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|Posted on 18 February, 2022 at 20:05||comments (0)|
One of the NHL's most quietly impressive streaks came to an end on Monday.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton failed to record a shot on goal for the first time since April 5, 2016, ending a streak of 296 consecutive games, according to NHL.com's Michael Smith. It was the longest active streak in the NHL.
Hall of Famer Ray Bourque holds the all-time record of 360 straight contests with a shot on goal since the league began recording the statistic. Bourque also holds records for most career shots (6,206) and most shots in a single game (19).
Alex Ovechkin and Jeff Carter have come close to Bourque's streak in recent years, but both came up 45 games short, TSN's Frank Seravalli wrote in 2017.
Hamilton still managed to pick up an assist in Carolina's 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators. He'll have a chance to start a new streak Tuesday in the Music City.
|Posted on 18 January, 2022 at 23:15||comments (4)|
Browns fans remain some of the most loyal in all of sports and waited outside late Sunday night to welcome the team home.
The Cleveland Browns nearly pulled off the upset Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. A Chad Henne scramble and a clutch fourth-down call by Andy Reid halted the comeback late and the Browns headed back to Cleveland with plenty to be happy about even in defeat.
There was obviously frustration from players and fans, but the latter group came out to support the team and let everyone know how much this season truly meant after so much dysfunction from the franchise in the past
Browns fans show up in support
The final result was not what anyone in Cleveland wanted. However, getting to the Divisional Round and keeping it close against the defending champs was something to celebrate. The fact the Browns even got into the playoffs was a major accomplishment considering they had not done so since the 2002 season.
The weather was frigid Sunday night and that did not matter. The players, coaches, and staff got to see the support and that will hopefully let them know they are appreciated.
Cleveland has always been a Browns town. Fans wanted the team to get back to its winning ways that had disappeared for the past few decades and they finally did the impossible in 2020. It is fitting the Browns picked 2020 as the year to turn things around.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic limited fan attendance all around the NFL this season. The players should know the support was still there, but it was not the same. Cleveland fans braving the cold and showing up was a nice gesture. The true party will take place when stadiums can be full again and fans can let out all the pent up excitement from over a year of waiting.
|Posted on 18 January, 2022 at 18:05||comments (509)|
The Toronto Blue Jays are making a serious push to sign outfielder George Springer, sources told Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
The Blue Jays were expected to re-connect with Springer and his representatives this week and may have already done so, Nicholson-Smith and Davidi note.
Despite Springer's reported preference to play close to his home state in Connecticut, his interest in the Blue Jays is reportedly genuine, and being in Toronto isn't an issue.
This comes not long after it was reported the Blue Jays are struggling to lure free agents due to the uncertainty surrounding their home ballpark for the upcoming season.
The New York Mets remain in the picture as the pursuit for the three-time All-Star continues between the two teams. The Blue Jays have been connected to Springer since the offseason began, and they've been considered a finalist for his services alongside the Mets since December.
The Blue Jays reportedly submitted a five-year offer to Springer in early January worth less than his asking price of more than $150 million.
Springer owns a career batting line of .270/.361/.491 with 174 home runs and 458 RBIs over his seven seasons with the Houston Astros.
He hit a career-high 39 homers in 2019 while finishing seventh in American League MVP voting. He also took home World Series MVP honors in 2017.
If the Blue Jays fail to land Springer, Jackie Bradley Jr. is reportedly the club's Plan B.
|Posted on 17 January, 2021 at 21:10|
Brees and Brady had a moment on the Superdome field following the game, but perhaps the biggest sign of Brees’ likely retirement came when him and his wife, Brittany, exchanged a tender moment with their kids running around beside them.
The Brees’ share a moment
Drew and Brittany got married when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers. They then made the decision to move to New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina. That move is now history and the Brees name will always hold a special place in the heart of everyone from the city and the region.
Brees going back on the field with his kids and talking with Brady seemed like the end of a sports movie about two great competitors. His wife joining him seemed to signal it could be the final time on that field as an active player.
The legendary quarterback has not yet officially announced his retirement. However, him returning would be a shock given his age, declining abilities, and the serious injury he suffered earlier this season.
The Brees family will go down as legends in New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Enjoying one final moment on the Superdome turf is something they should remember forever.
|Posted on 1 January, 2021 at 3:05||comments (0)|
A week after receiving scornful messages from angry fans for drafting players who are not well-known, The Denver Nuggets Front Office decided to pursue an All-Star in Free Agency. Even Though they wanted him on their team for years, Paul Millsap always looked elsewhere until this Summer because other teams knew he wasn’t worth the amount of money he wanted. The Nuggets was the only team in the NBA who was willing to give him a max contract. The deal is a 3 year-90 mil contract with a 2 year option meaning he can be released after the 2018-2019 season. Many Denver fans believe this signing elevates their Nuggets status as a contender in the West, but I beg to differ. The Nuggets was already a top 10 team in the Western Conference without Millsap. With the growth and maturity of their youthful Big 3 in Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris, they were already going to be a contender for a bottom 3 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The signing of Millsap should automatically put them in the playoffs next season, but they are in no way, shape, or form, good enough to take down the likes of Golden State, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City, Portland, or even a revamped Minnesota Wolves team.
The top teams in the Western Conference has multiple players with not only playoff experience, but they have experience winning against good teams in high pressure moments. As for The Nuggets, Millsap is probably the only guy with such experience. However, Millsap was never able to elevate a mediocre Atlanta Hawks team as a legitimate team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Now many people want to point to his numbers but such is deceiving. Yes, he averaged 18 Points Per Game and 8 Rebounds Per Game, but you must look at the team that he played for. If you can’t average 18 ppg with 7 rpg playing for the Atlanta Hawks, then you do not belong in the NBA. In his overall 11-year career, he has only averaged 14.2 ppg and 7 rpg, and to be quite honest, the only reason why he became an All-Star was due to the fact that he was in the woeful Eastern Conference. When he was a member of the Utah Jazz for 7 seasons, he never received an All-Star bid. Millsap is the type of player that’ll make a great impact on an established contender who needs one piece to help them get a ring. He does not belong on a team that is developing and still trying to move around pieces to find their identity.
The Nuggets need to build for tomorrow and not today. It makes no sense that they are pursuing so-called big name free agents because The Golden State Dynasty is still at its peak. Besides Golden State, The Nuggets are not even a top three team in their own division. Now Utah might take a step back with the loss of Gordon Hayward, but Oklahoma City’s 1-2 punch of Russell Westbrook & Paul George should help that team win more than 47 games next season. The Portland Trail Blazers strengthened their frontcourt in the draft by adding Caleb Swanigan and Zack Collins to ease some pressure of Jusuf Nurkic. The Minnesota Wolves should be an automatic top 5 team in the west as All-Star Jimmy Butler re-unites with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Also, the wolves added quality Point Guard Jeff Teague to the roster to compliment the young talent of Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The Western Conference is too loaded for the Nuggets to stress themselves out to be a super team. Why go after players like a Kevin Love who’ll be gone after one season when you can continue to allow your young big 3 in Jokic, Murray, and Harris to grow and get better to together? While Everyone else is focusing on winning now, The Nuggets could focus on the future and build a team identity so once those super teams get old and collapse after 3-4 years, The Nuggets will be ready to take front center stage. Instead of going after another Veteran Point Guard in George Hill, The Nuggets need to officially hand the keys over to Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. These two young men have shown that they are ready to take that next level. Murray Showcased that on the national stage as the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge MVP scoring 36 Points. In his 3 seasons with the team, Harris has averaged 11 PPG and 2 Assist Per Game. The Nuggets need to find out which of the two can be a solid Point Guard. Adding a starting free agent guard or getting rid of Harris will only hurt the Nuggets. Instead of trying to please fans who are impatient with a low basketball IQ, The Nuggets must stick with the youth movement and give their young backcourt a chance to click together, mature, grow, and develop into quality starters in the 2017-2018 season. Another year of delay will not only hurt the young guard’s growth, but it will hurt the Nuggets chances of contending 4 seasons from now. Paul Millsap is a solid piece that will fit well on the court for the Nuggets, but he is not the answer for their future hopes of being the best in the west. The Nuggets need to focus building for tomorrow instead of building for today trying to please fans who’ll eventually forget about them on the night of Monday September 11, 2017.