Archive for March, 2012

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Not Singing the Blues

March 15, 2012 by

The best goaltending tandem in the NHL

If you follow the National Hockey League at all, it is hard to ignore the fact that the St. Louis Blues have been one of the hottest teams in the league ever since they made a coaching change in the beginning of November.  Their new coach Ken Hitchcock, is their 24th coach in team history and is the one that is taking them to the top of the NHL and into the playoffs.

Many Blues fans (including myself) have been wondering when the Blues would once again become a playoff contending team.  At the beginning of the season, I always come up with a playoff bracket and try to see how close I can get to predicting the Stanley Cup winner.  I had originally guessed the Blues would make it to the second round of the playoffs.  And that was before they started to win.  Now I have them as a contender for the Stanley Cup and a tough team to battle in the Western Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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The First Domino

March 13, 2012 by

This Adidas ad pretty much sums up Dwight Howard's future

By @BMan86

In all sports, the trade deadline seems to materialize out of thin air, and suddenly what was a frozen landscape in whatever league,  starts to change drastically.  The trade deadline puts pressure on GMs to decide what their teams fate is, to predict the unpredictable.  It’s a time where teams either go for the throat, or in their words ‘think about the big picture’.  The NBA trade deadline is of massive importance in the league.  In a game where only five players are on the court at a given time, one significant addition can push a team from contender to champion, one subtraction from bubble to lottery.  As like the NFL, since the labor agreement was set to expire in 2011, many contracts were shaped to end the year of the labor deal, and the year after, to ensure flexibility under the new rules and regulations.  Thus, many players have expiring contracts and are good trade chips to give the weaker teams future draft picks and young talent, while boost other teams into making a run at the Larry O’Brien trophy.  The trade deadline is nothing more than it is; a deadline.  There’s no rule that trades can’t happen before, so why hasn’t one trade been consummated in a year full of players playing for contracts on their expiring deals? Mr. Dwight Howard. Read the rest of this entry »

Before I start breaking down this year’s NCAA Tournament bracket, I just want to be clear that I don’t count the “first four” (aka play-in games) as the first round.  These games shouldn’t even exist.  64 teams was perfect and the NCAA trying to squeeze every nickel and dime out of the tournament that they can really bothers me.  If every team isn’t playing, it’s not the beginning of the tournament.  I have no idea why ESPN calls it the first round, because it isn’t.  They’re play-in games and they’ll always be play-in games.  Just wanted to get that out there so when you hear the analysts on TV talking about the 2nd round (1st round), 3rd round (2nd round) and so on there isn’t any confusion. Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

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On February 22, 2012 Nike released it’s latest fitness tracking product, the Nike+ FuelBand.  With tag-lines like “Life is a sport.  Make it count.” and “Make life a sport.”, Nike promotes this bracelet/watch/pedometer combo as a motivating factor to be active and reach your fitness goals.  While available in highly limited quantities, I managed to get my hands on one (OK, four) of these $149 devices that may or not be the next big thing in fitness fashion accessories.  And no, Nike did not send me them on the arm.  I tried to buy them at the original pre-sale and failed.  2nd pre-sale same result.  On the 1st post-release date re-stock, I outsmarted the masses by logging in to my Nike Store account early.  I placed an item in my cart and went through all but the final steps to completing my order, so my delivery address and credit card info were already plugged in.  When @NikeFuel announced the release, I pounced.  $652 and 5 days later I had my Nike+ FuelBands.  2 to be re-sold on eBay to cut down on product cost, 1 for myself, and 1 my brother (happy birthday, Nick).  Having paid for these myself, I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Nike+ FuelBands Read the rest of this entry »

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Flower Blooming In Winter?

March 8, 2012 by

"The Flower" has won 17 of his last 21 starts

By @Robbie_Werth

The old saying, “April showers bring May flowers” shows that Mother Nature likes to follow a pattern.  This pattern allows the earth to show its true colors when spring comes around in May.  Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with his last name meaning flower, has been in full bloom since the middle of winter.

With the Penguins struggling at the end of the calendar year and into the New Year, it seemed like Fleury was losing every game he played.  During this six game losing streak “the Flower” had a save percentage of .890 and was letting up on average 2.3 goals per game.  Only allowing a little over two goals a game isn’t bad, but he wasn’t facing that many shots and was letting in some weak goals.  However, since that six game losing streak ended, Fleury has been playing some of the best hockey I have seen from a goaltender since Broduer was in his prime winning two Stanley Cups with the Devils.  Since, January 13th, “the Flower” has won 17 out of the 21 games he has played in, and has a save percentage of .919, allowing only 45 goals on 561 shots.  Marc-Andre also is second in the league in wins with 35 only one behind Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.  He along with the resurgent play of Evgeni Malkin have sent this Penguins squad atop many power ranks across the league.

He now puts his name into the running for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player of the league, and the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender in the league at the end of the year.  Fleury has been showing his true colors since winter showing the rest of the National Hockey League that he has become one of the elite goaltenders in the league today.

Derrick Rose is all business, even at the All-Star Game

By @BMan86

The lights brilliant, the smoke enveloping, the music blaring, thousands of gears whirring and sputtering, slowly the stage began to take form with five of the NBAs most recognizable faces creeping out of the manmade mist. As the stage reached its zenith, Lebron James and Dwight Howard were in full swing, grinding back and forth to the music defining the word ‘swag’.  To Dwight’s left Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade rocked to the rhythm as well as the crowd worked itself into a frenzy.  The 23-year-old MVP, remained immobile, silent, hands behind his back waiting for the charades to end.  Derrick Rose is not your ordinary Superstar.

Derrick’s humility has become his most defining characteristic to the outsider.  As he drives past NBA athletes with ease, dunking over 7-footers, he doesn’t stop to point to the back of his jersey, or turn to his most recent victim to further embarrass him on National TV; he simply hustles back on defense to get into position for the ensuing play.  Read the rest of this entry »

By Jordan Luchkiw (@jlu3883)

Another huge story to come out of the 54th Daytona 500 has been the publicity that NASCAR sprint cup driver Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) has received for tweeting during the red flag period of the race.  Keselowski,  who prior to the event had somewhere around 65,000 followers has since seen his numbers increase to 220K followers.   The reason?   He tweeted a picture of the unforgettable fire to all his fans through this social media platform.

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Danica couldn't avoid the crashes at Daytona the weekend

By Jordan Luchkiw

If you happened to miss any of the racing this past weekend at Daytona International Speedway, you missed some of the most exciting and costly racing we will see all year. Not only am I talking about the now infamous 54th Daytona 500, but also the Nationwide Series race.  The Drive 4 COPD 300. Much of the hype leading up to the Nationwide series opener centered around Danica Patrick starting her first full season in the series, and Tony Stewart going for 5 in a row in the February event.

The weekend got off to a great start for Danica as she claimed her first pole in the Nationwide series.  Her pole was the first for a female in the series since Shanua Robinson did so at Atlanta in 1994. While Danica was all the rage she wasn’t the main storyline leaving the event.

Most of the drama centered around the mass amounts of cautions that took place, highlighted by a last lap last turn 4 crash taking out much of the top ten and allowing Camping World Truck series regular James Buescher, to come from 11th out of turn 4 to go on and win the race his first in the Nationwide series race. Read the rest of this entry »