Mark Helfrich

Oregon Ducks Coaches Showing Homework Isn’t Just For The Players

High school teachers around the world are often fond of saying, “If you diligently do all your homework, the tests will be a breeze.” Well, for the sixth straight year, the Oregon Ducks’ coaches have aced their first test of the season. That’s because when junior college transfer linebacker Jonah Moi joined the fall practice […]


“My, Oh My!” – Mariners Retrospective – Dave Niehaus

I’ve spent plenty of time huffing and puffing about what a circus sideshow the Seattle Mariners of 2015 have become this year. So many words have been dropped on the page about who is to blame and why.  I’m not here to keep doing that. I’ve already raked them over the coals and vilified the […]

Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie reaches to catch the pick-off throw as Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, right, attempts to steal second base in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Seattle. Lawrie's tag on Cano was ruled an out after the initial safe call on the field was challenged by the Athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Second Half Has Been Bizarro Mariners

Superman fans know Bizarro as the supervillain with all the attributes of Superman, but with some of the powers reversed, like cold vision instead of heat vision. Seattle Mariners fans, accustomed to really good pitching, anchored by King Felix Hernandez, and, well, really not so good hitting, spearheaded by usually no one, may be thinking […]

Arizona Cardinals

NFC West Season Preview Part Three – Arizona Primed For Decline?

During the course of the 2015 NFL Preseason, Oregon Sports News will feature a weekly season preview of one of the four teams housed by the NFC West. Each weekly breakdown will feature one of the division mates (previews to be scheduled based on ascending order of the 2014 division standings) with roster and coaching […]

Andrew Moore

Seattle Mariners Got It Right When They Selected Andrew Moore

A year after passing on the Oregon State Beavers’ top player in the draft, the Seattle Mariners got it right and selected Andrew Moore with the 72nd pick in the 2015 draft. What could have been considered a reach when selecting Moore in the Competitive Balance Round B, which is an extension of the second […]

Pacific Northwest

A Letter Of Encouragement To The Pacific Northwest

Dear Pacific Northwest, At a time when Washington is suffering from the biggest fire in its history, when the Northwest is withering from drought, when the stock market is shrinking like our reservoirs, let’s not forget the healing power of sports. You’ve definitely had your ups and downs, but nothing ever seemed to hold you […]

Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson Showing Real Promise With Hillsboro Hops

Being drafted by a Major League Baseball team is an impressive accomplishment just by itself. Being drafted first overall, however, brings an even more daunting set of expectations: You’re part of a super elite group, perceived to literally be the best of the best. You join men like Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones and Alex […]

Thorns Sky Blue

Portland Thorns Playoff Battle Continues

A fierce battle has been under way for a couple of weeks now, which has had women’s soccer fans on the edge of their seats. Portland’s beloved Thorns have been vying for a spot in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) playoffs. As the regular season is wrapping up, there are a couple of teams […]

We Want You

Recruiting At The Top

Big time high school athletes face big time pressure from college recruiters. The deck is stacked against them. It’s an un-mapped minefield where a quality education can turn to dust in a phone call. The recruiter knows the drill but it’s the first and only time for the athlete. The past few months I’ve been […]

Portland Winterhawks

Portland Winterhawks Back On The Ice This Week

When temperatures soar to nearly 100 degrees, one’s mind certainly turns to hockey, doesn’t it? This week, the Portland Winterhawks will put hockey back in the forefront as they open their 39th training camp with one that may have a lot of questions to start. The team will be minus much of its main scoring […]

Johnson Dodson

Three Must See Fights Of UFC 191

Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and with that comes another UFC pay-per-view event. UFC 191 goes down Saturday, September 5th, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand. This card features some of the most explosive fighters on the UFC roster, and is likely to be a crowd-pleaser. UFC 191 can hopefully right the […]

AJ Green

Fantasy Football Draft Preview – Wide Receiver Tier Rankings

Greetings, and welcome to the third article in our 2015 fantasy football preview series! If you missed part one that covered quarterbacks and also detailed the methodology behind my ranks, check it out here. Part two covered running back tiers and talked a little early-round draft strategy, and can be found here. So with that […]

Russell Wilson

Dear Mom, Russell Wilson Did Not Disrespect The Seattle Seahawks

After writing about Seattle’s long-term future and the need to secure its franchise quarterback, one of the “commenters” took me to task. The following is an actual email I received from my mother in response to a piece I wrote about Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks:  Hi Sonny Boy, I think Russell Wilson disrespected […]

Ed Davis

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Ed Davis

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become […]