After several years of poor offensive performance, the 2013 Seattle Mariners have been built to hit home runs. Results from the first week of Spring Training have this writer remembering a time when Mariners' sluggers dominated the major leagues.
The 2013 Seattle Mariners will carry five outfielders. Michael Morse, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, and Raul Ibanez appear locked in. This is one fan's opinion of who should be the fifth outfielder, and why.
The 2012 Seattle Mariners won 75 games, an improvement over their prior two seasons (61 and 67 respectively). New sluggers have been added and top prospects are maturing. This is one fan's predictions of what will happen in 2013.
The Seattle Mariners improved from 61 wins in 2010, to 67 in 2011, and 75 in 2012. With the addition of several key players, as well as the Houston Astros arrival into the division, fans have reason to be optimistic about the 2013 MLB season.
The morning after a big loss is a time to reflect on why you are a fan of your favorite team. The Oregon Ducks lost to Stanford last night, 11/17/2012, ending their hopes for a national championship. These are my reasons to be thankful for the Ducks.
Thanksgiving is a time of good food and good cheer with family and friends. For many of us, it's also a time for watching sports. Combining these two themes, I've created a list of five athletes I would like to invite to my table.
The national media has been looking forward to the Oregon-USC football game for a long time, believing this is the game where Oregon will be exposed and beaten. This is a fan's preview of why the Ducks will win on November 3, 2012.
Davis Love III is chasing his 21st career PGA TOUR victory in The McGladrey Classic. He is a co-leader after 54 holes, tied with Jim Furyk at 13-under par. Win or lose, in this fan's opinion, he should already be on his way to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Bud Cauley is a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2012. Marco Dawson has been a pro since 1985 (before Cauley was born). This unlikely duo share the first round lead at The McGladrey Classic, matching the course record.
While Brian Davis and Jeff Overton have combined earnings of more than $20 Million on the PGA Tour, they will each be seeking their first career victory when The McGladrey Classic begins on Thursday, October 17, 2012.
A two-time major champion, John Daly has gone six years without a PGA Tour card. Nearing the end of the 2012 season, he is within striking range, but will need a strong finish in the 2012 McGladrey Classic.
With the release of the season's first BCS Rankings, October 14, 2012, the entertainment of the Bowl Championship Series debate begins once more. This is one fan's ranking of the top teams in the land.
Jason Kokrak is a 2012 PGA Tour rookie, following success on the eGolf and Nationwide Tours. As the season winds down, in danger of losing his Tour card for 2013, he is contending for his first victory in the Frys.com Open.
John Mallinger earned $1 Million each year from 2007 to 2009, with seven top three finishes. His career went downhill in 2010-11, missing 28 cuts in 44 events. As the 36-hole leader in the 2012 Frys.com Open, he is nearing his first career victory.
Alex Karras had a very successful career with the NFL's Detroit Lions, as well as acting on television and in the movies. Along with Karras, we review 5 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who also excelled as actors.
A golf professional since 1994, Nick O'Hern has never won on the PGA Tour. After a startling nine-under par 62 in the first round on Thursday, October 11th, he has a three shot lead in the 2012 Frys.com Open.
The 2012 PGA Tour season is winding down, with full playing status at stake for 2013. The group to watch in the first round of the Frys.com Open includes Billy Mayfair, David Mathis, and Jeff Maggert, currently ranked #123 - #125.
In 2012 Rory McIlroy has won four times on the PGA Tour and risen to #1 in the world golf rankings. Tiger Woods has won three Tour events and is ranked #2. This is one fan's opinion of why Tiger Woods is still the best, for now.
Already, as of October 7, 2012, only twelve teams remain with an opportunity to play in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. This is a ranking of each contender, from easiest to most difficult path to the title game.
Ryan Moore closed out his 2012 PGA season as the hottest player on Tour from July to October, capping it off with his second career victory in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Jonas Blixt is a co-leader halfway through the Timberlake Shriners Open in Las Vegas. With victory he would be the third rookie to win on the PGA Tour in 2012, in a tournament which has produced first-time winners in eight of the last ten years.
John Daly once stood at the top of the golfing world, a two-time major champion. After falling on hard times, he has a chance to earn his first full-time PGA Tour card in six years, for the 2013 season.
There are currently 19 teams with a chance to play in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, in Miami. This is a ranking of all the contenders, in order from having the easiest to most difficult path to the title game.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley have run their record at the 39th Ryder Cup to 3 wins and 0 losses, with a 7&6 thrashing of Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. This is one fan's look at the top 5 Ryder Cup pairings of all time.
People are buzzing about the NFL replacement referees, after their decision that Golden Tate scored a last second touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, September 24, 2012. This is one fan's list of five officiating errors that were even worse.
On Sunday, September 23, 2012, Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy remain as the only contenders to win the FedEx Cup, and the $10 million bonus. This is a review of what each needs to do, to take home the prize.
De'Anthony Thomas is on the Sports llustrated cover for September 24, 2012. This is a review of five other Oregon Ducks football players featured on Sports Illustrated covers, and the famous SI cover jinx.
Four first round pairings in the 2012 TOUR Championship featured members of Team USA and Team Europe, in what could be a preview of the upcoming Ryder Cup competition. This is a review of the results of those head-to-head contests.
Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal, team captains for the Ryder Cup, may have particular interest in these four opening round pairings, as the 2012 TOUR Championship begins on Thursday, September 20th.
College football teams play one game per week, usually on Saturdays, and your favorite team isn't going to leave town for a new stadium. While these are good, our list is five other things that make college football the greatest spectator sport.
Rory McIlroy is playing the best golf of his life, winning three of his last four events and ranked #1 in the world. Can anyone beat him in the 2012 TOUR Championship? This is one fan's list of the top five challengers.
The University of Oregon has produced many NFL players through the years. This is a review of the top three Ducks currently in the NFL as well as a complete list of all who are on NFL rosters at the start of the 2012 regular season.
Rory McIlroy has won three of his last four events on the PGA Tour. With his latest, the 2012 BMW Championship, on Sunday, September 9th, he has cemented his current #1 world ranking and is the favorite for 2012 Player of the Year honors.
At the end of play on Friday, September 7th, Vijay Singh is the 36-hole leader in the 2012 BMW Championship. A single shot behind is Ryan Moore. Moore is chasing his second career Tour win, while Singh is chasing something bigger.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were the featured matchup in the first round of the 2012 BMW Championship, and they delivered. Webb Simpson and Bo Van Pelt also put on a great show and sit at the top of the leaderboard.
25 rookies have played on the PGA Tour in 2012. Two, John Huh and Ted Potter Jr. have lifted championship trophies. This is a review of the four rookies who have qualified for the BMW Championship, still in the chase for the FedEx Cup.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are paired together again in the first two rounds of the 2012 BMW Championship. The two most dominant players in golf today have six prior head to head matchups in stroke play events. This is a review of how they have done.
The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) includes 120 college football teams, playing in eleven conferences, plus four independents. This is one fan's weekly ranking of the relative strength of each conference.
When Rory McIlroy won the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, Monday, September 3rd, he did it with his putter on the greens at TPC Boston. A strong third place finish by Tiger Woods sets up another McIlroy v Woods battle in the upcoming BMW Championship.
When Andre Parker scooped up the ball on the seven yard line for Kent State, in the Golden Flashes' first game of the 2012 season, he started running ... in the wrong direction. This is a review of Parker and four other players to have run the wrong way.
The Pac-12 conference is filled with interesting mascots, including an unusual tree, a Disney character look-a-like, and a horse named Traveler. This is one fan's list of the top five that are the most entertaining.
Following a third round score of 63, in perfect playing conditions on Sunday, September 2nd, Louis Oosthuizen has taken a three shot lead in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship. He is on pace to set a new 72-hole record for the annual event at TPC Boston.
Erin DiMeglio may be the first girl to have played quarterback in a Florida high school boys' football game. While many girls have played football in high school, few have done so in college. This is a look at five women who played collegiately.
Seung-Yul Noh is a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2012. On Friday, August 31st, the 21-year-old native of Gangwon-do, South Korea posted a 9-under par 62 to take the first round lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship, two shots ahead of Tiger Woods.
Just prior to the second stop of the 2012 PGA Playoffs, Tiger Woods and Bill Haas won charity team events. Playing August 31-September 3, at TPC Boston, they now hope to continue their winning ways in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.
The 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, at TPC Boston, is the last chance for players not currently in the FedEx points top 70 to move up. This is one fan's selection of five players who will do just that and qualify for the BMW Championship.
The PGA Tour's top 100 move to TPC Boston, August 31-September 3, for the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship. Two of this season's rookies, Bud Cauley and Brian Harman, are peaking at just the right time to be contenders.
Lydia Ko came to the Vancouver Golf Club, on August 23, 2012, wanting to make the cut and play her best. On Sunday, August 26th, she hoisted the trophy as champion of the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open, as the youngest winner in LPGA history.
The USADA has ruled Lance Armstrong was a cheater and says he should be stripped of all titles earned since 1998, including seven Tour de France victories. This is one fan's reaction to the USADA's decision.
Sergio Garcia came to The Barclays fresh off victory in the Wyndham Championship. After 36 holes he is tied for the lead with Nick Watney, but 24 others are within five shots. This is one of the notes to take away from Friday's second round action.
Posting a seven-under par score of 64, in the opening round of The Barclays, Padraig Harrington tied the course record at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. This is only one of the top stories from first round action on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
125 of the best professional golfers in the world have gathered for The Barclays, August 23-26, 2012 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. This is one fan's pick of who will emerge as the champion.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy may be the best golfers of their respective generations. The two go head-to-head in the first two rounds at The Barclays, August 23-24, 2012. This is one fan's comparison and prediction of who will prevail.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia may have an advantage when The Barclays is played, August 23-26, at Bethpage Black. All three finished in the top 10 in both the 2002 and 2009 US Opens which, by the way, were also held at Bethpage.
Heading to the final nine holes at the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Brad Faxon leads Dick Mast and Willie Wood by two shots. All three professionals are looking for their first career 54-hole victory on the Champions Tour.
Sergio Garcia has a one shot lead after three rounds at the 2012 Wyndham Championship. He is looking for his first PGA Tour victory since 2008 and a spot in the Ryder Cup. 16 players are within four shots heading to the final round, Sunday, August 19th.
Half-way through the 2012 Wyndham Championship, defending champion Webb Simpson is a single shot behind the 36-hole leader, Jimmy Walker. The veteran Walker, plus rookie Harris English, are in contention to claim their first career PGA Tour victory.
The world's best professional golfers return to Firestone for the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, August 2-5. A look at the field reveals why Tiger Woods is a favorite, begging the question, can anyone stop him from regaining the world #1 ranking?
A professional golfer since 2004, William McGirt claimed his first top 10 finish on the PGA Tour at the 2012 True South Classic. Just one week later, on Sunday, July 29th, he has an opportunity to hoist his first winner's trophy at the Canadian Open.
A little more than three months from the 2012 Presidential election, I know I will vote, but am not at all sure who for. This is an undecided voter's reaction to viewing the Mitt Romney campaign Ad: "What Happened?"
I have been voting in Presidential elections since Ford v Carter, registered as a non-partisan, and am undecided about who I will vote for in the 2012 election. This is my reaction to viewing one of President Obama's campaign ads.
Tiger Woods failed to win the 2012 British Open. He failed to hit his ball out of a bunker. He failed to get his putts to the holes. Nevertheless, passing both Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, he has moved up to the number two spot in the world rankings.