By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 So how’s this for a statement? “Hockey without fighting does not make any sense.” Got me thinking. The speaker of those words, no doubt fuelled a little bit by a martini or two, was a good friend of mine, about as progressive/liberal a thinker we have at the Toronto Star. And he’s daring me to out him. It’s Vinay Menon – and you all now have to petition him on Twitter to write the “Why I miss fighting in hockey” column. You can tweet him at @vinaymenon but I’m not sure he’ll see it. He hasn’t tweeted since the Obama administration. Probably a mental health thing. Might do me a world of good, too. Menon used to do his own Leafs blog. Here’s a great Leafs piece he wrote on Brian Burke, way back when. Article Continued Below He laid down the gauntlet, saying he knew everything about hockey fights. Growing up, he kept a diary of the … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Do you miss fighting in hockey?
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By Clay Fowler | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: July 23, 2017 at 10:07 am | UPDATED: July 23, 2017 at 11:12 am 1. Jeanie Buss, 55, Lakers President and Governor The Lakers’ controlling owner won a legal battle with her siblings in March to retain control of one of the most high-profile franchises in sports after firing brother Jim Buss … (Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze) … and longtime GM Mitch Kupchak and now has a new regime in place led by Magic Johnson and promising young players. ( Photo by Stephen Carr, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG ) SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds2. Eric Garcetti, 46, Mayor of Los Angeles In less than four years in office, Garcetti has helped land two NFL franchises in L.A. after the city went 21 years without one … (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) … but his most significant contribution on the sports front is all but assuring the city of hosting its third Olympic Games in … [Read more...] about 50 Most Powerful in SoCal Sports: No. 25 Mike Scioscia, Angels
Evan Sporer @ev_sporer Updated at 8:39 a.m. ET Updated at 8:39 a.m. ET Watch NHLNHL with fuboTV There are generally two days reserved on the NHL's calendar that forecast a busier-than-normal news cycle and storms with combustible elements ripe to send media folks into a frenzy. The first comes on trade deadline day, which usually falls in late February or early March. The second comes July 1, the first day free agents can begin signing with new teams. Those two stamps on the timeline call for cleared calendars, charged cell phones and the general expectation of being busy. There's a mental and physical preparation that comes with it, but also just the ability to brace oneself for a flurry of news. But toward the end of June 2016, something unexpected happened on multiple layers. On June 29, nestled between when the NHL Draft ended (June 25) and the start of free agency, time didn't stop for … [Read more...] about ‘Did this actually happen?’: Behind the scenes of June 29, 2016 — the craziest media day in NHL history
Sports theatrics are best theatrics, and there is not a single thing wrong with what the Golden Knights did on Wednesday. The team has been rocking this whole “Medieval Times” pre-game aesthetic all year long, but nothing compared to Game 3 of the Conference Finals when Las Vegas brought out an archer to shoot flaming arrows at the ice and eliminate the rest of the teams in the west. But that’s not all, far from it — because then we got a KNIGHT FIGHT! Then the Winnipeg knight flew away on a wire and got in a jet. Seriously, then the hologram jet flew on the ice and the Golden Knight cut it in half with his sword. Damn Vegas, you’re pretty cool. … [Read more...] about The Golden Knights rolled out the most over-the-top intro in NHL history
Despite superior numbers in most categories — and carrying the Flyers into the playoffs with 19 goals over the last 29 games — left winger Claude Giroux was not named as one of the three finalists Friday night for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's MVP.The finalists were New Jersey's Taylor Hall, Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar, and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon. The winner will be announced June 20.Giroux had more points (102, second in the NHL) than all of them and led the finalists in most categories.The award, voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is based strictly on the regular season.Hall finished sixth in the NHL with 93 points (39 goals, 54 point assists), while Kopitar finished one point behind him, collecting 35 goals and 57 assists for 92 points. MacKinnon had 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists), which was fifth in the NHL, and he was second with a 1.31 points-per-game average as he helped the Avalanche make a 47-point improvement over last … [Read more...] about Flyers’ Claude Giroux snubbed in NHL MVP voting