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.


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.

Manning, Madonna, Boyd, and Gatorade, too

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.



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.


Oregon makes a run for some money

SPORTSLAND 79 chats up the Ducks, the crazy BCS, PSU football, even college soccer

It's the week after the Civil War and before the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship game, and the Ducks look to march into Bowl season as conference champions. After trouncing the Beavers for the 4th straight year in the 115th Civil War, Oregon looks ahead at UCLA and Los and the crew discuss their chances.

They then discuss what looks to be the inevitable BCS Championship game between Alabama and LSU before moving to the coaching carousel not only in the Pac-12 but around the country.

After the good college football talk, it's time to celebrate the (possible) end of the NBA lockout, and the Timbers' first re-signings of the offseason. All that, plus the usual segments.'s round-table crew is Sportsland

Every Monday night, the cast of Sportland, Oregon gets together at Blitz Sports Bar in the Pearl (Blitz Pearl) to chat about the events of the day and upcoming week.

Host Carlos "Los" Molina, Mike "Stats" Donovan, Derek "Homer" Weber and publisher Cliff "Danger" Pfenning review the sports world, especially local topics like the Blazers, Ducks, Beavers, Timbers, even amateur events that pop up. It's all captured on a podcast and uploaded to weekly.

So join the crowd, or even visit the cast and get a guest spot on the show, Monday nights at 9 p.m.

On this week's episode, Los, Mike, and Cliff break down the previous week's Timbers action, including their blowout victory over the LA Galaxy, MLS's best team. Then they move from futbol to football and the opening of college football training camps this week. They also recap the Oregon Football Association vs. The Buried Life charity flag football game over the weekend. Finally, they wrap up with a Roofball announcement, and look ahead to the RFA Cup on August 14th. All that, plus the usual segments, including 'What Plucks My Duck' and 'We Wanna Watch.'

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