Cold War or no Cold War, when Russia plays the United States in hockey, it's an event. When it's in the Olympics, it means more. When those Olympics are in Russia and the nation's president basically pins a nation's hopes on its hockey team, well, then it's intense.
As a team, USA is about as strong as they were in 2010. The big improvement for USA is the amount of players that they had to select from this time.
Here are my top five recommendations of ways to be supportive of athletes and Russians who are gay and dealing with this law and its challenges at the Sochi Games:
There is nothing inherently wrong with abolishing the point-after conversion, but if the NFL is going to make changes to its product, it should worry more about abolishing perfectly legal plays that enhance the risk of player concussions.
Following the Italian appeals court's second murder conviction of former exchange student Amanda Knox, an agreement has been reached in which singer Justin Bieber will be extradited to Italy in place of Ms. Knox.
This poem was submitted anonymously and is an adaption of "A Different Drummer" by Henry David Thoreau. Readers, please feel free to fill in the comm...
If I had ovaries, I think it would be safe to say they've been aching. I want a baby. I want a baby very, very badly.
Yes, white athletes get criticized for their conduct. But they do not, as a group, they face the degree of scrutiny, the constraints and the baggage that accrue, in general, to black athletes. Because, in truth, they don't really get evaluated as a group at all.
Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster. In his face, you always saw a warrior, bruised and bloodied and majestic, in triumph and defeat.
When Jim Peplinski entered the NHL more than three decades ago, players didn't look to the officials to solve their problems. Rectifying disputes wasn't the referee's strong suit, and the players policed themselves.
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
While the NHL operates an anti-counterfeiting program throughout the year, its focus shifts in the time periods surrounding its large-scale events, including the Winter Classic and Stanley Cup.
With an adherent to old-school hockey's philosophy of shedding the mitts and playing to the final buzzer, this NHL enforcer piled up 1,424 penalty minutes in 890 career regular season games. A handful stand out in the annals of hockey tussles.
The constraints of popular society, with its omni-present need to always say and do the right thing, didn't seem to apply. Zak was living a life that was authentic and honest to himself. When you treated Zak well, you were treated well in return. Love Zak, Zak will love you. That seemed too easy
I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.
Today, NHL bigwigs publicly downplay the importance of fighting while privately believing it's their biggest marketing draw. But is allowing fighting shortsighted when it comes to the long-term growth of the sport?