January 2011

Basketball

Recasting Space Jam in 2011

For those involved in the film industry at the time, the 1996 blockbuster release Space Jam, was a novel way of pushing the limits of animation technology while conveniently doubling as an irresistible marketing machine. For the basketball community, however, it was more than that. The movie itself, highly-anticipated and generously budgeted, provided an opportunity for a sport to fill a role that before never had been and likely never will again; to extend beyond…

Basketball

Your mother needs a Monta Ellis lesson

Monta Ellis is amongst the NBA’s top five scorers this season and yet isn’t even on pace to top his own personal best. If ever a sentence summarized the most underrated player in the NBA, it was that one. Or this one: Monta Ellis is averaging just as many points per game as Kobe Bryant this year, while shooting a higher percentage and recording more assists. Statistics may lie, but numbers technically don’t. So why your mother can hold a…

Hockey

Martin Brodeur is my constant

There aren’t very many constants in life these days, but at least – until recently – there has always been Martin Brodeur. For much of the past two decades, Martin Brodeur has been one of the league’s top netminders, calling New Jersey his home and himself a Devil for life. He’s set records, won trophies, earned championships and more, but what’s most important to the man’s legacy has been his superhuman ability to remain, with…

Baseball

The Roberto Alomar I remember

It’s 1992 on my TV right now and it’s showing me a wide-angle shot of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It’s Game 4 of the ALCS, with the Toronto Blue Jays facing the Oakland Athletics. The Jays are up two games to one. I’ve had this game on DVD for a little while now – got it in a trade a few months ago – and today felt like an appropriate day to watch it in it’s…

Hockey

Marcus Foligno: Jumping for Janis

There are points in life when it’s nice to have your parents next to you; your first day of school, your first hockey game and graduations to name a few. For a professional hockey player, the list goes on. You can add to the mix your draft day, your first time representing your country and, of course, your very first NHL goal. Marcus Foligno grew up in a hockey home wanting to be a pro…

Hockey

Brayden Schenn: Paying dues and breaking records

Brayden Schenn is less than one year removed from a permanent spot on one of the most compelling, young teams in the NHL. But around this time of year, none of that matters. With 16 points in six games of IIHF World Junior hockey already, Schenn is set to make history. The only question is, how much? Tonight, Schenn’s Team Canada will take on classic rival Russia in the gold medal game of the tournament….

Hockey

The art of the short-handed goal

Being sentenced to the sin bin in hockey is one of the least favorable situations a player can find themselves in. Feelings of guilt, frustration and angst overcome those previous of intensity, concentration and passion on the way to the box. The condemned player is then forced to rely on their teammates to put forth ample resistance to the pressing opposing squad. The fate of those two or more minutes is unwillingly out of the…

Other Sports

TheGP’s Athletes of the Year (2010)

The year 2010 was a memorable one in professional and amateur sports; a constant flow of emotion and excitement. Whether it was the Saints bringing joy back to New Orleans with their Super Bowl victory, Sidney Crosby scoring the golden goal in Vancouver or Spain capturing their first World Cup, fans were captivated throughout the year. Now comes the time when media outlets select their top athletic performers of the year. The Good Point is…

Other Sports

T’was the year 2010

T’was the year 2010 and from Jan to December; Each month in sports was one to remember. In college football it was Texas, the Crimson Pride would destroy; But the Longhorns were hurting without star McCoy. The Winter Classic saw Flyers/Bruins, a rivalry confirmed; The Bruins got the winner in overtime from Sturm. At the Juniors, it was Gold the Americans would win; An upset over Canada, courtesy of John Carlson. In Feb, at the…