Tuesday, February 26, 2013

0 Preds successfully mess with Texas, beat Stars in OT

By Justin Koehn

From nashvillepredators.com
If you just started watching hockey, this was a good game to kick things off. It was fully action packed from start to finish. Pucks and fists were flying in all directions the entire game. Nashville was just coming off a two game slide in which they got shutout by Vancouver and Detroit, so this one was important to get the momentum back after going without a goal against those two. 

Craig Smith started the scoring for Nashville as he snapped one in at 13:43 of the first period, assisted by Clune and Kostitsyn. It wasn't until the second period that Dallas would get themselves noticed with two quick succession goals at 1:20 and 1:45 from Matt Frazier and Reilly Smith, respectively. Shortly after, Roman Josi would bury one at 3:05 to get Nashville within one goal. 

It was during the second when penalties were getting handed out like candy and Dallas took the power play opportunity to get a couple in pushing a 2 goal lead to make it 4-2. In total, 26 penalty minutes were assessed by both sides, including 5 minute fighting majors for Yip and Nystrom. 

From hockeyfightsdotcom YouTube After Dallas gained a nice lead back, Patric Hornqvist backhanded one in at 13:43 to bring it within one goal. The lone scorer in the third period was Mike Fisher, assisted by Colin Wilson and Roman Josi at 8:22 to tie it up 4-4. This one was going to overtime, which is not unfamiliar territory for the Predators. Only 28 seconds into the overtime period, Roman Josi netted a beautiful snapshot assisted by Kostitsyn and Weber to end this one and snag two very well earned points. 

From nashvillepredators.com

With this win, Nashville goes back to second in the Central, fourth in the Western, and 10th overall in the league. Their next game is against Anaheim at The Honda Center on Wednesday night. The Ducks currently sit first in the Pacific, second in the Western, and second in the league. This one promises to be a great game that you will not want to miss.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

0 Cheerleader half court trick shot

This is everywhere now, but maybe you haven't seen it. Ashlee Arnau of William Carey University did this amazing half court trick shot at a game recently. Video speaks for itself.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1 NFL combine is useless

By Kenny Howell

It's another NFL combine which means another useless exercise in hyping or devaluing players for stupid reasons, none of which actually pertain to playing football. 

The first, which Deadspin reported, is of Stanford TE Zach Ertz, whose arms are an inch and a half too short, so that hurts his draft stock. He is at the top of a lot of people's boards for tight ends. 

It's the same tune every year. All these years of tape of actual football goes out the door cause there is one physical flaw. It's that dumb thinking that leads to busts in drafts, and a bunch of wasted money. 

I have said it before, but I think there is a small handful of really intelligent people in the NFL, and the rest are just regurgitating what they have learned from previous guys. What that leads to is people using the same flawed thinking they have always used, and picking guys like Darius Heyward-Bay because they can run fast. He doesn't do all the other things a receiver needs to do, but he runs fast. Everyone in the NFL runs fast. That's not what makes them good football players. 

So just ignore all this nonsense. There are way better ways to evaluate a player than watching them exercise. Like, I don't know, actually watch them play football. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

0 Chicago/Vancouver shootout

By Justin Koehn

Shootouts in hockey is one of my favorite things, next to fights and winning. This shootout was no exception. Chicago has tied the NHL record for the best start ever with a record of 13-0-3, earning at least a point in the first 16 games of their season after the win last night. That alone is a major feat. The glove save by Emery put the icing on the cake at the end of this one. It is a thing of beauty:

From nhl.com

If you would like to watch the highlights for the entire game, they are below: From nhl.com

0 I went to a hockey game and a fight broke out

By Justin Koehn

On February 12th as the Predators and Sharks were playing, an unruly San Jose fan decided he wasn't seeing enough action so he started a fight with a Predators fan.

from palmertn (http://www.youtube.com/user/palmertn) via YouTube

0 Preds beat Wings in OT

By Justin Koehn

[via nashvillepredators.com]

In the 21st sellout in a row at Bridgestone Arena, the fans went wild as the home team was able to keep the Red Wings at bay in yet another overtime game. This came to be the ninth overtime the Preds have been involved in this season, leading the NHL in that respect. After coming off a 6-5 loss against Colorado the night before, Nashville came out on fire with Craig Smith burying a PPG at 5:01, assisted by Wilson and Weber. Just over five minutes later, Gabriel Bourque tipped in another to give the Predators a 2-0 lead. Before the end of the 1st, Detroit was able to bring it within one goal with a wrister from Cleary. The second period was a lot of back and forth, as that kind of thing happens. It was 11:33 into the third when Jordin Tootoo scored his first of the season to tie it up 2-2 (I know, funny) and his first back in Bridgestone since he fled to Detroit. I won't lie, I do not miss the sounds of the whistles. Two more goals would be scored in the third by Roman Josi at 12:54 and Pavel Datsyuk at 13:30 to bring it to 3-3. When this happened, I knew we were destined for another OT. One point is better than nothing, right? Why stop at one when you can get two! This was the feelings of Shea Weber when he was blasted a wrist shot at 0:44 into the extra time, assisted by Colin Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn.
[via nashvillepredators.com]

Weber finished the game +2 with his goal and assist. Ever since our captain netted his first a few games ago, he is on fire, just as Barry Trotz said. Trust your coach, he knows things.

The Predators are at home again on Friday night to take on Vancouver, then promptly fly out to head to Detroit for what could prove to be a very exciting game you will not want to miss. Seriously, set your VCR to record it and as always, be kind please rewind.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

0 Preds Blank Sharks in OT, Rinne Gets Second SO

By Justin Koehn

[via nashvillepredators.com]

The Predators kept the spark alive last night against San Jose, with Colin Wilson nailing the game winner in overtime. This came after an overtime loss on Saturday against Minnesota and a 3-0 loss against Chicago on Sunday. Rinne turned away all 25 shots he faced and earned his second shutout of the season. 

Through all three periods, both teams fought hard on both ends of the ice. The first period came and went, with only one penalty being handed out. It was during the second period things were starting to look pretty bad as Nashville couldn't stay out of the box. Martin Erat alone got a high sticking four minute major at 1:48, holding the stick at 6:31, and hooking at 11:05. That is eight minutes the Predators second highest goal scorer this season sat on the sidelines waiting to return to the action. Nick Spaling and Colin Wilson also took two minutes each for hi sticking and tripping. San Jose had a total of four minutes of penalties during the second. Somehow the Preds were able to kill off each of the power plays and stay alive going into the third period. 

Watching the pace of the third pretty much wrote OT in the books from the start, with some amazing scoring chances on both ends, but nothing going though. Nashville had 10 SOG in the third compared to the Sharks three. This one was going to overtime. Hey at least we will get a point right? It was shortly after the start of the overtime that Colin Wilson rose to the occasion and buried a nice tip at 2:08. He was assisted by Ryan Ellis and David Legwand. Watching the video below, you can see how close this was from going on the other side of the upright. It was a good heads up play being int he right place at the right time.

[via nashvillepredators.com]

So far in February, the Predators have a nice record going with 4-1-1. They are 6-3-4 on the season, placing them in the fifth slot in the Western Conference. Even with a positive record, they are still in the need for a goal scorer. We have world class net minding with Rinne, but if they play a team that knows how to work around the defense, there is only so much Rinne can do to keep the Predators alive.

Nashville will play the Phoenix Coyotes at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m. central. The Predators dropped a 0-4 loss against them on Jan. 28, This was against a Nashville team that looks completely different now than they did a few short weeks ago.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2 One hop full court shot

There is a lot going wrong in this clip from a basketball stand point, but what goes right is amazing. Lewis Palmer High School's Anna Olson lost track of time and heaved a full court shot even though there was plenty of time to get it down the court. Lucky for her, it bounced, found the rim and fell in. Probably will never happen again.

Monday, February 11, 2013

0 Why I hate soccer

This video is why I hate soccer. And European players have brought this mindset to the NBA and screwed that game up as well.

The Most Brutal Soccer Foul You’ll Ever See - Watch More Funny Videos

Friday, February 8, 2013

0 Bucky Boyd is going to take down The Tree in a fight no one cares about

[via With Leather]

When you think of West Virginia, pretty much what you think of is Bucky Boyd. He is a 7-foot-tall genetic freak that can barely talk at a 3rd grade level. I kid, I kid West Virginia, you got pretty mountains. But apparently Boyd was beaten by something called "The Tree," and wants revenge. The video is gold, just gold. 

0 Dukies chant "How's your grandma" to a player whose grandma just died

[via Deadspin]

Those Cameron Crazies decided it would be the right thing to do last night by asking N.C. State's Tyler Lewis, "How's your grandma"? Lewis' grandma died last week. Maybe they just hadn't received the news yet and they were concerned. Some are saying that it didn't happen, or some are saying it's just a couple of jerks, which is probably the likely case cause it's not very loud. 

0 Trotz Post-Game, Crosschecks Weber Hater

By Justin Koehn

During the post-game media shoot after the Preds 3-0 win over the Kings, Trotz goes over reactions on the game and certain players. Listen around the 6:30 mark to see his take on how he feels about Shea Weber and what the journalist basically says is a lack of production. Trotz isn't concerned one bit, and I am not either. Weber is arguably the best defensive player in the league. He recorded his first point of the season last night after ten games, so apparently this journalist thinks Shea isn't doing anything out there despite the wins.

[via  nashvillepredators.com]

1 Marist's 3/4 court shot leads to OT, victory

[via Mercury News]

Chavaughn Lewis' 3/4 court shot sent Marist to overtime with Iona, and eventually led to the win Thursday. Not much to say. The video speaks for itself. 

0 Predators Beat Kings Second Time This Season

[via NHL.com]

By Justin Koehn
The Predators held off the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings in their second time to meet this season. This marks the fourth game in a row the Preds have won a game in regulation, looking better and better each game. Colin Wilson was once again dominating in front of the goal burying two goals after Gabriel Bourque's first goal to get the momentum running.

[via nashvillepredators.com]

Pekka Rinne was in beast mode throughout the entire game as he blocked all 32 shots he faced. Nashville was only able to get 14 shots on goal, but were able to capitalize on those better than L.A shooting over twice as many. Rinne has not allowed an even strength goal in over four games. Since the last time the Predators played L.A on January 31st, Rinne has faced 115 shots and only allowed 3 of those through. He has also been able to keep all of those opponents in those games to one goal or less.

After the win last night, the Predators now have 13 points on a 5-2-3 record. This places them ahead of St. Louis at second in the central division, fifth in the conference, and tenth in the league. Chicago still sits in first place in the central with 20 points. Nashville will play Chicago on Sunday night at home, but not before they meet with Minnesota again in The Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

0 Preds Win Last 3 On Road, Own The Blues

By Justin Koehn

From NHL.com

The Predators capped off a 7 game road trip with a 4-2-1 record, winning the last three in a row. The latest win came last night against the St. Louis Blues, with the Preds taking it 6-1 in regulation time. Thats right, no overtime or shootout in this one! The Predators last played them on January 24th getting shutout 3-0.

The first goal came on a power play by Ryan Ellis, a great player who I decided to sit on my fantasy bench for some reason. His goal was assisted by Erat and Wilson. The second goal was buried by Clune, which was his first NHL goal and ended up being the game winner. Wilson and Gaustad assisted on this one, and you could hear the crowd Scottrade Center quickly get quiet.

From NashvillePredators.com

The first period was closed out with a goal by Nick Spaling. This put the Predators up 3-0 early in the game, a score by which the Blues beat them just a few games earlier. As the second period started, St. Louis came out in full force but still let Nashville score two more unanswered goals by Klein and Bourque before Blues defenseman Pietrangelo slid one through Pekka Rinne on the power play.  The final goal of the game was scored by Martin Erat.

Pekka Rinne had an outstanding night with 31 saves and only allowing the Pietrangelo goal through on the power play. Colin Wilson also had a stellar game with three assists finishing +3 for the night.

The Nashville Predators are starting to look like the team we all watched last year. They are better in the neutral zone, they are maintaining puck control, and they are playing the boards a lot better than the first few games this season. With this win they sit at 11 points on the season, only one behind St. Louis and seven behind a Chicago team that just can't lose. They are currently 6th in the Western Conference.

The Predators bring it back to Bridgestone on Thursday night to again take on the L.A. Kings which they were able to beat in a shootout on January 31st.

0 This toddler shoots better than Josh Smith

I don't know if this toddler will pan out, but he is off to a good start. This is a pretty impressive trick shot video from a kid between 18 and 24 months. He has a better midrange game than Josh Smith. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

0 Ravens HOLD on

By Shaee Flatt

Just when it seemed like Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers were going to steal a victory last night, the Ravens defense held San Francisco out of the endzone to secure the victory. 

No literally, with the 49ers down 34-29 and facing 4th down, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith wrapped his arms around 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and the referees let it go. Sure, Crabtree pushed off towards the end, but he had no choice with Smith wrapped around his body. 

Nonetheless, Baltimore proved me wrong. I didn’t think they could hang with San Francisco and they did more than that. They jumped out to a huge 28- 6 lead and it seemed like they could do no wrong. They were marching up and down the field, and not allowing the Niners to get really anything started. They played about as good a first half as you can play.

The second half started great with Jacoby Jones taking the kickoff to the house, but after the power went out it seemed like the Ravens went out. Down 28-6, the 49ers were very close to coming all the way back to win the game, before ultimately losing 34-31. I still think there are at least three or four better teams than Baltimore, but they got it done when it matters most. The best team doesn’t always win the Super Bowl, but it still counts all the same. I never cared who won, I’m just a football fan, who’s happy he got to watch a good game with good people. So hats off to the Ravens, and Kansas City, you are officially on the clock.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

0 Shaee's Super Bowl Prediction

By Shaee Flatt
I’ll keep this short and sweet. For almost the entire season I thought that the 49ers were the best team in the NFL. They have the NFL’s best defense, and with Kaepernick at Quarterback, their offense has been better as well. They’ve impressed me all season. 

Baltimore on the other hand, has not. They didn’t impress me during the regular season, and call me a “hater” or whatever you want, but they have not mpressed me during the post season either. They narrowly escaped a home game against the Colts, and then were thoroughly outplayed in Denver. However, referees, the worst defensive play I’ve ever
seen in my life, and one very costly mistake from Peyton Manning, handed the Ravens the football game. In New England it was a little different. I thought Baltimore played a pretty good game, but Tom Brady played miserable. Had the Patriots been fully healthy, I don’t think the Ravens defense could have contained New England the way they did. 

That being said, they won three playoff games against three good teams so I have to give credit where credit is due. I don’t have to pick them to win the Super Bowl though, or come very close to winning the Super Bowl. Plain and simple, San Francisco is the better
team, and they will win. They have the better offense, and the better defense. I love the Harbaugh story, and I am hoping for a good game, I just don’t see it.

49ers 27 Baltimore 13

Friday, February 1, 2013

1 N.C. State player's crazy trick shot

I am not a big follower of N.C. State so I don't know who Scott Wood is, but he did impress me with this crazy trick shot that will be tough to top. 

[via With Leather]

0 Super Bowl Prediction: Ravens?

By Kenny Howell

Since I got both Conference Championship games wrong, there really is no reason to put much stock into what I say. But, what the hey, this is my blog, so here we go. 

My first feeling is that the 49ers will win just because they are the better team. But the Ravens are the one on a roll right now, and play better defense. Defense usually wins these big ones, so I think I am going with the Ravens. Especially since now they have a guy on their team that has the powers of not only a man, but also of a deer. Or he doesn't really, as he says, because he never tested positive for it even though that is not something they test for. But there is a taped conversation of him asking how to use it and to send a bunch to him. So. 

But I digress. Ravens win. I think. 

Ravens 31 49ers 27

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