The start of the 2014-15 NBA season is just around the corner, with league games this Tuesday, October 28th. Portland tips off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 29th, and there have been many questions as to what we will see from the Trail Blazers this season. Will they take a step forward or […]
Just when things were going well, the Portland Timbers went down to Honduras to get a slice of respite from an increasingly futile MLS playoff chase and instead ripped the scab off the deep cut that has been the 2014 season. It was a capitulation. CD Olimpia 3, Portland 1. Just like that, the Timbers […]
Northwest Division Preview We finally come to the most important division in the Western Conference. While not many question whether Oklahoma City will repeat as division champs there have been kinks showing up in the Thunder’s armor and the Blazers may be poised to make a run at them, especially with the short absence of […]
On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein talks about Denver’s impressive win and Peyton Manning shockingly going off on an innocent bystander. Then, Oregon Sports News senior writer Abe Asher joins the show to preview Friday’s Oregon Ducks game against California and thoughts on the College Football Playoff. Finally, Brad shares his slant on where LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers size up against the rest of the NBA.
Advanced Metrics are Catching On The use of Defensive-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) is spreading beyond the website Football Outsiders and the advanced metrics enthusiasts like the sports team at FiveThirtyEight to mainstream ESPN articles such as Why the Cowboys are Overrated. You’re even likely to hear on air analysts refer to “efficiency” as a […]
With the Portland Trail Blazers starting their 2014-15 season in five days against the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder, I think it appropriate to express my excitement thus: Aaaaaahhhh snap yo!!! Although the hours I work at my day job unfortunately coincide with the majority of Blazer games happening (not that I could watch them […]
And generally brush the dirt of their shoulders. It’s no secret to fantasy owners everywhere (like myself) who drafted Kelvin Benjamin that he is so much more than a pretty face; he has emerged as the key receiver for the Carolina Panthers. He has 461 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season, leading all rookies […]
Another incredibly mediocre 8-4 week put my season record at 71-29; but there was only one major takeaway for the seven devoted followers of this space. I didn’t pick the Oregon game. And I’d like to blame ESPN. You’ll never know why. Here are the week nine picks. Oregon 51, California 20 – Cal coach […]
Once again an L.A. team will reign supreme in this division and once again it won’t be that ONE L.A. team. Yes, the Clippers are the toast of the division. There are two teams in this division who will battle for lottery glory, two teams that will battle for conference supremacy and one team ready […]
RECORD LAST WEEK: 11-9 OVERALL: 67-50-1 San Diego at Denver Start: Peyton Manning, QB, DEN Do not let the Chargers third ranked pass defense dissuade you. Manning is a must-start at all times. Sit: Branden Oliver, RB, SD Oliver has been extremely efficient thus far, but the Chargers will find difficulty grinding it out in […]
This column written by Kat Banks of PortlandSports.com, a partner of Oregon Sports News. If you’re like most Portlanders, you’re ready for some action after a week of ceaseless showers and sunless skies. Luckily, the final weekend of October offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy some open-air activities despite the daily downpour. Instead of hiding […]
The start of the NBA regular season is just days away. By opening night every drill known to the basketball world will have been run over and over, every set play will have been rehearsed ad nauseam and all the preseason chatter will finally end. But, you can never leave out the most important piece […]
There was only one disappointing moment for Oregon on Saturday. Before the Ducks took the field, when everyone was looking at the Autzen Stadium scoreboard to see the traditional playing of the “The Pick.” “The Pick,” as we know it, never played. Sure, part of Jerry Allen’s iconic call blasted out of the end-zone speakers, […]
On this episode of Prep Talk Eugene, host Chris Park interviews Oakland Coach Ben Lane & Falls City Coach Laric Cook.
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Seattle Seahawks fans are intimately aware of just how far the team’s pass defense has fallen. It was in the conversation for best secondaries of all-time, and combined with a fierce pass rush to neutralize even the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. No longer. They are allowing a staggering 103.7 opponent passer rating after leading […]