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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The NHL playoffs are here! Last year the Los Angeles Kings stunned everyone by winning the Stanley Cup as the eight-seed in the West. This year, the favorites are looking good heading into May. Who will call themselves Stanley Cup champions at the end of the postseason? Let’s pick ’em!

First Round
  • Eastern Conference:
  • (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (8) New York Islanders
  • Breakdown: The Penguins are the odds-on favorites in the East, and if Sidney Crosby comes back they’re the surest lock in round one. John Tavares is a phenom, but the Isles are not good enough.
  • The Prediction: Penguins in 5
  • (2) Montreal Canadiens vs (7) Ottawa Senators
  • Breakdown: Ready for the first upset? Here it is! I don’t trust the Montreal goaltending or defense against the Senators. Ottawa is an experienced team led by a great captain in Alfredsson, and the Sens will get the job done.
  • The Prediction: Senators in 6

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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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There was speculation for months about when the first active gay athlete from one of the four major sports would come out. Today, Jason Collins ended the speculation. The 34-year old NBA player, currently a free agent, announced through a Sports Illustrated article that he is gay. The article can be found here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/

I have nothing but respect for Collins and his decision to come out. It took an immense amount of courage to do something no active basketball, football, baseball or hockey player had done while still playing in the league. Though I have not written about the issue in-depth, my personal stance is that I am accepting of all people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. If you can play, you can play. Jason Collins hasn’t been a star in the NBA, but he started on two teams that made it to the NBA Finals largely due to his…

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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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The Bucks, Celtics, and Lakers are all in a deep hole, down 3-0 in the first round of these NBA Playoffs. The Hawks are in danger of joining them tonight as well against Indiana. As Milwaukee gears up to face the seemingly indomitable Heat tonight and the Celtics and Lakers face elimination Sunday, it’s time for the nonsensical optimists to keep watching, believing their teams can come back. No team has ever done it, but they think, “Why not? My team can do it!” For the die-hards, here’s my tips to being down 3-0.

  • Tip #1: Know your “Down 3-0” history. No NBA team has ever won four straight games after dropping the first three in a best-of-seven, but it’s happened in hockey and baseball. The Maple Leafs came back in the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals, the Islanders came back in the 1975 quarterfinals, the Flyers came back on the Bruins in…

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