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May 8, 2011

Seve The Legend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 2:32 am

An amazing story written by one of the best Rick Reilly, on the life of Seve Ballesteros.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6500348

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May 5, 2011

Can Shaq Make A Difference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 2:50 pm

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he expects Shaquille O’Neil to be ready for game three against the Miami Heat on Saturday. Rivers also said Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Paul Pierce are all expected to be ready to go as well. As for Shaq, can he really be a difference maker for this Celtics team, given his age, and lack of playing time in recent years?

Reyes Involved In The First Trade Rumor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 2:41 pm

Jose Reyes is the first big named player this season to have trade rumors swirl around him. The iconic home grown New York Met will test the waters of free agency this coming off-season, if he makes it that far. The Mets, who are certainly sellers rather then buyers due to their what appears to be insurmountable debt, will certainly look to obtain good young talent if they do make a deal for the 27 year old shortstop.

Hines Ward Held At Gunpoint

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 2:33 pm

What a mix-up this was… Hines Ward was briefly held at gunpoint and handcuffed early Thursday morning after the car he was driving was reported missing back on April 19th. The unidentified woman was with Ward Thursday and she was able to prove the car was hers and they were both let go without further investigation.

May 2, 2011

NHL Thinking of Retooling Playoffs?

Filed under: Uncategorized — eadeutsch @ 3:48 pm
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The National Hockey League has been attempting to re-brand itself and acquire a larger American audience ever since the lockout that saw the cancellation of the 2004-2005 NHL season.  When the league became active the next season, fans saw a number of changes that were meant to increase scoring and excitement in a league that was criticized for lacking in those departments in the years prior to the lockout.  No longer was the “two-line offside pass” rule enforced, there was a limited trapezoidal area behind each net that was the only location behind the goal that a goaltender could roam with the puck, and the fan favorite overtime shootout became a staple of the league

Still looking for excitement, the league has never been one to shun a suggestion, and this season’s All-Star Game was a perfect example of this.  The teams were split with captains–Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom–picking their own teams in a Fantasy-draft style.  The NHL deemed this a success and we can count on seeing this next year, although probably tweaked.

The playoff system is one of my least favorite things about the NHL.  The two conferences are seeded just like basketball, 1-8, with the top three seeds going to the division leaders.  But instead of a simple bracket format throughout the conference playoffs, the teams are re-seeded after the first round to guarantee the greatest advantage to the top-seeded team, and make the road to the finals as challenging as possible for the lowest-seeded team.  So if the eighth-seeded team won an upset in the first round, they would go on to play the best remaining team in the second round.

Now, however, the NHL may be considering a static bracket format like basketball or the NCAA where the teams will play the winner of another series no matter what.  I like this idea, and I don’t know why it hasn’t been initiated since the lockout.

But as I said, the NHL is not going to ignore an idea–no matter how outlandish it may seem at first–and it is considering a 1-16 bracket that will include match-ups determined by conference standings.  The top eight teams from each conference would advance to the playoffs, but they would be matched up with a corresponding team–determined by regular season points–that will not necessarily be from their own conference.  It would be possible, then, for teams from the same conference to play each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.

As much as I don’t like this idea (travel would be strenuous and costly, bad match-ups between teams with no history would be costly in terms of fan excitement in the opening rounds), it might be a win for the NHL, who after all is looking out for its best interests.

No offense to my friends who root for the Marlins, but you can bet your house that the front office of Major League Baseball enjoyed the viewership and earnings from the epic seven-game ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox more than they did the world series.

Likewise, the NHL commissioner and owners might enjoy a Capitals-Penguins Stanley Cup or a Red Wings-Canucks matchup.  The integrity of the NHL may be at stake, but in the meantime, several of the league’s franchises are threatened by financial struggles, and this might be just one way to increase viewership at a time that the NHL is desperately trying to stay relevant.

In the meantime, enjoy the Stanley Cup playoffs as they are.  The Capitals and Red Wings, both down 0-2, are fighting for their lives, while the Predators are attempting to stun the top-seeded Canucks in a series that’s tied 1-1.  The Bruins, up 1-0 in their series against the Flyers, host Philadelphia tonight.

Playoff Rivalry Renewed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 1:39 pm

For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Dallas Mavericks will meet in the playoffs. It appears to be Phil Jacksons last go around as an NBA head coach, of course that is what Brett Favre said three different times as a player, but in all seriousness do the Lakers have what it takes to beat the Mavs’ and continue their pursuit of another championship?

Quite The Sight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kyle Sielaff @ 1:13 pm

It was quite the spectacle last night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. When the news broke of Osama Bin Ladens death, the ballpark in unison rose to they’re feet and all at once the crowd began to chant U-S-A. Sports are fascinating in the way in which they can bring a country together, no matter who is playing who, or what the game means, when news such as this breaks you remember that it is only a game.

May 1, 2011

Osama is Dead

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 10:45 pm

Osama bin Laden is dead.  Some stories are more important than sports.  This would be one of those stories.

Sharks Take 2-0 Lead over Detroit

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 6:30 pm

Two up, two down.  The San Jose Sharks have taken the first two games from the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the NHL Playoffs.  The Sharks never trailed in this one, beating the Wings 2-1.  Sharks goalie Antti Niemi came up big again, saving 33 shots.  Jimmy Howard was able to keep a suddenly struggling Detroit offense alive throughout most of the game, only yielding goals to Ian White and Niclas Wallin over 37 shots.

The teams will travel to Detroit for Game 3, where the Red Wings are in a near-almost win situation.

April 28, 2011

Coach L Tweets!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ProfK @ 3:15 pm

New UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga is tweeting! Check him out @CanesCoachL

He announces today that he just got a call from recruit Bishop Daniels, whom he visited in Georgia yesterday, and Daniels said he will stick with his UM commitment.

In other news, he flew to NC on Easter Sunday and visited with Reggie Johnson and his mom at their home and is doing all he can to get him to stay in school.

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