NWSB Insider and northwest sports fan Steve Lee tells us today about icons in the great northwest. Sports icons to be exact. IN version 2 today he talks about the British Columbia sports icons. Icon – a person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief, nation, community, or cultural movement. Steve Nash, Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin, Christine Sinclair, Justin Morneau, and Geroy Simon make Steve’s list. Plus Shea Weber is an HM.
NWSB Insider and Northwest basketball blogger Steve Lee brings us his thoughts on his beloved LA Lakers getting his favorite NBA player Steve Nash, also a BC – Canada boy. One season removed from being outted early in their playoff run, the Lakers in one swift move have put themselves back in the thick of the championship hunt. Steve says the Lakers and Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant is the greatest combination since peanut butter and jelly.
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.
NWSB Managing editor and Victoria BC Canada resident “Q” has an offer for all past and present Seattle Seahawks, Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Mariners, BC Lions and Seattle Supersonics out there. Dinner and drinks are on Q. Plus he’ll point you in the direction for 100+ things to do in Victoria. He’ll play tour guide for a day. Just get on a plane or boat from Seattle or Vancouver or Portland and come to Victoria BC.
Dave B. took a step outside the box with this one and profiles Rugby Canada’s best ever Gareth Rees. The hulking fly-half and full back was born in Duncan, BC and is the son of former Welsh rugby player Alan Rees. Rees retired in 1999 but remains in the broadcasting side of things. Team Canada misses you Gareth, but being an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet suits you to.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. Center fielder and Victoria BC Canada native Michael Saunders is under the spotlight. When the Mariners did select him in 11th round, the thought was maybe he could develop into a fourth outfielder at best, with a knack for speed and using his glove as his biggest asset. It’s not everyday an 11th round pick ascends to the major leagues.
What a week for Shaquille O’Neal. He’s basically saying our Victoria BC boy Steve Nash doesn’t deserve two NBA MVP awards. In 2004-05, Nash took a 29 win team from the season before, and with a majority of the same key players as the year prior (minus Stephon Marbury), turned that squad into a 62 win team and the best regular season record in the NBA. Nash’s second MVP came as a bigger surprise to many around the league.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall’s best edition of Oh The Sites We Can See yet. The Dallas Stars await but the Nucks won’t come to Dallas without having some fun. Is Mason Raymond to be traded for something at the zoo? Does Cory Schneider need a nice, soothing massage after that tough game in New Jersey? Maybe Keith Ballard could have used a ride at the Amusement Park for his concussion.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall continues with the theme of Official Team Tour Guide throughout their 6 game road trip. This time the Canucks are in Newark to face Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils. Will Roberto Luongo meet his idol Snooki? Does David Booth have some repenting to do? What will Dale Weise make of the night clubs?