End of an era: Martin Brodeur to test free agency

June 7, 2014 – 1:08 am by Ryan Phillips
    Martin Brodeur

It appears that Martin Brodeur’s time with the New Jersey Devils has finally come to an end. After 24 years with the Devils organization, Brodeur claims that he will test free agency this summer.

Brodeur is widely considered the greatest goaltender in NHL history. During his 21-year career, he has set dozens of records and won three Stanley Cups. He has also spent his entire career as a New Jersey Devil, after the team selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft. It would be an absolute tragedy if the 42-year-old finished his career elsewhere.

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It’s summer, so it’s time to get a Custom Koozie

June 6, 2014 – 10:44 pm by Ryan Phillips

Summer is finally here after what seemed like a 10-month winter in the Midwest. For me, one of the best parts of summer is sitting outside and tailgating before a baseball game. If you’re tailgating, you’re going to need a beer in your hand and that means you’re going to need a koozie to keep that thing cold. We all have random koozies for teams or companies we don’t care about, but now there’s a website that lets you design your own custom koozies, which is a perfect addition to the tailgating lifestyle.

Express Imprint’s Custom Koozies site lets you design your own beer koozies for everything from cans to bottles to bigger water bottles and there are even koozies with carabiners attached so you don’t lose them. I can’t count how many koozies I’ve “misplaced” in the past, so that’s a fantastic feature. Go check out ExpressImprint.com.

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Heat beats the Heat, creates need for David Caruso memes

June 6, 2014 – 3:06 am by Hickey
    LeBron James cramps

The Spurs opened the NBA Finals with a 110-95 win over the Heat, but in a most unusual circumstance for an indoor sport, the temperature played a big role in the outcome.

The air conditioning system went kaput at San Antonio’s AT&T Center, forcing the temperature in the arena to hover around 90 degrees. This ultimately played a factor in the demise of LeBron James, who sat out the end of the game while suffering from severe leg cramps, thus allowing the Spurs to pull away.

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2014 MLB Draft: Astros select Brady Aiken with No. 1 pick

June 5, 2014 – 6:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Brady Aiken

The Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick the 2014 MLB Draft and they decided to take Brady Aiken with the top selection. Aiken, a left-handed pitcher out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, became the first prep pitcher to go No. 1 since 1991, when the New York Yankees picked Brien Taylor.

It was the third year in a row the Astros had the draft’s top selection. In 2012 Houston took high school shortstop Carlos Correa, in 2013 the Astros made Stanford righty Mark Appel the first guy off the board, and now by adding Aiken they are putting together an absurd collection of talent. In our opinion, Aiken was far and away the top talent in this draft and the Astros made the right choice.

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Video: Drew Doughty scores sick goal to tie Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

June 4, 2014 – 11:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty has developed into one of the NHL’s best defenders, and on Wednesday night during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Los Angeles Kings top d-man showed how great he can be. Despite a bad giveaway in the first period that led directly to a goal for the New York Rangers, Doughty was on fire all night during Game 1. But his best moment was clearly an amazing goal he scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second period.

On the play, Kings forward Justin Williams entered the Rangers zone, then dropped the puck off to Doughty. The 24-year-old then made an unbelievable move by going between his own legs with the puck toward the left side of the ice, then moved in close to New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With what was essentially a one-on-one opportunity with some traffic to Lundqvist’s left. Doughty pulled up a bit and fired the puck into the net on Lundqvist’s blocker side. The Swedish net-minder got a piece of it, but couldn’t stop the shot.

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Video: Justin Williams wins Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final for Los Angeles Kings

June 4, 2014 – 10:57 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Henrik Lundqvist

Justin Williams is known around the NHL as “Mr. Game 7″ but on Wednesday night he came through to give the Los Angeles Kings a win in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Just over four minutes into overtime of a 2-2 game, Williams found himself wide open in the slot against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and he didn’t miss. He buried the puck past Lundqvist, going over the goalie’s stick into the upper left corner of the net.

That goal meant that the Kings, who opened the game down 2-0, came all the way back again in a postseason full of improbable comebacks for the franchise. The 3-2 win showed that Los Angeles is just as resilient in the Stanley Cup Final as it has been all postseason.

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Cubs, WGN Radio to end 89-year relationship

June 4, 2014 – 1:16 am by Hickey

Wrigley Field

They say the first 80 years of a marriage are the toughest. The Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio made it that far in their relationship, but it turns out there will be no ninth decade of the arrangement.

Chicago media guru Robert Feder confirmed Tuesday night that the two sides will go their separate ways next year, ending a broadcast association that dates back to 1925 — practically the beginning of the baseball on the radio era.

The Cubs will enter a seven-year agreement with WBBM-780, which also broadcasts the Bears. There is also a possibility Cub games will end up on WSCR-670 — which has a very powerful signal — if the White Sox don’t renew their deal with that station after 2015. It will be interesting to see if the Cubs try to muscle the Sox off of that frequency, or have even reached a wink-wink-nudge agreement that will lead to the South Siders being heard elsewhere.

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Ben Tate thinks Johnny Manziel attention is ridiculous

June 3, 2014 – 8:56 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Ben Tate

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate claimed on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is getting far too much attention from the media. Tate also said that if he were Manziel, he would be wary of the all the exposure he’s getting.

Tate signed with the Browns on a two-year, $7 million deal this offseason, and other than Manziel he’s probably the team’s biggest offseason acquisition. He seems like a perfect addition to the team’s running back rotation, especially in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Despite being a new addition himself, Tate clearly feels perfectly at home speaking his mind.

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