Blair Thomas is back with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time it’s Portland born Darwin Barney of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Darwin was counted out by most pundits but was MLB Rookie of the Month in his first month up. Flashback to 2006, Barney was a part of history as Oregon State went on an improbable run and became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice and still win the title.
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports blogger Steve Lee tells us five teams that should draft Terrence Jones in this years upcomming draft. Of course number 1 on this list it the Portland Trail Blazers, as Jones is a native Oregonian, but other than Portland, Steve tells us that the Phoenix Suns would be a nice place for him to land as well. Complementing Marcin Gortat, Markieef Moris, and Jared Dudely in a big lineup. In Portland, Jones could run the wing with Nic Batum moving to shooting guard.
NWSB Insider and UW hoops writer Clinton Bell tells us that the Washington Huskies are going to have a very hard time repeating as conference champs this season. With the departures of Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, this leaves the leadership roles up to Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox. There are not a lot of imcoming players as of yet either, only two to be exact: Mark Mclaughlin and Jernard Jerreau.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us a list to bring a smile to your face. Last night, the Seattle Mariners unloaded on the Texas Rangers, scoring 21 runs in their lopsided victory. Behind the strong performances of Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackely and Kyle Seager, the Mariners made fans forget for one night how bad they’ve been.
Josh Hall is back with his top five Vancouver Canucks related Pet Peeves and he’s kinda peeved so to speak at the fanbase that wreaks havoc here in VanCity. It’s brutal to sit at home watching a Canucks game and notice the lack of atmosphere there is at Rogers Arena. You know Roberto Luongo will be involved somewhere but is it because everything’s his fault? Read on to find out.
Our man C-Mac has his finger firmly on the pulse of the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second season of MLS soccer. What a month. Atiba Harris underwent successful surgery. The team did fairly well in the Voyageurs Cup play, blowing out Edmonton, before losing to Toronto FC in the last 8 minutes. There was an unexpected 2-1 win over San Jose, before a 4-1 thrashing by New England.
NWSB insider Jared Galde brings us an update on the Seattle Arena Proposal by Chris Hansen and his team of investors. He tells us there is five really good reasons to love Chris Hansen, and the SonicsArena group. Chris Hansen is one of us, literally. Hansen has faced every bit of opposition carefully, methodically and with patience. He’s a hero, a saint and a visionary. The Sonics will rise again.
NWSB Insider and part-time Seattle Mariners blogger C-Mac weighs in today with his 2012 analysis of the Mariners Japanese baseball stars. He spent five great years living in Tokyo, and offers his analysis from time to time. He looks at Ichiro, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma in this post. How do the new Mariners 2012 stars compare with past Japanes stars?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell tells us about his fearless predictions of who will be named the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback. Matt Flynn has the pedigree to become a long time starter in this league, and with the addition of Russell Wilson in the draft, this leaves no room for returning starter Tarvaris Jackson.
NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he is a die hard fan of Portland Timbers soccer! With the love that the Timbers Army, and Timber Joey give, there is no place like Portland in North America to watch a soccer match. Jeld-Wen Field is filled to the rafters for each game, with the rabid Timbers supporters. The Cascadia Cup brings the Tri-City geographical rivalries back to the spotlight in the Pacific Northwest.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the series versus the Texas Rangers. This was one of the craziest nights of baseball in recent Mariners memory. Kyle Seager was 4-6 on the night with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Jesus Montero had an amazing night, going 3-4. Justin Smoak kept his hot streak rolling, as he had 3 hits, 1 walk, 6 RBI and 2 home runs. The M’s won 21-8.