ICYMI…Kings vs. Canucks: Canucks fail to close it out…again

Kings bury Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the LA Kings Monday night. The Canucks closed out their six-game home stand with one of their best games of the stretch but failed to take two points away from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Jason Garrison saw some time on the team’s top unit but needs to be used more effectively moving forward.

3rd and long….BCLions 2013 recap

Andrew Harris has entered "Superstar" status. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Steve Lee gives us three major points to consider while recapping the 2013 CFL season. The emergence of Andrew Harris launched him into “superstar” status. Solomon Elimimian, Adam Bighill, Keron Williams and Anton McKenzie provided leadership for Rich Stubler’s defensive strategies. But among the good come the questions that must be answered this offseason.

Seattle Mariners coaching hires & some Chuck Armstrong news

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s news the past 24 hours. And boy was there some news. The Seattle Mariners have made some management moves and some coaching moves. Chuck Armstrong, the Mariner’s President, announced he will be retiring at the end of January. Here are your new coaches…Trent Jewett, Howard Johnson, Mike Rojas, John Stearns, Andy Van Slyke, Rick Waits, Chris Woodward, Jason Phillips, and Scott Budner.

The 2013 Apple Cup: “Must Watch” TV

Coach Sark

NWSB Blogger Brian Scott weighs in on the 2013 Apple Cup between WSU and UW. With a bit of help from some other teams WSU could find themselves in Las Vegas for the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. A loss for the Cougs likely sends them to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Bowl. A UW win gives them 8 wins on the year. They could be headed to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl or may wind up in the Las Vegas Bowl if they should lose.

Could both be done in Seattle? The $1M Thurmond & Browner question

Browner

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brian Scott brings weighs in on the Hawks suspensions this week to Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond. Legion of Doom news. Sadly, Brian doesn’t think there is one and this might be the ultimate example of shooting yourself in the foot if you’re Browner. Browner has never had a big contract. Next man up. Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane both played extensively at this same time last year.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 4

Wesley Matthews LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 4, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 4-0, taking down the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. Standout performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews. Bonus highlights are included from the 10-game winning streak!

Canucks blame game – Chicago outlasts Vancouver 2-1

For what Hamhuis is being paid he isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.

Five Mariners that are likely trade bait at the winter meetings

Dustin Ackley

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s roster and gives us five players who could be traded at winter meetings. Making the list is Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager. The team has already been linked to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 4

Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 4, honors go to Wesley Matthews. In contests against the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors, Wes averaged 15 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 61.5 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge is a close second choice for Player of the Week, but Matthews has been too hot to ignore for Rip City.

ICYMI Chicago vs. Portland: Third quarter surge sparks win

Mo Williams was the lone bench player to score for the Blazers last night (NBA.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s game against the Chicago Bulls last night and gives you some things to love and hate from the contest. While the Blazers did come away with a win, they did so after Derrick Rose went down with an injury in the third quarter, bursting out for 34 points in the quarter en route to a big comeback win at home.

The Economics of Baseball & The 2014 Seattle Mariners

Kendrys Morales

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us a look at the financial situation facing the team in the upcoming MLB season. Notable names with big money deals that have ended would include Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Chone Figgins, and Franklin Gutierrez. The only two guys we know for sure will be on the roster in 2014 are Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

ICYMI Portland vs. Milwaukee: Road sweep complete

The Blazers took care of business on the road once again (NBA.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s latest victory on the road and gives you some things to love and hate from the contest. Cleaning up the Milwaukee Bucks for their eighth straight win, the Blazers completed a road sweep while showing the nation they have what it takes to get the job done. They now head home for a huge matchup against the Chicago Bulls.