Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

NCAA March Madness Preview

Posted: March 20, 2014 by ericbernsen in NCAAB, Sports
Tags: , ,

It is that time of year when March Madness becomes the forum of ultimate trash talking and bragging rights between friends, colleagues, and family. Filling out a bracket and watching your upsets become a reality (or fail miserably) is one of the most exciting feelings as a fan, which makes the NCAA Tournament such a thrilling experience. People from all over the world become emotionally invested in schools that range from Florida to Wofford, and there is truly nothing like it. With the festivities starting up today, we decided to take a look at each region of the bracket and provide some insight on what to expect. But don’t take it as gospel or bulletproof advice for your quest to pull off a billion dollar bracket….anything can happen.   (more…)

Advertisements

Breaking Down The 2014 NHL Trade Deadline

Posted: March 6, 2014 by ericbernsen in NHL, Sports
Tags: , ,

This years NHL trade deadline snuck up on us due to the Olympics, but boy it did not disappoint as there were a flurry of big-time trades involving star players and Stanley Cup worthy teams. While the real winners and losers of the deadline won’t be truly known until a few years down the line, there is certainly plenty to analyze when names such as Martin St. Louis, Ryan Miller, and Thomas Vanek have been moved around the league. Let’s take a look at the most notable trades that went down over the past week and analyze how they will affect the playoff-contending squads as the regular season winds down.  (more…)

Men’s Olympic Hockey: Semifinal’s Preview

Posted: February 21, 2014 by ericbernsen in NHL, Sports
Tags: , , , , ,

It is safe to say that for many viewers of these Winter Olympics, the Men’s Hockey tournament is considered as the must see event. From Russia getting ousted before even getting a chance at a medal to an exciting opening shootout win for the United States against the home country, these games have been filled with excitement. The antcipiation is at an all-time high heading into the semi-final contests this Friday and all eyes will be remaining on the four last remaining teams. Let’s take a look at each match-up and outline what we should expect.  (more…)

Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, revealed over the weekend that he is openly gay. This creates the possibility he’ll be the first publicly known gay player drafted in the NFL, and the revelation has created quite the stir in the media. Sam said that he told his Missouri teammates in August about his sexual orientation, and the team certainly did not suffer any repercussions from it as the Tigers went 12-2  earning their first-ever SEC East championship and a No. 4 overall ranking — the highest ever at Missouri. Sam played a huge role on the team as he was a first-team All-American and earned the SEC’s top defensive player of the year award. Despite all of these accolades, it appears that Sam’s stock in the NFL is dropping due to his unsolidified defensive position at the next level. And with this recent announcement involving his personal life, it will be interesting to see the fate of Michael Sam as the NFL Draft approaches.  (more…)

Oklahoma St. head coach Travis Ford announced on Sunday that star guard Marcus Smart had been suspended three games for his actions against a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of the contest. Smart tried to block an opposing players dunk attempt from behind, but stumbled out of bounds behind the basket. As he was being helped up, he exchanged words with a fan in the front row before reaching for the fan and pushing him. When Smart was walked off the court, he initially claimed to an assistant coach that the fan had used a racial slur against him. However, the final verdict was that the Texas Tech superfan (Jeff Orr) had called him a ‘piece of crap’, which is was led to the scuffle. This has not been the first outburst from Smart as NBA draft season approaches, and it remains to be seen how these incidents will affect his value.  (more…)

The big day is finally here as New York (technically New Jersey) plays host to Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Bronco’s will take on the Seattle Seahawks. This heavyweight match-up has many storylines to it as the best offense in the league (Denver) will be squaring off against the NFL’s best defense (Seattle). From Peyton Manning’s legacy to Richard Sherman’s big mouth (which he backs up on the field), there has been no lack of anticipation leading up this championship game. The Meadowlands will be the venue and it seems like the outdoor/cold weather weather potential will have little impact, a topic that was covered ad nauseam this past week. Let’s take a look at what to expect in Super Bowl XLVIII and offer a preview.  (more…)

Last night provided a special moment in the NBA as the TD Garden was the place to be with the return of former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The game between the Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets was minor in comparison to the honoring of two Celtics who brought so much to the Celtics organization and gave so much back to the city of Boston. This type of connection is rare these days as fans at the TD Garden somberly, yet proudly reminisced on the Big 3 era. The Celtics organization changed drastically when Pierce and Garnett were sent off to Brooklyn as the team moved forward with its rebuilding phase, but last night everyone was reminded of the great times they had wearing their green-and-white jerseys, and there was not a dry eye in the house. (more…)

The NFL has received an ideal pairing of games for Sunday’s conference championship match-ups. The AFC Championship game could be the final postseason showdown between two of the best quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Meanwhile, two of the most promising young passers in the game face off against the respective tough defenses of the 49ers and Seahawks. Both games have the potential to be classics and there are multiple story-lines that have dominated the topics of endless TV/radio talk shows this week. Let’s take a look at each match-up and preview what to expect.  (more…)

Back in September, it was announced that Toronto-born rapper Drake had been named the new “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors. While the term is a rather vague one, it was clear that Drake was hired to plan an integral role in promoting the festivities for the 2016 NBA All-Star game, which will be held in Toronto. Drake is also playing a part in helping the team rebrand as it redesigns its image and apparel in honor of the Raptors 20th anniversary next season. The team decided to honor the partnership this weekend when the Raptors took on the Brooklyn Nets coining it as “Drake Night”. From a halftime DJ set to giveaways of the new black-and-gold Raptors T-shirts as well as the new OVO Jordan’s, there was no shortage of celebration at the Air Canada Centre. Before the game started (the Raptors won by the way), Drake had a press conference in which he answered some questions about his role within the organization, comparisons to Jay-Z, as well as his overall goals for the city of Toronto.  (more…)

It is needless to say that last week’s slate of Wild Card games provided us with a highly entertaining weekend of football. From the Colts miraculous comeback against the Chiefs to the 49ers hard fought win on the freezing tundra of Lambeau Field vs. Green Bay, all NFL fans were on the edge of their seats throughout each contest. We now have eight teams remaining in the playoffs and four match-ups that should prove to keep us locked in on our TV screens. Let’s preview each game and an idea of what to expect from the NFL Divisional Round.  (more…)