April 02, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

Yesterday's news today:

Rockets, Spurs, Lakers all vying for the draft rights to Notre Dame's Ogunbowale so she can step in and assume the Robert Horry role.

posted by beaverboard at 10:55 AM on April 02

The were born at the same time, drafted at the same time, started their NHL careers at the same time, and will now retire at the same time.

Stick taps for the Sedin brothers, everyone.

posted by grum@work at 01:41 PM on April 02

For his career, Marchand has been suspended six times, losing 75 games and surrendering over $1.7 million.

"I DID IT . . . MY WAAAAAAY!" I mean, that is commitment to craft.

posted by yerfatma at 04:24 PM on April 02

Not good - for anyone - that the NHL gives him a pass for a cross check to the face. If he feels he's got some rope he'll only amp up his act and hurt his team when it is depending on him. And the other dude, well, he got cross checked in the face.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on April 02

Marcus Johansson took a vicious elbow from Marchand on January 23, and has not played a game since due to the resulting concussion. Sure, the prick Marchand got a 5-game suspension, but suited up for the All Star Game and got that paycheck. Now he tries to injure someone else and gets...a fine. Marchand should be out of hockey by now; I don't care how skilled he is. Sooner or later he is going to hurt a marquee player, and not "just" a top-4 defenseman on a small market team.

Fuck him from now until the end of time. It looks like the B's and the Devils will square off in the first round of the playoffs (without Johansson, of course, but Marchand will be playing). I''d like to see the Devils bring the "Polish Hammer" Krzysztof Oliwa (6'5", 245 Lbs.) out of retirement for game 1 of the series.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:56 PM on April 02

Yeah, enforcers aren't the answer with players of Marchand's ilk. He isn't ever going to battle anyone face to face so you're then left with the only option of another goon act in retaliation .. which solves nothing.

It's up to the NHL to enforce it's rules, and stiffen the rules for vicious acts and repeat offenders. Like Johansson said, eventually he ends someone's career. Hopefully the little dirt bag doesn't paralyze or kill someone in the process.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:22 AM on April 03

Like Johansson said, eventually he ends someone's career.

Like Bertuzzi did? Remember how he got punished by profiting even more with new NHL contracts?

posted by NoMich at 09:23 AM on April 03

The Bruins do a fair bit of charitable fundraising sports events like softball games in our region. I get a lot of calls on my office phone selling tickets for those events. You don't always know ahead of time which pro stars are going to play in the game.

The next time the firefighter's association calls to sell me tickets to a Jocks & Jakes game, I'll tell them: "If you can't confirm that Marchand WON'T be there, I can't help you".

I don't light votive candles for Whitey Bulger; I'm sure as hell not going to underwrite opportunities for Marchand to shed some of his slime.

posted by beaverboard at 10:48 AM on April 03

Talk to me about Ken Linseman.

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on April 05

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