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Rating Pete Carroll and his coaching staff at mid season point

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.

Seattle Mariners raise ticket prices for 2013 Season

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Ben Tole gives his thoughts on the ticket prices for the 2013 MLB season. After the sixth sub-.500 season in the past eight years, the Seattle Mariners will be raising ticket prices for 2013. The price hike will depend on the game, as well as where the seats are located within Safeco Field. The problem with the move is not so much about the price increase; the problem lies within how it was communicated to the fans.

MLB Offseason: Seattle Mariners free agent possibilities for 2013

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Ben Tole weighs in on who would be a decent fit from the 2013 free-agent class. After a 75-win season, we saw some obvious improvement with this young Seattle Mariners team. But there is still plenty of work to be done with this roster before the Mariners are going to make a run at the post season. Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, BJ Upton, and Melky Cabrera are all possibilities.

Relax Seattle! Seahawks loss no cause for concern

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Ben Tole weighs in today with his opinion on the state of the Hawks after a week 7 loss to the 49ers. He says the defense has proven it is one of the elite units in the NFL; says we have a rookie QB in Russell Wilson who’s had to grow up in a hurry but has proven that he can handle the pressure, and we have the best hard nosed running back in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch.

*My* top five Seahawks moments in the 2012 season thus far

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Ben Tole weighs in today with another installment in our Moments in time series. He tells us the Sidney Rice 46 yard touchdown catch with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter vs. the Patriots has to be not only the single biggest play of the game but probably the single biggest play of the Season. He also enjoyed the Seahawks continuing their dominant display in the second half versus the Cowboys.

Seattle Storm’s season ends with heartbreaking loss to Lynx

NWSB Writer Ben Tole talks about the Seattle Storm’s exit from the 2012 WNBA Playoffs. The Storm were once again led by Sue Bird, who put up another clutch performance when they team needed her in another do-or-die situation. The team also got big efforts from Camille Little and Tanisha Wright who checked in with 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Seattle Storm stay alive with miraculous double OT win

NWSB Insider and Seattle Storm blogger Ben Tole reports on the great WNBA playoff game last night. After forcing two extra periods with late 3-pointers, the Seattle Storm grabbed the momentum. Sue Bird scored 22 points, including two 3-pointers in the second overtime, and the Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-79. They forced a deciding Game 3 in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Seattle Storm set to take on defending champs in Western Conference Semi-Finals

Seattle Storm Playoff Preview  The Seattle Storm completed the roller coaster that was the 2012 regular season on Sunday with a convincing 71-57 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.  Now the team will set its sights on the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx in the first round of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs. The Storm finished the season […]

Storm Roundup: Seattle clinches ninth consecutive playoff birth

NWSB Writer Ben Tole recaps how the Seattle Storm have been faring as they prepare for a ninth consecutive appearance in the WNBA playoffs. With five games remaining on the schedule, the fourth-seeded Storm can only move up one spot in the Western Conference standings, and even that seems a little far-fetched at this point.

Storm Roundup: Seattle builds momentum for strong second half

NWSB Insider and Seattle Storm blogger Ben Tole fills us all in on the Seattle Storm’s final two games of the first half before the Olympic Break. Plus, get Ben’s insight on how the Storm are in the perfect place at the perfect time to pounce on the rest of the Western Conference heading into the playoffs. With seven straight home games coming up, plus the return of Lauren Jackson, Ben thinks the WNBA Championship is within reach!

Seattle Storm bounce back for big win after loss in New York

NWSB Insider and Seattle Storm blogger Ben Tole tells us less then one month ago the Storm were sitting at 1-7 with the worst start in franchise history but after winning 6 of its last 7 games are sky rocketing in the power rankings and the Western Conference standings. After the Olympic break they will see the return of three time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.

Storm Roundup: Seattle stay hot and extend winning streak

NWSB Insider and Seattle Storm blogger Ben Tole tells us the Storm have realed off five consecutive wins boosting them to 6-7 on this season after a franchise worst 1-7 start. Last game out Tanisha Wright and Sue Bird made some clutch free throws in the final minute of the game to seal an 82-76 win.

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