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…
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…