Blazers, Beavers and Roofball

When do the Blazers kick into second gear, and what's the future for OSU?
Feb. 25, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With the NBA Playoffs slipping away every day, the Portland Trail Blazers face the interesting question of how much do they continue to stress their starting line-up with constant playing time?

Does Damian Lillard need to play 38 minutes per game for the rest of the season just to win a few more games? What about getting the bench some more PT?

The Washington Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg last season in late season, even though he was one of the best pitchers in baseball to give his arm rest for the rest of his career. That something the Blazers should start thinking of with their starters?

That's a key point for Monday's Sportsland podcast, with hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber, recorded weekly from Blitz in the Pearl, located in Northwest Portland.

The other hot topic is what's the future for Oregon State men's basketball? The program has been going forward under Craig Robinson - including 20 wins last season, but the roster is looking very much like it's headed for second-division finishes into the near future. Is coach Robinson still the long-term coach in Corvallis?

Tune in for that and more, with a 39-minute show.


It was fairly super, the HarBowl

SPORTSLAND 2013: Jim went ballistic over a non-call, but not the blackout
Feb. 4, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

It would have been a lot better if David Akers had somehow managed to be the deciding factor in the Super Bowl Sunday, and not an uncalled penalty. If it was a penalty.

Not only has Akers been a shaky kicker all season, but he got injured on a second-half field goal and had a camera in his face as he practiced in the fourth quarter, getting ready for the game-winning or losing kick that the CBS anchor crew had predicted prior to the game.

They should have, instead, promoted the Ravens winning on a phantom non-call for pass interference to bail out a bad play-call in the first place. It would have been an easy call if the Niners had taken a delay-of-game penalty and given that fade route more space to work. But, blame the officials, and make that play the memorable one from Baltimore's 34-31 Super Bowl win.

That's a key point of this week's Sportsland Episode, when co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber talk up Sunday's results, including the commercials involved, as well as the Blazers, Ducks' football and basketball, and the connection between the Winterhawks four-game skid and the NHL getting back to work.

That, plus What We're Watching, all from Blitz in the Pearl in downtown Portland.


Nene for LMA? Who's better for "Showtime PDX?"

SPORTLAND 2013 looks in on Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Blazers' trade bait
Jan. 23, 2013

Is the Big 3 on Portland's future NBA Championship team Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, or does Aldridge fit into the up-tempo system that Lillard and Batum thrive in?

That's just one of the topics in this week's Sportsland 2013, which delves into the Super Bowl match-up, Baltimore vs. San Francisco that features four University of Oregon alums, second-most to Miami in college representatives.

Chip Kelly? The Oregon Ducks saved a ton of money - as much as $5 million - when he bolted from Eugene to Philadelphia and allowed the school to promote Mark Helfrich for just over half the paycheck Kelly was being handed annually.

That's just part of the conversation going on within Sportsland, recorded weekly from Northwest Portland's Blitz Pearl.



NBA Playoffs get busy, just not in Portland

SPORTSLAND: First round series sweeps appear hard to expect
April 30, 2012 / By Carlos Molina,

The NBA playoffs have begun, and Sportsland, Oregon presents A Belated NBA Playoff Preview Pod.  A few Game 1’s are in the books, so there’s a bit of an advantage in throwing out predictions after seeing how the series have started out.  Frankly, none of the weekend’s results have changed my opinion on how the series would end up.  Without further ado, here’s a preview of the Preview Pod.  How meta.  Or is it Metta?


Spurs – Jazz:  San Antonio rolled an over-achieving Utah squad in Game 1, and there’s no way they would lose to an 8 seed in back to back years.  Yes, the Spurs overachieved this year also, but in a less surprising way.  Spurs in 5.

Thunder – Mavs:  Dallas had a great chance to steal Game 1 against a young team without much playoff experience.  Then the Durantula stepped up.  Look for the Mavs to even the series after going home, but ultimately dropping their title defense in 6.

Lakers – Nuggs:  Speaking of overachievers, my surprise pick of the year got in as a 6 seed and had the unfortunate luck of running into the Andrew Bynum Wall 10 times.  The altitude will allow them to get one at home, but Denver doesn’t stand a chance in the long run.  Lakers in 5.

Grizzlies – Clips:  What I predicted to be the most compelling series of the first round proved true when the Clips needed a 28-3 run to close out the game and win by 1. This one will go the distance, unless this collapse psychologically ruins Memphis.  Grizz in 7.


Bulls – Sixers:  What could possibly go wrong with having your superstar albeit fragile MVP out in the last 2 minutes of a game that’s already been decided?  An ACL explosion, that’s what.  Bulls advance in 6, but their goal was a ring, and that’s not happening anymore.

Heat – Knicks:  What many expected to be a thrilling first round series featuring the two free agent superteams has the potential to become a clunker after the Game 1 rout the Miami laid down.  LBJ vs Melo will have to wait until Game 2 to Heat up (Rim Shot).  Heat in 5.

Pacers – Magic:  Orlando stole Game 1, but the overachievers from Indianapolis will prevail in the long run against a shorthanded Magic team, unless it’s a case of addition by subtraction for Dwight Howard.  Pacers in 6.

Celtics – Hawks:  I lied.  This is the only series where my opinion has changed after Game 1.  Rondo’s suspension after bumping a ref has doomed the C’s, who were experienced and peaking at a good time.  Now, the Hawks should be cruisin’ in the ATL.  Hawks in 6.

Check out an in depth discussion on the rest of the Playoffs on Sportsland, Oregon.

And The Year Goes On

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It’s a weird time of the sports year in Portland.  The Blazers have five games left and nothing really to play for, so much so it looks like they’re shutting down some key guys.  The Beavers and Ducks just opened up spring practice, but there’s nothing really to follow there.  Sure the diehards want to see how some of the new signees that manage to get there early do, or who’s going to fill in at any positions vacated by guys leaving for the draft or graduating.  In reality, there are no scores, and there’s no news to really follow, and so much can and will change between now and when the season opens that people really only follow it to have something to follow. 

College baseball is underway, and the WHL playoffs are underway, but the fanbases for these are much more limited.  And then of course there are the Timbers, but they don’t have the built in excitement of an inaugural season to carry the interest of the casual fan.  Couple that with their struggles this year, and even the excitement of early season soccer and the Army’s antics aren’t enough to maintain interest or make it enjoyable to be a Portland sports fan.

But never fear, the Sportsland, Oregon crew can find sports stories from across the country to make things interesting.  From the NBA playoff picture developing, to the NHL playoffs providing their usual excitement and even more fights than ever, there’s plenty to follow in the world of sports.  And of course, don’t forget early season baseball.  All that and more on this week’s episode of Sportsland, Oregon.

It's celebration time for Oregon bowlers

A Rose Bowl win ends years of frustration for Ducks fans
Jan. 2, 2012

In the first part of this week's episode, it's all Rose Bowl all the time for the Sportsland, Oregon. Los and Derek get togethIer after the game to break down the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years and the first Bowl victory of Chip Kelly's career.

They talk about all the big stars of the game, from De'Anthony Thomas and LaMichael James in the backfield to Kiko Alonso and Lavasier Tuinei as unexpected heroes. Then they discuss the rest of the major bowls and predict the National Championship, all before debating the merits of Andrew Luck as a Number 1 pick and a sure thing. 

In Part 2 of their marathon Rose Bowl podcast, Los and Derek make their NFL playoff predictions. With all of the potent offenses in this season's playoffs, it's tough to choose just two that will make the big game, let alone one that will win it.

Finally, Derek provides his send-off and valedictions to the Oregon Ducks' 2011 Football season.

All that, plus the usual segments, including What Plucks My Duck and What Makes Your Beaver Eager, all from Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.



It's NBA Preview Time so let's head to South Beach

SPORTSLAND 83 delves into the prospects of who can beat the Miami Heat

The NBA season finally arrives, better late than never, and the Sportsland, Oregon gang have it covered.

From top to bottom.

Lostradamus and company make all of their predictions, starting off with the playoff picture for both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Which teams will all those player moves, some of them from earlier in the day, affect most and why.

Can anyone beat Miami this year? The Sportsland Crew makes its call.

Is LeBron going to blow out the league and be MVP this season? Kobe still got enough game to lead the Lakers to the Finals? Chris Paul going to shove his skills into the face of the Lakers and Commissioner David Stern for not letting the Lakers trade for him?

Dirk tough enough to lead the Mavs to back-to-back titles? Celtics anyone. What about the Knicks? They haven't been an entertaining team in a decade or more.

All-NBA? Got it.

Rookie of the Year? Got it.

Sixth Man of the Year? Got it.

Coach of the  Year? Got it.

Even Most Improved Player of the Year.

Where do the Blazers fall? Are any of them worthy of awards?

The Sportsland crew decides.

All that, plus the usual segments, including What We Wanna Watch and What Plucks My Duck..It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.


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