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slides: 15 Biggest Sports Stories of 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

 

The year 2015 was a heck of a year in sports for Oregon, one that will not soon be forgotten.

No question that the year was highlighted by the Portland Timbers winning the MLS Cup title, their first title in franchise history. However, other events include Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota being drafted number two overall and sadly the passing away of Trail Blazers legend Jerome Kersey.

GoLocalPDX covered all those events and more in 2015.

Here is a look at the top 15 sports stories of 2015.

See the Slideshow Below.

 

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15.

Oregon State Football Goes Winless in Pac 12 Play

Not a memorable 2015 for Oregon State football who did not manage to win a game in Pac 12 play this season.

Oregon State was in it's first year under new coach Gary Anderson and will look for a better 2016.

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14.

Seattle Seahawks Fall in Super Bowl

The New England Patriots battled through a nailbiter of a match to win Super Bowl XLIX, which ended in a physical altercation between several players. 

Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Az. The Seahawks defense intercepted two of quarterback Brady's fully inflated passes, but it would be a New England interception in the final minute of the game that would seal the victory for the Patriots. 

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13.

Great Places to Watch Games

Big games are coming up meaning it is time to gather up your friends and head out to a local bar and take in the action while also taking down a few drinks, maybe some nachos or wings.

For some great places to watch games, click here.

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12.

The 10 Dumbest Coaching Decisions in NFL History

It's always entertaining when NFL head coaches call what they think is a really good play or a really smart decision and then that decision goes completely wrong. Unless it's your team, then it's terrible.

GoLocalPDX took at look at the 10 dumbest coaching decisions in NFL history.

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11.

Timbers Advance to MLS Cup Final

The Timbers got to the MLS Cup final for the first time in the franchise's history with a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas, taking the Western Conference title by an aggregate score of 5-3. 

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10

Alex Morgan is Gone and Portland Thorns Fans are to Blame

The face of U.S. women’s soccer, the cover girl of EA Sports FIFA 16, and one of the most recognizable athletes in all of sports, Alex Morgan, is no longer with the Portland Thorns, and it’s all your fault. Because of your relentless support and record-setting attendance, Portland was able to give in to the request of its most recognizable player, sacrificing star power in favor of gathering more talent and potential to make the Thorns a better team. Much better.

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9.

Bring the Arizona Coyotes to Portland

Let’s face it. You are a billionaire and while you don’t like to lose money, you own the Trail Blazers and the Seahawks for the fun of it and the thrill of competition.

You’ve obviously succeeded with the Seahawks (though I still don’t care).

And while your 25-year track record with the Trail Blazers is much more middling, the fact that the Trail Blazers remain in Portland owes much to you. In other words, your sports legacy in Seattle is secure in Seattle and probably intact in Portland, save another “Jail Blazers” stretch.

But if you want to cement your legacy in Portland – and have a blast doing it – bring the Coyotes here.

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8.

Oregon’s Football Uniforms No Longer a Joke

It didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen solely because, but Oregon’s uniform revolution kick-started a metamorphosis of previously ugly ducklings into a sports nation of flourishing fowl.  The Ducks of today are not the Ducks of 20 years ago, and the punchline they were due to the innovative route they chose to take has become the road more travelled for everyone else trying to catch up.  They’re winning at an unprecedented rate, generating revenue at an unprecedented level, and attracting attention from prospects from unprecedented regions of the country.  It isn’t and accident and it isn’t a joke anymore.  

It appears the Ducks are the ones laughing now. 

Read Full Article here.

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Oregon's 15 Hottest Athletes

GoLocalPDX identified the 15 hottest athletes in Oregon sports. The athletes span a wide range of sports from basketball, football, softball, soccer, gymnastics and more.

Who is the hottest athlete? check out the list.

See the List Here.

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6.

Marcus Mariota Selected #2 Overall to Tennessee

With the number two pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the Tennessee Titans selected Marcus Mariota.

While at Oregon he was the perfect role model. He was never seen doing anything he wasn’t supposed to do. He even made weekly visits to the Boys and Girls Club located in Eugene, Oregon. The only hiccup on his record was when he got a speeding ticket during the season. Yet, he paid it off immediately and accepted that he was in the wrong. This is something that Duck fans desperately needed to see after witnessing Jeremiah Masoli, Cliff Harris and Colt Lyerla not live up to their full potential because of poor decisions made off the field. To many Duck fans this is what made Mariota so special. 

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Jerome Kersey Passes Away at 52

Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died in Portland, Wednesday. He was 52.

A medical examiner's report released found that Kersey suffered a pulmonary thromboembolism when a blood clot from his calf dislodged from his calf and plugged in his lung.

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Brandon Roy’s Life After Basketball

Due to a number of knee ailments that dated back to his college days Roy was forced to retire from the NBA at the age of 28. It was later discovered that Roy suffered from degenerative knees, an ongoing issue that would provide additional problems in the future if he were to continue with his NBA career. Roy made the tough decision to call it a career after the 2012-2013 season.

Since his retirement from the NBA Roy has found another way to stay involved with the game that has brought him plenty of success.  

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3.

Oregon Ducks Football Falls in National Championship Game

The first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy will not be coming back to Oregon.

Kurt Helfrich’s Oregon Ducks could not hold off the gritty offense of Cardale Jones and the Ohio State Buckeyes, dropping 42-20. 

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Will Marijuana Use Cost the Ducks the National Championship?

Multiple reports surfaced late Friday that freshman Darren Carrington would be ineligible for Monday’s national championship against Ohio State for failing a random drug test, supposedly registering a positive for marijuana. 

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Portland Timbers Win MLS Cup Championship

The Portland Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1  to win the MLS Cup Championship. The first championship in franchise history.

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