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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hockey

NHL to Las Vegas or Kansas City, Yay

Here’s something I just can’t get down with — the NHL expanding. Is it really a flourishing sport? Is it a booming and lucrative business? How can they justify throwing two more teams out there, which would bring the total to 32? Have Columbus, Atlanta, and Nashville not been enough of a sign? Apparently not….Read More

NHL Denies Al-Jazeera Media Passes

The NHL may be begging for publicity, but at least they have limits when it comes to whom they let cover the sport. One such media outlet that failed to make the cut for Stanley Cup credentials was Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera has no one at the Stanley Cup finals, its credential request having been turned down….Read More

Gary Bettman Explains the Switch from NBC to Versus

The commish joined Mike and the Mad Dog as a guest on WFAN on Monday and took quite the beating. The hosts were peppering him with questions — namely, why was the plug pulled on the Senators/Sabres game that went to overtime? Well, turns out that regardless of what the wrath and scorn of the…Read More

Yes, That’s an Octopus on the Ice

For the second time in a matter of days, I was asked by someone with whom I was watching the Ducks/Red Wings series, “what’s that on the ice?” At that point it hit me — many people don’t realize the tradition of fans throwing an octopus on the ice after a goal, or towards the…Read More

Hockey Has Cheap Shots and Suspensions Too

Yeah, Amare and Diaw weren’t the only ones who got suspended for a playoff game. Back in that other sport, you know, hockey, Chris Pronger won’t be on the ice tonight for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Ducks and Red Wings. The Ducks felt it wasn’t a cheap shot, that it…Read More

Sidney Crosby Is One Tough Kid

I guess winning the NHL scoring title at age 19 wasn’t enough for Sidney Crosby to impress us all. Now he has to go out there and tell everyone that he spent the last few weeks of the season playing with a broken bone in his foot. For brief perspective, Shaun Alexander missed six games…Read More

The Playoff Beard Is on Its Last Legs

There you see the evolution of the short-lived playoff beard.  And yes, you read correctly — I am writing in the past tense because the Pens are done.  Before I get to the breakdown, you should know what you’re looking at.  From left to right: prior to Game 1 on Wednesday, April 11th; prior to Game…Read More

Tonight’s a Must Win for the Pens

Trailing in a best of 7 series 2-1 is never a good place to be. Luckily the Pens have a home game tonight (not as if it mattered on Sunday) to try and even things up. It really bugged the crap out of me that the NHL arranged to have the Sens/Pens play Game 2…Read More

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