Coming off of one the 2014-15 Portland Trail Blazers signature wins of the season, a (mostly) wire-to-wire 111-95 thumping of the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, it’s easy to get excited and immediately pull up the current NBA standings to see where the they now stack up. Sure, the results are predictable, one more tally […]
In an exclusive interview with Seattle-based King-5 News in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray explained that he’s set a date: the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the original development plan submitted by billionaire Chris Hansen’s group that would bring the NHL and the NBA (back) to Seattle will be complete by May 7th. Nearly three years […]
With 26 games left in the season, it seems like the Portland Trail Blazers are as close to full strength as they have been all year. The big man in the middle, Robin Lopez is back after missing 23 games, and he has changed the team’s defensive mindset. LaMarcus Aldridge decided to tough out a […]
This is what they call the eye of the storm. Don’t blink, because you’re about to be hit by a whirlwind. This is arguably the most intense and active time of the entire sports year. College basketball conference tournaments and their impact on March Madness. NFL free agency and its impact on the draft. The […]
During the 2011-2012 season, the Portland Trail Blazers thought they had it with Jamal Crawford: a jolt off the bench that could greatly help a team with title aspirations. Despite his undeniable ability to score, he was too inconsistent and didn’t provide the defense the bench unit needed to satisfactorily compliment the efforts of the starting five. […]
The sound you hear in Oregon, all up and down the west coast, comes from wrestling families. It’s championship weekend. Oregon high school wrestlers meet on the mats inside Memorial Coliseum starting Friday. By Saturday night, every place on the podium will be filled, all medals hung. Sunday the big daddies of PAC-12 wrestling roll […]
The combine was held this past week in Indianapolis in front of a captive crowd of coaches, general managers, and scouts, each of them hoping to uncover the truth about the players they have been scouting all year. Now that the dust has settled, let’s examine how the combine shook out, and how it effects […]
On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein talks whether brighter days are coming to Rip City, why Derrick Rose’s injury is not tragic or unfair, and which young NBA player he would build a basketball team around.
It is often said that the home support at any sporting event can help tip the balance for the home team, giving them an advantage over their opponents. This phenomenon is widely known as the “12th man” effect—equating the crowd to having an extra player on the field. In Seattle, supporters of the Seahawks in […]
Dave “The Fugitive” Jansen has been waiting a long time for his chance to fight for the Bellator MMA lightweight title. After winning the season 7 lightweight tournament back in March of 2013, Jansen was set for a clash with then champion Michael Chandler. However, that fight would never take place. Chandler fell victim to […]
If you heard a dull thud near downtown Portland, that was the Portland Trail Blazers after the first two games post-All-Star break. First, they barely reached 70 against the rebuilding Utah Jazz, then they got their hearts ripped out–again–by the Memphis Grizzlies in a close game, gagging away a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter. […]
On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein discusses whether Marcus Mariota did enough at the NFL Combine to unseat Jameis Winston as the #1 overall pick. Then, he presents his 2nd Annual Sports Oscars; who does he choose as best leading male athlete, best sports team, and more? Finally, Brad has some NBA commentary to share.
Thirteen games is all that is left before the regular season comes to a close and playoffs begin, but nothing is close to being settled yet. Teams are fighting for every last point they can get in a desperate attempt to secure a playoff spot or hold onto the place they currently have. Portland had […]
There are no credible rumors that the Seattle Seahawks are talking trade with the Chicago Bears about Brandon Marshall, but there is some logic to the concept. Pete Carroll and John Schneider had made inquiries about Marshall in 2010 before he was traded from the Broncos to the Dolphins for two second-round draft picks. They […]
Portland lost a local legend on Wednesday night, as Jerome Kersey was pronounced dead, the cause reported to be a blood clot in his calf that moved in to his lung. Kersey was just 52, and just six months from turning 53 at the time of his death. Kersey was known mostly for playing basketball […]