Oh what a dream it will be to coach Kobe and Rondo on the same squad.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:44 PM on April 22
Sooner or later, one or more of these players will move to a stronger team in a more noticeable city, and then the recognition will come
Many of the best NHL players play in smaller Canadian and US markets and don't get the media play others do. True hockey fans know who the best players are and could care less about what share of media attention they get. Stamkos plays in Tampa, Benn in Dallas, Tavares for the Islanders, Giardano in Calgary .. none of whom get a lot of ink until they visit a big market and scorch their opponents. They make great money and play for highly competitive teams.
As for "strong teams in more noticeable city" - teams like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and the Rangers are already struggling with cap issues and can't possibly sign any of the Oilers young stars. Detroit may be the only location that fits your criteria.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:39 PM on April 20
Oilers have a wealth of skilled young offensive players and McDavid only adds to that.
They are in great position now to deal a highly valued player and obtain a few NHL level defensemen and defensive minded forwards to round out their squad. RNH and Hall would fetch top value but the Oilers would be stupid to deal RNH.
McDavid in Toronto? Good god, couldn't be a worse place for a young player to begin a career. Especially with the current Leafs roster filled with older overpaid players who only show up on pay day. Leafs haven't even begun rebuilding. They have a less than stellar record identifying young talent in the draft and trade away any decent young players that fall into their lap. They are at least 4 years behind where the Oilers currently are in building a competitive team.
Leafs will have a great shot at the 2016 draft lottery.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:08 AM on April 20
He might even trade Phil Kessel back to Boston for a couple of bags of pucks
Nonis already made that offer to the Bruins in an attempt to get rid of the associated contract but the Bruins passed.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on April 15
If Spofi had a pickem lottery similar to the NHL draft lottery I'd be first up, so here goes ...
Ottawa in 6
Washington in 6
Chicago in 6
Calgary in 7
Rangers in 5
Tampa Bay in 6
St.Louis in 7
Winnipeg in 7
Goal scorer: Monahan (Calgary)
posted by cixelsyd at 12:25 PM on April 15
Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim head coach Horachek, 3 assistant coaches, Director of Scouting Kasper, 18 scouts
Leafs need to somehow rid themselves of 4 or 5 players Nonis signed to high priced long term contracts with few or no interested parties.
The verdict is out on Horacek. Poor guy was brought in with a mandate and simply did what he was told.
The Leafs have drafted poorly for a long time. When they have managed to select a future all-star they have traded the player away. One wonders what the Leafs might look like with Tuuka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Alex Steen, and Dougie Hamilton on the roster instead of Kessel and Phaneuf.
Randy Carlyle certainly had a much better take on the Leafs when he was there than anyone else in the organization ... I wonder if he would consider a GM position.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 AM on April 13
NCAA Men's Basketball Officiating Constitution clearly states:
Duke until proven otherwise
Duke games are normally painful to watch because of the preferential calls they receive.
Trust me, last night's game was not as bad as most are, probably because Wisconsin is an experienced squad who doesn't place themselves in many situations that give officials opportunities to blow the old Blue whistle.
If you don't believe me watch a Duke home game next year against a decent opponent.
Standard fare to need to score 20 more points than Duke from the field to be close at the end of the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:11 PM on April 07
One and Done dilutes college ball but is also killing the NBA. Teams are forced to invest heavily in players who have talent but can't really play. Many of these college "one and dones" become "three years on the bench and dones" .. done meaning they are playing in some foreign country without a college degree.
I have no issue with the LeBron James / Kevin Garnett / Kobe Bryant type players who step in and play immediately. Last night we watched 2 likely lottery picks, Okafor and Winslow, get dominated by less talented experienced college players. These "lottery" players are nowhere near ready and much more likely to fail than players who have developed their game in college.
I hope young players start to approach the likes of Darius Miller, Deandre Liggins, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague, and others who have been sold on and then spit out of the "one and done" factories for advice before committing to these types of programs.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:11 PM on April 07
For Duke to be in the double bonus roughly halfway through the second half against a seasoned, veteran team that doesn't foul is rather eye opening
The calls Duke received during their comeback were huge. But Duke always gets more calls than their opponents. From my vantage point there were a few that could/should have gone the other way, but this game wasn't your typical contest where Duke benefits by 20 more free throw attempts than their opponent (I submit the win over Michigan State as a clear example of that).
Here in Canada, we had a different broadcast team than what you got in the US
There was a time 15 years ago when Vitale added the slightest bit of wisdom about what was going on for the seasoned fan but that tank is empty. Throw in the TSN resident basketball/golf/soccer/curling/lawn bowling experts' take during commercial breaks and halftime and it makes the entire event painful to watch.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:43 PM on April 07
Interesting NCAA Final last night. Wisconsin and Bo Ryan did a great job of limiting Duke's strengths, specifically Okafor and Winslow, and was dictating exactly the game they wanted midway through the second half. The Badgers defense also was forcing the ball away from Tyus Jones and to what would be considered the 4th or 5th option on the floor for Duke.
Grayson Allen won that game for Duke. He carried them back into contention and forced the Badgers out of their defensive game plan resulting in better opportunities for Jones and Okafor at the end.
Amazing - 16 points in 21 minutes in the championship for a guy who averaged slightly over 1 basket and 9 minutes during the season.
Proves there is still some value in having "4 and done" players like Allen around.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 AM on April 07
I'd much rather have similar missed calls in the championship rather than the officiating in the earlier game. 26 free throws to 9 for some reason is considered normal fare in a Duke home game but in a regional final? Michigan State was not given a chance to compete.
What a wonderfully coached ball club the Badgers are
Bo Ryan really knows his squads and is a great game coach.
However there is a pattern of opposing coaches shining in big games against Kentucky's current coach.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:26 AM on April 06
joined .... automatically grabbed my entries from Yahoo Best Bracket pool and duplicated them in Spofi. No worries.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:51 PM on March 18
Admittedly saw more of Harvard in the previous 2 seasons and not 2015. That UVa game was a total beat down.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:56 PM on March 16
Who better than Harvard to school UNC ...
Harvard is an incredibly hard team to play against and well coached.
Carolina has NBA size and talent but doesn't appear to know how to use it against tough well coached opponents. Harvard could win this game. But if Carolina finds itself it could win the Championship.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:36 PM on March 16
Murray made Romo look like a serviceable QB and Dallas a playoff team.
Guess the Cowboys plan to revert to old ways ... sling 40 to 45 passes a game and hope for more TDs than Ints.
And the Eagles brutal run defense gets a boost by only having to face Murray in practice ..
posted by cixelsyd at 04:59 PM on March 12
we won't be challenging the Seahawks for the division title but the Rams for the cellar
Won't be a challenge at all.
Rams will beat the 49ers twice this season and be 3 games up by the end of the 2015 season.
Rams might even make the playoffs. They've been a pretty solid team for 3 years and the only real major fault they had was depending on a "franchise" QB made of thin porcelain.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:51 PM on March 11
and the 49ers, new head coach in tow, seem to be reeling after losing a giant chunk of their team
49ers need to bank on the draft for players. Any decent player they have on the roster will be bailing on the ownership/organizational clusterfuck on the dawn of their free agency.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on March 11
Twitter trolls versus Twitter mobs... I have no idea who to root for.
An ignorant social media posting requires no response.
The damage to the poster's reputation is immediate and permanent by the post itself.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:50 PM on March 03
How convenient for the Patriots.
Coupled with the great dinner Goodell had at the Kraft's place smart money is they'll get yet another pass from the NFL.
Oblivion appears to be the objective.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:09 PM on February 18
One of the greatest coaches of all time.
Tark was an unbelievable motivator. He took cast-offs and 2nd tier players and made them into NBA prospects, frequently thrashing opponents whose rosters were filled with much higher level McDonalds All-America talent.
He didn't have a single system or style. He adapted his coaching to the strengths of his current roster and executed that style of play at top level.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:38 PM on February 11
Sad to Bogosian go - classy hard working player that Jets really didn't want to part with. If he stays healthy he could anchor the Sabre's defense. Great piece for a young team.
Kane is a stud athlete that plays a heavy game. He's strong, fast, and has a pretty decent shot. He does lack hockey sense but other parts of his game make up for portions of that.
Emotionally he's a huge bag of shit. He's a cancer in the locker room and the Jets have been attempting to get rid of him for over 3 years. Unless he grows up fast he's a terrible guy to have around any team and especially a young growing team like the Sabres.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:25 PM on February 11
Belichick's operatives are unseen
Unseen, yes ... But certainly armed with GoPros and a few of these
posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on February 09
Enjoy your Super Bowl *victory
fixed that for ya ...
All the best,
Charles Haley, Kurt Warner, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, NFL Officials, and Fans of football everywhere
posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on February 06
Well, he lost two, so Montana's still better
This is the basis of the argument for Montana.
Never failed to win the big game, was never outplayed in the big game.
Let's hold off for a year to pick up the discussion
I expect we will be having that discussion. The Patriots appear to have retooled and are stronger in certain aspects of their game than they have been for a number of years at the same time that other primary contenders in their conference are on the decline.
Believe me, I think Brady is pretty much what I would call an ideal QB - decent arm, great competitor, and executes the offense as well as anyone in history. Minor injuries do not impact his game at all because of the style of game he plays.
No QB in history has been as good as long as Brady, and he rarely has a true stinker in a big game.
But he just has never invoked the "don't let him have the ball or we're done" fear that opponents had when facing Montana.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:25 AM on February 03
I don't see ..
You can't because you are a dedicated Patriots fan.
He's a great QB and the best New England has ever had.
One of the best the NFL has ever seen.
Looking at the Patriots 2015 schedule and knowing how well he executes the game plan I can't see them not hosting another conference final.
But he is not the best ever.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:19 AM on February 03
a classic case of "do your job"
It was beyond that.
The corner's job on that play was simply to ensure the receiver did not catch the ball.
Many corners have lost their jobs by attempting to jump a route and missing the ball or getting flagged for interference (which wouldn't have mattered in this situation).
posted by cixelsyd at 05:52 PM on February 02
The final interception is as momentous a play as Bart Starr punching it in from two feet in the Ice Bowl
Incredible play by a rookie defensive back who also saved a Seattle touchdown 2 plays earlier by having the focus to play to the whistle after his pass deflection dropped into the lap of the Seattle receiver.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:24 PM on February 02
You realize that you're putting Eli Manning and Jim Plunkett in the top five of quarterbacks of all time, right?
Interesting you mention Eli Manning
More statistical analysis on Superbowl Quarterbacks
posted by cixelsyd at 03:27 PM on February 02
the ultimate measure is how many times you put yourself in a position to win a championship
The ultimate measure is how you perform in those opportunities to win a championship.
Being the best in the biggest games is what defines greatness.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:54 PM on February 02
Remember the 100-yd interception/touchdown by Pittsburgh at the end of the 1st half against Arizona?
Interesting you bring that up. I was thinking at the end of the first half with Carroll having a reputation for running junk plays and Belichick always a step ahead in the thought process that history might repeat itself.
On that play at least Seattle threw an out to an isolated receiver. At least it wasn't a quick slant into traffic to a receiver who hasn't won the route off of the line. Guess Pete was saving his best for the end of the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 AM on February 02
then we'd be talking about 7 time winner Tom Brady
Let's not forget that Brady avoided a chance to tie another record yesterday (thanks to Pete Carroll) - most Superbowl losses by a starting QB.
He had a decent game. He executed plays against a tough defense and overcame a few bad decisions. He wasn't even the best QB in the game.
Who else do you argue for as the best of all time?
Same answer until anything changes ...
Not even close.
Never lost a Superbowl.
4-3 is admirable, 4-0 is excellence.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:00 AM on February 02
Air was intentionally removed from the Patriots balls in violation of a league rule.
Cheating is cheating.
the lack of understanding of the Ideal Gas Law among the NFL, media, and fans
Here's an interesting read for those who have drank Bill's potion
posted by cixelsyd at 05:28 PM on January 30
The league has proof that a rule was broken. By a repeat offender.
The NFL took no time in suspending Josh Gordon for a year because he was in violation with league rules and a repeat offender.
Different circumstances, same principle.
Violations of rules must be punished.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:35 AM on January 30
Here up north temperatures have been above freezing and the snow has completely melted in areas. It's been raining most of the last week as it is today. Really sucks as it kills all winter outdoor activities.
Would take 4 feet of snow and -20C temperatures over our current conditions any day.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on January 28
the NFL is zeroing in on a locker room attendant
Highly probable to be terminated immediately ... with guaranteed life long financial security as long as compliance to the terms of the Patriots separation agreement "HUSH.2015.NEP" are maintained.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on January 26
Bill Nye is a media personality, who lives in Seattle
He's also a scientist whose comments are backed by physics.
Baseless defiant arrogance just doesn't sell as well as science.
You can barely notice the difference in PSI
2 PSI is a significant difference. Take 2 footballs out on a cold day and do your own experiment. A properly inflated ball is much harder to handle than an under-inflated ball.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:09 AM on January 26
The hardline haters will never believe the "cheating" stories aren't true
So football fans who want the truth and honest fair play are now labelled haters?
the league and fans can move past this utter nonsense of a media tornado
Sounds like you agree strongly with the latest Belichick / Brady denial show.
The media tornado formed around the well documented history of denial and previous violations of rules. It won't stop until the parties involved come clean.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:58 AM on January 23
The organizational response if they honestly don't know is "we don't know."
The Patriots expect people to believe that they have some unidentified rogue staff member that has a secret fetish for removing a specific uniform amount of air from balls after they have received official approval.
End of the discussion, over with, let's focus on the next game.
The head coach and the quarterback who handles the ball on every down has no knowledge that the ball feels different or has any part in them being altered (PSIgate - love that one, grum).
I haven't played football in 10 years and I could easily tell the difference ... anyone on this forum could.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:56 PM on January 22
If there's evidence lots of teams do it, the Patriots should get a much lighter punishment
That logic proved unsuccessful for the New Orleans Saints.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on January 21
Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal
Evidence is the balls being properly inspected by the officials prior to game time and meeting league specifications. After inspection they were returned to the Patriots at which time air was removed from 11 of 12 balls suggesting there was a plan in place to break league rules.
Kind of a big deal. By a repeat offender.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on January 21
The NFL and Patriots are lucky the game wasn't close
Maybe .. but the issue is bigger than that.
It would appear to be another instance of organized cheating by the Patriots to impact the outcome of a game. A division championship game no less. If proven this completely undermines the integrity of the sport.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:51 PM on January 21
11 of 12 balls under-inflated and not meeting NFL standards ...
the Patriots must have been using a gauge that was incorrectly calibrated.
Yeah, that's what it was!
Some things never change.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 PM on January 20
Leafs season record with Carlyle as coach:
21 - 16 - 3 and battling for a playoff spot.
Leafs record after Carlyle fired:
1 - 6 and moving up the draft board.
Could Carlyle be the first coach in history to win Coach of the Year in the year he is fired?
Certainly appears he was getting the best possible out of the hand he was dealt.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:43 PM on January 20
The NFL is investigating, but why?
It was the on-field officials that noticed the balls didn't seem normal and not anyone associated with the Colts. All the media noise has to do with Patriots previous conviction for cheating and nothing to do with the outcome of the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:44 PM on January 19
The 49ers coaching job rates amongst the top 3 worst situations in professional football with Cleveland and Dallas being the other 2.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on January 17
Prediction : New England to win the AFC East in 20XX
As long as Belichick is around Patriots win the AFC East. No other team has the organizational strength to overcome NE. Brady fits well into the system but anyone who thinks NE would drop off the way Indy did in Manning's absence is delusional.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:39 AM on January 14
suggested that the sports books stood to lose quite a bit if Ohio State won
The long term futures probably didn't hurt the books at all. Bets are taken on all teams and I doubt there was a heavy run on Ohio State futures after their early season performance and injuries.
I believe I saw numbers pointing to heavy game bets on Oregon, so books would be happy about that. Ohio State moneyline wagers in retrospect were a killer bargain (!damn).
Am I nuts or are they?
A little early for talk of him moving to the NFL as a QB, but he's a monster athlete who a team might take a flier on assuming he would agree to consider other positions.
He did look like a more athletic version of Big Ben with a stronger arm yesterday but Oregon's defense isn't a sufficient test. And he probably doesn't start next year ....
posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on January 13
It's cool that the first winner is a team that wouldn't have gotten a chance to play for the championship under the old system
The previous system simply dictated the top rated SEC team played an undefeated major conference team. Year after year.
Lost in the glow of the Elliot and Jones performances was the play of Ohio State's offensive and defensive lines. Pure domination on every play.
Mariota was the only bright spot for Oregon. Deadly accurate through 3 quarters his final numbers are skewed by having to force balls in the 4th. And some horrendous drops early in the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on January 13
a "Yeah, but..." on his career
Outside of the last 2 years Manning has historically played on teams that had glaring weaknesses. The fact they were even in the playoffs had everything to do about Manning.
And he's 2-2 against the Patriots dynasty with Brady at the helm.
Come to think of it Brady has lost more games in the playoffs as a heavy favorite than has Peyton.
Is Brady also then a "Yeah, but .." ?
posted by cixelsyd at 01:30 PM on January 12
The call on the Bryant play was a correct application of the rule.
The rule sucks, but if it wasn't revisited by the rules committee after the Megatron catch I can't see it ever changing. And I believe Bryant dropped the ball on the play.
I find this interesting: If Bryant had crossed the goal line and the ball came loose the same ruling would have applied. If a running back is handed the ball and looses it while crossing the goal line it's a touchdown.
Green Bay drove the length of the field on the ensuing possession before downing the ball so would have won the game regardless of the ruling. I agree Dallas should have pounded the ball on the ground and used up the clock.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 AM on January 12
Leafs are a mess. Management has given big money and long term contracts to players of questionable character and commitment. Impossible to fix the situation by trade as there are no takers for floaters with long term high dollar contracts.
Doesn't sound like an ideal situation for any coach.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 06
face-guarding, not pass interference
Per the rules: face guarding is pass interference.
Bad call. Worse explanation.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:42 AM on January 05
Winningest active coaches
Yikes ... so if the 49ers could somehow attract Belichick it would be a downgrade.
Good freaking luck.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:20 PM on December 29
The beauty of college is you have the alumni association overseeing decisions.
Good coaches can't fail in such an environment.
Most NFL teams are owned by wealthy wannabe decision makers who don't have the first clue about sports and are more focused on their own fragile egos.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 PM on December 29
Move in different directions .... Harbaugh will make millions wherever he chooses and the Niners will get high draft picks for the next decade.
Obvious that the wrong side of the DeBartolo family wants the franchise to suck for some reason. Too bad the coach can't fire the management.
10 NFL teams and 10 top NCAA teams will be bidding for Harbaugh.
Mommy's team is the only team Jed York will ever manage.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:22 AM on December 29
Kobe always believed he could score every possession and that he was the best option every possession. Focus and intensity is what made him one of the best to ever play the game. He needed to beat anyone guarding him.
Some players can adjust to different roles as their athletic abilities diminish. Kobe is not one of those.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 PM on December 24
Zepp was the difference in the game. Flyers play a free wheeling style and gave up many unchallenged shots from close in.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on December 22
In my youth I was a Leafs fan because there were only 2 Canadian Hockey teams and the Leafs had a monopoly on the English television broadcasts. To watch the Canadiens I either had to watch in French ("Le Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!") or wait until the Leafs played the Canadiens, when the Canadiens would beat the Leafs 9 out of every 10 games even if the Leafs goalie stopped 42 shots in each of those games.
After years of watching the Leafs giving away draft choices, trading away talented players, and basically selling out in any way possible for cash I just stopped following them - right around the same time Sittler cut the "C" off of his uniform in disgust. Pretty much lost interest in the NHL in general.
Became a Jets fan early in their WHA days and during Jets NHL version 1 and present.
Able to follow the NHL more widely with cable and other options so get a chance to see the best players and teams play as much as I want.
Canadian English broadcast networks still focus 95 percent on the Leafs even with 7 Canadian teams. And the Canadiens still seem to beat the Leafs 9 out of 10 games with the Leafs goalies stopping 42 shots in each of those games.
Some things never change.
Thank god for cable, IPTV, PPV, and True North.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on December 17
Played slopitch one year with a cricket player. Guy played 2nd base - without a glove. Caught with both hands and covered more ground than any 2nd baseman I've played with.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on December 17
Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.
I'd question that. Green Bay has a below average defense that is workable because Rodgers presence forces teams to play differently to keep pace. Houston has a really good defense because of Watt but they also have an offense that rates above average. Coaching is certainly on the Packers side.
The current MVP odds according to those invest in their beliefs.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:28 PM on December 15
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