This week on (the award-nominated) 15MOF we watch the Edmonton Oilers slip further down the standings and try to figure out what’s wrong, we look at a couple of big streaks in the NHL & the NBA (one of which just came to an end), and we look ahead to the main event at UFC 158 between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.
In the GABBYs: Canadian baseball, bees, Brittney Griner, Brett Cook, Cuneyt Cakir and Beitar Jerusalem. The Punchline this week is the Indoor Football League!
This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we wrap up the Summer Olympics for another four years & discuss Usain Bolt’s track dominance, we delve into labor talks between the NHL and the NHLPA & the latest Phoenix Coyotes news and we look another solid night for the Edmonton Eskimos.
In the GABBYs: Usain Bolt, Manny Machado, Dwight Howard, Antonio Conte, Belgium & the NBC. The Punchline this week is Carolina Panthers defensive end Thomas Keiser!
It looks like it’s going to be a long summer for NBA fans!
The collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expires today, which will more than likely signify the beginning of the second big pro sports lockout in North America this year. The two sides are meeting for one last bargaining session today, but the word on the street is that they are still very far apart on a number of issues, and a work stoppage is almost inevitable at this point.
What are the issues? Just like in the NFL labor situation and the NHL one before it, the owners say the players are making too much money and are earning too big a share of overall league revenues. Other issues plaguing the NBA process are the owners desire for a “hard” salary cap to control spending and non-guaranteed contracts, which players are staunchly opposed to. So, despite any progress that was made in the past month or so, there is seemingly still a long way to go. (more…)
It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another episode of “15 Minutes of Fame,” your favorite weekly sports video-blog’s favorite weekly sports video-blog!
There is a lot to discuss this week – in the NHL: we’re looking at the NHL’s Conference Finals and the latest in the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg rumors. In the NBA: the Lakers are swept, Phil Jackson ends his tenure in LA and a new champion will be crowned as the playoffs continue! This week’s GABBYs include a beauty snipe from the World’s, a World Cup apology, a coaching milestone, a costly celebration and more!
This week, the guys talk about the Edmonton Oilers and the fact that they won the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. They go over four possible candidates who may be picked by the Oilers.
Then, in the GABBYs – On the good side: The New Jersey Devils go from laughing stock to relatively respectable, the National Hockey League sticks to their guns on suspensions, and Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle and Devyn Dubnyk are going to the world championships.
On the bad side: Detroit Pistons Charlie Villanueva acts like a child on the court, Texas Rangers outfieler Josh Hamilton breaks his arm, and the Colombian soccer player who kicked an owl upgrades to kicking someone in the chest. HONORABLE MENTION: Kobe Bryant gets $100,000 fine.
In Quick Hits: Now that the NHL playoffs are underway, who does Kerrzy think can make it all the way?
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What a whirlwind day for Kobe Bryant on Wednesday.
It started with some bad news about his jersey, which was followed by some more bad news in the form of a massive fine for some trash talk gone awry. Thankfully for Kobe and the Lakers, he went back to doing his talking on the court by the evening, ending the day on a high note.
It was a tough start to Wednesday for Bryant, as he learned that his #24 jersey was no longer the most popular among NBA fans after two years on top. Much like his team, Kobe was going for the three-peat, but LeBron James stood in the way of that, taking over first place on the list, according to the LA Times. With the playoffs starting this weekend, the big question will be: if the Lakers make it out of the Western Conference, will LeBron James and his super popular jersey stand in Kobe’s way once again? (more…)
The Miami Heat didn’t have to wait long for a chance to enact a bit of revenge for their worst loss of the season…but could they do it?
On March 4th, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Heat by 30 points, which came a night after Miami blew a huge lead in a loss to Orlando and a few days before they were said to be crying in the locker room following a loss to the Bulls.
The sports world had a good laugh at their expense over “Crygate,” but the Heat seem to have really pulled it together (at least for now) since being embarrassed by their head coach, Erik Spoelstra.
Miami beat the LA Lakers last Thursday, they whooped the Grizzlies on Saturday and on Monday, the Heat recorded the biggest win of them all: a 110-80 victory over the Spurs. That’s right, they lost by 30 in Texas and won by 30 at AmericanAirlines Arena! (more…)
With “Crygate” now in their rear view mirrors (despite the rest of us still laughing about it), the Miami Heat are gearing up for a meeting with the LA Lakers tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.
They beat the Lake Show 96-80 back on Christmas day, but a lot has changed since then in FLA! For starters, that last win came in the middle of a run that saw the Heat take 21 of 22 games. At that point I think we all kind of figured that they had sorted out how to win games together and would be unstoppable for the rest of the season. Oh, how wrong we were!
After that streak was over they lost four in a row, won 13 of 16 and now come into tonight’s action having lost five straight. They’re not just losing either, they’re blowing huge leads, getting blown out or losing tight games and (allegedly) crying about it in the locker room afterwards.
I haven’t weighed in on “Crygate” until now, but I think it’s time. Are you ready? (more…)
Remember when Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said that a “dreaded spell and bad karma” would follow LeBron James wherever he went?
That quote comes from the same “open letter to the fans” where he personally guaranteed an NBA championship before James wins one in Miami and promised that the team’s “energy, focus, capital, knowledge, and experience” would be directed towards that very goal.
Was all of that supposed to start this season?
With a 99-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA record with a 25th straight loss…but the milestone week didn’t end there! A loss on Wednesday to the Detroit Pistons tied them with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing stretch in major American pro sports history! (more…)
It hasn’t been a banner season for Jay Triano and the Toronto Raptors, and that was more than evident on Monday night.
A shorthanded Raps team fell prey to some last-second heroics from Rudy Gay to win the game for the Memphis Grizzlies, an eighth straight loss for the fourth-worst team in the entire NBA. The hurt doesn’t end there though.
When you’re not winning and things aren’t really going well, you try to hang onto the small victories out there on the court, to give you something to feel good about. Well, the Raps have one less accomplishment in the works as a streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer came to an end on Monday too.
Before going 0-for-13 in that loss to the former Vancouver Grizzlies, the Raptors went 986 straight games with at least one swish from beyond the arc – an NBA record dating back to February 26th, 1999. To put into perspective just how long ago the streak began, here are some tidbits from the Raps website (from when the streak hit a decade in 2009) and some of my own. (more…)
The new year hasn’t been kind to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers so far and if Tuesday night is anything to go by, it doesn’t look like things are about to change anytime soon.
The Cavs are 0-6 to start 2011 and 1-20 since a loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat to start the month of December. On Tuesday it wasn’t so much that they lost though, it was how they lost! A Cleveland team depleted by injuries is now picking up the pieces of a shattered collective ego after a 112-57 loss to the LA Lakers at the Staples Center.
For the mathematically challenged, that’s a 55-point defeat!
I hope Cleveland’s resolutions for 2011 didn’t have anything to do with winning, because at this rate they’ll never score more points than anyone! I blogged this week about the Cavs changing hotels in LA to avoid bumping into the Heat, who are also in town…I’m thinking they should probably cross the street the next time they see those Lakers too!
NBA.com quotes guys like coach Byron Scott and forward Antawn Jamison talking about how embarrassing the loss was and what a “rock bottom” moment they’re in right now, but the real question is this: What does LeBron think? (more…)
When you pick up the latest edition of the EA Sports Tiger Woods video game at the end of March, there are two things you’ll notice:
One, Electronic Arts has teamed up with Augusta National to include the home of the Masters in the game for the first time ever. Secondly, you’ll notice that Tiger Woods isn’t on the cover of the game anymore!
Let’s start with Augusta: ESPN reports the Masters will receive some proceeds from the game, which will go towards investing in development programs around the world. Apparently Augusta has given over $42-million to charity in the past 13 years and they’re using this as another stream of revenue to help that cause.