By: Mike Asti
It is now Stanley Cup time. Now that the NHL’s final has arrived, here’s something to reflect on the greatness that was the 2010 edition. Will this years Stanley Cup Final live up to its predecessor? Last season the Chicago Blackhawks won their first championship since 1961, ending one of sports longest title droughts. Another long suffering fan base will move off that list very soon.
Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final
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Hopefully Jeremy Roenick can keep it together this year….
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By: Alex Wiederspiel
In the wake of Jim Tressel’s resignation, nobody should be more upset then the Big 10 Conference. On the heels of adding Nebraska to the fold and becoming the fourth automatic qualifier conference to add a championship game, the Big 10 just lost one of it’s most marketable coaches and maybe one of their most marketable programs. Ohio State is one of the most popular programs in the country–and similarly one of the most hated. They are the New York Yankees of the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic. You either love them, or you love to hate them.
And now, those people who love to hate them are ready to go to town. They are ready to vilify Jim Tressel as the scapegoat for all that is wrong with college football.
But is that really the answer?
Many would like to say let’s blame everything on Tressel. His actions were reprehensible and Tattoo-Gate may be a watershed moment for college football. Now, two of the most recognizable and beloved coaches in college football have succumbed to the biggest problem currently plaguing the NCAA–benefits.
By: Mike Asti
(1) Vancouver Canucks, Championships:0
Last Stanley Cup Win: NA
Last Stanley Cup Final: 1994
Last Post-season Appearance: 2010
Players With Bling: Mikael Samuelsson
(3) Boston Bruins; Championships:5
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1972
Last Stanley Cup Final: 1990
Last Post-season Appearance: 2010
Players With Bling: Mark Recchi (2), Shawn Thornton
After a great season and one of the most entertaining playoffs in recent memory, only two teams remain. Sports fans are left with their final couple weeks of jaw-dropping goals, back breaking saves, and games that appear to be never ending. This is somewhat depressing news, yet we all knew this day would come. All signs point to the last matchup of the 2010-2011 season picking up right where the others have left off. Just like last year, one franchise is guaranteed to put an end to a long history of pain and misery.
By: George Gerbo
Auto racing has long held an important place in American sports lore. From the brick-paved lanes of Indianapolis to the beaches of Daytona, the American love affair with the automobile and seeing it pushed to its limits is ingrained in our collective psyche. It was fitting, then, that on Sunday (May 29), we witnessed one of the most exciting and memorable days in the long history of auto racing in this country.
The last Sunday in May is always circled on the calendar of racing fans and those in the town of Speedway, Indiana, a small suburb just west of Indianapolis. It is the site of the annual 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an American Memorial Day weekend tradition unlike any other – the Borg-Warner Trophy, the quart of milk to the winner, the kissing of the yard of bricks at the start-finish line – and the largest single-day sporting event in this country, with over 250,000 spectators packed into the infield and grandstands of the two-and-a-half mile rectangular oval.
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In one of the most anticipated NBA finals in recent memory the Miami Heat will meet the Dallas Mavericks for the right be calledNBA Champions. Something will give when the smoke clears and either Lebron James or Dirk Nowitzki will have their first ring of their careers. This is the main headline going into these finals, which star can get it done?
For Dirk Nowitzki winning a championship is the only thing that has eluded him in his phenomenal career. Dirk has been to the playoffs 11 straight years, including a 2006 trip to the NBA finals in which the Mavericks blew a 2-0 series lead against the same opponent they will face in 2011, the Miami Heat. This is a different Mavs team, and a different Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has played like never before in these playoffs. His demeanor and effort has been unmatched and he has taken Dallas to a place that not many people thought they would be. Dirk has been lethal from the offensive end, seemingly un-guardable at times. He is averaging 28.4 points per game, and has been doing it inside and out. Dirk and his group of hungry teammates might just be on a mission, they swept the western conference favorite Lakers and looked tremendous in a comeback win to clinch the Western conference title.
By: Jared Ramos
I am not going to lie, I was a bit surprised to see Jim Tressel resign today. Here is a guy who posted a record of 106-22, went 66-14 in Big Ten play, won a national championship in 2002, has won seven Big Ten championships (and six in a row), and went 9-1 against Michigan. There is no denying the fact that Tressel is an excellent coach.
So what gives? Well, what gives is the fact that Jim Tressel is a lying, cheating scumbag. He lied to the NCAA multiple times. He played ineligible players for a whole season, knowing full well that his players were ineligible. For Ohio State, this was the only move the university had. They face the NCAA infractions committee in August. This move had to be done because all of this took place under Tressel’s reign as head coach. By firing the guy in charge, Ohio State may avoid the “death penalty”. They may not.
It is sad looking back at it all. This will forever be attached to Tressel’s legacy. These are serious charges that he is facing and Tressel may never coach again. Looking all the way back to the first press conference Ohio State had when these rumors came out, this move seemed unlikely. School president Gordon Gee said “I hope he doesn’t fire me.” That shows how much power Tressel had. But remember, it is not the crime here, it’s the cover up. Read more
By Alex Wiederspiel
It’s amazing that it’s been nearly a full month since I’ve been able to get up and post. It doesn’t help when you start a full-time job, are homeless, and don’t have internet. Well, at least one of those problems has been solved (take a guess which one). So I’ve been keeping up with everything since the draft ended–lockout talks, rumors of trades once the lockout inevitably ends (going on it’s 11th week, this is the longest work stoppage in NFL history), and trying to figure out just how much this lockout is going to affect teams that have not been able to install new systems.
The thing that comes as no surprise to me is that the young quarterbacks are taking initiative. Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford, and Josh Freeman have been organizing massive-scale workouts for their respective teams. I’m beginning to see some similarities between these three and Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. Although the latter three came from one draft class and the young guns were split between 2009 and 2010 drafts, the similarities are almost striking.
By: Mike Asti
The Texas Rangers brass decided they wanted to show their appreciation for manager Ron Washington, but do it in a unique way. Team president Nolan Ryan did not just want to do the cliche thing and throw some extra cash his way or even buy Washington a new car. Instead, Ryan and the Rangers found a way to tug at their skipper’s heart strings and appreciate him all at once.
The Texas Rangers awarded Ron Washington with a 1985 Cadillac Biarritz. While receiving a classic set of wheels like this is cool all by itself, this gift was extra special. Washington, a New Orleans native, lost his original 85 Caddy at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to his employer, Washington is now once again the proud owner of the quarter century old classic.
“I think that goes to show how much they care about their employees,” said Washington. “Words couldn’t express what I feel about them replacing my 1985 [Biarritz], because it meant everything to me. It was hard for me to let it go, and then they find one and sent it to me.”
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By: Josh Cooper
This year, an entertaining variety of games will take place between the Big East Conference and the SEC Conference. It will be a chance to see which conference has the better squads, and here are the previews for some of the most intriguing match-ups.
St. John’s at Kentucky
This will be a great game for St. John’s to prove that they are here to stay as competitors in the NCAA tournament. This past season, St. John’s brought some spark back to college basketball in the city of New York, with upsets to big-time teams such as Duke and Syracuse, and were able to go to the quarterfinals in the Big East Tournament. However, this game may not be theirs with a now experienced Kentucky squad that was in the Final Four this past year. St. John’s is going to have to go up against a tough 6’7 physical guard in Darius Miller, who scored 10 points per game and grabbed 4 rebounds per game this past season. If St. John’s wants to stand a chance against Kentucky, they have to keep this guy away from the rim. To add to the competition, the recruits that they are bringing in are great players - adding five five-star players. St. John’s will have a rude awakening against the Wildcats, as they graduated nine seniors in 2011. St. John’s is definitely bringing in some talent this year, as well – adding six four-star players, but it will a big atmosphere for this young team, as they will be going into the mecca of college basketball. Because of Calipari’s great coaching and Kentucky’s experience along with incredible recruiting, Kentucky wins this game, as the spotlight will be too big for St. John’s, by a score of 75-55. Read more