August 2012

Hall of Fame

Forming a union for the feeder leagues in Canada

The member clubs of the Canadian Hockey League have been working diligently for over a year to put together a players’ association – all behind the back of CHL Commissioner David Branch. How does this kind of move affect the relationship between the players and the owners? Will we soon be seeing teenagers regularly making six figures a year?

Football

Russell Wilson’s rise in Seattle

Russell Wilson is trying to redefine what it means to be an NFL quarterback. While the league maintains its belief that QBs under six feet aren’t able to see all the open receivers, Wilson – at 5’11” – has shown that he’s more than capable of completing a pass. His stellar numbers in the Big Ten prove it, but is that enough to land him a starting job in the only football league that matters?

Football

Your name is Terrell Owens

Being Terrell Owens has its perks and its drawbacks. Being Terrell Owens at 38 years of age has a lot more of the latter. Having been released by the Seattle Seahawks, it looks as though the storied career of T.O. may be coming to an end, but if one thing is certain, Owens will only go out one way: his way.

Basketball

Building a “big three” in the NBA

Building a “big three” such as those found in Miami, Oklahoma City and now Los Angeles requires money and a desirable location for all-star-caliber players. Recent history has shown that teams with more than one go-to guy have been wildly more successful than those without, and PJ Carr proves it.

Football

How the NFL sells off the field

When it comes to selling the on-field product, the NFL has a lot of work to do in promoting off-the-field content as well. From recruitment to public relations to management to fan events, there’s a lot of work to be done to make sure the stands stay packed and the teams keep winning. Andrew Bucholtz explains.

Hockey

The Return of the Broad Street Bullies

Almost 40 years after the Broad Street Bullies’ reign of terror over the NHL led to two Stanley Cup victories, the Philadelphia Flyers have assembled a new group of bruisers and pundits. The Bullies v2.0 look to be the most menacing team in the league, one that will shut down speed and score at will. Is that enough to get over the hump and win another Cup or two?

Hockey

From riches to rags and back: The story of Mike Danton

A true comeback story if there ever was one, the legacy of Mike Danton is nothing if not shocking. After spending time in prison for conspiracy to commit murder, Danton’s on the road back to the NHL and has encountered numerous roadblocks along the way. Even if his journey does fall short of hockey’s premiere league, you can be sure that his name will be heard and remembered for a long time to come.

Football

A sweet first taste of NFL action

Recently, The Good Point’s Eric Rosenhek had a chance to attend a free Cleveland Browns practice as part of a multi-city sports road trip. As his first foray into the world of the National Football League, he was immersed in a land of brown and orange. It was an eye-opening first in-person experience with the NFL.