Detroit Tigers

Odds and Ends: Damn, baby, what did you do to your logo?!

There are so many horrible logos in the world of sports that we could probably establish an entire hall of shame for the goofy designs. But that would take more effort to create than actually went into the logos themselves and that just doesn’t seem right to us. Luckily, we can eliminate about 4,000 disasters right off the bat because the fellas over at came up with The Top 10 Worst Sports Logos.

10. New York Jets (2002-present)

9. Portland Trail Blazers (Too long)

8. Boston Red Sox (1950-1959)

7. Cleveland Browns (1950-1959)

6. New York Islanders (1995-1997)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-1996)

4. Denver Nuggets (1982-1993)

3. Chicago Cubs (1916)

2. Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1996)

1. Detroit Tigers (1927-1928)

We’d also like to submit the new Tampa Bay logo for consideration.

In other news…

[The Victoria Times]: “Hey, we’re not fat! We’re just big boned!”

[Cousins of Ron Mexico]: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a big mofo! Scratch that, it’s just Big Mo’.

[East Coast Bias]: Greatest tennis match ever? Hell yeah, it was!

[Mr. Irrelevant]: John McEnroe agrees with us, but we didn’t get to hug Roger Federer

[]: Dude, shut the hell up!

[Bleacher Report]: Sorry, but there’s no love for the 1985-88 Miami Hurricanes football team

[Lion in Oil]: It’s still not too late to win an opportunity to make Adam Morrison cry

[]: Melvin Guillard must not get paid by the hour

[]: First, a man gets pregnant and now this

[]: Shhhh, Shaq’s sleeping

And finally, Tiger Woods introduced the world to Cablinasians. Unfortunately, Blasians wound up with this spaz.

Carolina Hurricanes

NHL butt-head delivers a head-butt

If you thought that head-butts were exclusive to WWE murdering psychopaths, idiotic foreign kids, Zinedine Zidane and tiny jockeys then you are sorely mistaken. Of course, you’re not as sore as Mike Fisher is after he took a few fists and a forehead to the face from the Hurricanes Scott Walker.

Nice technique. Walker must have been taking lessons from this guy.


[SLAM! Sports]: Canes’ head-butt `cheap’
[James Mirtle]: Walker’s headbutt

College Football

Top 10 Most Gruesome sports injuries: #5 Willis McGahee

[Sportscolumn is running down the ten most gruesome sports injuries. Here’s #5]

In the 2003 national championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Miami Hurricanes, The U’s star running back Willis McGahee received a violent hit from Will Allen that bent his leg in the exact opposite direction from how it’s designed to bend. Nobody would have been surprised if the collision ended the young stud’s career, but he’s managed to return from the torn ligaments and has even made his way onto a winning Baltimore ball club after suffering in the Buffalo black hole for the past three years.

But, nobody was less impressed by the horrific accident than play-by-play man Keith Jackson who barely managed to spit out a “yep” after seeing McGahee’s knee get decimated. What, that wasn’t “Whoa, Nellie” worthy?

Back to #6 | Forward to #4

NHL General

Crashing the Zamboni: Edmonton Gets One Back

1. Exacting Revenge
It sure wasn’t the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Edmonton Oilers were able to take out some revenge on the team that ended their miracle run in last year’s playoffs. Edmonton downed the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 3-1, moving the Oilers into first place in a busy and tight Northwest Division. None of the teams in the Northwest can be counted out at this point, so it will be interesting to see who’ll come out of the jumble on top. Jussi Markkanen had a nice night between the pipes, stopping 28 shots in a rare start. Carolina still sits several points behind the Thrashers, who are having a solid year and aren’t showing many signs of letting up. Some bad news for Canes fans: Rod Brind’Amour left the game with what’s being dubbed a “lower body injury”. Hopefully it’s nothing serious–but knowing Brind’Amour, he’d be on the ice even if it was.

2. Best of the West
Two of the NHL’s titans squared off last night in a battle of Western Conference supremacy, with Anaheim shutting out Nashville 4-0. This was a bit of a statement game for the Ducks, who now hold the league lead in points (surpassing the mighty Buffalo Sabres). Temmu Selanne came up big, as he tends to do while in the spotlight. His two goals and assist boosted Anaheim to a win, leaving no doubt about who’s the best in the Western Conference. Chris Kunitz also contributed offensively, netting one goal and tallying three assists. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was “Giggy”, turning away all 21 shots he faced to send the Preds to their third straight loss.

3. Nieuwendyk Retires
Joe Nieuwendyk, who knows about winning better than anyone, announced his retirement on Wednesday night. Back problems have made the NHL to big of a mountain for Joe, who is 40 years old. In his 20 year career, he played for Calgary, New Jersey, and Toronto, before spending last season and the first quarter of this season with the Panthers. He won three Stanley Cups in those 20 years, and was named the playoff MVP in 1999. Here’s hoping he sticks around to call games in the booth, because it would be a shame if this kept him out of hockey for good.

Check It Out
The West Central Tribune discusses the declining rate of concussions in the NHL, and how to continue playing the game injury free. Perhaps the noticeable increase in penalties has something to do with the lack of these serious head-related injuries

Game of the Night: Montreal at New York Islanders
Canadeins: Lost three of last four games

The Last Shot
On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers announced plans to retire Mark Messier’s #11 on February 27th. Messier won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton, and is the NHL’s second-leading scorer of all-time. The New York Rangers raised his number to the ceiling of Madison Square Garden last year.

NHL General

Crashing the Zamboni: Anyone up for a shootout?

John Madden

1. Shootout Spectaculars

  • New Jersey defeated Carolina 3-2: The Devils got revenge for being booted from the playoffs by defeating the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. New Jersey’s John Madden scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout, sending his team to a 3-2 win and helping the Devils to winning four of their last five games.
  • Montreal defeated Edmonton 3-2: Alex Kovalev scored the game-winning goals for the Canadeins in the shootout, making sure the Canadeins stay in the thick of things in a crowded Northeast Division – currently they’re in third, ix points behind division leader Buffalo. With the victory, Montreal has won three of its last four games.

2. MacInnis Back with Blues
Longtime St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis has decided to break out of retirement, but not to get back on the ice. Instead he’ll work in the front office, as the vice president of hockey operations for a Blues team that is on the decline (they missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1979). Al was a 13 time all-star with Calgary and St. Louis. He won the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989, and racked up a Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) to go with it. In 1999 he won the James Norris Trophy for best defenseman in the league. His last season in professional hockey came in 2004, as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

3. Higgins Hurting
The Montreal Canadeins suffered a mighty blow Tuesday when they learned that their star left winger Chris Higgins would be out for a month and a half. Higgins has a partially torn ligament in his left ankle, which he suffered on Saturday in a game against the New Jersey Devils. Higgins is the team leader in goals (8) and points (13). A first round draft pick in 2002, it looks like he has finally reached his potential in professional hockey, and that could be huge for the Canadeins own the stretch.

Check It Out’s Shawn Roarke explains the USHL’s impact on NHL Entry Drafts, and looks at some players from several leagues who will be competing in the USA Junior Hockey Jamboree, a junior hockey all-star event taking place next week. It’s nice to see some of these developmental leagues get some pull from the media – without the USHL’s of the world, we wouldn’t have a lot of the NHL stars that we do today.

Game of the Night: Ottawa at Atlanta
Sens trying to avoid first five game losing streak since 1996

The Last Shot
In a meeting between NHL general managers that lasted several hours, it was determined that the NHL’s unbalanced schedule (see yesterday’s “Check It Out”) will most likely remain for at least one more year… that’s a real bummer, because nobody will be seeing a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals unless it ends up coming in the Stanley Cup Finals – hard to determine the best team in hockey with only one series.

NHL General

Crashing the Zamboni: Early season payback

1. Sweet Revenge
In a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Montreal Canadiens squared off with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. Goaltender Cristibal Huet was rock-solid in net, making sure that it wasn’t a playoff repeat for the Hurricanes. He lead them to a 4-0 victory, dropping Carolina’s record to an underwhelming 6-6-2. It was Huet’s first shutout of the season, and it couldn’t have come against a more ideal opponent. Coming off of their Stanley Cup season, the Hurricanes are now 0-3-1 against all of the Easterrn Conference teams they defeated in the playoffs.

2. #450
Florida Panthers coach Jacques Martin reeled in his 450th career victory on Thursday night, leading his team to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He became just the 13th coach in NHL history to reach the milestone. Martin, who also happens to be the General Manager of the Panthers, has worked for St. Louis, Colorado, and Ottawa in his professional career; he picked up a Stanley Cup as a member of the Avalanche organization in 1996.

3. Sabres Stay Hot
As the Boston Bruins found out last night, the Buffalo Sabres are never really out of the game. Buffalo overcame a 4-1 deficit with just 8:49 remaining in regulation to eventually win it in a shootout, 5-4. Maxim Afinogenov scored the second and third goals of the night for Buffalo, trimming the Bruin lead to one with only 2:30 left in the game. Less than a minute later, at the 1:35 mark, Ales Kotalik tied the score at four apiece. The Sabres would eventually roll out of Boston with a victory, improving their record to a miraculous 11-0-1 on the year. Even with the win, Buffalo’s Daniel Briere had his league high 10-game point streak snapped.

Check It Out
Former Islander co-owner Sanjay Kumar is not a happy camper right now – he’ll be spending the next 12 years behind bars for accounting fraud.

Game of the Night: Dallas at Edmonton
Dallas: Off to best start in franchise history (10-2-0).

The Last Shot
Last night, the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 for their fifth straight victory.

Carolina Hurricanes

Congratulations Carolina Hurricanes!

After a surprisingly tight end to the series, the Hurricanes have come out on top of the hockey world.  Their speed, toughness, and heart won the Hurricanes the first Stanley Cup in the New NHL.  (Of course, speed, toughness and heart always won in the old NHL as well.)   Edmonton almost pulled off the impossible but in the end, too much home ice, too much of a grind to fight back from being down 3-1, and too much Cam Ward sealed their fate.  

[Hurricane Season]: CAROLINA WINS THE CUP!
[James Mirtle]: Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup Champions
[Mike Chen]: The Last One Standing
[Covered in Oil]: Motherfucker
[You Tube]: Game 7 highlights
[You Tube]: Cup presentation

NHL General

Oilers center accuses Rod Brind’Amour of cheating

The Oilers are in desperate trouble. They blew a 3-0 lead in game 1 and lost their top goalie for the rest of the series. They have a backup goalie that no one has any confidence in. And their defense decided the best way to break in the backup goalie was to stop playing defense. On top of that, their center is complaining about the other guy cheating.

Horcoff lost 2/3 of his faceoffs against Carolina’s Rod Bri’nd’Am’ou’r and accused him of cheating.

It’s just a problem that I tried to talk to the linesman a little about,” Horcoff said Wednesday before the Carolina’s 5-0 win in Game 2. “It’s not really anything that I really need to comment on, it’s just the fact that I thought he was cheating a little bit and hopefully we’ll change that.

Edmonton went out and only lost 20-28 in the faceoffs, but 5-0 in the game. Perhaps the refs were giving the shooters special treatment instead.

[Fox Sports]: Horcoff says Brind’Amour cheats