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Portland Trail Blazers Versus Memphis Grizzlies First Round Preview

I’ve spent the last four days looking back at a Portland Trail Blazer season rife with success, fraught with tribulations, and was both rewarding and disappointing. The rewards were making the playoffs for the second straight year, winning 50+ games for the second straight year (in the very difficult West, both achievements shouldn’t be taken […]

Christine Michael

Are The Seattle Seahawks Running Away From The Future At Running Back?

The last time the Seattle Seahawks invested a high (second-round) draft pick on a running back was in 2013, when they selected Christine Michael out of Texas A&M with what was their first selection in that draft. That’s par for the course in Seattle. To uncover the last time the Seahawks invested that high of […]

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Portland Trail Blazers Season Ending Player Report Cards

It’s that time of year again. Playoff time, you ask? No not quite, yet. We’re still a day away from arguably the most highly anticipated NBA playoffs since Magic and Bird were queued up for the Finals. Things have been so crazy out West in fact, that the San Antonio Spurs won 21 of 24 […]

Blazers Grizzlies

Four Keys To Beating A Team That Has Beat You Four Times

Coming into the final day of the regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers were still unsure of who they would face in the First Round of the playoffs this weekend. The convoluted mess of the Western Conference Playoff scenarios were solved by about 9 o’clock when the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers. The Western […]

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2014-2015 Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Bench Grades

Today, each Portland Trail Blazer bench player who’s played significant time with the team will get a grade on their season. I know it’s a wee bit cliché to do grades when everybody else does, but this is a Blazer-centric space, and I’ll toss in some player-specific analysis to explain why that player got the […]

Wonderlic Test

Wonderlic Gets Tested

The biggest news in football is the upcoming NFL Draft. The biggest name in the NFL Draft is Marcus Mariota. At least he’s the biggest name in Oregon this year. Maybe in history. This is a player on the greatest adventure of his life and he’s taking us with him. So far he’s made all the […]

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Seattle Seahawks Hope Jimmy Graham Doesn’t Turn Into Percy Harvin

“[Michael] Bennett was also asked about the team’s trade for [Jimmy] Graham, who he famously labeled ‘soft’ and ‘overrated’ following a playoff game in 2014.  ‘I still feel the same way,’ Bennett said. ‘Just because he’s on my team I don’t stop feeling that way. Obviously I’m going to be a better teammate to him […]

Blazers Starters

2014-2015 Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Starters Grades

Today and tomorrow, each Portland Trail Blazer who’s played significant time with the team will get a grade on their season. I know it’s a wee bit cliché to do grades when everybody else does, but this is a Blazer-centric space, and I’ll toss in some player-specific analysis to explain why that player got the […]

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota And The NFL Draft – Where Should He Land?

With the 2015 NFL Draft arriving in just over two weeks, much is being said about which possible team will be smart enough to claim former Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota. Why won’t he go number one, you might ask? Well, the short answer is that while he is an outstanding athlete, an undisputed gem […]

MLS Officials

Major League Soccer – “Major” Is Merely Fantasy Until The Officiating Improves

Don Garber Commissioner Major League Soccer New York, NY Mr. Garber: I’ve been a fan of MLS for some years now, particularly since my hometown Portland Timbers joined the league in 2011. I’ve watched with some pride as an American league slowly takes its place as a growing force in the soccer world. While that’s […]

NBA

2014-2015 Comprehensive NBA Season Review

With the end of the season nigh, it’s time to peek at the Portland Trail Blazers and their 29 fellow NBA franchises. Some of these teams were good before stinking, others stunk before turning it around, a select few were great throughout the season, and the rest were bad to awful. I will list them […]

Russell Wilson

Keep On Dreaming, Russell Wilson … But Not About Baseball

There was quite a buzz over the weekend on various sports outlets and on social media, stemming from the interview Bryant Gumbel of HBO’s Real Sports conducted with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. In the interview, Wilson is quoted as saying that “{I} never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” the second […]

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