B.C. Lions preseason game #2: What we learned

The Lions will be looking for their second straight win against the Eskimos on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ blogger Bryan McFarlane addresses the pros and cons from the BC Lions’ second preseason game. Virtually every fan simultaneously loves and hates preseason games in every sport. There are pros and cons to exhibition matches, more cons than pros depending on the specific league. The CFL is one of the better, if not the best, leagues when it comes to getting what’s necessary out of these meaningless games and moving quickly into the real season.

Oregon Football: A look at Marcus Mariota’s backup QB’s

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down what the Oregon Ducks’ options are at quarterback behind Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, the Ducks won’t need to use their other options. However, having Jake Rodrigues, Jeff Lockie, Damion Hobbs and Dustin Haines on the bench should make Mark Helfrich feel good entering the college football season.

M’s get swept by Pirates; team finding different ways to lose

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Ackley made his return from AAA, and he walked onto the field to a standing ovation as he pinch-ran. Felix Hernandez was not perfect, but provided more than enough opportunity to keep his team in the game. Needless to say, Joe Saunders had himself a rough evening the day before as well.

My top five Seattle Sonics moments (No.5 to No. 3)

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund gives us his top 5 Sonics moments in time, well 5-3 in this edition at least. A great look at a fan throughout his childhood, and the memories that he attached to each game on the list. Starting from a very young age, not knowing if it were real or not, to a high school aged Peter enjoying hearing a player get the business from his coach. Good times were definitely had by the Edlund family at the Key.

John Tortorella nails the interview; can he pass probation?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the first day interview of Canucks new head coach John Tortorella. It was a relatively calm interview for the man who is known to drop f-bombs like it’s going out of style. Torts talked about the mission Mike Gillis has in plan for the Canucks, and the plan for the Sedins to kill some penalties. All in all it makes you wish opening night was here already.

Mild Surprise? Oregon remains bowl eligible

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the penalties levied against the Oregon Ducks football program this morning. While there are other penalties such as public reprimand and censure and other minor sanctions that have more to do with using the same recruiting services, the big news on Wednesday morning was that the Ducks will still be bowl eligible. That’s right, Oregon fans, you can take a nice deep breath, exhale, and realize that your team is destined for greatness.

Tortorella will and won’t be a good for the Canucks…

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann gives you his perspective on the signing of new Cancuks head coach John Tortorella. At first when Andrew heard that Mike Gillis was going to interview Torts for the job he wasn’t too amused. But ever since then the idea has grown on him, and now he thinks it may even be a good thing. If not, Andrew thinks it will be a long five years in Van City.

Ranking Oregon’s last 5 college football teams

Oregon downed the Cowboys in the 2008 Holiday Bowl. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson ranks the past five teams for the Oregon Ducks football program. Hiring a once unheralded offensive coordinator named Chip Kelly in 2007, Oregon burst onto scene with a spread offense that immediately became one of the most potent attacks in the nation. Continuing their path towards success in 2008, the Ducks began their streak of BCS Bowls in 2009 and have not looked back since. Clearly the last five years in Oregon football history have been some of its greatest.

Can John Tortorella turn the Vancouver Canucks around?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the official hiring of John Tortorella today is good for Van City. Simply put, John Tortorella is a talented hockey coach with a very low tolerance for incompetence. Kevin says Alain Vigneault was notorious for employing a defensive style of play while rarely opening the game up with a healthy roster, and asks will Tortorella find balance between Safe Is Death and The Shot-Blocking Blues?

Hey Vancouver Canucks fans…it’s time to believe in Torts!

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NWSB Canucks contributor Josh Hall is as optimistic as ever and at the same time cautious about the potential for new Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella. What effect will he have on the likes of Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin? Does his presence effect the decision to move either Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider? These are all things Canucks will have to be patient for but the new era of Torts has dawned and fans need to practice as they preach and believe.

Jalen Canty and dual-sport athletes at UW

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NWSB Insider and University of Washington Huskies Blogger Chris Hall brings up the interesting topic of the two-sport star at the University of Washington. With the commitment of upcoming two-sport star Jalen Canty, Chris takes a trip down memory lane about past success stories of Huskies two-sports stars. Of course the two that come to mind are ASJ and Nate Robinson, but there are a few more names worth noting on Chris’ list.

Six runs all off HR’s including a walk-off equals a Seattle surprise…

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the third and last game of the series vs. the Athletics this week. Jeff says Kyle Seager is a stud. He goes on to say No one was/is more excited than him that the Mariners decided to draft his little brother Justin Seager this month. The more Seager’s the better in the M’s organization he thinks. Jeff also points out that this Nick Franklin kid can play, but asks how long will it last?

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