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

Friday, October 05, 2018

October 5, 2018

The Seahawks prepare to face the undefeated LA Rams this Sunday, and they will do so without some key starters on defense. Seattle will look for big performances from Tedric Thompson, Dion Jordan and Austin Calitro to contain Sean McVay's offense. The Huskies take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl and the Cougars meet the Beavers in Corvallis. Later in the hour, veteran guard DJ Fluker discusses size, demeanor and why he "over-communicates" on the offensive line. The show wraps with The Hot List... an extra-innings victory and a blowout win kick of the NLDS, Tom Brady throws career touchdown pass number 500, and new plans for an NHL training facility in Northgate are announced.

October 5, 2018

The Seahawks prepare to face the undefeated LA Rams this Sunday, and they will do so without some key starters on defense. Seattle will look for big performances from Tedric Thompson, Dion Jordan and Austin Calitro to contain Sean McVay's offense. The Huskies take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl and the Cougars meet the Beavers in Corvallis. Later in the hour, veteran guard DJ Fluker discusses size, demeanor and why he "over-communicates" on the offensive line. The show wraps with The Hot List... an extra-innings victory and a blowout win kick of the NLDS, Tom Brady throws career touchdown pass number 500, and new plans for an NHL training facility in Northgate are announced.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

October 4, 2018

Pete Carroll says running back Chris Carson should be good to go Sunday against the Rams after missing a week, while linebacker KJ Wright will miss another game at least. The team expects Austin Calitro to step up in the absence of Mychal Kendricks and Tedric Thompson to be the next man up with Earl Thomas on IR. 710 ESPN's Jake Heaps explains what the Hawks need to do to contain the Rams explosive offense. Later in the hour, quarterback Brett Hundley on the challenge of uprooting and moving to Seattle midseason. Plus, what's Aaron Rodgers really like? The show wraps with The Hot List... Nick Saban is upset with Alabama fans for not packing the student section. 

October 4, 2018

Pete Carroll says running back Chris Carson should be good to go Sunday against the Rams after missing a week, while linebacker KJ Wright will miss another game at least. The team expects Austin Calitro to step up in the absence of Mychal Kendricks and Tedric Thompson to be the next man up with Earl Thomas on IR. 710 ESPN's Jake Heaps explains what the Hawks need to do to contain the Rams explosive offense. Later in the hour, quarterback Brett Hundley on the challenge of uprooting and moving to Seattle midseason. Plus, what's Aaron Rodgers really like? The show wraps with The Hot List... Nick Saban is upset with Alabama fans for not packing the student section. 

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

October 3, 2018

Great news for hockey fans in the Pacific Northwest, as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors Executive Committee recommended proceeding with the Seattle expansion. The final vote on expansion is scheduled for early December, with the goal of starting play in the 2020 season. Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais review the 2018 season, and the Mariners GM explains why it does not make sense to do a full rebuild this offseason. Later, Washington Wednesdays continues with a closer look at Husky running back Myles Gaskin. Engine Number 9 has been tearing up the Pac-12 record books and is poised for another dominant season. The show wraps with The Hot List... the longest winner-take-all game in MLB history ended with the Colorado Rockies heading to the NLDS.

October 3, 2018

Great news for hockey fans in the Pacific Northwest, as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors Executive Committee recommended proceeding with the Seattle expansion. The final vote on expansion is scheduled for early December, with the goal of starting play in the 2020 season. Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais review the 2018 season, and the Mariners GM explains why it does not make sense to do a full rebuild this offseason. Later, Washington Wednesdays continues with a closer look at Husky running back Myles Gaskin. Engine Number 9 has been tearing up the Pac-12 record books and is poised for another dominant season. The show wraps with The Hot List... the longest winner-take-all game in MLB history ended with the Colorado Rockies heading to the NLDS.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

October 2, 2018

Pete Carroll explains the extent of Earl Thomas's injury and responds to the All-Pro safety's obscene sideline gesture. Coach Carroll also discussed what went wrong with third down conversions against Arizona, what went right with the run game and scouted the LA Rams before they come to town. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto claimed the team will not be in full rebuild mode this offseason, but will be looking to restructure and retool their roster. What will that entail? Later in the hour, MLB Bobby Wagner discusses his response to Earl flipping the bird. The show wraps with The Hot List... not one but two tie-breaking games kicked off baseball postseason, Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes was ambidextrous on Monday Night Football and the Mariners make a coaching change.

October 2, 2018

Pete Carroll explains the extent of Earl Thomas's injury and responds to the All-Pro safety's obscene sideline gesture. Coach Carroll also discussed what went wrong with third down conversions against Arizona, what went right with the run game and scouted the LA Rams before they come to town. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto claimed the team will not be in full rebuild mode this offseason, but will be looking to restructure and retool their roster. What will that entail? Later in the hour, MLB Bobby Wagner discusses his response to Earl flipping the bird. The show wraps with The Hot List... not one but two tie-breaking games kicked off baseball postseason, Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes was ambidextrous on Monday Night Football and the Mariners make a coaching change.

Monday, October 01, 2018

October 1, 2018

The Seahawks moved to 2-2 on the season after a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, as Sebastian Janikowski kicked the game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the fourth. The victory came at a steep cost with the loss of rookie tight end Will Dissly to a patellar injury and All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a lower leg fracture. As he was carted off the field, Thomas appeared to flip off the Seahawks sideline - what does his head coach make of the gesture? The Huskies dominated BYU 35-7 on Montlake while the Cougars held on for a 28-24 victory over Utah at Martin Stadium. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Mariners wrapped up their 89-win season on a bittersweet note Sunday; was this free agent Nelson Cruz's final game in Seattle? 

October 1, 2018

The Seahawks moved to 2-2 on the season after a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, as Sebastian Janikowski kicked the game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the fourth. The victory came at a steep cost with the loss of rookie tight end Will Dissly to a patellar injury and All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a lower leg fracture. As he was carted off the field, Thomas appeared to flip off the Seahawks sideline - what does his head coach make of the gesture? The Huskies dominated BYU 35-7 on Montlake while the Cougars held on for a 28-24 victory over Utah at Martin Stadium. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Mariners wrapped up their 89-win season on a bittersweet note Sunday; was this free agent Nelson Cruz's final game in Seattle? 

Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

Doug Baldwin is feeling great and wants to get back out on the field, a decision he said is ultimately up to Pete Carroll. Russell Wilson aims to maintain a balanced offense against Arizona and says he and new OC Brian Shottenheimer are clicking. The Mariners fell 2-0 to the Rangers as the final series of the season is underway. GM Jerry Dipoto reflects on 2018 and claims the Mariners are on a three-year plan. Later in the hour, left tackle Duane Brown chats about o-line chemistry, DJ Fluker's frame and JR Sweezy's unmatched intensity. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jared Goff posted career numbers and the Rams offense looked unstoppable on Thursday Night Football.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Earl Thomas did not practice yesterday, but according to Pete Carroll, it was a planned absence. Coach Carroll also delivered injury updates on Dion Jordan, Ethan Pocic, KJ Wright and some good news regarding Doug Baldwin. Both Bobby Wagner and Carroll shared thoughts on Arizona and preparing for Josh Rosen. Later in the hour, Jake Heaps shares his unique perspective on the UW vs BYU match-up. We also hear from Husky-turned Seahawk TE Will Dissly. Why is his family legendary in Bozeman? The show wraps with The Hot List... Félix Hernández struggled in his final start of the season, DT Jarran Reed discusses his two sack performance, and the NBA will introduce an innovative pay-for-minutes viewing option.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

The Seahawks made roster moves, the Mariners beat the Athletics 10-8 in extra innings and preparation for the M's offseason begins. What needs to be on Jerry Dipoto's checklist this offseason? Later in the hour, we hear from veteran o-lineman JR Sweezy on the difficulty of switching positions and he’s grateful to be back in Seattle. Washington Wednesdays continue with a deeper look at a new UW playmaker: senior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven. The former special teams all-star has become a defensive stalwart for the Dawgs, and has posted twice as many tackles as the next man behind him. The show wraps with The Hot List... Tiger Woods puts himself on the Mt. Rushmore of golfers.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018

Pete Carroll responded to Earl Thomas's remarks about not practicing, saying "there's always consequences" to those decisions. Will the consequences be merely financial or will Earl ultimately lose playing time? The Seattle City Council unanimously approved the development agreement that will allow Oak View Group to demolish Key Arena and build a new facility. UW head coach Chris Petersen on Jake Browning's accuracy, the team's RB stable and a look ahead to BYU. The show wraps with The Hot List... Josh Rosen named Arizona's starter versus the Seahawks Sunday, Baker Mayfield will start for the Browns and Mike Leach previews Utah.

Friday, September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

The Seahawks inch closer to their home opener against Dallas Sunday, and Russell Wilson addressed Pete Carroll's comments that he sometimes "over-tries." Wilson shed light on his relationship with Brian Shottenheimer and maintained that he wasn't frustrated with his OC on Monday Night Football. Both the Huskies and the Cougars face important Pac-12 matchups this week, as No. 10 Washington has a chance to creep up in the AP Poll and WSU has an opportunity to get into the national conversation. The show wraps with The Hot List... number one overall pick, QB Baker Mayfield made his NFL debut on Thursday Night Football and led the Browns to their first win in 635 days.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018

Pete Carroll spoke with the media ahead of Sunday's home game against Dallas and admitted the Seahawks run game needs to be more consistent. Carroll also claimed that he needs to be less impatient with running the ball, Chris Carson remains their lead back, and Russell Wilson's struggles are due in large part to a lack of protection. The Mariners routed the Astros 9-0 in Houston and Scott Servais conceded some frustration that the team's offensive outburst didn't surface sooner. Later in the hour, Arizona State Head Coach Herm Edwards previews Saturday's matchup against Washington. The show wraps with The Hot List, including the Sounders snapped their nine-game win streak with a loss to Philadelphia.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018

Pete Carroll admitted he was frustrated by the Seahawks offensive game plan in the second half of Monday's game, and sometimes Russell Wilson "over-tries." Coach Pete also attempted to clarify his comments on running back Chris Carson and his inexplicable absence late in Monday's game. How do the Hawks fix their offensive woes? Washington Wednesdays continues with an in-depth look at UW defensive back Byron Murphy. We also hear from Chris Petersen on what to expect from Saturday's game against Arizona State. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Mariners eliminated from AL West contention with a 7-0 loss in Houston, NFL Hall of Famers demanding health insurance, and WSU Assistant AD Jason Gesser resigns amidst further allegations of sexual misconduct.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

The Seahawks fell 24-17 to the Bears in Monday Night Football after Russell Wilson was sacked six times and the offense failed to establish consistency. Despite being down four starters, the defense impressed, keeping the Hawks in the game for four quarters. Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson explain what went wrong with the run game, penalties and costly mistakes. Booger McFarland was on the call last night and after watching hours of Seahawks tape, what does he see as Seattle's glaring weaknesses? The show wraps with the Hot List... a pinch-hit grand slam lifted the Mariners over the Astros, the Browns and Patriots made an intriguing trade and Carson Wentz is cleared to play in week three.

Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

The Seahawks could be without five starters tonight for Monday Night Football. Head Coach Pete Carroll explained the injury to Bobby Wagner and when the team can expect to see him back on the field. He also gave further updates on KJ Wright, Doug Baldwin, DJ Fluker and Tre Flowers. Coach Carroll says linebacker Mychal Kendricks will play tonight, and the 2012 second-round pick spoke with the media for the first time since arriving in Seattle, after pleading guilty last week to insider trading. The Huskies and the Cougars both posted impressive wins over the weekend, the Mariners took three of four from the Angels and the Sounders extended their winning streak to nine. All these headlines and more in The Hot List.

Friday, September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

The Seahawks reportedly signed linebacker Mychael Kendricks to a one-year deal. Kendricks pleaded guilty to insider trading last week and awaits sentencing in late January. In the meantime, he could start Monday for Seattle. The Mariners kick off their final road trip of the year with a 8-2 victory over the Angels last night. GM Jerry Dipoto admits the Mariners squandered opportunities this season and the ront office has some difficult decisions to make this offseason. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Huskies head to Utah, the Cougs face off against Eastern Washington, and the Bengals defeat the Ravens in Thursday Night Football.