MLS: Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew

Portland Timbers’ 2014 Player Grades – Who Exceeded And Who Flunked?

It’s fair to say that the Portland Timbers have had two successful MLS seasons and two unsuccessful ones. The first year I did player grades for the Timbers after the season was 2012 – the first unsuccessful season, and a campaign so dire that I simply split the players up into two categories: Keep ‘em, […]

NFL Marijuana

The Grass Is Always Greener – Time For The NFL To Let The Players Use Marijuana To Combat Pain During Seasonal Play

In July of this year, CNN reported that the DEA launched an investigation into claims that NFL players have been illegally provided with powerful prescription drugs, namely painkillers, in order to keep them active on the roster.  This wasn’t some street-corner-drug-dealing probe. Rather, the DEA believed players’ doctors and trainers were directly providing the narcotics. […]

Lindsay Crevoiserat

It’s Go Time For University Of Oregon Cross Country Teams

It’s a busy time in Track Town USA.  Every year, as the leaves start to fall in Eugene, Oregon, U of O cross-country runners gear up for the most crucial part of their season. With many healed runners back on the course, both men and women Duck teams look to the 2014 championship season, which […]

Seahawks Raiders

Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Nine

Re-Calibrating the Metrics When Nate Silver of the then New York Times affiliated FiveThirtyEight correctly picked the winner in all fifty states in the 2012 Presidential election, he did so by aggregating polls over time and weighting them based on past performance. Two key tenants emerged from that success. Don’t place too much emphasis on […]

Oregon Stanford

Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Ten

We’ve hit week ten of the college football season, which means that the College Football Playoff Committee has released their first poll of the season, which has three teams from the SEC West in the top four. And here we were thinking there would be “SEC bias,” or something. That was silly. Last week I […]

Damian Lillard

Over/Reasonable Reaction Recap – Game 1 – Thunder 89, Blazers 106

When I was a kid, I wrote a running diary about every game of the Portland Trail Blazers’ 1991-1992 campaign. Reading every recap was like reading how every game was either the best day of my life or the end of civilization. Rarely was I levelheaded unless I was running down the stat line of […]

LaMarcus Aldridge

And So Begins Another Portland Trail Blazers Journey …

It’s often said that every journey begins exactly the same. Whether it’s a triumphant Lord of the Rings-esque journey ending in untold riches and life affirming self-discovery, or it’s a Billy Bob’s fateful trip to the local mini-mart that ends in a botched robbery, police standoff and a once promising life now spent behind bars, […]

Denard Robinson

Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Nine

RECORD LAST WEEK: 15-5 OVERALL: 82-55-1 New Orleans at Carolina Start: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR The Saints have the second worst pass defense, opening a terrific opportunity for Benjamin to cut loose. Sit: Brandin Cooks, WR, NO While his performance last week was encouraging, Brees spreads the ball around so much that relying on Cooks […]


Invicta FC 9 Is This Weekend’s Main Event

This weekend Invicta FC will be setting up shop in Davenport, Iowa for Invicta FC 9. This will be the first time that Invicta has put on an event outside their home base of Kansas City, Missouri, so it should come as no surprise that matchmaker Julie Kedzie has put together such a solid card. […]


Portland Cycling Coach Turns Entrepreneur

This column written by Mercy Strongheart of, a partner of Oregon Sports News In a city where it can be hard to go a day without seeing a homemade tall bike, a mini-bike parade with a boombox blasting ’80s hits, or a group of elite cyclists whizzing past you in branded clothing, it can […]