Super Bowl 50 Pick

Hey everyone, the NFL playoffs are upon us once again and I’ve made my pick for this years Super Bowl. Read on to see my pick, and comment in with your own!2016 nfl bracketYes I like the Arizona Cardinals to win their first Super Bowl this year. I just think they are the most complete team in the field and having the bye week will help them get ready for a good playoff run. Seattle and Carolina are both intriguing to me, and I’m not that impressed with any team out of the AFC this year. No matter what happens I think the Champ will come from the NFC, and I expect it be one of those three teams.

 

Bryan Lehrman – Analyst

 

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2016 Stanley Cup Pick

Hey everyone! It’s crazy to think, but hockey season is back. After one of the best playoffs in recent memory I’m very excited about the upcoming NHL season. I don’t have a whole lot to offer right now, except my picks. Read on to see my champion!
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Pacific Central Metropolitan Atlantic
X-Anaheim X-Nashville X-Rangers X-Tampa Bay
X-Calgary X-Chicago X-Washington X-Montreal
X-Los Angeles X-Minnesota X-Columbus X-Boston
San Jose X-Dallas X-Pittsburgh Detroit
Vancouver X-St. Louis X-Islanders Ottawa
Edmonton Winnipeg Philadelphia Buffalo
Arizona Colorado New Jersey Florida
Carolina Toronto
1 Anaheim
WC2 St. Louis
Anaheim
2 Calgary Los Angeles
3 Los Angeles
Anaheim Western
1 Nashville Nashville Conference Champion Nashville
WC1 Dallas Nashville
Minnesota
2 Chicago
3 Minnesota
1 Tampa Bay
WC2 Islanders
Tampa Bay
2 Montreal Montreal Eastern Washington
3 Boston Tampa Bay Conference Champion
Washington
1 Rangers
WC1 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Washington
2 Washington
3 Columbus

2016 Stanley Cup Champion

Washington in 7

So there you have it. I love the changes the Capitals made in the offseason and I believe that will be enough for them to win their first Stanley Cup. I also love Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Nashville. I would bet on any one of those 4, but as of right now, I like Washington the best.

Bryan Lehrman – Analyst

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2015 NFL Picks

Hi everyone,

After a long off season I’m very excited to put last season to bed finally and just watch some football. And with that here are my expert picks on who will raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 7th.

    AFC  
West North South East
3-Broncos 4-Ravens 1-Colts 2-Patriots
5-Chargers 6-Bengals Texans Bills
Chiefs Steelers Jaguars Dolphins
Raiders Browns Titans Jets
2-Patriots
2-Patriots
3-Broncos 3-Broncos
6-Bengals
3-Broncos AFC Champion
4-Ravens 1-Colts 1-Colts
5-Chargers 5-Chargers
1-Colts
1-Colts
  NFC    
West North South East
3-Seahawks 1-Packers 4-Saints 2-Cowboys
Cardinals 6-Lions Panthers 5-Eagles
Rams Vikings Falcons Giants
49ers Bears Buccaneers Redskins
2-Cowboys
2-Cowboys
3-Seahawks 3-Seahawks
6-Lions
3-Seahawks NFC Champion
4-Saints 5-Eagles 3-Seahawks
5-Eagles 5-Eagles
1-Packers
1-Packers
Super Bowl 50 Champion
1-Colts

So there you have it! My picks for the season! Be sure to comment in with your picks for the season! Happy football season!

Bryan Lehrman – Analyst

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2015 NHL Bracket Challenge

Hey everyone, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are about to begin and once again we are doing a bracket challenge. You can join our league by going to the following link and searching for our league.

http://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/#/leagues

League name: 67C Northwest

Password: hockey

Good luck to everyone!

Bryan Lehrman – Analyst

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Mariner’s at the All Star Break

One Hundred Twelve. That is my favorite number right now. Why is this important you may ask? That is the improvement the Mariners made in run differential by the All Star Break from 2013 to 2014. Last year at this time the M’s were -55 and this year are +57, and that has directly translated into 8 more wins then last year at this time, and sitting in one of two Wild Card slots. Now anyone who knows me, would know I’m not a big stats guy, but my favorite stat in any sport is scoring differential. I feel like that stat really does tell the entire story while offensive and defensive stats by themselves only tell half of the story. What makes this stat even more impressive is the fact that the next best improvement from last 2013 to 2014 is the LA Angels with 93.

 

When the M’s let Eric Wedge go and brought on Lloyd McClendon I questioned it. And while I’m not giving him all of the credit for this turnaround, I will say that I was wrong about him. I believe he has brought accountability to the locker room, and does not put up with anything but the players best effort. He seems to have a blue collar type work ethic, and that may be exactly what a young team like the M’s needed. So far they have responded nicely, and we can only watch and hope that the effort will continue into what could be the first pennant race in the Northwest in much too long a time.

 

I had the privilege of attending their series win over the A’s this past Saturday and was impressed with the different feel that Safeco Field has right now. Walking in before a game against the best team in the Major’s, I was expecting a victory, and I don’t think that I was alone in the feeling. I can’t tell you the last time I felt that way about the Mariner’s and it really does get me more excited for the rest of not only this season, but also the following seasons to come.

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It’s an exciting time in the Northwest right now, but it is a long season for sure. If the M’s can carry the momentum they’ve gained in the first half of the season, I see no reason why they won’t be playing baseball in October for the first time since 2001, and it will be because of that magic number One Hundred Twelve.
 

Bryan Lehrman – Analyst

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March Madness Bracket

Who is going to win?  Think you have what it takes to be the winner of the 67C Northwest Sports Blog bracket?  We have a bracket at http://nwfinest.mayhem.cbssports.com/.  Our group name is 67 C: Northwest Sports blog and our password is nwfinest. We hope to see your name on top of the leader board!  Or, at least one spot below mine.

Joel Barnes-Analyst

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Monday After Super Bowl 48

Wow, I wish I could say I predicted that, but I really did not see that dominating performance coming. I want to start with the Broncos and Peyton Manning and just say that Peyton is a stud and yesterday’s game should in no way tarnish his “legacy”. He is one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and he and the Broncos just got beat by a better team.

So onto Seattle where Seahawks fans woke up today still wondering if it was a dream or not. I had to have my wife pinch me several times during the game because I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I think it’s safe to say that the Seahawks have finally put away past failures such as Bosworth, “We want the ball and we’re gonna score”, the Steelers, the refs and on and on. And while 49er fan and Bronco fan can still point to their number of trophies, today is about the current champions of the NFL.

When Paul Allen brought in John Schneider and Pete Carrol four years ago, I was in the skeptical boat for sure. I will openly admit just how wrong I was, and give plenty of praise for the job they have done together. They have drafted incredibly well, made smart free agent aquisitions, and have become one of the best coached teams in the league.
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Of course the question everyone asks now is can they stay at the top? I don’t have the answer nor do I care right now. We have a long time until training camp in July and plenty of time for future analysis. For now though, the only thing I care is the Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl 48 Champions.
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Bryan Lehrman – analyst

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