The Ovechkin Collection: (Google Video) If you have four minutes, take the time to watch highlights of the most exciting player in the NHL.
Jose Theodore makes two saves.: Improving his 32nd ranked goals against average, the Montreal goalie turned aside two attempts by an intruder during a Habs practice.
Joe Thornton is going west.: The Bruins Captain was traded to the Sharks for Sturm, Stuart, and Primeau.
Meet Yuta Fukuda,: a placekicker for the North Alabama Lions. Once, he was a soccer player with dreams of attending college in Utah. Now, he's kicks field goals in Florence, Alabama. (NY Times link).
Hockey rules.: The NHL presents a video on the New Standard of Rule Enforcement for the 2005-06 season.
A preview of Beer League, : a half-hour comedy about a men's rec hockey team. The creator would like you to sign a petition so they can get this thing on the air. Check it out. From what I know, online petitions always work.
Behind the scenes with one of baseball's official scorers.: A nice article about the trials and tribulations of being and official scorer during a baseball game... Especially for a team that has never had a no-hitter thrown by one of their own pitchers.
"Dancers Are a Lot Smarter Than You Might Think" : Find out more at the NFL Cheerleader Blog.
In Bud We Trust.: As Congressional hearings begin today, news breaks that MLB and the Players Association misrepresented the recent changes in their steroid testing policy. It turns out when they said, "A first positive test for steroids results in a 10-day suspension..." they forgot to add the rest of the sentence. The agreement actually included an add-on which read, "OR a $10,000 fine." The fine would be levied instead of the suspension at the discretion of the commissioner. And a public disclosure of the reason for the suspension (or fine) will not be made.
Should be an interesting day.
The Real Deal.: Just a humorous little spring training story. For your Friday fill of funny, take a look.
He's back: And now he has company. Tiger Woods trumped Phil Mickelson as the two went head-to-head in the final pairing at Doral. We've seen this result before, but on Sunday things were definitely different. Tiger didn't win with intimidation and Phil didn't train wreck his way through the final 18. Instead, we were treated to a terrific duel with dramatic changes in momentum. I'd love to see a rematch in about one month.
Charlie Weis takes the job.: Notre Dame has hired the Pats offensive coordinator to take over the embattled program. He's a good football coach, but is he the right man for the job?
Forbes Magazine: recently studied the numbers surrounding the NHL lock-out and found they while the teams are indeed losing money, the owners are overstating those losses by a significant magnitude. The difference stems from what is included as revenue in the league's numbers. The teams have "wide discretion in deciding how much of the off-ice revenue should be included." The Islanders don't include half of their television rights revenue. The Blackhawks put the revenue from all 212 luxury suites into the United Center's pocket (both are owned by William Wirtz).
The NHL says the numbers are off. But they also claim the New York Rangers are losing money. I'd buy the Brooklyn Bridge before that line. If you were the players, would you feel comfortable negotiating with people who are misrepresenting their bottom lines? How can you begin to negotiate if they the owners are not willing to allow the players a fair look at the books? And why the hell do so many people side with the owners?
Maurice Clarett tells ESPN: he was given cash, cushy jobs, simple courses, acedmic help, and access to loaner cars while at Ohio State. Should we believe him? Maurice clearly has an axe to grind, but don't we all know this goes on everywhere? And perhaps more importanly, how will the NCAA respond?
"Tough Guy" and "Ball Stealer" gets his. How a jerk ruined the day and Reggies Sanders, Steve Kline, and a few thousand others saved it.
"Sport, as we know it, is about to blow up." So says Jay Mariotti in today's Chicago Sun-Times. Yesterday, indictments were announced against three men charged with running an illegal steroid distribution network and lab. The article continues by saying, "Attorney General John Ashcroft said dozens of athletes used THG and other steroids obtained from the network and even were supplied with alibis to use if busted."
Of course, no disucssion of this would be complete without mentioning Barry Bonds, who for his part says "I am saddened by the news of the indictment against my trainer and friend."
Why does Alex Rodriguez wear #3? And what about Nick Van Exel's #37? And who is the last person to wear Jackie Robinson's #42? All those answers and more.