NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger gives you everything you need to know about Nick Franklin, his future prospects, and his recent struggles. While he came up from the minors and burst onto the scene with an impressive eye, power, and knack for getting on base, Franklin’s August has been, well, pretty disastrous. Collecting only five hits in the month, his struggles may be indicators he is trying too hard to crush the ball or getting tired from the longer season compared to years past.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Feb 7 matchup. Richard points out the Canucks are stil without the ambiguously Americam duo of Ryan Kesler and David Booth. He also says Roberto Luongo’s record in Minnesota is not good. 3-9-1, 3.56 GAA, .873 save pct. He’s been pulled three times and hasn’t played in the building since 2010. Prediction. 3-2 Wild in a slogging heartbreaker.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Feb 4 matchup. Richard points out Ryan Kesler took part in his first practice and has been cleared for contact. There’s still no certain return date. The extroverted Nail Yakupov is adjusting to the NHL fast, with three goals and an assist in his last four games. Richard picks the Canucks to win tonight and says let’s just assume Zack Kassian gets on the scoresheet somehow. Roberto Luongo starts.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Jeff Budke reports on the hot news ahead of the Hawks vs. Lions matchup. Three weeks after earning their stripes against the New England Patriots at Century Link (at letting everyone know about), CB Richard Sherman is at it again. He’s taking on Calvin Johnson aka Megatron. So he is now changing the name that appears on his twitter handle to Optimus Prime.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars Blogger Jeff Budke tells us today that Mike Leach the Pirate has banned his boys from the Social media platform Twitter. Leach’s desire to change the Cougars culture has ruffled some feathers in Pullman this season, from questioning the seniors on his team to now taking away his players’ social networking voices. Marquess Wilson and Jeff Tuel find another way to be productive.
NWSB insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater weighs in tonight with some CFL gossip. Khalif Mitchell of the Leo’s is in hot water again. His latest venture into American politics, via twitter, landed the gregarious lineman in some hot water after using a racial slur in one of his latest tweets. Mitchell used the term “chink” in commenting on Tuesday night’s U.S. presidential debate.
NWSB Managing editor and Seattle Seahawks blogger “Q” tells us about the news breaking tonight out of Seattle that Pete Carroll has picked rookie 3rd round pick out of Wisconsin Russell Wilson to be the Seahawks 2012 opening day starting quarterback. Matt Flynn missed most of last week’s practices with tendinitis in his elbow and did not play in the game against the Chiefs. That opened the door WIDE open for Wilson. Who slammed it shut.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the Ryan Kesler shoulder injury, will he or won’t he start the season? The trickle down effects and questions. If Maxim Lapierre is moved up to the second line, Chicago Wolves’ center Jordan Schroeder depth chart, what kind of minutes will Manny Malhotra get? In the meantime, it is up to Gillis to decide if his hockey team can afford to learn on the fly.
Josh Hall sat down with Vancouver Giants centre Anthony Ast (from different computers of course) for this exclusive twitterview. Anthony, born in Richmond, dreams of being an NHL’er and by the sounds of it, will do just about anything to fulfill that dream. The 17 year old is on the right track. He says, “I want this to be my life because I can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Perfect answer!