Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:40 pm
Danny Ainge...must have taken a powerful drug to blow everything up the way he did.
Things I like: No Perk on the offensive end. He was definitely offensive, just not of the scoring variety. No Nate. He just never fit. Never fit the flow of the offense. Never good enough on D. Jeff Green. We drafted him for a reason. He is an RFA, but a big building block for the future. OKC will miss his defense, Boston will embrace his ability to defend the "stretch 4" position, that that currently cannot...the Bosh's. the Amar'e's...floor spacing forwards of the east...there are more of them then Dwight Howard's. Avery Bradley's playing time. Just went up. Hope he gets some. He is dynamic.
Things I don't: Perk on the defensive end just left Boston. Ouch. Will the O'neal's be healthy enough to do the job? I think Ainge needs to make another move...Especially since... Traded away Semih. I liked him...throwing him and Harangody away for a 2013 2nd rounder is sick, moreso because... The Grizz got Battier for Thabeet and a 1st!!! DANNY DANNY DANNY!!...you make me sad. Nenad Krstic. He is Semih-lite. Not a good player at all.
Posted on: March 11, 2010 6:52 pm
...who cares? In my opinion the players have no leverage...nobody cares. Go play soccer in Europe where they care...why would you even want to play soccer in the United States? Answer: You are not good enough. Stop whining, collect your free money. Stop wasting our/your owners' time.
Posted on: November 3, 2009 10:34 am
Edited on: November 3, 2009 10:41 am
It is early in the 2009-2010 NHL season and already we have seen a lot of physicality in the game. No complaints there. Many people have begun to point figures that some of this physicality has been too vicious.
We have already seen three young talents sidelined by collision-related injuries. Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders) in the preseason, courtesy of a Dion Phaneuf (Calgary Flames) check, David Booth (Florida Panthers) buckling under the shoulder of Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers) and most recently Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), dealing with a concussion from a Willie Mitchell (Vancouver Canucks) blow.
In my opinion, each hit was within the rules of the game, consistently called since the lockout ended. It is a shame to see these bright Stars of the future go down, but I believe that the increasing frequency of these devastating hits are due more to a change in the offensive-player's philosophy, rather than the average NHL defender becoming increasingly malicious.
One thing that stands out to me for each of these injuries was the position of the offensive player's head at or just before impact. It is down, either looking at the puck, or where the puck had just been passed to. In years past, NHL players constantly reminded the fans and the young hopefuls in front of the TV set to 'keep their head up' or 'keep their head on a swivel'. Perhaps this could be attributed to a rougher, perhaps meaner style of play in the pre-lockout era. It almost seems like offensive players, given so much more freedom and protection from physical play, have turned to a style of puck-handling that has them focused more on the puck itself to be sure and relying on the rulebook to protect them from cheap shots.
What they have seemingly not realised, is that at the offensive blue line, patrolled by two defencemen and a backchecking forward eager to stop the puck from travelling deep into the zone, is still a very dangerous place. Looking down at the puck, they may be able to see the defenceman they are attacking, but the chances that they are able to located potentially all three would-be checkers is very slim, resulting in the number of blindside, bell-ringing hits we have seen lately.
To the people calling for suspensions over this style of hitting I say, "can it". As long as the skates are down at impact and the elbow is tucked, the defencemen should be applauded for making the offensive player pay for his lack of awareness. The physicality and brutal hits are fun to watch and adds excitement to the game, to take them away would be foolish. Colin Campbell has done a fantastic job at evaluating the questionable hits this year, so I must applaude him while I have the chance, for we have had disagreements in the past.
So kids, what's the bottom line? KEEP YOUR HEAD UP when entering enemy territory unless you are willing to risk getting plastered.
Posted on: May 8, 2009 1:17 am
...so don't try to. Diving is becoming far too prevalent within the sport of hockey. This is a man's game, has been, will continue to be. Contrary to appearance, hockey players are very steady on their skates. I wonder sometimes if the referees remember that diving/embellishment is in fact a 2 minute minor penalty. Those who do remember, call it only in concurrence with another penalty, resulting in 4 on 4. So tell me, where is the incentive NOT to dive? The answer, aside from integrity, it is absent. Here is a suggestion to the NHL officials commitee: Call diving more often and make it the only call, overriding the contact/penalty that created the embellishment (unless blood is drawn...but even then, it isn't embellishing is it?). This would eliminate diving from the game rather quickly, allowing it to become as physical as it was before soccer fans started to introduce this concept to the league. Tonight I saw Ben Eager of the Chicago Blackhawks gently shove Darcy Hordichuk from the Vancouver Canucks, and Hordichuk went down like a ton of bricks and stayed down. It was embarrassing for the game and I, as a hockey fan, was also embarrassed. Playoff hockey used to be gritty and tough. NHL, you need to act soon before the league starts becoming a theatre instead of a competition.<br />
Posted on: March 2, 2009 7:20 pm
The other night I was sitting, watching the BigTen women's swimming and diving championships, amazed that my sport was being televised. Here was an opportunity to watch the next generation of probable Olympic hopefuls for a sport that our country simple DOMINATES and I just got the feeling that any viewers just were not interested. I say this, because I, a huge fan of the sport, found myself to be slightly less than thrilled with how the sport was presented to the television audience.
This is how they SHOULD have done it:
Block off the time it would take to televise the event in its entirety, over the course of the weekend it is held. Bring in commentators that know the sport and break it down to a level communicable to all audiences.
How they DID do it:
Pushed the entire weekend into a couple hours, with emphasis on diving, which is a crap sport anyway (sorry, sorry, its not bad, just, I've seen the training, its not much). The actual races, no matter how close, were clipped to first and last lengths nearly exclusively for any race over 100 yards.
To make matters worse, accompanying the bright female commentator that happened to be an ex-swimmer was this sports announcer, probably well qualified, but his knowledge about swimming, was for all intensive purposes, nil.
Once again, thank you BigTen Network for televising what is an exciting sport that is popular throughout our country, I am just sad that you presented it in such an amateur fashion.
Posted on: March 2, 2009 6:27 pm
As negotiations between the Cardinals and Kurt Warner have slowed, Warner and his agent are smartly putting pressure on the Cards to make a more acceptable offer. The reported visitations and the physical exam by the 49ers sends a message to the Cards' brass that he is content finishing his career somewhere else. Warner can still play, he knows that, the league knows that. The Cards and their tight-wallet owner, Bill Bidwill, also believe that they do not have to overpay Warner to have a productive passing game. Matt Leinart is still supported by the organization, and Wisenhunt and his coaching staff still believe he can be a franchise passer. What he has done exactly to prove this, has yet to be seen by a television audience.
The Cardinals better know what they are doing. So far they've fired their championship defensive coordinator and made no notable free agent signings. If they let Warner walk, then Matt Leinart better be ready to step up and play like the 1st round draft pick he is. This upcoming season will reveal if the organization has the potential for sustained success or not. The fans and the potential veteran free agents are watching closely.