The dust has settled on the NHL trade deadline. Unless you are in Canada you wouldn’t realize just what a ridiculous mess the day has blown up into. It’s virtually a national holiday. Yesterday, three different networks had eight straight hours of coverage, with dozens of talking heads poised to tell us what to think about every single move. The most entertaining part of the whole spectacle was that for the first several hours there was just one small deal, and the guys had nothing to say. Watching that many grown men Continue reading “Looking Back at the NHL Trade Deadline”

It is looking more and more like Oklahoma City made a monumentally bad decision. They were able to get Tyson Chandler from New Orleans for a steal, and he would have added some talent and stability to a team that is playing better than their record. But then the team doctors for the Thunder pulled an unexpected move and rejected the trade because of a case of turf toe and an ankle injury even though neither problem seemed serious. Since Chandler returned to New Orleans and to action he has met or exceeded his season Continue reading “Notes For Wednesday”

On to the National League. The American League was very chalky. Hopefully the NL is more interesting.

NL East – This is the toughest division in baseball this year. Three teams all have a good chance of winning it. Neither the Nationals nor the Marlins are among those teams, though.The Nationals are making  baby steps forward, upgrading  their rotation and adding some power in Adam Dunn. They still have a long, long way to go, though. They will improve on the 102 loss season last year, but they still won’t be respectable. Continue reading “National League Preview”

As I was browsing around today I saw that a few books have posted odds for the winners of each baseball division recently. These, to me, are far more interesting and useful than the World Series futures we looked at last week (though not as good as the win season totals that should come out this week). I want to look at these in turn. Today I will look at the three American League divisions,  and tomorrow we’ll look at the National League. Without further ado: Continue reading “Previewing the American League”

We are seeing something very special on the hockey front right now. Martin Brodeur, undoubtedly the greatest active goalie in the NHL, has just returned from a long absence due to a serious injury. He went down with an arm injury on November 1 which required surgery, and he was expected to miss the year. The guy is coming up on 37 years old, and he has played a ton of games, so it was hard to be positive about his prognosis. He was ready to return to action this week much earlier than expected, but even that wasn’t Continue reading “Notes From A Lazy Sunday”

I’ve got this fascination with Big East basketball this year. Part of it has to do with the up and coming Syracuse Orange, another part has to do with the Luke Harangody-led Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and another part has to do with unpredictable clubs like the Providence Friars. But overall, the Big East has my full attention because five of the top-10 spots in the AP poll are occupied by Big East clubs.

Here’s the way it looks as of today: Continue reading “In College Hoop the Big East is Big this Year”

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