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New Season, New Faces For 2016 Seattle Seahawks

Can The Seahawks Maintain A Winner With New Blood? The Seattle Seahawks have said goodbye to a number of key players this offseason.  J.R. Sweezy, Brandon Mebane, Bruce Irvin and Russell Okung have all parted ways with Seattle in the past few weeks. The departures have also given the Seahawks an opportunity to perhaps upgrade in these areas or other areas.  Despite a modest amount...
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March 22, 2016

Furbush Recovering Slowly Opens Door For Mike Montgomery

Montgomery Has New Hope With M’s Pen It’s hard to believe that a guy who less than one year ago threw back to back, complete game shutouts for the Seattle Mariners could be headed out of Seattle.  It was exactly the writing that appeared to be on the wall for M’s starter Mike Montgomery just a few days ago. Mike Montgomery’s future could depend on his ability to adapt...
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March 22, 2016

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Battles Heating Up

Paxton, Karns Fighting To Make Rotation Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Wade Miley and even Taijuan Walker seem to be early locks to be the front four of the Seattle Mariners starting rotation.  Three veterans followed by Walker, who’s throwing the ball better than he ever has in his still very young career, all look good on paper. But what of the fifth and final spot of the...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Goodbye Matt Hasselbeck — Forever A Seahawk

We Want The Ball And We’re Going To Score A lot of things have come across the path of former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck since he uttered one of the more ridiculous things I’ve ever heard during a coin toss.  It took three more years before Hass finally found his way into a Super Bowl for the Seahawks, their first ever appearance in the big game. As silly...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Seahawks Changes Abound In NFL 2016 Free Agency

Mebane, Irvin, Sweezy, Among Departures Charles Darwin once wrote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Well, change is certainly what we are seeing right now from the Seattle Seahawks during the start of the 2016 NFL free agency period.  While some of the names of departing players might seem...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft Targets For The Seattle Seahawks

A Pick In The First Round? Analyzing who the Seattle Seahawks, led by the dynamic duo of Pete Carroll and John Schneider, might pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL draft is nearly an impossible task.  These guys have their own, unique philosophy about the draft and who can really argue with it given their success? First round picks are not Pete’s thing. The Seahawks, under Carroll...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Offensively, Center Field Will Be The Biggest Challenge For 2016 Seattle Mariners

Can Leonys Martin Thrive Where Few Others Have? Center field for the Seattle Mariners is a position that will always be tied to hall of famer, Ken Griffey Jr.  The things Junior did for this team are legendary.  Legends often cast very large, dark shadows over their followers. Cameron was a very likable player but he was no Griffey. In the case of Griffey’s shadow, it is...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Three Seattle Seahawks Top 2016 Free Agent Targets

When Will O-Line Finally Be Addressed? The NFL free agency period is set to begin next week.  We’ve already discussed the Seahawks own free agents and what should or should not happen with them.  Who might the Seahawks choose to target from outside their own organization? Here are a few areas I expect to see the hawks deal with via the crazy world of NFL free agency. Sweezy...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Mariners Double Take—Paxton New Look, Walker New Pitch

M’s Young Starters Tirelessly Working To Improve Hard work yields positive results, right?  If you are a Seattle Mariners contract holder and hope to make the 25 man roster, you’d better be thinking that way.  This spring appears to be all about who has and is willing to work the hardest to make the team. I like that way of thinking that we are seeing from new M’s skipper...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

What Is Next For Seattle Mariners Catcher Mike Zunino?

All New Look Behind The Plate For M’s In 2016 The Seattle Mariners of 2016 are going to have a new look in a lot of areas on the field.  The most drastic change might be behind the plate, however, given that the Mariners sleepless, new GM, Jerry Dipoto, made the moves to replace both his starting and backup catchers from the 2015 lineup. New M’s catcher Chris Iannetta will...
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February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

The Un-happy Seattle Seahawks Contract Holders

Two Key Players Still Not Happy With Their Deals With the NFL free agency season fast approaching it’s worth stopping for just a moment and remembering a couple of Seattle Seahawks that aren’t happy with their current deals.  The first one I’ll bring up is the Seahawks starting safety, Kam Chancellor, the man that held out the first part of the 2015 season for that very reason...
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February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Goodbye Marshawn — Best Beast Mode Moments

Thanks For The Memories Marshawn All good things must come to an end.  I’m just glad that in the case of Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, that it’s on his terms, and with his health intact. Lynch finished his career as a member of the Seahawks and I have no doubt he’ll always be remember as a Seahawk even though he did start his career with the Buffalo Bills...
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spotlight —  Jesus Montero

Montero Fighting For His Career This Spring One of the most interesting battles to watch this spring as the Seattle Mariners get set for Cactus League play will be the battle at first base.  While Adam Lind will get virtually all of the playing time at first base when the Mariners face a right hander, it’s a safe bet he’ll be on the bench when a tough southpaw takes the mound...
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

After 14 Years Are The Playoffs Realistic For M’s? With the arrival of February comes the start of spring training in the MLB.  We also now have a pretty good idea of what the Mariners bullpen, rotation, and starting lineups will look like in 2016.  The only remaining question—just how successful will this new team with all these new faces be? With that I give you my three...
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February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
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January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Who Is The Next Seattle Seahawks Head Coach?

Conspiracy?  Is There All Ready A Deal? The Seattle Seahawks have been to the playoffs the last four years.  The middle two of those four years, they went to the Super Bowl.  All of this has happened under the watch of Pete Carroll, the Seahawks seemingly ageless, energetic coach. “It’s not how you start, it is how you finish”  Could Carroll be finished after 2016? ...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The Seattle Seahawks Free Agent To Do List

Schneider and Carroll Have Busy Off-season Ahead Whether you have accepted the Seattle Seahawks early departure from the playoffs or not, one thing should be crystal clear– the Hawks have a lot of free agents to deal with this spring.  Some are obviously higher priority than the others but no one can argue that there are not key guys who are now free agents. As you might now...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Seahawks, Panthers Play Just 30 Minutes Each

Panthers Hang On To First Half Win If you were fortunate enough to watch the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional playoff game, you saw one of the most unique football games ever played in the NFL.  Never have I seen both teams in a single game play at such a high level in one half and such a low level in the other half.  In the end, the Panthers...
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January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

The Seattle Supersonics Just Moved All Over Again

Two Cities, Two Sports, But Just One Story One of the more interesting facets of human beings is what we choose to invest our emotions in.  For a large percentage of people around the globe one of those things is sports.  Whether it is soccer riots in Europe, hockey fights in Canada or sumo wrestling in Japan, sports and all the emotions accompanied with them, are imbedded as...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Seahawks Look For Redemption Versus Panthers

NFC Divisional Playoff Looks To Be A Wild One It’s full steam ahead for the Seattle Seahawks after an amazingly fortunate win in the NFC Wild Card game last week.  There will be no extreme cold to deal with this week as the Seattle’s win propelled them to the divisional round where they’ll face the Carolina Panthers.  The Seahawks have to be hungry for a win over the Panthers...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Fate — It Favors Fools and Football Teams Named Seahawks

Seahawks Escape With Stunning Win Over Vikings The game started for the Minnesota Vikings with an ominous sign.  The Vikings team Gjallarhorn shattered in the frigid temperatures right before game time.  Could the shattering of a Viking horn be the foreshadow of the shattering of a playoff dream? As far as the Seattle Seahawks were concerned, they had simply traveled to Minnesota...
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January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Seahawks Playoff Party Will Be Piercing, Polar Cold

Do The Vikings Even Have A Chance? The Seattle Seahawks advanced to the playoffs in the 2015-6 NFL season as the number six, and last seeded team in the NFC.  Does that seeding system automatically mean the Seahawks are the most likely to lose their playoff game this weekend? Hardly. The Seahawks will face off against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card match up, a team...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Seahawks Stun Cards To Wrap Up The Regular Season

Seahawks Records Fall As Seattle Heads To Playoffs I’m going to be perfectly honest with you.  I did not see this kind of performance coming from the Seattle Seahawks as they trounced the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale Sunday, 36-6.  The energizing win certainly gives the Seahawks all the momentum as they head to the NFL playoffs. The improbability of this kind of statement win...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

The Finale – Seahawks At Cardinals To End 2015/16 Regular Season

Seahawks In, But A Win Could Net The Five Seed The stage is now set for the Seattle Seahawks final regular season game of the NFL 2015 season.  The opponent is the already crowned, 2015 NFC West Champions—The Arizona Cardinals.  Despite the Cardinals already locking up the division crown, both Seattle and Arizona have something to play for on Sunday, however. A Seahawks win...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation Possibilities

Who Goes When In the M’s Rotation? A new year has dawned and the Seattle Mariners of 2016 look just as new as the year does, under the watchful eyes of new Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Much the way we discussed the Mariners lineup possibilities, there are just as many interesting nuances and numbers to sort through when you try to come up with the M’s starting...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss
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