Where do the Patriots sit among top US sports brands?
Sportland Oregon staff
When you reflect on all the pro teams from the five major leagues across the US: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and even Major League Soccer, what's the top brand name for fans across the nation and even worldwide?
The New England Patriots might be No. 1 in terms of Super Bowls won in the past decade, but does anyone in Greece know who they are?
In this episode, we ponder that question as well as the recent NBA trade that send DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, sorta SNL-style, too.
Oregon is gearing up for its NCAA Tournament run, but what about Gonzaga? The Zags might be a No. 1 seed, but does the NCAA really want a school from Spokane playing in the final? We chat that up as well as how coach Mark Few might be playing the tournament up to his players.
We also hit on the key event for the upcoming week: the Daytona 500. All recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.
The Super Bowl pits two tons of evil going against each other Sunday
Jan. 26, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Amid all the hype of under-inflated footballs from the conference finals, there's a stark reality to Sunday's Super Bowl - it's not the love-in from last year's game.
Back when veteran Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were going up against young Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, the world awaited what glory the game would provide; one golden boy would win.
Not so this year.
The Seattle Seahawks with brash-talking Richard Sherman leading the way. The New England Patriots, with much derided Tom Brady at the helm of the team - regardless of a few pounds in a few footballs. Either you hate one side, or you hate the other.
That's Sunday's Super Bowl, which missed a historic event by a year in that last year's game was played in New York City.
The game is the key topic for the third episode of Sportsland, Oregon, recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland. Co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber talk up the game, it's betting line and appropriate prop bets such as which team will get flagged for more penalties.
LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers take their turn with regards to the benefits of mid-season injuries come playoff time when injured players should return to the line-up.
Oregon State's vision of the NCAA Tournament gets a moment, as do the OSU women's hoop players who are attracting large crowds to Gill Coliseum.
And, the review of the Roofball World Cup are all on tap during this week's episode, part of Season 5 of the show.
SPORTSLAND 86 delves into the issues of the day, including prop bets
Jan. 31, 2012
It's the week before the Superbowl, and the Sportsland, Oregon has the preview episode that covers all the bases, from predictions to prop bets.
The cast starts off discussing the Timbers' new addition, Kris Boyd, the all-time leading goal scorer in the Scottish Premier League. What's his move to the Timbers mean for soccer in the Northwest?
From one local professional team they move on to the other, breaking down the Blazers' inconsistencies over the past week and assessing how bad Nick Batum's knee injury may turn out to be after another road loss.
Then, after some basketball Civil War talk and Signing Day thoughts, it's finally time for Superbowl predictions. The guys give their thoughts on who the winners and losers will be, then break down their favorite prop bets, including the length of the National Anthem and what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.
All that, plus the usual segments, including What Plucks My Duck and What Makes Your Beaver Eager, all of it recorded at Portland's Blitz in the Pearl Restaurant.