NFL Week 1 Overreactions

NFL Week 1 Overreactions

Week 1 of the NFL season is officially behind us, and as we ready ourselves for tonight’s NFC East battle on Thursday Night Football, it’s worth discussing some of the league’s emerging storylines. Maybe your favorite squad is 1-0 and you’re researching travel plans for the Super Bowl. Perhaps your team is 0-1 and you’re […]

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 Five Rule Changes to Improve the NFL

Five Rule Changes to Improve the NFL

I love the NFL. Intense competition, shoddy PR, wings; it’s great. But let’s face it, the league has been struggling with popularity in some key demographics of late. Youth football participation has waned dramatically over the past decade, and the kids whose parents convinced them playing amateur football would cook their brains to scrambled eggs […]

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 LaMarcus Aldridge and the Power of Choice

LaMarcus Aldridge and the Power of Choice

LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement from basketball Thursday, ending what was by all measures an exceptional NBA career. In his parting statement he mentioned dealing with an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Nets as the impetus for his decision, and knowing this wasn’t the first time a heart-related ailment had sidelined Aldridge […]

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 Top-Five Trail Blazers Fans Still Miss

Top-Five Trail Blazers Fans Still Miss

Goodbyes are never easy. Last week as teams across the NBA made deals leading up to the trade deadline, the Trail Blazers got in on the action with a move that netted them Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors. Powell, a sixth-year shooting guard out of UCLA, won a championship with Toronto in 2019, and […]

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 Western Conference Finals Preview? Blazers vs. Lakers

Western Conference Finals Preview? Blazers vs. Lakers

I know what you’re thinking; could tonight’s Blazers versus Lakers matchup foreshadow this year’s Western Conference Finals? Kind of seems like a stretch for this version of the Lakers. When the first-half schedule was announced before the season, tonight’s game was one I circled. While a regular-season matchup does little to simulate the intensity of […]

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 Portland Trail Blazers Second-Half Schedule Breakdown

Portland Trail Blazers Second-Half Schedule Breakdown

With the NBA’s release of this season’s second-half schedule on Wednesday, the Trail Blazers officially have one fewer question to contend with. The schedule, originally broken into halves to allow flexibility for any COVID-19 related issues, now includes both of Portland’s previously postponed matchups with Memphis as part of their final 37 games in 67 […]

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 NFL 2020-21 Season Review

NFL 2020-21 Season Review

With the 2020-21 football season now in our rearview mirror, the sports world looks forward. The NBA and NHL are in full swing, spring training is just around the corner, and the NFL offseason promises to bring old faces to new places along with a fresh crop of draft prospects ready to make their mark […]

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 Battered Blazers Need a (Lucky) Break

Battered Blazers Need a (Lucky) Break

The season is young. Just 17 games into the 2020-21 campaign, the Trail Blazers are 9-8. As of this writing, they sit 8th in the Western Conference, with only 4 losses separating them from the top-seeded Utah Jazz. Portland’s story thus far hasn’t been comparable to that of Minnesota or Washington’s; with hopeless rosters making […]

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 NFL Divisional Round Winners and Losers

NFL Divisional Round Winners and Losers

The Chiefs and Bills advance to championship weekend in the AFC, as the Packers and Buccaneers face-off in the NFC. Looking beyond the scoreboard at what brought us here, these are the NFL Divisional Round Winners and Losers. Winner: Kansas City Bettors If you listened closely enough Sunday afternoon, you could hear tens of thousands […]

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 Blazers Face Questions as Nurkić Fractures Wrist

Blazers Face Questions as Nurkić Fractures Wrist

20 games. Just 20 regular-season games dating back to last season since Jusuf Nurkić’s return from a broken leg suffered in 2019, the seven-foot center fractured his wrist in Thursday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. It’s an absolute gut-punch to the Trail Blazers. A starting unit on the precipice of developing chemistry between the […]

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 Wild Card Weekend Superlatives

Wild Card Weekend Superlatives

The NFL postseason started with a bang last weekend as two days of triple-header action unfolded across the league. There were nail-biters, blowouts, upsets, and one particularly bizarre broadcast in what was the first 12-team Wild Card round in history. Looking back at the best and the worst of it all, here are the Wild […]

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