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  • Apr 14, 2017 03:32 PM
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    I have been waiting a year for this. The NHL playoffs are finally here! If you are wanting to get a friend interested in hockey, the playoffs are most definitely the time to do it. As always, there are a few times this year that have a really good chance at winning the cup.

    The Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators:

    I am going to give this matchup to the Blackhawks. They are the top-seeded team in the Western conference, and looking to win their 4th Stanley Cup in eight seasons. That's an impressive record. An important note in this matchup is that 2/3 times the Hawks have won the cup recently, they have played the Predators in the first round. It would be pretty stunning if the Predators took them out this year.

    The Washington Capitols vs. Toronto Maple Leafs:

    I am giving this matchup to the Capitols. They are favorite for the cup this year, even though they have a record of burning out in the postseason. And I'm not only saying that because they are favored, I genuinely cannot see the Leafs taking them out. The Caps have more heavy hitters and much more speed than the Leafs.

    I would normally have more top matchups for the playoffs, but this year is looking scarce for teams that will be both entertaining and can make the cut. So I'm going to stick with the 3 that I actually see having both of those qualities.

    My 3rd top matchup (and to me, least likely to win the cup):

    The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets:

    I am giving this matchup to the Penguins. Both teams have similar qualities, but the penguins have Veteran Marc-Andre Fleury. That is the determining factor for me. The Jackets won't be able to penetrate and pucks to the net.

  • Apr 08, 2017 12:50 PM
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    Speaking from strictly a WWE standpoint, I'd say John Cena is reining champ. I don't think there is anyone else who deserves it more. But from an all around standpoint, I'd say Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson takes the title. The man went from dominating in the wrestling world, to dominating in the cinema world. Cena will never be able to make the transition like Johnson has. I read somewhere that he is now the highest paid celebrity in hollywood, per movie/time.
  • Apr 10, 2017 02:22 AM
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    Man.... Spieth goes from quick dominating hero, all the way to tied for 11th place in just two years. Reminds me a lot of what happened with Tiger, without the long-time dominating part.
  • Apr 06, 2017 10:52 PM
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    BearDown Wrote: That's a very impressive first round, but I can't help but be amazed at how Phil Michelson is still going so strong at his age. He seems to be in contention in every single major, which is crazy considering he has been around since my pre-teenage years.
    I know what you mean. I will always think of the name Phil Michelson when I think of the Masters. They just are one in the same for me.
  • Apr 06, 2017 10:52 PM
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    Even though the three-day rain ceased just moments before the tournament began, the strong intermittent wind was still an issue at Augusta National. Although it was a problem for everyone else, Charley Hoffman seemed unaffected by the weather and had an incredible first round of this year's Masters Tournament; a nine-birdie, seven-under 65- including five birdies in his last seven holes- on a day when the scoring average was 10 strokes above of that. That's quite a large gap, considering the group of players.

    Other tournament favorites for reference:

    William McGirt: 69

    Phil Mickelson: 71

    Rory McIlroy: 72

    Jason Day: 74

    Jordan Spieth: 75

    Hoffman said, "For lack of any better words, it was a dream."

    This is Hoffman's 4th time competing at the Masters, and has four PGA tour wins under his belt. I hope he can keep up this momentum throughout the tournament. It's always fun watching someone who wasn't in the spotlight taking out the big dogs.

  • Apr 05, 2017 07:31 AM
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    It's pretty cool to actually see a QB transition from playing to a spot like this. You see all the vets with these jobs and forget that they actually played. I think Peyton is content with doing little spots here and there. He looks like he's having fun with it. I can totally see them offering Peyton the job first and him turning it down.
  • Mar 31, 2017 06:49 PM
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    We've all seen it before. A team that starts the season in a phenomenal way. A team that seems to be able to take down all it's opponents rather easily, and looks great while doing it. Though as the season moves along to more serious opponents/crunch time, they completely fall apart. This can be absolutely crushing for die-hard fans.

    This is what I think is happening with Mexico's Football team. Their numbers under Juan Carlos Osorio have been looking almost too good lately. One thing that has helped the moral of the team greatly, is that they have restored quite a bit of lost faith in their fans since the hexagonal qualifying in Brazil 2014, but still has a good ways to go. They played great matches against both Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobego, though what they produced in those matches will only take them so far against powerhouses like Germany or Chile. And that is right where the fear lies.

    In order to have a chance in the World Cup, they need to transcend from a team that looks the part, to the team that has been tried and true against a heavy challenger. I really do think there is a possibility for them to do that, but I'm just not sure they will be able to stand up to the test.

    Mexico fans want what most fans want, a team that exceeds others expectations at the World Cup.

  • Mar 28, 2017 01:54 AM
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    Bruce Arena has replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as the new head coach for the USMNT. Even though the changed technically happened back in November, the real test for the fit begins now for the team. There are a few that think this is a step backwards, but I see it as the one thing they needed to be a dominating force.

    This is actually Arena's return to the team. He did a great job of coaching them from 1998-2006, with more wins than any other coach in history with the U.S men's team. He has also taken the U.S to two world cups, and a quarterfinals appearance trip in 02. Not only that, he has also been to multiple NCAA championships with University of Virginia. He is a tried and true coach.

    I see this being exactly what the team need to get to where they want to be.

  • Mar 20, 2017 06:28 PM
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    Dallasite Wrote: Yeah, we only have 4 teams that aren't #1-4 seeds in the Sweet 16. So it's been a pretty predictable 2nd round outside of this game and a few others. South Carolina, Wisconsin, Xavier and Michigan are now the underdogs, Xavier being my favorite of that bunch, and coincidentally the lowest seed still left alive (#11). I like underdogs for sure.
    How far do you see South Carolina getting after this? Do you think it was just luck? Or do you see any kind of fighting chance for them to get further?
  • Mar 16, 2017 09:53 PM
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    SFriedman Wrote:

    No perfect brackets left standing.

    Last perfect bracket busts after 40 games in the 2017 NCAA tournament

    Best one got 39 games right. Missed out on the Iowa State game. A good line from the article:

    For reference, the odds of flipping a coin and having it land on heads 39 times in a row is 1 in 549,755,813,888.

    That's crazy. Do you know of anywhere that has which games had the most destruction? I'd be interested to see what kind of impact Duke, Michigan, etc had as a whole.