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Leafs are really coming along. The puck just seems to find Matthews, he's always in the right place offensively. Gardiner looks like a legit #1 D-man and Anderson is steady in net. Kadri's line did a solid job against tough competition. He personally needs more work on managing his emotions in key situations (avoiding dumb penalties and plays) but has come a long way from when he entered the league. I didn't notice Nylander as much in this series but in the handful of Leafs games I did watch during the regular season he was their best player both ends of the ice. Throw in other young players who will continue to develop like Marner and Zaitsev and the Leafs look to be only a few pieces away from being a legitimate cup contender.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on April 24
Can't access the Globe story, but read somewhere else that his NFL contract was terminated on the basis of his conviction and now that he is "legally" an innocent man the Patriots and the NFL are on the hook for compensation to his estate. Is this for real?
posted by cixelsyd at 03:38 PM on April 19
Boston in 7
Pittsburgh in 6 +1
San Jose in 6
Montreal in 6
Minnesota in 6
Washington in 4
Calgary in 6
Chicago in 7
posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 AM on April 12
Jumped the gun as rcade has just posted the official SpoFi NHL pool.
Regardless, feel free to post picks at the NHL.COM link.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 AM on April 12
I've created an NHL Playoff league at NHL.com and all are welcome to join https://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/leagues/spofi2017
League name is SpoFi2017 and password is "ilitch"
posted by cixelsyd at 11:31 AM on April 12
Doesn't Dallas still have to pay him $24M + to release him also ?
posted by cixelsyd at 02:43 PM on April 04
The officiating and the play was brutal but the coaching on both sides was top notch.
The flow of the game was exactly what Carolina needed to win and at least from halftime was coaching strategy by Williams. Carolina doesn't beat the Zags matching best against best and the scrappy play helped limit the Zags bigs playing time.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:39 AM on April 04
From a fan support perspective I think TFC has got a shot long term and is really being handled well.
From a business support perspective all of the big money rushes to the Leafs and the other franchises get the crumbs.
The Raptors and The Jays get decent fan support only when they are contenders. Management and ownership instability and lack of commitment to the fans hurts the brands. The assumption that fans in the market will continue to support mediocre teams in the same manner the market supports the Leafs is a mistake.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:05 PM on March 30
Toronto supports the Leafs, any other sports team is simply noise there. Detroit and Chicago have great sports fans and deserve 1 good team in each sport.
What about the south east? Be willing to bet College Football in the SEC pulls in waaaaay more cash than the NFL - if it's all about money why not Huntsville or Auburn?
posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 PM on March 29
Fans attending the games is not the priority of ownership or the league here. They've increased the value of an asset and raised the bar for other similar transactions. Also increases the leverage for any other franchise seeking public money.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 AM on March 29
the NFL is a business
I get this. But the owners are already billionaires and need another $750 million like I need another donut.
Where does it stop? I'm certain the Athletics can fetch more money in China than they do in Oakland, the Jaguars more in Dubai than in Jacksonville ...
posted by cixelsyd at 01:20 PM on March 28
Raiders have a got shot this year if Carr is healthy.
Will be pulling for them and Oakland fans.
This move is about nothing but money and as always the rich owners and the league win and the fans that support their businesses lose.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on March 28
If that is Methot slashing Crosby he's gone for 6 games minimum.
Crosby will get a pass just like Malkin did earlier in the season for a vicious elbow to the head of Blake Wheeler.
In the NHL, it's OK for star players to deliberately injure other players.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on March 24
Lots of good picks here but I will pick Jerry Rice and 208 TDs or simply 197 receiving TDs.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:27 PM on March 23
To the somewhat informed fan it looks illegal - he's not throwing the pitch from the rubber, baseball's equivalent of traveling in basketball.
If he is allowed to use the triple jump approach he'd have zero chance of ever holding a base runner and be much more susceptible to getting nailed by a line drive. If legal I suppose he might be a fit throwing relief against weaker hitters but nothing else.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 PM on February 18
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