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Seattle Mariners offense off to streaky start

Mariner Runs Come Feast or Famine The Seattle Mariners are off to a reasonably good start at 7-6.  I use the term “reasonably good” because while I’m sure you’d like to see them at 13-0 I think you have to consider this a team that has been above the .500 level since 2009 when they won 85 games. Major League Baseball is not like the NFL.  MLB teams can’t turn around a...
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The Seattle Mariners recall Nick Franklin

Switch-Hitting Franklin back with M’s This morning Nick Franklin tweeted that he was flying to Texas, presumably to join the Mariners as they face off with the Rangers again. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the Mariners who have been streaky on offense. Where will Franklin fit in? Brad Miller, the man that won the shortstop job over Franklin by hitting .410 in spring...
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Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 24

Light at the End of the Tunnel The 2014 NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Portland Trail Blazers have locked up a first-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. Following a week that saw Portland go 3-0, the team from the Pacific Northwest has just one game to go. The recent win over the Golden State Warriors was arguably the most important victory of the year, but...
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Predicting Portland Trail Blazers’ seed in 2014 NBA playoffs

How High Can They Climb? At this point in the NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers are fighting for home-court advantage in the 2014 playoffs. The team hasn’t been to the postseason since 2011, and the question is: Do they need home-court advantage to make the second round for the first time since 2000? As of April 10 at 12:00 a.m. PT, here’s how the standings look in the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 23

Officially In The Portland Trail Blazers are officially in the playoffs following a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, and it will be the first time the team plays a postseason game since 2011. Needless to say, the Blazers are ready to get back to the playoffs. This is an organization that is hungry to find success, and making the postseason is Step 1 toward making that happen...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers show urgency with 2014 NBA playoffs looming

Back on Track Wesley Mattews tried to warn you. When the Portland Trail Blazers experienced arguably their worst loss of the NBA season — a 124-94 debacle against the Charlotte Bobcats – Wesley Matthews was the one who took it personally, issuing a guarantee of sorts when challenged by a reporter. According to The Oregonian‘s Joe Freeman, an unnamed reported asked whether...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Surprise roster choices worth monitoring

Ramirez, Elias and Romero Worth Watching With the MLB season underway and the Seattle Mariners off to a fast start, it’s worth highlighting a few youngsters that made the 25-man roster for the M’s in 2014. These guys could be players we wind up watching for a long time. Roenis Elias, Erasmo Ramirez and Stefen Romero are the latest Mariners to earn the opportunity to shine....
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Bats starting to shine in regular season

Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak answering the call If you follow me at all, you know that I’ve been on the case of Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak for some time now.  I called for Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zdriencik to trade Ackley last year, and while I haven’t been ready to embrace letting Smoak go, I did say this spring that this season is both of their last chances...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Options for the Seahawks in Round 1

Decisions, Decisions With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up, the Seattle Seahawks are working behind closed doors to put together their draft board. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been tinkering for some time now and we all know it. But what exactly are they working on? Whose tape are they watching? Whose Combine or Pro Day impressed them the most? Those are the questions that...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Allen & Seahawks Give Pete Carroll 3 Year Extension

Full Circle On Pete  Friday Morning, April 4, 2014 is the date that Pete Carroll will now remember for a very long time.  It’s the date that likely made the Seattle Seahawks’ Head Coach the highest paid NFL coach in history, for the next 3 years anyway. And rightfully so. The Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl champions.  The Seahawks not only won the game, but they dominated...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 22

Back on Track? The 2014 NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Portland Trail Blazers are finally turning things around with LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup. In Week 22, Rip City went 3-2 in matchups against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. More importantly, the team saw LaMarcus Aldridge return, and the team closed...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Coaches

A Reunion of Sorts When the New York Rangers come to Rogers Arena for Tuesday’s night’s, mostly, meaningless tilt with the Vancouver Canucks coming with them will be an old friend of the city and it’s team, former coach Alain Vigneault. The estranged former coach of the Canucks, whose tenure lasted eight years and included one glorious run to within one game of the Stanley...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ladies & Gents!!! Your 2014 Seattle Mariners!!!!!

A Couple Of Surprises  With just an hour before the regular season gets underway lets look at the Seattle Mariners finalized 25 man roster.  Here’s a quick run down of who made the cut, who’s headed to AAA and who the surprises are. Starting Pitchers Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, and Chris Young.  It’s no surprise to see Felix listed first...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Allen Snubs the Seattle Seahawks, Signs With Bears

Snub? Allen Takes Cash Over Chance At Ring Early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Bears announced the signing of former Minnesota Viking defensive end Jared Allen.  Allen had been previously negotiating with Pete Carroll and John Schneider to join the Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks already lethal defense. From a 12th man perspective, initially, this might seem like a total snub...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Zduriencik and the Mariners brass suddenly get cheap

Randy Wolf shown the door over $1 million There was an interesting series of events that took place on Tuesday evening in regards to what was likely the final rotation spot behind Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, and Roenis Elias. Randy Wolf had been pitching fairly well.  He’d had a few HR issues, and a few too many walks but had pulled ahead of Blake Beavan for...
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21 days ago  |  3 Comments

5 things we must see from Portland Trail Blazers down the stretch

Home Stretch It’s officially crunch time, and the Portland Trail Blazers have chosen an inopportune stretch to play their worst basketball of the 2013-14 NBA season. Following the team’s 95-85 loss to the abysmal Orlando Magic, the Blazers are just 3-8 in their last 11. The team began the season 24-5, but talks of a championship run have officially been replaced by fears of...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 21

An Ugly 2-1 If I had told you before the NBA season began that the Portland Trail Blazers would be 45-25 through 70 games, you would have been ecstatic right? As it turns out, expectations shifted after the hot start, and fans are getting more and more nervous with every loss, as the playoffs are right around the corner. Portland began the year as the surprise of the Association...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

As schedule improves, Portland Trail Blazers must return to early-season form

The Time Is Now Following the 1-4 road trip that lowered league-wide expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers, a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks — the NBA’s worst team — was supposed to bring back confidence. As it turned out, a tight 120-115 overtime win left fans with more questions than answers — the most significant being: Can we trust the Trail Blazers in the postseason...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 20

Uh oh… The Portland Trail Blazers encountered another tough stretch in Week 20, but this time it felt like a much bigger blow than it has in weeks past. Entering Tuesday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Blazers have lost six of their last eight. They went 1-3 in Week 20, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors while taking down the...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

In The Battle For Short, Franklin & Miller Making A Case

In Center, The Issue May Be Already Decided It’s a bit early still in the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training season, but you wouldn’t know it by the way Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are duking it out over the starting shortstop position. Just a couple of weeks ago, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that it was an open competition between these two guys for the right to be...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Winning Has Two Prices: Increased Salaries & Free Agent Departures

Several Key Seahawks Part Ways with the 12th Man It might be a new thing to Seattle Seahawks fans, but winning the Super Bowl has its price. The players who stick around with your team after the big win want a bigger contract.  Guys leave too, usually for the same reason — a bigger contract. Despite the talks of discounts, dynasties and keeping the team together for a long period...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks sign Michael Bennett to 4-year deal

Forging the Foundation After letting go of defensive end Red Bryant, the Seattle Seahawks held on to their more prized pass rusher - Michael Bennett – by signing him to a four-year deal reportedly worth $34 million with $16 million guaranteed. The key to Seattle’s success was difficult to pin point last season, considering it was so well-rounded and performed soundly in every...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Time to Perform is Now for Ackley and Smoak

It’s do-or-die time for Justin & Dustin With a new Skipper in the dugout, Lloyd McClendon, there seems to be a new swagger lurking its way through the Seattle Mariners‘ spring training complex in Arizona.  Despite my initial hesitation in the Jack Zduriencik selection of McClendon as the new M’s manager, I must admit I really like the tone he has set so far in his brief...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 19

High and Low(s) With the exception of one lopsided win against the Atlanta Hawks, it was not a pretty week for the Portland Trail Blazers. In four games this week, the Blazers went just 1-3. The win against Atlanta was fun to watch for those who enjoy blowouts, but other than that, it was a week full of heart-wrenching leads lost, and tough finishes to start out a crucial late-season...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Zunino and Buck Seattle Mariners Catcher Spotlight

Can the wiley old vet help out the rook? I find that the catching story of the 2014 Seattle Mariners might be one of the most interesting yet most under-reported stories of the upcoming MLB season. Then again, maybe I’m just a former catcher trying to glorify the toughest position to play in baseball.   Either way, here’s a look at the two backstops the M’s will deploy behind...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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