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Spofi Gamblers Pro Football Pick'em.: Is it that time again? Yes it is. Details inside.
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Close but no cigar: One of the biggest stories of this year's Stanley Cup Finals is if Hossa made the right decision to go to the Red Wings to get his name etched on the Stanley Cup. We have to wait until Friday to find out that answer. The question though inspired the Bleacher Report to compile a list of 40 great players who have not had their names engraved on the silver chalice. [via Puck Daddy]
NFL Confidence Pool XLIII: Time to dust off the ol' crystal ball (or other object of prognostication) and place your bets. As always, the deadline for making picks is the start of the first playoff game, January 4, 2009 1:00pm ET.
Not tonight, honey, I have a game tomorrow.: The notion of pre-game abstinence from sex to enhance athletic performance is a longstanding one. But is that notion as fictional as Rocky Balboa? Sean Cupp thinks so. Chris Byrd is the guinea pig. Tom Fornelli resents his high school coach.
2008 World Junior Championships: It's that time of the year again. Ten countries will get a group of kids under the age of twenty years old together, hand them a twig, throw them on a sheet of ice, and make them play a game with a frozen piece of rubber. What does that mean for us? Look inside.
Carnegie Mellon and GM's Boss Wins DARPA Urban Challenge : Six out of eleven unmanned cars finished the 60-mile course in Victorville, California. Stanford University placed second, Virginia Tech took third, and MIT took an improbable fourth. Erik Sofge live blogged the event.
IOC appealing to youth.: With some help from the International Cycling Union, skateboarding may be an Olympic sport at the 2012 London games. Carlton Reid does not like it one bit because the kilo event has already been lost to make room for BMX.
Spofi Fantasy Nascar: Allstar break update. Will grum@work pull an owlhouse? Has The_Black_Hand used up his nine starts for Jeff Gordon? Leaderboard inside. Trash talk encouraged.
Technology Touchdowns: A few examples of how the NFL embraces technology. Everything from removable grass fields to the thermometer pill to ZUES software.
Evolution of the NHL: Goaltenders were the first to benefit from a major rule change. Prior to the 1917-18 season, the rules were changed to allow goaltenders to fall to the ice to make a save. Previously they had been penalized for such action. Since then, most rule changes were implemented to increase scoring.
Let's hear it for the boys!: The 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship starts on December 26th. Here at SportsFilter, an international hockey tournament means, that's right, a confidence pool! No knowledge of hockey is necessary to play. Just click here, rank the 10 teams, and check back on January 6, 2007 to see how you did. It's that easy! Want to do a little research? Here is the tournament's official website.
Marvelous Joe: Three time Stanley Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist, Joe Nieuwendyk retires. There are countless memories, but absolutely no regrets.
The next big brand in sports?: "I looked at protective products on the market and thought this is a load of crap," Palmer says. "I thought I could do something better."
Going down with the ship: BMX riders face a point of no return when they crash ó a moment when they're simply moving too fast in too awkward a position to do anything about the fact that they've lost control. How dangerous is BMX? Dave Mirra will miss the X-games for the first time after lacerating his liver. Ouch!
What's in your closet?: A 20 year old Oklahoma-Arizona Wranglers T-shirt stirs up memories of 10 defunct teams.
Hockey in Israel: Survival and mental toughness are central elements of the Israeli character. The members of Israel's small, but fiercely dedicated and passionate hockey community have summoned their reserve in order to make sure the sport lives on and continues to grow in the Holy Land.
2006 NHL Confidence Pool: Here are the final standings. We already knew that DrJohnEvans had 1rst place locked up. However, NoMich not only gets 2nd place, his team wins the Stanley Cup. grum@work, despite his extraordinary math skills, finishes in a respectable 3rd.
Schlauchboot: Herewith are some facts regarding the industrial and construction side of the 2006 World Cupís home base, Allianz Arena.
Two words: job security.: He can't be traded, bought out, waived, dealt and probably looked at the wrong way under the terms of the new agreement. Bryan McCabe's crazy contract.
New Newark mayor rethinking arena: Cory Booker, who will be sworn in on July 1, said he is reconsidering the deal and is conducting a cost-benefit analysis. The city and the Devils broke ground in October on the 18,000-seat arena. The new arena is part of a downtown redevelopement plan.