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Boston’s domination of the sports landscape

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on ending their three decade long drought for the Stanley Cup. Remarkably the teams representing the Boston area have won championships in each of the four major sports in the last 7 years. Is there another city that has done so in such a short time frame?  I can’t think of one.  Remarkably the Patriots now have the longest championship drought in the Boston market. On twitter we came up with a few who had 3 in short period of time.

Jets, Mets and Knicks won in 69-70.
Oakland had Warriors, Raiders,A’s 74-77.
Mets, Islanders, Giants did it 83-86.
Yanks, Giants and Rangers from 91-96.

Any others?

Darren Rovell of CNBC points out that up until 1993 the longest drought Canada had was five years but now they haven’t won one since 1993.

Darren Pang of Versus had to get creative on the post game show to get a microphone up to Zdeno Chara who is 6’9″. Yes, that is a hockey stick attached to the microphone.

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Letter to NFL fans from Commissioner Goodell

Roger Goodell just released the following letter to NFL fans. Are you guys expecting the season to start on time?

NFL.com news: Letter to NFL fans from Commissioner Goodell

Dear NFL Fan,When I wrote to you last on behalf of the NFL, we promised you that we would work tirelessly to find a collectively bargained solution to our differences with the players’ union. Subsequent to that letter to you, we agreed that the fastest way to a fair agreement was for everyone to work together through a mediation process. For the last three weeks I have personally attended every session of mediation, which is a process our clubs sincerely believe in.Unfortunately, I have to tell you that earlier today the players’ union walked away from mediation and collective bargaining and has initiated litigation against the clubs. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, our clubs offered a deal today that, among other things, was designed to have no adverse financial impact on veteran players in the early years, and would have met the players’ financial demands in the latter years of the agreement.The proposal we made included an offer to narrow the player compensation gap that existed in the negotiations by splitting the difference; guarantee a reallocation of savings from first-round rookies to veterans and retirees without negatively affecting compensation for rounds 2-7; no compensation reduction for veterans; implement new year-round health and safety rules; retain the current 16-4 season format for at least two years with any subsequent changes subject to the approval of the league and union; and establish a new legacy fund for retired players ($82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years).It was a deal that offered compromise, and would have ensured the well-being of our players and guaranteed the long-term future for the fans of the great game we all love so much. It was a deal where everyone would prosper.We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately. NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.While we are disappointed with the union’s actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our league. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.Yours,Roger Goodell

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Rich Eisen’s 40 yard dash

Over the last few days I’ve been talking to people and most of us are in agreement that like pretty much everything else the NFL does, the Scouting Combine makes for good TV. 
Earlier today the face of the NFL Network, Rich Eisen took part in what has become an annual tradition for him. Just like he has every year since 2005 he ran the “40 yard dash” during NFL Network’s coverage of the event. His time was a personal best 6.18 (probably would be faster if he wasn’t running in a suit). 
The NFL Network doesn’t let you embed their videos so go watch it on their website.  

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“I’m going to Disney World”

Is there a cooler endorsement deal in all of sports then the “I’m going to Disney World” ones that they do every Super Bowl?

Disney World

Disney Land

Aaron Rodgers will be at Magic Kingdom today as the NFL and Disney celebrate 25 years of doing this.

By the way, do you know who the first Super Bowl MVP was to do one of these?

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Sportscenter and Eric Mangini

Did you guys catch ESPN anchor Hannah Storm and NFL insider Adam Schefter celebrate on the set of Sportscenter as news of a coach being fired came in?

I have seen a lot of people criticize the two of them in the past 24 hours. Some of it is fair but a lot of people are completely overreacting to this. I know jumping on ESPN is the “cool thing to do” for a lot of people but it is fairly obvious that they were not celebrating the firing of Eric Mangini. It is easy to put up one video out of context and twist it to serve whatever agenda your blog has. Attacking ESPN is a sure fire way to get hits.

Was their act unprofessional? Sure, but lets take things in some context here. It was “Black Monday”, I’m sure they had a discussion earlier in the show about news breaking while they were on the air. For those you of who don’t follow the NFL closely, “Black Monday” is the first Monday after the end of the regular season when most teams announce their decision to fire their coaches.

I am not going to shed a tear for Mangini. I actually like the guy but he’s made over $10 Million as an NFL Head Coach and has a record of 33-47 (.413) to show for it. Yes, I do feel for his assistants who make significantly less but once again, ESPN was not celebrating their dismissal if they too get let go after their meeting with Mike Holmgren next week. There are already reports that Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan will get an interview for a Head Coach position.
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Barack Obama comments on Michael Vick

Barack Obama approves of Michael Vick’s return to the NFL.

I don’t know if Barack Obama originally intended to have this conversation become public but I like that he holds this position. I don’t know of many other public officials who would voluntarily come out and back Vick. Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and commended him on giving Vick a chance. The conversation was confirmed by White House Spokesman Bill Burton:

The President did place a call to Mr. Lurie to discuss plans for the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field, during which they spoke about that and other issues. He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but, as he’s said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.

I definitely approve of Vick’s return to the league. He paid his debt to society and then some. It is an amazing comeback story. It is not a stretch to say that he is the best player in the league right now. His jersey has been a hot seller once again. According to Darren Rovell of CNBC earlier in the season you could even customize a jersey for your dog with Vick’s name and number on it.

12/29/10 Edit:
Tucker Carlson is an idiot. He was guest hosting Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s show so I guess he felt extra pressure to be a fool? Whatever his excuse his statement was absolutely ridiculous.

“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that. He wasn’t, but the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs?”

He went on to call Vick a “creepy rich overpaid football player.” Anyone else find it hilarious that he supports  Sarah Palin who’s a known hunter?

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Super Bowl in Meadowlands is still a good idea

By now all football fans are aware that Super Bowl XLVIII will be played outdoors at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

There are plenty of critics of a “cold weather Super Bowl” but like I mentioned before, I love the idea. The snowstorm that hit the Northeast this week has given fresh ammunition to those who oppose a Super Bowl in the Northeast. Look around and you will find plenty of columns like this one in today’s New York Times criticizing the NFL.  Yes, the NFL did postpone a game this week because of snow but so what? It was the first game NFL has had to postpone on game day because of weather since 1932. If the Super Bowl has to be postponed because of extreme weather it is not a big deal. No one will be hurt by a postponed Super Bowl. People will watch the game no matter when it is on and as mentioned earlier, the likelihood of a postponement is small.

The decision to postpone the Eagles/Vikings game was the right one. People like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell are idiots for criticizing the move. The city was under a State of Emergency, why take away law enforcement officials from the streets and bring them to the stadium instead?

NFL Statement,

 “Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 pm on Monday.”

People will cite this weeks Vikings/Eagles game as a reason why the NFL should move to the Super Bowl but what if the weather is nice? NHL’s Winter Classic in Pittsburgh is in danger because temperatures are expected to be too warm in Pittsburgh.

For their part the league is standing by their decision to have a cold weather Super Bowl and rightfully so.

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Brad Childress fired by the Vikings

The cancer that infected the Vikings the moment they began their courtship of Brett Favre has finally struck. Brad Childress is out as the Vikings Head Coach. What a shame. Brett Favre is the problem on this team and yet he gets a total pass from everyone involved in the National Football League. Will all teams learn the lesson  that if you bring an over the hill cancerous figure like Brett Favre on to your team it usually doesn’t end well.

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Average MLB game has only 14 minutes of actual action.

This past summer we heard a lot of talk from American sports fans saying things along the lines of “soccer is boring because there is no action.” The next time you hear that from someone, just send them this Wall Street Journal article. This study shows that the average Major League Baseball game only has 14 minutes of actual action.

The stopwatch would start when a pitcher lifted his leg to begin his pitching motion. The timing would stop when the ball hit the catcher’s mitt or, if it was put in play, when the presiding umpire made a call or the players all stopped moving (pickoff attempts and steals were also counted as action).

The result is that during these games, there was a nearly identical amount of action: about 14 minutes. To put that in context, that’s about 10.9% of the total broadcast time (excluding commercials). It’s a fraction of the roughly 88 minutes the players were shown standing around between plays, nearly 45% more than the 10 minutes of replays that are shown and almost four times as much as the cameras show players lounging in the dugout.

Seriously, 14 minutes of actual game play during the average Major League Baseball game. A lot of us will stay up until past 1 AM Eastern on most nights during the baseball playoffs thanks to games that take close to 3 hours to finish. 
 This comes on the heels of an earlier study which reported that the average NFL game only had 11 minutes of action
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