Monthly Archives: May 2013

And the Oscar goes too..

“It happens…We would have no NBA possibly if they got rid of all the flopping.”

Such a ridiculous comment was made by none other than Dwayne Wade. Finals MVP. 9x All-Star. 2x Champion. Scoring champion and 3x all NBA defensive team. Yea…that Dwayne Wade.

Defending flopping as an essential and integral part of the NBA. So much so that eliminating it would mean the end of the league.

And he said this with a straight face. He was totally serious.

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And then there were 4.

Well I missed Ottawa in the first round, and I missed LA in the second round. But I’m not the first person to underestimate the Kings the last few years. But what a semifinal round it was.

This is just a sampling. Mike Rice getting fired from Rutgers didn’t stir up this kind of emotion from ex-players…and he threw stuff at people.

This is just a sampling. Mike Rice getting fired from Rutgers didn’t stir up this kind of emotion from ex-players…and he threw stuff at people.

The dissection of Ottawa at the hands of Pittsburgh was cold and surgical. After pouring in 23 goals in 5 games behind the best defense in the Eastern conference they emphatically put everyone else on notice.

The Bruins pounding the hapless Rangers cost John Tortorella his job, and no one was surprised. No one seemed to miss him either. In fact I’ve never seen so many players and ex-players publicly applaud a coach being fired before.

LA and San Jose played the greatest series of roller derby ever played on ice. Take that statement however you like. Continue reading →

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SBM Exclusive Feature: Sports Doppelgangers, Volume 34

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In the aftermath of Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich in this past weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final, there have been all sorts of rumors about the club; ranging from players who will be leaving to players supporters wishing they could get. Despite that, there’s one thing that is true…author  and fellow University of North Dakota alum Chuck Klosterman is simply a more “ginger-ized” version of Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins preview

Bruins-Penguins-AWAYI came to terms with the Penguins place in the NHL a few years ago.

They are the Yankees, LA Lakers and the Patriots.

They are the team that die-hard fans outside of Pittsburgh loathe with a visceral hatred usually reserved for Nazi’s,  root canals and tofu. Continue reading →

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pens-sensIn the end it was simply to much for the Senators.

To much Neal. To much Crosby. To much Malkin. Iginla. Letang. Hell, even to much Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke.

The Senators didn’t just crack, they shattered. In an elimination game and down by 3 Sergei Gonchar, their most seasoned and accomplished defensemen, had a terrible giveaway to James Neal.And just like that they were down by 4. It was that kind of game for the only remaining Canadian team in these playoffs. Continue reading →

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Bayern Munich The 5 Time Champions

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Bayern Munich Champions

Winning the UEFA Champions League is akin to conquering Mount Everest. Winning Europe’s top prize in club football 5 times is an extraordinary accomplishment that puts a club into legendary status. If they weren’t already, Bayern Munich have now cemented their status as a legendary club.

The Bavarians won their fifth European trophy with a thrilling 2-1 victory over German rivals Borussia Dortmund before a spellbound crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium. This is Bayern’s first Champions League title since 2001. They also won three straight titles in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

The match itself started somewhat slowly for Die Roten. Possession was in favour of Borussia Dortmund as they dictated the pace and flow in the first 20 minutes. Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was brilliant between the sticks for Bayern, making critical saves on Jakub Blaszczykowski and Sven Bender.

Bayern’s first scoring opportunity happened in the 26th minute as Mario…

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THE DEEP SIX: IT’S HIGH TIME FOR SOUTH FLORIDA TO SHUT THE HELL UP

Sunlife Stadium on a busy Sunday afternoon

Sunlife Stadium on a busy Sunday afternoon

by Ryan Meehan

On Tuesday, the NFL selected the cities that will host Super Bowls 50 and 51. (Or for those of you in Italy, L and LI since they love American football so much)

On Monday night, I had read a link on the NFL Network’s Facebook page regarding how Miami was doing a bit of complaining with regards to whether or not they would get to host one of these games. Here’s a link to the article…

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000204524/article/miami-left-behind-by-shifting-realities-facing-super-bowl-hosts?campaign=Facebook_writers_darlington

There are several issues that I have with this, and I’m not really sure where to even start. So these will not be in any particular order and this piece is going to be in a bit of a rant format. The main point here is that Miami has no business complaining about any of this at all. Miami has had more than enough opportunities to host the Super Bowl, so let’s begin there. Continue reading

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