NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Lakers vs. Blazers matchup on opening night. Damian Lillard made his official NBA debut on Wednesday night The starters came up big, with Lillard and Nicolas Batum receiving praise for their play. However, in part to a stale game plan, the Blazers let L.A. get too close in the fourth quarter. And what’s with Steve Nash’s new ‘do?!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in tonight on Halloween night. Kev points out thanks to Sean McIndoe fans we have Gary Bettman’s Halloween party to cheer them up, and Zack Kassian looks hilarious in a hotdog suit, but the end of October just doesn’t feel the same to him this season. Please bring hockey back soon.
NWSB Editor and Writer Jon Irwin talks about the ways the Portland Trail Blazers can overachieve and underachieve in the upcoming 2012/2013 NBA season. Big play from their rookies—especially Damian Lillard—could help Portland overachieve. But if Nicolas Batum and the centers falter, Portland’s going to lose a lot of games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in today with another post in our Moments In Time series. Kirk McLean, Roberto Luongo, and Richard Brodeur all had one thing in common, they all backstopped the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals and they all came up short of hoisting hockey’s holy grail. When you break down the elements, which netminder should be honored as the Vancouver Canucks all time best goalie?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out today it’s nice to see the framework of a 50/50 deal finally floating around but because the two sides can’t agree on the dollar figure that will be split, we’ve now lost November and the Winter Classic is hanging in the balance. He looks at some Canucks who are benefiting from the lockout which today. Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Zack Kassian, Jason Garrison make the list.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Whitecaps blogger Alistair Corp weighs in with his MLS Playoffs preview for this week’s Whitecaps vs. Galaxy clash. He points out despite the headlines, the predictions and the underdog mentality that the Whitecaps have gladly accepted, they’re not in way over their heads. Dane Richards and Darren Mattocks up front are ready to burn the Galaxy backline if given a chance.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella previews the 2012-13 season. If Portland has any shot at earning one of the eight playoff spots, they have a lot of work ahead of them. Stella predicts that patience will be required with Terry Stott’s team, and that Rip City’s final record will be 35-47. He also projects the season’s stats for LaMarcus Alddridge, J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars football blogger Jordin Ereth breaks down the Stanford vs. WSU Cougars 2012 Week 9 matchup in a new Cougs Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. Jordin finally saw a Jeff Tuel and rush defense that he loved. But there was a lot of disappointment from the offensive line, giving up a school record 10 sacks. On the other side of the ball Ioane Gauta, Darryl Monroe, and Justin Sagote were OK.
Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another instalment of the Seahawks Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. Once again the hawks dropped a close one late in the game, this time with a mere 20 seconds remaining on the clock. Marshawn Lynch & Zach Miller had decent showings. Which was nice. Seahawks are home next week against the Vikings.
NWSB Writer Brett Bivens talks about five standout players from the Seattle Seahawks game against the Detroit Lions. Russell Wilson, Jeremy Lane, Golden Tate, Earl Thomas, and Zach Miller all made the list. Zach Miller finally scored a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks, a ball in which he first dove for, and then tipped to himself for the catch. It was Miller’s first touchdown as a Seahawk.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent roster moves. Nearly 24 hours before the team’s season opener, the Blazers opted to decline team options on Elliot Williams, Luke Babbitt and Nolan Smith for the 2013-14 season. All three players have the potential to make a roster next season, but at this point, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in PDX.
NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Five reasons to get to the Riders vs. Leo’s game Saturday. He isn’t the biggest O-Lineman in the league but local hero and fan favourite Center Angus Reid just may be the best, and Saturday night will mark his 200th career game. The stadium will resemble an animated pumpkin patch, what more do you need Vancouver? Be there!