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Thu, 25 Jun 2009 20:45:52 GMT
Update International League Player Rosters

I just updated the Internation League player rosters.

Buffalo Bisons
Charlotte Knights
Columbus Clippers
Durham Bulls
Gwinnett Braves
Indianapolis Indians
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Louisville Bats
Norfolk Tides
Pawtucket Red Sox
Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Syracuse Chiefs
Toledo Mud Hens
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:49:46 GMT
My NHL Fun
Here's what I'd do to improve the NHL game. These thoughts are feasible, although I doubt everyody will agree with them or their feasibility.
  1. Reduce game roster to 19 from 20. This will reduce the ability for teams to put goons who otherwise can't play on the 4th line. NHLPA might not like this as it could be suggested this may remove 30 players from the NHL. Since we haven't reduced the 23 man roster, this isn't exactly true. Either way, the next item will more than compensate.
  2. Add more expansion teams; Quebec City, Kitchener/London, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Seattle. This will add new spots for the NHLPA. Kitchener is out of range for all of Buffalo, Toronto and Detroit and brings a new team to southern Ontario (sorry Hamilton). Quebec City should never have lost a team. Teams in Kansas City, Las Vegas and Seattle will increase US TV coverage.
  3. As expansion teams are added, consider reducing game rosters to 18.
  4. Every team plays every other team at home and away every 2 years. That's 29+ games accounted for. The rest of the games would be divisional or tournament (see tournaments below), no extra out of division conference games.
  5. All divisional winners plus the next teams to 6 teams in each conference receive a 1st round buy. The next 4 teams play a two out of three playoff to advance. Teams are reseated every round with no account to divisional placement. Conference winners meet in the finals.
  6. Refs call the same game in the playoffs as the regular season. The playoffs is not a testiment of your ability to play with a broken foot or torn ACL. Kunitz and Cooke were the real Conn Smythe winners this last playoff. Just ask the Red Wings defense who were afraid to go into the corner in game 7.
  7. Follow up to Cooke and Kunitz, hitting a d-man on a shoot-in is called charging. No rule change required, just call it.
  8. Investigate 4 on 4 hockey. Let's start with a handful of AHL games. I'm almost positive this will create a better game.
  9. Suspend obvious dives one game to start. Repeat offenders get increasing larger suspensions.
  10. Fighting major is an automatic misconduct. Repeat offenses are one game suspensions. Third offense are multi-game suspensions.
  11. No touch icing when iced from behind the blueline.
  12. Missed passes are not icing. It's already a rule that missed two line passes are not icing, it's just not called. Intentional misses remains an icing, as are difficult to hand passes. Defensive deflections do not obviate icings either.
  13. Shooting the puck from the defensive zone over the boards in the offensive zone is not a penalty. This applies only when the player is shooting it from behind his blueline and the puck crosses out-of-play inside the other teams blueline.
  14. On an icing shot from inside the blueline and not a missed pass, the defensive player centerman stands outside the faceoff circle.
  15. Clearing the puck out of play and icing from inside the blueline should have the same rules. Either both are penalties (rather not) or both are uncontended faceoffs (see previous) and defensive team may not change players.
  16. Any delay on a faceoff where the defensive team may not change is called a timeout on the defensive team. Subsequent delays are a penalty, even if legitimate. Absolute rules are required or refs will be complacent.
  17. Examine breakaway situations instead of timed penalties. When a penalty occurs, the offended player is given the puck at centre ice and all other players must be behind the far blueline. Ref blows his whistle to resume play. Powerplays are so boring. On a major penalty, a player still sits for the duration of his timed penalty, but the team remains at full strength.
  18. Assuming breakaway situations, the offending team is not aloud to change players. The offended player may not change either unless obviously injured, ref's discretion.
  19. Start the NHL season AT LEAST one month earlier. I still like the June finish. NHLPA might not like this.
  20. The NHL pre-season is reorganized into an elimination style tournament. Each team plays 5-7 games with winners playing winners and losers playing losers. The result of this tournament determines all tie-breakers in the regular season. These games do not count in the standings.
  21. Mid-season elimination style tournament occurs between late November and early February. These games count in the standings. The location of the games are played in a neutral city.
  22. Every team is required to play at least one neutral site game and specifically not in an existing NHL city. For example, the Flames and Oilers might play in Red Deer. This might start as an exhibition game, but the intent is to make this game count.
  23. New NHL arenas should be required to have at least 20,000 seats.
  24. Three stars of the game are formulized into an award.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:09:05 GMT
NHL Fun
Here are one person's thoughts with regards to making the NHL more entertaining for him. There’s nothing in here that would be remotely appetizing to the 30 votes that matter.

 

  1.          Reduce the number of players dressed per game to 18. This effectively removes less skilled players.
  2.          Reduce the number of teams to 20. This effectively removes less skilled players.
  3.          Reduce the number of games played per week to 3. This effectively allows for better rested players, where games per week are currently 3.5.
  4.          Reduce the number of regular season games. I’m flexible with regards to the exact number of games. A minimum of 50 games would certainly let the cream rise to the top without bumping those quality teams that go on a 3 week swoon. The number, however, should not become so high that the outcome becomes too predictable for the majority of the teams. That just might make 70 games the maximum.
  5.          I prefer a balanced schedule, although I’m well aware that most enjoy playing local teams more often
  6.          Reduce the number of teams that qualify for the playoff to 8, with 3 7 game rounds. 5 games might be sufficient; however I can not get my mind to think of a playoff round being other than 7.
  7.          1st seed will play 8th seed, etc…
  8.          I prefer that these 8 seeds are the top 8 teams in the NHL with no preference being offered to division and conference. I am well aware that some may lose interest if no one from their region was competing in the playoffs. Perhaps my opinion is one from the east end of our continent.
  9.         I should be noted at this point that with a balanced schedule and no seeding preferences the concept of division and conference adds little to our world
  10.          No playoff round is to begin before the previous round is complete
  11.          Playoff games will be scheduled such that you are playing every 2nd day, where each team is to get at least 1 day off. This last point is important between rounds.
  12.          3 week training camp seems sufficient
  13.          Time off for Xmas, All-Star break, between regular season & playoffs, for Olympics & World Cup can easily be accommodated
  14.          Shut down 11 franchises Atlanta, Phoenix, Nashville, Columbus, Florida, Carolina, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Anaheim, Washington & New Jersey
  15.          Add a new and 2nd franchise in Toronto
  16.          No expansion to Winnipeg, Québec, Halifax. In the new 20 team NHL teams such as Edmonton & Calgary will be considered weak in many respects. Although I did intend on staying away from any reasoning of this sort.
    •          West division
      •          Vancouver
      •          Calgary
      •          Edmonton
      •          Los Angeles
      •          Colorado
    •          Midwest division
      •          Detroit
      •          Chicago
      •          Minnesota
      •          Saint Louis
      •          Dallas
    •          Southeast division
      •         Boston
      •          New York Rangers
      •          New York Islanders
      •          Philadelphia
      •          Pittsburgh
    •          Northeast
      •          Montréal
      •          Ottawa
      •          Toronto Maple Leafs
      •          Toronto 2nd
      •          Buffalo
 

What undermines everyone’s effort when entertaining any conversation that puts forth anything resembling the above is the idea that you can sell it. Don’t! You can’t! It’s purely entertainment!

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:38:06 GMT
Stand Up to the Sabres

One of the NHL teams that is likely against Hamilton having an NHL team is the Buffalo Sabres. Let's stand up to them and tell them that we will not buy Sabres tickets until there's an NHL team in Hamilton. Simply go to there website contact form.

http://sabres.nhl.com/team/contactus.htm

Add your details in the comment form and tell them you refuse to buy Sabres tickets till there's an NHL team in Hamilton. My son is on the SabreKidz Club, so I'll add that tidbit as well. If we put enough pressure on the Sabres, then we can get them to help us bring a team to Hamilton. There's clearly enough fans in the golden horseshoe to support three teams and without us Canadians, the Sabres would have long been relocated (possibly to Hamilton).

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 21:51:58 GMT
NHL Update

We just updated all the NHL rosters.

New Jersey Devils
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Thrashers
Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Phoenix Coyotes
Washington Capitals
San Jose Sharks
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 02:48:12 GMT
NCAA Football

Today we added forums for all the NCAA football bowl division players.  Check 'em out!

Boston College
Clemson
Florida State
Maryland
North Carolina State
Wake Forest
Duke
Georgia Tech
Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Colorado
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri
Nebraska
Baylor
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
Cincinnati
Connecticut
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
South Florida
Syracuse
West Virginia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan State
Michigan
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin
East Carolina
Memphis
Marshall
UAB
UCF
Southern Mississippi
Houston
Rice
Southern Methodist
Tulane
Tulsa
Texas-El Paso
Army
Navy
Notre Dame
Western Kentucky
Akron
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Kent State
Miami (Ohio)
Ohio
Temple
Ball State
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois
Toledo
Western Michigan
Air Force
Brigham Young
Colorado State
New Mexico
San Diego State
TCU
UNLV
Utah
Wyoming
Arizona State
Arizona
California
Oregon
Oregon State
Southern California
Stanford
UCLA
Washington
Washington State
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
LSU
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Arkansas State
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana-Monroe
Middle Tennessee
North Texas
Troy
Boise State
Fresno State
Hawaii
Idaho
Louisiana Tech
Nevada
New Mexico State
San Jose State
Utah State
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 04:29:58 GMT
Force the Lynch

For those that don't know, the Buffalo Bills are not co-operating in a hit-in-run investigation where one of there players was involved in a hit and run. On the other hand, Toronto has supported the Bills recent intro into our city. Please email the Bills and Rogers and tell them that you don't appreciate their business being involved in this situation.

Mon, 05 May 2008 02:27:15 GMT
Minor League Baseball

This week, we added forums for all the AAA, AA and most A ball teams.

Bakersfield Blaze
High Desert Mavericks
Inland Empire 66ers
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lancaster JetHawks
Modesto Nuts
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
San Jose Giants
Stockton Ports
Visalia Oaks
Frederick Keys
Kinston Indians
Lynchburg Hillcats
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac Nationals
Salem Avalanche
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Winston-Salem Warthogs
Portland
Trenton
New Britain
Connecticut
Binghamton
New Hampshire
Harrisburg
Bowie
Erie
Reading
Akron
Altoona
Brevard County Manatees
Clearwater Threshers
Daytona Cubs
Dunedin Blue Jays
Fort Myers Miracle
Jupiter Hammerheads
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Palm Beach Cardinals
Sarasota Reds
St. Lucie Mets
Tampa Yankees
Vero Beach Devil Rays
Buffalo Bisons
Charlotte Knights
Columbus Clippers
Durham Bulls
Indianapolis Indians
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Louisville Bats
Norfolk Tides
Pawtucket Red Sox
Richmond Braves
Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Syracuse Chiefs
Toledo Mud Hens
Beloit Snappers
Burlington Bees
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Clinton LumberKings
Dayton Dragons
Fort Wayne Wizards
Great Lakes Loons
Kane County Cougars
Lansing Lugnuts
Peoria Chiefs
Quad Cities River Bandits
South Bend Silver Hawks
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Acereros de Monclova
Diablos Rojos del Mexico
Dorados de Chihuahua
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Leones de Yucatan
Olmecas de Tabasco
Pericos de Puebla
Petroleros de Minatitlan
Piratas de Campeche
Potros de Tijuana
Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sultanes de Monterrey
Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Vaqueros Laguna
Albuquerque Isotopes
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Fresno Grizzlies
Iowa Cubs
Las Vegas 51s
Memphis Redbirds
Nashville Sounds
New Orleans Zephyrs
Oklahoma RedHawks
Omaha Royals
Portland Beavers
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salt Lake Bees
Tacoma Rainiers
Tucson Sidewinders
Asheville Tourists
Augusta GreenJackets
Charleston RiverDogs
Columbus Catfish
Delmarva Shorebirds
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Hagerstown Suns
Hickory Crawdads
Kannapolis Intimidators
Lake County Captains
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lexington Legends
Rome Braves
Savannah Sand Gnats
West Virginia Power
Huntsville
West Tenn
Chattanooga
Carolina
Tennessee
Birmingham
Mobile
Jacksonville
Montgomery
Mississippi
Springfield
NW Arkansas
Tulsa
Arkansas
Frisco
Corpus Christi
Midland
San Antonio
Thu, 01 May 2008 16:49:22 GMT
AAA Baseball

In addition to updating all the MLB rosters, we added all the International Leage teams to our database. In the coming days, we'll also be adding all minor league baseball teams.

Buffalo Bisons
Charlotte Knights
Columbus Clippers
Durham Bulls
Indianapolis Indians
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Louisville Bats
Norfolk Tides
Pawtucket Red Sox
Richmond Braves
Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Syracuse Chiefs
Toledo Mud Hens
Thu, 04 Oct 2007 19:08:20 GMT
Brian Burke and NHL Collusion - Episode #8

A new episode of the talk-sports.net podcast.  I cut off the show suddenly as I was interrupted while live and near the end of the show anyway.

Northeast Preseason Preview

http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-53113/TS-48179.mp3

Tue, 15 May 2007 20:14:05 GMT
Delay of Game

In last nights semi-finals hockey game, a player on the Buffalo Sabres cleared the puck in his own zone over the glass. This has been consistantly called a penalty all season. I have never, in the last two years, heard of this by the book penalty being not called. The refs refused to call it. The refs should be fired. You cannot go all season calling this penalty consistantly and abandon that commitment just because it's the semi-finals. The rules cannot change, this late into the game.

The fact that the media didn't report this incident is simply another indication that the main stream media is a bunch of bologna.

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 09:22:51 GMT
Mogilny will join River Rats today

Pete Dougherty: Alexander Mogilny, who scored 76 goals for the Buffalo Sabres in 1992-93 and has 473 in a 17-year NHL career, has been assigned to the River Rats, the team announced Wednesday night.

Randy: Mogilny was sent down in hope that he wouldn't show and the Devils could avoid paying him the $5 million remaining on his contract. In the future, you can be assured that if a player has an choice between joining more than one team, then he will not be picking the team run by Lou Lamoriello. This is likely the start of a lot of losing seasons in New Jersey. If only I had a jerk of the day award.

Thu, 20 Oct 2005 00:43:12 GMT
Hockey Canada preliminary roster

CP: Preliminary Team Canada roster for 2006 Turin Olympics released Wednesday by Hockey Canada.

http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/10/239358.html

Randy: I organized the players by their likelyhood of being selected. I placed all reasonably young players who played well on the 2004 Canada World Cup team (marked *) and complimented it with players who are obvious choices (2002 Canada Olympic team marked **). Injuries will change everything, but as it stands, either Theodore or Turco will be the 3rd goalie, one of Blake, Foote, Jovocop and Pronger will be the 7th defenceman and one of a long list of players could be the 12th and 13th forward.

Goaltenders

Defencemen

Forwards

Wed, 05 Oct 2005 03:39:54 GMT
Northeast Division Prediction
  1. Ottawa Senators - Barring an injury to Hasek, Ottawa should win the division with well over 100 points. Chara, Phillips, Redden on D and too many forwards to stop. Spezza and Heatley could both finish in the top 5 in scoring.
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs - Toronto's position in the standings will depend entire on Sundin, Lindros and Allison. Possibly the best trio of centers to play on one team.
  3. Montreal Canadians - Montreal has the type of small team that could work in the new NHL. If the penalties are called all year, they could easily finish ahead of Toronto.
  4. Boston Bruins - The Bruins have a great team outside of their d-men; Dallman, Gill, Leetch (over the hill) and Slegr. The lack of d-men makes them a fringe playoff team.
  5. Buffalo Sabres - The Sabres don't have the firepower, the d-men or the goaltending to make the playoffs. Might be a long season. 
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 02:43:30 GMT
TSN to show NHL Draft Lottery
TSN: TSN, which is the rightsholder for the 2005 NHL entry draft in Ottawa on July 30, will carry the lottery event. [cut]  The big prize, of course, is talented youngster Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic. [cut] Four teams (Buffalo, Columbus, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh) have three balls in the lottery. Ten teams (Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix) have two balls in the drum. The remaining 16 teams (Boston, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, New Jersy, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington) have one.
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