Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Proposed names for the new NHL team in Las Vegas

The unveiling of the Las Vegas Black Knights of the National Hockey League is set to take place as early as early June. While we've got no problems with Black Knights as they relate to the Wu-Tang Clan, it's a little tougher prospect to coin a hockey team after something that doesn't really exist in that region—like snow and...

What did you do with your life by 27? Here’s what Jonathan Toews has done

Chicago Blackhawks Captain and center Jonathan Toews just raised his third Stanley Cup in five years this week. He was born in 1988 and is probably the world's most accomplished athlete.   Let's compare what he was doing at the ages leading up to his 27th year to what you were doing: 0-16 • Toews: Learned to wipe, talk, skate, skate backwards, score at...

Do They Make Maple Syrup Kale Chips?

Hockey excellence has moved south and way, way west. Written by Kyle Magin Forget what you’ve heard about the resurgence of our neighbors to the north under new, progressive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On Sunday, as the Calgary Flames were getting wiped across the California ice on a 65 degree day by a team named after a Disney movie, Canada died. To...

Let’s Name the Probable Vegas Hockey Team!

Las Vegas is one of two cities to submit a bid to host a new NHL team beginning next year. Let's find a name for it.  By Kyle Magin Sin City and some arctic outpost were the only two locales to submit bids for NHL expansion teams, we found out yesterday. Las Vegas and Quebec City (both refuting and affirming, respectively, our...

In Defense of True Amateurism: College Hockey’s Troublesome Heart

College hockey is being held back by it's own blithe spirit of the actual joy of sport. But how long will it stay uncorrupted? An examination. Written by Kyle Magin College hockey displays all the telltale signs of desiring major sport status. New arenas, brawny new leagues, TV deals and rosters chock full of pro prospects make the sport as viable,...

Patrick Kane was asking for it

(Ed’s note: I hate that I have to say this, but this is satire. Please don’t let it distract from the fact that someone reported they were raped and it’s a serious crime with implications that can last for the rest of someone’s life.) By Kyle Magin In early August, star Chicago Blackhawks forward and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Kane...