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Lydia Cruz hosts The Blitz weekdays 6am to 7am on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018

Our community was rocked by an unimaginable tragedy yesterday... the loss of 21-year old WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski to an apparent suicide. Today we celebrate the life of #3 in the best way we can, by forwarding a message of compassion, understanding and kindness. Mike Salk and Cougars sideline reporter Jessamyn McIntyre both join Lydia this morning in an attempt to put words to the loss.  If you or anyone you know are struggling with depression or anxiety, please reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-800-273-8255.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

Lydia Cruz has your Tuesday headlines... The Seahawks zero in on a new defensive coordinator and a new offensive line coach. How will Ken Norton Jr. and Mike Solari fit with Pete Carroll's objectives? Plus, Cliff Avril believes he'll play football again and he wants to do it in Seattle. Mike Salk hops in studio to grade each of the Seahawks' new hires. Later in the hour we hear from Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop on why Brian Schottenheimer's experience could fit perfectly in Seattle. The show wraps with The Hot List - Jeremy Lane hops on Twitter to defend himself against his DUI charge.

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Lydia Cruz has your Monday headlines... the Seahawks are reportedly gearing up to hire Brian Shottenheimer as their new Offensive Coordinator, UW running back Myles Gaskin will return for his senior season and legendary broadcaster and WSU alum Keith Jackson passed away at age 89. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to chat about an epic weekend of football and "The Minnesota Miracle." Later, the new voice of the Huskies, Tony Castricone breaks down why the Husky men's basketball team is ahead of schedule. Has the team bought into the philosophy of their first-year head coach? Monday wraps with The Hot List - NFL playoff football delivered on the excitement over the weekend with some of the most unlikely story lines.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

Lydia Cruz has your Friday headlines... Doug Baldwin speaks for the first time on the Darrell Bevell and Tom Cable firings, another Pac-12 victory for the Huskies men's basketball team and a preview of the NFL Divisional Round. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to discuss how established culture can be to a team's success. Later in the hour we hear from ESPN's Brady Henderson on what to expect from the Hawks trip to London. The hour wraps with The Hot List - Tom Brady and Bill Belichick respond to their reported feud. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018

Lydia Cruz rolls through your Thursday headlines... Huge coaching changes in Seattle as the Seahawks relieve Darrell Bevell and Tom Cable of their duties. Will there be more moves to follow? Are the Seahawks ready to appoint successors? Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss what's next for the Hawks. Later in the hour we take the conversation national and hear from Trey Wingo and Michael Lombardi on Seattle's dramatic moves. The show wraps with The Hot List - Kevin Durant becomes the second-youngest person ever to reach 20,000 points. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

January 9, 2018

Lydia Cruz has your Tuesday headlines including a heart-wrenching College Football National Championship Game that tore out the hearts of Georgia fans everywhere. Could former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley be headed back to Seattle? Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss the brilliance of several true freshman in last night's game. Later in the hour, Danny, Dave and Moore argue that Tom Cable has to go. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jerry Dipoto stands behind his starting rotation, Isaiah Thomas was ejected in his third game back, and Jalen Hurts redefined the word "class." 

Monday, January 08, 2018

January 8, 2018

Lydia Cruz delivers your Monday headlines... Seahawks deny Green Bay's request to interview GM John Schneider, UW defeats WSU in the hardwood Apple Cup and a full rundown of NFL Wild Card Weekend. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to chat about the eight NFL teams we watched over the weekend and why the Seahawks do things differently. Later in the hour we hear from UW men's basketball head coach Mike Hopkins on the promising start to the season. How are the kids adapting to zone defense? We also hear from Mark Schlereth on how the Hawks can fix their offensive struggles in 2018. The hour wraps with The Hot List - Cam Newton's questionable hit, Jon Gruden's outrageous contract and Blake Bortles baseball analogy. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

January 1, 2018

Happy Friday y'all! Lydia Cruz has your headlines including another Seahawk to the Pro Bowl, WSU Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch departing WSU for Ohio State and another UW vs WSU showdown this Saturday. How do NFL coaches view Russell Wilson? We hear from big names across the league including Sean McVay, Doug Pederson and Dan Quinn. Mike Salk joins Lydia to preview a new take on the Seahawks offseason. Later in the hour we hear from Danny O'Neill and Dave Wyman on which free agent re-signings should be at the top of the Seahawks checklist. The show wraps with The Hot List - rumors swirl about tension in New England, good news on Ryan Shazier's recovery and Huskies look ahead to 2018.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

January 4, 2018

Lydia Cruz has your Thursday headlines... The Seahawks sign a kicker and more to futures contracts, Pete Carroll admits off-the-field issues impacted on-field performance, and six weeks out from spring training Jerry Dipoto talks Mariners free agent signings. Brock Huard sits down with Lydia to chat about "The Wizard" Russell Wilson. How would you grade Russell's season? Rookie Shaquill Griffin was one of the most exciting elements of the Seahawks season while his twin brother Shaquem Griffin has been lighting it up for UCF. Hear the inspirational story behind these twin brothers, as told by them. The show wraps up with The Hot List - two Pac-12 quarterbacks are turning pro, Jon Gruden speaks about his coaching plans, and a former Seahawks guard could be headed to the Hall of Fame. 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

January 3, 2018

Lydia Cruz runs through your Wednesday headlines including Pete Carroll's admission involving the future of Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril's careers. The head coach also squashes rumors that he's retiring and says he fully expects GM John Schneider to be with the Hawks next year. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to chat about the non-existent run game in Seattle and Carroll's somewhat troubling explanation. Later in the hour we hear rookie Shaq Griffin reflects on his rookie season. As always, the show closes with The Hot List - Isaiah Thomas makes his long-awaited Cleveland debut, experts evaluate Baker Mayfield's draft stock, and yet another Pac-12 coaching change.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year friends! Lydia Cruz has your Tuesday headlines including the Seahawks vs Arizona recap, player/coach reactions to missing out on the postseason and a bad bowl showing by the Pac-12. Brock Huard and Mike Salk join Lydia to discuss the unceremonious end to the Hawks season as well as the team's developing offseason checklist. Later in the hour we hear from Bob, Groz and Tom on what the Cougars need to do to elevate WSU football to the next level. The hour wraps with The Hot List - the Huskies were defeated by Penn State, the Cougars got steamrolled by Michigan State and one of the most exciting Rose Bowls in recent memory.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 28, 2017

Lydia Cruz delivers your Thursday headlines including a rundown on the latest Seahawks injury report, a preview of the Cougars in the Holiday Bowl and one teammate labeling Russell Wilson "the dude." Danny O'Neil joins Lydia in studio to discuss the unique situation the Hawks are in heading into Sunday match-up, Bruce Arians credibility and the keys to defeating Arizona. Later in the hour we hear from two defensive heroes in last week's game: Byron Maxwell and KJ Wright. The show wraps with The Hot List... Myles Gaskin's odd-couple friendship with Jake Browning, Mike Leach wants another pet raccoon and trouble brewing in Dallas.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December 27, 2017

Lydia Cruz rolls through your Wednesday headlines including Pete Carroll's response to Earl Thomas's "come get me" comments and some rare criticism for Russell Wilson. Brock Huard drops by to discuss the upcoming Fiesta Bowl and how the Huskies can stop force-of-nature running back Saquon Barkley. Later in the hour we hear from one of Sunday's heroes: CB Justin Coleman. Was his pick six celebration premeditated? The show wraps with the Hot List - Bruce Arians calls reports of his impending retirement fake news and Pete Carroll has a pitch-perfect response to Arians referring to CenturyLink as his home field. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

Lydia Cruz has your Friday rundown including a preview of the Hawks vs Cowboys game, KJ Wright's return and a $100,000 fine handed down to Seattle by the NFL. Plus the Huskies add another 4-star recruit to their already formidable 2018 class. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss the state of the Seahawks and how they move forward from here. Later in the hour a tribute to the late great Dick Enberg. The hour wraps up with The Hot List... the latest from the Hawks injury report, Russell Wilson baffled by the concussion protocol and Warren Moon speaks to the media for the first time.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017

Lydia Cruz has your Wednesday headlines... Four Seahawks players earned Pro Bowl honors while another four were named alternates. Meanwhile the early signing period in college football commences today and the Huskies expect all 18 of their 2018 commits to sign letters of intent before the end of business. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to discuss the Hawks upcoming match-up with Dallas. Has the attitude surrounding this team rapidly soured? Later in the hour we hear from ESPN's Mike Sando on possible Seahawks turnover. The show wraps with The Hot List - the Husky men's basketball team has already equaled their win total from last season, and they're not even done with non-conference play. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017

Lydia Cruz has your Tuesday headlines including everything we learned from The Pete Carroll Show, the probability of KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner playing in Sunday's game and how the NFC playoff picture is taking shape. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss the Falcons MNF win and how it impacts the Seahawks playoff hopes. One of the newest Seahawks has also been one of the most impactfu. We hear from 3-time Pro Bowler offensive tackle Duane Brown about the transition to Seattle and how he's assumed a leadership role. The show wraps up with The Hot List - Mike Leach inks an extension, Aaron Rodgers season could be over and no one in the NFL knows what a catch is.

Monday, December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017

Lydia Cruz has your Monday headlines including the Rams 42-7 thumping of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll's dejected response and some controversial comments exchanged between players post-game. Brock Huard and Mike Salk join Lydia live from Seahawks facilities to discuss where the Hawks go from here. Later in the hour Bob, Groz and Tom attempt to answer one of the biggest questions of 2017: Where in the world is Thomas Rawls? The hour wraps up with The Blitz... Husky men's basketball hangs on for another win, P Diddy wants to buy the Panthers and one of the NFL's best players is out for the season. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

Lydia Cruz opens Blue Friday with a Seahawks vs Rams preview. Who will step up if Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright are sidelined Sunday? Offensive line coach Tom Cable also has some tough love for Germain Ifedi, while Rams head coach Sean McVay has a game plan to pick apart the Seattle defense. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss a controversial new Sports Illustrated article that criticizes Russell Wilson's abilities. Why does the MVP-candidate never seem to get his due? Later in the hour we hear from Kevin Burkhardt, who will be calling the game on Sunday. The week wraps up with The Hot List, including a Husky jersey retirement, a former Hawk hospitalized and Rams QB Jared Goff's scouting report on Seattle. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017

Lydia Cruz runs through your Thursday headlines including injury updates from Pete Carroll, scouting the Rams and several acquisitions made by the Mariners. Mike Salk joins Lydia to discuss Jared Goff's progression and expectations for Sunday's game. Later in the hour we hear from rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin on how he's adjusting to life in the spotlight. What was it like growing up with a twin brother who is equally as competitive? The hour wraps up with The Hot List; Robert Woods is healthy just in time to make trouble for the Hawks this weekend. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017

Lydia Cruz has your Wednesday headlines including Seahawks roster moves, updates from the Mariners MLB Winter Meetings and the possibility of Bobby Wagner missing Sunday's game. Mike Salk joins Lydia to discuss the upcoming Rams game and if this is as close to a must-win as it gets. Pete Carroll believes his receivers need to do a better job of battling for 50/50 balls. Should Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham win more contested battles? John Clayton and Gee Scott debate. The hour wraps with The Hot List - How many plate appearances will Shohei Ohtani see in 2018?