June 2012

The Quick Point

Faulting the Faultless: The Mystery that Didn’t Exist

In a few hours the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will tip off for Game 2 of the Finals, and I feel as though I have to go ahead and initiate a pre-emptive strike in preparation for the feedback that will inevitably follow if LeBron James doesn’t walk away with a win. Should we even concern ourself with the man’s perceived passivity? No, because it’s never been the problem.

Baseball

The three most despised groups of fans (and why your team needs them)

You may not like the drunk guy shouting things from behind you, or the girl wearing pink team merchandise even though she doesn’t know who to cheer for, but it’s these fans that are crucial to the success of the game. They are fans who support your team in ways you never can, but that’s because image matters more than love. The good part is that their money is as good as anyone’s…

Baseball

Roy Oswalt: Re-learning the game at Triple-A

When the Texas Rangers brought castoff pitcher Roy Oswalt into the fold and sent him to Triple-A for some grooming, many people scratched their heads. With a starting rotation as good as Texas’, what were they going to do with an aging righty? However, look closer at the numbers and you’ll see that Oswalt’s abilities may be more necessary than expected. Josh Doan breaks it down.

Hockey

Crowning the Kings of the NHL

The Los Angeles Kings are storming through the Stanley Cup playoffs and, barring an unimaginable collapse, will win their first championship. The scary part for the rest of the league is that the Kings are in an excellent position to get better next season, and possibly threaten to win more Cups for many years to come.

Hall of Fame

The NHL’s Most Respected Player

Nicklas Lidstrom is arguably the most respected man to play in the NHL. His trophy case is as long as anyone’s, and many of the records he holds will stand for decades. With his recent retirement, who’s next in line for that honor? Tim Kolupanowich takes a look at some of the gentlemen-in-waiting, hoping to become the successors to Lidstrom’s title.

Baseball

MLB castles fit for their kings

Think about your home team’s stadium. Is it state-of-the-art? When was the last time it was updated? These kinds of costs outrage fans when they find out the money to build these luxuries is coming out of their pockets, but are fine with the idea that some players can make similar millions – to the point where some are worth more than the palaces they play baseball in.