2014 NHL Trade Deadline looms

Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas will be teammates in Florida for at least one day

Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas will be teammates in Florida for at least one day

Tweet So far, it has been about big name goalies. Ryan Miller was traded to St Louis on Saturday; Roberto Luongo was traded to Florida on Tuesday. The Trade deadline is on Wednesday, March 5. The names of Ryan Callahan, Ryan Kesler, Martin St Louis, Martin Brodeur, and Alex Edler, just to name a few, are still being tossed around.
Trade deadline is 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 5.
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NFL week 15 – Ten keen observations


Stafford and the Lions go down again -

Stafford and the Lions go down again -

Observations gathered from NFL games of Dec. 15-16, 2013

1) At some point, everyone is going to run out of excuses for Tony Romo’s late game meltdowns.

2) There is nothing the Detroit Lions can’t screw up. Since both the Bears and Packers lost their starting QB’s, the Lions have gone 1-4 (with NFL-high 19 turnovers), instead of taking control of the division.

3) Amidst all the coaching drama, it has gone virtually unnoticed, that the Houston Texans have lost 12 straight, and guaranteed themselves at least a tie for worst record in the league. For all intents and purposes, they should be 0-14.

4) The Baltimore Ravens have the heart of a champion. If they make the playoffs, don’t be surprised if they do something spectacular. They have won four straight.

5) I do not trust Calvin Johnson to come up big in a big game.

6) I will be shocked if the Seattle Seahawks do not make it to the Super Bowl.

7) What I said last week, about Peyton Manning playing in the snow, still applies.

8) The Philadelphia Eagles can be forgiven for somehow losing to the Vikings, but should not be forgiven if they do not win the NFC East division.

9) For the third week in a row, the Cleveland Browns proved they are just a pathetic bunch of losers.

10) The Miami Dolphins may not make the playoffs this season, but their future looks awfully bright.

** NFL notes from Dec 16 and 17: 1) Bears DB Charles Tillman (torn triceps) – Out for season. 2) Bears LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) – expected to play this weekend. 3) WR’s Larry Fitzgerald – AZ Cards, and Victor Cruz – NY Giants are being evaluated for concussions. 4) Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered broken jaw and cracked vertebrae after blindside hit from Steelers’ LB Terence Gavin. 5) Steelers LB Lamaar Woodley (calf) will not play vs Packers this weekend. 6) Jags WR Cecil Shorts (groin) has been placed on IR. 7) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will be evaluated later this week, and may be cleared to play this weekend.

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NFL Week 14 – Ten keen observations


**NFL news/notes released Dec 9/Dec 10: 1) Indianapolis Colts signed RB Tashard Choice. 2) AZ Cards rookie DB Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL/LCL) out for season. 3) Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) unlikely to play Thursday vs San Diego. 4) New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) out for season. 5) Miami Dolphins starting DB Dimitri Patterson (groin) out for season. 6) Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (mid-foot sprain) unlikely to play this weekend – Xray/MRI revealed no lisfranc injury or fracture.

Too much snow for Megatron

Too much snow for Megatron

1) Snow games are awesome. Just ask LeSean McCoy.

2) Tony Romo is NOT a clutch QB – throw out as many stats as you like, it still doesn’t make it so.

3) If the Minnesota Vikings ever start believing in themselves, they might not be half-bad.

4) Had Steelers‘ WR Antonio Brown not stepped out of bounds on the final play against Miami, the TD still would not have counted – Roethlisberger made an illegal forward pass, which would have nullified the score.

5) The DC meltdown is complete. Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is done. To avoid an ugly public divorce, he should probably just resign because of “personal reasons”.

6) The only thing missing from the last two mins of the Vikings/Ravens game, was the network switching to ‘Heidi’.

7) Peyton Manning can play well in the snow against a lousy team like Tennessee. He just can’t play well in the snow against a good team in a playoff game.

8) The Cleveland Browns are losers, plain and simple. Forget the questionable PI call at the end; all they had to do was cover the onside kick which the entire planet knew was coming, and the game would have been over. Josh Gordon’s considerable talents are being wasted.

9) Jeff Triplette made the worst phantom TD call since Bill Leavy in Super Bowl XL.

10) The NFL starts haphazardly penalizing and fining defensive players for high hits, and now there is a concern over the increasing number of low hits. Who coulda seen that coming ?

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Bulls Derrick Rose is out for the season

Derrick Rose - Again done for season

Derrick Rose – Again done for season


*NBA news: Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is again out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.
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Anaheim Ducks beat Tampa Bay

Ryan Getzlaf provided late game heroics on Nov 22, 2013

Getzlaf comes up BIG

Getzlaf comes up BIG

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NFL Week 10 – Ten keen observations

NFL honors Military Vets


* NFL news – On Tuesday, Nov 12 2013, the Houston Texans announced they would part ways with former All-pro safety Ed Reed (Reed signed with New York Jets on Nov 13). Houston also announced that starting running back Arian Foster has been put on season-ending IR.

1) Ed Reed has made an unholy mess of what could have been a Hollywood ending to his Hall of fame career.

2) Whether they lose on the last drive, or get blown out, the Dallas Cowboys cannot survive against high-scoring teams.

3) The Jonathan Martin case just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

4) I had forgotten that Carolina had a record of 1-3 after four games.

5) The Detroit Lions are actually going to win the NFC North. Yes, those Detroit Lions.

6) I wouldn’t bet against the 3-6 New York Giants to win the NFC East. If “Big Blue” wins next two games, they will have the same record as the Dallas Cowboys.

7) Whoever picked St. Louis, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay on their parlay ticket, turned a tidy profit.

8) In it’s quest for more scoring, the NFL has created an environment in which officials will penalize the defense for anything at anytime, without the slightest bit of hesitation, and no fear of consequences.

9) If you are a former NFL QB not named Matt Leinart, stay in shape. Some team out there may be calling you soon, as evidenced by Matt Flynn just having signed with the Green Bay Packers.

10) The NFL did a great job honoring all the Military veterans this past weekend. I am proud to have served.

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NFL Week 9 – Ten keen observations


* NFL Injury note – On Nov 5, 2013 it was announced that Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss at least three weeks due to slight collarbone fracture suffered in 1st qtr of 27-20 loss to Chicago Bears on Nov 4.

Cam Newton quietly leading his team to a great season

Cam Newton quietly leading his team to a great season

1) Courtesy of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and RG III, the next ten years of NFL football are gonna be quite memorable.

2) As evidenced by the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks, teams which came back to win after having been down by 18 and 21 points respectively, winning is as much about attitude as it is about talent.

3) Nick Foles is the future of NFL football in Philadelphia. Do I smell playoffs ?

4) With Case Keenum at the helm, the Houston Texans will be competitive very soon, and into the future, but playoff dream is over for this season.

5) Kansas City Chiefs are the most fragile 9-0 team I have ever seen.

6) The real problem in Baltimore is not about effort or chemistry. It is that Ray Rice simply is not the dynamic force he once was. You heard it here first.

7) It has come to light that NFL coaches average 100 hour work weeks during the season, and then about 80 hours a week up until Draft day. Get well soon, Gary Kubiak and John Fox.

8) The 5-3 Carolina Panthers have the third best point differential (+98) in the NFL.

9) In the case of Trent Richardson, I have never before seen a player get traded to a team, underachieve with that team, and still somehow energize that same team.

10) I believe wholeheartedly in Geno Smith as a QB, and in the New York Jets as a team . . . I think.

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The new PIT Fitness mobile app


There are no more excuses for not working out. The recent launch of the new PIT Fitness app, available for IPhone or Android is a must-have for anyone trying to get in shape or keep in shape.

The best fitness app on the market

The best fitness app on the market

Developed by fitness expert Trent Bender, the PIT fitness app incorporates the use of a wide variety of different high intensity exercises which will strengthen the body any way you want, and get the personal results you want.
This app gives the user the ability to tailor the workout to their own specific needs. One can work lower body, core, or upper body. There are strength building, and endurance building exercises as well as demonstrations which will ensure proper body positioning in order to maximize results.
You yourself create your own individualized workout.
No more searching for overpriced DVD’s to play. Perhaps best of all, your workout will be readily available on your mobile device, so it goes wherever you go.
When you go on vacation, it goes with you.
Even in a hotel room, one can get a full body workout.
Though there are exercises which involve dumbbells, kettle bells, sandbags, etc… there are many others which allow for just the use of one’s own bodyweight in order to achieve the desired results.
The plank pushups and full range squats are particularly effective and do not require any additional equipment.
No more need to overspend on a Gym membership which rarely gets used, and is difficult to cancel.
Even if you are actively using your Gym membership, why not have your own personal trainer without the added expense of hiring one ?
*This app can be used by anyone of any fitness level.
*There are about 300 different workouts available which incorporate about 150 different exercises.
*The app allows you to create a custom music playlist.
*Trent takes you through a video demonstration of each workout, so you know how to perform the exercises the right way – You literally have a personal trainer at your fingertips.
*You can set a timer for your session.
*Full body workouts achieved in 15-20 mins.
*The workout system is intense, effective, efficient and will get you the fast results that you have been wanting.
*You can share your results via social media.
This will be the best $2.99 you will ever spend.
Search ‘PIT fitness’ in the App store of your mobile device and get started right away.
Since it’s release, this App has received a “Five Star” rating in all user reviews.

** This is the brainchild of Trent Bender, a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Trainer and Nutrition and Supplement Specialist, based in Venice, CA. Trent is dedicated to improving quality of life, health and well-being by way of proper exercise and diet.
“Stop dreaming and start living your dreams. The time to transform yourself, is now.” – Trent Bender

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NFL Week 8 – Ten keen observations

* NFL Injury news – Oct 29, 2013, it was announced that Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is out for the season due to a torn ACL.

Sidney Rice goes down with torn ACL

Sidney Rice goes down with torn ACL

1) They just don’t make anterior cruciate ligaments like they used to.

2) There are about 10 excellent quarterbacks in the NFL. Below that are about 5 very good QB’s. Below that is some downright scary stuff.

3) Brandon Meriweather made a valid point, despite his extremely poor choice of words.

4) Calvin Johnson proved again, that he is a bad dude. Little wonder as to why Dez Bryant is jealous of him.

5) The Jacksonville Jaguars are a disgrace to American professional sports.

6) Gary Kubiak’s future with the Houston Texans, is dependent on the performance of Case Keenum.

7) The Dallas Cowboys deserve an award for most over-analyzed .500 team in the last 50 years of sports. Not just the NFL, but ALL sports.

8) The Kansas City Chiefs are headed for playoff disaster.

9) Those televised Trade deadline specials are a tremendously tedious awkward waste of airtime. Highlights from the last three trade deadline days; Carson Palmer (2011), Aqib Talib (2012), Isaac Sopoaga (2013). Decent players, but all in all, not enough to justify a TV special lasting several hours, complete with a countdown clock and multiple analysts desperately trying to fill the overabundance of airtime.

10) I no longer believe in Geno Smith as a QB, or the New York Jets as a team . . . I think.

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NFL Week 7 – Ten keen observations


NFL finally suspends Brandon Meriweather

NFL finally suspends Brandon Meriweather

1) The Bum Phillips-led Houston Oilers teams of the 1970′s really meant a lot to the NFL. Both Phillips and Bud Adams will be missed.

2) If Peyton Manning does not have a problem with Big games; then it must be that big games have a problem with him. Maybe that’s what Jim Irsay really meant.

3) In the case of Houston Texans‘ QB Case Keenum, Keenum made a great case for himself in the game against Kansas City. Matt Schaub had gone belly-up before his injury, and TJ Yates has proven time and again, that he is not capable of playing NFL caliber football. Let the Case Keenum era begin.

4) Don’t know which quarterbacks are worse, those named “TJ” (Rubley, Yates) or those named “Billy Joe” (Tolliver, Hobert).

5) Last season, Joe Flacco’s decision to wait until season’s end to sign a knew contract, turned out to be a great move. Jay Cutler’s decision to do the same thing this season, has turned out to be a not so great move – Cutler’s groin injury this past weekend will sideline him 4-6 weeks.

6) Barring injury, Andrew Luck is going to have a stellar NFL career.

7) I had forgotten just how dynamic and exciting RG III is when healthy.

8) The NFL made the right move in suspending Brandon Meriweather for 2 games, after two helmet to helmet infractions in the game vs Chicago. Meriweather has been a cheapshot artist for years, and there is NO OTHER player in the league who has so consistently used the helmet as a weapon.

9) Even with the loss of Reggie Wayne to an ACL injury, the Indianapolis Colts will run away with the AFC South division title.

10) Something ain’t right in Baltimore.

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