This year’s World Series was dominated not by the players, but by the managers. While Tony La Russa emerged victorious, Ron Washington’s accomplishments far outweigh his failures. However, it’s that final failure that lingers in the minds of Rangers fans. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler reminds you why that shouldn’t be.
The sport of hockey is as physically demanding as it is exhausting, which means that it will inevitably take its tolls on the players that play it. As a result, any players who plan on playing the game for the long term fight back with a strong focus on nutrition and the good they put back in their body after a gruelling practice. TheGP Hockey teams up with Victoria Mikhail to explain.
Though we like to think that our favorite NFL franchises fight vehemently for each and every yard on the football field, it’s easy to question such motivation when a prospect like Andrew Luck rolls around. With little-to-no incentive for non-playoff teams to compete late in the season, is it better for mediocre teams to lose on purpose?
With the 2012 NHL Draft looming so far off in the distance, it’s easy to overlook the masses of draft-eligible prospects scattered across the continent. It’s even easier to overlook those hailing from California. When Nicolas Kerdiles moved north to play hockey for the University of Wisconsin, he did it with the show in mind.
The Boise State Broncos have the makings of a fairy tale, but minus the key component of a Disney-fied version; the happy ending. Instead, their story reads more like something that might have been put together by the Brothers Grimm. The Broncos are always searching for an invitation to the ball of the BCS championship, but despite the attractiveness of their undefeated records, a flawed system keeps on passing over them in favor of stepsisters who come from wealthier conferences. TheGP Football tells the tale.
Lightweight blue-liner Jesse Graham may face the typical-barrage of questions set aside for players of his size between now and the NHL Draft next summer, but the added scrutiny only makes for a more developed prospect. TheGP Hockey takes a good hard look at the Niagara IceDogs system in place that has polished the future NHL d-man.
Is the most important game of the college football season about to take place in early November? Under the current BCS format, that’s very likely the case. How could the NCAA approach the season differently? Would a playoff format keep early matchups like this one from upstaging the season finale in January?
The Ilya Kovalchuk contract conundrum of 2010 is something NHL purists have happily pushed to the back of their minds. For the New Jersey Devils, however, the summer-long charade that turned into one of the most substantial contracts in hockey history will always be of concern – especially when the superstar who signed it isn’t living up to his reputation.
It wasn’t long ago when Turner Gill was one of the most talked about coaching names in college football. Coming off a series of impressive years with the University at Buffalo, Gill had seemingly established himself as one of the game’s hottest commodities. Just three years later, however, the coach’s stock is anything but hot.
The Detroit Tigers aren’t exactly hard up for newsworthy stories (what with Justin Verlander on the mound, Miguel Cabrera in the batter’s box and Jim Leyland holding the reins in the club’s smoke-stained dugout), but late in the 2011 campaign they may have gained another. TheGP Baseball explores the validity of Delmon Young’s return to prominence.