The Portland Trail Blazers made no moves at last week’s NBA trade deadline, which was head scratching. But what if there were more options, beyond this season, and not just in the future? We asked two of our writers to discuss if they would change the current Blazers’ lineup if they could alter the fate of the franchise by re-rolling the dice on the selections the team held in the 2007 and 2012 drafts. To make matters more interesting, we made them choose between redrafting 2007 or 2012, although an ideal reality would likely lie somewhere between. What follows is the discussion between Ryan Chase (noted as RC) and Casey Mabbott (noted as CM).no comments
Of all the major conferences in men’s college basketball, the PAC-12 is easily the most underachieving of them all. While the conference is currently being led by #3 Arizona, the drop off after the Wildcats is significant. In fact, the PAC-12 has no other currently ranked teams to challenge Arizona’s rule atop the standings. The only team outside of Arizona that has a hope of breaking into the rankings would be UCLA, who in the latest polls was listed in the “others receiving votes” section.
Arizona should hope that UCLA can make a run, if only to bolster respect for the PAC-12. Without any other teams that have earned national respect, it might be difficult for the Wildcats to compile a resume that stacks up against the other top teams, not to mention the detrimental aspects of not being challenged throughout the year. Even with their lofty ranking, it seems that the consensus on Arizona is that their dreams of a national title died when they lost star forward Brandon Ashley.no comments
Do you remember Jack Jewsbury the captain and central midfielder, who became the Portland Timbers’ first MLS all-star in the inaugural season of 2011?
It’s hard, isn’t it? The memories of Jewsbury’s seven goals and #13 hitting Futty Danso on the free-kicks’ equivalent of a long bomb for a touchdown over the summer are quickly fading away.
Jewsbury was replaced in 2013. Will Johnson is the younger, tougher, more talented Captain Jack. Johnson took Jewsbury’s central midfield position in the lineup, took his captain’s armband, and made the old man expendable.
Of course, that’s not where the story ends with Jewsbury. The old pro just keeps reinventing himself, and reinvigorating his career, growing in stature with each passing year.no comments
Just like there is nothing stock in stock car racing, there is nothing amateur about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football. What is it, then?
NCAA college football is a multi-billion dollar business enterprise. It is conducted in all 50 states, scheduled across geographies demanding event planning, travel, legal contracts, paid employees, unions, hierarchies, officials, trainers, coaches, administrators, promotion, advertising, merchandise sales, food and beverage sales, television, radio, Web and print media coverage, ticket sales, required attendance at meetings, practices and other events, equipment, real estate, housing, facilities maintenance, custodial services, construction, trash/junk removal, storage, vehicles, fuel, health/medical care and more. It requires electricity. I’m reminded every month that electricity is not free.
Stop me now if any of that sounds “amateurish.” Can you think of any other industry that requires all (or even half) of the above and still credibly call it an amateur enterprise?no comments
Back on October 24, 2013 I made my prediction for this Portland Trail Blazers season. I said, “I think this team is very talented and ready to compete. The chemistry will take a bit to catch up. I predict a 38-43 win season and barely missing the playoffs. I hope they prove me wrong.” Well they have proven me wrong by winning their 40th game with 24 remaining.
I admit my faults to further illustrate how tough it is to predict anything in this business and makes it even more exciting when you make a more “intelligent” and accurate statement.
Last week on February 19, I wrote about the Blazers’ challenges sitting in front of them with a scary lack of depth after losing LaMarcus Aldridge, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland. Last Wednesday I wrote, “The Blazers really need to come out and win 4 of these games in the next week to really establish themselves as a contender. That is a tall task for a team lacking their leader and All-Star. I think it will open up the door for some other guys to step up offensively…” The team did precisely that!no comments
Oregon Ducks basketball has a tough stretch to finish off the season with games at UCLA, against Arizona State and #3 Arizona, as well as playing at one-conference-win-bottom-feeder USC. This final stretch of games will likely determine whether or not they make the NCAAT, bar winning the Pac-12 Tournament.
At best, Oregon can finish 10-8 and if everyone else somehow lost all their games (obviously a mathematical impossibility), finish third. Their most likely position appears to be 5-9 range. There are a glut of teams with 9-5 to 7-8 records, so depending on how much they beat up on each other, Oregon could avoid playing an extra game in the Pac-12 Tournament. Most likely the Ducks will be playing early.no comments
On this episode of Portland SportsBeat, hosts Brad Stein, PJ Miller, and Dalove Woods interview Portland Thunder and team owner Terry Emmert. We talk about his history with owning teams, why Arena Football, and what his expectations are for this season.
Also, high school basketball stars from Jefferson, Lake Oswego, and Benson talk about the upcoming playoffs.no comments
With only four games left in the regular season, the Oregon Ducks are sitting squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday closing in fast. An 18-8 record at this point in the season is not where this team wants to be, especially considering how last season ended and how this season began.
Last season saw the Ducks make it to the Sweet 16 as a 12-seed, losing to eventual national champion Louisville. It looked as though the program had turned the corner with Coach Dana Altman. Steady improvement has been the name of the game since he was hired in 2010 with increasing win totals each season. The start of this season led fans to believe the trend would continue.no comments
The rain has finally subsided, and the rivers are, at this moment, beginning to drop into shape! For those in search of Steelhead, the time is NOW to get out and enjoy the best water conditions we have seen all season.
The water has been high for 2 weeks, but high water does not slow down steelhead as they make their way upstream. They will simply push to the slower current edges near the bank and rest as they wait for the conditions to improve. So what will be the best techniques to use going in to this weekend?no comments
Maybe, reader, you are like me. A Seattle Seahawks fan who, while still reveling in a Super Bowl victory, pines for the lost action of the football season. Even with baseball season around the corner (and I can’t wait), there is a void in my sports life where football used to be. Talk of salary cap adjustments and speculative roster moves interest me, yes, but can’t fill that void. However, I have found something that just might. Football season isn’t over. On the contrary, for the Rose City, football season is just about to begin.
That’s because the city has a new sports team, sharing the Moda Center with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Winterhawks … the Portland Thunder. The newest expansion team in the Arena Football League, the Thunder aim to provide this city with a professional football team that they haven’t had in years.
I went to Media Day on February 25th and, although I’ve never been to an AFL game before in my life, I gathered a few things that you might see on the field that will defy your expectations.no comments