Archives for November 2012

Quarterback play the silver lining in disappointing Seahawks loss

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Ben Tole weighs in with a post today on the state of the Seahawks QB situation. It can be hard to find the positives in losing heart breakers on a regular basis but it is important to keep in mind the continued progression of Russell Wilson this season and his performance on Sunday may have been his best game yet. He says with the continued development of Wilson it may be time to open the passing game up more.

Arguing on behalf of the Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s dashed hopes of making a BCS National Championship after their loss to Stanford. Oregon had its chance to get back to a BCS National Championship and unfortunately saw their hopes slip away when the Stanford Cardinal came into Autzen Stadium and crushed every Duck fans’ dreams. The Ducks lost their game on a controversial call that ended up leading to a Cardinal win.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards prediction and preview

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 28 matchup with the Washington Wizards. Portland is coming off a disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons, and a bounce-back win is needed against the worst team in the NBA. The battle between the starters and the battle between the bench units are two matchups to watch out for in Wednesday’s game. Meyers Leonard and Nene are both day-to-day.

Mariners offseason: Possible free agents M’s could land

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on three potential free agents signees for the M’s. Among the list are Anibal Sanchez, Mike Napoli and B.J. Upton. All three could have a significant impact on the Mariners, and would be great moves for the offseason. The Seattle Mariners are on the fringe of becoming relevant in the American League once more.

Tough questions for Coach Sark after embarrassing Apple Cup loss

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies blogger Clinton Bell gives us five tough questions that he would like addressed by coach Sark himself before the bowl game. First off, how in the world did we allow a bad Cougars team to overcome an 18 point 4th quarter lead to win this game? Second, when will the penalties stop, they are killing us. The Huskies are a good team, but not a great one yet, and these questions prove that.

Nicolas Batum breakout season making good on monster contract

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin takes a look into Nicolas Batum’s stellar beginning to the 2012/13 season. Despite an offseason spent trying to get away from Portland, Batum looks to have turned a corner in his career. With highs in all stat categories, Batum is becoming a major cog for the Blazers.

Things I’m watching for early in the season for UW hoops

NWSB Writer Chris Hall previews the Washington Huskies early in the 2012 season. He details what he’s watching. Mainly Abdul Gaddy. Gaddy has to live up to the hype that has followed him since high school, when he was the second ranked point guard in the nation, behind John Wall and above Peyton Siva and Eric Bledsoe.

Three big reasons the Lions didn’t repeat as CFL champs

New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane gives us his reasoning behind why the BC Lions in the 2012 Grey Cup would have made for a much greater challenge for the Toronto Argos. He points out Travis Lulay is the leader of the Lions. There is no denying or doubting that. But he spent the end of the season nursing an injury and saw little meaningful game reps heading into the postseason.

LaMarcus Aldridge alive and well, but can’t hold off Pistons

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Pistons matchup. ​​The Headline:​ despite a nagging back injury, LaMarcus Aldridge comes alive for Portland; unfortunately, it’s not enough to hold off the Pistons in this 101-108 loss. Also, the rookies show promise while the stars fade. The Blazers rolled with four bench players in this one, rookies Will Barton and Meyers Leonard were prominent.

Seattle vs. Miami Dolphins: The aftermath, what went wrong

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell tells us what went wrong for the Seahawks against the Miami Dolphins. Well besides being on the road, and in the Eastern time zone, the Seahawks defense blew this one for us. Two scoring drives in the final six minutes ruined a damn good performance by Russell Wilson, and the TD return by Leon Washington. Thanks boys.

UW Huskies vs. WSU Cougars 2012 Apple Cup game balls & stats

NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Jordin Ereth after each week of the regular season, and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Cougars be so lucky, will stop by and bring you his WSU game balls. Balls are awarded to the Ducks offensive MVP Carl Winston, on defense this week Logan Mayes and Kalafitoni earn recognition and on the special teams it’s Andrew Furney.

Pac-12 bowl games: Landing spots for top NW teams

NWSB blogger Jon Irwin takes a look at Washington’s, Oregon State’s and Oregon’s bowl projections. With the BCS shakeup over the last two weeks, only one NW team seems destined for a major bowl game. But all three teams are still destined for interesting matchups and great games. Marcus Mariota, Keith Price and Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz will all get one more game this year to impress.

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