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Rypien suspended indefinitely by NHL: Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended indefinitely for grabbing a fan on Tuesday night. The incident happened while Rypien was on the way to the visiting dressing room in Minnesota after being assessed a double minor for roughing, and a 10-minute misconduct.

posted by jjohn24680 to hockey at 02:19 PM on October 20 - 12 comments

WR/KR Harvin is top offensive rookie: The Little Phenom is the NFL's top offensive rookie. Percy Harvin used his versatility and intelligence to win The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

posted by jjohn24680 to football at 10:48 AM on January 06 - 5 comments

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Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Someone's gotta say it...

Germany is up by a touchdown in the 85th minute.

Wow. Just, wow.

posted by jjohn24680 at 06:00 PM on July 08

It's Official

Then again, the Sugar Bowl doesn't look to select the best teams, only what teams present the "most profitable matchup".

There. Fixed it for you.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:21 AM on December 05

Oilers' Fedun Breaks Leg on Icing Play

I guess a broken femur every 3 years or so is acceptable to the NHL. Oddly enough, the last one was also related the the MN Wild. Kurtis Foster's broken Femur -- video . The second paragraph of the article is most telling... "NHL officials could spend that long debating whether to enact 'no-touch icing' to eliminate the possibility of catastrophic injuries on races for the puck." Is three years too long to debate? Just put the rule in and move on.

posted by jjohn24680 at 05:36 PM on October 01

Fan's Knee Proves Asdrubal Cabrera Hit Homer

I've heard the joke so many times "Wow! That's going to leave a mark!" and now I've seen it happen. With the distance the ball flew after it hit her knee, and the mark it left, I'm surprised that her kneecap wasn't broken, or at least cracked.

posted by jjohn24680 at 04:21 PM on August 02

Dan Snyder, Innovator

They only have to respond with one thing: S.L.A.P.P.

New York (the paper's primary owner's state) has a SLAPP law on the books according to WikiPedia. So, this is a non-story until they file suit. I can't imagine he'd be dumb enough to do so. But who knows, maybe he is considering all the stuff he's done so far.

As dyams quoted, Snyder has never sued a media organization. Maybe it's because he knows he'd get his ass handed back to him and a large legal bill to pay on top of it. Maybe he's hoping that this "little fish" might be too scared to even try and fight it.

And as far as I'm concerned, he's done more than enough to earn that spot in the dictionary. Maybe it's just the dictionary company being scared to put his picture next to the word. He might try to sue them.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:51 AM on February 02

High School Uses Trick Play to Win State

That was good execution. But, the entire defense wasn't napping. The corner did try to cover the receiver but the receiver was too much for him by himself. He did give it a good shot.

posted by jjohn24680 at 06:04 PM on December 21

Bobby Ryan Scores Goal with Opponent's Stick

I was watching the game. The announcers were having fun with the whole situation and they replayed the stick grab a few times. They never replayed far enough back to show why Mikko Koivu lost his stick in the first place. I wonder if maybe Bobby Ryan knocked it out or pulled it out of his hands. That might explain why he grabbed Bobby's stick. It was just dumb luck that Bobby scored.

It's funny how karma works like that. The night before, Mikko scored a goal (video) when the goalie inadvertently passed him the puck in front of their goal . The next night someone scores a goal on his team using his stick.

posted by jjohn24680 at 03:11 PM on December 14

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over"

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posted by jjohn24680 at 12:25 PM on December 06

Vikings Fire Brad Childress

As a hometown fan, I've had to endure Childress for several years. I'm glad he's gone. I never believed that he was a good NFL head coach. He has football smarts, but that didn't make him a head coach.

I've always believed that the best head coaches aren't the ones that put the best lines on the blackboard. They're the ones who get all of their guys working together for the same goals. Some use their willpower and demand respect (which they've earned) or they work to build mutual respect amongst the players and coaches and get them working together. Childress did neither.

The Vikings are a team that has a lot of veteran talent on both sides of the ball. Not just Favre. Steve Hutchinson has been around for a long time, for example. The defense has several veterans as well. A smart coach will work with these guys and let them help build the team. He'll get their feedback and make it a part of the game plan, or explain why they'll go in a different direction sometimes.

I feel bad for the Redskins this weekend. A bunch of guys got what they wanted, and now they have something to prove. Just like Dallas, the Vikings are going to show up for the rest of the season and they may surprise a bunch of people. Whether they make the playoffs will depend on whether the right things happen to help them, but I won't count them out.

posted by jjohn24680 at 05:05 PM on November 22

Rypien suspended indefinitely by NHL

It was fun to see the over-the-top responses that came out at first (suspend him for the rest of the year), it's just like Ron Artest (yea, just like it) and the myriad of "teach him and everyone else a lesson" postings. Clearer heads are starting to prevail. This will be news until the next person does something idiotic to grab the headlines. As someone said, the best thing to come from this is that Vancouver might actually skate someone worthy of a spot on the ice in his place.

P.S. Take 15 years off and give me a mullet and I'd be the spitting image of Jared Allen. I'm pretty sure I'd hold my own. :)

posted by jjohn24680 at 12:20 AM on October 21

Rypien suspended indefinitely by NHL

There are numerous posts and blog posts about this. The best one I've seen so far looks at the posts that have been made so far and compares the responses. Puck Daddy on yahoo.com

My take on it is that the guy definitely went way over the line. I think he needs to sit 10 games. The 1/8th of his salary that he won't see will be financial penalty enough to make a point to him and anyone else who may think about doing that.

I attended last Thursday's Wild game and made 10 or so games last year. There is a cover that they can put over the walkway and they normally have it out during warmups. I wouldn't be surprised if they cover the walkway during the games as the Wild's way of showing that they learned from their mistake.

And as was said in some of the blogs, the two guys did not get ejected, rather they were moved somewhere else. They were treated well by the Wild. I'll be curious to see if they decide to take any action. If they're greedy, they will, but if it was me, I'd figure the Wild are going to treat me nice for a while and I'd be happy with that.

I can certainly say that if I was in that seat, I would have been doing the same thing. I would have been standing there taunting the guy. Had he yanked on my jersey like that, I don't think I would have been standing there afterwards. I'm pretty sure there would be some Vancouver players pulling me off of their guy. I give the guy props for standing back up and not doing anything else.

posted by jjohn24680 at 02:33 PM on October 20

Player Rejects NFL Offers Because He Wasn't Drafted

UPDATED: 3 pm ET: FoxNews.com is reporting that Sicko has changed his mind and signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:28 AM on April 28

Flames' Langkow Hit in Neck by Puck, Carried Off Ice

I was watching the game on TV and saw this happen. It was weird to see this at first, because it looked like the puck hit him somewhere on the front of his body up high (neck/head). But the replay had a great view of him falling forward and taking the shot in the back of his neck. It was a freak accident and Greg Zanon did nothing different than what happens dozens of times in the slot area during a game. He happened to fall forward at a really bad time.

Kudos to the training staff for recognizing the injury and taking steps right away to immobilize him on-ice. Having worked as an EMT, I know the importance of those actions and it's possible that his prognosis has been greatly improved because of what they did. I hope he suffers no long-term effects.

posted by jjohn24680 at 01:45 PM on March 22

Also Official: Joe Mauer A Twin Through 2018

As a Twins fan who's been to a couple dozen games in the past few years, I love this. I love the fact that the management decided he was worth the money and that Joe decided that he didn't need to make A-Rod money to be happy.

People are saying that the team won't be able to compete with him taking up that much of the payroll, but the Twins are masters of building from the draft and the farm system. Sure, some good players are going to come and go, but I think it's great knowing that one of the core players of the franchise is going to be sticking around. I'll do my part and watch another dozen or more games this year. I'm looking forward to watching the games in the new stadium, especially with the team they have this year.

posted by jjohn24680 at 01:27 AM on March 22

Strange that no one's talking about Kelly Kulick becoming the first woman to win a men's Professional Bowlers Association Tour title

As a former par bowler (200 avg over a period of time) I can comprehend the significance of this. It is generally difficult for women to compete with men successfully in professional bowling because of the way they run their tournaments. For example, to win the tournament, she had to bowl more than 50 games in a 5 day period. Also, she uses a 15 pound bowling ball where the men generally use a 16 pound ball (which is the heaviest allowed by the rules). The extra pound does make a difference. In addition, the lanes are set up with their dressing (oil is a more familiar term) in ways that are not commonly set up in other tournaments.

The shame of this is that there are more people who bowl regularly in the U.S. than most of the other participation sports. Only a few sports like baseball/softball can boast the participation numbers. This should be a sport that can relate to the average person and therefore get them interested in watching. It is a shame that the following has gotten to be as bad as it has. Back in the 70's and 80's, bowling had such a following that ABC had it on every Sunday afternoon and had good ratings every week. Some of the bowlers of that era were household names.

She accomplished something that had never been done in bowling and nearly all forms of top level competition. That is a wonderful thing in itself. It is just a shame that it had to happen in a sport that has so small a loyal following. I can only hope that some day bowling will get back to the position it had in the past. That would be great.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:16 AM on February 26