Blackhawks cement dynasty with third Cup in 6 seasons

June 16, 2015 – 2:22 am by Hickey

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How the hell did this even happen?

On the micro level, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t have started this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs on a worse note. Twenty minutes into the tournament, the Hawks trailed Nashville 3-0 as Corey Crawford wobbled to the bench for unheralded replacement Scott Darling. The Hawks somehow came back to win that game 4-3, that series and then the three that followed it to clinch their sixth Stanley Cup of all-time and third in the last five years.

Which brings us to “how the hell did this even happen?” on a macro level.

The Hawks have won as many Cups in the last six seasons as they did in the years 1926-2009 combined. For half of that time, they were only competing against five other teams. They could only manage one while anchored by two of the best to ever play the game in Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.

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Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Again

June 16, 2015 – 12:32 am by Zach Rastall


Nothing was stopping the Chicago Blackhawks from their date with destiny Monday night. Not a tornado warning, not a 77-year drought and not the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Blackhawks dispatched Tampa Bay 2-0 in Game 6 to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. But moreover, they cemented their status as the NHL’s latest dynasty.

With the win, Chicago became the first franchise to win the Stanley Cup three times over a six-year span since the Detroit Red Wings accomplished the feat between 1997 and 2002.

And on Monday, it was the usual suspects who make up the foundation of this newly christened dynasty that made the difference.

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Win or lose, LeBron James should be Finals MVP

June 15, 2015 – 1:50 am by Hickey

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The NBA Finals should be over. Never should have made it beyond five games, even. But they have, because LeBron James has proven to us over the course of this series that not only is he the best player in the world, but that you’d be a fool not to have him in your fictional all-time starting five. And that’s why no matter whether the Cavaliers win or lose this series, LeBron should be taking the trophy for Finals MVP home with him.

James had what is becoming just another night at the office for him with his second triple-double of the series, going for 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 44 minutes in a Game 5 loss to Golden State. He is averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the Finals. And he’s doing it because he has to. Since the Cavs lost Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the series, LeBron has been saddled with the sorriest supporting cast you’ll ever find in the Finals.

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NBA Draft: How good is Kristaps Porzingis?

June 13, 2015 – 3:15 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kristaps Porzingis

Everyone seems to agree that Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor will be the first two picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, but there are some intriguing players who are certainly worth keeping an eye on. Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell and 19-year-old point guard Emmanuel Mudiay both look like they could be stars, but don’t sleep on international forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 19-year-old Latvian looks like he could be the real deal.

Porzingis is listed at around 7-feet and 220 pounds. He plays like a stretch four with the ability to create off the dribble as well as shoot from the perimeter. Obviously any international player at that size who can do those things will immediately draw comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. That’s probably a fair developmental goal for Porzingis, but he’s already a better defender than Nowitzki has ever been. The downside is that he doesn’t have the instincts to play inside that Nowitzki had when he was younger.

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Report: Lakers want Jahlil Okafor at No. 2

June 12, 2015 – 3:05 am by Ryan Phillips
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The 2015 NBA Draft is just more than two weeks away, and while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit the in the catbird seat at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers possess arguably the most interesting pick at No. 2. The Lakers could choose to go in a number of directions, but according to one report they have already decided what they want to do.

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated claimed that the Lakers want to land Duke center Jahlil Okafor when they are on the clock. Most believe the Timberwolves will decide between Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Okafor at No. 1, and the Lakers will likely take whoever doesn’t get selected at No. 1.

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FIFA to postpone bidding on 2026 World Cup

June 11, 2015 – 1:47 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jerome Valcke

To say things aren’t going well at FIFA right now would be a bit of an understatement, and the horrible news for the organization kept coming on Wednesday. FIFA General Secretary and human French stereotype Jerome Valcke announced that the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been delayed.

The decision for which country will host the 2026 World Cup was supposed to be made in May 2017, but it is being indefinitely put off for now. Given the allegations of corruption surrounding the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, it makes sense that FIFA wouldn’t dive headlong into another potentially disastrous ordeal.

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CM Punk calls out Hulk Hogan on Twitter

June 9, 2015 – 3:22 am by Ryan Phillips
    CM Punk Blackhawks

Noted Chicago Blackhawks fan CM Punk has been known to get touchy when someone criticizes his favorite team. On Monday, he let loose with a vicious rant aimed at Hulk Hogan following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-2 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Hogan, who is apparently a Lightning fan, threw down a mildly inflammatory tweet following his team’s Game 3 win, calling out Punk in the process. The new UFC fighter was quick to respond and it got ugly.

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American Pharoah Runs Into the Record Books

June 8, 2015 – 12:18 am by Zach Rastall

“The 37-year wait is over! American Pharoah is finally the one! American Pharoah, has won, THE TRIPLE CROWN!”

The words uttered by track announcer Larry Collmus as American Pharoah sprinted past the finish line and into the history books perfectly encapsulated the monumental moment that occurred at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon, where a 3-year-old bay colt with a misspelled name, a stubby tail and a long, smooth stride ended one of sports’ most infamous droughts and forever etched his name in the pantheon of horse racing’s greats.

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