Local MMA Fighter Chael Sonnen's Adventures Continue


In some ways, it's a pity that MMA fighter Chael Sonnen pulled the plug on his budding political career back in 2010 (he was running as Republican candidate for a House seat in West Linn when a looming federal indictment for mortgage shenanigans caused him to withdraw). Sonnen has gone on to fight gamely for world championships and make perhaps an even bigger name for himself outside the octagon as ...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Anthem-Off: Ex-Blazers Coach Gets New Competition in the Department of "Awww, That's Sweet"

If you're looking to kill a couple of minutes this Friday, we alert you with the videos below that former Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks has some new competition for sweet and spontaneous moments involving youngsters during national anthems at sporting events. For those who don't remember, Cheeks stepped in to help a 13-year-old girl sing the anthem in 2003 during a Blazers game ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 HANK STERN

Taking A Deep Breath Before Game 6

[youtube 3j1q6osDAEc] For all the back-and-forth over what the Trail Blazers should — or shouldn't — be doing in their first-round series against Houston, we're going to take a step back on this day off between Games 5 and 6 to employ that classic sports bromide — "putting things in perspective." Sports fans ask one of two things from our teams: 1) If you're going to be jerks, ...   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 HANK STERN

This "Blazer Girl" Needs Your Tips

The popular national sports blog Deadspin got a local touch today with its introduction of Cathryn Tusow a.k.a. "Blazer Girl." Tusow, a senior at the University of Oregon and self-described hater of Los Angeles, is here to judge how fans support their teams by rating the attire they wear to cheer on their teams. Got a sartorial sports tip for Tusow? (who says she "grew up drinking out of ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2009 HANK STERN

Is An Ex-Portland Beaver Part of a New Trend in Sports?

Here's a story with a Portland Beavers connection that doesn't have anything to do with team owner Merritt Paulson, Lents and the Portland City Council. Long-ago Beaver ballplayer Khalil Greene may be part of an unusual new trend in sports — pro athletes going on the disabled list because of "social anxiety disorder," Deadspin posits in a piece picking up on this St. Louis Post-Dispatch story ...   More
Monday, June 1, 2009 HANK STERN

An Animal Casualty Of The Civil War

As first reported by the (Albany) Democrat-Herald, an unlucky mallard was found before the Oregon State-Oregon game last week with its legs duct-taped and its feathers spray-painted orange. Even the kings of sports snark at Deadspin didn't think this vandalism in the name of rivalry was funny, pointing out to Oregon State fans that the mallard wasn't the "one who ran for 166 yards against your ...   More
Monday, December 7, 2009 HANK STERN

A Very Generous Grant High Graduate

When Grant High School's Ndamukong Suh spurned Oregon State University and the University of Oregon to play football at the University of Nebraska, there was much gnashing of teeth by local sports fans about a great player who got away. Suh's standout senior season last year heightened the loss, as he's now one of the top prospects heading into this week's NFL draft. And now comes one more ...   More
Monday, April 19, 2010 HANK STERN


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