Bettman will never let the Wings move into the East. He will say we need the "draw" of Detriot to help grow the game & retain fans our West.
The Wings are the most travled team in the NHL over the last 10 or 15 years. I think they could have won more Cups between '97 & '11 had they been in the East & always played 7 or 7:30 starts!
posted by directpressure at 10:05 AM on May 19
The NFL reefing is way too inconsistent. The Lions Su get's a personal foul for a phantom elbow to the head of a (or a push down) QB & the hit on Miller & the double punch to the face of Roethlisberger, don't get a flag . WTF!!!!!!
posted by directpressure at 09:32 AM on December 07
The players that were in the stands should not ever play again if they participated in the brawl. Some were trying to make peace. I didn't see any coach or team reps trying to stop it. They should be held accountable too!
Shouldn't need a complaint -every picture tells a story, & every video allows you to slow it down & identify!
posted by directpressure at 03:02 PM on October 20
After the latest NHL lock out the "rules" were changed. I notice a big shift in how youth hockey was officiated. There was a focus on hits to the head; it took the kids a little while to understand the "new" rules & they adapted. @ That time I had a Midget & Mite playing. Now my midget has "retired" & my mite is a First year Pee Wee, which is the 1st year of checking here in the states.
I am appalled at the lack of protection afforded to the youngster's heads! I too love tough physical hockey, but as I sit & watch 3 to 4 games a week I just don't see the emphasis on blows to the head that I saw just a few short years ago. This is very easy to fix. Anything to the head is a 2 minute minor, get 3 in a game & you get a game misconduct. Singling out Don Cherry is easy, but miss-placed.
posted by directpressure at 03:58 PM on December 14
Great kid, great story. Many thanks to this young man. He prevented a tragic ending. Sounds like he can tackle too!
Gun control laws have nothing to do with it. Criminals don't follow laws. Stricter gun laws would have done nothing to stop the girl from getting on the bus with a gun. When seconds count, the police are minutes away.
posted by directpressure at 04:50 PM on September 02
"You [expletive] better cut the [expletive]," he shouted, as team personnel tried to pull him back to the huddle. "You're going to get [expletive] up."
Martin then said to his mother: "Somebody do something to you, you better tell me. I'm going to [expletive] somebody up."
If this is a real quote, isn't it playing right into the Cuban quote?
You can't go "on the road" & talk trash & not expect the hometown fans to respond. His mother brought it on herself. Doesn't make it right, but it would happened @ a little league game, if you sat amongst the other teams fans & started talking sh!t, not to metion an NBA playoff game.
I find it funny that a guys goes out of his way to portray the thug life, then gets upset when someone says "you're a thug"
posted by directpressure at 11:44 AM on May 15
One other quick point I forgot-If the league wants the ASG to be a showcase of the top talent in the league, for that year, they need to get system that does that. The "All Star" roster this year is a joke. I can think of a half a dozen (Metric conversion 6, JK!) players that don't deserve to be an "All Star".
posted by directpressure at 08:20 AM on January 26
Apparently the rule states that you must be out one game prior to the ASG, in order to avoid the "show up for the event clause", well, Pavel Dattsyuk left the last game before the ASG in the 3rd period., when HE GOT INJURED!
He should be exempt from this rule.
If the NHL wants to "showcase" it's best talent how about coming up with a television contract that allows people to actually see the game? Here it the states the game was on VS., which is a premium cable channel. It goes to something like 2.5% of homes in the US, if that many
How about the CBJ fans that have "paid" & are true hockey fans? They get punished by not being able to see 2 of the games stars..
posted by directpressure at 08:06 AM on January 26
To me, it just goes to show how far we have gone with political correctness. This kid can't pitch because he is too good. Are you kidding me? The message needs to get out- There are losers in life, not everyone succeeds, but hard work & in this case practice, (i.e. go to the batting cage) should be the message to the other players in the league., Not take the kid off the mound because he's just too fast. This is one of the most ridiculous kid's sports stories I have ever read.
If you read the article, it sounds too me like this kids team was winning & the former champions didn't like it (Plus he choose not to play for them), so they shut him down. Thats what I get from reading between the lines.
The right thing to do is let him finish the season & move him up a league next year.
posted by directpressure at 08:51 AM on August 26
Poor judgment on Shelly's part, but I see it as a part of the Red Sox/ Yankees rivalry. I would expect that the IRS has already contacted the family (As it has with fans that now own milestone home run balls) demanding their cut. I thought it was mandatory to chant "Yankees Suck", "Red Sox Suck" depending on what team you root for? Maybe Shelly falls into the realm of dumb jock and just wrote the last thing he heard? EBay it & take the money, use it for the required therapy because of the emotional scaring!
posted by directpressure at 10:31 AM on September 18
this does work. Kids tend to pull out of thier check when they can see the "STOP" sign (patch) Long over due in youth hockey. Great post, with the start of youth hockey season here. My youngets skated with his new team a couple of days ago.
posted by directpressure at 02:13 PM on September 10
Let’s remember that the Heisman Trophy is for football accomplishments at the collegiate level. It has very little to do with what the NFL sees in a player or what the player will become at the next level. Eric Crouch anyone? A perfect example that the HT doesn’t have any relevance to the NFL. How bout Andre Ware? Please don’t blame the Lions for Mr. Ware; he just wasn’t an NFL talent. I am sure there are other trophy winners that didn’t do much in the NFL & some that did, my point is this; The Heisman trophy doesn’t mean anything for draft position or success in the NFL.
posted by directpressure at 01:18 PM on December 27
How about an Original Six Conference + Ottawa? I am a long time NHL fan and that idea appeals to me. Why not cater to your long time fans a bit? Usually a staple of this type of discussion has Detroit moving into the East. Maybe Put 3 Original Six teams in a divison but in the same Conference then there would be a greater chance of Original Six playoff match ups? I am all for a “major” realignment of the NHL. All Eastern Time zone games are a plus, but Detroit would have to change Conferences.
posted by directpressure at 07:43 PM on December 22
OK I watched the video. They do have 3 separate times you can "see” something on his hand. Last night & 1 other time same spot, once on the index finger. I am not familiar with rosin (I know what it is & what it is supposed too do) but is it possible that the use of rosin & dirt could be the cause? If not let me know, as I said I don't know rosin very well! This could be a cause/effect, which falls completely with in the rules. Or he could have been dabbing the pine tar on his hand. It wouldn't be the first time an athlete tried to gain a competitive advantage. I just hope the league doesn’t suspend him too long. Oh, wait the Ump didn’t throw him out of the game for violating the rules.............
posted by directpressure at 02:32 PM on October 23
Hey I just saw a picture that supposedly show it was shit on KR hand, I guess that’s "proof” too? Still haven't seen this photographic proof from 3 strait appearances showing some substance on the same part of the hand as was seen last night. Can it really be proof at this point? I am sure some folks in St. Louis are handy with the old Photoshop! Now I have read & heard lots of stories today, that most MLB pitchers use some type of doctoring method usually pine tar. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't what he had on his hand last night. An undeniable FACT is he went on to pitch 7 more innings of shut out ball. He would have to be a LUNITIC to continue doctoring the ball AFTER it was brought to light. I feel that the media is just itching to find someway to discredit this years Tigers. Hell I can hardly believe "The Detroit Tigers take the field in the 102nd World Series" myself! Maybe that’s what KR brought to The Motor City, the ability to teach all the young kids to doctor the ball. Not Gold Glove pitcher fielding or veteran leadership. No doubt in my mind IF the umpire thought he was violating he would have been inspected & tossed. From the umpires perspective it is usually pretty easy to see the ball's movement & unusually movement at that.
posted by directpressure at 12:49 PM on October 23
This looks like it happened, Dallas police will have a news conference in a little while....... I don't care for Owens, but I have felt for a long time that some of the things he has done are more than an attempt to keep him in the limelight. This man needs professional mental health help.
posted by directpressure at 09:48 AM on September 27
Thanks Jojomfd1, I really enjoyed this story!
posted by directpressure at 11:23 AM on September 26
Split my scrotum, but i didn't miss a shift!
posted by directpressure at 09:45 PM on September 25
Can't resist: Wife Battering? Glad she wasen't hurt!
posted by directpressure at 09:58 AM on September 25
This is the 1st time I have posted a thread, occasionaly I comment & I read most threads & comments. I thought the folks here would like this story. Coaching this team (And being asked back!) has been the best thing I have ever done! I did not think I would get the chance to Coach my middle son...... Every player has a tale simulair too Mo's. I am glad he got reconized! I am working with the Toronto coach, so Mo gets a chance to play before the next event!
posted by directpressure at 03:03 PM on September 11
Thank you for this piece. Great Stuff!
posted by directpressure at 11:15 AM on September 11
Still a better starter option than Osgood! I don't understand why they don't give one of their young Goalies, i.e. Howard, the chance to be "the guy" The younger guys have got it done around the league lately. It is not comforting as a Wings fan, to know we are one pulled groin away from CO being “the guy”
posted by directpressure at 02:43 PM on July 31
I live in the Motor City & Love my home teams (How ‘bout those Tigers?) Now to my point, what I saw in the NBA playoffs was star players stepping up & taking over. The Pistons in recent years have lived under the “team with no star” philosophy. It worked for a while, but I think that runs is over, they need a “STAR” maybe KG? I also think they must keep Big Ben. All of the players have said he is the energy that gets the team going, you can’t lose that.
posted by directpressure at 11:35 AM on June 08
r-fairbanks: Are you typing in Alaskan? CC looked pretty darn good all year except in the playoffs. I feel the loss of Fisher really hurt him. He carried the Wings defensively last year (When # 5 wasn’t on the ice) but seemed to run out of gas in the playoffs. He can still play. Life is funny, when he was in Chicago I HATED him. Now every once in a while I hang out with him. He is a great guy & gives a lot to the city of Detroit. I am glad the Wings brought him back. I assume that the folks in Chicago now feel like the fans in Detroit used too
posted by directpressure at 10:46 AM on May 25
I think the long lay off will hurt the Heat early in the series. Miami's rest will become their advantage in games 3 & on........... Still gotta go with the home team, even if it has to go 7. Detroit will be in their 3 consecutive finals……GO Stones GO!!!!!!!!!
posted by directpressure at 09:46 AM on May 23
Roger that Weedy!
posted by directpressure at 09:33 AM on May 23
I am only seeing the Western Conference final because Windsor channel 9 carries the games. Don't get the Eastern final because it's on OLN. Comcast owns OLN & my cable supplier is WOW, a competitor. I guess the first 2 Finals games will also be on OLN then switch to ABC or is it NBC. I know the NHL was desperate for a TV package but when you are trying to win back old fans & get new fans who in the Hell decided to take this TV deal? I am disappointed. My kids are disappointed, but Hey they are playing, even if we can’t see’em!
posted by directpressure at 08:59 AM on May 23
Clear or Cream Dan? I missed the liked that caused the stir, but I had to ask. Maybe Dan should change your screen name too: * Interesting subject.
posted by directpressure at 07:43 AM on May 17
Just goes to show you that if you have pro athletic talent somebody will take a chance on you, & will overlook past "troubles" I was kind of hoping that no one would take a chance on this kid, he would sit out a year & finally “get it” I hope now that he does not further stain the Dolphins, the NFL & the Vick name & does get it!
posted by directpressure at 07:50 AM on May 16
Please no strike now.... the Tigers are not in last place. Keep playing, Please keep playing! It would be nice if MLB just had a policy & it was one of the "rules" just like Strike 3!!!!!! I equate this potential open door on the drug policy to debating about making strike 4 the new rule.
posted by directpressure at 10:45 AM on May 11
I used to Ump so I have been in the line of fire. Gave it up after I got chased to the car by a bunch of 17-18 year olds with bats. Not worth the $25 bucks a game. I have a real problem with this. Currently I have a 7 year old playing his first year after T-ball. The first thing the coach talked to the kids about was throwing your bat. This guy has had to have been told through his years of playing ball, the same thing. Not just after hitting the ball but about throwing anything in anger on the ball field. This is Young’s second bat throwing incident. Blue chip talent a side, (& MLB brother) I feel he should have been sat down for the remainder of the year. How do you punish the guy by making him work with kids? “Today we are going to go over dirt kicking after a bad call, & tomorrow we will cover throwing equipment out of the dugout” Maybe his work with the Miracle kids will snap him into reality so he realizes what a privilege it is to be able to play at a high level. I would make him work with young up & coming umpires! No, even better make him UMP little league. I guarantee you he would have a new found respect for the men in blue.
posted by directpressure at 10:43 AM on May 10
BTW nice column Wingnut4life. Someone actually said to me on Saturday I was brave to put my Red Wing sweatshirt on after the loss. I took the time to explain that I started following the Wings back in ’72 (The Dead wing era) & even if the LOST this series they will still be “my team” I remember 8 win seasons, so even a first round knock out is better…………….. Oh just wait for next year………. I am rooting for the Senators now………. Even though “my team” is out I am still a fan of the game & love the playoffs, just a little bit less with no Wings.
posted by directpressure at 10:56 AM on May 03
I know Manny outside the rink & I love the guy for what he has done for my family. His biggest knock has always been he could not step up when it matters most. Sadly we all saw that in this series. However he should not be the only one to shoulder the blame. The D played horrible in front of him, & the Forwards did not do enough to score. If both play better the pressure is off Legace & the outcome probably is different. I will miss Manny. In this town if the Goalie or QB doesn’t perform at a high level you will be “run out of town” & I expect that to happen here. (+ He is a free agent) The Oliers also deserve a lot of credit. I feel the way their regular season was at the end, fighting to get in, got them ready for the playoffs. The Wings pretty much coasted due to their regular season success & really never got into playoff mode. It cost them dearly. Yah the calls seemed to go against the Wings, but they put themselves in a position to let a bad call, brake or anything cost them. It did. You can debate the high stick & the kick, but in the end it was ruled a goal, so it was. I met Steve Y. once too & he told me “all refs are bad……………….” I just hope he plays one more year.
posted by directpressure at 10:43 AM on May 03
When Hank Aaron was set to pass the Babe there were a lot of racial facets, the time when he did, the general view by whites of blacks, the fact that a black man was going to take a record long held by a white sports icon. I do not feel this is the case with Bonds. He is paying the price for acting like a spoiled jerk throughout his career, & the steroid cloud. Lets put a hypothetical out there: If McGuire was set to pass Hammering Hank what do you think the community of people of color would be saying? I am sure there would be lots of race stuff (Just like the Babe vs. Bonds), but I am also sure that the talk would be: Did he do this because he cheated the system (Used something to increase his stamina & lengthen his career)? I do value Babe Ruth for his colorful life, in & out of baseball. Do I care his record is going to be broken by a black man? Hell NO! I just question whether the record is falling because the guy breaking it used an unfair scientific advantage!
posted by directpressure at 10:59 AM on April 13
The Tigers are undefeated! Haven’t been in 1st this late in the season since the summer of '84. Bless you boys! Great Knuckleball discussion.
posted by directpressure at 10:13 AM on April 07
I met him once. Manny Legace invited my son to the Joe. Manny told Stevie that he was my son’s favorite Wing. Yzerman acted like he had known my son for years, talked to him for 15 or 20 minutes & signed a bunch of stuff. He wasn’t playing at the time either He is the classiest guy in sports. Great career, great guy, still have him 3rd on list behind Wayne & Howe thought, as far as hockey goes. A 4th cup may move him up though! GO WINGS, the playoffs are getting close.
posted by directpressure at 09:20 AM on April 02
Lets not forget that Joe Dumars has also assembled a team that has won the championship & lost in the finals + has a great chance again this year. That’s 3 rings & counting! NBA Executive of the year as well. Very deserving and he is a complete class guy!
posted by directpressure at 10:32 PM on April 01
When I go somewhere now I look for the EXIT signs & the Defib cabinet. Let’s hope that Chase’s message is heard around the world!
posted by directpressure at 12:09 PM on March 13
The Men’s over 30 league in our hockey association was successful in getting deliberators placed in both of our rinks. The cost has come way down over the past couple of years for them (Under $1000 US) & they are pretty much idiot proof. The machine will not work unless it measures a need for the jolt. I feel by all means every school should have one. Juri Fisher of the Red Wings comes to mind……………….
posted by directpressure at 09:52 AM on March 13
I have always said the Mom's are really passionate about their hockey. What’s up with playing street hockey in that neck of the woods of Canada, in the dead of winter? Maybe playing on the ice was too dangerous because of the bears? I’d have to make that polar bear into a rug. Great story
posted by directpressure at 12:04 PM on February 22
redline great point-all of what you mention would be eliminated if it were legalized. Take it a step further & tax it, the US debt could be wiped out, and or Social security would be there when I retired! Back on the thread- I did not see what he tested positive for, or if he missed the test (Same as a positive by the NFL) I can’t believe that he would miss the Piss….. I want to see some details, meaning if he was positive, for what? Pretty dopey to pee positive if you are him, enough said!
posted by directpressure at 01:52 PM on February 20
I saw the 3rd period & Overtime. It was great hockey. End to end action. Tough break for the USA team. Great story though.
posted by directpressure at 01:04 PM on February 17
I think thats why his lawsuit has some merit, & he deserves something, not 15 million though.
posted by directpressure at 11:28 AM on February 16
His stats indicate that he retired 2 years ago.
posted by directpressure at 11:25 AM on February 16
Draper had quite a few bones in his face shattered not to mention the broken jaw. His back was clearly to The Turtle, hitting a player in that situation is a big no no. So much so in youth hockey some leagues require an actual stop sign patch on the back of players uniforms. If you see the sign, don’t delivery the check. Am I missing something here, wasn’t Moore’s neck broken because of the hit by TB? The other references of questionable or similar incidents did not result in a broken neck or any other broken bone (Beside the Draper thing) based on that alone this was the dirtiest play ever in the NHL. Maybe Mr. Moore would have thrived under the new NHL rules?
posted by directpressure at 11:20 AM on February 16
A couple of closing thoughts: Darco was a project when they picked him, everyone knew that. (He was 17 years old @ the time) The Pistons had the pick they took Darco with from a trade they had made 3 or 4 years before. It sounds like the deal has happened & the Pistons get a future 1st round pick & free up some cap space to resign some guys this summer. Joe Dumars is the Master of NBA GM’s Go Pistons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by directpressure at 11:05 AM on February 16
Darco is only 20 years old not to mention 7 feet tall! Too early with the bust talk unless you want to state "The biggest bust in Pistons history" (Other than Roddy White) He will play in the NBA for a long time a la Shawn Bradley. Image what the Stones would have if thay had drafted Wade or Anthony- this year one loss!
posted by directpressure at 06:24 PM on February 15
I also watch my Olympic coverage on CBC, maybe it's because I spend alot of time in Canada for work. (Have to have my Tim’s every morning too!) Sometimes I watch the news on CBC & always tune in for Hockey night in Canada, every since I was a kid. Now my kids tune in with me, on Saturday night, unless they are playing. The coverage is just better & mostly not tape delayed. It seams that replays have also gone PC too, make it stop. I just can't get used to saying the shroud of Torino though!
posted by directpressure at 09:41 AM on February 14
I see it a little different, I assume he needed another write off, tax season is upon us! A PR coup could have happened had he contributed to the troubled school district too. Still a nice feel good story, but it falls short of what it could have been, I give it a C+
posted by directpressure at 09:27 AM on February 14
Anyone that does bet knows that hockey really isn’t the bettors’ sport of choice & damn near impossible to win your bet if you do. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why this isn’t a good situation but I haven’t heard of any connection to Wayne other than his wife’s’ involvement. Guilty by association, maybe. Really what is the harm if she did place some bets for him? (Of coarse not on Hockey) Probably the hardest sport too put the “fix” in anyway However I have not heard this mentioned at all, or anyone make that leap. I assume RT got involved something along the lines of “ I know a lot of people betting why shouldn’t I cover their action & reap the profits?” Bookies don’t really make or lose money covering the bets, so much, the money comes in the form of the” juice” or so I have been told. Still not much of a story other than the name recognition
posted by directpressure at 02:14 PM on February 13
I find the comparison between Gretzky & Rose to be kind of funny. Rose as manager bet on HIS sport, the Great One’s wife bet on another sport. It still wouldn’t even be close IF Wayne bet on Football. Oh my God people bet on sports……………..My local paper lists the line everyday! I understand why the league(s) have policies against gambling; to protect the common mans gambling interest. It would cause quite a ruckus if I had to go to my bookie & demand my money back because a game was “fixed” I really view this whole thing as a non-story.
posted by directpressure at 12:22 PM on February 13
Most major news publications picked the Wings to be the team hardest hit by the cap, & to fall from the top of the Western conference. As we have seen this did not happen & many of the “new” players have contributed more than projected. When you factor in the ability of the Wings to mine talent from Europe & get more from players they bring in via free agency this organization will flourish as long as the front office is kept together, mainly Ken Holland, who learned his trade from Jimmy D (Architect of the Islanders dynasty) who is still with the team & Scotty Bowman, who has a role in gauging future talent. The older core talent is still there & they have brought up future core stars. This team will be great form many years to come.
posted by directpressure at 12:26 PM on February 07
Isn't this the same guy that made the video of the "not so nice parts of Detroit" and showed it when the Pistons were in town? Maybe I am mixing up idiots.
posted by directpressure at 01:34 PM on February 02
I have several of the Iron City cans in my beer can collection. They are not worth much.
posted by directpressure at 12:15 PM on January 31
One more reason for eliminating the 2 weeks between the game!
posted by directpressure at 05:16 PM on January 27
I think they should drop the team from MLB! PC has gotten out of hand!
posted by directpressure at 05:13 PM on January 27
& Dennis Rodman!
posted by directpressure at 01:19 PM on January 25
I agree Isaiah Thomas. Not only the 2 rings but also his performance in all of his playoff/Championship series. The man simply would not be denied in his quest for a championship. He blocked out injuries to play at a high level with it all on line. AI has got a great game but he doesn’t have a post-season history as glorious as Thomas, let alone a ring or 2.
posted by directpressure at 09:02 PM on January 11
Madden should get in. Not for what he did as a coach or commentator (Both good if not great aspects to a career) but believe it or not his video game. I think his game has done more for the NFL than anything else outside the game. I mean even the players in the game now look like the real guy-unbelievable. A long way from the old Intelevison stick figures. I think everybody else on this list will get in too at some point.
posted by directpressure at 01:48 PM on January 11
Police it themselves meaning if you take an inappropriate run at somebody, swing your stick like a lumbar jack, run the goalie ect. You know that at some point an opposing player is going to confront (Front being the operative word with regard to this topic) & remind you in the form of a fight or physical confrontation that your play is unacceptable. Anything blow from behind (ie. Defenseless position such as the NFL does with WR’s) should get severe punishment. 20 game suspension without pay + a big fine would equate to sending a strong message that this type thing won’t be tolerated. The financial penalty in the salary cap NHL, would send that message. An enforcer type player doesn’t make the big dollars so in theory it should work. Visors have contributed to changing the game with regard to fighting; just a statement, that is true. Nothing more nothing less. Mrhockey: I think you need a new screen name as your comment makes it obvious to me that you don’t understand the game. Maybe Mrs. Hockey? Group hugs after the game? Flowers to the coaches? I don’t want to see a return to the Broad street bullies type NHL, but physical contact must remain in the game & if you understand the history of Hockey & the game itself, you would know that players always try to bend the rules a bit; get away with what you can kind of thing, the refs don’t catch everything or sometimes they “let ‘em play” Therefore the need for the players to Police it themselves & strong penalties for those that cross the line.
posted by directpressure at 09:51 AM on January 09
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