Mariners Trading Deadline Moves Indicate Strong Push for 2018

It's no secret that the last time the Mariners made the post-season was 2001. And so with the team within striking distance of the playoffs this year, an impatient management team could go all-in with a pair of 6's and hope for the best. Thankfully, this team held onto its chips and is preparing for the next hand. Bad luck happens. Who knows whe…

What I Learned – Playing Putt-Putt with Chad Marshall

(This post is part of the continuing series called, "What I Learned." In this series, I keep track of things that sparked my brain during different events and experiences.) I've long said that the Seattle Sounders do more smart things for their fans and supporters than any team I've ever run across. Last week, they held a small event, hosting a …

Some Fun Trivia to Celebrate Mariners Opening Day

It's the home opener of our favorite hometown 9, the Seattle Mariners. So let's take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and review some stats and trivia since┬áthe day the Mariners were bounced from the last playoff game in which they participated, October 22, 2001. Things that did not exist the last time the Mariners were in the playoffs: X…

Meet Your New 2017 Sounders

The MLS season is a long one, running a full 9 months from early March to early December. So before the ink was even dry on the papers forever documenting the 2016 Sounders MLS Cup win, the wheels of progress were underway to form the 2017 version. Many of the players who played a decent sized role in the title run found themselves trading their Ra…

A Conspiracy Theorist’s Predictions for the 2017 NFL Playoffs

We all know the NFL playoffs aren't rigged. But if they WERE being written by a team of storytellers in New York, here's how it would go down. Houston: No NFL team has ever won a Super Bowl in the year their city hosted the game. The host city needs the tourist revenue.┬áSo no Houston this year. 1st round out. Oakland: Their QB is out so they…

My Unsolicited Opinions on the College Football Playoff

In no particular order... There's an irony that we're arguing about whether we need 2, 4 or 8 teams for a proper playoff. If this was the old days, Alabama would go win the Sugar Bowl, finish 14-0, and there wouldn't be a discussion about it. You can't make Conference Championships part of the parameters for making the College Football Play…

A Possible Answer to Why NFL TV Ratings are Down

It's being well documents that the NFL's TV ratings are down. There are hundreds of explanations, from the poorer quality of play, a general disgust for the Commissioner, a weariness of all the concussions and injuries, or even backlash at the National Anthem protests. I'll throw my supposition on the list - Fantasy Football. I posit that the gr…

Totally Unfounded Speculation About Alex Rodriguez

There is almost zero percent chance that this hypothesis is accurate. But suppose... Rather than release him outright, the Yankees offered Alex Rodriguez the role of "Special Advisor" because they could make sure the contract he signed and the $20+ million they still owe him would be contingent on him actually being a Yankee Special Advisor. …

A Few Thoughts About Sigi Schmid

It's the end of an era. Quite literally. The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach in all their days. Through 250 MLS matches, a host of playoff games and some lengthy runs through the U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, Sigi Schmid has been the only man driving the bus. And now that ride has ended. While Sigi was alone in compiling…

What I Learned from Copa America Centenario

A few quick takeaways from what was a pretty cool tournament. 1) South American soccer is more fun than European soccer: Sure, the Germans have technical skill that is fun to watch. But if you gave me the choice to randomly select two South American teams or two European teams to watch play, I'd choose the South Americans every time. With the e…