Month: January 2015

The NBA cancels two games, and improves Sacramento’s lottery odds (Yahoo Sports)

The NBA and the forces of Mother Nature may have just banded together to help Sacramento’s NBA draft status. As expected, the league canceled Monday night’s Brooklyn Nets/Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks/Sacramento Kings games due to the blizzard that is due to wreak havoc on the East Coast. The makeup dates will take place later in the season, but as Pro Basketball Talk’s Dan Feldman noticed , the night off for the Kings on Monday comes with a nasty early-March aftereffect. The Kings will make up the Knicks game on March 3, two days after taking on the…

Ranking the leading contenders for national coach of the year (Yahoo Sports)

The list of midseason national coach of the year contenders is remarkably diverse. One coach was still an assistant when the school year began. Another was a fixture on every “hot seat” list this past summer. A third inherited a roster without a single player who averaged more than four points per game last season. There’s a coach who’s unbeaten with nine McDonald’s All-Americans and a coach who’s unbeaten without any. There’s also a coach who’s contending in his league despite only six scholarship players and nobody taller than 6-foot-6.   Below is a look at my list of midseason…

Kobe Bryant confirms that he wanted to join Michael Jordan and the Wizards (Yahoo Sports)

When Michael Jordan’s two-year contract to play basketball for the Washington Wizards expired at the end of the 2002-03 season, it was assumed by many that Jordan would be asked to return to his role as the Wizards’ president of basketball operations and de facto general manager – a position he held for a season and a half prior to returning to the court. Instead, then-Wizards owner Abe Pollin informed Jordan that he would not be returning to that post with the franchise. Feeling used, Jordan literally sped away from the Wizards in his Corvette, never to return to the…

Pro Bowl television ratings take another big dip (Yahoo Sports)

PHOENIX – The Pro Bowl started with a huge, sellout crowd. Before the fourth quarter even started, there were more than a few pockets of empty seats in University of Phoenix Stadium. It cleared out even more by the end, even though the game came down to the final seconds. Television ratings also reflected that fans might finally be tuning out the Pro Bowl. The television ratings, usually ahead of any NBA or Major League Baseball playoff game before the championship round, took a big dip for the second straight year according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily. The overnight…

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork helps car accident victim (Yahoo Sports)

Football hero helps his team win the big game, then stops on the way home to help pull a driver from an overturned car. The story is probably too corny for Hollywood, but just about right for the New England Patriots these days. Not long after the Patriots won the AFC championship with a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, star defensive tackle Vince Wilfork stopped when he saw a Jeep on its side after an accident on Route 1 in Foxboro. Troopers responding to the accident found Wilfork at the side of the car and the driver,…

2016 Winter Classic will feature Bruins vs. Canadiens at Gillette Stadium (Report) (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re one that’s tired of seeing the same teams involved in the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic, prepare to continued to be upset. According to WEEI , the worst-kept secret in hockey will happen next season with the Boston Bruins set to host the Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Day 2016 at Gillette Stadium. From DJ Bean: It is unknown how preparations for the event will affect the Patriots, as Jan. 1 typically falls right around Week 17 of the NFL season. After TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported in December that the Bruins were the favorites to host the game,…

Mad Dash: Seahawks fans leave too early, miss comeback (Yahoo Sports)

A few bad apples docked Seattle’s “12th Man” street cred yesterday when they left the NFC championship game with their team down 19-7 and needing a minor miracle to save the season. Then that miracle happened and they were literally left out in the cold. We understand wanting to beat the traffic in Week 6 on a school night, but the NFC championship? How often do those come along that you feel good just walking out? The images of fans watching the stadium TVs through the exterior windows were priceless. We’d keep piling on, but we’re guessing these fans have…