On Wednesday, Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. On top of that, it was one of the best nine-inning performances ever. Cain’s career has been excellent to this point, and he’s just getting better. The 27-year-old right-hander is thoroughly making the case that he’s the best there is on the mound.
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.
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…
The Ontario Hockey League is a breeding ground for future NHL stars. It’s meant to operate in a way where no one team is exceptionally good – or miserably bad – for too long a period of time. In recent years, though, we’ve seen several examples of teenagers calling the shots when it comes to where they want to play. Can anything be done to fix this?
Celebrating their 50-year anniversary, the Houston Astros are preparing for a monumental move to the American League in 2013. They haven’t had the most successful past and are currently struggling in the NL Central, but a move to the AL West may go a long way to turning around the fortunes of this suddenly-storied franchise.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have laid waste to some of the NBA’s best teams to get to The Finals. Up next, though, is their biggest challenge yet in the league’s bad boys: the Miami Heat. Can the kids in OKC take down the Big Three from South Beach? We’ll start to get our answer this Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.