January 2009

Hockey

A fancy tea cup in Boston?

The state of Massachusetts has been the site of six major championships since the turn of the century and by early June it could be getting its first Stanley Cup in over 30 years. Coming into this NHL season, the Boston Bruins were expected to battle for the bottom two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Critics believed that the Bruins would find it difficult to improve on their lacklustre offence last year, finishing 25th…

Football

Bill Cowher better suited for broadcast

A long-standing annual NFL tradition continued on Monday, December 29th, 2008. On the day following the conclusion of the latest season, unsuccessful coaches found themselves among the ranks of the unemployed. Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel, Detroit Lions bench boss Rod Marinelli, and, surprisingly, the New York Jets’ Eric Mangini were the first three victims to feel the ax. One person immediately became a popular candidate for all three vacancies. For nearly two full seasons,…

Basketball

Everybody’s favorite underdog

The major schools didn’t recruit him. He was too small, too skinny, and looked too much like a twelve year old. Mid-major Davidson University took a chance, and the rest, as they say is history. In just over two short years with the Wildcats, Stephen Curry has become the school’s poster boy, and the leader of everyone’s favourite underdog squad. Now he’s made the shift to point guard, where his slender 6’3″, 185-pound frame is…

Football

Sudden death to suddenly die?

The NFL wildcard weekend just wrapped up, and wild it was. Close games, blowouts, upsets, and even an overtime contest kept fans on the edge of their seats, but it was that overtime game between San Diego and Indianapolis that has got people talking. It was the 25th overtime game in NFL playoff history, and the rules state that in this situation, it basically is a new game, with 15 minute quarters, three time-outs per…

Other Sports

Making a case for The Contender

Sports haven’t been truly appreciated recently on television. Live games are slowly but surely all migrating to cable, with both Monday Night Football and the Bowl Championship Series, undoubtedly marquee sports properties, calling ESPN their new home in recent years. In fact, even Stanley Cup games are now being placed on cable in the United States. Outside of live events, the picture is even worse. Prime time programming has never been friendly to the world…

Other Sports

T’was the Year 2008

T’was the year 2008 and from Jan to December, Each month in sports was one to remember. January saw LSU win the Bowl, Starting off 6-0, the Tigers would roll. Marion Jones then exchanged shoes for thugs, Spending six months in the pen for lying about drugs. Feb saw the Giants make a record disappear, Upsetting the Pats in an undefeated year. David Tyree pulled off magic and his catch did the trick, Giving the…