Posted on December 7th, 2013 by fred999
The Toronto Maple Leafs are finding themselves in a precarious position these days in the sports news and sports on the web. Keys injuries down the middle have threatened to wash away a very good start back in October. The center ice position is arguably the second most important position on your hockey team behind goalkeeping. With the flow and tempo of the game being dictated through the position. Centers in the NHL have the most responsibility on the ice both offensively and defensively. They control the draw and have to help out in front of the net when on defense and must push the play and distribute the puck on offense. needless to say strong skating and a good vision of the ice are paramount to playing the position well. Every team in the league covets the illusive, big number one center but few teams can boast that they have one.
The Toronto Maple Leafs Logo
Case in point last week when the Leafs hosted the San Jose Sharks. The sharks are very strong down the middle and controlled most of the play. Only some great goalkeeping kept the game close. It seemed like the Sharks had the puck on their stick most of the night. Part of the problem too for the Leafs is if they don’t get superb goal tending in a game, their mental errors catch up to them and they don’t have enough healthy horses in the barn to provide the offense to counter their defensive blunders.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has been having fits all season with the Leafs defensive play where they are turning the puck over at an alarming rate and lead the league in that dubious category.
leafs vs Stars
Toronto did manage to halt a five game losing streak with an overtime win over the Dallas Stars last Thursday but the main reason was their goalie. Jonathan Bernie made forty eight saves and was named the games first star. As if there was any doubt.
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Posted on November 30th, 2013 by fred999
The Grey Cup is over for another year in the sports news and sports on the web and to be honest they did not have to play the full game for it to be over. Yes the realization as to who would be the champion was more or less determined in the first half of the game. They played the second half but for all intents and purposes you could stick a fork in the Hamilton Tiger-cats at half time because they were done. This was the most lopsided Grey Cup in recent memory because usually the game is close and goes right down to some last minute drama. That was not the case this year and Allsports was surprised because although the Saskatchewan Roughriders were picked to win the championship at home in front of their home town fans, Allsports thought the game would be much closer with the win in the closing minutes. Such was not the case.
l The Grey Cup
The Riders took care of business early, scoring 24 points in the second quarter with the wind at their back to take a commanding 31-6 lead into the locker room at half time. The 13th man was a big help to the Riders all game long but one play in particular summed up their efforts and put an exclamation point on just what kind of day it was going to be for the Eastern Conference Champion, Tiger-Cats.
Burris misses snap
There was so much noise while Burris was trying to call a play that the ball was snapped before Burris was ready and skipped past him. The Riders recovered the ball deep in Hamilton territory and scored a touchdown very shortly there after. The look on Burris’s face said it all on the replay. It was like, “what the F**%%&&&, I mean France is going on here boys, I did not want the ball yet.
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Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by fred999
It is that time of year again when up here, north of the 49th parallel. our attention turns from hockey to the Grey Cup in the sports news and sports on the web.This year in the 101st addition of the game we have the home town Saskatchewan Roughriders matching up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the most coveted prize in Canadian Football.
The Grey Cup
The Grey Cup was first awarded in 1909 and the inaugural recipients were the Toronto Varsity Blues. The Trophy was commissioned for the total sum of $48 and the chalice is made of sterling silver. The only cups older are the Stanley Cup for hockey and the Mann Cup for Lacrosse. All of these trophies have their origins in Canada. So if you do the math you will see that the Canadian Football League has been around and organized long before the National Football League ever came into existence.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Logo
There are many side stories that link these two teams leading up to the Grey Cup. Ticats quarterback, Henry Burris played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2003 and 2004. Hamilton Head Coach Kent Austin, quarterbacked the green riders to the Grey Cup in 1989 and coached them to another championship in 2007. So Austin’s fingerprints were all over two of the three Riders Grey Cup Championships. Austin played for the Riders from 1987 to 1993.
Saskatchewan Roughriders Logo
Hamilton receiver Andy Fantuz started his professional career with the Riders and played there for six years until he moved to Hamilton in 2012. So as you can see Hamilton has some key personal with lots of motivation to bring home the Championship. They know what to expect from the home town fans who will be the extra man on the field for the Riders tomorrow. You have to respect the support the Riders fans give their team. Some drive as much as eight hours to see their team play and you can be sure of one thing tomorrow. It will be very loud in the stadium especially when Henry Burris is trying to call plays.
On the other side of the ball, Darian Durrant has something to prove. He has never one a Grey Cup Championship and feels there is no better time than now in front of the home town fans. Durrant played like a man possessed against Calgary and beat them with his arm and his legs. He made some key rushing plays at points in the game when the Riders really needed it. The Riders as a team have been determined since the season began to play for the prize on their home turf. They have reached the pinnacle and now need to bring it home.
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Posted on November 11th, 2013 by fred999
Today there will be little in the way of sports news and sports on the web. Yes there were some worthy inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Namely Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios,Brendan Shanahan. Geraldine Heaney and the late Fred Shero. They are all worthy of the honor of induction but today it is much more important that we remember the brave men and women of our military, for without their sacrifice there likely would not be any Hockey Hall of Fame to be inducted into.
Lest We Forget
So today Allsports hoped that everyone remembered to give two minutes of silence in honor of all our armed forces veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way of life. This includes our forces who are peace keeping as I speak in the middle east and for all those who have fallen in guarding our nation so that we can enjoy the standard of living that we have. The two minutes of silence should have taken place at 11:11 AM this morning, so if you have forgotten, take a moment now to give thanks and remember. Without these heroic guardians who knows where or what our way of life would be like.
The children should be educated on the meaning of remembrance day so that they too can care on the tradition of remembering those to which we owe so much.
“Lest We Forget”
“No Guts No Glory”
In Flanders Field
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