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Join us this Thursday, March 10th to discuss this hot-button/controversial topic (at least to some).
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I’d just like to take a minute give kudos to the NHL for their “outside the box” thinking in regards to the format of this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. This isn’t the first time that they have tweaked the format of their All-Star EXHIBITION game. The NBA, NFL, and ESPECIALLY MLB should all take note. Though it is my opinion that the NFL has the worst all-star game in professional sports, I singled out Major League Baseball because they TOTALLY dropped the ball when they made the results of an exhibition game the determinant for home field advantage in the most important set of games in the entire sport.
Over the years, the NHL has experimented with several different formats such as East vs West, USA vs the World, etc. This year’s format may be the most interesting one yet from a fan’s perspective, and most of the excitement will take place before the first puck is ever dropped.
The fans have voted in 6 “starters” (3 forwards, 2 defensemen, 1 goalie) from both conferences. The NHL then selected another 36 All-Stars, which will give each team 12 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 3 goalies when the teams are eventually set. That pool of 42 players then nominated 6 of their peers to serve as captains for the two teams (1 captain and 2 alternates for each team).
Tomorrow (Fri, Jan 28) at 6pm, a televised Fantasy Draft will be held on the NHL Network, where the captains of each team will select their perspective rosters, with the order determined by a coin toss. Then on Sunday (Jan 30), the selected teams will do battle. I personally think this is a great format for and All-Star EXHIBITION. Can you imagine if the NBA had a pick-up All Star Game? Can you imagine if the NFL Pro-Bowl……..nevermind…….I don’t know what it will take for me to ever be interested in the Pro-Bowl again. However, my advice to the other professional leagues is…TAKE NOTES…and remember, in the words of my Homie Duke from Rocky IV…”THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXHIBITION!”
New York Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross, who covers the team for The Record and Herald in North Jersey, will join us in The War Room this Thursday, January 27th to discuss the upcoming NHL All-Star Game!
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If you are a Philadelphia sports enthusiast like myself, then you are on a serious high right now. First the uniting of the four kings, (Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, and Hamels), and now this? The Miracle at the Meadowlands part II? Only one word can describe it; unbelievable.
Can you feel it in the air or am I just riding the hallucination train thinking we might go-all-the-way? First, a little arena football team called the Philadelphia Soul brought home a championship, much needed in the city of drought. This little team won and challenged all the major league teams to do the same. Then the boys in red pinstripes rolled through Milwaukee, LA, to Tampa to bring home a much-needed World Series that sent this City into a euphoric state. The Flyers, the ultimate Cinderella story, made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year when nobody thought they would even make it out of the first round.
I don’t know about you, but I can smell the polish they use to make that Lombardi trophy shine. In my life, I have never seen anything like what I saw on Sunday and I have been watching football for a long time. I could be naïve in thinking that we are going to the Superbowl, but what I saw Sunday gave me something that I haven’t had in a long time; hope.
There were so many blunders in Sunday’s game, a fumble here, an interception there. It seemed like the Giants had Vick’s number and yet he still found a way to make it happen. I love you Donovan, but you would have never been able to make this happen.
We may finally be getting out from the under big brother’s shadow. For now, we have the bragging rights over the Big Apple. The only thing they can say is that the New York Knicks are slightly better than the 76ers and I’m okay with that. All I know is that on a Sunday afternoon in December, I became glued to the television. I watched history happen. I watched Michael Vick turn an impossible to a possible. I saw the speed of young man lift an entire city from its somber state. I saw that same man celebrate in a way that I would usually frown upon, but this time he earned it.
Stephanie C. Curry, Guest Blogger for War Room Sports
The other day, at the end of the school day, a few of my students had engaged in a conversation about basketball while preparing for dismissal. The conversation quickly turned to the Miami Heat and Lebron James. Several of the students began to praise Lebron James, “he’s the best player in league,” “he’s unstoppable,” etc. The normal banter one would expect to hear from middle school aged children. One student, while agreeing with the others, made the following statement about Lebron, “man, for as big as Lebron is, I wish he would post up more.” I thought this statement was an accurate observation for an 11 year old to make. However, this statement was quickly shot down by his peers and the student was called a “Lebron James hater”. Was this student’s comment one based in hate?…Or just an observation he made about one of his favorite players’ ability, or lack thereof, to post up another player. Yet he was quickly labeled as a “hater” by his peers. These types of conversations happen on a daily basis in barbershops, in classrooms, in sports bars, and on social networking websites, just to name a few. Hence, people making logical observations and expressing their opinion of an athlete’s ability on the court, field, etc that go against the “norm” are quickly labeled as “haters” in an attempt to dismiss the validity of his or her comment/statement.
The term “hater” is commonly used by individuals in an attempt to discredit anyone who criticizes him or her or displays displeasure in his or her actions or abilities. Using this term appears to be the “trendy” thing to do in our society these days to discredit someone’s opinion, by saying he or she is “hater” or that they are “hating.” Using this term seems to quickly dismiss the persons comments as jealousy, however, calling he or she a “hater” is not a very strong argument and holds about as much weight, in my opinion, as someone saying, “I know what you are but what am I”. I refer to the use of the word “hater” as a form of “superstar athlete protectionism”.
In sports, if you notice, certain athletes appear to be above criticism, like Lebron James, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Sidney Crosby, Alex Rodriquez, Kobe Bryant, etc, rather it is the way the media portrays these athletes as players “above the game” in their respective sports. It also appears that the casual fan perceives them to also be these “bigger than life” figures that are above criticism. Even to the extent that they ignore certain players’ shortcomings on the field, court, etc and if someone else brings up these short comings. For example, if I say “man Ryan Howard struggles with hitting a curve ball”, the casual fan will just respond, “what, your just a Ryan Howard hater”. However, the same protection is not allotted to a lower status athlete such as Andre Iguodala. For example, if you say “man Iggy plays soft or has no jump shot”, no one will respond with “you’re an Iggy hater”, yet if you say the same thing about a Lebron James, legitimate criticism, you are automatically labeled a James hater.
The really sad part is that some knowledgeable sports fans are guilty of the same behavior, discrediting other sports fans’ arguments when he or she believes the debate is not going his or her way, by labeling the other person as a hater. In summary, I often refer to the words of one of my all-time favorite rappers, Common, who said “just because I don’t like it, that don’t mean that I’m hating”. Using the terms “hater” and “hating” is a poor and easy defense against anyone in a sports debate who makes an observation or gives his or her opinion about an athlete’s shortcomings or poor performance, and the minute you resort to using these terms, your sports IQ drops 50 points in my opinion.