June 2012

Hockey

The draft day deal explained

Before many NHL Entry Drafts, teams trade draft picks they’ve stockpiled either for higher, but fewer picks or to increase the number of picks they’ll have later on. For the most part, trading draft picks alone has no significant advantage. Matt Horner explains the numbers.

Baseball

Pittsburgh Pirates: Battling mediocrity for 20 years

If the Pittsburgh Pirates’ streak of losing seasons was a person, he (or she, but let’s just stick with he) would be a sophomore at college. There would be weekend classes, experimentation with new drugs and new people, and campus parties that I’m probably not invited too. This particular college student, although proud of his heritage and the accomplishments he achieved, would probably like to stop hearing about how good his family name used to…

Hockey

Preparing the way for a gay athlete in the NHL

Homosexuality and hockey don’t mix. At least that’s what’s been preached for decades. Now, there seems to be a culture shift happening, but is the world ready for an openly gay athlete at the NHL level. Some believe such a player will be too much of a distraction, which is why we haven’t seen one yet. Others, like Tim Kolupanowich, welcome the idea of moving forward.

Football

The Temple Owls’ odyssey

From 1991 to 2009, the Temple Owls struggled to win. After being ousted from the Big East in 2004, they went winless as an independent, and have slowly improved since then. Next year, they’ll rejoin the Big East thanks to extreme perseverence, they’ve bounced back. Theirs is a story that could motivate even the lowest of the low.