After months and months of blabbing on and on about the NHL lockout, this week on 15MOF we finally get to discuss the END of the work stoppage, breaking down the deal and trying to figure out who – if anyone – came out on top. Also, we recap a tough run for Team Canada at the World Juniors in Russia.
In the GABBYs: The NHL & the NHLPA, Alex Ovechkin, Jose Canseco, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Rory McIlroy & Trevis Simpson. The Punchline this week is NY Jets coach Rex Ryan!
This week on 15MOF, we discuss a chance encounter between Geoff & the NHL’s deputy commissioner and the latest lockout news, a potentially embarrassing situation for the NHL coming up in January and the new fighting rules in the OHL. Also: The Eskimos continue to struggle, more developments in the NFL bounty situation, Manny Pacquiao changes his mind on Mayweather & the Edmonton Indy gets turfed.
In the GABBYs: Jose Reyes, Max Talbot & Bruno Gervais, Old Navy, Joshua Morgan, replacement refs and crazy soccer fans. The Punchline this week is the Bakersfield Condors!
Well folks, another week of NHL has come and gone, which means another week’s worth of potential Goals of the Week candidates!
This week on the GOTW we’ve got some magic from a guy who used to do it all the time, a beauty Avalanche, some sick hands from an Edmonton kid, a “welcome back” dangle and a bit of coast-to-coast action!
5. Alex Edler
Anytime a guy takes the puck from behind his own net and is able to cash at the other end of the ice, it’s a thing of beauty. Check out this goal by Vancouver’s Alex Edler last week!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The REST of the BEST!)
4. Matt Hunwick
Colorado’s Matt Hunwick is a guy you might not expect to see too often on this list, but how can you ignore the type of dangles he put on display recently? What a goal!
3. Ryan Shannon
Tampa Bay’s Ryan Shannon gave Marty Turco a bit of a “welcome back” present last week, dangling him right back to Austria with a nifty breakaway move!
2. Tyler Ennis
He doesn’t score often, but when he does, it’s usually the result of a solid play! Check out the hands on Tyler Ennis, who checks in at number two on this week’s list!
1. Alex Ovechkin
The Great 8 is making a late push for the Washington Capitals and just filling the net on a nightly basis recently. That includes this beauty against the Blackhawks where Alex Ovechkin totally undresses Duncan Keith!
What the Puck?
In the game of hockey there are three types of luck – there’s good luck, there’s bad luck, and then there’s this:
This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we’re discussing some potential trades from around the NHL, Alex Ovechkin’s work ethic and news that former Oiler Mike Comrie is calling it a career. As well, we look at what the Edmonton Eskimos did in the opening days of CFL free agency, what LeBron James said about returning to Cleveland and the circus that surrounded the recent fight between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora.
In the GABBYs: Teemu Selanne, the Detroit Red Wings, Brad Marchand, the Rochester Knighthawks, Roburt Sallie and Brazilian soccer club XV de Jau. The Punchline this week is the “Piggyback Bandit,” Sherwin Shayegan.
This week on 15 Minutes of Fame, we give a passing grade to the NHL’s All-Star Weekend, touch on Tim Thomas’ decision to skip his team’s White House visit and discuss the biggest surprises in the league at the All-Star break. As well: we give out our Super Bowl predictions and comment on a couple of massive MLB contracts!
In the GABBYs: The Canadian women’s soccer team, US Senator John Kerry, Jay Cutler, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kyle Williams and Scott Gomez. The Punchline this week is Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe!
This week on the show we talk about the latest on Sidney Crosby’s concussion issues and some other injury notes from around the NHL, including another bad break for Washington’s Mike Green and a close call for Edmonton’s Taylor Hall. As well, we discuss a couple of high profile deaths from around the world of sports.
In the GABBYs: Alex Ovechkin, Terrell Owens, Shaueel van Persie, Manny Ramirez, Trinity College and the Baltimore Ravens. The Punchline this week is Rob Lowe!
It’s officially been one year since we kicked off this project, and our 52nd episode might just be the most jam-packed of them all! This week on the show we’re looking at the Extremes of the Edmonton Eskimos, the latest tragedy to rock the hockey community, claims that there is a drug problem in the NHL and some interesting comments from Alex Ovechkin on his health and the team’s attitude.
Also, for the first time, we’ve got an in-studio guest talking a little Mixed Martial Arts. In the GABBYs: Dustin McGowan, Justin Verlander, FC Edmonton, Peyton Manning, soccer hooligans, Manny Pacquiao & more!
Alex Ovechkin is making two things clear this week – he’s not fat and he’s sick of losing in the playoffs.
After looking like a mere mortal last season with 32 goals and 85 points in 79 games, Ovechkin is switching equipment companies, he’s been working with a different personal trainer (again) and he’s promising that his Capitals will be more “serious” this season.
The Caps superstar was at the team’s training facility on Tuesday to announce his new endorsement deal with Nike/Bauer after several years with CCM, but no one really wanted to talk equipment.
The line of questioning quickly went from his gear to his gut, and Ovie was forced to explain why he looked a bit chubby in a late-July interview. Incase you missed it, there was a “Caps 365” video posted to the NHL website earlier this summer that featured a chat with Ovechkin, wherein he appeared to be sporting a bit of a Party Bulge in his midsection.
Eight teams remain in the race to sixteen wins as the NHL playoffs continue with second round action this week.
The opening round had a bit of everything – a sweep, four matchups that went the distance, blowouts, shutouts, overtime drama and a ton of suspensions as well as some other questionable conduct that went unpunished. Oh, and did I mention that a new champion will be crowned this spring?
Let’s get right to it with the Western Conference semifinals…(After the jump: Previews and Predictions!)(more…)
I’d like to start this blog with a riddle: What weighs 3,500 pounds, happens 57 days before the Edmonton Indy and will probably be the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?
Oh, I don’t know – maybe a NASCAR-sized truck zooming down a real-life Hot Wheels track before the Indy 500, hoping to break a world record for the longest jump by a four-wheeled vehicle? Yeah, I said it.
About an hour before the May 29th race, an unidentified driver will hop into an 850-horsepower truck, which will be sitting at the top of a 100-foot-high structure somewhere in the infield area of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The driver will then take the vehicle down a steep drop and launch it into the air, hoping to glide the 302 feet required to set a new world record. (After the jump: Who is the Hot Wheels mystery driver? Plus – St. Louis Rams LB talks WWE and a soccer player shows off some unique skills!) (more…)
This week on 15 Minutes of Fame, the boys talk about the NHL and the Washington Capitals and their depth going into the playoffs this year. They discuss the Caps goal tending situation and who they would put in net if they were the coach.
Then, they discuss what the Edmonton Oilers have to play for even though they are out of the playoffs.
In this week’s GABBYs: On the good side – Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL dishes out a big suspension to Matt Cooke and Sidney Crosby is up and skating again. On the bad side – the Predator’s Ryan Suter scores a great goal against his own team, Marc Savard is having memory problems and Tiger Woods comes out with an app.
In Quick Hits, come and join Jim and Geoffrey at the Beer Hunter’s west end location in Edmonton on Saturday, April 2nd for a live sports hot stove. If you can’t make it, make sure to check us out streaming live on http://www.anysportanytime.ca.
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Alex Ovechkin was the hero for the Washington Capitals on Monday night in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, but while it seems like a familiar tale, the storylines in that rivalry are much different these days…
For one, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wasn’t in the lineup for the 20th straight game as he battles back from a concussion. Then, there are the “struggles” of his Washington counterpart, a superstar who is looking very human this season.
The game winning goal on Monday was Ovechkin’s 24th of the year, putting him on pace for just over 30 goals and 80-some points by seasons end. Pretty decent, right? Not when you consider the fact that Ovie has averaged almost 54 goals and 106 points per season over his first five years in the league!
Just when it looked like Peter Forsberg was ready to make an impact with the struggling Colorado Avalanche, a familiar problem crept up on him.
After skating with the team for a while, Forsberg felt comfortable enough on the ice to sign a one-year deal with the Avs last week. He jumped through the necessary hoops to get back on the ice after a couple of years – and a couple of failed comebacks – away from the NHL and finally made his re-debut against Columbus on Friday.
He played 17:38 and was a minus-two in a 3-1 loss to the Jackets, but looked pretty good by all accounts. A night later, he was a minus-two again in a 5-3 loss to the Predators, racking up another 17:32 of ice time. As good as he might have looked though, ESPN reports he started to feel the foot that has given him so much grief slipping and sliding inside his skate – a problem that has followed him around from team to team and league to league since 2003. (more…)
Remember the time the Tampa Bay Lightning are tied for top spot in the Eastern Conference?
That time would be now, thanks to a 1-0 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, a 34-save shutout for newly acquired goalie Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning picked up Roli the Goalie on the weekend for practically nothing from the New York Islanders, sending him from the bottom of the standings to near the top.
I’ve always liked the way the unassuming Roloson carries himself – when he was with the Oilers, the thing that always stuck out for me was his insistence that he still had years of hockey ahead of him despite his age, since he had shared starting duties for a big chunk of his career. Some people didn’t believe him, but here he is at 41 looking like a young buck. (After the jump: All-Star voting, Ovechkin’s new commercial, Kovalchuk’s brutal night and a WJHC final preview!)(more…)