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Why cant NW teams run with the ball?

Take a few days off, and things pile up on the desk. Let me try to clean up the mess as best I can, while hoping you understand that there's only so much time and way too much mess. Let's just dive in:

Has the entire Pacific-10 Conference, other than USC, forgotten what football is all about?

I mean, it's a lot of fun to throw the ball all over the place. It sells tickets. It's cool. But if you really want to beat the good teams, for heaven's sake, at least try to run the football. Have some balance.

The Northwest teams were embarrassing in bowl games, and the common denominator was that none of them ran the ball with any effectiveness. They all looked soft, too. It's supposed to be a physical game, guys.

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By the way, why didn't any of the announcers in the ESPN booth for the Oregon State-Pittsburgh game know that when your entire forearm and elbow hit the ground, you're supposed to be whistled down?

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Isn't the Seattle Bowl the worst of all of the bowls?

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And, hey, Ducks: When you say you're going to use two quarterbacks, you usually don't get very much from either of them. Only sinking ships have more than one captain.

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Gee, both Bob Whitsitt and Maurice Cheeks deny the story, first reported several days ago in the Trib, that Cheeks has been ordered by Whitsitt to bench Damon Stoudamire. Of course they deny it. But most people close to the team believe it to be true.

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Before everyone gets too pumped up over the Blazers' latest hot run, it should be remembered that the team had a 12-game win streak last season, a 10-game streak in 2000-01 and an 11-gamer in 1999-00. There is no doubt the team can put together stretches of outstanding play. Can it last? Can it carry over into the postseason?

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I can envision the Blazers finishing in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. And the Lakers climbing all the way up to No. 6. Hmm, interesting first-round playoff matchup, that possible hookup between the Lakers and Blazers.

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Scottie Pippen has never been more important to this team than he is right now. You can put any four Blazers on the floor with him, and he seems to be able to get them good shots and have them in the right spots on defense.

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Still, once more the Blazers put some very good people out of work Ñ just as they did when they folded ASCN Ñ and they did it this time during the holiday season, while continuing to pay three NBA players to sit passively on the injured list. And these are players who aren't likely to contribute anything to the team's season. Cutting just one of them would have meant enough to ensure another season for the Fire.

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And people ask me if Paul Allen is ready to bring the National Hockey League to Portland.

I mean, if the man's not willing to lose $1 million a year on the WNBA, is he willing to lose 10 or 20 times that much on hockey? I doubt it. But he's fine with losing $100 million this season with the Blazers.

We all have our priorities, don't we?

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A lot of people in this town grew up watching Portland Wrestling. I mean, how else do you explain it when every time they show Playboy Buddy Rose on the big screen at Blazer games, he gets a big round of applause? Well, Portland Wrestling is back. At least a form of it is back, right there on Saturday nights at 11 o'clock. Frank Culbertson, the business manager at KWBP TV (WB32 to most of us) is the guy to thank. It has been his baby all along, and he's even the pencil-neck geek who's doing the announcing.

They're taping the matches in a TV studio, which is a little dark, but I have to tell you, the caliber of wrestling is pretty good. And they've even got Tom Peterson doing a live commercial once in a while Ñ just like the old days. Now if they can just find one of these young, aspiring Rowdy Roddy Pipers to talk the way 'Hot Rod' does during interviews.

Dwight Jaynes' sports talk show airs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on KPAM (860 AM).

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