Archives for March 2013

Important notes heading into Oregon spring camp

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the upcoming Oregon football spring camp that will begin on April 2. Coming off a year that saw them narrowly miss an opportunity to appear in the BCS National Championship game for the second time in three years–after suffering a loss to Stanford in overtime after the Cardinal tied it up on a controversial touchdown–and their second-straight BCS Bowl win, many may believe that the Oregon football program would be in a state of flux without Kelly.

Pleading my case for Tyrann Mathieu to be drafted by the Seahawks

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Jordin Ereth gives you his reasoning why your Hawks should take a run at the Honey Badger. Tyrann Mathieu has killed his draft stock due to his off-field issues and disappointing combine results. This will likely drop him to at least the second or third round, giving the Hawks the opportunity to snag him. Jordin is not saying we should reach on him, but if he is available…Pete Carroll & John Schneider are you listening?

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 33 notes, prediction & tweets!

Richard Hodges previews the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks March 26th matchup. Richard asks Is a four game winning streak enough to erase the doom and gloom that persisted in early March? Most of the credit is due to Cory Schneider, who has been brilliant during those four games. Van City won’t have David Booth, Ryan Kesler, Steve Pinizzoto, Dale Weise and Zack Kassian tonight…

Canucks Gameday: What the Canucks need to do to beat the Blue Jackets

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Blue Jackets vs. Canucks game Tuesday night. Getting on Sergei Bobrovsky early and scoring a goal or two in the first period is key to winning this game for Van City tonight. Secondary scoring is huge as well. You can’t rely solely on Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin to carry the team through everything. Jannik Hansen step up!

Brandon Maurer is about to force his way into the Mariners Rotation

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about a young Arm in the Seattle M’s rotation battle this season. Brandon Maurer. His AA numbers in Jackson last season point to his potential, finishing with the most consistent stats on the team. AA: 137 IP, 1.315 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 and a 3.20 ERA. This year Maurer is rarely, if ever, mentioned alongside the “big 3” pitchers the Mariners have in AAA right now (Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton). He’s more than ready.

Oregon upsets St. Louis to advance to Sweet 16

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Oregon’s upset win over the St. Louis Billikens on Saturday. Forwarding their momentum from their victory over Oklahoma State, the Ducks used impressive efforts from Damyean Dotson and Arsalan Kazemi to keep their season going. Despite the win, however, the Ducks still need to cleanup their turnover issue and get Dominic Artis back to continuous production.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Canucks betting odds and handicapping preview

NWSB Betting insider Dave B has his free NHL Betting Odds & Picks on the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night matchup. The Canucks are -191 home favorites. Dave says the fact that the Canucks are winning without contributions from their best players is a very, very good sign. Van City will get Alex Edler back from suspension Tuesday night. The Jackets are miserable on the road. Play from Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin must improve.

What we can take from PDX’s last five games

Bryant Knox breaks down what we learned about the Portland Trailblazers during their recent five-game road trip. Despite going 2-3 on the trip, we saw more good things than bad. LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like the best power forward in the NBA, as he’s more well-rounded than Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is sidelined with an injury. This team is going to fight no matter what its record is, but there’s no denying that the final month of the season is going to be tough when it comes to making the playoffs.

Who and what the Washington Huskies lose this year

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies blogger Chris Hall brings us sad news in Montlake. With the heartbreaking conclusion to the 2012-13 season, the Huskies will be parting ways with Aziz N’Diaye, Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy. All 3 will be graduating and at least 1 of them could possibly go pro next season.

Canucks are winning on sheer volition

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Josh Hall tells us today the Nucks now have four wins in a row after going 3-4-2 to start the month of March and oh look, Alain Vigneault is tied with the legen-wait for it-dary Jack Adams in the all-time wins category. Good times are ahead he says as soon enough because eventually Ryan Kesler, Zack Kassian, Steven Pinozzotto and oh yeah, Alex Edler will be back in the lineup.

Expectations are high for these Mariners in 2013

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his expectations of five Mariners players for the upcoming 2013 MLB season. Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Raul Ibanez, and Michael Morse are all going to have to step it up this season. Three of the five are fighting for survival in a M’s uniform, and the other two are going to have to prove they are worthy enough to don one once again. These five guys may make or break Jack Z as the GM in Seattle.

Preseason Review: Seattle Mariners top positional prospects

NWSB insider and Mariner’s writer Jon Irwin brings us his preseason review of the Mariner’s top positional prospects. The arms make the most noise in this system, but there are plenty of big bats too. Headlining the group is last year’s first rounder Mike Zunino, but don’t sleep on the underrated Stefen Romero.

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