not for the reason I thought back in August. I think...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Baldwin Exposed — Is Angry Doug Really Angry?

Why Doug, Why? Sorry ladies.  If you came here looking for naked pictures of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin you came to the wrong place.  Today I want to discuss exposing Baldwin’s anger, not anything else. What is the deal with Baldwin anyway?  By now I’m sure you’ve heard his post game rant following the Seahawks miraculous come from behind win over the Green...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Hawk and Awe– Seahawks Stun Packers In NFC Championship

Seattle Packing For Super Bowl 49 I find myself staring blankly at walls today, the day after the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship over the Green Bay Packers, 28-22.  No adjective I can find in my thesaurus accurately describes the comeback the Seahawks made Sunday.  I’m forced to give you several. Improbable, Unimaginable, Breathtaking,  Classic, use any of these...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the 2015 Seattle Mariners A Complete Team?

Who Are The Starting 25 For The M’s? The Seattle Mariners’ 2015 roster is pretty well dialed in.  I think they are done acquiring players that have a chance to make the 25 man roster.  Maybe they make a move for an aging vet or two and give them minor league deals with spring training invites but I think we’ve seen what we are going to see. The question now becomes– ...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFC Championship Preview — Packers at Your Seattle Seahawks

Will The Seahawks Dominate The Pack Again? Think way back to Week 1 of the blossoming NFL Season when the Seattle Seahawks squared off against the Green Packers at Century Link.  The game was never really in doubt for the Seahawks as they beat the Pack 36-16 and had everyone talking repeat right from the outset. A couple of things stood out in that Seahawk victory.  Richard Sherman...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Playoffs: The Seattle Seahawks send the Panthers Packing

Seahawks Move On To NFC Championship Game Like a bird taunting a cat, the Seattle Seahawks slowly but surely forced the Panthers to the point where they started making mistakes.  As the mistakes mounted, the Seahawks’ score climbed.  Eventually the Seahawks found themselves victorious, winning 31-17 over a hopelessly overmatched Carolina Panthers team. For the Seahawks, it means...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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