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Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:13:26 GMT
NHL All-Stars

Here is my Year-To-Date all-stars including the Olympics.

G - Craig Anderson, Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo. two USians.

D - Mike Green, Chris Pronger, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Shea Webber, Brent Seabrook, Stephane Robidas. entirely CDNian

F - Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby, Daniel Sedin, Jonathan Toews, Steve Stamkos, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Mike Fisher, Ryan Getzlaf. mostly CDNian (very rare). No Thornton (becoming convinced he disappears in big games, see Olympics)

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:56:44 GMT
Every Olympic Athlete

We updated the website with forums for every single Olympic athlete. Sorry, no girlfriend forums.

http://www.talk-sports.net/olympics/

Pakistan
United States
Ukraine
Georgia
Belarus
Russian Federation
Lebanon
Canada
Germany
Switzerland
Korea
Finland
Great Britain
Denmark
Bulgaria
Sweden
Australia
France
Japan
Romania
Italy
Latvia
Kazakhstan
Norway
Morocco
Slovakia
Poland
Czech Republic
Republic of Moldova
Chile
Ireland
Azerbaijan
Slovenia
Austria
Netherlands
Hungary
Liechtenstein
Iceland
New Zealand
Croatia
China
Peru
San Marino
Spain
Turkey
Brazil
Monaco
FYROM
Greece
Colombia
Tajikistan
Estonia
Andorra
Serbia
Argentina
Uzbekistan
Belgium
Hong Kong, China
India
IR Iran
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jamaica
Armenia
Algeria
Mongolia
DPR Korea
Montenegro
South Africa
Chinese Taipei
Bermuda
Ghana
Lithuania
Cyprus
Israel
Kyrgyzstan
Senegal
Nepal
Portugal
Ethiopia
Albania
Cayman Islands
Mexico
Fri, 04 Dec 2009 15:59:33 GMT
Kid Gives Inspirational Hockey Speech
Famous Herb Brooks speech before the US played the Russians in the semi finals in the 1980 Olympics.

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, 09 Jun 2009 17:53:33 GMT
Sports Trivia Posers
You have to love sports trivia posers. Now, admittedly I'm also wrong on sports trivia once in awhile, but I'm amazed how many people will sit at a bar and BS their friends to death on sports trivia.

Today, I had that pleasure. First, the guy told his friends that Jean Beliveau won 15 cups as a player and two as an executive. I told him, it was only ten as a player and Henri Richard had 11. Then, he bragged to his friends that the U.S. Miracle on Ice game was actually a semi-final game and not a finals. I told him it was neither, rather it was a round robin system. He looked at me stunned, he clearly thought I was stupid. He then wondered with his friends where Canada was at that Olympics, but I knew he wouldn't believe me when I told him the Olympics didn't allow professionals back then. Finally, they started talking about the overpriced TFC versus AC Milan game this summer. I told them I thought it was Real Madrid and excused myself from any further conversation. Honestly, the average sports fan knows next to nothing of which he speaks.

The funny part is that these guys were older then me and should remember Jean Beliveau and the Miracle on Ice better than I. In fact, I never saw Beliveau play.

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 16:38:16 GMT
Bill McCreary Sucks
This years Pens-Wings series is IMO the worst reffed NHL Stanley Cup finals series that I've watch. And I've watched nearly every period of every finals game since the late 70s. Four major incidents come to mind and all five were in favor of the same team, the Detroit Red Wings. I've seen bad reffing before, but the calls went both ways. Let me start with the four incidents.
  • Game 1 - Zetterberg puts his hand on the puck in the crease. I gave the ref the benefit of the doubt here. This could've been called a penalty shot for the Penguins.
  • Game 2 - Zetterberg puts his hand on the puck in the crease on an apparent goal. Neither the goal was allowed, nor the obvious penalty shot. I cannot give the benefit of the doubt two games in a row. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Game 2 - Winning goal is scored on a blatant non-call. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Game 4 - Empty net clear breakaway situation is not called an automatic goal. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Entire series the refs have ignored calling penalties while the Wings have struggled on both the power play and short handed. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Sidebar. Bill McCreary was on the ice for three of the four bad calls and is primarily responsible for most of the non-calls both ways. I still remember this guy putting away the whistle while Canada won the World Cup (or maybe the Olympics, maybe both). He'll be in the Hall of Fame one day. An insult to every good ref, player and builder.
    Thu, 14 Aug 2008 05:36:39 GMT
    Olympic Athletes

    I just added forums for all the Olympic Athletes.  Here's Michael Phelps.

    http://www.talk-sports.net/olympics/

    Wed, 08 Mar 2006 00:39:47 GMT
    Maple Leafs Draft Picks

    In the last week or two, I've heard a lot of people mention that the Leafs don't draft well. Let's review the last 10 years, of which, most every they placed high in standings, had low first round picks and traded many away. I only highlighted players who are recognizable and there are a lot of players drafted in 2003-05 that have plenty of time to become good players.

    2005

    2004

    2002

    2001

    2000

    1998

    1997

    1996

    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 23:04:02 GMT
    Why?

    Everybody keeps asking me why Canada didn't win gold at the Olympics. Well, rather than answer that stupid question, I thought I run thru the NHL scoring leaders and list which country each player was born in and which team they played for. Good idea?

    Player Born Olympic Team
    Jaromir Jagr Czech Czech
    Joe Thornton Canada Canada
    Eric Staal Canada DNP
    Daniel Alfredsson Sweden Sweden
    Ilya Kovalchuk Russia Russia
    Marc Savard Canada DNP
    Dany Heatley Canada Canada
    Alexander Ovechkin Russia Russia
    Alex Tanguay Canada DNP
    Pavel Datsyuk Russia Russia
    Marian Hossa Slovakia Slovakia
    Sidney Crosby Canada DNP
    Patrick Marleau Canada DNP
    Simon Gagne Canada Canada
    Peter Forsberg Sweden Sweden
    Henrik Zetterberg Sweden Sweden
    Brian Rolston U.S.A. U.S.A.
    Markus Naslund Sweden injured
    Vaclav Propal Czech Czech
    Olli Jokinen Finland Finland
    Jason Spezza Canada DNP
    Paul Kariya Canada DNP
    Shawn Horcoff Canada DNP

    What I don't understand is why this DNP country was allowed to dress 8 Canadians of the top 25 scorers of the NHL. What's even stranger is that this DNP country didn't win any games during the Olympics. No other team had more than 3, they had eight of the top 25 scorers in the NHL. With a team like that, you'd figure they were a lock for gold.

    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 15:22:26 GMT
    Jacques Plante Defeats Canada

    The Gazette: Every penny Raymonde raises will go to the Jacques Plante Foundation, which she created six months after her husband's death to assist promising young goalies in Switzerland.

    Randy: It would appear that Canada's men's hockey team was foiled at the Olympics from beyond the grave by the greatest Canadian goalie ever, Jacques Plante. Swiss or should I say Jacques Plante defeated Canada 2-0 on a 49-save shutout by Martin Gerber.

    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 21:12:43 GMT
    Canada Wins Silver in Men's Short-track

    CP: Canada won silver in the men's 5,000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the Olympics.

    http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=156181

    Randy: The team consisted of...

    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 21:10:44 GMT
    Clara Hughes wins Gold in 5000m

    CP: Winnipeg speedskater Clara Hughes won gold in the women's 5,000 metres on Saturday.

    http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=156166

    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 21:09:35 GMT
    Another Medal for Cindy Klassen

    Cindy Klassen claimed bronze, here 5th medal of this Olympics, 6th all-time in the women's 5000m.

    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 20:11:31 GMT
    Curling Olympic Gold

    CP: Brad Gushue's rink won Canada's first Olympic gold medal in men's curling with a 10-4 victory in eight ends over Finland's Markku Uusipaavalniemi on Friday.

    http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=156058

    Randy: Canada cheated. We intentionally played bad all week to confuse the other teams. In the final, even our misses were good. Gushue was a god. Third Mark Nichols, second Russ Howard and lead Jamie Korab were all near perfect.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 15:05:59 GMT
    Short-track Relay Silver

    CP: Canada captured a silver medal in the women's 3,000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., Kalyna Roberge of St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and Tania Vincent of Laval, Que., finished in four minutes 17.336 seconds.

    http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=155808

    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 14:44:14 GMT
    Cindy Klassen Wins Agains!

    CP: Cindy Klassen became Canada's most decorated female Olympian on Wednesday when she won her fifth career medal - her fourth at the Turin Games.

    http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=155790

    Randy: Cindy's first gold, fourth medal of this Olympic and fifth overall. She could still win one more in the 5000m on Saturday.

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