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Names to Watch in the 2014 Canucks Coaching Search

Here We Go Again… Another early start to the Vancouver Canucks off-season, and yet another coaching search. Somehow, everything is worse this year. The season ended quicker, the coaching staff was worse and depending on who you ask, so is the field of available coaches. It’s a trifecta of Canucks related misery that seems only suiting of this franchise and it’s sordid forty...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How Portland Trail Blazers can advance further in 2015 playoffs

How Far Can They Go? The 2014 NBA Finals are officially underway, and while Portland Trail Blazers fans can be proud of the work their team did in the postseason, it’s blatantly clear that the squad from Rip City is neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs. After watching Portland fall in not-so-dramatic fashion to the Spurs in Round 2, it’s obvious that the Blazers...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Under the Spotlight: Mariners’ Starter Roenis Elias

Young Man From Cuba Has Break Out Game Back in March when the Seattle Mariners were still trying to sort out their starting pitching staff, injuries led to the appointment of a young starting pitcher from Cuba, Roenis Elias, into the rotation. Most people thought of this move as a stop gap measure, a means to an end, a way to get by until herald prospect Taijuan Walker along with...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Pre-2014-Draft Needs

2014 Draft is upon us… The Seattle Mariners have the 6th overall selection in this year’s amateur player draft. Trying to figure what a baseball team needs is harder than most professional sports because of the differences. While players can be drafted out of high school, the biggest factor is the massive minor league system that Major League Baseball has developed. Factoring...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners predictions moving forward in 2014

Lots to look forward to Seattle Mariners fans know June to be the month that it all falls apart. While many will joke the team gets knocked out of contention after the first game, true fans know them to wait at least 2 full months to implode. All joking aside, history will tell you that the jokes have some legitimacy to them despite their successful seasons. This year, though, things...
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June 05, 2014  |  2 Comments

It’s Back To Square 1 For The Mariners At Shortstop

Struggling SS Equals Understatement How in the world did the Seattle Mariners wind up with this problem?  If you had asked me after spring training what the position to worry about on the Seattle Mariners roster I’m pretty sure I would not have said shortstop. Who would have? Less we forget that the M’s had an open competition at shortstop this spring between Nick Franklin...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rip City Recognition: 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers awards

Awards Season. The 2013-14 NBA season was one to remember for the Portland Trail Blazers. Not only did the team make the postseason for the first time since 2011, but it reached the second round for the first time since 2000. That’s a 14-year drought down the drain; one we never, ever have to talk about again. While the always-entertaining Blazers managed to take down the Houston...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks 2014 Rookies: Can any of them make the team?

Depth, Depth, Depth With young and talented rosters popping up around the NFL, it is becoming increasingly difficult for incoming rookies to do enough to make the team. That is an issue the Seattle Seahawks are beginning to run into. While they have a knack for drafting well and doing so in the later rounds, the front office is about to have some difficult decisions on their hands...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reasons to love Seahawk Doug Baldwin and his new contract

Paid but still angry…kind of If you missed the big news out of Seattle yesterday, the Seahawks and Doug Baldwin announced a contract extension that will keep the wide receiver in town for 3 more years. This comes on the heels of the recent extentions of both CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas and helps the Seahawks keep their young core intact. With Baldwin locked in for the...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Are The 2014 Mariners’ Potential All-Stars?

Cano, Hernandez…Obviously With the M’s floating just above or just below the .500 mark with their team record as we head into June it’s time to start thinking about the All-Star team. For the first time in what seems like quite a while the M’s have more than a single name that could wind up playing in the 2014 All-Star game at shiny, new Target Field in Minneapolis.  Here’s...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

One Third Of The Seattle Mariners Season Is In The Books

A Third Of The Way Home And Things Are Looking Up This week your 2014 Seattle Mariners will officially pass the one third mark in the season.  With one third of the season down and two to go where do the M’s stand?  Not too surprisingly they don’t look too bad. When you start breaking down the individual performances you find good and you find bad, no matter how good or bad...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Will The M’s Consider Kendrys Morales With Corey Hart Out?

Now The Morales Debate Is Genuine During the MLB offseason, there was considerable discussion about the Seattle Mariners re-signing DH/1B Kendrys Morales. The argument was pretty straight forward.  Kendrys Morales was the M’s best hitter in 2013, and you have to re-sign your best hitter, right? Wrong!  After Morales rejected Seattles’ qualifying offer of over $14 million for...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

With Maurer Struggling, M’s Need Walker & Paxton Back

Walker & Paxton Still Fighting To Return The Seattle Mariners‘ starting rotation is beginning to jell with the return of Hisashi Iwakuma.  You have to like what Felix Hernandez, Iwakuma, Chris Young and Roenis Elias have done so far. Brandon Maurer, on the other hand, has really struggled.   The numbers speak for themselves. Maurer has six starts with just 28 innings...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Haven’t You Figured It Out Yet?  Iwakuma Is A Dominant Pitcher

8 Innings Each In First 3 Starts Says It All It’s simply amazing to me just how little people take notice of a pitcher like the Seattle Mariners‘ Hisashi Iwakuma.  It’s almost like if you can’t throw it 95 MPH and strike out at least a dozen per game, you can’t be considered a dominated pitcher. I’ve been accused of being “old school” when it comes to my baseball...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

One-Two Punch!  Jones and Saunders Hitting It Hard

Top of the Lineup Life At Last It wasn’t but two weeks ago I was writing about how the Seattle Mariners bats were struggling at the top of the order. What a difference a couple of weeks can make. With the continual strikeouts of Abraham Almonte now a seemingly distant memory, you have James Jones and Michael Saunders suddenly lighting up the box score at the top of the order. Michael...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

He’s Back!  Nick Franklin Returns to the Mariners Lineup

Hart Sent to the DL, Franklin Called Up After coming up lame on Sunday while trying to steal second base, the Seattle Mariners‘ DH, Corey Hart, pulled a hamstring.  The news was not good when he was examined by team  medical director Edward Khalfayan. Hart has a grade-2 hamstring strain.  Grade 3 is considered the worst, so I suppose it’s not as bad as it could be.  Regardless...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Was 2013-14 a starting point or a high point for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Moving Forward… The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2013-14 NBA season with modest hopes.  “Expectations are the playoffs, and beyond,” head coach Terry Stotts said, according to The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito. And he was right. Ignoring the fact that Stotts threw in “and beyond” for politically correct reasons, the lead man was accurate in his analysis of the...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

James Jones the next Adam Jones?

Déjà Jones We are nearly half way into the month of May, and the Seattle Mariners are 20-18. That’s right, a winning record at this point in the season for the first time since 2003. There are several reasons the Mariners have been successful as of late – outstanding pitching from unlikely sources (Chris Young and Roenis Elias) and timely hitting have been major contributors...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft: Seahawks edition

Seahawks add talent During the second day of the draft Seattle filled it’s two biggest needs.  Their first pick (45th overall) they selected a wide receiver with the ability to stretch the field in Paul Richardson. Later in the 2nd round they filled the void left by the departure of Breno Giacomini when they selected tackle Justin Britt. I initially thought they might be looking...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 2 of the 2014 draft: Seahawks edition

After trading down the Seahawks finally pick Heading into the NFL draft, I only saw three options for the Seattle Seahawks.  They could either draft wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, draft guard Xavier Su’a-Filo or trade the pick to another team. Kelvin Benjamin was selected before the Seahawks were on the clock by the Panthers with the 28th pick. That left two options, draft...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014 Seattle Mariners, Are A +.500 Team

Mariners Sailing Fast After 7-2 Road Trip I think it’s safe to say that the Seattle Mariners have righted the ship.  An eight-game losing streak had a number of fans saying, “Here we go again,” but the McClendon’s crew has shown some stiff upper lip by going on a very tough road trip through New York, Houston and Oakland and coming away 7-2. That, my friends, is pretty darn...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Good The Bad! The Seattle Seahawks 2014 draft class

Three Rounds Complete But Just Two New Players Day 1 of the NFL Draft ended and as far as the Seattle Seahawks are concerned we saw exactly what we everyone thought we’d see from Seattle in the 1st round. Nothing. As expected the Seahawks traded their 1st round, 32nd overall, pick to their favorite draft partners, the Minnesota Vikings. Given that the Seahawks have just re-signed...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Bats Struggle At The Top Of The Lineup

Almonte Sent out, Lineup Shuffled Again Despite a relatively potent punch in Robinson Cano and Corey Hart batting in the 3 and 4 holes respectively, the Seattle Mariners have continued to struggle getting guys on base in front of those two guys consistently. Centerfielder Abraham Almonte, had been batting in the leadoff spot the vast majority of the time.  Late last week M’s skipper...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome Back, Hisashi Iwakuma

And boy do the M’s need you It cannot be understated how important it was to see the Seattle Mariners activate starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. With starters James Paxton and Taijuan Walker both on the DL as well, the bullpen has been pushed into a lot of extra innings of duty out there, and it’s taken its toll on some of the guys. Losing...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 27

Exhale… The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2014 NBA playoffs as underdogs to the Houston Rockets. Despite being just one seed apart and owning the same regular-season record, Houston’s star power gave people the idea that Portland couldn’t hang, and that the Rockets were championship contenders. As it turns out, the Blazers are the ones moving on after a dramatic Game...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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