The Unspoken Rules of Hockey

This time of the year is like a dead period for me.  College football is over, the NFL playoffs are in full swing but the Rams suck and Weller has those covered, I don’t like basketball and I only get to see one or two hockey games a week.  (I hate you Mediacom.  I hate you so much.)  That should semi explain my absence in the past week, plus I’m leaving for Vancouver on Tuesday morning and I’ve been filling out various paperwork all week.  Then this hockey fight between the New York’s Marian Gaborik and Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo caught my eye:

For those of you who don’t watch much hockey, Gaborik has 61 points on the year while Carcillo has 11.  Gaborik has 23 penalty minutes. Carcillo has 130.  Needless to say, it was a mismatch.

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Sean Avery: Still An Ass

It’s been a while since we had a good hockey post around here.  As you know, I love hockey.  I’m a huge St. Louis Blues fan and I feel like I’ll jinx their late playoff push by writing about them.  This post is not about them, but if you haven’t noticed, there’s an excellent playoff race going on over in the Western Conference.  Check out the current standings.  But no, that’s not what this post is about; this post is about Sean Avery. Continue reading

Next Year’s Winter Classic

The NHL’s Winter Classic is about to take place on New Year’s Day from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. But I’m not here to talk about that game, as exciting as it will likely be. Now that game is all about the matchup. And the Blackhawks and Red Wings are pretty evenly matched right now (especially with how hot Chicago is – a franchise-record 9 wins in a row heading into tonight’s game).

The Winter Classic will take place next season (and probably season after season for a while). The outdoor hockey game is a cool thing no doubt, and brining in famous venues from other sports makes it all that more intriguing. Here are a few proposals I have for future Winter Classics. Continue reading

Stat of the Day (Game-winning goals)

My name is John Juettner. I was a roommate of Bryan’s when I was a senior at Missouri. Bryan offered the invitation for me to help out with his blog here a while ago, and I actually started to write something but never finished. It’s still in the draft screen on the dashboard (the behind-the-scenes of this blog).

Anyway, I’m going to officially start helping Bryan and Weller out. I have lots of free time and I love sports statistics. So, I’m bringing you the “Stat of the Day” feature. It might not get posted every, single day, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Here is today’s. Enjoy.

In the 2007-08 NHL season, Jeremy Roenick of the San Jose Sharks was second in the league with 10 game-winning goals. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals  led the league with 11 game-winners. Roenick only scored 14 goals on the season, though. Ovechkin had a league-leading 65. Going a little deeper, Roenick had only 89 shots on goal, while Ovechkin had 446. 

The next guy on the list that season with similar season totals to Roenick’s in goals and shots on goal was Niko Kapanen of the Phoenix Coyotes. Kapanen had 10 goals and 85 shots on goal. He had 5 game-winners.

Election Day

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that it’s Election Day.  So, in the spirit of Democracy, go vote for whoever you want and then vote in the WaB Sports Election.

Our main issue?  Which sports pair would you vote for to be President and Vice President of the United States of America?

Peyton and Eli Manning

w_peytonmanning_vGIANTS MANNINGYou knew this pair was going to make an appearance, so I’ll just get it out of the way.  Peyton would take the helm, while Eli would man the Senate.  I’m pretty sure they would carry the Southern states pretty well, except maybe Alabama.  Plus, Peyton wouldn’t have to struggle for any campaign airtime on your television.  Also, these two have some entreprenurial experience as well which can only help their cause.  The Mannings would also have the perfect PR director for their firm in their Dad, Archie Manning.  Basically, if you cast your ballot for one Manning, you vote for them all.  Even you, Cooper.

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer

tiger_woodstxrogerfedererapMaybe you prefer pure dominance in your Presidential Candidates.  If that’s the case, it gets no better than Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  We’re obviously ignoring the whole natural born citizen part, but no one here is over 35 years old either.  Anyway, these two have pretty much won everything they’ve ever entered so they had to be included.  It should also be noted that if this pair was elected, the first lady would look like this.  Not that it should have any bearing on your vote or anything.

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin

sidney_crosby7ovechkin2Maybe it’s youthful exuberance and unlimited potential that you look for.  Crosby and Ovechkin make up the youngest pair in the running with a combined age of 44 years old (not technically old enough to run for Office, but whatever).  They also have had the burden of carrying what some consider a dying sport squarely on their shoulders for the last couple of years.  Economic crisis should be easy.  With Crosby and Ovechkin in office, we would also see relations with Canada and Russia improve dramatically, which can only be a good thing.

Michael Jordan and LeBron James

michael-jordanjames_lebron0329This one is for the people who like a nice mix of dominance, plus a little bit of the old school and a little bit of the new school.  We first thought Scottie Pippin was the best choice for VP, but upon further review, he was kind of a jerk.  Jordan is the best player ever LeBron may be in line to challenge for that crown, so by running for President, Jordan could mentor on just about everything.  Except gambling.  They wouldn’t be able to talk about gambling.  The only problem with this pairing would be this.  That little stumble might be tough to overcome.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

333wbelichick_bill_getty_260Our last pair represents the win at all costs people.  Belichick has shown that he has no problem breaking the rules to get an advantage.  Maybe that’s how you want your country run.  Tom Brady can do most of the press conferences and public appearances since Belichick isn’t real big on those.  He also doesn’t date Gisele.  He does, however, hold goats in a nice, loving way.  Anyway, Belichick knows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pretty well already, so that’s good.  Just imagine Belichick swearing oath in a cutoff hoodie.  Weller obviously endorses this pair.

So there you have this year’s candidates.  Choose wisely, because the fate of the free world may lie with goat boy if you don’t.

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