September 2012

Baseball

Throwing up a Hail Mary; redefined

With the Pittsburgh Pirates clinging to a Wild Card berth, there’s a very real chance that they could face the Atlanta Braves in the play-in game; the same franchise that was responsible for abolishing the Pirates from competitive play and damning them to 20 years of misery. Perhaps the Baseball Gods will step in and lend a hand.

Hockey

Anointing the young captain in the NHL

The Colorado Avalanche announced this week that they’re replacing Milan Hejduk as with Gabriel Landeskog as captain of the team, making him the youngest full-time captain in NHL history. Is the 19-year-old ready for the responsibility, or is this just another example of a franchise trying to appease a star player’s appetite?

Baseball

A pack of (under)dogs

The 2012 MLB season has been absolutely packed with interesting storylines, but perhaps none moreso than that of the underdogs. Many surprising teams are challenging for playoff positions right now, and if you’re ready to hop on the bandwagon, Harlan Ambrose has everything you need to know about the top contenders for your newfound affection.

Hockey

Forced retirement thanks to an NHL lockout

With another lockout looming over the NHL, there’s a very real threat that CBA negotiations may go sour and we could lose another season. If that’s the case, we’ll also lose our final chance to see greats like Teemu Selanne, Jaromir Jagr and Daniel Alfredsson finish their careers the way they want to, and that may be a greater shame than anything else.