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So Much for Celtic Pride

Posted by Blake Murphy on June 23, 2021

This article has been submitted by Chris Pope.

As I embark on writing my first hoops article since arriving here, I can openly admit that I am definitely a little less knowledgeable about the hard court then some of our prestigious writers. I would also like to apologize for the article being late. Work has been putting my opinion on hold.

However, that is not going to stop me from telling you exactly what I thought of the post game festivities in game six in Boston.

When the finals were set, I was one of the select few that were upset not to see a Pistons – Spurs finals. The main reason I was rooting for the Pistons and Spurs was basically because that was exactly the last thing David Stern wanted to happen. Not to mention, every year it seems most fans continue to hate on the Spurs and almost everyone outside of the ‘D’ always forget to mention the Pistons when talking about the leagues elite because of the lack of star power.

With the beloved Raps out of the playoffs long ago, I was left with having to choose to cheer for the Celtics or Lakers. The way that Chris Wallace basically handed Pau Gasol over to the Lakers like it was Christmas Eve in a soup kitchen hit me the wrong way. That along with Ray Allen, KG and Pierce all going for the first ring made me want the Celtics to win.

That is until it actually happened.
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NHL End of Year Awards

Posted by Blake Murphy on June 13, 2021

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The 2008-09 National Hockey League season has come to an end and another team has chiselled their names into Lord Stanley and lifted the Holy Grail over their heads after an invigorating post season.

Every year upon the completion of the season, the NHL hands out certain awards and deems it necessary to do so on a nationally televised broadcast that will most likely bring in almost as many viewers as a new episode of Bob Saget’s Full House. Fans love to debate on who should have gotten each award and how this person got robbed and so on so forth. Most of the awards this year are almost automatic – take note Mr. Ovechkin, you should buy some lumber for a new trophy case for your son.

I felt the need to go through the main awards that are being distributed tonight and make my opinion known as to who I think should be awarded the hardware.
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Winning Ways Have Had Wings Wheeling for a While

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 28, 2021

This article has been submitted by Chris Pope.

During the week leading up to the eventual start of the Stanley Cup Finals, this year’s championship series was being touted as the dream final for the NHL. A final that may actually be able to get viewers in the United States – that is, until the NHL scheduled the Wings home games the same nights as the Pistons. Drawing comparisons to the Gretzky-led Oilers versus the defending champion Islanders, the series pinned the ageless, experienced powerhouse, Detroit Red Wings, against the young, skill-filled, up and coming Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sid and Co. vs. Hank and friends.

A captain trying to become the youngest player to lead his team to the Cup vs. a captain trying to become the first European captain to ever win a Cup.

Kids vs. veterans.

The old guys vs. the new guys.

The past vs. the present.
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Memorial Cup Preview (Oops)

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 20, 2021

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This May 2-4 when most older teenagers are sippin’ on gin and juice, drinking long necks down and enjoying everything else that comes along with the wonderful life of camping, four major junior teams will be playing some of the most important hockey of their lives – thus far – in the Memorial Cup tournament.

As the four-team round robin kicked off Friday night, each team brings something different to the table and each team will have a few certain players to watch. Sportsnet plans on broadcasting each game and with the average hockey fan not knowing much about some of the teams from outside of Ontario, I thought I would dip into the four teams and what each has to offer.
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Kitchener Rangers Mark Their Territory

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 13, 2021

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As The Rock would say, finally the Belleville Bulls have come back….to reality.

The Bulls battled back from a three games to none deficit to force a game seven in Kitchener on Monday night.

Game seven began with both teams playing it safe and both looking almost scared to make a mistake. Six minutes into the first period and both teams having only tallied four shots a piece, the Rangers showed why they were the number one ranked team in the country when they turned the shots into 21-3 and the score 1-0 for the blue shirts.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Make-Me-Laugh Situation

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 12, 2021

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This year was another rumour filled year for the Maple Leafs. This year the Leafs fired their GM to bring in someone who could clean house but was unable to because of the numerous no-trade clauses and the many players that basically anchored the Leafs ship at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Two years at the helm and no Stanley Cup, let alone a single playoff berth, signalled the departure of Paul Maurice on Wednesday. Cliff Fletcher was brought in as interim General Manager and spoke openly about how the future of the Head Coaching position would be decided by the new permanent General Manager. Instead they leave the dirty work to the interim. Reminds me of Bill Clinton. Oh wait, that was the intern. My bad.

So with ‘Fletch’ being the one to drop the axe this must mean that the Leafs are either having trouble finding someone who wants to take over a club that is falling apart quicker than Brittany Spears or their still sitting on Brian Burke and waiting for his contract to expire. I find it hard to believe that no one would want the job, even with the team in the state that it’s in.
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A Look at the OHL Final - Kitchener v. Belleville

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 10, 2021

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The Kitchener Rangers failed to clinch the OHL Championship against the Belleville Bulls in game five of their OHL final at home in front of a packed house at the Kitchener Auditorium on Thursday night.

The Rangers took a commanding three games to none lead in the series and looked poised to make yet another sweep. That was true until game four of the finals in Belleville where they lost in overtime after taking three penalties in the extra frame.
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Forgotten Celebrations

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 28, 2021

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The NHL changed the rules in their game to create more scoring in hope that fans would start watching more hockey. I, for one, love a 7-6 game as much as I love a 1-0 game, with the exception of one thing. Dirty cellys. I’m not talking about the basic hands in the air screaming, I’m talking the celebrations where there is some thought put into it. Alex Ovechkin is a prime example of someone in the league who absolutely loves to score and shows it in his celebrations.

I know Don Cherry doesn’t like when players showboat after they sniped a rocket, bar and in, but I do. I would love to see the same enthusiasm put into celebrations for open net goals that go into celebrations for game winning goals. I would also like to see more controversial celebrations because everyone seems to be doing the fist pump and jumping into the glass. So here are the top-5 forgotten about celebrations that we as hockey fans should be seeing every night in the NHL.
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Best of One

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 23, 2021

playoffs, stanley, cup, logo, nhlThis article has been submitted by the debuting Chris Pope. I dropped the ball not posting it before a trio of Game 7s, my bad.

At the beginning of every NHL playoff season, fans gather across the globe to park themselves in front of the TV set to lock their eyes on their favorite team, flinching with excitement at every shot on goal, hoping that their team will hoist the illustrious Holy Grail.

Some teams are lucky enough, like the Penguins, to sweep their opponents and others battle it out in five or six games, but it’s the small fraction of teams that end up facing off in game seven that always seem to steal the show.
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