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From Oregon To The NFL, Northeast Portland Native JJ Birden Never Forgets Where He Comes From

You can always count on JJ Birden to come through in the clutch. In the last year, JJ Birden has remained dedicated to his extensive family and post-NFL (Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta) career business aspirations, which includes various speaking engagements, sharing a unique journey, breaking down his best-selling book as an “opportunity trainer” and […]


That Rodgers Kid Who Grew Up In Beaverton Could Be Super Bowl Bound Again

When Championship Sunday rolls around this coming weekend in the NFL, four quarterbacks all worthy of earning MVP honors this season will square-off in a double-header expected to be two instant classics when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers square off against Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, while Tom Brady (New England) and Ben […]


Could the Oakland Raiders move to Portland?

There seems to be a lot more chatter than usual about the NFL coming to Portland. Last week, John Canzano asked if Portland is ready for the Oakland Raiders to move in. Then Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden opened up to Canzano yesterday, saying he’d “be willing to come to the table for discussions if the […]

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Keys to Exciting Super Bowl: Lots and Lots of Bets

You’ve seen all the crazy prop bets for the Super Bowl by now. You can literally bet on everything surrounding the big game — from the temperature at kickoff to what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach. National Anthem? You can bet on how long it takes Renee Fleming to sing it, […]


Fantasy Scrambler: Playoff Player Rankings

By this point in the season, you are either preparing for the fantasy playoffs or you are playing the spoiler. If you are fortunate enough to be heading toward the post season, then I have got the definitive playoff player chart for you. I have ranked each of the offensive positions, 11-20, and listed which […]

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Fantasy Scrambler: Keeper League Q’s

I’m half way through the second year of my first ever keeper league and I’ve got some serious questions. I have dealt or dropped two of the three players I decided to carry over from last year, so I need to start thinking about who will be worthy of a guaranteed roster spot next year. […]


Fantasy Scrambler: AFC, NFC East Review

For the final installment of my midseason report series, I saved the East for last. The AFC East is being led by the New England Patriots with a record of 6-2. Tied for second at 4-4 are the Jets and the Dolphins. While last place belongs to the Bills who are sitting at 3-5 at […]


Fantasy Scrambler: AFC, NFC South Report

The AFC South division has been somewhat of a surprise so far. The Colts, at 5-2, sit on top of the division after some impressive wins against Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. Tennessee is 2nd with a 3-4 record, followed by Houston at 2-5. Lastly, the Jags come limping into the halfway point without a […]


Fantasy Scrambler: AFC, NFC North Report

The Black and Blue division is being dominated so far by the Cincinnati Bengals who are 6-2 at the midway point of the season. The Ravens are in second at 3-4, followed by the Browns at 3-5 and the Steelers are dead last at 2-5 after losing to the Raiders on Sunday. Cincy has compiled […]


Fantasy Scrambler: Midseason Report

The First place team in the AFC West at the mid-point of the season is…..the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s right, the Chiefs, not the Broncos, are on top of the division with an impressive 8-0 record. Third place belongs to the Chargers, while the hapless Raiders are once again playing for a top five draft […]