Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012
Posted by kirsch17 on June 5th, 2012
49 matches won. 1 loss. 19 games lost in this tournament. 6 championships. Rafael Nadal is proving why he is the “King of Clay” once again during this year’s French Open. Growing up playing on this surface in his hometown of Majorca, Spain he has had a lot of practice playing on the red surface. He always talks about how it is his favorite surface to play on and it shows with his incredible record when playing in clay court tournaments. It is very rare when he loses, and it shocked everyone when he lost in the 4th round of the French to Robin Soderling back in 2009. But Nadal came back stronger the next two years and won the 2010 beating Soderling in straight sets, and then in 2011 defeating Roger Federer in four sets.
Once again, Nadal is the favorite to win the French. Yes, Novak Djokovic has dominated Nadal over the past year in all tournaments, going undefeated against the Spaniard, but this year Nadal took charge. After Djokovic won the Australian Open this year, Nadal finally got the revenge he wanted after beating Djokovic at Monte Carlo and then again a few weeks later in Rome. Both of those tournaments were played on clay. Nadal got his confidence back that he needs in order to win a 7th title in Paris. And it looks as though it is going to happen. Nadal has cruised over his first four matches, having only dropped 19 games, a new record. Will Djokovic and Federer give him a run for his money? Possibly, but at this pace Nadal will be lifting the trophy in Paris for the 7th time in his career.
Posted by sportsfannw on April 17th, 2012
It seems that the curse is still very alive in the rose city. With the latest bad news coming out of Portland that all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the rest of the season due to a hip surgery, Blazer fans everywhere cringe. Here is a timeline of what some consider bad luck and what others consider a curse.
-1977 Trail Blazers and Hall of Fame big man Bill Walton won the NBA championship, the following season Walton won the MVP but was injured again and could not play in the playoffs. Walton then demanded a trade from the Blazers and even sued the team for providing him poor medical treatment. Walton sat out the entire 78-79 season after Portland did not trade him and later signed as a free agent with the Clippers. The Blazers have not won a championship since.
-1984 The Trail Blazers had drafted Clyde Drexler a year prior to the 1984 NBA draft and they had the 2nd overall pick, which they were hopeful in adding a center. Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted number 1 by the Houston Rockets and the Blazers decided to go with 7′1 center Sam Bowie, since they lacked a center and already had plenty of guards. Bowie was a good college center and even selected to be on team USA before they boycotted the Moscow Olympics. The third pick in the draft was no other than Michael Jordan. Bowie played 76 games his rookie season averaging 10 points and almost 9 rebounds per game, however after that year he only played 63 games in the next 4 season due to several broken legs. I don’t have to say what Michael Jordan went on to do in his career.
-1986 Trail Blazers select Arvydas Sabonis from Lithuania, who at the time was regarded as maybe the best big man in the world. He was not allowed by his government to play in the NBA until 1989, after leading his team to an Olympic gold in 1988. However, he did not come to Portland until 1995 when his knees were already so bad that there were reports that he could qualify for a handicap parking spot based on his x-rays alone. Sabonis had a solid Trail Blazer career and was a fan favorite, but it’s hard not to think about what could have been if he had came to the NBA earlier when he was healthy.
-2007 Trail Blazers win the draft lottery, although they were not even suppose to have a top 5 pick. The blazers selected 7 foot center Greg Oden out of Ohio State, a move that every GM would have made at the time. Oden played less games than Bowie and Walton due to several knee injuries. Before his first season with Portland, Oden underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and was forced to miss the entire season. He returned the next season and dealt with minor injuries such as a sprained foot and a chipped knee cap but played in 61 games. The next season Oden got off to a good start in the first 21 games before rupturing his knee at the Rose Garden against the Houston Rockets. Oden was never able to return to the court after that injury and had a total of 5 knee surgeries with the Blazers. Oden only played in 82 games in his 5 seasons with the Blazers and no one was ever able to see his real potential. The 2nd pick in the 2007 NBA draft was all star and scoring champion Kevin Durant.
-2011 Brandon Roy had quickly became the face of the franchise as he was a 3 time all star in his first 4 seasons. Roy was born and raised in the northwest and loved Portland as much as Portland loved him. Roy was forced to retire in December before the 2012 season due to chronic knee injuries. Roy ended up having 6 knee surgeries in his Portland career and doctors feared he would not be able to walk later in life if he continued to play. Roy’s decision to retire shocked some but to many around the Portland circle, it was inevitable. Roy will still be remembered as one of the greats in Portland but yet another star that had his career cut short due to injury.
-2012 In the midst of a terrible season where the Blazers fired Nate McMillan, the lone bright spot on this rebuilding team was first time all start LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge was playing at an extremely high level and amongst the league leaders in minutes played. In April, the Blazers announced that Aldridge would have hip surgery and miss the remainder of the season. Although this is not suppose to be anything serious, you can see why Blazer fans and the Blazer organization is thinking “not this again.”
Some fans like to blame it on bad luck and others say that it is some kind of a curse. However you look at it the Trail Blazers have gone through a stretch of misfortune and injuries that leave a franchise wondering when and if they can ever win another NBA championship. For Trail Blazer fans everywhere, pray that LaMarcus will return and be full strength and that this bad luck or curse will eventually fade away with new players and new management.
Posted by sportsfannw on April 13th, 2012
When Pete Carroll took the head-coaching job in Seattle before the start of the 2010 season, expectations and excitement began to grow, as Seahawks fans believed he would have a Mike Holmgren type effect on the team and the fan base. Although Carroll and the Seahawks surprised everyone with a 2010 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, they have compiled just a 7-9 record each of the last two seasons. Injuries and inconsistent quarterback play have taken the burden of the blame but after the signing of quarterback Matt Flynn, Seattle fans have something to be excited about once again. Or do they?
The Seahawks signed Flynn, a former backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, to a 3-year contract worth 26 million dollars, 10 million being guaranteed. Flynn was a 7th round pick in 2008 out of LSU and has only had limited opportunities, but one of those was eye opening. Last season in a week 17 win over the Detroit Lions; Flynn threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns as Green Bay rested Rodgers for the playoffs. Seattle was convinced by this performance that Flynn could be their franchise quarterback and although they have said that there will be an open competition between former starter Tarvaris Jackson and Flynn, many believe that it is Flynn’s job to lose.
The signing of Flynn in many ways brings comparison to former QB Matt Hasselbeck, who also was a back up in Green bay (to Brett Favre) and had limited opportunities before succeeding in Seattle and taking the Seahawks to a Super Bowl. Seattle fans can only hope that Flynn turns out as well as Hasselbeck and gives the franchise some stability at a position that is vital in the NFL.
With very little actual NFL experience, Flynn has only attempted 132 passes in his career, there is fear that his short term success might not transfer to a franchise quarterback. As comparisons to Matt Hasselbeck are convenient and relevant, the other side of that is Kevin Kolb. Kolb, who was a back up in Philadelphia to Donovan McNabb and then Michael Vick, had enough success in his limited opportunities to make the Arizona Cardinals mortgage their future in hopes of a franchise quarterback. Before last season Arizona traded former first round pick and pro bowl corner Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie along with a 2nd round pick to the Eagles for Kolb. Arizona then went on to sign the 27-year-old Kolb to a 5-year 64 million dollar contract that included 21 million guaranteed. Kolb was injured much of last year and the Cardinals actually had more success with 5th round draft pick John Skelton.
The main difference between Kolb and Flynn is Seattle didn’t give up anything to get Flynn and signed him to a much more manageable contract if he ends up being a bust. Seattle fans can only hope that 3 years from now, Matt Flynn will be compared to Hasselbeck and not mentioned in the same sentence as Kevin Kolb.
Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011
Posted by GameSetMatch on June 1st, 2010
True to form, the Mariners appear to have reached the franchise’s traditional point of disengagement with the playoff race — the Memorial Day weekend.
They entered play on the holiday 19-30, third-worst in the American League, fourth worst in major league baseball. While most of MLB settles in for a summer of entertaining daily drama, the Mariners are on the edge of a Seattle baseball tradition — bringing up the kids for four months of extended spring training.
The one silver lining in the tradition is that it allows local fans of the sport to shift attention briefly to the women’s College World Series and the University of Washington. Unlike the M’s, the Huskies play with a swagger and toughness that is the envy of their world.
Click here to read the full article – By ART THIEL of http://www.seattlepi.com
Posted by Decker on May 26th, 2010
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Posted by Decker on May 19th, 2010
The Seattle Mariners are a team now known for their one-two punch of Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. But the batting side is where trouble awaits. Many years ago, Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre were signed on to help Ichiro Suzuki in the batting department. That didn’t work out too well. Now, Ichiro still has nobody to help him. Ken Griffey Jr. is an all-time great who brings nostalgia to the team, but not much else. Aside from Ichiro, only one other player on the Mariners is even batting .250 this year. Chone Figgins was supposed to be a great acquisition, but his batting average is not even .200 more than mine is.
Cliff Lee has proven to be a great pick-up for Seattle. However, they clearly did not focus enough on batting. Ichiro continues to be his usual great self, but he is climbing up in age. At this rate, by the time he retires, the Mariners won’t have anyone batting over .250. The Mariners need serious batting help. Until then, I hope they will at least find the need to get employees for playoff viewing parties.
Posted by GameSetMatch on May 6th, 2010
Milton Bradley, baseball’s self-described bad guy, has asked his Seattle Mariners for help in dealing with what manager Don Wakamatsu says is “emotional stress” from personal issues.
Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that their fiery slugger is out indefinitely until he receives an outside assessment and a plan to address his issues.
A day earlier, Bradley became angry for striking out twice and Wakamatsu removed him from a close game in the sixth inning because the manager thought he wasn’t fit to play anymore. Bradley left the stadium soon after. Several Mariners players described his mindset Tuesday night as “not good.”
A source told 710 ESPN Radio Seattle Bradley yelled at the umpire from the bench before being told by Wakamatsu to cool it. Wakamatsu said that he would handle the umpire himself. Bradley responded that someone had to say something and that if Wakamatsu wouldn’t, then he would.
According to the source, a few minutes later Bradley walked back over to the skipper and said, “I’m packing my stuff. I’m out of here.” Then he left.
Click here to read the full article – By of ESPN.com
Posted by GameSetMatch on April 22nd, 2010
It has been that kind of season for the Portland Trail Blazers: Hope for the best but expect the worst.
On Wednesday, the oft-injured Blazers got some better-than-expected news about starting forward Nicolas Batum. An MRI showed he strained his right shoulder, and he is questionable for Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Blazers and the Suns.
The resilient Blazers claimed the opening game of the series 105-100 in Phoenix but fell back in a 119-90 loss Tuesday night.
Batum injured his shoulder in the second half when he went after a loose ball and appeared to bang his shoulder into Suns guard Steve Nash’s shoulder.
The injury was of particular concern because Batum, the team’s primary perimeter defender, had surgery on the shoulder just before the opener and missed the first 45 games of the season.
Click here to read the full article – By Associated Press of ESPN.com