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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 02:18:32 GMT
NHL Western Rankings

1. Chicago Blackhawks (Cup Contender)

When you win the Stanley Cup, you often lose a lot of players to free-agency and have to retool. Stan Bowman appears to be great with tools, cause I don't see why this team isn't still the bet to win the Cup again. This team still has Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford.

2. Los Angeles Kings  (Cup Contender)

This team is loaded with talent. They'll finish near the top of the conference. Supreme goaltending; Jonathan Quick. The real key on this team is the party boys; Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Hang out at the clubs in on Los Angeles next playoff to find out if this team is gonna challenge for the Stanley Cup. If Richards and Carter show up at the clubs, then they won't show up on the ice.

3. Vancouver Canucks (Cup Contender)

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo. I don't see this team missing the playoffs. When Roberto starts slow this season, there's nobody to take the reigns. He'll struggle thru the first month, then catch fire and this team will move up to the top of the conference. Add a solid top 4 defenseman set (Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis) and you have a really good team.

4. San Jose Sharks (Playoff Team)

Years after year, the Sharks have one of the best teams on paper, but always fall short in the playoffs. This might be the last year you see Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle leading this team. They're all UFAs at season end. All three are likely looking at pay cuts going forward unless they return to their all-star statuses or produce in the playoffs. Not sure what else can be said, except SAME OLD.

5. St Louis Blues (Playoff Team)

Ken Hitchcock doesn't score a lot of goals and neither does he block a lot of shots, but the Blues' coach doesn't like missing the playoffs. I don't expect anything different. The key to this team competing for more than a playoff spot is Jaroslav Halak. If he returns to form and their scoring by committee continues to work, then this team could move up. Unfortunately, their lack of big scorers makes a Stanley Cup a pipe dream.

6. Anaheim Ducks (Playoff Team)

The Ducks look like a playoff team, but a couple key injuries could easily put them out. They are already missing Sheldon Souray for the 1st half and their 2nd line may require geriatric care; Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. That said, I don't really see this team competing for the President's Trophy or the Stanley Cup.

7. Edmonton Oilers (Playoff Contender)

Loaded with talent at forward and defense. If they can just convince these superstars to play a team game, then we might be looking at the next NHL dynasty. It's really up to their top 4; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle. They will define where this season takes them. They could win the President's trophy or miss the playoffs.

8. Nashville Predators (Playoff Contender)

Pekka Rinne is everything for this team. He's good enough, he can steal games to put this team in the playoffs. He's also good enough to steal some playoff games. Outside of Shea Webber, the skaters on this team are very weak. Don't expect a lot of goals. I wouldn't qualify any forwards on this team as NHL quality power play material. If Rinne gets injured or struggles, this team could be looking at a high draft pick.

9. Dallas Stars (Playoff Contender)

The forwards are mostly refabs from other teams, but the Stars have a premier top 4 d-man lineup; Sergei Gonchar, Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley. Keri Lehtonen is no all-star goalie, but he's good enough that with their defensemen, they might be able to sneak into the playoffs.

10. Winnipeg Jets

There's enough good pieces here for this team to compete for a playoff spot. Some good years from Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane could actually put them into the playoffs, but I'm guessing they'll be on the outside of the playoffs when all is said and done.

11. Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes will finally have stable ownership this season, or at least we hope. This could turn around the franchise, but it could take a few years before they contend for anything. Mike Ribeiro and Shane Doan are quality leaders, but they are both in their mid-30s. Their experienced defense (Keith Yandle, Zbynek Mahalek, Rostislav Klesla {concussion} and Derek Morris) is what could save this team. And Oliver Ekman-Larsson is an up and coming potential all-star on their defense.

12. Minnesota Wild

Ryan Suter is a great defenseman, but they don't have too much on defense beyond him. They are gonna need big improvement from their 2 thru 4 defensemen (Jared Spurgeon, Keith Ballard and who) to make the playoffs. They surely aren't gonna have a hard time scoring goals with Zach Parise, Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville. Might be a struggle just to make the playoffs.

13. Colorado Rockies (Lottery Team)

Upfront, the Rockies have a lot of good forwards. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said between the pipes and on defense. The defense is led by Erik Johnson, whom many thought would be an all-star defenseman. He's still a good d-man, but he's no power play quarterback, nor is he a shutdown d-man. He's a good 3-4 d-man on most teams in the NHL. The rest of the Rockie defense is stop gap at best and Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere are not gonna steal many games for this team. I suspect they'll have fall short of the playoffs once again.

14. Calgary Flames (Bad Team)

A bad start to the season could quickly degrade. Karri Ramo is an extremely good goalie, but unproven in the NHL. If he doesn't win a few games early for the Flames, his own performance might start to suffer, especially with the weakest lineup in the NHL standing in front of him. Then it becomes all too possible their 1st line (Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak are all UFAs) gets traded for prospects. Even if Ramo performs like an all-star, this team has no chance of making the playoffs.

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:55:18 GMT
Top Talk-Sports pages

I thought it'd be fun to list the top Talk-Sports pages in the last month. In thousand's of pageviews.

  1. Sidney Crosby's Girlfriend (211k views)
  2. Dale Earnhardt's Girlfriend (116)
  3. Jonathan Toews's Girlfriend (111)
  4. Mike Fisher's Girlfriend (73)
  5. Tony Stewart's Girlfriend (43)
  6. Sidney Crosby (42)
  7. Mike Richards's Girlfriend (32)
  8. Derek Jeter's Girlfriend (29)
  9. Joaquin Benoit's Girlfriend (28)
  10. Joe Mauer's Girlfriend (26)
  11. Tim Lincecum's Girlfriend (24)
  12. Aaron Rodger's Girlfriend (24)
  13. Patrick Kane's Girlfriend (24)
  14. Jonathan Toews (22)
  15. Sidney Crosby's Pics (21)
  16. Alex Ovechkin's Girlfriend (21)
  17. Brian Wilson's Girlfriend (20)
  18. Darren Sharper's Girlfriend (18)
  19. Jonathan Toews Pics (18)
  20. Daniel Gibson's Girlfriend (16)
  21. Brent Seabrook's Girlfriend (15)
  22. Maxime Talbot's Girlfriend (15)
  23. Evgeni Malkin's Girlfriend (15)
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr Sucks Forum (14)
  25. Ben Roethisberger's Girlfriend (13)
  26. Maxime Lapierre's Girlfriend (13)
  27. Jay Cultler's Girlfriend (13)
  28. Jeff Carter's Girlfriend (13)
  29. Alexander Semin's Girlfriend (12)
  30. Derrick Rose's Girlfriend (11)
  31. Barry Zito's Girlfriend (10)
  32. Niklas Hjalmarsson's Girlfriend (10)
  33. Dirk Nowitzki's Girlfriend (9)
  34. Carlos Bocanegra's Girlfriend (9)
  35. Dale Earnhardt (9)
  36. Patrick Sharp's Girlfriend (8)
  37. Adam Burish's Girlfriend (8)
  38. Nicklas Backstrom's Girlfriend (8)
  39. Alex Rodriguez's Girlfriend (8)
  40. Kasey Kahne's Girlfriend (7)
  41. George St Pierre's Girlfriend (7)
  42. Jordan Staal's Girlfriend (7)
  43. Danny Briere's Girlfriend (7)
  44. David Wright's Girlfriend (7)
  45. Terrell Owen's Girlfriend (7)
  46. Mike Fisher (7)
  47. Shane O'Brien's Girlfriend (7)
  48. Dale Earnhardt Jr Pics (6)
  49. Pau Gasol's Girlfriend (6)
  50. Brett Favre's Girlfriend (6)
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 01:43:27 GMT
NHL Playoff Predictions

Here's my 1st round predictions for the 2009 NHL Playoffs.

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 03:49:43 GMT
Maples Leafs Grades

Here's my final grades on your 2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs.

  1. A+ Alexei Ponikarovsky - 23 goals on less than 16 minutes per game and best of all he was +8 on a mostly minus team.
  2. A Luke Schenn - In limited ice-time, he finished 18th in hits thrown.
  3. A Mikhail Grabovski - The rookie tallied more points than Stamkos.
  4. A Niklas Hagman - Good two-way players and we have him locked up for 3 more years.
  5. A Nik Antropov - Career high goals and good trade bait.
  6. A Andre Deveaux - He played 21 games on the big club. Who'd a guessed that last September.
  7. A Dominic Moore - Claimed him off waivers and traded him for a 2nd round pick in just over a year. Not bad.
  8. A Jeremy Williams - According to Ron Wilson, he doesn't play well defensively from the press box. WTF!?
  9. A Carlo Calaiacovo - Finally turned into the NHL player we new he would be. Unfortunately, we traded him first.
  10. B+ Ian White - The + is for effort.
  11. B Tomas Kaberle - He didn't step up and become a leader.
  12. B Matt Stajan - He's not a #1 center, but was forced to fill-in as one.
  13. B Pavel Kubina - Solid d-man
  14. B Nikolai Kulemin - 10th in rookie goals.
  15. B Jonas Frogen - Good start.
  16. B Phil Oreskovic - WOW! He played 10 games in the NHL.
  17. B Anton Stralman - Improving.
  18. B Brian Burke - Interesting moves.
  19. C Jason Blake - Better, but still not earning anywhere near his salary.
  20. C Jeff Finger - Didn't earn his salary, but not entirely his fault.
  21. C Mike Van Ryn - Looked good on the ice, not so much in the medical room.
  22. C Vesa Toskala - Leafs won't get better unless the goaltending gets better.
  23. C Brad May - Great team man, but he's a candidate for retirement.
  24. C John Mitchell - Has the talent to play in the NHL, but doesn't show it during the games.
  25. C Tim Stapleton - First NHL goal and great AHL rookie season.
  26. C Jeffrey Hamilton - Good depth player.
  27. C Martin Gerber - I think we got brownie points for taking his salary.
  28. C Curtis Joseph - Stunk before Christmas, but played better since. Retire already!
  29. C Ron Wilson - Didn't have much to work with.
  30. D Lee Stempniak - Do we really have to pay this guy $3.5 million next year?
  31. D Jamal Mayers - Kulemin threw more hits.
  32. D Jiri Tlusty - Finally clicked in the AHL. He might get another chance next year.
  33. D Kris Newbury - Injured!
  34. D Alex Steen - Lost patience with him and got traded.
  35. D Jay Harrison - Leaving for Europe was a bad career move.
  36. D Staffan Kronwall - Lost him on waivers. Not a biggy.
  37. D Jamie Sifers - Didn't progress.
  38. D Boyd Devereaux - He stunk with the Marlies.
  39. D Ben Ondrus - HuH? They didn't have anything better when they played him in 11 games?
  40. D Ryan Hollweg - We actually traded a 5th rounder for him.
  41. D Mark Bell - Contract is over. Bye!
  42. D Justin Pogge - Horrible.
  43. D Cliff Fletcher - Stunk.
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:12:00 GMT
NHL Player Rankings

Top 20 players (2 goalies, 6 defensemen, 4 forwards at all three positions).

  1. Alexander Ovechkin (L)
  2. Nicklas Lidstrom (D)
  3. Evgeni Malkin (C)
  4. Sidney Crosby (C)
  5. Henrik Zetterberg (L)
  6. Pavel Datsyuk (C)
  7. Martin Brodeur (G)
  8. Jarome Iginla (R)
  9. Marian Hossa (R)
  10. Mike Richards (C)
  11. Patrick Elias (L)
  12. Mike Green (D)
  13. Brooks Orpik (D)
  14. Zach Parise (L)
  15. Dion Phaneuf (D)
  16. Andrei Markov (D)
  17. Tim Thomas (G)
  18. Shea Weber (D)
  19. Martin St Louis (R)
  20. Daniel Alfredsson (R)

Note the last two right-wingers are there solely to fill out the right wing position.

Sun, 14 Dec 2008 02:11:38 GMT
NHL 2008 All-Stars

I thought it'd be interesting to list my 20 NHL all-stars for this season.

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Forwards

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 22:18:09 GMT
#5412 in Jordan

Talk-Sports is currently ranked #5,412 in Jordan. I just thought that was funny. Jordan. Mostly american sports.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 06:20:47 GMT
Mixed Martial Arts

Today we added pages for all the MMA fighters.

David "Tank" Abbott
Cyril Abidi
Daniel Acacio
Bernard Ackah
Yoshihiro Akiyama
John Alessio
Houston Alexander
Ricardo Almeida
Eddie Alvarez
Thiago Alves
Andre Amade
Matt Andersen
Alex Andrade
Jermaine Andrè
Yoji Anjo
Shinya Aoki
Andrei Arlovski
Gago "Drago" Aroetjunjan
Ricardo Arona
Marcus Aurelio
Mikhail Avetisyan
Luiz Azeredo
Siyar Bahadurzada
World Victory Road
Josh Barnett
David Baron
Phil Baroni
Vitor Belfort
Dave Beneteau
Sami Berik
Michael Bisping
Stephan Bonnar
Kyle Bradley
Ebenezer Fontes Braga
Chris Brennan
Rob Broughton
Junie Browning
Paul Buentello
Josh Burkman
Mikey Burnett
Murilo Bustamante
Grant Campbell
Gesias Calvancante
Roan Carneiro
Shonie Carter
Jason Chambers
Ryo Chonan
Dan Christison
Logan Clark
Rich Clementi
Mark Coleman
Ray Cooper
Kit Cope
Wesley "Cabbage" Correira
Patrick Côté
Randy Couture
Alberto Crane
Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz
Luke Cummo
Jeff Curran
Mac Danzig
Viacheslav Datsik
Marcus Davis
Ramon Dekker
Tony DeSouza
Edwin Dewees
Nick Diaz
Nathan Diaz
Joe Doerksen
Dos Caras, Jr.
Edson Drago
Tomasz Drwal
Marvin Eastman
Yves Edwards
Justin Eilers
Jon Olav Einemo
Aleksander Emelianenko
Fedor Emelianenko
Tom "Big Cat" Erickson
Eric "Butterbean" Esch
Efrain Escudero
Rashad Evans
Mark Epstein
Urijah Faber
Wagnney Fabiano
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson
Paulo Filho
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović
Spencer Fisher
Jon Fitch
Kenny Florian
Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Hermes Franca
Rich Franklin
Ian Freeman
Don Frye
Kazuyuki Fujita
Masakatsu Funaki
Zelg "Benkei" Galesić
Mauro Galvao
Manvel Gamburyan
Sean Gannon
Leonard Garcia
Andrew Gardner
Allan Goes
Takanori Gomi
Akihiro Gono
Gabriel Gonzaga
Gary Goodridge
Gerard Gordeau
Jonathan Goulet
Wilson Gouveia
Crosley Gracie
Helio Gracie
Ralek Gracie
Renzo Gracie
Rickson Gracie
Roger Gracie
Royce Gracie
Royler Gracie
Ryan Gracie
Peter Graham
Forrest Griffin
Tyson Griffin
Kendall Grove
Melvin Guillard
Jorge Gurgel
Andre Gusmao
Tiki Ghosn
Keith Hackney
Matt Hamill
Antoni Hardonk
Volk Han
Joachim Hansen
Lee Hasdell
David Heath
Delson Heleno
Dan Henderson
Ed Herman
Heath Herring
Jeremy Horn
Chris Horodecki
Harold Howard
Tom Howard
Roger Huerta
Matt Hughes
Matt Hume
Mark Hunt
Mark Hominick
Scott Hope
Brad Imes
Enson Inoue
Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Wallid Ismail
Darren M Jackson
Jeremy Jackson
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Jaime Jara
Keith Jardine
Antoine Jaoude
Steve Jennum
Ryan Jensen
Jon Jones
Jeff Joslin
Martin Kampmann
Denis Kang
Mark Kerr
Mamed Khalidov
Sergei Kharitonov
John Kolosci
Cheick Kongo
Josh Koscheck
Achmed Labasanov
Jason Lambert
Jose Landi-Jons
Joe Lauzon
"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler
Cung Le
Chris Leben
Thales Leites
Fabio Leopoldo
Kimo Leopoldo
Brock Lesnar
John Lewis
Jérôme Le Banner
Jess Liaudin
Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
Shad Lierley
Jushin "Thunder" Liger
Scott Lighty
Daniel Lima
Matt Lindland
David "The Crow" Loiseau
Hector Lombard
Alexandru Lungu
Travis Lutter
Stevie Lynch
Adam Lynn
Chris Lytle
Jason MacDonald
Lyoto Machida
Akira Maeda
Demian Maia
Melvin Manhoef
Nathan Marquardt
Daijiro Matsui
Vladimir Matyushenko
Gray Maynard
Gilbert Melendez
Dave Menne
Guy Mezger
Pat Miletich
Henry "Sentoryu" Miller
Jason "Mayhem" Miller
Ikuhisa Minowa
Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Roman Mitichyan
Frank Mir
Jeff Monson
Homer Moore
Remigijus Morkevičius
Scott Morris
Johnnie Morton
Gegard Mousasi
Mark Munoz
Lee Murray
Rob McCullough
Paweł Nastula
Roy Nelson
Carlos Newton
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Karl James Noons
Phillipe Nover
Combat Zone
Jake O'Brien
Naoya Ogawa
Sean O'Haire
Yushin Okami
Bobby Ologun
Michihiro Omigawa
Tito Ortiz
Alexander Otsuka
Alistair Overeem
Valentijn Overeem
Shungo Oyama
Fredson Paixao
Bart Palaszewski
Rousimar Palhares
Ido Pariente
Karo Parisyan
B.J. Penn
Nam Phan
Mike Plotcheck
Ross Pointon
Trevor Prangley
Daniel Puder
Jens Pulver
Mike Pyle
Nathan Quarry
Jordan Radev
Kevin Randleman
Vitor Ribeiro
Joe Riggs
Pedro Rizzo
Colin Robinson
Ricco Rodriguez
Kristian Rothaermel
Ben Rothwell
Chad "Akebono" Rowan
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Murilo "Ninja" Rua
Marco Ruas
Rodrigo Ruas
Gabe Ruediger
Mikko Rupponen
Bas Rutten
Alessio Sakara
Kazushi Sakuraba
Hayato Sakurai
Ivan Salaverry
Sean Salmon
Diego Sanchez
Jorge Santiago
Evangelista Santos
Rey-Phillip Santos
Bob Sapp
Rumina Sato
Nino Schembri
Semmy Schilt
Alex Schoenauer
Pete Sell
Andrei Semenov
Ivan Serati
Matt Serra
Nick Serra
Adrian Serrano
Dan "The Beast" Severn
Frank Shamrock
Ken Shamrock
Sean Sherk
Katsuyori Shibata
Jake Shields
Akira Shoji
Anderson Silva
Antonio Silva
Assuerio Silva
Paulo Cesar "Giant" Silva
Jean Silva
Thiago Silva
Wanderlei Silva
Marcus "Conan" Silveira
Wes Sims
Rory Singer
Elvis Sinosic
Kestutis Smirnovas
Jimmy Smith
Maurice "Mo" Smith
Patrick Smith
Scott Smith
Renato "Babalu" Sobral
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Joe Son
Krzysztof Soszynski
George Sotiropoulos
Ronaldo de Souza
Mario Sperry
Pete Spratt
Aaron Stark
Joe Stevenson
Curtis Stout
Sam Stout
Georges St. Pierre
Genki Sudo
Amar Suloev
Mike Swick
Takashi Sugiura
Minoru Suzuki
Tim Sylvia
Nobuhiko Takada
Yoshihiro Takayama
Daiju Takase
Oleg Taktarov
Kiyoshi Tamura
Evan Tanner
Peni Taufa'ao
Icon Sport
Thiago Tavares
Paul Taylor
Glover Teixeira
Tra Telligman
Sylvester Terkay
James Thompson
Nick Thompson
Josh Thomson
Din Thomas
Gleison Tibau
Roberto Traven
Frank Trigg
Ryuki Ueyama
Caol Uno
Alexander Ustinov
Paul Varelans
Cain Velasquez
Brandon Vera
Renato Verissimo
Igor Vovchanchyn
Ron Waterman
Fabricio Werdum
Vernon "Tiger" White
Mike Whitehead
Pete Williams
Matt Wiman
Roman Webber
Mark Weir
Rani Yahya
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto
Yoshiaki Yatsu
Hirotaka Yokoi
Hidehiko Yoshida
Yoon Dong-Sik
Gilbert Yvel
Roman Zentsov
Igor Zinoviev
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 23:40:14 GMT
Ranked 49,967

Talk-sports.net 3-month rank has now broken 50,000. The success continues.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 21:55:52 GMT
Ranked 38,816

The 1-week Alexa rank for Talk-Sports dropped to 38,816 today.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Mon, 05 May 2008 12:56:56 GMT
Top 50,000 WorldWide

This morning, Talk-Sports 1 week average Alexa ranking broke thru the 50,000 level to 48,374. We broke 100,000 just a couple months back. That's growth!

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net?site0=www.talk-sports.net

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 02:10:12 GMT
Alexa Rank 59,754

I just noticed the Alexa website ranking for talk-sports.net jumped 30k to 59,754. Quite a jump. I was really surprised. Turns out that Alexa changed the way they do the rankings to better reflect real user surfing behavior.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 15:53:35 GMT
Top 20,000 in U.S.

Talk-Sports broke the top 20,000 websites in the U.S. at Amazon's website ranking service; Alexa. It's now 19,659.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 04:10:02 GMT
Ranking Continue to Drop

Talk-Sports.net Alexa ranks continue to drop. World-wide week rank is now 77,229. Canada is 8,533 and U.S. 20,804. I expect the U.S. ranking to drop below 20,000 in the next few days.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 08:27:22 GMT
Top 10,000 in Canada

Alexa, Amazon's website ranking services, now ranks Talk-Sports.net in the top 10,000 visited by Canadian Web surfers. We are currently ranked 9,367, which was a big jump from over 10,000 just a couple days ago.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

Fri, 21 Mar 2008 16:01:52 GMT
Breaking 100,000

According to Alexa, Talk-Sports's traffic rank is now 98,785. Yee haa!

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/talk-sports.net

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