Monthly Archives: April 2013

THE SHOW PONY FINALLY GETS SENT HOME

Tim Tebow hits the road

Tim Tebow hits the road

by Ryan Meehan

On Monday Tim Tebow showed up to the Jets’ training facility to work out and was promptly escorted to Rex Ryan’s office where he was informed that he was being let go by the team.  This should not have been a surprise as they drafted Geno Smith and had six quarterbacks that would have been on their way to start workouts next week.  Continue reading

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NHL Playoff Preview 2013

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SBM POST 600: JASON COLLINS – WHAT YOU’VE HEARD, WHAT YOU MAY NOT REALIZE, AND ONE THING YOU MAY HAVE COMPLETELY MISSED ALTOGETHER

NBA center Jason Collins

NBA center Jason Collins

by Ryan Meehan

Now that we have had a day to absorb the 24/7 news coverage that is the Jason Collins story, I’d like to take a step back and go over some of the things that you may have been hearing.  In addition to that, I’d like to bring up a point that I don’t think is being discussed a lot and why it may be the key factor in whether or not Jason Collins plays professional basketball next year.

Jason Collins is a twelve year NBA veteran that is what sports analysts consider to be a “role player”.  For his career, he averages a little under 21 minutes a game and just under four points and rebounds each.  Those numbers may appear a little high and are not an accurate representation of the action he has seen over the past few years, as earlier on in his career he was averaging 30 minutes a game for New Jersey in a season where he only missed two games.  By all accounts, Collins is a decent/good role player that has played for five different teams since 2008.  Continue reading

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There can be only one.

After an exciting (yet abbreviated) regular season the NHL get down to what makes it the greatest game in the known galaxy (Rule #8.) The Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NFL postseason has its own brand of excitement with its win-or-go-home mentality. But it can lead to disappointment and anti-climactic matchups. If the NFL is a lunchtime quickie then the Stanley Cup playoffs are a tantric orgy.

There are many broken noses, and they all heal. There is only one Stanley Cup

There are many broken noses, and they all heal. There is only one Stanley Cup

It starts slow and builds over two months. It’s a grind. A punishing gauntlet that only permits those playing a solid brand of team hockey  to pass. MLB and NBA championships are won on the backs of individuals all the time. The Stanley Cup does not permit such individual heroics.

If it was any more brutal it would be in an octagon cage.

If it was any more mentally exhausting the Geneva Convention would ban it as a form of torture.

Let’s look ahead and get right into what looks to be a great spring.

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Time for Acceptance

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NHL 2013 season recap

What it lacked in length it made up for in drama.

The Blackhawks opened the season with 24 straight games recording a point and guaranteed themselves a division title before the season was even a month old. The Penguins went on a 15 game win streak of their own. Some shocking things happened:

The New York Islanders made the playoffs. Philadelphia did not.

Lindy Ruff was fired. Jack Capuano wasn’t.

Anaheim finally achieved their potential. Montreal reminded everyone that they are never a team to be taken lightly.

Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla were both traded (to the same team no less) after being the heart and soul of their teams for the last 15 years. Somehow Roberto Luongo wasn’t traded, prompting him to publicly state he hated the contract that was paying him millions to sit on the bench. Probably the first time in all of pro-sports a player has publicly lamented that he is being over-paid.

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The Nonsensical Optimist’s Guide to Being Down 3-0

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