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Posted On March 30, 2014By Braden YoungIn Baseball, cover, Sports

Official 2014 MLB Season Preview

First of all, I think it’s in everyone’s best interest for me to simply direct you to the divisional previews for the upcoming season. Look no further than Jonah Keri of Grantland, who’s one of the best in the biz and an avid Expos fan, to boot. AL East Preview AL Central Preview AL West Preview NL East Preview NL Central Preview NL West Preview Here’s how I see the playoff races shaping out: AMERICAN LEAGUE:                                        Read More
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1 Wichita State vs. 16 Cal Poly The undefeated Shockers have the top seed in the region known as the “group of death.” They are the first team to enter the tournament undefeated since UNLV in 1991 and will attempt to become the first team to win the National Championship while going undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Suffice to say, history is not on their side. It’s easy to forget that Wichita St. was in last year’s Final Four and were even up double digits midway through the secondRead More
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1 Arizona vs. 16 Weber State loss of Brandon Ashley certainly hurt the Wildcats, who were #1-ranked for much of the season before losing the star forward for the remainder of the year. However, this has caused coach Sean Miller to play more guys throughout the season, which is a major positive for a team that lacks depth. Nick Johnson and TJ McConnell make up probably the best backcourt in the country through strong defense, a great pass-first point guard in McConnell, and a scoring guard in Johnson. In aRead More
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1 Virginia vs. 16. Coastal Carolina Virginia has had an extremely impressive season winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles over the likes of Duke, Syracuse, and North Carolina. Not at all surprised to see the Cavaliers get the 1-seed after Michigan, Wisconsin, Villanova, and Kansas all faltered in their conference tournaments. Virginia is one of very few teams in the tournament that is great on both sides of the floor, leading the country in scoring defense and are ranked 7th in field goal percentage defense. On offense, theyRead More
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Editors note: MARCH MADNESS!!!! I present you the second annual series of March Madness previews done by our college basketball enthusiast, Braden Young. I highly encourage you to read all these previews as it will increase your success in all of your pools immensely. With that being said….. GOOD LUCK!!! 1 Florida vs. 16 Albany/Mt. St. Mary’s The Gators are the top ranked team in the tournament and will enjoy some in-state hospitality, as they are set up for a path through Orlando to get to the South regionals inRead More
NHL:Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators

Posted On January 29, 2014By Aaron NilsenIn cover, Hockey, Sports

Season of Inconsistency

I’ve tried to stay away from writing anything related to the Ottawa Senators for quite sometime. When brainstorming topics to write about, talking about how I feel about the Senators always comes up, but I intentionally send that thought to the bottom of the pile. This is because by the time I start writing about them, I hope they will be on a five game winning streak and I will have nothing but praise for the team. Wishful thinking. Where am I supposed to begin? That’s easy, let’s start withRead More
NBA: Preseason-Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors

Posted On January 20, 2014By Aaron NilsenIn Basketball, cover, Sports

Toronto Raptors Are The Real Deal

Just like that, the tank exploded. Before we dive into how well the Raptors have played over the past 20 games, let’s rewind to a few months ago. At the beginning of the season I believed that the Raptors would trade Rudy Gay at some point in the season and go on to lose the majority of games after that. I was half right. On December 9, 2013, the Raptors traded Gay, along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings, in return for Greivis Vásquez, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson. Hurray! Masai Ujiri did it!Read More
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Posted On January 13, 2014By Braden YoungIn cover, Hockey, Sports

Projected Depth Charts of Top Olympic Hockey Teams

With all hockey rosters now named for the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, the speculation can now move from the rosters of the teams, to the depth charts, lines, pairings, and starters of the teams. Below is your one-stop shop for the 25-man rosters of the contending teams, as well as projected lines and pairings. CANADA Forwards: Chris Kunitz                          Sidney Crosby                      Steven Stamkos Patrick Sharp                       Jonathan Toews                    Rick NashRead More
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Posted On January 10, 2014By Sean McGoldrickIn Hockey, Sports

The Tim Murray Era Begins

June 11, 1997. That’s the last time the Buffalo Sabres hired a general manager. Darcy Regier held that post for 16 years, the longest-serving Sabres GM ever, until he was fired on November 14, 2013. 58 days and 10 candidates after that, Pat LaFontaine hired Regier’s successor, and the man he deemed worthy of Buffalo’s GM job is Tim Murray, the now former assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators. It felt like a pretty safe assumption that Tim Murray would succeed his uncle Bryan as the GM of theRead More
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Jaden Newman averages 14.8 points and 7.5 assists for the Downey Christian girls varsity high school basketball team. Jaden is only nine years old. Yes really, NINE YEARS OLD?! While her teammates are worrying about what prom dress to wear, Jaden is worried about whatever fourth graders worry about. I was a soccer camp counselor over the summer and the number one thing those kids were worried about was if they had the best Pokemon cards or not. Yes, really. Check out this video of Jaden tearing up the court against highRead More