Archive for the ‘Hockey’ Category

Starting Lineups: Debunking The Injury Myth As The NBA And NHL Playoffs Start

Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face in game one of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. Getzlaf dropped to the ice briefly and covered his face before skating off to the locker room. He will play in game two because “hockey player”. That’s a term you’ll hear a lot over the next...
April 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

A Mid-Major Finally Wins It All: Union College’s First National Championship

A 30-something Minnesota fan in a white sweater with the number 58 and “The Lego Guy” on the back was walking a few feet ahead of me outside the Wells Fargo Center. He wore a cowboy hat and what looked like partly shredded chaps. For a man drawing so much attention to himself, The Lego Guy wasn’t...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Welcome To The New NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are always an exercise in unpredictability. Presidents’ Trophy winners routinely come up short of hoisting the best trophy in sports while even 8 seeds can win it all. The NBA playoffs this is not. But this season, with the NHL’s realignment, we are in...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

The Dying Moments: Minnesota’s Justin Holl Stuns North Dakota At Frozen Four

There are two sides to college hockey’s Frozen Four. The name itself carries a youthful appeal and not just because a certain Disney movie has taken the country by storm. It’s barely clever and overly cheesy, not quite fitting the young men who battle through tested opponents to reach the...
April 11th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

The Streak: Making Sense Of The Detroit Red Wings 23rd Consecutive Postseason Appearance

In case you hadn’t heard the news, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Wednesady night. It is currently the longest such streak in professional sports. The Undertaker would be proud Few things that won in the early 90′s still win today; namely zubas,...
April 10th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Wayne Simmonds Is The Most Philly Athlete Going

When I think of the Rev, I think of Philly sports. The man has two tvs and two cable providers (actually one is satellite if we’re getting technical) so that house guests can take in two games at once. This is especially convenient when the Sixers and Flyers play on the same night. So seeing...
March 21st, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Thoughts On Rich Peverley’s Collapse

It would have been too easy to romanticize the irony: hockey player dies of a heart condition. All hockey players have a heart condition. They have too much of it. But in the moments during and following Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley’s collapse Monday night, he ceased to be a hockey player....
March 11th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Western Conference Supremacy Holds For The NHL Too

You hear it all the time in NBA chatter, that the Western Conference is so much superior than the Eastern Conference that something should be done to rectify the situation. Never mind that these things are cyclical and dependent more on management than anything else. The West’s supremacy as a...
March 7th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Assessing The Defensemen In The USA-Canada Hockey Semifinal

Admit it. Aside from T.J. Sochi and the vibrancy of the Slovenian team, both in uniform and spirit, this has been a dull Winter Olympics hockey tournament so far. The host Russians celebrated hard but bowed out early. The Slovaks, semifinalists four years ago, didn’t win a game. The aging Czechs...
February 20th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Who’s Really Watching Sports? Q&A With Paulsen Of Sports Media Watch

Television ratings are discussed nearly as much as player statistics these days in sports media. They are also some of the most misunderstood statistics in the world. Debates rage about their accuracy, yet select ratings seem to move the meter more than others. Plus, when it comes to market sizes, hype...
February 20th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Tennis | Read More

Ilya Kovalchuck Is Still Here

I’m not going to lie — until Saturday’s Olympic hockey clash between Team USA and Team Russia, I completely forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk. I mean, I didn’t forget about him in the sense that he existed. After all, he played in the NHL just last season. No, I forgot about him as a...
February 18th, 2014 | Hockey, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Provide A Preview Of Sochi

The Sochi Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament might as well have taken place Wednesday night. In goal for the Buffalo Sabres stood Ryan Miller, hero of the 2010 games who led the United States to a somewhat surprising silver medal. He may reprise that role when the tournament starts next week. The...
February 6th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Starting Lineups: Everything About The NHL Winter Classic Was Great… Except The Hockey

I find myself torn on the Winter Classic. This seems to be an unpopular opinion. In truth, there is a lot to love about two rivals battling it out in the elements in front of thousands upon thousands of spectators. It’s a celebration of the elemental nature of the game. Hockey needs the cold like...
January 2nd, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Resurrection Of The Crosby-Ovechkin Rivalry

The year was 2005, and at the time, the National Hockey League was not exactly in the greatest of states. You see, the NHL was trying to wash off the stench of missing an entire season, as the owners locked out the players for what would have been the 2004-05 campaign, a season that never was. Coming...
December 13th, 2013 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: YouTube Was Made For The Sports Fan

What did sports fans do before YouTube? Work? That’s only a joke, but there is some seriousness to it. I’ve spent countless hours searching athlete highlight reels — for the record Pavel Datsyuk, Eric Cantona, his holiness Dennis Bergkamp, Matthew Le Tissier and Peter Forsberg have gotten...
December 12th, 2013 | Et cetera, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Earn Your Turkey This Thanksgiving

It’s mid-November, and that means one thing and one thing only: Minnesota high school hockey has started. Okay, it means two things: Minnesota high school hockey has started, and Thanksgiving is a week away. Believe it or not, those two occurrences are inextricably linked for the select few of...
November 21st, 2013 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Book Review — Orr: My Story By Bobby Orr

Early this summer, my colleague Jason Clinkscales posed the question, which athletes’ autobiographies need to be written? After very little self-deliberation, I suggested Bobby Orr. The reason Jason’s question is so compelling is that very few autobiographies, if any, need to be written...
November 15th, 2013 | Columns, Hockey, Kicks & Gear, No Class Friday, Sports, The Book Club | Read More

Starting Lineups: Bobby Orr Is A Turrible Role Model

I recently finished reading Bobby Orr’s recently released autobiography Orr: My Story. While my full review is in the works, I wanted to highlight one particular passage that jumped out. In this passage, Orr writes: Many years ago, a star basketball player claimed he didn’t have any responsibility...
November 14th, 2013 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Jason Arnott In NHL 98 Was Everything

Earlier this week, NHL free agent center Jason Arnott announced his retirement. Arnott last played for the St. Louis Blues in 2012, his sixth organization. Drafted at seventh overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1993, the 6’5” forward was expected to make an immediate impact. Although Arnott posted...
November 7th, 2013 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Video Games | Read More

Starting Lineups: When You Ask Yourself, ‘So That’s What Anson Carter’s Up To Now?’

The beauty of sports television these days is that if you have enough cable sports channels and get pretty bored by whatever games are on, you can channel your inner Beavis and say, “This sucks, change it!” As this was happening between a weird first half of Monday Night Football and the free preview...
November 5th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Hockey | Read More