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The Blitz with Lydia Cruz

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

The Seahawks resigned RB Mike Davis and DE Marcus Smith, MAriners starter Marco Gonzalez continues his impressive spring and Gonzaga falls to Florida State 75-60 in the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Tournament. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to talk everything from perimeter shooting to Sister Jean to doughnuts. Later in the hour, Newsday writer Bob Glauber offers up insight on new offensive line coach Mike Solari and OG DJ Fluker. We also hear from the King of Spring, Mike Zunino. Is he in a good place with his swing mechanics? How is Felix looking? The show wraps with The Hot List... a Seahawks trade gets nullified, the Honey Badger has high praise for Russell Wilson and David Phelps plans to hang around the Mariners bullpen, even after his Tommy John surgery.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018

Mike Zunino hits three long-balls in the Mariners win over the Brewers, reliever David Phelps is out for the entire 2018 season after needing Tommy John surgery, and Michael Bennett says the departure of one player permanently altered the Seahawks. 49ers GM John Lynch praises Richard Sherman for his deal-brokering savvy. How much do you buy his comments? Brock Huard steps in studio to discuss. Later in the hour we hear from former Hawks TE Luke Willson as he departs Seattle for Detroit. We also hear from Mariners skipper Scott Servais on the team's mentality as they battle the early rash of injuries. The show wraps with The Hot List... Ndamukong Suh narrows his list, Alex Cobb signs with Baltimore and the price tag for the Panthers sits at a record-breaking $2.5 million.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

The Seahawks add a veteran road grader to their offensive line, Richard Sherman believes he'll be at the center of the Hawks vs 49ers rivalry and Mariners skipper Scott Servais weighs in on who will take the mound on opening day. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to explain why he loves the Seahawks O-line addition. Who do you want running behind him? Later in the hour we hear from Mariners outfield prospect Braden Bishop on his progression over the past year. He also shares the inspirational story and movement behind his charity, 4MOM. Plus, who is DJ Fluker and other than being a large human, can he improve the Seahawks run-blocking? The hour wraps with The Hot List... NFL rule changes in 2018, Baker Mayfield's new doc "Beyond Baker" and Amazon's All or Nothing series is expanding into col

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

The Seahawks made a non-blockbuster trade with Cleveland yesterday, Felix Hernandez is adamant he'll be the Opening Day starter and the Huskies MBB lost to St. Mary's in the second round of the NIT. Plus, Michael Bennett was introduced in Philly in true Mike B style. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to explain his metaphor for Seahawks free agency. Later in the hour, we hear from King Felix, as he sits down with Danny, Dave and Moore to explain why he's a good teammate and why he'll be ready to take the mound next Thursday. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jose Altuve inks a major deal with the Astros, an ex-Seahawks running back visited with the Rams and Dee Gordon continues to show off his laser in CF.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

Earl Thomas trade talk is heating up, the Mariners youth shines in Peoria and Richard Sherman hurled a few more insults at Pete Carroll and John Schneider on his way out the door. The Pac-12 has a serious problem on their hands after becoming the first major conference that failed to send a team to the NCAA Round of 32 since 1996-97. Is Larry Scott to blame? Brock Huard drops in studio to discuss the implications of trading Earl Thomas. Later in the hour we hear from former Seahawk Ray Roberts on the Hawks potential rebuild. Plus, former NFL executive Michael Lombardi sheds some light on the team's recent moves. The week wraps with The Hot List... The Raiders sign WR Jordy Nelson, Kirk Cousins claims he signed with Minnesota for one reason, and The Motter Trot is real.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

The Seahawks lost another piece of their secondary, this time to the Lions; at the same time signing a situational pass-rusher to a 2-year deal. Who is linebacker Barkevious Mingo and what can he do for Seattle? Speaking of Seahawks linebackers, KJ Wright admits it's tough to see the team's intense roster turnover. Later in the hour, Brock Huard steps in studio to discuss which free agent the Seahawks most need to sign. Plus the Mariners add two big names to their injury report: Ichiro and Jean Segura. What the heck is happening in Peoria? Later in the hour, we hear from Sporting News writer Mike Decourcy on the the first day of March Madness. The show wraps with The Hot List... The Huskies beat Boise State to advance to the second round of the NIT, James Paxton in James Paxton form and Ca

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

NFL free agent frenzy hits home... TE Jimmy Graham is set to sign a 3-year deal with the Packers, WR Paul Richardson is headed to Washington and CB Deshawn Shead visits an NFC rival. Also in the headlines, the Mariners add two more names to their ever-lengthening list of injuries and the Huskies gear up to take on Boise State tonight in the NIT. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to discuss the first day of the new NFL year and how recent deals impact the Hawks 2018 roster. Later in the hour, Danny, Dave and Moore discuss the flurry of FA as well as how to evaluate Jimmy Graham's time in Seattle. The show wraps with The Hot List... SF fans react to the Richard Sherman signing plus, why it's an amazing time to be a free agent quarterback.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

Richard Sherman spoke with the San Francisco media for the first time since signing with the 49ers; he says haters have reignited his "gasoline fire." Players, analysts and scouts react to the intricacies of Sherman's deal - many of whom believe the Niners scored big. In other Hawks news, the team will visit with veteran RB DeMarco Murray, placed a second-round tender on CB Justin Coleman and signed S Bradley McDougald to a three-year, $13.95 million-dollar deal. Mike Salk hops in studio, as he and Lydia debate how best to respond to Sherman's recent actions. Later in the hour we hear from ESPN's Trey Wingo and Mike Sando, both of whom have plenty to offer up on the Seahawks latest moves. The show wraps with The Hot List... yet another Mariners injury, Lorenzo Romar will return to Pepperdi

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

Richard Sherman signed with the San Francisco 49ers over the weekend. Initially reported as a 3-year, $39 million-dollar deal, what are the real numbers behind his self-negotiated contract? Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss his initial reaction to Richard Sherman signing with an NFC rival. Later in the hour we hear from Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd on Pete Carroll's pro-player coaching system in Seattle. Is winning sustainable? The show wraps with The Hot List... Ichiro Suzuki made his spring training debut as a Mariner, the Seahawks release cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and Deshawn Shead and March Madness is upon us - the field of 68 is set.

Friday, March 09, 2018

March 9, 2018

The Seahawks are expected to release Richard Sherman today... add that to the Michael Bennett trade and the uncertain futures of Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, and it's been an emotional week for Seahawks fans. Where could Sherm end up? Is management still pursuing a contract extension with Earl? Also in the headlines... a veteran running back visited VMAC, the Mariners were blanked by the Giants and one notable Husky will not participate in Pro Day. Brock and Salk join Lydia live from spring training in Peoria to preview their appearance on the Mariners broadcast. Later we hear from emerging outfield star Mitch Haniger on which teammate is the best conversationalist and what he expects out of 2018. The hour wraps with The Hot List... Colin Cowherd believes NFL dominance unde

Thursday, March 08, 2018

March 8, 2018

It's been an eventful 24 hours for Seattle sports fans... Michael Bennett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, rumors surrounding a possible Richard Sherman trade/release surfaced and the future of Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor remains uncertain. Speaking of Avril, the DE reacts to the Seahawks flurry of moves, as does Russell Wilson. Brock and Salk join Lydia live from Mariners Spring Training... How are Seahawks fans feeling this morning - sad or excited? Which player will you miss the most? Later in the hour, we hear from NFL analyst Michael Lombardi, including his thoughts on the Bennett trade and what the Hawks should do with Earl Thomas. The hour wraps with The Hot List... the Huskies lose to Oregon State in an overtime nail-biter, Russell Wilson on the Seahawks turno

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

March 7, 2018

Ichiro Watch 2018 marches on as the Mariners are expected to announce a deal with the Japanese superstar. In the meantime, his former/future teammates had plenty to say about #51. Brock and Salk join the conversation live from Mariners spring training, just in time to present Lyds with a Sophie's Choice. The franchise tag deadline came and went yesterday and Danny, Dave and Moore discuss the Seahawks reticence to utilize the tag in the Carroll/Schneider era. Later in the hour, we hear from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on what Ichiro can realistically contribute in 2018. The hour wraps with The Hot List... Cavs star Kevin Love opens up about his mental health struggles, the Huskies gear up for the Pac-12 tourney and Gonzaga continues their reign of excellence.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

March 6, 2018

The Mariners are set to sign 44-year old Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal; a decision that has fans split down the middle. Meanwhile, the Dawg days are far from over: Mike Hopkins was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year in his first year on Montalke while junior Matisse Thybulle became the first Husky ever to receive Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Brock and Salk join Lydia live from Mariners spring training. How do players feel about the return of #51? Later in the hour, UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin was the undisputed star of the NFL Combine. Hear his inspirational story as told by his family, including the unbreakable twin bond he shares with Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin. The show wraps with The Hot List... A new report says the Seahawks want Earl Thomas long-term.

Monday, March 05, 2018

March 5. 2018

The Mariners win a few over the weekend despite inconsistent pitching performances, the Huskies drop their final game of the regular season to Oregon, Oak View Group caps their season ticket drive at 33,000 after just two days and Shaquem Griffin shines at the NFL Combine. Mike Salk joins Lydia live from Spring Training. What's the vibe down in Peoria this morning? Later in the hour, John Clayton sits down one-on-one with John Schneider. What has the Seahawks GM learned in the last year? And what are the team's priorities heading into the 2018 NFL Draft? The show wraps with The Hot List... Arizona stands behind Sean Miller, Grayson Allen played his final regular season game for Duke and standouts from the NFL Combine.

Friday, March 02, 2018

March 2, 2018

Give yourself a standing ovation Seattle! The Oak View Group reached their goal of 10,000 NHL season ticket deposits within 12 minutes and received 29,000+ deposits over the course of the day. What is the next step in the process to get an NHL to Seattle? Tim Leiweke and Jerry Bruckheimer tell 710 ESPN. Also in the news... an important win for the Huskies, a promising outing from Mike Leake and Pete Carroll speaks for the first time on the Seahawks plethora of coaching changes. Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio to discuss their mutual hockey fandom and just how proud/excited/impressed they are with the local display of NHL interest. Later in the hour, John Clayton sits down one-on-one with Coach Carroll. The show wraps with the Hot List... Sean Miller will remain as Arizona head coach, calli

Thursday, March 01, 2018

March 1, 2018

The hockey hype train is REAL y'all and it's arriving in Seattle. At 10 am today fans can place season ticket deposits for Seattle's future NHL team. Lydia is not only on board the hype train, she's vying for conductor. Meanwhile, the Husky men's basketball team has a shot at redemption as Oregon State comes to Hec Ed tonight. Head coach Mike Hopkins on the team's recent struggles, their rebound potential and what he believes is a convincing resume for the Big Dance. Brock Huard joins Lydia in studio to discuss the NHL excitement that rules the day. Later in the show, we hear from Husky forward Noah Dickerson on winning NCAA Player of the Week honors and his journey to Montlake. The show wraps with The Hot List... the new season of "All or Nothing" will feature the Dallas Cowboys.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

The Mariners drop both games in a home/road spring training split, but the good news is The Big Maple, James Paxton had his first successful start of 2018. Meanwhile, the news is positive on Felix Hernandez's road to recovery. The NFL Combine is underway in Indy with John Schneider and Pete Carroll both expected to address the media for the first time in several months. What should Seahawks fans be watching this week? Mike Salk drops by to discuss hockey excitement in Seattle just a day away from season ticket availability. Later in the hour, we hear from former Seahawks safety Paul Moyer on the current market value of Earl Thomas. The show wraps with The Hot List... Huge rule changes are likely coming to the NFL in 2018.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

Felix Hernandez was forced to leave his first spring training start after taking a line drive off his forearm. A post-game x-ray ruled out serious injury, but you can't help feeling the Mariners are invoking some kind of curse. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson is living his childhood dream at Yankees spring training and holding his own with Judge and Stanton in the long ball competition. Brock Huard joins Lydia to discuss the mixture of feelings Seattle has about Russ's stint with New York. Later in the hour, more on Felix's injury and what it could spell for the Mariners ahead. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jerry Jones owes the NFL upwards of $2 million and one college basketball student is cleared from the NCAA investigation with a $40 donation.

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Six Mariners pitchers combined to hold the Dodgers to two hits over nine scoreless innings Sunday in Peoria, while Kyle Seager had a couple big knocks against his baby brother. The Huskies men's basketball team got a much-needed win over Cal to close out their final regular season road trip. Are their NCAA tournament hopes still alive? Mike Salk joins Lydia in studio for the first time in two weeks to regale us with tales from New Zealand as well as Mariners story lines he's excited about. Later in the hour, Lydia chats with Mariners starter and Gonzaga grad Marco Gonzales about his speedy recovery from Tommy John surgery and how he plans to contribute in 2018. The show wraps with The Hot List... the NCAA college basketball world has been rocked by allegations of fraud, bribery and miscond

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

The Huskies are dominated by Stanford in a tough road loss, the Mariners gear up for their first spring training game and the college basketball world was rocked by a new report that implicates a dozen D1 programs and at least 25 players on allegations of NCAA rule violations. Gee Scott joins Lydia in studio to discuss the shame of the NCAA and possible solutions for CBB moving forward. Later in the hour we hear from one of the only professional athletes on the planet who can pull off the man-bun... Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel. The show wraps with The Hot List... Russell Wilson is excited to be a Yankee and he'll tell you about it.