June 2011

Football

Answering the Matt Schaub question

In the Lone Star State, the Houston Texans unquestionably play second fiddle to “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. Amidst the shadow of “Big D” lurks a team and a fan base trying to figure out what its true identity is. Perhaps the man with the most questions about his identity is the one who lines up under center, quarterback Matt Schaub. Just how much of the blame is he to take for the club’s less-than-stellar…

Basketball

Reliving the 90s: An NBA jersey experience

Over the course of the past few decades, NBA jerseys have shown plenty of character. As with anything we wear, certain looks go in and out of style. While jerseys may change from year to year and generation to generation, we see them occasionally return to the court during special retro nights. Not only do we see them on our favorite teams, we see them in abundant stock at sports memorabilia stores, in music videos…

Hockey

Are elite Canadian goaltenders a dying breed?

It wasn’t long ago when Canada had a plethora of riches between the pipes. Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph were all among the elite goaltenders in the world, making the act of selecting a Team Canada roster extremely difficult. This abundance of talent at the position descended from a long line of great Canadian goaltenders that were the envy of the world. Fast forward to the present day and the situation…

Hockey

Immediate judgments on the NHL Entry Draft

As the elite prospects of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft were wiped off the draft board one-by-one, scouting departments and management staff alike held hands in preparation for a jump into the proverbial deep end. Like in any sport, drafting decisions made after the first couple rounds can be considered on par with a drunken toss at the dart board by an amateur billiards player. This is the case simply because the talent that remains…

Baseball

Kauffman Stadium: The Forgotten Midwestern Gem

Nestled in the center of the country on the western edge of Missouri lies Kauffman Stadium, the most unheralded of architectural masterpieces in the realm of professional sports. Originally completed in 1973 solely for the Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium served as a supreme example of modern design in sports. Now, after $250 million in renovations for the 2009 season, the organization and city itself have ensured that the stadium will continue to serve as…

Baseball

Blocking the plate revisited with Carlos Santana

Last month at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with two outs in the 12th inning and the game tied, Giants catcher Buster Posey tried to catch a throw from right field to tag out Marlins center fielder Scott Cousins barreling in from third. Instead of recording the out, though, Posey, without catching the ball, collided with Cousins and wound up fracturing his left fibula and tearing ligaments in his left ankle. “It’s bad. It’s bad…

Football

Following prison release, Burress eyes NFL return

As of right now, there are 13 wide receivers currently on the New York Giants’ roster and nine wide receivers on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster. Yet, if and when the National Football League finally lifts its lockout, perhaps next month, more eyes around the league will be on a wideout who hasn’t taken the field for either team since George W. Bush was still President of the United States. Plaxico Burress is just short of…

Baseball

Prince Pineda leaving hitters helpless in Seattle

Even though Felix Hernandez is pitching like a reigning Cy Young Award winner and the Seattle Mariners have reaped the benefits of a resurgence from Canadian southpaw Erik Bedard, perhaps the biggest reason why the club remains within striking distance in the AL West this far into the season is because of the unbelievable rookie campaign of right-handed 22-year-old Michael Pineda. Signed as an amateur free agent in 2005, Pineda is an intimidating force on…

Basketball

Tony Delk’s 53-point anomaly

It’s a typical night in early December, the 2000-01 NBA season is still very much fresh and full of possibility. The calendar reads Monday, Dec. 11 when the Chicago Bulls play host to the visiting Phoenix Suns, eventually falling 86-84 to their guests. Not much stands out about the game that would set it apart from the remainder of the year. Clifford Robinson, still with the Phoenix franchise at the time, drops 24 points in…

Hockey

TheGP’s 2011 NHL Draft summary

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone and the order in which it all went down wasn’t too far off what we predicted prior to the event in these very pages – for starters at least. TheGP‘s NHL Mock Draft accurately called the first four selections with flair before the New York Islanders took a flyer on Ryan Strome at No. 5, throwing a wrench in the whole procedure. It was a chaotic…