September 2011


NHL preseason: The Viktor Stalberg effect

It’s happened before and it will happen again, a little-known hockey prospect taking the NHL by storm with a startlingly impressive preseason. When the player goes on to thrive in the regular season it’s a feel good story for all, but more often than not it’s simply just the disappointing result of The Viktor Stalberg Effect.


Ryan Braun: From All-Star to NL MVP?

Ryan Braun is no stranger to success, the fifth-year Brewer has thrived on and off the field in literally every chapter of his career. Given his uncanny ability to come through when it matters most for Milwaukee and his laughably impressive slash lines, it’s no surprise that the 27-year-old is a favorite to win the 2011 NL MVP award. We pulled him aside to ask how he does it.


From east to west: The NHL’s Central Division

For too long the NHL’s Central Division has been much of the same, year in and year out, with the Detroit Red Wings ultimately standing the only legitimate chance of making noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Heading into the 2010-11 season, however, we may be looking at some new storylines. Specifically some that involve the newly-reloaded Columbus Blue Jackets.


The Flame that never flickered

Time is running out for the veteran Calgary Flames if they hope to capitalize on the fast-shrinking windows of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff. On good days the aged pair are enough to guide the stagnant club to wins in the tough Western Conference, but they’ll need to find other signs of success if they hope to squeeze back into the playoffs.