After watching the NHL All Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl yesterday, I came away with a stunning conclusion….the NHL got it right…and the NFL completely tossed up a dud.
The NHL All Star Weekend was a stroke of genius to revolve it around the two fantasy picked teams of Team Staal and Team Lidstrom. The players had fun all weekend, joked around, played to the fans and showed their personality. All of this done in the absence of the NHL’s brightest star, Sidney Crosby.
The Pro Bowl was a dud. The players seemed bored, disinterested and did not care to be there.
I am a football fan first and hockey fan second, but the NHL hit a homerun with the Fantasy Draft concept. I hope they stick with it because it did make the weekend what it was supposed to be: a show for the fans.
Where's about NC are you from? What college team do you like??
Well, I’m from Wilson, NC (a city in Eastern NC).
The college question is a very complicated one. I guess a majority of the time I pull for UNC, but I pull for a slew of college teams: ECU, Boise State, Appalachian State Syracuse. I’m sure that was more answer than you were wanting, but now you know :-)
Florida State pounces on #1 for the fourth time in eight years….just so happens that Duke was the team that was team all three times. Coach Leonard Hamilton has always seemingly coached wildly inconsistent teams, but he has coached them up well to pull the home upset.
There must be something in that Tallahassee home cooking because we are starting to see this a lot at FSU:
Turns out, Lynch’s TD shook Qwest Field and the ground around the stadium — literally.
Vidale said a seismic monitoring station located about 100 yards west of the stadium registered seismic activity during Lynch’s run. The shaking was most intense during a 30-second stretch about the time Lynch broke free from the line of scrimmage, finished off his touchdown and celebrated in the end zone with his teammates.
After that, Vidale said, the shaking died down, but it took about a minute for the shaking to completely fade away.
The 12th Man shook the earth….and people say home field advantage is no big deal.
Great game last night!! Congrats to Auburn on a clutch win.
But did anyone else noticed the terrible turf conditions?
Guys had a terrible time making cuts, the painted areas (midfield logo, end zones) were really slick and the turf came up in chunks.
I lived in Arizona for a while and went to quite a few Arizona Cardinals game and never saw the turf that bad. Don’t you think that for such a HUGE game that BCS organizers would get the playing surface in good shape?
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will be hired as the Carolina Panthers next head coach.
Rivera is certainly in the mold of past Panther coaches, those who are defensive minded, and Rivera will undoubtedly bring his 3-4 system to Carolina. The Panthers thrived on defense under Dom Capers attacking 3-4 defense.
Yet, Panther fans need patience. The Panthers have few defensive personnel suited for the 3-4, but in time this looks to be a sneaky good hire by Jerry Richardson.
In another expression of Al Davis’ complete stupidity: they will release Nnamdi Asomgha for basically spraining his ankle and being so talented that no one throws to him. Asomugha only saw 33 passes thrown to his receiver and only 13 of those were completions, a 39% completion percentage. He did get paid a large sum of money to make plays and he didn’t have any big plays, but he did shut down his side of the field. He was the NFL true “island”, he does it better than Revis in my opinion.
The Raiders have released a true picture of class and professionalism, something that the Raiders desperately need on such a young team. Al Davis never ceases to amaze me with his completely stupid decisions, but I guess this is what happens when a mummy look-a-like runs your team…
Smart move for owner Bud Adams. Adams caused this whole Titan(ic) mess by drafting VY in the first place. Fisher never wanted Young in the first place so you knew this relationship was doomed.
As for Vince, I have always loved watching him play. He can be as electrifying to watch as Mike Vick, but like Vick, Young needs to get his off the field life in order. He needs some guys around him (Tony Dungy?) to just help him to be able to deal with the intense depression and pressure that he has faced recently. Pair that sort of counsel with a true work ethic and I think Young can be a great pick up for a team looking for a QB.
So where will Vince end up? Who knows? Nobody is going to trade for him, he’s due to make $8.5 million next year and no one is going to pay that much for a guy who will have to compete for a roster spot. A few teams to watch as free agency moves forward: Raiders, 49ers and Jacksonville. Al Davis has never shied away from quarterbacks with character issues if they have a big arm. The 49er coaching situation is obviously up in the air, but that QB situation is a disaster unless you think Nate Davis is going to pull a Kurt Warner impression. Jacksonville has been less than satisfied with David Garrard for a few years now and they would love someone to come in and compete with Garrard for the QB spot.
Talk radio and ESPN have been buzzing over the last two days about the NFL Playoffs and how its crap that: 1) The Seattle Seahawks are getting into (and hosting a playoff game) 2) The Ravens and Jets will have to play an away game despite having a better record.
Honestly if I was Pete Carroll, I would be laughing all the way to the bank.
But to all those whiners out there (Jets and Giants fans) if your team had handled their own business (not punting to Desean Jackson) you would not be in this predicament. Secondly, do the other American pro sports have a better answer? Major League Baseball has become a sport of haves and have nots. Only eight teams out of 29 make the playoffs and most of those teams are regular playoff attendees (Philly, New York, Minnesota, Boston, St.Louis). Nobody likes to see the same team win over and over and over. People desire parity.
And the NBA has a better solution? Read about the barely understandable NBA playoff format here.
Everybody hates the BCS…
March brings us Bracketology and some poor team that plays their tail off but they don’t get to go dancing…
In reality, we are all a bunch of sports whiners. When our team doesn’t get our idea of a “fair shake” then the system is broke. If we didn’t whine so much, sports radio would be worthless. Honestly, do we think we have a better solution on how the playoffs should shake out?
The NFL divisional format works…and works really well. I remember in 2008 when ESPN ranted over and over that the Arizona Cardinals did not deserve to be in the playoffs. Yet that team proved to be the most dangerous team in the NFC and helped to produce the most memorable Super Bowl of my lifetime.
With all that said…I say we just shut up and enjoy football. Otherwise, we may miss some sort of magical run that may have never happened without the current NFL Playoff format.
There was plenty of stupidity in sports in 2010 and here are the ten biggest idiots of 2010.
10) Nyjer Morgan, Washington Nationals
In August and September Morgan was accused of hitting a fan in the head with a baseball, and then one week later found himself sparking a bench clearing brawl versus the Marlins.
9) UNC Football Team
UNC came into the year with enormous expectations, only to have things unravel with a sweeping scandal involving 13 players with issues ranging from academic cheating to receiving improper benefits.
First came accusations of bribery over votes for the World Cup destinations, then Qatar bought its way into getting a World Cup, then the FIFA president says the homosexuals should refrain from any sort of sex if they go to Qatar.
7) Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets
Not a good year for K-Rod. First he gets in a heated exchange with his bullpen coach in May and the assaults his girlfriend’s father, subsequently earning him an assault charge and a torn thumb ligament.
Charlie Villanueva claimed KG called him a cancer patient. KG claims he said Villanueva was “cancerous to his team and the league”. Did anybody seriously believe that excuse? No one would toss out trash talking as lame as “you’re cancerous to your team”.
3) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
Bad year for Brett. He throws a horrible INT to end the NFC championship game, toys with everyone over the summer about his retirement, comes back only after his teammates beg him, gets caught up in a scandal with Jenn Sterger, gets Brad Childress fired and gets a blue hand….all in one year. Not bad Brett.
2) LeBron James, Miami Heat
"I’m taking my talents to South Beach." With seven words he made one city want to murder him.
1) Robert Green, England World Cup team
LeBron made one city hate him…Robert Green incensed an entire nation. With one blown save he found his face on every major British paper with less than flattering headlines, received numerous death threats and a the crown as 2010 Goat of the Year.
Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller died yesterday at the age of 92.
Feller’s exploits on the field for the Indians are well known. He began his professional career at 17 and striking out 17 batters as a teenage rookie. He played his entire career with the Indians, a total of 18 years. He amassed unbelievable stats in his career: 266 victories and 2,581 strikeouts, led the A.L. in strikeouts seven times, pitched 3 no-hitters and a major league record 12 one-hitters.
Yet, for all the remarkable on-field accomplishments, it was Feller the man that made him so loved and appreciated by many. Fiercely patriotic, Feller enlisted in the Navy on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Feller served as Gun Captain aboard the USS Alabama and missed four seasons during his service in WWII, being decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. Much like Pat Tillman, he considered himself an American first, an athlete second. His loyalty to the Indians is well documented as he was constantly around the organization whenever health allowed.
Men of his character and loyalty are hard to come by in sports today. His legacy is remarkable and will certainly continue to shine even in death.
Cleveland lost a legend…sports lost one of its true role models.