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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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4 hours 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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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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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11 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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20 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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29 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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29 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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29 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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29 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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August 12, 2014  |  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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August 11, 2014  |  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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August 11, 2014  |  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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August 03, 2014  |  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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August 03, 2014  |  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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August 03, 2014  |  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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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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