Rask has caused the NHL’s best offense to be non-existent – via Hockey Blog Adventure
by Brian Bobal
A goal by Patrice Bergeron in the later stages of the second overtime in Game 3 has the Penguins facing elimination, after just three games.
Boston’s top line has continued its dominance throughout this series as David Krejci alone has scored twice as many goals as the entire Penguins team. His linemates, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, have combined for 2 goals, 6 assists, and a +10 rating. The whole Boston team continues to roll, although the Bruins did suffer a loss to their fourth line as Gregory Campbell went down with what turned out to be a season-ending broken right fibula.
As for Pittsburgh, the high-flying offense that powered the Penguins’ engine through the first two rounds has been grounded. Continue reading
Paul George emerged into a star in the Miami Heat series – via Five Wide Sports
On Monday night, the Indiana Pacers felt the wrath of the Miami Heat, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade over matched the young, inexperienced team as they were abused in game 7. Although they were embrassed, their future couldn’t be brighter.
Let’s start off with the big guy, and the most surprising player in this years playoffs in my opinion, Roy Hibbert. Watching him dominate in the playoffs, I could not believe my eyes. Continue reading
If Parker maintains his level of play throughout the series, the Spurs will be a hard team to knock off even for the Heat – via lbtimes
by Noe Garcia
The San Antonio Spurs might be old, but they can still win.
The Spurs beat the Miami Heat 92-88 Thursday night and stole home court. Now the Heat must look to rebound on Sunday if they want to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole.
San Antonio will win this series in five games because of a couple different reasons. Continue reading
(The new regime has KC excited in ’13 – via Arrowhead Addict)
by Ryan Hagerty
If there is one word to describe the NFL, it is unpredictable.
This is not to say that other sports are easy to predict, but it seems as if every season there is a Cinderella team that surprises all the analysts. Like last season for example, when rookie quarterback Andrew Luck took a rag tag Indianapolis Colts team that finished dead last in 2012, all the way to the playoffs. It also happened when Matt Ryan turned the Atlanta Falcons lowly franchise around after being drafted third overall. We even saw this occur with the Miami Dolphins when Chad Pennington took a team to the playoffs that finished 1-15 the previous year.
This prompted me to take a look at each time that finished last in their respective divisions, and rank them in order of which is most likely to make a surprise run. There were two divisions in which teams were tied for last, so in those cases I’ll decide which one was worse.
To make things interesting, I’ll start with the least likely. Continue reading
There’s a legitimate chance B.J. Upton could be demoted – via Braves Banter
by Christian Fazzini
Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton, Jayson Heyward.
Coming into the season, arguably the three biggest bats in the Atlanta Braves lineup. Here we are two months into the season and the Braves are atop the National League East, but it is not due to the production they are getting out of Uggla, Upton nd Heyward.
Between the three of them, they are hitting .161, have 18 home runs and 40 RBI’s. If that isn’t abysmal, I don’t know what it. Their struggles have continued throughout the season, and they do not show any signs of getting hot. Besides the fact that Upton has hit 2 homers in June.
Big deal. Continue reading
Is Williams’ excuse for missing OTAs understandable? – via Town News
by Michael Lavin
Newly acquired cornerback Cary Williams hasn’t even played a single down for his new team in Philadelphia.
Yet already, the former Baltimore Raven and Super Bowl champion is finding himself under a microscope swarmed with sound recorders and notepads. Continue reading
(Green Bay may have found their running back of the future – via Full Scale Sports)
by Matt Hoffman
Green Bay, WI – The NFL Draft has come and passed. With Baseball season in full swing, and the NBA and NHL gearing up for their respective Finals, the National Football League is in a low attention point. But, all the while rookies are being signed, OTAs are being participated in, and teams are doing their best to prepare for the upcoming season.
Out of all the rookies that have signed, one has been quiet in the media. His selection was even quieter, overshadowed by the bigger names in the draft, and perhaps the other ten players selected from his school. Despite all that, he remains as one of the best picks in the entire draft.
Eddie Lacy. Continue reading