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December 19, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: National media picks roll in, and it’s almost a shutout

The Seahawks are on the road Sunday night facing the Arizona Cardinals, the team with the best record in the NFL. Yet nearly everyone predicts a Seahawks victory. National media and major newspapers overwhelmingly pick the Seahawks to win Sunday night. I found 68 writers who picked Seattle, and only three who think Arizona will win. Even the…

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December 17, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Seahawks continue climb to top of media’s NFL power rankings

Defense is pushing the Seahawks near the top of the NFL power rankings by national media and major newspapers. Only the New England Patriots, the top team in nearly every poll this week, stand between Seattle and being the consensus No. 1 heading into Week 16. First, though, the Seahawks have to beat the Arizona Cardinals on…

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December 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Why LeBron James’ decision to go back home shouldn’t be celebrated

BY ROB BHATT When the Miami Heat snatched the 2013 NBA championship from the jaws of defeat — thank you, Ray Allen — from the San Antonia Spurs, the loss only strengthened the resolve of the entire franchise that came up short. And when those duly-inspired Spurs snatched that title back earlier this year, it only strengthened…

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December 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Media say goodbye to Jim Harbaugh, look ahead to Arizona showdown

The Seahawks‘ fourth straight victory had barely ended, and the national media and major newspapers were looking ahead. They looked ahead to a huge game between the Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals next Sunday night in Phoenix. Looked ahead to whether the Seahawks can clinch the NFC’s No. 1 seed and make the rest of the conference…

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December 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks’ repeat, Chip Kelly’s whining, UW hoops crowds: Times readers sound off

Seahawks Young players are stepping up The Seahawks’ defense allowed the Philadelphia Eagles only 139 yards Sunday and is playing its best football of the season. They’re playing as well as last season even though they lost game-changing players such as Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, and Clinton McDonald. A lot of the younger guys have…

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December 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Take 2: Rewinding “The Flip” video that went viral

BY PAMELA LONDON / SEATTLE TIMES STAFF Bothell football coach Tom Bainter wanted his quarterback to dive. I thought that was the logical choice, too, from my position on the sideline 10 feet away, as I hurried to set my camera ready for the next play. What happened next, as seen through the video-camera screen on my phone,…

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December 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Take 2: Quit whining and embrace MLS’s away-goals playoff tiebreaker

BY JOSEPH SIMS A recent poll in The Seattle Times showed that 57 percent of respondents don’t like the MLS’s away-goals tiebreaker used in its two-legged postseason playoff series. Twenty-four percent didn’t even know what the tiebreaker was. I can understand why MLS fans aren’t aware of a tiebreaker the league just implemented this season.  But having…

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December 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Seahawks vs. 49ers updated: Media nearly unanimously picking Seattle, but look who didn’t

A look at NFL predictions through Sunday morning shows everyone still thinks the Seahawks will beat the 49ers. Well, almost everyone. There’s still only one writer – Tom Pelissero of USA Today – picking the dysfunctional 49ers to beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Everyone else predicts a Seattle victory, some by substantial margins. The…

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