Northwest Coach Profiles: Erik Spoelstra

Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

NW Sports Beat Insider and Writer Blair Thomas highlights what has been the journey of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in another Northwest Coaching Profile. After three years playing in professionally in Germany, he found his way to the Miami Heat video room and became one of Pat Riley’s favorites due in large part to his work ethic and preparedness. Enjoy, and congrats Coach!

Flash Forward: Projecting the top 5 northwest hoops players for 2012/13

Kevin Pangos

Gaddy and Pangos Among Best Summer basketball camp season is upon us all and there could not be a more perfect time to gather around the campfire and discuss who would be among the counselors at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Top Players Camp. There are a litany of Pacific Northwest players that would have made […]

New Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey: love ‘em and hate ‘em

Neil Olshey

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Blair Thomas has an opinion on the 2012 Rip City hiring of new GM and former Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey who yesterday was named to the same role on Monday, just three weeks after his team was eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs and a regular season record of 40-26. Here are a few reasons to love it and hate it in Rip City.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Darwin Barney

darwin barney

Blair Thomas is back with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time it’s Portland born Darwin Barney of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Darwin was counted out by most pundits but was MLB Rookie of the Month in his first month up. Flashback to 2006, Barney was a part of history as Oregon State went on an improbable run and became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice and still win the title.

I’m a diehard fan of Portland Timbers Soccer because…

Where else can you see a chainsaw wielding lumberjack for a cheerleader? (Photo - portlandwiki.org)

NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he is a die hard fan of Portland Timbers soccer! With the love that the Timbers Army, and Timber Joey give, there is no place like Portland in North America to watch a soccer match. Jeld-Wen Field is filled to the rafters for each game, with the rabid Timbers supporters. The Cascadia Cup brings the Tri-City geographical rivalries back to the spotlight in the Pacific Northwest.

Portlander’s Take on Seattle Supersonics and OKC Beef

Back when the Sonics were Super (photo sportsecyclopedia.com)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with a very sensitive subject. The Sonics fans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder beef. Blair likens this to a bad breakup between a boyfriend and girlfriend, where the Thunder are the hot gf who goes on to make it big in life, and the Sonics fans are the bf who can’t seem to let go or get on with his life.

Five big men the Trail Blazers should pursue for 2012-13

J.J. Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 Rip City folks should do this off-season. He targets the Big Men. Andre Drummond, J.J. Hickson, Kris Humphries, Omer Asik are just a few of the names he says the Trail Blazers need to go after. Portland’s front line was as thin as tracing paper and will unlikely get any better in the 2012 NBA draft.

Chicago Fire vs. Timbers MLS love ‘em and hate ‘em

Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers grabbed a nice win on Sunday. The Timbers (3-5-3, 12 points, eighth in the Western Conference) ceeded a one goal lead, but refused to give up a second one in front of their home crowd. Eric Brunner scored his first goal of the season that came from a corner kick from Franck Songo’o.

Trailblazers Off-season analysis: Raymond Felton much ado about nothing

Portland vs. Houston

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.

Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo love ‘em and hate ‘em

The Timbers and Dynamo played to a 0-0 draw

NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers failed to score a goal against the Houston Dynamo in their last match. In the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium, Timbers keeper Troy Perkins maintained a cleen sheet, but Timbers striker Kris Boyd was unable to give them the lead. The game played out to a 0-0 draw in front of nearly 30,000 Dyanmo faitful.

College Hoops: Predicting the Zags starting five in 2012-13

elias harris gonzaga

Bulldogs bloggers Blair Thomas takes a deep look at who may be in the starting lineup for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the 2012-13 season. The Zags will be looking to return to greatness in next year’s March Madness but who will be the key contributors? Mark Few says Kevin Pangos and Elias Harris will undoubtedly be the two focal points on offense.

An open letter to Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen

Paul Allen

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with a very touching and pleading letter to Trailblazers owner Paul Allen. Blair Thomas poses the question of who cares who the next GM or head coach will be if the owner doesn’t care about winning? Enough of the lottery picks, we don’t need another Greg Oden! We need an owner who is as passionate about this team as the fans in Rip City are.

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