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NHL All Stars Score Lots Of Goals

January 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Team Lidstrom defeated  Team Staal in a 21 goal game.

After allowing 21 goals, Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the goalies at the 2011 NHL All Star game all needed a drink.

After allowing 21 goals, Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the goalies at the 2011 NHL All Star game all needed a drink.

From Mercury News

A sport that takes much pride in the intensity of its competition cranked out another contest where each team reached double-digits in goals and the only thing bruised were goalie stats.

It ended up as an 11-10 victory for Team (Nicklas) Lidstrom over Team (Eric) Staal in an outcome that couldn’t have pleased the 18,680 fans who filled the RBC Center, because all three Carolina Hurricane players in the game — Staal, rookie Jeff Skinner and goalie Cam Ward — were on the losing side.

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Alternate Logo: NY Mets

January 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets are looking for a minority partner.

The New York Mets logo may be changed to reflect the fallout from the Madoff scandal.

The New York Mets logo may be changed to reflect the fallout from the Madoff scandal.

From The NY Post

But with the possibility the Mets may be on the hook for as much as $1 billion to settle the lawsuit — which claims the Mets profited from the Madoff scam — a major league executive told The Post yesterday the Wilpon family ultimately might surrender close to 50 percent of the team. The executive said he could not envision the Wilpons selling the club outright.

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LeBron Stumbles Against Knicks

January 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James and the Miami Heat lost to the New York Knicks on Thursday.

Knicks' fans did not make LeBron James feel welcome at the Garden.

Knicks' fans did not make LeBron James feel welcome at the Garden.

From New York Magazine

The Knicks beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 93–88 last night, their first win over a LeBron team since December 2007, and Fields was the primary reason why. He had his prettiest night of stat feeling in a couple of months, scoring nineteen points, grabbing thirteen rebounds and dishing out six assists, but stats never quite capture Fields.

He was everywhere this game, ending up wherever the ball was, pestering both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on defense and, of course, draining a clutch three in the final minute that sent the Garden into apoplexy. “Landry Fields was probably the player of the game,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s a guy who survives on just making effort plays. And he’s relentless with his effort, does all the little things.” It was a Landry Fields night; the Heat machine was taken down by a second-round draft pick from Stanford.

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Fisher Moves On

January 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Jeff Fisher is out as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Fisher no longer works for the Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Fisher no longer works for the Tennessee Titans.

From Yahoo Sports

In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL’s longest-tenured coach.The team said in a release Thursday night that “Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team.” The Titans announced the move within an hour of a report by SI.com that they were negotiating Fisher’s departure.

Though Fisher had been derided locally as “Coach .500” or “Coacho Ocho,” he seemingly had just survived a battle with quarterback Vince Young. Adams decided to either release Young or trade him on Jan. 5. The owner announced two days later that he would be keeping Fisher.

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Blake Griffin: Dunk Monster

January 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers is already being mentioned as the best Clipper of all time.

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers becomes a monster when he gets ready to dunk.

When Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers gets ready to dunk, he becomes a savage, flesh eating monster .

From The Los Angeles Times

Last week, The Times posted a poll question: Is Blake Griffin the greatest player in L.A. Clippers history? Only the Los Angeles era qualified, no reaching back into the San Diego archives or dusting off the Buffalo Braves’ records.

To date, Griffin has 295, or 43.45%, of the votes, more than twice the votes as the second-place finisher Danny Manning (121 votes, or 17.8%). Brand has 105 votes, or 15.4%. Granted, the sample was a small slice of fan representation — 680 votes in all to date — and certainly favors the here-and-now and the rapidly increasing buzz of all-things Griffin.

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Alternate Logo: NY Jets

January 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but Mark Sanchez boozed it up afterward.

The New York Jets' season ended with a thud on Sunday.

The New York Jets' season ended with a thud on Sunday.

From The NY Post

But a spy said, “Mark sat with Braylon for a short while, but soon enough he was back at the bar flirting with the bartender, a gorgeous South American girl, busty with long, dark reddish hair. They were doing shots together and he kept whispering in her ear and holding her hand. He looked pretty enamored, and was at the bar until closing time. He went home alone but phone numbers were exchanged. Edwards’ bill came to around $2,500.”

The players closed down the club at 4:30 a.m. Edwards, who was charged with DUI last September, left in a chauffeur-driven Escalade.

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Bears Fans Say Cutler Quit

January 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Lots of folks think Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler quit on Sunday, even though tests on Monday revealed a MCL sprain.

Folks are saying that Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears quit on the team and should change his name to Jay Quitler.

People are saying that Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears quit on the team and should change his name to Jay Quitler.

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution

From Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville: “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee … I played the whole season on one.”

Also from Jones-Drew: “Hey, I think the Urban Meyer rule is in effect right now. When the going gets tough … QUIT.”

From Derrick Brooks, formerly of Tampa Bay: “HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart.”

We pause here to congratulate Jones-Drew on his new career as a diagnostician and Brooks for his post-NFL venture as both gastroenterologist and cardiologist. And now we move on.

From Deion Sanders, serial preener: “I’m telling you in the playoffs you must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro locker rooms this dude comes out! I apologize, Bear fans! . . . Folks I never question a player’s injury but I do question a player’s heart.”

Also from Deion: “I better see Dr.  [James] Andrews operate live on Cutler and [backup Todd] Collins tonight after the game on NFL network. Truth.”

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Holyfield Returns To The Ring

January 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Boxing

Evander Holyfield fought Sherman Williams last night.

Evander Holyfield looked the same as ever last night, except for the bottle of prune juice and box of Depends in his corner.

Evander Holyfield looked the same as ever last night, except for the bottle of prune juice and box of Depends in his corner.

From Yahoo Sports
The four-time heavyweight champion came out for the third round and Williams (34-11-2) staggered him with several overhand punches. The fight was stopped after the round, and Holyfield didn’t protest the call.

Holyfield mentioned the possibility of a rematch with Williams after the bout.

Holyfield landed the first big punch of the fight, a straight left to Williams’ face in the first, but was countered soon after and flustered near the end of the round by a flurry of Williams’ blows.

The capacity crowd rose to its feet in the third round when Williams resumed his attack. Holyfield staggered into the ropes and nearly went to the canvas, but was able to regain his balance.

Holyfield again faced a series of punches from Williams to end the third, and appeared almost relived when the fight was stopped.

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Pronger Returns, Flyers Fight

January 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Chris Pronger returned to action last night for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Pronger returned for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after having an operation to make his head not look like a penis.

Chris Pronger returned for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after having an operation to make his head not look like a penis.

From Fanhouse

There was some old-time Broad Street hockey in Philadelphia on Thursday night as the Flyers not only welcomed back Chris Pronger in their dominating 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, increasing their Eastern Conference lead, they also took part in some fisticuffs. The two teams combined for 126 penalty minutes, most of which came in the third period as the result of a number of fights.

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NFL Stars Using Deer Antler Spray

January 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is among a number of NFL players that have been using a mouth spray containing deer antler velvet extract.

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens has allegedly been using a performance enhancing mouth spray containing deer antler velvet.

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens has allegedly been using a performance enhancing mouth spray containing deer antler velvet.

From The Post Game

In an interview with ThePostGame.com in his Birmingham, Ala., office in December, Ross produced more than a half-dozen text messages he said were from Lewis over the past two years acknowledging receipt of S.W.A.T.S products and providing Ross with two addresses for shipment. ThePostGame.com has confirmed that both addresses were for properties owned by Lewis and the phone was registered to Lewis. Ross estimates he has sent 25 bottles of spray to Lewis over the last two years. (Each bottle, Ross estimates, contains a two-month supply of spray.)

A text message on Ross’ phone, dated Aug. 30, was sent to a number registered to Lewis, and asked, “You get the … spray?” A message received moments later from the number said, “Yes.”

A text message from Ross to the phone registered to Lewis at 8:05 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2009 asked, “You need more spray?” A reply from Lewis’ phone, received one minute later, read, “Yes my man, always.” Another text from Lewis’ phone read, “Yes, send me all the stuff.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Bengals safety Roy Williams said, “I use the spray all the time. Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”

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Rex Keeping Quiet

January 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan has been quiet this week.

New York Jets' coach Rex Ryan has found a way to keep his mouth shut this week.

New York Jets' coach Rex Ryan has found a way to keep his mouth shut.

From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The bile in the buildup, the loathing for the lead in, the raw enmity, the unprintable blood oaths coach Rex Ryan has been converting into Jet fuel since training camp. Rex please, where is the love/hate psychobabble we love to hate?

“I have a huge amount of respect for Mike Tomlin,” Ryan said in his opening statement for the AFC championship game. “He’s one of my favorite coaches.”

That was Monday.

On the Tuesday before the AFC championship game, Tomlin lowered the temperature.

“I love Rex,” said the Steelers boss. “He has a lot of fun with you guys, but, when you see past all that, you see a great football coach. With Rex, the glass is always half full.”

Seriously, this is how this week is going to go?

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Live Strong Indeed

January 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: Other

Sports Illustrated is about to drop their performance enhancing hammer on Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong denies any wrongdoing, despite what Sports Illustrated has to say.

Lance Armstrong denies any wrongdoing, despite what Sports Illustrated has to say.

From SI.com

SI writers Selena Roberts and David Epstein reviewed hundreds of pages of documents and interviewed dozens of sources in Europe, New Zealand and the U.S. for a story in the Jan. 24 issue of the magazine, which will be available on newsstands Wednesday.

According to the story, “If a court finds that Armstrong won his titles while taking performance-enhancing drugs, his entourage may come to be known as the saddest deception in sports history.”

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Fake Punt Dooms Pats

January 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Jets on Sunday.

Patrick Chung might be taking the blame for the fake punt, but New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick blames himself.

Patrick Chung might be taking the blame for the fake punt, but New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick blames himself.

From USA Today

The coaches trust him to run it and that’s why they give him the green light if he has it.”

Mesko said Chung saw an advantage based on the number of defenders the Jets had up front. The Patriots faced a fourth-and-4 from their own 38 with 1:14 left in the second quarter on the play.

But Chung fumbled the snap and the Jets took over at the 37. Four plays later, they scored a TD that gave them a 14-3 halftime advantage.

Coach Bill Belichick didn’t explain much about the play after the game. “We just made a bad mistake on the play,” he said. “Just a bad mistake.”

But Mesko stood by the move.

“(If it works out) you’re called smart,” he said. “You never know, you could go into the half with great momentum with the lead. We could have marched down the field if we had converted it.”

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Alternate Logo: Atlanta Falcons

January 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Atlanta Falcons were brutally raped by Aaron Rodgers on Saturday.

Despite the crushing loss to the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons will not be changing their name to the Failcons.

Despite the crushing loss to the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons will not be changing their name to the Failcons.

From The Falcoholic

It was a brutal game, this 48-21 loss to the Packers. The Falcons got off to a hot start with a turnover and Eric Weems’ brilliant kick return for a touchdown, and then everything went to hell. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers were simply too good tonight, and the Falcons had no answers for them. No one on the team—with the possible exception of Weems—gets a pass for the performance. It took an entire team to lose in such gut-wrenching fashion.

It’s over now. There will be no more talk of disrespect from pundits, fretting over whether Harry Douglas will emerge in the third receiver role and agonizing over the decisions of Brian Van Gorder and Mike Mularkey.

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Lundqvist Is King Of The Rangers

January 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Henrik  Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has really been earning his nickname this season.

King Henrik has been great for NY Rangers this season.

King Henrik has been great for NY Rangers this season.

From NHL.com

While Lundqvist’s dominance would be the talk of the locker room for most other goaltenders, it’s reached the point where it’s commonplace in New York.

“He played really good late there. He made some big saves in the third period,” Tortorella said. “It’s a good game for him to bounce back. I think he was a little irritated on the goal against Montreal. But he had some fight to him. Especially at the end — there was a couple of close-in chances that he made some great saves on to secure the win.”

Even with the softie in the Canadiens game, Lundqvist has been sensational the past two games. He’s stopped 67 of 69 shots, and he’s done it playing behind what is now the youngest group of defenseman in the League.

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Panthers Go With Rivera

January 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Carolina Panthers have hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach.

Fantasy Football bust Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers is greeted by a fan during a mid December game.

New Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera hopes to turn around players like Fantasy Football bust Jonathan Stewart, shown here as he is greeted by a fan during a mid December game.

From Boston.com

The Carolina Panthers have entrusted Ron Rivera with turning around the NFL’s worst team, making the Chargers defensive coordinator the second Latino head coach in NFL history.

Rivera was introduced yesterday. He replaces John Fox, who was let go earlier this month after Carolina went 2-14 in his ninth season.

It’s the first head coaching job for the 49-year-old Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage. He joins ex-Raiders and Seahawks boss Tom Flores as the only Latino head coaches.

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Lakers Make Cavs Feel Small

January 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday 112 – 57.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came up a little short against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Tuesday night, and by short we mean 55 points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came up a little short against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Tuesday night, and by short we mean 55 points.

From USA Today

The Lakers humiliated the Cavs while sending them to their 11th consecutive loss, rolling to a 112-57 victory on Tuesday night in their best defensive performance of the shot-clock era.

It was the Lakers’ third-largest margin of victory since moving to Los Angeles, with the two biggest coming in 1972 and 1966.

“You don’t ever imagine something like that,” Kobe Bryant (FSY) said. “You just go out there and do your job and we did it for 48 minutes.”

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Eagles: What Went Wrong?

January 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles know that they need to fix their defense in the off-season.

Young players like DeSean Jackson are lucky that the Philadelphia Eagles have Mike Vick around to show them how to cope with a tough loss.

Young players like DeSean Jackson are lucky that the Philadelphia Eagles have Mike Vick around to show them how to cope after a devastating loss.

From gcobb.com

The problems in the red zone have the Eagles front office concerned about defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.  During the season, opposing teams got into the end zone at a 77% rate, which is the worst an NFL defense has done in that category in nearly three decades.  I learned that the Eagles feel McDermott has made the team’s defensive system too complicated and gimmicky.

There’s concern that too many times during the season, he has had the team’s defensive ends playing pass defense. Earlier in the week, defensive end Trent Cole pointed a finger at the coaches and the scheme.  Someone asked him if he was wearing down during the season because he hadn’t come down any sacks in a good while.  Cole said he was fine, but added he was just doing what the coaches wanted him to do.

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Falcons Wait For Packers

January 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons are waiting for the Green Bay Packers.

Roddy White stretches for a pass earlier this season.

Roddy White stretches for a pass earlier this season.

From thefalcoholic

With rookie James Stark providing a ground game for the first time all season and the Packers’ defense making life a little difficult for Michael Vick, the Packers edged out the Eagles. That cupcake matchup with the Seattle Seahawks isn’t forthcoming, but the Falcons have beaten the Pack once at home and they can certainly do so again.

For the Falcons, it means stopping a suddenly balanced attack that’s still heavy on the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers. It means navigating a tough Packers secondary and a defense that’s capable of blitzing all day. They’ve made it this far surviving challenges from good football teams who can do all of these things, so it’s not a matter of panicking. Atlanta just has to be ready.

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Mega Melo Deal?

January 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA is overflowing with rumors about a 17 player trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets.

Carmelo Anthony could wind up wearing a NJ Nets' uniform.

Carmelo Anthony could wind up wearing a NJ Nets' uniform.

From The NY Post

The Nets’ pursuit of Denver superstar Carmelo Anthony with Detroit entering the mix could result in the largest trade in NBA history under an incredibly complex proposal which is one of about 20 scenarios being considered.

As many as 17 players, plus multiple draft picks, could be involved in the deal, several sources confirmed. One league executive said “15 to 17 players could ultimately be involved.” And there are all the draft picks to consider, too.

The Nets, who have sought to do a team-to-team trade with the Nuggets, have induced Detroit into the talks with the Pistons eager to shave salary. The Nets, under the whopper trade which is nowhere near close to be completed, would essentially gut their current roster. At 10-26, that might not be a bad thing.

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No Luck For Panthers

January 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Andrew Luck will stay at Stanford for another year, leaving the Carolina Panthers with questions about what to do with the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Jimmy Clausen looked pretty green while starting at QB for the Carolina Panthers.

Jimmy Clausen looked pretty green while starting at QB for the Carolina Panthers.

From The NY Times

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck announced on Thursday that he would return to Stanford to complete his degree in architectural design. He was all but guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. And no team needs a quarterback more than the Carolina Panthers, who happen to have the No. 1 selection.

The Panthers got nowhere with Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen this season, and when those two were hurt, Carolina startled Brian St. Pierre by calling him out of the blue; he was out of football, helping take care of his infant son in suburban Boston.

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Alternate Logo: Tennessee Titans

January 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Tennessee Titans have decided to cut ties with Vince Young.

The Tennessee Titans will cut Vince Young, but will not alter their logo to reflect the F they should give themselves for drafting him.

The Tennessee Titans will cut Vince Young, but will not alter their logo to reflect the F they should give themselves for drafting him.

From Yahoo Sports

The Titans released a statement Wednesday night in which Adams said Young won’t be on the team’s roster next season, but he’s still evaluating the coaching staff.

“We have two critical decisions to make, the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately,” Adams said.

Adams is the owner who wanted Young drafted No. 3 overall out of Texas in 2006 and said on draft day that “VY is my guy.” But with his general manager and senior executive vice president traveling to Houston to meet with Adams on Monday, the 88-year-old owner decided Young no longer is the quarterback for his franchise.

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Favre Sued For Sexual Harassment

January 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Two women have come forward claiming Brett Favre sexually harassed them while he was with the New York Jets.

Brett Favre had some trouble behaving properly while he was a memeber of the NY Jets.

Brett Favre had some trouble behaving properly while he was a memeber of the NY Jets.

From The LA Times

Brett Favre was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit Monday from massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, just days after the conclusion of an NFL investigation into lewd text messages and explicit pictures allegedly sent to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when she and Favre were both on the New York Jets payroll.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback on Sunday announced his retirement (again) from professional football, after not playing in the Vikings’ game against the Detroit Lions.

Scavo and O’Toole allege that while they were working for the Jets during training camp in 2008, Favre sent text messages to a fellow massage therapist, hinting at a threesome with Scavo and saying he was “lonely” and had “bad intentions.” They also allege that a Jets coordinator told one of the women in October she and the others should keep their mouths shut, and that they would never work for the Jets again.

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Gasol Battle

January 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Los Angeles Lakers fans were unhappy their team was defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Both Pau and Marc Gasol have a striking resemblance.. to the Geico Caveman.

Both Pau and Marc Gasol have a striking resemblance.. to the Geico Caveman.

From The Orange County Register

On Sunday night, though, Staples Center fans booed the team that wasn’t competing at all.

“I would’ve booed,” Lakers center Andrew Bynum said. “I would’ve been mad.”

The Lakers have lost three of their past four home games by 16 points to Milwaukee, 19 to Miami and 19 to Memphis. Jackson acknowledged how uncharacteristic it is for the Lakers to be noncompetitive to the end at home.

“They have a right to boo,” Bryant said of Lakers fans.

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Jets Take It Easy

January 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets are headed to the playoffs, and Rex Ryan is happy.

Rex Ryan was subdued in front of the media, but you know he's licking some feet tonight.

Rex Ryan was subdued in front of the media, but you know he's licking some feet tonight.

From The NY Times

With that, the Jets headed back into the playoffs, back to Indianapolis, where their season ended in the A.F.C. title game a year ago. The Jets’ success with Coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez — 20 regular-season victories and 2 playoff berths in two years — is often lost amid the chaos and controversy that have defined their tenure. That rarely happens. But it happened here.

Ryan stepped into his postgame fishbowl filled with the swagger that had diminished over the past month. He mentioned the Super Bowl at least five times, each time in the context of winning it despite the Jets’ status as the A.F.C.’s sixth seed. His words were echoed in the locker room by defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, who said: “We feel like this is the just the beginning of what we can accomplish. Right now. This season.”

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Happy New Year! Winter Classic Moved to 8PM

January 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Happy New Year.  The 2011 NHL Winter Classic has been delayed until 8PM due to rain.

Happy New Year to everyone from Katchop.com. Even Alex Ovechkin.

Happy New Year to everyone from Katchop.com. Even Alex Ovechkin.

From The Washington Post

Several players said the ice was soft and there were a few holes, particularly in the corner by the left faceoff circle on the right side of the rink, where puddles formed.

Although the Capitals came off the ice before the NHL’s announcement that the Winter Classic’s start time has been changed to 8 p.m. in order to avoid the rain that’s forecasted for the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, most players said a delay wouldn’t bother them much.

“With the way the ice was this afternoon, it was soft, it was wet,” defenseman Scott Hannan said. “If the temperature would drop and the ice would be a little better, I’m sure that would be good.”

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