Alex Ovechkin A No Go Tim Thomas A No Show: Two hockey superstars drew plenty of attention to themselves yesterday, and for very different reasons.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was suspended for three games by the NHL’s local disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan.
Only a few hours earlier, the Boston Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas was conspicuously absent from the traditional proceedings at the White House to honor the Stanley Cup champions.
Needless to say, both events have been heavily discussed on Twitter and hockey sites all over the internet. And no, I wouldn’t say a majority of fans have come to the players’ defense.
Starting with Ovi, the Russian appears to have done his Capitals team a great disservice taking a suspension at this point of the year. With Nicklas Backstrom still up in the press box with a concussion-related injury and Mike Green suffering a seemingly incurable groin injury, Washington needs to keep the rest of the offensive skill players on the ice. Now after a reckless hit by Alex Ovechkin on Zbynek Michalek, the Caps are all of a sudden short their three best skaters.
Perhaps just as important as the Capitals’ thinning roster is the statement sent to the league by Brendan Shanahan. There will be no double-standards for the star players if they decide they want to target the head. The Department of Player Safety is doling out blind justice, and not even Alex Ovechkin is exempt from playing inside the rules. For so many years I’ve seen Ovechkin leave his feet to make those big checks along the boards. It’s good to see that Shanahan will enforce the rules, even if it means the Capitals’ darling son will have to stay off the ice. Continue Reading…
Patriots Rout Broncos 45-10 in AFC Playoff Rout: Tebowmania had no chance against Tom Brady’s playoff pedigree.
All the heroics, all the big plays and quite a few records belonged to Brady and the New England Patriots on Saturday night in a 45-10 rout of overmatched Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Brady threw six touchdown passes, five in the first half, putting the Patriots into the AFC championship game and silencing the nationwide frenzy surrounding Tebow.
The Patriots (14-3), winners of nine straight games, will host either Baltimore or Houston next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl. Saturday night’s romp snapped a three-game postseason losing streak, two of those at Gillette Stadium, and lifted the Patriots to the verge of their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons. They’ve won three of those, two with Brady as the game’s MVP.
“We came in and started fast and it was a big win for us,” said Brady, who even got off a 48-yard punt on third down. Continue Reading…
Woody Paige Tim Tebow Showed Flashes of John Elway: The Broncos played that Old-Time Rock ‘n’ Roll on Sunday night to jolt the Steelers, shock the NFL, stun the disbelievers and stagger the whole wide world of sports. The Broncos won in 11 seconds of the sudden-life extra period when Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas, the franchise’s two first-round draft choices in 2010, combined for a death-strike touchdown.
Who’s your quarterback,Denver?
Timmy Tremendous threw for a career-best 316 yards and two touchdowns (with no interceptions), and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos to their first playoff victory in six years. For all the nay-sayers and horse whisperers, Tebow will be the Broncos’ quarterback next weekend, next season and probably next decade. Read More…
Tim Tebow Broncos beat Steelers in OT: One of the most storied NFL playoff teams ran into a rejuvenated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
Sorry, Pittsburgh Steelers.
The magic is back.
Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime and the Broncos defeated the stunned Steelers, 29-23, in the AFC wild-card game yesterday. Wild doesn’t begin to describe it. The play took 11 seconds and was the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history.
Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Ike Taylor, and then outraced Ryan Mundy to the end zone. Tebow, who looked as startled as everyone else, chased down Thomas and knelt on one knee – a gesture known far and wide these days as Tebowing. Then he pounded a fist in triumph and took a victory lap.
“When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, ‘Thank you, Lord,’ ’’ Tebow said. “Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him – like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans.’’ Read More…
Ben Roethlisberger How Playing Big Ben Cost the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Time:
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost the game against the Denver Broncos before they ever took the field on Sunday.
In truth, they lost the game against the Broncos when Ben Roethlisberger returned to the field against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15.
Let me explain.
Against the 49ers, Roethlisberger left the field for part of the game due to what was called an ankle injury at the time. His return was questionable. After halftime, limping noticeably and much less mobile than he had been, Roethlisberger returned to the field and led the Steelers to a win over the Niners.
He hasn’t been the same quarterback since.
Only once that game had concluded was it brought to light that Roethlisberger had suffered a high ankle sprain during the game. Although it is easy to confuse this type of ankle sprain with the much more common lateral ankle sprain due to the similarities in their names, Read More…
Curiosities Abound In The NFL Playoffs Schedule: NFL playoff games this year in the first round of the most extraordinary thing about Detroit Lions, that presence is one of the most extraordinary things.
The two are playing this weekend and one of which the most valuable player yards 12 in a dispute between a great Divisions, not a pro bowler passed that 5,000 League quarterbacks. -4 is a very great team an 8-8 a division champion a three-game losing streak on the road against rivals 1-5 record on the team. With it on a wild card team was against the face.
Two playoff participants were outscored by their opponents for the season: New York Giants by 6 points and 81. Denver Broncos playoff game by both teams’ playoffs for the first time in two decades, the other is not won.
Although it may be of dubious value here because almost nothing so far this season, as expected, which this weekend in hopes of a quick look. Read More…