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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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hail To The New Chief, Rob Manfred Named New MLB Commissioner

Mariners Fans’ Concerns For The New Commish’ Dear Rob, I write to you today as a concerned fan of baseball.  My ties are mostly to the Seattle Mariners, but as a writer and a fan I think I can safely say that my concerns are mostly universal to all baseball fanatics. I’m sure you can decide for yourself, as you must be a reasonably intelligent person to have achieved the position...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners’ stretch drive for playoffs: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?

Get Ready For A Wild Six Weeks Anyone know what this crazy, tingling sensation is? No, I don’t have some sort of communicable disease. Yes — that’s it!  This is what it feels like to me in the midst of genuine, bonafide, legitimate pennant chase as a fan of the Seattle Mariners. Fun isn’t it? As I write today, the Mariners, for the moment, are in possession of the second...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Takeaways From The Seahawks First Half Of Preseason

Are the Hawks ready for 2014? Two Seattle Seahawks‘ preseason matchups are finished and we have two to go. As difficult as it is to gain much of anything constructive out of preseason games, I do have a few thoughts as we cross the midpoint of preseason on our way to much more meaningful games. The Offense I like the offense I have seen overall from Seattle.  Most squads on that...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

If You Aren’t Excited About The 2014 Seattle Mariners Yet…

What’s It Going To Take Seattle? Folks, I just don’t get it.  Here we sit in mid-August and your Seattle Mariners are ONE game out of a playoff berth in the current AL standings.  While the stands had 41,000+ fans in seats last night over half of them were there for the Toronto Blue Jays. Uh, hello?  Bueller?  Anyone? Anyone? I just don’t get that people.  This is certainly...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

How Kevin Love trade impacts Portland Trail Blazers

The summer of Love. The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly come to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a trade that will send Kevin Love out East for former No. 1 picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, as well as a future Cavs first-rounder. The deal was reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski on Aug. 7, and while no deal can be completed until Aug. 23 because of...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

It was a Super Bowl XLVIII re-match, sorta

Seahawks at Broncos It was 2,890 miles and six months ago that the Seattle Seahawks embarrassed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.  I don’t care how much he denied being embarrassed, the reality remains that he was either embarrassed or stupid. Since Manning is one of the smartest players in the NFL, my money is on embarrassed. The first quarter of the preseason debut started...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Honor Lou Piniella Saturday August 9th

Lou To Be Inducted To Mariners Hall of Fame For 10 seasons the Emerald City watched the Seattle Mariners, win or lose, under Lou Piniella’s leadership.  Given his success of getting the M’s to the playoffs on several occasions it’s only fitting that this Saturday he becomes the first Seattle Mariner’s skipper inducted into the Mariner’s Hall of Fame. No other skipper in...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons I’m Ready for Seahawks Football in 2014 

Is it September Yet? The dog days of August are upon us.  Training camp is underway and that thing we call Pre-season football is about to start just to further antagonize us as we wait for the NFL regular season to begin. Yah I think it’s fair to say I’m not a fan of pre-season football.  The players I want to see play might play a series or two per game and then I’m stuck...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Trade Deadline Analysis for the Seattle Mariners

M’s Make Two Deadline Deals As a whole, the 2014 MLB trade deadline will likely be talked about as one of the most active days of trading in baseball history. Several teams like the A’s and Tigers went into “All In” mode and made some serious waves with their acquisitions. Did Jack make the right moves? The Seattle Mariners, on the other hand, made some moves that might not...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshawn Lynch stiff arming the Seattle Seahawks?

Potential Holdout Looms On Friday, July 25, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks will officially begin the most important training camp in franchise history.  I say most important because nothing is harder in sports than defending a championship. But… Today, on the NFL Network, former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson announced that Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch is preparing to start...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

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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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 16, 2014  |  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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July 13, 2014  |  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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July 10, 2014  |  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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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 05, 2014  |  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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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 02, 2014  |  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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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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