Peaking At The Right Time

 

The NHL midseason report After 7 years of missing the playoffs and having the leagues highest payroll the New York Rangers went into rebuilding mode months before the 03-04 season ended. They knew that a salary cap was going to be implemented once a labor agreement was ever going to be struck so they had to get rid of their high price players. Upon doing that, Rangers management did a very bright thing in keeping Jaromir Jagr for the long run instead of unloading his 8 million a year salary at the time. Coming into the season New York Rangers were picked by many experts including Sports Illustrated to finish dead last in the league. Well I would have to say the Rangers surely have proved their doubters wrong. Heading into the Olympic break the New York Rangers sit atop the Atlantic Division with 78 points. They are lead byRead More »

Fleury shines as Pens win second in a row

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the olympic break with a two game winning streak. Yes i said a two game winning streak. Friday night they defeated the best team in the league the Carolina Hurricans 4-3 in a game believe or not that they outplayed the Hurricanes for most of the game. It was a great team effort and getting goals from Boguniecki, Leclair, Recchi and Crosby. One player that i was impressed with friday night was Ryan Whitney. He finally looked like the player who first came to the team in November. He was playing with confidence and was the best player on the ice. For this team to finish off the season strong after the Olympic break is for Ryan Whitney to play like the Ryan Whitney that played against the Hurricanes. Tonite the Pens defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3. The Pens started off strong with Sidney CrosbyRead More »

Tough decisions ahead for the Super Bowl Champs

 

The Steelers head into the off season with key components on their team heading into free agency. The two names that jump out is Antwaan Randle El and safety Chris Hope. Before the season started it looked like Randle El could be signed at a relatively mid salary. Now after having a above average post season and winning the super bowl his stock has just risen considerably. Free agency begins March 3 and the Steelers have eleven players unrestricted free agents, including wideout Antwaan Randle El, free safety Chris Hope, cornerback Deshea Townsend, tight end Jerame Tuman, defensive end Brett Keisel, running back Verron Haynes, defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, quarterback Charlie Batch, wide receiver Quincy Morgan, offensive tackle Barrett Brooks and linebacker Clint Kriewaldt. Before resigning there own free agents this team must restructure Jeff Hartings and Duce Staleys contract to free up some cap space. One move theyRead More »

Penguins losing streak hits 7

 

Bruins 3 – Penguins 1 This game was just like all of the others. The Bruins outplayed the Pens in every category of the game. The most disturbing thing with this team is the work ethic. I didn’t expect this team to be outworked consistently every game. The start of the game started with the Pens getting outshotted 9-0 in the first five minutes. From then on the Penguins didn’t have a answer for a Bruins team that is not very good. Once again penalties were a problem. Cairns took a lazy tripping penalty then Surovy on the powerplay in the third period only down 2-0 takes a lazy penalty. With a team with 1/2 of its players who have no skill you would atleast expect to see some work ethic and some good positional hockey. One player I was impressed with tonight was Andre Roy. He showed a lotRead More »

Randle El Chicago Bound ?

 

NFL rumors: Antwaan Randle El Pittsburgh Steelers: After Randle El’s sensational performance at Super Bowl, he is about to cash in. Rumors are swirling around that Chicago has made it clear they have serious interest in obtaining the speedy wr/pr/qb. Chicago needs a # 2 receiver to offset Mushin Muhammad and with 18 million in cap room they are expected to over pay for Randle El. Pittsburgh doesn’t have the cap room and will not over pay for Randle El even if they wanted to…. Possible Destinations 1.Chicago 60%, 2.Pittsburgh 30% and 3.New England 10% is also rumored to be very interested. Ken Whisenhunt offensive coordinator Pittsburgh Steelers: Whisenhunt arrived today in Oakland to interview for the coaching vacancy. It is obvious Oakland is going to offer him the job so it’s just a matter of time until he accepts or declines it. – my take: Oakland is a toughRead More »

Super Bowl XL Champions

 

Pittsburgh 21 – Seattle 10 This game will not go down as one of the greatest super bowls of all time, but it was still a classic in its own way. Bill Cowher got that monkey off his back, Jerome Bettis got his fairy tale ending and most importantly Dan Rooney got to hoist the Super Bowl Trophy for the the first time in 26 years. The first half was very slow with the Steelers heading into the half with a 7-3 lead after a controversial Ben Roethlisberger 3 yard touchdown run. The second half was a different story. Fast Willie went off on a super bowl record 75 yard touchdown run that put the Steelers up 14-3. That is what Parker brings to the table. He may have 5 carrys for 11 yards then all of a sudden he’ll hit you for a 75 yard run. Then the gameRead More »

Is this just the beginning ?

 

There has been a vibe around town the past week, whether this Pittsburgh Steelers team is on the verge of becoming a dynasty. It’s a very good argument, there is many reasons why you could say they are on the verge and why there not. I believe that the Steelers are going to be a special team for the next 3-5 years, but a Dynasty, that’s a tough call. They have all the right pieces in place, starting with their coach Bill Cowher and GM Kevin Colbert. Bill Cowher may run the show but Colbert deserves a lot of credit for what he has done. Look at the draft picks since 02. Kendall Simmons ( right guard ) – nothing special but is a solid guard who gets the job done. 03 Troy Polamalu ( safety ) don’t even have to the explain the impact he has. Have to giveRead More »

NHL report

 

My Fab 5 Stanley Cup Contenders Above the rest 1.Ottawa Senators 72 pts – loaded in every aspect, only worry is can 41 yr old Dom Hasek hold up down the strech? 2.Dallas Stars 70 pts – This team is very strong up the middle and for them to take it to another level is for Bill Guiern to provide some more offense 3.Detroit RedWings 71 pts – The new NHL hasn’t effected this team at all, their deadline need is to add a number(3-4)defenseman to replace the loss of Jiri Fischer 4.Calgary Flames 65 pts – built for the playoffs, but for them to jump above Dallas and Detroit they need to add a offensive center to play with Iginla. 5.Carolina Hurricanes 76 pts – the suprise team of the year, and lead the league in the standings. Play great team hockey, and the possible addition of Doug WeightRead More »

Thank You for all the memories Mario

 

The Magnificent One calls it quits after 17 remarkable seasons. Mario Lemieux announced his retirement from the Penguins after undergoing a irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him since mid December. ”The time is right because I can no longer play the game at the level I’m accustomed to,” Lemieux said in making the announcement. ”I think the best decision is to retire as a player and turn the game over to the younger guys who are the future of this team and this league. It’s a young man’s game now.” Lemieux was amazing on and off the ice despite the many obstacles he encountered. In the late 80’s and 90’s Super Mario surpassed Wayne Gretzsky as the greatest player in the game. Mario was a freak of nature standing at 6ft4 225 lbs. To go along with his big frame he had all the tools. Mario produced 3 M.V.P.’s 6Read More »

It’s time for the abuse on Sidney to end

 

Sidney Crosby: Welcome to Mario’s Lemieux’s world. Think back to the mid & late 80’s when Mario was clearly establishing himself as the greatest player in the game at that time. Yes even better than The Great One. Game after game Mario was getting hacked, cross-checked, and mugged all game from the opposing teams goons. Guess what, Mario like our young superstar Sidney Crosby had to defend his self. The team and management did nothing about it until the cup years. If Mario could have gotten the Wayne Gretzsky treatment (if you lay a finger on Gretz the whole Oilers team will be jumping the bench coming after you) maybe he doesn’t have the back problem’s he had and i guarntee you if Mario was 100% healthy in the 90’s this franchise ends up with 4 or 5 Stanley Cups instead of two. So you get my drift. Now don’tRead More »