Posts Tagged ‘competition’

Taxes to keep players out of Ryder Cup? (AP)

August 11th, 2010
European Tour officials are in talks with the British government to change tax rules which could deter leading golfers from playing in the Ryder Cup in October. "These tax rules are discouraging leading sportsmen and sportswomen from competition in Britain," Mitchell Platts, the tour's director of public relations corporate affairs, said Tuesday.

The Battle That Is the Maple Leafs Goaltending Situation

August 10th, 2010

One thing that has been interesting with the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason is the amount of competition that has been created within the team.

Outside of signing Colby Armstrong and trading for Kris Versteeg, the forward lines have remained relatively intact, leaving for plenty of competition within the locker room.

Defense is still to be determined, with Brian Burke trying to move Tomas Kabaerle, and there already being seven other worthy NHL defensemen on the team in Francois Beauchemin, Jeff Finger, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Brett Lebda, Dion Phaneuf, and Luke Schenn. Competition for playing time in any aspect is going to be both tough and close.

But regardless of how many players are vying for spots in both the forward and defensive positions, it is argued that the most competitive position on the team is in net.

Not only is it going to be competitive on the NHL club, it is going to be competitive throughout the system on both the Marlies and Toronto's ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals.

Brian Burke signed two prospects in Finnish goaltender Jussi Rynnas and collegiate standout Ben Scrivens.

Jussi Rynnas absolutely tore up SM-Liiga, gathering a very respectable 2.50 GAA and a .929 SPCT. He was a very important member of the Assat club and could be a dark horse that could surprise if there is an injury in net.

But unlike Gustavsson last season, Rynnas comes in with no pressure. Plus he is willing to play in the minors to develop his game. Which is a plus.

If he can keep up his strong play and hone his skills, he could be playing with an NHL club next season and a dark horse to take some time away from J.S. Giguere and Jonas "the Monster" Gustavsson.

Ben Scrivens is an interesting option as well. He was an ECAC champion, collegiate first team all star, Rookie of the Year, and Hobey Baker Award team finalist. What's even more impressive are his stats from last season. 

Last year, he accumulated an impressive 1.87 GAA, .934 SPCT, seven shutouts, and a 21-9-4 record.

By the looks of it, he seems like a sure fire NHLer right? Wrong. The issue that worries Leafs brass is the fact that Cornell, the college he comes from, plays a highly defensive style.

If Scrivens can prove he can play just as well out of that style, he could easily be in a Leafs uniform for the 2011-12 season.

Both possess the tools to make it in the pro ranks, it will all be a matter of how fast they can get used to the pro style of game.

Added to the equation are two Maple Leaf draft picks that are trying to make a name for themselves.

James Reimer had a rough first professional year. he had multiple injuries throughout the season. But in the time he did play, he showed he has the potential to be something special.

While playing in front of a porous Marlies squad, he had a record of 14-8-2 record while having a 2.28 GAA and a .925 SPCT.

Unlike the other two mentioned before, Reimer does have experience in the pro ranks. Plus he is younger than both Rynnas and Scrivens.

If he can continue his development, he could come out on top of the heap after this season and give both Rynnas and Scrivens a run for their money.

The competition between these three is going to be fierce because none of them want to end up in the ECHL fighting their way back. 

But which ever one shows that they want it the most and can prove to Leafs management that they have what it takes.

You better believe that if either Gusatavsson or Giguere falter this season, one of these three will be more than happy to take their place and further establish themselves as the real deal. 

Miami Heat: Let Three-Dom Ring

August 10th, 2010

For some reason, in the sports world, pride is a virtue. 

Needing help is a weakness.

Taking the team on your shoulders is heroism.

Working together as a team is overlooked.

We talk about playing "team basketball," yet we want our stars to win by themselves. 

We talk about sacrificing for your teammates, yet we want you to win in spite of your teammates

We want you to be role-models to our children, yet we want you to hate your competition.

We want you to love the game you play, yet we don't want you to even like another player who threatens your status as the best.

Well I, for one, applaud LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh for checking their egos at the door.

Each of them was The Man on his team last year. 

This year, none of them is.

Each of them has chosen to end their pursuit of a championship as an individual and to begin their pursuit of a championship as a team.

These are values that translate to greatness in the real world.

Stop trying to do everything by yourself because you're proud.

Stop viewing other great people as competition and start discovering how you can work together to accomplish greater things than you ever could alone.

Stop caring about what the world around you says about what you should or shouldn't do.

Stop putting people around you that make you look better, and start putting people around that just plain make you better.

In the past month, I've heard endless criticism against Wade, James, and Bosh. Most of it involves criticizing them for having too much ego and not enough ego in the same breath.

If there was ever a group of superstars that seemed ready to play together as a team, this is it. 

So I say bravo. Let this three-dom get their ring.

Denver Broncos: An In-Depth Look at Saturday’s Invesco Field Practice

August 9th, 2010

If you were one of the 20,000 plus fans that showed up to Invesco Field Saturday night, you know the atmosphere was electric, the action was spirited and the competition on the field was stiff.

For more than two hours Saturday night, the Broncos displayed their football future while celebrating their past.

As players circled the stadium to sign autographs for fans, Floyd Little, the first great Bronco, appeared on the JumboTron as the team played Little's speech from Saturday's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

There was lots of fanfare as well as sound football for the more serious fan. A good time was had by all as even the players could not contain their excitement.

So it's no surprise that as the Broncos lined up for a live goal-line drill during Saturday night's practice at Invesco Field at Mile High, Brian Dawkins, the veteran safety dispensed the first headbutt to a defensive teammate.

Soon, the first-team defensive players were all headbutting each other, pumping themselves up for a goal-line stand.

Here is a first hand look for all those who were not able to attend:

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Feed Me: Six of the Hungriest Fighters in MMA Today!

August 8th, 2010

In MMA, getting the taste of success is just not good enough for some fighters. These types of fighters are monstrous eaters for competition and are looking for more to devour for success.

Once you get your name in the spotlight, it is your ultimate job now to take full control of your destiny. Either beat down or get beat.

These fighters know that they have to keep the dice rolling and stay on the road of success to be even considered the best, as MMA has a lot of great fighters looking to take the top spot!

With talents getting better and better all around the world, there is no doubt that they train even harder.

Fighters have installed the idea in their minds that someone is always one step ahead of them, so they push themselves past their limits.

With MMA being a huge competition and more and more talent starting to emerge to the top of the surface, every win and loss truly counts.

So that brings me to the list of: The Six of the Hungriest Fighters in MMA Today!

This list is basically for current talents looking to claim a prize, surpass hype, return to greatness, and prove that they belong in the sport of MMA!

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