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Tomas Kaberle: Toronto’s Best Options In Kaberle Trade

August 15th, 2010

If the Toronto Maple Leafs are, in fact, going to trade star defenseman Tomas Kaberle by Sunday; and if they are looking for a team that can satisfy the high demands that accompany such a deal; there are very limited options in which the team's management can look to.

Toronto is in desperate need of scoring.  They are no longer interested in developing talent, as the front office has been stated as saying they are looking for players that can adapt quickly and contribute immediately.

As if the Maple Leafs are looking for the "just add water" formula that will instantly turn them around, there isn't much on the market by way of trades.

Considering that Leafs' General Manager Brian Burke must make a move by Sunday or lose the window in Kaberle's trade clause, Burke alleges that they're are several teams whom had made  offers.

If so, then why not make the trade?

I don't think there is something that actually is out there, and won't be surprised if the Leafs stay put and speculate their way through another year of Kaberle trade talks.

If something does happen, I wouldn't be surprised if these teams wind up with a superstar blue liner by training camp.

Phoenix, Washington, New Jersey, Columbus, and Minnesota.

The front runners in this grouping would be the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils.

In both systems, the teams have several players and draft picks that can be packaged together for Toronto that may be too enticing to let pass them.

With Washington, a possible combination of Kaberle for Fleishman,Schultz and a draft pick is a good starting point.  The younger Fleishman brings a much needed jolt to the offense which Toronto is in sore need of. 

If New Jersey can place Clarkson,Zubrus, a first or second round draft pick, and prospect on the table, It would provide benefit to Toronto as well as New Jersey.

Toronto would get two offensive players in return for the defensemen, and help NJ rid themselves of Zubrus whom obviously struggles tremendously in the NJ system.

In each case, the Toronto Maple Leafs can benefit.

The other teams such as Phoenix,Columbus, and Minnesota are considerably less equip with trade bait, however, they still posses key players that Toronto may be interested in obtaining.

The aforementioned teams also have a deeper prospect roster they can draw from as the Devils and Capitals have moved some athletes to the NHL and have not had tremendous drafts overall in the past three years.

Players that could be a fit for Toronto...

Phoenix could offer Wojtek Wolski,Scottie Upshall, and Petr Prucha.

Columbus may include Derrick Brassard,and RJ Umburger, while Minnesota can simply offer Pierre-Marc Bouchard and a ton of drafts.

The last three teams have a far cry in this case, however they may still have something that Toronto may need more than players, money.

Either way, If there is a trade that happens both teams, who ever they may be, will benefit from the transaction.

Unfortunately I don't think that it will happen by Sunday and therfore drag us into another season of the Kaberle watch.



One Step Behind the Game: Detroit Lions Are Draft Away From NFL Success

August 14th, 2010

Stand up and praise the Lord; finally, the day has come that sees the Detroit Lions labeled as a decent team in the NFL.

Okay, so the Lions have a number of obvious problems still outstanding, but when it comes to who is the worst team in the entire league, gone are the days of Detroit being Public Enemy No. 1, and now we arrive in the days of the St. Louis struggle.

For the most part, it's been all cheers in the city of Detroit.  The Tigers nearly had a perfect game, the Red Wings are still a strong team, and although the Pistons are arguably a below-.500 team, they do have a future on the horizon.

But more importantly, the Detroit Lions have given this struggling economic area a lift, and has promised them something to smile about in the coming years.

If you were to ask a Detroit fan how they felt about their football team in the present time, I guarantee you they'll give you a rather optimistic answer.

However, it is hard to argue with a team that features a barrage of promising rookies, not to mention a strong fanbase that is proud of their team, and will never resort to hanging their heads in some kind of "Aww shucks" attitude, portrayed by Eli Manning some three years ago.

Before we can totally focus our sights on the future though, let's ask a question that is relevant to the present time:  How realistic are the Lions being when it comes to this season?

Well, if you searched around the Internet, I am sure you would find a number of opinions.  But perhaps the most realistic one, is that Lions fans are hopeful, but not willing to place all their eggs in one basket.

I guess the best way to look at the Lions right now is simple.  Acknowledge them as a rebuilding team, but don't write them off; they have a bundle of tricks up their sleeves.

And what tricks am I talking about?

Firstly, there is the recent additions of Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best, two players who have been well documented the past two weeks, for their dedication in training camps, despite Suh's initial holdout earlier this month.

Secondly, there is of course Matt Stafford.  Given he did get off to a rocky start last year, and is surely not the favorite to win any type of award this season, there's still no questioning where his heart lies, and his dedication is toward the city of Detroit.

Finally, there is the coaching.  While I have been critical of Jim Schwartz in the past, it seems nowadays he has placed the puzzle together, and along with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, has fast-tracked his once-struggling offense to a place that is respectable to say the least.

Now, I was no great genius when it came to mathematics in high school, but to me, this equation of young rookies and college standouts is definitely expected to perform exceptionally well if not this year, then in the coming two or three.

For you see, every team goes through a rebuilding stage.  It is how that team rebuilds though, that sets them up for the future.

So what grade would I give Detroit?  Easy, I'd give them an A-.  They've had no poor drafts where the team has pulled a Jacksonville Jaguars and drafted only a single talented player, they've had no real setbacks, and even though they went 0-16 in 2008, they have bounced back rather well.

Still, when it is all said and done, this is the Detroit Lions, and the term "rebuilding" is still in effect.

Recently on Herm Edwards' Twitter account, he made the statement that the Lions were a draft away from being a well-balanced team.

Even if you don't always agree with the coach, he does make a justifiable statement, as Detroit have most pieces in place, but still lack a few key positions.

The main position that is a concern in Detroit is still the wide receiver spot.  While some extremely notable talent has appeared in Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, the Lions do lack depth, and a key injury this season would only backpedal the team to where it first began.

The other position worries are at the cornerback spot.  For a handful of years now, the Lions have struggled season in and season out to maintain consistency at the corner spot, and this season sees an all-out race between Chris Houston, Jonathan Wade and Amari Spievy for the starting role.

Do you agree with Herm Edwards now? 

Yes, the Lions do look good, and yes the Lions are talented.  Unfortunately though, some tests lie ahead, and the biggest one is to overcome the NFC North division.

While everybody else is drooling thinking of the possibility of Detroit maybe finishing second in the NFC North, others are keeping in mind that Lions tickets are still being sold for $30, indicating that it is still a struggling franchise.

The Lions' motivation this offseason is worth appreciating.  They've promised their fan base something and delivered, even if it took longer than expected.

Detroit may surprise this season, but before you go ahead and mark them down as a stable and possible postseason team, give them one more draft in April, then they will be a complete side.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports .  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .

The End of Larry "Chipper" Jones

August 14th, 2010

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Yesterday news broke that Atlanta Braves third baseman Larry "Chipper" Jones had torn his ACL and would require season-ending surgery. Recovery time for the surgery is about six months, so if all goes well, Jones would be ready in time for the start of the 2011 season.

However, even before this injury Jones was contemplating retirement at the end of the season. This injury may change things around in many ways.

His agent BB Abbott said, "It's not something he'll decide immediately. He's going to need to hear everything about the injury and rehabilitative process. He'll probably make his decision from there. I can assure you it's not something that's going to be a knee-jerk decision."

Jones could look at this injury and think that he's had a great career, and coming back for an injury like this at age 38 will just be too much. The fact that Bobby Cox won't be returning to the Braves next season might make the decision to retire easier.

On the other hand, Jones might not want to go out like this. An injury ending his season, without having being able to fight for the playoffs or say goodbye to the fans might just be too hard for him to walk away from.

For what I know of Jones, I think the latter case is more likely. He is such a fighter and a great ball player that I don't think he'd want to go out like this.

Jones had always dealt with injury problems throughout his career, so I was figuring he was going to get hurt at some point down the stretch. But to see an injury to him like this, even for a Mets fan, I feel bad for him.


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2010 Green Bay Packers Schedule Preview and Predictions

August 14th, 2010

The Green Bay Packers finished 11-5 last year and ended with a thud. They look to rebound after a disappointing playoff loss on the road at Arizona.

Aaron Rodgers wants to do something with this program as the famous quarterback before him. This team knows they have the potential and weapons to win a Super Bowl. Getting there is the challenge.

This year, the Packers have a tough road schedule and a favorable home schedule. Here are my predictions for the 2010 season.

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That’s Annoying! Ranking The Most Irritating Little Things About Sports

August 13th, 2010

We all love sports. We have to love sports in order to write our articles on B/R. But there is always something about sports that irritates and annoys us.

It always seems to be the little things. These are the top 15 most irritating little things about sports and the sports world itself. 

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Power Ranking Alabama’s Rivals

August 13th, 2010

It seems like if you are an Alabama fan, fans of almost every other team hate the team that you root for. It can easily be said that Alabama is one of the most hated teams in the country. I have no problem with this because the reason for all that hatred is success.

All over the south teams consider the Tide to be their team's rival while Alabama may not consider that team a rival at all.

Webster's Dictionary defines a rival as "one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess." In this case that something that both are trying to obtain is a victory, and bragging rights.

Keep in mind that this is a list of teams that the Tide rival now, or in recent history. Not necessarily a team that Alabama hated back in the 40's or 50's.

So without further delay, here are Alabama's top rivals. Please let me know what you think!

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Dillon Baxter: NCAA Ruling Undermines USC’s Ability To Govern Itself

August 12th, 2010


Within a couple of hours of Dillon Baxter's announced suspension, Gary Klein at the LA Times had written an article suggesting that USC's suspension of running back Dillon Baxter was creating opportunities for other players.

Really Gary?

You're going to be hard pressed to convince me that someone who could perform to a high level in the USC-Hawaii game could show that potential to the coaches in another way. Also its not like Baxter is backed up by no one and out for the season.

Give me something to read; I'm tired of regurgitated, unoriginal thought from writers who can produce better material.

What Gary seems to have ignored in his half-hearted article is the fact that the NCAA is destroying USC's ability to govern itself with its punishments. If Dillon Baxter had done something "seriously bad" in the eyes of the NCAA, then what would happen?

Bring out the trumpets and confetti as USC announced a semi-perm-suspension of Baxter, while he fielded phone calls from other schools who were technically welcome to invite him to play. Gasp. USC's power on policing its own program has been taken away

Thanks for your stellar moves, NCAA.

The real issue here again boils down to the same thing. The major media is looking for reasons to report on USC because its the most reportable college program ever. And non-issues that can be turn into issues should be, in the eyes of ESPN.


But here is something from someone who wants college football to get better.

How about instead of the current, ridiculous NCAA rulings from people who know nothing about law, we go ahead and change things around so that USC players doing "irresponsible" things can be punished sincerely by the university without making immediate threats of transfer (that they can follow through on).

The NCAA is a microcosm for the American government. Both seem to be powerful organizations that make illogical, irrational and emotional decisions in what the deem to be the "best interest" for their constituency, but they rarely ever consider the side effects.

In the NCAA's case, because its a conglomeration of people in competition with each other, such views are borderline dangerous.

But they won't be improved anytime soon, because the NCAA continues to make a fortune. Despite the fact that they seek out punishment for anyone else who does.

Sounds a bit like slavery to me. How do we feel about that, America?

11 Games That Will Derail Miami Heat’s Chances at 72 Wins

August 12th, 2010

This article is courtesy of Rip City Report

This new-look Miami Heat team is going to be something else. Like nothing we have ever seen before in this era of NBA basketball.

The combination of three multi-year All-Stars, MVPs, and...well, overall superstars, is going to have a drastic effect on the win totals.

So how many games will they win? Well, Jeff Van Gundy has this particular team breaking the Chicago Bulls record win totals.

So will they? I don't think so.

Here is a list of 11 games that will keep the Miami Heat from making history.

Thank you for reading!

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Role of Goalie Coaches Grows

August 12th, 2010

The relationship between a goaltender and a goalie coach is more than just about finding ways to stop the puck. The off-ice part of the relationship is every bit as important as what happens on the ice.

"I think it's really important you have a good relationship so you can talk about everything," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne told "Sometimes it's not always about hockey. If something is on your mind, it's a good thing if you can talk about it with your goalie coach."

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has plenty of experience dealing with goalie coach Mike Dunham—mainly because they played together in Dunham's final NHL season as a player in 2006-07.

"We have a great relationship," DiPietro said. "He knows my game, having played with me before he retired. It's always nice to have that extra set of eyes."

DiPietro considers Dunham a good friend and said it's nice to have someone in your corner throughout the season.

"It's huge. Especially with someone who has had the opportunity to play in the NHL," he said. "He knows the ups and downs and how hard it can be sometimes. It's nice to have a set of ears to talk to especially when you're struggling."

When it comes to on-ice relationships,
Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings says it's very important to have a positive relationship with the goalie coach, especially because of the way the game and the position itself has evolved over the years.

"Goalie coaches are tremendously important," he said. "Goalie has become a specialized position and with a goalie coach, he can usually pick up if you're doing something wrong and he can help your game in the long run."

Offseason communication is also very important
summer may be vacation time, but that doesn't mean goalies and coaches stop talking. The communication continues, and there is a certain level of trust on each side, so that when September comes around, both sides can pick up where they let off last season.

"During the offseason, we talk on the phone and through e-mail," Rinne said. "It's more of a laid back version of the season. We have a good relationship and we talk about anything."

Did Hulk Hogan Really Just Say That?! WHAT?!!

August 12th, 2010

I searched Bleacher Report to see if anyone had written anything about this, but I can’t turn anything up. I apologize if it's already been covered.

I was writing my series Wrestling’s Overrated and Underrated and didn’t get a chance to follow up with this, quite possibly the most real things to ever be heard in wrestling.

On the August 5th episode of TNA Impact Kevin Nash came out to confront Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. He went on about how he was finally getting to meet the two of them face to face, and how he’s upset because he’s not being talked about.

And then it happened. Hogan said something I wasn’t sure I’d ever hear him say.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve all stepped back. Our time is over, it's guys like Jay Lethal, AJ Styles, The Guns, Beer Money. They’re the stars that are going to take us to the next decade. We pass the torch. We keep helping. Comfy for Pay Checks, Minimum Effort/Maximum Payoff, the politics, the smoke and mirrors, and dazzling footwork. Big Sexy, those days are over Brother."

HO-LEE CRAP!  Did Hulk Hogan just say that?

Looked like that’s what Nash was thinking too?

Did he know this was coming? Was this a shoot? Scripted? What just happened?!

Nash responds with, “Hulk Hogan is talking to Kevin Nash about POLITICS?!”

Bischoff stepped in and made comments that Nash’s entire career was politics and cliques.

Nash then went on to say something about, "You know how you meet a guy you shouldn’t have messed with, that’s me." Or something along those lines; I was too flabbergasted to comprehend anything else at this point. He tosses Bischoff and goes to attack Hogan, who blocks it, and then starts throwing the rights. They were basically cartoon punches, and Nash acts in accordance like a cartoon character reeling. All that was missing was a little bird tweeting around his head and a large lump to suddenly grow.

Maybe he did this as a retaliation to take away from the words that were just said. But wow. How can this be ignored? How is this not one of those things where we all ask, "What the heck just happened there, does Hogan really mean that? Was it his choice? The writers? What HAPPENED?!"

Then yeah, Sting returns, wearing the red and black, tosses Nash the bat and helps him fight off Jeff Jarrett. Snore. When they screamed he’s wearing the RED & BLACK I was hoping they’d add, “And the brown hair dye! What is this Sting up too?!”

The funny thing is that this is being billed on YouTube as Sting’s return, when it should be Hogan FINALLY TELLS THE TRUTH. If this was scripted, wow well-played, your best work since No Holds Barred.

TNA, you’ve hooked me in again.

By the way Happy 57th birthday to Hulk Hogan today, August 11th.

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