Podcast: What to expect from the Lions in the playoffs

A Quick hit on the Pistons, and what to expect from the Lions in the playoffs….

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Good Reasons Matt Stafford didn’t make the Pro Bowl:

………………………………………………………………………..Ya, I ‘ve got nothing, But if fans are really that confident in Matt Stafford they can take comfort knowing he’ll probably be in the next one, and the one after that, and the one after that. All-star snubs happen all the time, and for some reason Detroit (as tough of people as we are) cries like a baby when its players don’t get national “respect.”

Remember when Ngdomakong Suh said “I don’t need Rodney (Roddy) White’s respect?”

Well the Lions don’t need the Pro Bowl’s respect either.

You know what will get the Lions national respect? Even more so than a Pro-Bowl QB? A playoff win!

10 Reasons to watch the World Junior Championships

The IIHF World Junior Championships will begin Dec. 26th. Here in the states the tournament seems to be picking up a little bit of steam since the 2010 gold medal showing. Still, many have never even heard of the tournament, much less watched it. It’s just something you have to know about to watch, because you’ll never stumble across it otherwise.

If you have the NHL network on your cable provided, you can catch most of the preliminary games from group A , plus all of Team USA’s games. If you aren’t  fortunate to have the NHL Network, no worries. NHL.com will stream Team USA’s games so you can watch them on your computer.

10 Reasons to Watch the WJC, and Tean USA:

10. It’s meaningful hockey in the middle of December

9.Canada wears a throwback jersey now too. That means they are following the USA.

8. Miracle on Ice jerseys

7. USA won the Gold in 2010

6.  It sure beats regular season NBA.

5. USA won the bronze last year

4. USA vs. Canada

3.  There are a few Red Wings (or your favorite  NHL team’s) prospects playing in the tournament.

2. It has all the drama of the Olympics, just none of the names.

1. Six kids from Michigan are on team USA, including starting goaltender Jack Campbell. Here is the rest of the roster.

Credit to http://puckthemedia.wordpress.com/ for this handy schedule.

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship – NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule

Dec. 26 – Jan. 5

Date Game Time (EST)

Mon., Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal #2 9:00 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2* 9:00 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.

Gold-Medal Game 8:00 p.m.

Was the Kronwall hit on Kesler legal?

UPDATE: Kronwall will not face disciplinary action from the league according to this article by Helene St. James of  the Detroit Free Press.  If you’re wondering why, I think the reason I gave below in the “opinion” portion of this piece is about it.  If you were Kronwall would you change your game if you constantly got away with the hit?

 

 

Nik Kronwall  leveled Ryan Kesler early in the third period on Wednesday night, and it seems there is always division on whether or not the way Kronwall hits is legal or not.

Here is a replay of the hit.

From the NHL rulebook.

42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.

Here’s what you think:

Warning: Opinion Below

Here is the thing, it looks just like every other Kronwalling I have ever seen. Plain and simple, he left his feet. Kronwall seems to be able to leave his feet and get away with it, time after time. The argument I always hear is: “he leaves his feet because of the contact and not before it.”

You know what? He got away with it again. I don’t think it’s a travesty that he gets away with it, because frankly when he’s on the ice, you should see it coming. At risk of sounding like Teemu Selanne, Eventually he’s going to get pegged with a fine or suspension or a player( I bet Kesler puts that hit in the memory bank) will take exception.

All you can chalk it up as is a missed penalty call.

There was talk after the game of Kronwall hearing from Shannahan about the hit, but I don’t see a suspend-able offense here. He didn’t make contact with the head, Kesler is obviously fine because he said the reason he targeted Zetterberg’s knee was because he couldn’t fight Kronwall.

http://video.thescore.com/embed/kesler-sticks-out-knee-on-zetterberg

Think I’m nuts? let me know below

Buckeye Bowl Ban

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting the Ohio State Buckeyes have been handed down a bowl ban from the NCAA, and have been stripped of four more scholarships over the next three years. That also means the Buckeyes are out of the running for the BCS Title game as well as the Big Ten Title game in 2012.

New head coach Urban Meyer was aware of the possibility of further sanctions against his new team when he took the job.

“I just did a lot of research” before he took the job, Meyer said on Monday. “I contacted people outside of Ohio State before I accepted the position, some trusted people I have within the NCAA and other people that dealt directly with the NCAA,” he told the Dispatch.

What does this really mean? In 2012 the Buckeyes will only have one thing on their yearly checklist to play for, and it outranks all that other stuff any way.

The Michigan game will be the bowl game, the title game, and the Michigan game all rolled into one for the Buckeyes. That could make things interesting, in a year where OSU will have a less than team talent wise next season anyway.

What do you think? Is the bowl ban good or bad for next years Michigan/Ohio State game? Comment below, or Tweet me @R_Larimoresays

 

UPDATED: Complete with conspiracy theory! MNF Blackout

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UPDATE: I run a show overnights called “Coast to Coast AM” and if you’ve ever caught this program, then you know it is chalk full of conspiracy theories. Well the Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark must be a fan of this show, because he has a theory of his own.

“I just feel like San Francisco took a big stage to show the NFL and to show the state of California that they needed a new stadium,” said Clark to the San Francisco Chronicle.  “I think it was a very strategic move and Candlestick may be no more very soon

It really makes you think….

The 49ers were lights out on Monday Night Football.

OK, got that out of the system, but It was interesting to turn on ESPN last night and find that the lights had turned off at a football stadium called Candlestick Park (kind of shocked it doesn’t happen more often, actually).  The
problem itself doesn’t sound all that bad. The powers out, no big deal….just wait for it to come back on…. But ESPN wasn’t going to settle for “no big deal.”

Cue the Crisis coverage! Cue the somber tone from Chris Berman! Cue the speculation!

Maybe I’m wrong, but that seemed a little bit over dramatic.

I know you now have to fill up airtime and I guess I was entertained watching the crew spend a few minutes turning a blown transformer up into the threat of the stadium splitting in half and filling with lava.

It just seemed a little over the top. Everybody Scream & Panic Now?