Well the Olympics are just over half way over and we’ve finally reached that point that matters.
The single-elimination hockey tournament.
As much as it is cool to see the United States win gold or simply medal in events like figuring skating or ice dancing (which apparently are two separate things, news to me.) The event the world is going to remember and probably watch the most is the hockey tournament.
The names of the athletes that we’re going to remember in the weeks following the Olympics are going to be JVR, Kessel (both Phil and Amanda), Ovechkin, and Crosby. We’ll continue to hear about the athletes that medal in their respected events during the Olympics but we likely won’t be hearing there names again for another 4 years.
In terms of the medal count, to me, if the United States doesn’t at least medal in the hockey tournament in both men and women then it’s a failure. The women will medal by the way, if you haven’t heard they are in the gold medal game against our rivals to the north, Canada.
Hockey is the only event in the Winter Olympics that is one of the 4 major sports in the States. Along with every team in the Olympics having at least one member in the National Hockey League. Fans can relate to it more than any other event.
We’re only into the first round of the men’s tournament and it’s leading up to a doosey of potential match ups. The United States received a bye into the quarterfinals and will face the winner of Slovakia and Czech Republic. With a chance at revenge from 2010 gold medal game against Canada in the semi finals.
On the other side of the bracket its a little more open. Russia, after a disappointing group stage, did not receive a bye and will likely face Finland in the quarters after their game against Noway. My likely semi final matchup on that side of the bracket is Sweden and Russia. Russia has been very stagnate like thus far in the tournament and are looking for that wake up call.
I’ll give my medal game matchups in the coming days. But for now enjoy the tournament folks and still try and wonder how this is the Winter Olympics when it’s 60 degrees plus in Sochi right now.
Here’s what we’re talking about:
- Conditions at the Olympics, Watching People Shower, and, of course, Zombies (0:00)
- Michael Sam and Gay Players in the Locker Room (12:00)
- Sixers and Flyers status at the break (26:30)
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The Sixers are to this point following the plan perfectly. They are losing and as of last night, they boasted the second worst record in the NBA. Hinkie is making tanking look easy as the team lost consecutive games to the Clippers and Golden State Warriors by a combined total of 88 points.
The next step in the plan is to trade Evan Turner. The swingman is set to be a free agent, and despite his stellar play, nobody seems to see a Sixers future that includes Turner.
This is an excerpt from a story by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! (do we really need to type the exclamation point?) Sports about the Cleveland Cavaliers’s messy situation. Assuming you hate Andrew Bynum (you do) this is a blurb for you!
Everything the Cavaliers had done until free agency in the summer of 2013 had been to clear hurdles for James’ return. After passing on the two best center prospects to come out of the draft in the past several years, Grant made an extraordinary leap of faith on signing free agent Andrew Bynum.
After missing an entire season with Philadelphia to chronic knee problems, several teams investigating the signing of Bynum were convinced he had the desire to push through rehabilitation and be a productive player again. But no one made a serious offer to Bynum until Cleveland delivered him a two-year, incentive-laden deal that could’ve paid him $25 million. The Cavaliers preened, too. Owner Dan Gilbert tweeted, “What’s next, C.G.?” Within the league, people wondered: Why are they taking bows?
Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.
I love this story. I love it. I love it. I love it.
Now obviously Bynum was a failure and it in part led to Doug Collins’ departure, but I still had thoughts from time to time about Bynum staying in Philly. What if he actually played a little bit last season–enough to sing him for a Cavs-esque two year deal?
Well, with this story coming out paired with his fantastic lack-of-give-a-shitness (patent pending) in Cleveland on the court it’s a definitive answer that Bynum wouldn’t cut it in this town. He simply doesn’t have the attitude, health, and care for the game to play under such a fast paced Brett Brown system.
Though if he was making those shots, he may have a career with the Globetrotters.
So if you have not already heard, the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. have signed right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett, 37, to a one-year $16 million deal today. The deal comes on the day that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
The move becomes the biggest of the off-season for the Phillies if you still want to consider it the off-season. If not, the biggest move is probably the announcement that Chris Wheeler and Sarge will be replaced by Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs.
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This comment was from Ryan MacWilliams in regards to my article about the Seattle Seahawks changing the NFL culture.
My question is, do you think this change immediately impacts the 2014 NFL Draft? Last year it seemed like this year’s draft was going to be the YEAR OF THE QUARTERBACK but now it seems like the Texans are going to take Clowney with the first pick.
Are more teams going to draft defense (or lineman to protect against great defenses) and sit on the QB-WR-RB position until later rounds?
First off, thanks for the question and going through the article. Much appreciated.
Now to answer you, I do think it will have an immediate impact on the draft though it will be more subtle for now. The main change for this year will be related to buzzwords surrounding defensive backs.
I’m expecting that we’ll hear a ton about length, physicality, and ability to press cover compared to what has previously been valued. Primarily the past emphasis has been on ball skills, recovery speed, and fluidity. While in part it has to do with Seattle’s secondary as whole, it’s also related to the passing torch from Darrelle Revis to Richard Sherman.
Now you bring up Bill O’Brien and the Texans leaning towards Jadaveon Clowney, which is what really got me geared up to do this as a separate post. Because an obvious case in history here is just a few years back in time–2006 specifically–when the Texans had a debate between drafting Mario Williams or Reggie Bush.
It’s a little strange to say this, but it was a pleasant feeling to see the league’s most productive offense in history led by America’s darling utterly dismantled in living rooms nation-wide. I smiled. I cheered. I was…delighted.
Why? Because I’m not the type of person to jump on trends. I dress like crap, I don’t eat quinoa, and I absolutely hate Imagine Dragons. So when it comes to the NFL I’m naturally a bit of a crumuddgeon.
The most recent trend for the NFL has been over the last few years that offenses are like your hot cousin–untouchable. With all of the new rules that have emerged regarding play at the line of scrimmage and how to properly bubble wrap a quarterback there’s been a proliferation of the passing game. It’s led to a seemingly annual rewrite of the record books for the best offensive seasons of all time.
And in this case, you could certainly make the case that Denver was the best offense of all time. Peyton Manning went god mode with a team that featured All Pro receiver Wes Welker as their 3rd guy on the depth chart. This offense was amazing and they put up the numbers to prove it. The 2013 Broncos averaged 37.9 points, 457 yards, and racked up 91 big plays (20+) for the season. They were hilariously good on occasion. For example, that 52-20 win over the Eagles when Peyton put up a stat line of 28/34 for 327 yards and 4 TDs…
And that’s where Peyton comes into the equation. One thing that I hate about the NFL is the mythical ethos that surrounds quarterbacks. It’s the undying belief that regardless of the circumstance a great quarterback should be able to win the game. It’s when a GM talks about “the franchise quarterback” the team needs. It’s seriously misguided because of both the positive and negative applications of the rule.
What a dud. God that was an awful game. So until I have time for an actual post, here’s a list of things that are more entertaining than the Super Bowl.
- Turtle racing
- My dad complaining about work
- The black plague
- That fart sound your stomach makes when you get really hungry
Super Bowl 48 between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks marked the 48th consecutive Super Bowl that culminated without the champion being the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite the stellar season that the Birds’ had, they once again watched from their couches, VIP suites, or wherever multimillionaires watch Super Bowls, as two other teams battled for the NFL’s ultimate prize.
Since their hands were not preoccupied with the pigskin, the Birds were able to take to chirping on Twitter. Here is a look at the story of Super Bowl 48 as told by your Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, for many, is the best day of the year. A day more American than Chuck Norris repeatedly kicking Osama Bin Laden in the balls and then getting down on a knee to ice him. It’s the Super Bowl, baby!
As with all Super Bowls, especially one that’s in New York a lot of the buzz is about nothing at all. Richard Sherman being what an NFL player should be, Peyton yelling a word that he’s been saying for probably his entire career, and hoping that his humongous forehead isn’t too big to fit the crown that America wishes to bestow upon it.
Let’s be real here. I think that while Denver is an amazing team, a team that deserves to be in the Super Bowl, there’s a lot of favoritism to the Broncos because of the American love-fest surrounding Peyton Manning. And, sure. Why not? In the same way the Richard Sherman is what the NFL should be, Peyton is what people expect the NFL to be. He’s a guy that kills on the field, avoids controversy, and has a good sense of humor. He’s the man.
However, I think that when you look at this game it comes down to a few major factors: turnovers, the trenches and the style of play. Given that the game will be played in a notoriously windy stadium in the Meadowlands, Seattle’s front four, and offensive efficiency I’d say that if this game were to be played a hundred times I’d pick in Seattle to win 60-65. You throw in the fact that Denver hasn’t be able to stomp teams out after getting big leads and it all comes back to the hype machine choosing the winner. It’s like Peyton is Rocky and Sherman is Ivan Drago.
So, yeah. I’m going Seattle today and I think they do it through a bruising, turnoverless effort that finally puts the mobile QB criticisms to bed. Are they sexy? No. Do they put up numbers? No. But they’re the better team.