Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Red Sox Acquire Andrew Bailey from Athletics

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Billy Beane has gone money ball insane. Bailey was ready for a new contract soon and was getting paid under a million dollars in 2011. Somehow he felt that price would increase though that’s not likely if Bailey’s injury record shows up again. The overall deal includes Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney heading to Boston for Josh Reddick, Raul Alcantara (P) and Miles Head (1B).

The A’s side of things seems odd. They give up a good closer and a defensive outfielder for a 24 year old outfielder who likes to put the ball in play and two prospects no older than 20 years old. Prospects aren’t sure things, and for a 19 and 20 year old I wouldn’t bet that these two players live up to their ceilings. Let’s face the facts, the A’s got hosed in this deal. Boston filled a need and got a nice bench player to go along with it. Sweeney will likely replace Reddick. But he won’t be a long term replacement for the Red Sox.

I really like this deal for the Red Sox. They already got Mark Melancon from Houston and already possessed Bobby Jenks. This all needs to replace the production of Papelbon and Bard though for the Boston pen. Bard will move to the rotation. If everything goes well he’ll double his value (WAR of 1.8) or at least get over that than that would help the Red Sox a lot. However if he tanks this move may backfire for Boston. Replacing Paps would mean that Melancon and Bailey need to get a 3.0 WAR at the minimum. That’s very possible if everyone stays healthy.

Last year Bailey had a .9 WAR in just 41.2 innings pitched. He didn’t play the entire season due to elbow issues, but he says he’s fine this year. Bailey is a strikeout closer who will rely on his command rather than speed. Though he does hit low 90’s on the gun. Melancon pitched in the weak NL Central last season and put up a .8 WAR in 74.1 innings pitched. Melancon will have to transition to the most difficult division in baseball, the Ameican League East. He did pitch with the Yankees in 2009, but for only 16.1 innings.

Putting together a good bullpen is very difficult. Some players come out to be great pitchers one year and mediocre the other. It’s really hard to predict an outcome so you don’t invest a lot of money in relief pitchers unless they’re Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox didn’t overpay. They actually might have underpaid a bit. Bullpens win in the playoffs, but a major reason they didn’t even get there was the blown games in September in the late innings. Boston looks to be taking a step in the right direction.

By Lead Columnist Joe F 

 

Top 5 Non-Active or Non-Hall-of-Fame NFL Running Backs

The shelf life for NFL running backs nowadays is short. As such, their body of work is usually confined to eight to ten years, while a quarterback can seemingly be effective for 15 years. General managers are picking up on this trend and not offering running backs long-term contracts (Matt Forte comes to mind) because their bodies wear down from the increased pounding they take throughout the years.

This list introduces five players who peaked for a three-year period and then faded afterwards. Inclusion on this list requires that the running not be active or in the Hall of Fame. So, O.J. Simpson, Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson and Emmitt Smith need not apply. Without further adieu, let’s get to the list:

*Bold notes player has having the highest statistical total on the list*

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5. Shaun Alexander

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After playing second fiddle to Ricky Watters during his first year with Seattle, Alexander took over in his second year in the NFL when Watters went down with an injury. But, during the 2003 season he proved to the NFL that his two prior 1,000-yard seasons weren’t a fluke when he carried the ball 326 times for 1,455 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also recorded 295 yards on 42 receptions for a total of 1,730 total yards and 16 TDs from scrimmage.

During his peak seasons (2003-2005), Alexander helped lead the Seahawks to a 32-16 record, as well as a Super Bowl appearance in 2005, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That season, Alexander accumulated 1,953 total yards (1,880 on the ground) and 28 total touchdowns (27 rushing touchdowns) earning him the NFL MVP award. His 28 total touchdowns during the 2005 set a new NFL record, which was then passed in 2006 by LaDainian Tomlinson. Seattle had the first ranked scoring offense and second ranked offense in terms of yardage.

The 2005 season would prove to be his last productive season as he would never rush for more than 900 yards in the three subsequent seasons and was out of football after the 2008 season.

Three-Year Peak (2003-2005)
Carries – 1,049
Rushing Yards – 5,011
Yards per rush – 4.7
Total Touchdowns – 64
Receptions – 80
Receiving Yards – 543
Total Yards – 5,549

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4. Ahman Green

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After being traded by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 to the Green Bay Packers (I’ll give you one guess as to why he was traded. Hint: he appears on this list), Ahman Green came into his own. Coupled with Brett Favre, he was an absolute force for the Packers from 2001-2003, where they were in the top 10 in scoring offense during each of those years and made the playoffs annually.

However, Green’s best year came in 2003 when he gained 1,883 yards on the ground and found the pay dirt 20 total times that season. That season the Packers went 10-6 and beat Shaun Alexander’s Seattle Seahawks in overtime 33-27, but then lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round.

Over his career with the Packers, Green was a key cog in the Packers machine that took much of the onus off Favre to make plays. Green had blazing speed, but also could run over defenders en route to the endzone. Perhaps what set Green apart from his peers was his receiving skills. He could be counted on to catch balls out of the backfield, and during his peak years he never had fewer than 50 receptions. For example, in 2001 he recorded 62 receptions for almost 600 yards, making him a threat all over the field.

What ultimately led to his demise was that he couldn’t hold onto the football and became fumble-prone. He was later signed by the Houston Texans in 2007, but never sniffed the same success he had in Green Bay and a few later he was out of the NFL.

Three-Year Peak (2001-2003)
Carries – 945
Rushing Yards – 4,510
Yards per rush – 4.7
Total Touchdowns – 40
Receptions – 162
Receiving Yards – 1,354
Total Yards – 5,864

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3. Tiki Barber

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Tiki Barber was drafted out of the University of Virginia by the New York Giants in 1997 in the second round. During his first few seasons he was slated as a third down back behind Charles Way and Tyrone Wheatley. He was also an average kick and punt returner when he first came into the league.

Barber took a backwards approach to success in the NFL and peaked during his last few seasons in the league. From 2004-2006, Barber was one of the most feared running backs in the NFL as he had a combination of speed, power, and a pair of hands that kept defenses honest in coverage.

His most successful season came during 2005 at age 30 when he rushed for 1,860 yards on 359 carries. That season he amassed 2,390 total yards from scrimmage, which at the time was the second highest total in NFL history. He fell 40 yards short of eclipsing Marshall Faulk’s 2,429 yard total recorded in 1999. He later retired after the 2006 season, but has since filed for reinstatement.

Three-Year Peak (2003-2005)
Carries – 1,008
Rushing Yards – 5,040
Yards per rush – 5.0
Total Touchdowns – 31
Receptions – 164
Receiving Yards – 1,573
Total Yards –  6,613

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2. Terrell Davis

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Terrell Davis was selected in the sixth round by the Denver Broncos in 1995, to a Mike Shanahan system that later became known as being able to churn out quality backs year in and year out despite which round they were chosen from. Over the course of his short career, Davis was afflicted with a myriad of lower body injuries that would see his star burn bright and die out just as fast.

At his peak (1996-1998), John Elway was in the twilight of his career and needed a rushing attack to put the Broncos over the top, Davis was just the man for the job. Broncos then-head coach Mike Shanahan relied heavily on Davis during those three years where he carried no fewer than 345 times. Davis rewarded his coach with 1538, 1750, 2008 rushing yard totals during the 1996-1998 seasons, two of which yielded Super Bowl victories.

His best season came in 1998 when he rushed for more than 2,008 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns on 392 carries, earning him MVP honors, his third straight AFC rushing title, first NFL rushing title, and AP Offensive Player of the Year.

He was at his finest during the biggest game of all, the Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXXII, he rushed for 157 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. He earned the Super Bowl MVP award despite missing the entire second half due to a migraine. In Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons, he rushed for 102 yards and recorded 50 receiving yards.

Three-Year Peak (1996-1998)
Carries –  1,106
Rushing Yards – 5,296
Yards per rush – 4.7
Total Touchdowns – 51
Receptions – 103
Receiving Yards – 814
Total Yards –  6,110

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1. Priest Holmes

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The quintessential definition of a short, but glorious NFL career. Holmes started his career with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1997, but really didn’t start hitting his stride until 2001 when he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. During his first season with his new team, he accumulated 1,555 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. However, that would pale in comparison to the two years afterwards.

Holmes had a knack for not only running over his opponents, but he could run around and outrun them too. He had an unbelievable two-year stretch where he amassed 51 touchdowns and more than 4,397 total yards from scrimmage. His greatest value, didn’t come from between the tackles, instead he found succeess in the passing game where he caught no fewer than 62 balls from 2001-2003.

He held the single-season TD record of 27 in 2003, before Shaun Alexander scored 28 touchdown in 2005. However, as with many running backs, his career was cut short by a plethora of injuries. Most notably, he suffered a neck injury during 2005 that would also require him to sit out the entire 2006 season. He then retired in 2007 after re-injuring his neck.

Three-Year Peak (2001-2003)
Carries – 960
Rushing Yards – 4,590
Yards per rush – 4.7
Total Touchdowns – 61
Receptions – 206
Receiving Yards – 1,976
Total Yards – 6,566

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Honorable Mentions: Jamal Lewis, Edgerrin James, Curtis Martin

2011 Sports Year in Review:

2011 has brought us some great moments, as well as some sad tragedies. We’ve seen records broken, legends pass away, scandals and who can forget Tebow-Mania. This is the 2011 sports year in review.

Robert Griffin III, 77th Heisman Award Winner:

Griffin III snagged the 2011 Heisman honors and rocked the fashion would with his trendy Superman socks (picture). Will Griffin follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Cam Newton? Cam is having a sensational rookie season with the Carolina Panthers.

Records Galore!

Monday, December 26th, 2011:

Drew Brees became the sole owner of the most passing yards in an NFL season. Brees knocked off Dan Marino and his record of 5,084 passing yards, a record that has stood firm since 1984.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011:

Carolina Panthers rookie and former Auburn sensation, Cam Newton, took the NFL by storm this season, breaking two records. Cam broke the single-season rushing TD record for a quarterback, previously held by Steve Grogan (12) by packing in three TD’s and bringing his total up to 13 on the season.

Thursday, February 10th, 2011:

Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics sinks his 2,561 three-point bucket to go ahead of Reggie Miller as the all-time leader and undisputed three-point king.

Saturday, July 9th, 2011:

Derek Jeter becomes the 28th MLB player to reach 3,000 career hits. He also becomes just the 2nd to do so with a home run (Wade Boggs). Jeter reaches this accomplishment on a day where he’d go 4-4 batting.

The Bad, the ugly and the downright tragic:

Ndamukong Suh stomps Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving day and is ejected and served with a two-game suspension. This vial act falls on the shoulder of the Detroit Lions first winning season since 2000.

Penn State and legendary coach, Joe Paterno, choke on allegations of child molestation filed against former Penn State assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno resigned from PSU after 46 years. The child molestation trial rages on.

Tennessee Lady Vols head basketball coach, Pat Summitt, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in late summer. Summit, an eight-time champion has resumed her coaching career despite her tragic illness.

Legendary home-run king, Barry Bonds, was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice after nearly a decade of trials and investigations.  The other counts of perjury were nixed by way of a mistrial.

Peyton Manning misses the entire 2011 NFL season, due to multiple neck surgeries. This injury propels the Indianapolis Colts into a tailspin of losses, as they started the season 0-13 and have had their name linked to Andrew Luck more times than Barry Bonds’ name has been linked to steroids.

Ohio State head football coach, Jim Tressel,  resigned after the Ohio State football program as a whole had spent months being dragged through the mud for NCAA allegations. The Buckeyes have also been banned from post-season play in 2012.

Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis, passed away on October 8th at the age of 82. Davis had owned the Raiders since 1970 and was credited for much of their success over the years.

Former Heavyweight Champion and boxing icon, “Smokin” Joe Frazier, died on November 7th, at the age of 62. Frazier’s Philly style and his epic battles versus Muhammad Ali will forever remind us of the true champion Smokin Joe was.

Weeks after winning National League MVP honors, Ryan Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone levels which generally means PED’s. Braun is fighting the allegation, but could face a 50-game ban to start the 2012 season.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is disqualified from the mens 100-Meter final at the IAAF world championship, due to a false start.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is sentenced to 90 days in jail for a domestic dispute that occurred in 2010 involving his ex-girlfriend. Mayweather dodged some serious felony charges that could have locked the champion up for a couple of decades.

Former HOFer, Lee Roy Selmon, died on September 4th, at the age of 58. Selmon was a former #1 overall pick in the 1976 draft. He collected 78.5 sacks over the course of his career, which he spent the entirety of with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Indy driver, Dan Wheldon, died at the age of 33 due to a 15-car accident at the IZON Indycar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16th.

1984 British Open winner, Seve Ballesteros, passed away on May 7th due to a brain tumor. He was 54 years old.

Former Brooklyn and LA Dodger, Duke Snider, died of natural causes on February 27th. Duke was 84 years old.

American aerial skier, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, was found dead in his apartment on July 25th after an apparent suicide. Peterson was a silver medal winner at the 2010 winter games in Vancouver. He was 29.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA championship in 2011. This collection of older veteran players cam in as the heavy underdogs and beat out the favored Miami Heat, led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, in six games.

The Green Bay Packers came into the 2011 NFL post-season as a Wild Card team and they took full advantage of the “sleeper” label, defeating every opponent on their way to Super Bowl XLV. They defeated the favored Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 and collected their fourth Super Bowl title.

The St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series in 2011. Propelled by the best player in the game today, Albert Pujols, the Cards were able to knock of the Texas Rangers in 7 games.

The Boston Bruins won their 6th Stanley Cup in 2011 after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-game series. The Bruins goalie, Tim Thomas, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP.

Novak Djokovic finally proved his worth, as he knocked off Rafael Nadal int he US Open final. Djokvic had fallen short to make headway with the likes of Nadal and Roger Federer in past years.

Tiger Woods finally won a tournament. Although it wasn’t a major and doesn’t put him any closer to catching Jack Nicklaus, a win is a win, and I’m sure Tiger Isn’t picky at this point.

BIG Finish!

Tebow-Mania has been in full effect. Tim Tebow started his (real) NFL career off at an astounding 7-1 record. All the Tebow critics were kept at bay, while Skip Bayless looked like a genius for the first time in the history of sports reporting. The Tebow-Train still stands at a whopping 7-3. And his fan-base is about as large as it gets. High School kids getting suspended from school for “Tebowing” in the hallways and NBA stars paying homage via Twitter. And this may just be the tip of the iceberg for Timmy and the Broncos.

Albert Pujols scorned the St. Louis Cardinals in LeBron James fashion and signed with the Anaheim Angles for  a reported 10-year, $254 Million. Yes, St. Louis fans burned his jersey in the streets.

The NFL Lockout ended after 127 horrendous days of agony and pain. It was the longest of it’s kind in the NFL and hopefully, but unlikely the last. Sports fans rejoiced as America’s number 1 sport was back in action without missing any games.

The NBA lockout last 149 days, and unlike the NFL it caused it’s players and fans to miss games. The NBA picked up on Christmas day with a 5 game selection that almost made fans forget about the 16 regular season games that were lost as a result of the lockout.

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers jumped over a Kia to clinch his first victory in the 2011 NBA dunk contest, featured at All-Star weekend. This was a huge exclamation point to Blake’s dunk-happy, first NBA season.

The Detroit Lions clinched a wild card berth in the 2011 NFL playoffs. This will be there first playoff appearance of the 21st century. The Lions, led by Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh, have not tasted the playoffs since 1999.

Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks on February 22nd. This move paired Melo with Amar’e Stoudemire and looks to shape the growing trend of big stars in large markets in the NBA.

Deron Williams bolted from Utah in a trade that sent him to the New Jersey Nets. The Nets will make their move to Brooklyn after the 2011-12 NBA season and this is yet another move that solidifies superstars playing in big markets.

U.S. Forward, Abby Wambach, scored a goal via her head to tie the USA with Brazil (2-2) in the Women’s Wold Cup. The USA would go on to win the match after goalie, Hope Solo, did a stunning job of defending the net during penalties. USA went on to win 5-3 over Brazil.

Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand, was badly injured when he collided an Army kick returner. LeGrand suffered spinal cord injuries and it was though that he’d spend the rest of his life as a quadriplegic on a respirator, but LeGrand fought back. He started breathing on his own and was even able to lead the Scarlet Knights onto the field in a motorized wheelchair to face West Virginia.

The 10 year anniversary of 9/11 was honored and the victims of this great USA tragedy were celebrated at every level of sports, professional and collegiate alike.

The New Orleans Hornets were finally able to accept a trade without NBA commissioner, David Stern, blocking it. The Hornets sent their all-star point guard, Chris Paul, to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hornets wouldn’t have been able to retain Paul at seasons end and needed a trade in order to get value in exchange for the point guard.

Written By: ANDY FLINT 

 

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Around The Rink – Pre-Winter Classic Edition

AROUND THE RINK is a new weekly hockey segment on the NHL and all of it’s teams. Every Wednesday we go over what’s new with your favorite teams, your favorite players, as well as the crazy things going on within the National Hockey League.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston Bruins: What really can you say about this team? They are 8-2 in their last 10 games, most recently a 8-0 bombardment of the Florida Panthers. They are second in the Eastern Conference only to the NY Rangers. And, oh yeah, they have players like players like Benoit Pouliot who…well…just tear it up.

Buffalo Sabres: Okay, seriously, what is wrong with the Sabres? New owner, new players, all star goalie, same old coach. I wonder what needs to change…

Carolina Hurricanes: Kirk Muller and John MacLean seem to be slowly righting the ship in Carolina, but the Hurricanes are still 4-4-2 in their last 1o.

Florida Panthers: The Panthers ended a three game skid with a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs. Because the rest of the Southeast Division is terrible, however, the Panthers remain at the top of the Division despite the losing streak.

Montreal Canadiens: I wonder where the Canadiens will end up by season’s end? They have not impressed so far this season, but this franchise seems to be in panic mode. Luckily, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez should be coming back soon.

New Jersey Devils: It’s always interesting when you have the best penalty kill in the league, but the worst powerplay. Ilya Kovalchuk said the team was making it harder on themselves, after they lost to Carolina Monday night. Understatement of the year.

New York Islanders: This week has changed nothing, in terms of positioning for the New York Islanders. Three game losing streak and 3-6-1 in their last 1o. But hey, something’s gotta give sometime right? ….right? Hello?

New York Rangers: Is anyone comparing the New York Rangers this year to the Pittsburgh Penguins of last year? I’m sure someone at HBO has already made that connection. With the recent surge, the Rangers are on top of the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa Senators: The Senators are in serious contention for a playoff spot, despite having a mediocre roster. I guess two years of struggling really changed their mentalities. The Islanders should give them a call.

Philadelphia Flyers: If the Flyers lose the Winter Classic January 2nd against the Rangers, in which it’s looking more and more likely that they will, will the NHL finally realize that the Flyers will never win a Winter Classic and finally stop putting them in it?

Pittsburgh Penguins: I wonder how Crosby feels, continually being taken out for concussion symptoms and his team still going strong?  They have won their last 4 games.

Tampa Bay Lightening: Guy Boucher’s team put up a serious effort against the Philadelphia Flyers, putting up 4 goals in the first two periods. You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think the Flyers saw the 3-1-1 in the third period of that game.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Christmas came early for Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who found a contract extension under his tree. After which all of Leafs nation exclaimed “WHY??” in complete unison.

Washington Capitals: Washington defeated the Rangers tonight to improve to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. However that isn’t nearly good enough for a team that should have been one of the leagues best this season. Oh, where art thou, Alex Ovechkin?

Winnipeg Jets: Has the charm of the Jets finally worn off? You bet, especially since everyone has realized that this team used to be the Atlanta Thrashers.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Anaheim Ducks: Will Bobby Ryan be traded? Rumors continue to swirl, but nothing concrete has really materialized. Bruce Boudreau has to decide if he wants to keep the talented left wing or try and build his vision of the team by dealing him for multiple pieces….

Calgary Flames: Would it be bad wordplay to say the Flames are heating up? Semantics aside, that’s exactly what they’re doing, climbing back into the Western Conference playoff picture on the heels of a three game winning streak…

Chicago Blackhawks: They became the first team to 50 points in the NHL this year, despite a shaky goaltending situation. The ageless Marian Hossa leads the team with 40 points, but doesn’t have the most goals or assists on the team…  

Colorado Avalanche: Maybe if the Avalanche want to win more games, they need to just get to overtime. They’re 6-0-1 in overtime, winning all six of their games that have gone to a shootout.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Jeff Carter is finally heating up, notching seven goals in his past eight games, but it may be too little, too late in a season that has already slipped away from the last-place Blue Jackets…

Dallas Stars: They badly need G Kari Lehtonen back. As good as Richard Bachman is, they can’t expect him to start ten straight games. And they definitely can’t let Andrew Raycroft back between the pipes anytime soon….

Detroit Red Wings: The team mourns the loss of former player and coach Johnny Wilson, a four-time Cup champion and the first player to ever play every game in eight consecutive seasons….

Edmonton Oilers: Amid Ryan Nugent-Hopkins phenomenal rookie season, Jordan Eberle’s amazing campaign has taken a back seat in terms of media coverage. Despite the presence of two former #1 overall picks (Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall), Eberle actually leads the team in goals (16) and total points (38), and is tied for the team lead in assists (22)…

Los Angeles Kings: Only six players on the entire Kings roster have a positive plus/minus rating, and the team is second-last in the league in goals scored. Not good for a team that was supposed to contend for a Stanley Cup championship this year…

Minnesota Wild: After a brief stint at the top of the NHL standings, they’ve  lost seven (0-4-3) in a row and slipped to second place in their own division. During that seven game span, they’ve averaged just over one goal scored per game…

Nashville Predators: Shea Weber has a concussion, putting the Predators in an even more dire defensive situation. They’ve given up 15 goals in the past three games, and it could get worse with their best defenseman sidelined….

Phoenix Coyotes: Newly acquired defenseman David Rundblad chipped in an assist in his first game as a ‘Yote…the team recalled G Curtis McElhinney in an attempt to find a goaltender to temporarily replace the injured Mike Smith after Jason LaBarbera’s latest poor performance in net….

San Jose Sharks: No one on the team has broken the 30 point mark, but the Sharks still stand atop the Pacific Division. Joe Thornton is closest to that particular plateau, having netted 29 points so far…

St. Louis Blues: Goaltender Brian Elliot, who leads the league with a 1.55 GAA and four shutouts,  has been a godsend for the Blues, who now have the third best goals allowed average in the league after enduring early season struggles from Jaraslav Halak, and have climbed to the second spot in the Central Division standings…

Vancouver Canucks: Finally back on top of the Northwest Division on the strength of the Sedin twins play. Each has six points in the last five games, a span in which the Canucks went 4-1-0. The only game they lost? A 3-1 decision to the Flames, in which neither Henrik nor Daniel notched a point.

The Browns Not Seeking Revenge on James Harrison?

20 days have passed since Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison put a brutal helmet-to-helmet lick on Cleveland Browns quarterback, Colt McCoy. Harrison has served his suspension and paid the whopping $73,000 fine. Now as the Steelers prepare for their road trip to Cleveland this Sunday, the question on everyone’s mind has got to be, are the Browns looking to avenge their franchise QB?

In fact, many Browns players won’t even go as far as to call Harrison a dirty player. They refer to James Harrison as an “aggressive player”, when clear signs point in a different direction. I’m on no witch hunt here. I’m just laying out the facts. Harrison has been cited numerous times for his conduct on the field.

He’s a career head-hunter and if I were a Browns player with a good angle on Harrison, I’d sure as hell take it. But that is me. Cleveland players have been quoted as saying that they’re focused on the football game and little else. But with Colt McCoy still incapacitated on the sideline, you have to believe that somebody on that roster wants to see Harrison pay for what he’s done.

We haven’t even thought twice about it after that week, He’s back playing. We’re going to show up, just as usual. That Harrison situation is not a focus of ours, by any stretch.” Said D’Qwell Jackson.

We’re not going into this game thinking about getting even with him,” . “We’re going in thinking to win it.” Said Josh Cribbs

But after watching your guy take this vicious hit over and over again, it makes you wonder how these player really feel when the camera is turned off.

This isn’t the first offense Harrison has committed against the Browns organization. He’s blown up Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi and who could forget the drunken Cleveland Browns fan who waltzed down onto the field during the game.

Who even knows if James Harrison will suit-up for Sunday’s game. He’s nursing a neck injury and didn’t practice on Wednesday. All in all, the Browns seem focused on the game at hand and not on collecting a bounty on the head of the NFL’s most notorious character. We’ll see who stands where when emotions start to fly on Sunday.

Top 5 Recent Kevin Harlan Calls

I find TNT’s Kevin Harlan to have an exciting voice for broadcasting. The NBA has a few voices that pop out at you when watching the game. Hubie Brown, Marv Albert, and Kevin Harlan. Add in Gus Johnson too, but he decided to call football and Pac 12 college basketball games. Waste of talent Gus. Anyways here’s the Top 5 recent calls from Kevin Harlan. Inspired by Metta World Peace!

5.  JR Smith Call

4. Dwyane Wade Call

3. Chris Paul Call

2. Metta World Peace Call

1. LeBron James Call

Are you not pumped now to watch some NBA basketball? Enjoy the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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