NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.
C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us another addition to the Northwest Player Profile section of the NWSB. This time he tells us all about BC’s very own Kelly Olynyk, a 7 footer playing ball at Gonzaga.
During his first couple of years playing behind Robert Sacre, Olynyk didn’t see too many minutes, but now that he is the go to guy in the middle, he has stepped up his game.
Next in our moments in time series Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, John Tenta. He may not fit the typical profile of an “athlete”, but let us not pretend that those who choose to take up the profession of being a wrestler are not athletes or athletic. Yes, we all know that it is choreographed and for the most part “fake”, but nevertheless, in order to make it through even a five minute match, these people have to be able to perform at a very high level.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Although Bradley, the Celtics and his truest fans knew that he could provide offensively, it has been his effort on the defensive end of the court that helped warrant more playing time. With hopes that Bradley, once healthy from his dislocated left shoulder, returns to the level of play he once promised…
Clinton Bell profiles one of the Northwests own, Willie Bloomquist of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Born in Bremerton, WA., but raised in Port Orchard, WA., Bloomquist is a true northwest athlete. Playing his high school ball at South Kitsap High School, Willie was drafted by the Mariners, once in 1996, and again in 1999.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Ryan Dempster of the Texas Rangers, but before that the Chicago Cubs. Born and raised in Schelt British Columbia. He’s the second winningest pitcher in Canadian Major League Baseball history, and Dempster is a prime example of the Maple Leaf talent that has recently found its way into the elite ranks of professional baseball,
NWSB Rookie Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Alistair Corp brings us a Northwest Player Profile of Seahawks rookie running back Robert Turbin. He played college football at Utah State University. Turbin was drafted with the eleventh pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He goes by the nickname ‘Hulk’, so he will fit in nicely with ‘Beast Mode’ in the Seahawk backfield.
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports fan Brett Bivens profiles Washington State Nascar driver Greg Biffle in his latest Northwest athlete profile. At the highest level of NASCAR racing Biffle drives the number 16 for Roush Fenway Racing. Greg finished second to Jaimie McMurry in the Rookie-of-the-Year award in 2003. Greg Biffle has made the Chase 3 times in his career but has yet to grab the Championship.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church brings us a Northwest Player Profile of Seahawks punter Jon Ryan. Ryan was born in Regina Saskatchewan, played at the University of Regina, and got his professional start with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With the noteriety he gained in the CFL, it didn’t take long for the NFL to come calling. Ryan made his debut with the Grenn Bay Packers before finally landing in Seattle with the Seahawks.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile of a hometown hero in Victoria. Eli Pasquale was a leader and a champion for Canada and the Univerisity of Victoria Vikings. At the height of just 6’1” tall, Eli Pasquale is the University of Victoria’s All-Time leading scorer; he was inducted to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and to the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Clinton Bell profiles one of the Northwests own, Blake Hawksworth of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Born in North Vancouver BC, but raised in Sammamish Washington, Hawksworth is a true northwest athlete. Playing his high school ball at Eastlake High School, and collegiate ball with Bellevue Community College, Hawksworth than went on to get drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.