NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 18 CFL preview for the BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders from BC Place in Vancouver. Its’ funny how early season projections and predictions play out in reality. This game, many suspected, Phil included, was to determine top billing in the West back in June. Two young upstarts, Drew Tate and Travis Lulay looked to guide their respected teams into the promised land.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Oct. 31 matchup against the LA Lakers. The theme is going to be youth vs. experience. The Blazers have one of the youngest teams, while the Lakers have a veteran lineup looking to win right away. Damian Lillard versus Steve Nash is going to be fun for fans to watch, but the battle between LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol is going to be the key matchup. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are questionable.
New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane after each week of the regular season and possibly during the CFL playoffs should the Leo’s be so lucky will stop by and bring you his B.C. Lions game balls. Balls are awarded to the Leo’s offensive MVP Mike Reilly who saw his second bit of game action of 2012. On D who else? Adam Bighill. We apologize for not doing a What Went Wrong piece this week. Confusion! lol
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Alistair Corp tells us to him the following things went wrong for the Hawks on Sunday versus the Detroit Lions. An offense that boasts Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew and Titus Young isn’t going to be one you want to face for an extensive amount of time. The Seahawks D had no answer. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman weren’t at their best.
During any losing week NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers football blogger Rick Stella will stop by and bring you his what went wrong with the Beavs piece. Since Sean Mannion got enough flack for his sub-par performance, he feels that there were some positives which can be taken away from Saturday’s game in Seattle. The defense, once again, played lights out and did as good a job as they could with the field position the offense put them in.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Ben Tole weighs in today with his opinion on the state of the Hawks coaching staff after the half way point in the 2012 NFL season. Ben grades the overall performance of the Seahawks coaching staff with a B. Defense of course is carrying this team, but Darrell Bevel has done a fabulous job with rookie QB Russell Wilson. Ben thinks the Hawks will make a playoff run in the second half.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews who the Portland Trail Blazers will take on in their next 5 games. The team had better be ready to compete, as the young squad will be put to the test early. The Lakers, Thunder, Rockets, Mavericks and Clippers are coming up. Blake Griffin, Steve Nash, and James Harden await.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Sunday night match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Three losses wrapped up in one is how this game went for the Sounders. First was Eddie Johnson going down with injury, second was the loss of the match itself, and third was the loss of second place in the final conference table heading into the playoffs. Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders was the man of the match, keeping out a multitude of excellent scoring chances by the Sounders.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee previews and predicts which teams will make it to the NCAA March Madness tournament out of the Pac-12 this season. After putting out a pathetic showing as a conference last year, the PAC 12 is ready to make up for it in 2012-13 with a handful of top-tier freshmen, a number of solid experienced players and some reloaded rosters. UCLA, California, Stanford and Arizona are projected to qualify for the tournament, while Colorado and Washington are on the bubble.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews which Portland Trail Blazers may not be with the team beyond the rebuilding phase. The team has seen quite a bit of turnover the past few seasons, and with the current rebuilding process just getting under way, there are a handful of players who could disappear if the team can’t return to prominence this year. Wesley Matthews, J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Victor Claver make the list.
NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox breaks down De’Anthony Thomas’ chances of winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012. De’Anthony Thomas is one of the most exciting players in all of college football, but nine weeks into the year, the Oregon Ducks megastar has fallen off the map a bit when it comes to true Heisman contention. The success of Kenjon Barner is a big reason why.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about what Oregon needs to do in order to get a statement win at USC on Saturday. From the moment Alejandro Maldonado sent a kick wide of the posts to give the USC Trojans a victory over the Oregon Ducks last year to quell Oregon’s hopes of a BCS National Championship berth, Ducks fans have been counting down the moments until their team could get revenge against the hated Men of Troy.