Archive for April 2012
(1) New York Rangers vs
(8) Ottawa Senators
I assume some of you disagree with these picks, and that's fine. Let me know in the comments what you think. And stay tuned for when I post my Western Conference picks tomorrow.
I'm not a journalist, but I could imagine that some days it's an incredibly hard job. Having to think of story ideas day in and day out feels like a nightmare to me. But I would also imagine that some days, the stories just come to you. And Thursday, April 5, was one of those days in sports journalism.
The whole New Orleans bounty story has been going on for weeks now, and has been one of the hottest NFL stories we've seen in a while. To make a long story short, former New Orleans Saints assistant coach, Gregg Williams, was accused of organizing a bounty system for his team which encouraged injuring their opponents for cash reward. He's been suspended indefinitely, and even the Saints head coach, Sean Payton, was suspended for the entire upcoming season. To add salt on to the wound that is Williams indefinite suspension, the following audio was released yesterday morning (Warning: the clip contains graphic and vulgar language):
For those of you following the NBA, Orlando Magic centre Dwight Howard, has been causing a stir amongst his team as he has been confiding in the media about whether or not he's going to be staying with his team or not when he becomes a free agent. Before the trade deadline there were dozens of rumours that had him going to several different teams, however the deadline came and went and Howard remains on the Orlando Magic. However, it was rumoured that Howard has asked management to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, and yesterday, Van Gundy confirmed to the media that these rumours were true. What followed that may very well be the most awkward interview I've ever seen.
Thursday evening seemed to be business as usual, that was until the Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the New York Rangers. After Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik delivered a dirty knee-on-knee hit to the Rangers Derek Stepan, Rangers coach John Tortorella had a few choice words. But not for Orpik, but for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. This one isn't all that strange considering Tortorella's past, but a story all the same.
To top it off, at the end of the night San Jose Sharks forward, Ryane Clowe, did this:
Have I mentioned that I love sports?