Posts Tagged ‘all-star’

H-O-R-S-E

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

images3Like most all-star weekends the most entertaining event during the NBA All-Star weekend is the skills competition. Well, brush up on your playground rules because horse is back, and I don’t mean Seabiscuit.

In a stroke of genius, the shooting contest we all know and love will now join the dunk contest, 3-point shootout and skills challenge on the Saturday night festivities before the All-Star game which is played on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see what kind of crazy shots the contestants come up with to challenge their opponents.

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Because Boys Do It All The Time (and it’s fun!)

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Scan over the magazine stands at your local grocery store and on any given men’s magazine cover you’re likely to find lists of hot women. I am a strong, secure, intelligent woman and I have absolutely no problem with this.

While many ladies find these list “offensive”  in the way they “objectify” women, I have to admit I get a kick out of reading them. And in my deeper moments of self-observation (which as you get to know me in my posts you’ll see I don’t take myself too seriously) I ask myself, “How can I persecute men for participating in the same juvenile ranking system that my best friend JM and I revel in anytime we attend a sporting event together?”

Here is a brief example of a conversation we recently had while watching pre game warm-ups at a football game. 

JM: I love men in football pants.

Chick: Definitely some nice butts out there.

JM: Yeah, number &* has a really nice one.

Chick: Sure does. Wait, that guy over there? I’d like to reach out and squeeze his butt. Who is that? I can’t see his number?

JM: That’s my husband.

Chick: Wow! I never realized what a great butt *&^%^ has. Good for you!

JM: Thanks!

Obviously, in real life we are much more sophisticated and articulate and our conversations go into greater detail (i.e., we also analyze their legs, biceps, chests and facial features) but you get the idea. Women have the same conversations about men that men do about women.

So with that in mind here is my list of the TOP 5 HOTTEST NHL ALL-STARS:

1. Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings) I wasn’t even going to put him on the list until I found this pic and he instantly soared to #1. This sexy Swede, in his 16th NHL season, all of which have been in a Red Wings’ uniform (score points for team loyalty!) is considered by most to be the best defenseman of his time. n48602206_32439231_339222. Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers) He has that sort of “I’m too sexy for my shirt” look about him. He’s hot and I’m pretty sure he knows it.0-shelly-intro3. Zach Parise (New Jersey Devlis) This little devil is quite the cutie and once he’s old enough to shave he’ll be down right sizzlin’.8470610

4. Jerome Iginla (Calgary Flames) The undisputed king of Calgary is well-known for his amazing talents on the ice but is just as renowned for being an all-around good guy. Plus, he’s married to his high school sweetheart, you gotta love that!200px-jarome_iginla_20085. Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightening)Though he isn’t exactly my cup of tea (I tend to go more for the ruggedly handsome type) but I can still appreciate his appeal. Plus he scores points on the ice and on this list by being a Christian Bale look-alike and with his spread in the 03′ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.2110010_lightning_v_panthers

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Absentee All-Stars Penalized

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

 

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

With the All-Star weekend in full-swing in Montreal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says that all-stars not in attendance at the game will be required to sit out of their teams’ next regular-season contest to prove that they are really injured.

This prompted NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby to be a part of the weekend even though he will not play in the game on Sunday. It seems that in years past too many players who had been chosen to be all stars would play in the last game before and the first game after the all-star break while skipping the all-star game claiming to be injured.

The NHL season is a long one and there is no doubt that by the season’s mid-point every player on each NHL roster is banged up and could use a little R & R. On the other hand being recognized as best of the best in the world of hockey is an enormous honor and shouldn’t be taken lightly. If  a player is injured to the point that he cannot miss a few days out of his rehab scheduled to attend the game then he won’t be well enough to play in the days following the all-star game anyhow. So, for legitimately injured players this ruling by the league shouldn’t even be an issue.

For players whose bodies are beginning to feel the strain of the marathon that is the NHL season I understand that their commitment to their team is priority number one. But I also believe there is an obligation to the league and the fans to at least make an appearance at the all-star festivities. 

Today the weather in Montreal is 1 degree Fahrenheit, -18 Celsius. I wonder, if the NHL made the all-star weekend an annual event in Hawaii like the NFL would they have trouble getting players to show up?

For the details on this story go to:

http://www.slam.canoe.ca/

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To Fight Or Not To Fight, That Is The Question

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

images4As hockey’s best gather in Montreal for the NHL All-Star festivities a major topic of discussion among NHL executives and the NHLPA has been the issue of fighting. More specifically, should it be banned or should rules be put into place that would minimize fights in NHL games? It has been widely reported that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of fights thus far in the NHL season. Despite this, players insist that they believe there is a place in hockey for fighting and don’t want to see it go.

From the perspective of a fan, I would hate to see fighting go. True, I am a novice hockey fan at best. I don’t know the ins and outs of the game and the extent of my knowledge involves knowing that I cheer when a goal is scored and that power-play means one team has more guys on the ice than the other. For me the most exciting part of attending a hockey game or watching the occasional one on T.V. (it’s inevitable, I am after all married to a Canadian and living in the Great White North) is when the fists start flying. 

By nature, I am not a violent person. But there is something about watching the gloves being flung to the ice, as the opponents size one another up circling, waiting for the right moment to throw the first punch and then…bam! Finally, it’s on and I, the quiet suburban housewife, become a cheering, screaming maniac for 30-90 seconds. 

In Canada and the odd American NHL city (Boston, Minnesota, New York, Detroit, Philly & Chicago to name a few) there are many fans who are well-versed in the sport and passionately believe fighting in hockey is ruining the sport. But I would be willing to guess that the majority of the people living in NHL cities know even less about hockey than I do and that’s not saying much. And unfortunately for all of the hockey purists, most NHL teams are located in hockey-illiterate cities.

So it really boils down to numbers. For the NHL to survive in a stinking economy, hockey dummies like me must be drawn to the sport and the best way to ensure that is to keep those gloves a flyin’.

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