Archive for June, 2013

Daniel Paille

They didn’t need third overtime tonight, just one.  The Boston Bruins have tied up the Stanley Cup Finals at 1-1 with Daniel Paille’s overtime winner at 13:48 of overtime.

Check out the recap and video of the OT winner after the jump.

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Alex Cobb Line Drive Off Head

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This afternoon Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman, Eric Hosmer.

Reports from the Tampa Bay Times say that Cobb is OK and has only suffered a mild concussion.

Check out the video after the jump…

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The Philadelphia Phillies have fell on hard times as of late. They are struggling to stay at a .500 record, the bullpen problems continue and the offense is not producing. With that being said, they are 6.5 games out of first place and only one game behind the Washington Nationals for second place.

The big question is, will they be able to get back to their 2008 and 2009 World Series form? Read the rest of this entry »

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Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have been talking recently about becoming teammates next season, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

Because Broussard is reporting this, that means that it almost certainly won’t happen, but that’s beside the point.

Any team that could put the best point guard and arguably the best center in the league on the court at the same time has a chance to contend for an NBA Championship, and that’s exactly what would happen if Paul and Howard team up somewhere next year.

While it seems unlikely this will actually happen, let’s look at the potential teams that could pull this off, and how they’d stack up against the other teams in the NBA.

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Jason Kidd

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The Brooklyn Nets introduced Jason Kidd as their new head coach on Thursday. After 19 seasons in the NBA, Kidd has decided to hang up his sneakers and pick up a clip board. Kidd played for five teams during his 19-year career, including 7 seasons with the Nets when they were in New Jersey. Kidd’s time with the Nets is looked at as the best years of his career, as he led the franchise to their first ever NBA finals appearance. Now, Kidd is back with the Nets to lead them from the bench.

With the Nets being link to such veteran coaching names like Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins, I was a bit surprised when they made the hire of Kidd. He has always been known as some sort of “coach on the court”, but it is still surprising to give the job to a guy who has zero experience in coaching. Usually, guys must earn their stripes as assistant coaches before picking up a head coaching job. Look at Patrick Ewing for example, he has been looking for a head coaching job for years. He is a well-respected assistant coach, but nobody has given him a shot as the head man in charge. Obviously, the Nets see something special in Kidd for them to give him the head job so early.

I like Kidd, and I think that he could grow in to a successful head coach in the NBA. That being said, I think it could be a bumpy road to get there. As far as the X’s and O’s go, Kidd will do just fine. It is the off-court stuff that I worry about. NBA head coach’s have a lot to deal with when it comes to travel arrangements. They are responsible for having their team in the right place at the right time. Seems simple, but when you are juggling 100 other things, it may not be so easy.

Also, a key part of a NBA coach’s job is player management. NBA players can be very egotistical, and it will be part of Kidd’s job to try and control the egos on his team. Deron Williams, whether fair or not, has a reputation of a coach killer. He has constantly ran successful coaches out of town, both with the Nets and Utah Jazz. Keeping Williams happy will be a key part of the job for Kidd. If the Nets’ star point guard can get back on track the sky is the limit for the team next season.

I think that this was a very risky hire for the Nets, but Kidd has the potential to be a great NBA coach. If he can deal with the off-the-court problems, I think Kidd will be very successful. I see a rough year or two for Kidd in Brooklyn, but if he can survive that, I think he will become very successful and the Nets will have made a great hire. Stick with the guy Brooklyn, you will not be sorry.

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Take winning out of the equation, and LeBron James is one of the best basketball players to ever walk this planet.

The NBA has never seen a player as big, strong, fast, and smart as LeBron. He can drop 50 points or dish out 15 dimes on any given night.

He is the most versatile offensive weapon is any sport right now.

But winning is a big part of a player’s legacy, and LeBron’s legacy is on the line tonight in Game 4.

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MLB Fan Cave Spoof

We take a break from my usual ranting and kvetching about the Mets and other sports related debacles to bring you my newest sketch video which lampoons the MLB  Fan Cave.  If you’re unfamiliar with it then check out this site http://mlb.mlb.com/fancave/  In the actual MLB fan cave between 10-15 fans are chosen to spend the year watching games and hanging out with players but for the purposes of this video there is only one lucky or not so lucky fan who is chosen.  Enjoy!

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Andrew Shaw Triple Overtime
As the clock was about to strike midnight in Chicago, Blackhawks defenseman Michael Rozsival took a shot from the point that was deflected by Dave Boland in the slot and then again by Andrew Shaw past  Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. The goal was scored with just under 8 minutes left in the third overtime.  The game became  the 5th longest in Stanley Cup history.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask made 59 saves on 63 shots, while the Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford, made 51 saves on 54 shots.

Check out the game winning goal after the jump

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jason-leffler-1NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Jason Leffler, has died after an accident in a sprint car on Wednesday night at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Leffler was involved in an accident while competing in a heat race for the 410 Sprints divisions on the 0.625 mile dirt oval. According to NBC 10 in Philadelphia, Leffler flipped in the track’s front stretch and had to be extricated from his vehicle and taken by Medevac to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 9:00pm.

Leffler spent most of his career in the NASCAR Nationwide Series running a full scheduled from 2006 to 2011. He had two wins, 42 top fives, and 107 top 10s in the series. He has also ran a total of 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including last weekend at Pocono Raceway where he finished 43rd due to engine issues.

“For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed,” NASCAR released in a statement.

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Stephen Jackson aka “The Ultimate Teammate” was interviewed on ESPN’s DLHQ and gave what is quite possibly the realest interview of all-time.  He discussed the Malice at the Palace, playing with Ron Artest/Metta World Peace, the night he fired a shot in the air outside of a strip club, and more. This is a must watch clip, well worth the entire 12 minutes.

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