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Neil Leifer Scores Again With Guts and Glory

Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Anybody familiar with sports photography or the history of the NFL will love Neil Leifer's new book, Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football (Taschen Publishers).

The book covers the period from 1958 -- when Leifer started his prolific career on his 16th birthday by photographing the "Greatest...

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NHL's Suspension of Aaron Rome Excessive

(124) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 6:52 PM

While this won't win me any fans in New England, I really think the NHL got it wrong when they decided to suspend Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who thinks head shots should be addressed...

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Canucks Give Canada Hope for Cup's Return

(91) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM

It's been a long time, Canada, 18 years to be exact, since Patrick Roy led the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup win back in 1993. That means an entire generation of hockey fans have no first hand recollection of a Canadian-based team winning the Stanley Cup.

Hockey is Canada's...

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NHL Playoff Observations and Analysis Round 2

(17) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 7:44 PM

While the games themselves have remained exciting, Round 2 has not been quite as closely contested as the opening round of the playoffs had been. There was only one sweep out of eight series in the Conference Quarterfinals while there has already been one sweep in the second round and...

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Trustee Swings and Misses with Mets Owners

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 4:48 PM

Things are looking up a bit in Flushing these days both on and off the diamond.

With the return of Jason Bay to the lineup and some improved pitching, the Mets are playing better baseball and they are over .500 with Bay in the lineup.

Off the field, the...

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NHL Playoff Observations and Analysis Round 1

(17) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 1:30 PM

The NHL playoffs are well underway and the quality of play throughout Round 1 has been almost universally high. We've been treated to some very exciting hockey so far and that shows no signs of changing. Here are some insights and observations from each of the eight first round playoff...

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The Biggest Obstacle Facing Each NHL Playoff Team

(34) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:01 PM

While everybody's talking about the NHL playoffs, key analysis often gets overlooked. Here are the biggest obstacles each must overcome if they hope to make a successful playoff run this year:

Eastern Conference

(1) Washington Capitals: This is what the Capitals have been gearing up for all season long. After...

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Habs Trade of Halak a Big Gamble

(49) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 6:59 PM

You have to hand it to Canadiens' GM Pierre Gauthier; he's not afraid to make bold and possibly unpopular moves if he feels they will improve his hockey team. Trading Jaroslav Halak, the goalie who just led the underdog Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Finals, certainly qualifies as one hell...

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Sharks Seek to Erase Ghosts of Playoffs Past

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 9:29 PM

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At first glance, the San Jose Sharks should be consensus favorites to defeat the Colorado Avalanche and advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

After all, the Sharks are the top seed in the Western Conference and the Avalanche are the...

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Cooke Hit on Savard Adds Urgency to NHL GM Meetings

(17) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 5:33 PM

While little good can be said about Matt Cooke's blow to the head of Boston's Marc Savard, perhaps the timing was fortuitous. You see, the incident took place on the eve of the NHL General Managers meetings, which start today in Boca Raton, Florida.

According to press reports from the...

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Carcillo Shows Little Class By Fighting Gaborik

(21) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 2:25 PM

Hockey is a strange game to those who are unfamiliar with it. It is the only major professional sport where fighting is considered an "accepted" part of the game, even if it results in a five minute penalty for players who decide to drop the gloves.

Like any sport, there...

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Congress Can Help College Football

(29) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 10:24 AM

Some members of Congress are now threatening to force a playoff system on NCAA Football to replace the existing BCS format.

Let's face facts: a playoff is logical, necessary and would provide for plenty of exciting football. Major college football remains the only sport I know of that doesn't...

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Top Rookies Making Major Impact

Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 1:38 PM

The New York Islanders were facing a difficult decision this past summer as they held the top choice in the NHL Entry Draft.

The big dilemma facing GM Garth Snow was whether to use the first pick on sniper John Tavares, big Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman or all around...

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It's Put Up Or Shutup Time For Romo, Cowboys

(20) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 8:40 AM

The weather is getting colder and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The NFL is now entering the home stretch in the race for the playoffs. For Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, it's time to put up or shut up.

The Cowboys are presently in first place, just...

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Head Hits Hurting Hockey

(8) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 4:58 PM

The issue of head shots is supposed to be up for discussion this week when NHL general managers meet in Toronto. Instead of talking about it, it's high time the NHL did something about it.

You don't have to dig very deep into the headlines to see the effect these...

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