Month: March 2014

Five questions raised by the unionization of Northwestern football players

When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the football players at Northwestern University could unionize left everyone stunned. Not many people expected that the college athletes would qualify under the legal definition of “employee”, and therefore wouldn’t have the right to unionize. Apparently, the NLRB felt differently. The NCAA issued a laughable statement ...

Why the Seattle City Council’s reported stance on the hockey first option is a mistake

Seattle City Councilmen Tim Burgess has stated that he does not believe that the Memorandum of Understanding — between Chris Hansen and the City — will be renegotiated to allow for a NHL first option. This statement comes on the heels of some optimistic reports that the  National Hockey League was looking at expanding to ...

Five things to watch for during the 2014 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners’ off season has been, for the most part, a series of smart moves that compliment the big off-season splash signing of Robinson Cano. For M’s fans, this was a move that has improved fan expectations for the 2014 season. Now the question becomes, what exactly do these improved expectations mean for fans ...

A few thoughts before Selection Sunday

Next Sunday will start the process for an insanity that takes place over the course of a single month.  Let’s just call it March Madness.  Here are a few thoughts I have before the tournament begins. 1. Can Wichita State pull it off? Last year the Shockers made it all the way to the Final ...

Mariner Diaries #2: Seattle may have discovered its Kryptonite

The Mariners are 7-3 on the season in Cactus League play.  However, all three of those losses have been to teams in the state of Ohio.  The Mariners thus far are 0-2 against the Cleveland Indians in Spring Training, and 1-1 against the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the 10-9 loss Seattle suffered to the Reds today, ...

Washington D.C. and D.C. United have a unique stadium deal

The MLS franchise D.C. United are looking to build a new stadium to replace their current home, 53-year old RFK Stadium. As a result, the franchise has been negotiating with Washington D.C to get a new stadium built since 2006. Fortunately for United fans, the City and the franchise were able to agree to an…interesting ...

Key Storylines to follow in the NBA

Hello and welcome to my weekly post on this week’s NBA action.  Sorry I missed last week, but I’ll be sure to post more regularly.  Here we go! 1.  Who gets the #1 Seed in the East? It’s going to come down to either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers, and as far as ...

Pencil’s Down: My Grades for Washington Sports

I promised that I would be handing out grades for each aspect of Washington sports, and by golly I’m going to do that.  Let’s start with the NFL. NFL My Grade:  A Any time you end a major championship sports drought for your city that earns an “A” in my book.  The Seattle Seahawks captured ...

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Chavez Dominates this Time; Salido Out-hustles Lomachenko

Redemption and resilience defined the night in boxing as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. dominated Bryan Vera in their rematch last Saturday and Orlando Salido survived a perilous 12th round to defeat Vasyl Lomachenko. Salido (41-12-2, 28KO) lost the WBO featherweight title on the scales by weighting 2.5 pounds over the 126 pound featherweight limit. By ...

The Mariners should trade 2B/SS Nick Franklin for New York Mets’ SP Dillon Gee

The signing of Robinson Cano has left the Seattle Mariners second basemen Nick Franklin competing for the starting shortstop position with incumbent Brad Miller. There are some baseball writers out there who see Franklin as a surplus, and the M’s currently are in need of depth in the starting rotation; this combination of factors has ...

Examining potential NHL expansion partners for Seattle

The rumors that the NHL is prepared to announce expansion to Seattle by no later than June has created a lot of excitement in Seattle. But these rumors have also led to questions regarding the NHL’s current divisional alignment; there are 14 teams in the West and 16 in the East. It would be really easy ...

Mariner Diaries #1: M’s outscore opponents at 24-5 clip

Here are the box scores for the first three Mariners Spring Training games. Game #1   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 – – SEA 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 – 7 – – Game ...

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