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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:06:47 GMT
Top 10 Players on Talk-Sports
I used my analytics data to put together the top 10 most popular players on Talk-Sports in each of the 5 majors sports in North America. Your fav guy in this list?
League NFL NASCAR NHL MLB NBA
1 Tim Tebow Tony Stewart Sidney Crosby Derek Jeter Derrick Rose
2 JJ Watt Dale Earnhardt Jr Jonathan Toews Matt Kemp Kevin Durant
3 Aaron Rodgers Ricky Stenhouse Jr Joffrey Lupul Tim Lincecum Zach Randolph
4 Clay Matthews Denny Hamlin Patrick Kane Justin Verlander Paul George
5 Colin Kaepernick Michael Waltrip Brooks Laich Brian Wilson Dirk Nowitzki
6 Jimmy Graham Brad Keselowski Brad Richards George Kontos Chandler Parsons
7 Cam Newton Jimmie Johnson Paul Martin Eric Hosmer OJ Mayo
8 Rob Gronkowski Kasey Kahne Tyler Seguin Hunter Pence Chris Andersen
9 Earl Thomas Clint Bowyer Scott Hartnell Alex Rodriguez Dwight Howard
10 Luke Kuechly Austin Dillon Corey Crawford Matt Adams Tristan Thompson
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:38:39 GMT
18 NHL WAG Instagrams to Follow
  1. Keshia Chante (wife Ray Emery)
    http://instagram.com/keshiachante
  2. Elisha Cuthbert (x-gf Sean Avery, wife Dion Phaneuf)
    http://instagram.com/elishacuthbert
  3. Julie Leshkevich (x-gf Tyler Seguin, gf Tyler Brown)
    http://instagram.com/julieleshkevich
  4. Amanda Bickell (wife Bryan Bickell)
    http://instagram.com/abickell
  5. Leslie McClement (wife Jay McClement)
    http://instagram.com/thestylehunterdiaries/
  6. Carrie Underwood (wife Mike Fisher)
    http://instagram.com/carrieunderwood/
  7. Noureen DeWulf (wife Ryan Miller)
    http://instagram.com/noureendewulf
  8. Candace Cameron (wife Valeri Bure)
    http://instagram.com/candacecbure/
  9. Hilary Duff (wife Mike Comrie)
    http://instagram.com/hilaryduff
  10. Michelle Trachtenberg (x-gf Brandon Prush)
    http://instagram.com/iammichellet
  11. Kellie Pickler (x-gf Jordon Tootoo)
    http://instagram.com/kelliepicklerdaily
  12. Rachel Hunter (x-gf Jarret Stoll, x-gf Sean Avery)
    http://instagram.com/rachelhunterx
  13. Gena Lee Nolin (wife Cale Hulse)
    http://instagram.com/genaleenolin
  14. Izabella Scorupco (x-wife Mariusz Czerkawski)
    http://instagram.com/izabellascorupco
  15. Alyssa Milano (x-gf Wayne McBean)
    http://instagram.com/milano_alyssa
  16. Erin Andrews (x-gf Jarret Stoll)
    http://instagram.com/erinandrews
  17. Barbie Blank (x-gf Sheldon Souray)
    http://instagram.com/thebarbieblankofficial
  18. Hilary Rhoda (x-gf Sean Avery)
    http://instagram.com/hilaryhrhoda
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, 01 May 2013 02:15:09 GMT
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

A series by series predictions for the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and a glimpse into the next 3 rounds. The NHL playoffs since the 2004-05 lockout has been a unpredictable beast. You make the playoffs on the last day of the regular season and you find your way to the Stanley Cup finals. What makes a good regular season team is clearly not what makes a good playoff team. Here's my sense of what might happen this playoff season.

Wild v Blackhawks

The Minnesota Wild have badly underperformed and scratched their way into a playoff spot. That said, a hot goalie and some timely scoring might give them a chance. But goaltending and scoring have not been their forte this season. They do have some grit with Cal Clutterbuck, but on the whole this team is soft. Not a recipe for winning the Lord Stanley's mug. An underdog to win a series and a longshot to win it all.

And the Wild are playing the recent Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks are loaded with talent; Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane. Their was the question of goaltending at the start of the season, but Corey Crawford has been great. The consensus is that the Hawks are the team to beat in the West.

Winner: Blackhawks

Red Wings v Ducks

This isn't the Red Wings we knew in years past. There's no Nicklas Lidstrom. End of story. It's just not the same team.

The Ducks have been an off-and-on team for years with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. They even won a Stanley Cup a few years back. I don't think this team has the depth to make it far in the playoffs, but I do think they have enough to handle the Wings. Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne are getting older by the day.

Winner: Ducks

Sharks v Canucks

For the 1st time in a long while, the Sharks aren't expected to do anything this playoff. They're suppose to boy out to the much better Canucks. And with perenial non-playoff performers like Joe Thornton, they have every excuse. But remember, they are very deep in talent and someday, if Joe is willing, they might surprise in the playoffs. And don't forget, that's a Cup winning goalie between the pipes; Anti Niemi.

The Canucks are very much like the Sharks of a few years ago. Some playoff success, but everybody expected so much more. And because of injury, they'll be starting the playoffs with long-time playoff disappointment Roberto Luongo in net. Whichever team loses this series, will cement their reputation as playoff losers.

Winner: Canucks

Kings v Blues

An extremely talented team that should have little problem taking care of the Blues. But I'm not sure a team led by the party boys (Jeff Carter and Mike Richards) can make it two years in a row. I'm thinking the hangover from last summer hasn't quite warn off yet.

The Blues are... well... a blue colar team. No stars and a lot of names even I don't recognize. Just a lot of hard work. Their goaltending load was split between three goalies. It's very rare that teams with no talent advance in the playoffs.

Winner: Kings

Islanders v Penguins

The worst run organization in the NHL made the playoffs on the back of their one superstar John Tavares. That's about as far as they'll get. I doubt they could handle an injury riddled Penguins lineup in a seven game series. And the Pens are getting healthy.

If Sidney Crosby returns to the form he displayed early this year, then we might see a 16 game winning streak. Unless... remember last year... total collapse of the flower.

Winner: Penguins

Senators v Canadiens

Senators played way over their heads all year. Now they have a healthy Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson. They can steal a round, at most.

The Canadiens are looking back between the pipes and putting their faith in Carey Price. A career 8-15 playoff record. This might be Price's last chance. If he falters again, then the fans in Montreal might start calling for a change.

Winner: Canadiens

Rangers v Capitals

I really liked the makeup of the Rangers at the start of the season. Things didn't go as expect and the team was rebuilt mid-season. Mid-season of an already short season. Henrik Lundqvist could put the team on his back lead them thru a few playoff rounds, but I doubt it. Teams rebuilt mid-season rarely go anywhere in the playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin is on fire and we're heading into the playoffs. This team is gonna live and die on his stick. I don't see much problem dispensing the Rangers. Then... in the 2nd round, it's OV time or bust.

Winner: Capitals

Leafs v Bruins

As a long-time Leafs fan, what a relief. Playoff games. Everything sits on James Reimer's shoulders. They're a tough and fast team that can score. Can they keep the puck out of the net? Reimer did it all year.

The Bruins are either the toughest team in the playoffs or the 2nd toughest. And the Leafs are either the toughest or 2nd. Expect a lot of hitting. Fighting. Injuries. Whomever wins is likely gonna get beat the next round anyway. This is war.

Winner: Bruins

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:11:32 GMT
NHL Awards

Here are my choices with a couple games left in the NHL season for the individual award winners. In a couple cases, my choice is partial based on the assumption that the team will or will not make the playoffs and if that changed, then my opinion would change. But I doubt it. You'll find my choices a little different that the conventional people who think they know hockey.

Hart

Had Craig Anderson not been injurred, his sneeking the Senators in the playoffs with a 1.71 GAA and .941 SV% would've won him the Hart, but I can't give it to a goalie that only played half the season? Can I? Without Anderson's heroics early in the season, this injury riddled team could very well be competing for the 1st overall pick in this summers entry draft instead of being in the playoff race. Still, I can't believe

How about a forward that played only 3 quarters of the season? Sidney Crosby was still leading the NHL in scoring and 2nd in assists with 3 games left in the season. His linemates are #1 and #2 in the plus-minus leaders (he's currently 4th) and he's in the top 15 in faceoff wins.

Can you give it to two forwards, Martin St Louis and Steve Stamkos, who may win the Art Ross for most points while leading their team to a lottery pick instead of a playoff spot? These two players rank last and 2nd last on their team in plus-minus for forwards. This isn't new territory for this pair. These are two players that I would absolutely not consider for the Hart. In fact, I doubt this team will ever make the playoffs until they break up their core group of offensive players who don't skate in their defensive zone.

Alex Ovechkin is by far the Hart winner in the 2nd half of the season, but is that enough to overcome a very bad start? Remember 2 months ago when everybody was saying OV was washed up? Now he's gonna win yet another Rocket Richard trophy and is a prime candidate for the Hart as well.

Other players I would consider voting for are Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares. All four elevated their teams to new heights this season, but none stood out as much as Crosby or Ovechkin.

Winner: Sidney Crosby

Vezina

Let me start by repeating the same argument that Craig Anderson would've won here too had he not been injured.

That said, people are starting to talk about Sergei Bobrovsky as the prime candidate for the Vezina. And I agree. Without Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets would not be in the playoff picture.

I'm also gonna make a case for another goalie that took a team that hasn't made the playoffs in a decade into the playoffs this season; James Reimer. In the game that clinched the playoffs for the Leafs, they were outshot 50 to 22 by the Senators, yet won the game 4-1 on 49 saves by Reimer. Getting outshot isn't a rarity in Toronto these days (years).

You could also make a case for Tuukka Rask, Henrik Lundqvist, Cory Schneider, Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford, but Bobrovsky and Reimer were the best this season in my opinion.

Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky.

Norris

He's hated, just as much as he's loved, but this year he became a true all-star and Norris candidate; P.K. Subban. He hits hard, he leads all d-men in goals and points and has a nice plus-minus to boot.

How about Brooks Orpik? If he could only score. But how about 10th in hits and 6th in blocked shots? This guy is a true unsung warrior.

And then there's Dion Phaneuf. Twenty-sixth in blocked shots, 6th in hits, 6th in points, 3rd in goals, 5th in ice-time. Now those are some impressive numbers.

Ryan Suter is another possibility, but his team has under-performed even with Ryan playing his best season yet and they don't look playoff bound.

My finalist are Phaneuf and Subban.

Winner: P.K. Subban.

Calder

Jonathan Huberdeau leads all rookies in goals and points and he's nearly leading a bad Florida offense in both categories as well.

Justin Schultz leads all rookie defensemen in goals, assists and points, but he does have a lot of offensive help on a very talented Oilers team.

Cory Conacher is a nice story and does lead all rookies in assists and points. That said, he accumulated most of those points playing along side the offensive-minded Lightning.

I'm deciding between Huberdeau and Schultz.

Winner: Justin Schultz.

Lady Byng

I don't really care.

Selke

This is by far my favorite award. Mostly because I think it's histerical that the most recent winner of the award doesn't even play much on his teams short hand unit. Pavel Datsyuk may very well win this award again, but in my opinion he isn't even in the top 20 best defensive players in the NHL. If he's so good defensive, then how come he only ranks 3rd on his team in short-handed ice-time per game for forwards? And how can you even give the award to a player that isn't played much in defensive situations like power plays?

Let's look are real defensive players, not just great offensive players who are reasonable defensively. The real great defensive players are those that hog most of the short-handed ice-time and are on the ice in the last minute when your team is winning by a goal.

This guy should've won the Frank J Selke most every year he's been in the NHL. No other player even needs to be named. He leads the league in short-handed ice-time by a forward with 163 minutes. No other player has more than 131. In those 163 minutes, the power-play has only 11 goals. His new team joined this season had their penalty kill go from 24th last year to 3rd best this year. He plays every shift against the other teams best offensive players and maintained an even plus-minus. And does he play in the final minute in one goal games? He must. He has 3 empty net goals this season. No player since Michael Peca has scored such a high percentage of his games into empty nets (just saying, didn't double check that stat).

Winner: Jay McClement.

Adams

The Ottawa Senators have been devastated with key injuries, yet the team still managed to stay in the playoff hunt. Paul MacLean deserves consideration for the Adams for holding this team together all season.

John Capuano deserves a gold medal for managing to put the worst managed hockey organization in the NHL into the playoffs. His team has Tim Thomas, Alexei Yashin and Rick Dipietro accounting for $11-12 million of the cap space. Without these players, who aren't even on the team, they wouldn't meet the CBA team salary floor for 2012-13.

The Columbus Blue Jackets suck. If they make the playoffs then Todd Richards is another candidate for coach of the year. This team is made up almost entirely from players unwanted otherwhere in the NHL.

All three coaches have taken a bad team to the promised land.

Winner: Paul MacLean.

GM of the Year

The Penguins added Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow to an already stacked team. Ray Shero must be using a different math then the other General Managers in order to fit so many stars into the same salary cap every other team struggles with. Their backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is better than most NHL starting goalies and he signed him for next to nothing.

Not as impressive as the Penguins, but the Bruins added Jaromir Jagr and Wade Redden at the deadline. Peter Chiarelli also managed a very skillful trade to free up salary room by trading Tim Thomas to the Islanders. The trade was clearly made to circumvent the salary cap for both teams, as the Islanders were under the salary floor and the Bruins needed some room to work with.

I can't put my finger on a 3rd GM that stood out as much as these two.

Winner: Peter Chiarelli

Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:42:43 GMT
Top Sidney Crosby Twitter Feeds

I searched thru twitter today looking for decent Sidney Crosby feeds. I found only 3 :(

Sidney Crosby's Ego

@SidneyCrosbyEgo

Stanley Cup Champion, Olympic Gold, MVP, List goes on. I'm the best and everyone knows it. Parody Account. Business/Questions: SidneyCrosbyEgo@gmail.com

An NHL rink near you

 

Sidney Crosby

@thecrosbyshow

The lonely NHL star, Sidney Crosby, tweets about his day to day struggle to find his place in the world. This is a parody bitches.

Pittsburgh

YA BOY SIDNEY CROSBY

@YABOYSIDNEY

HEY GUYS ITS SID THE KID. FOLLOW PLS?3

bitchburg

 

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:25:16 GMT
Updated NHL Rosters

We updated all the NHL rosters this morn.
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/

I'm gonna do all the MLB and minor league baseball rosters soon.

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:06:28 GMT
Dustin Brown v Antti Niemi
Today is game 3 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Dustin Brown v Antti Niemi.

To vote for Brown simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Dustin_Brown @TalkSportscom

To vote for Niemi simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Antti_Niemi @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:31:28 GMT
Henrik Lunqvist v Matt Duchene
Today is game 2 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Henrik Lunqvist v Matt Duchene.

To vote for Lunqvist simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Henrik_Lundqvist @TalkSportscom

To vote for Duchene simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Matt_Duchene @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:24:04 GMT
Mikko Koivu v Ales Hemsky
Today is day 1 of the Hottest NHLer playoff. Vote for who u think is hotter;
Mikko Koivu or Ales Hemsky.

To vote for Koivu simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Mikko_Koivu @TalkSportscom

To vote for Hemsky simply tweet
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Ales_Hemsky @TalkSportscom

Votes are tabulated over 24 hours.

View the entire Hottest NHLer playoff bracket at
http://challonge.com/hottestnhler
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:52:24 GMT
Hottest NHLers Brackets

We're almost ready to start the Hottest NHLer tournament. Talk-Sports users will vote for the hottest NHLers every day for the next few months. The votes are cast on twitter using a special tag that will be given the day of each voting. We're hosting the brackets view on challonge.com. The first match is between Mikko Koivu and Ales Hemsky.

http://challonge.com/hottestnhler

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:17:04 GMT
Hottest NHLers Seeding

The initial seeding of the players for the hottest NHLers run-off that will happen over the next couple months.

1 Sidney Crosby (633)
2 Milan Lucic (185)
3 Mike Fisher (162)
4 Ryan Kesler (145)
5 Zach Parise (132)
6 T.J. Oshie (128)
7 Mike Cammalleri (125)
8 Henrik Lundqvist (119)
9 Dustin Brown (114)
10 Patrick Sharp (114)
11 Rick Nash (112)
12 Mike Green (111)
13 Bobby Ryan (103)
14 Martin St. Louis (103)
15 Andrew Ladd (98)
16 Mikko Koivu (93)
17 Ales Hemsky (90)
18 Mikhail Grabovski (90)
19 Jason Pominville (90)
20 Nicklas Lidstrom (88)
21 Cam Ward (79)
22 Shane Doan (75)
23 Kris Versteeg (70)
24 Antti Niemi (69)
25 Matt Duchene (69)
26 John Tavares (68)
27 Brenden Morrow (62)
28 Erik Karlsson (54)
29 Wayne Simmonds (53)
30 Max Pacioretty (34)

Both Sidney and Milan will get a bye in the 1st rounds. The 1st rounds matches will be 3rd v 30th, 4th v 29th, etc.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:25:23 GMT
Hottest NHLers

With the shortened NHL season about to start, I thought I'd spice it up with a hottest NHLer contest on twitter. I'm gonna start with  Cosmo's hottest NHLer list.
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/hot-hockey-players-2012

I'm gonna use stats on Talk-Sports.com to rank the players from 1-30. The top 2 will get byes. The 3rd place will face the 30th, 4th v 29th, etc. Each round, the players will be reseeded, with highest original seed against lowest. There will be 3 initial one-day rounds over 27 plus days (I may miss a day here and there). Once we get to the semis, then both voting period will take place over two days. The finals voting will take place over an entire week.

The 1st day will be 15th v 16th. I'll provide twitter tags for both players. The player who receives the most tweets with his tag every day will move onto the next round. For example, the tag for voting for Randy Morin would be #RandyMorinHottestNHLer, but only tweets during the voting period will cound. You can vote as many times as you want, just be careful not to get yourself banned by twitter.

I'll provide the initial seedings later today.

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:59:03 GMT
Top Ten Talk-Sports Pages

Thought it would be interesting to list our top 10 pages on www.Talk-Sports.com from the last month. Just for fun.

  1. http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Sidney_Crosby (96k pageviews)
  2. http://www.talk-sports.net/nascar/girlfriend.aspx/Dale_Earnhardt_Jr (68k)
  3. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Brian_Wilson (56k)
  4. http://www.talk-sports.net/nfl/girlfriend.aspx/Aaron_Rodgers (41k)
  5. http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Jonathan_Toews (40k)
  6. http://www.talk-sports.net/nba/girlfriend.aspx/Derrick_Rose (38k)
  7. http://www.talk-sports.net/nascar/girlfriend.aspx/Tony_Stewart (37k)
  8. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Derek_Jeter (29k)
  9. http://www.talk-sports.net/nfl/girlfriend.aspx/Clay_Matthews (22k)
  10. http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Tim_Lincecum (20k)

Actually, Sidney Crosby's page 2 had 22k pageviews and would've finished 9th.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:43:47 GMT
Updated NHL Rosters
We updated the National Hockey League rosters this morn.
http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 17:02:24 GMT
Best Defensive Forward?

The NHL award that I have the biggest problem with is the Frank J Selke trophy. This trophy is awarded to the best defensive forward.

What would qualify you as a great defensive forward? I would suspect that's for players who play great defensively, like penalty killers or players that are used to mark the better scorers on the other team. Add solid play in your own zone, which would result in your team not being scored on much while your line is on the ice. Scrambling defensive zone faceoffs would be another asset I could see in this player.

Some criteria I wouldn't ascribe to a Selke candidate is goals, assists, points and making the all-star game, except in the extreme rare case where a forwards make the all-star team based on his defensive work. Rare.

Now, let's examine Pat Datsyuk. This guy has won the Frank J Selke award three times. He doesn't play on Detroit's short handed lines. In the playoffs last year, Zetterberg, not Datsyuk was used to mark the other team's top center (Thornton). Is Pat Datsyuk good on faceoffs? He's good, but hardly exceptional. The only thing he has going for him is that he leads the league in takeaways.

How does a player who doesn't play short-handed, isn't a defensive marker win the Frank J Selke three times? Well, he does score a lot of goals off those turnovers. And he does get a lot of assists off those turnovers. The problem is those people that vote, don't vote for the best defensive forward. They vote for the best defensive forward in the NHL scoring leaders. The last truly defensive player to win the Frank J Selke was Kris Draper, 7 years ago. I dare the voters next year to vote for a real defensive player, like Jay McClement.

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