Articles tagged with: NHL

Lost Episode RSTR: Gary Feder and Randy Zellea interview Craig Carton of WFAN

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Lost Episode  RSTR: Gary Feder and Randy Zellea interview Craig Carton of WFAN

Lost episode or should I say interview with Craig Carton of WFAN in NY. Special interviewer Gary Feder interviews WFAN Jockey Craig Carton and discusses his career and how he got into the media industry, his brand new book and his love of cooking and the sports world. This was taped in 2013 so it is outdated but its why its a LOST episode right? Its so lost you might here take out ordered during the interview..Check it out!!!

Seth and Seam Sports 5/4

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Seth and Seam Sports 5/4

">The boys discuss the playoffs, nfl draft review and the future of boxing....tonight at 7

Real Sports Talk Radio: 4/30

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Real Sports Talk Radio: 4/30

Real Sports Talk returns with Randy Zellea and Bill Keagle. The Boys return to discuss the NBA playoff picture, the injury to Kevin Love, and much more. Check back on Wednesday for this weeks guest as we are all hoops this week. A new edition of 5 questions as well. All archives of Real Sports Talk Radio are avalable on ITunes, BlogtalkRadio and Back Sports Page. Check out the show!!

Real Sports Talk Radio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

This week Randy Zellea (@randybsp) and Mike Tramontozzi (@mtramontozzi) are back on Real Sports Talk Radio produced Backsportspage.com . This week discuss the Big Winners and losers in the NFL. What is up with Brooklyn Nets??  The Knicks well.....Mike T and Randy will debate. Patrick Creighton from Sports Radio 610am in Houston joins us to give us a different perspective of the week it was. Call in and join the talk at 760-283-0846, #realsportstalkradio, #backsportspage

Real Sports Talk Radio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Real Sports talk with Randy Zellea (@randybsp)? Yes it is happening. With Mike Tramotozzi (@mtramotozi) Hosts the show live from 7pm-8pm. Tonight Mike Dives into the NFL and NBA action from this past week. We also here from BSP’s own Marcus Jacobs live from the MLB winter Meetings at 7:30pm. #realsportstalkradio #backsportspage Call in at 760-283-0846

Real Sports Talk Radio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Real Sports talk without Randy Zellea (@randybsp)? Yes it is happening. With Randy gone Mike Tramotozzi (@mtramotozi) Hosts the show live from 7pm-8pm. Tonight Mike Dives into the NFL and NBA action from this past week. We also here from BSP’s own Marcus Jacobs live from the MLB winter Meetings at 7:30pm. #realsportstalkradio #backsportspage Call in at 760-283-0846

Real Sports Talk Radio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Seth Kamens joins Randy Zellea for Real Sports Talk Radio at 7pm EST. Tonight the boys discuss the mess known as NY Sports scene. Are the Knicks and Nets really that bad? The Yankees and Mets are making moves but are they good moves? Can you believe that after all this the Giants and Jets have the same record? We also discuss the events of this crazy sports week!! Also Thumbs up Thumbs down..   Tweet us at @randybsp or @skamens and visit us facebook.com/realsportstalkradio and call in 760-283-0846

Real Sports Talk Radio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

This week Randy Zellea (@randybsp) and Mike Tramontozzi (@mtramontozzi) are back on Real Sports Talk Radio produced Backsportspage.com . This week discuss the Big Winners and losers in the NFL. What is up with Brooklyn Nets??  The Knicks well.....Mike T and Randy will debate. Patrick Creighton from Sports Radio 610am in Houston joins us to give us a different perspective of the week it was. Call in and join the talk at 760-283-0846, #realsportstalkradio, #backsportspage

THE KID’S ALRIGHT...

on Tuesday, 22 November 2011.

Projected top draft pick Michael Matheson puts education first, chooses NCAA


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THE KID’S ALRIGHT...

With his opponents tick-tacking passes through the neutral zone, 17 year-old Michael Matheson seems to stop on a dime. Though his feet never stop moving, he appears to be standing still as the play unfolds around him. Then it happens. With a quick snap of his wrists, he’s stripped the puck from a baffled Viking forward and is exploding down ice, leaving opponents and teammates alike to play catch-up.

 

Raising the Draft Age

on Tuesday, 18 October 2011. Posted in Hockey

Is Bob Nicholson Trying to Kill Two Birds With One Stone?


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Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson has submitted a nine-page proposal to the NHL and its Players Association which would see the official age for draft eligibility raised to 19 years. Under the current system, players become draft eligible at the age of 18.

According to Nicholson, this leaves many players in a sort of career limbo, caught somewhere between the professional and amateur ranks at a key point in their development process. Many players find themselves drafted at a young age, but end up parked in an NHL press box rather than garnering valuable on-ice experience.

Arena Etiquette

on Tuesday, 11 October 2011. Posted in Hockey

Be a Better Hockey Fan


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Arena Etiquette

When you head out to see your local boys lace ‘em up and bang, please keep in mind the following tips for being less of a knucklehead:

-Banging on the glass. Has any clear pane of material ever been erected that was designed for grown men to slap their hands against and scream? No. This might seem obvious, but the glass is there so you can see the game and not fear for your safety. It is not a fishbowl…and if it was a fishbowl, would you really taunt the fish? What kind of sicko are you? These are professional athletes, supposedly entertaining you. Are you going to disrespect the years of training and continuous effort it took them to reach the pinnacle of their profession by yelling in their face and playing patty cake with the glass? Sit down, cheer and clap like a sane person. Kids bang on the glass. Hipster posers bang on the glass. Bandwagon-jumping, fair weather fakes bang on the glass. Fans don’t bang on the glass. Fans respect every player on the ice.

-Booing the visiting team’s star player every time he touches the puck. We get it: you don’t like the guy. Maybe he scored on your team a lot in the playoffs. Perhaps there has been a war of words in the press. A personal rivalry between the star players on the home team is often the catalyst for these sorts of situations. But when you boo vociferously each time the puck touches his stick, you sound petty and dumb. The entire arena seems like a school yard hissing at an unpopular kid. It is a base and vulgar reaction. What does this act of mass ignorance accomplish? The player already knows you don’t like him. Do you think you are going to rattle him? Is he going to think, ‘Oh no, they hate me! Guess I’ll just lie down and die then.’ More often than not, this type of taunting has the opposite effect, spurring the player on to perform at an even higher level. Again, act like a sane person and cheer for your team. Booing against someone instead of cheering for your guys just proves you fear their skill.

-Whooping or yipping when a former player touches the puck. How small-minded can you be? There are a finite number of players skilled enough to play in the NHL. There are also a finite number of teams. Therefore, players will be traded or sign with multiple teams throughout their career. Even the Great Gretzky played for several teams. Think of your favorite player. If he hasn’t already played for more than one team, odds are he will and soon. Did they leave for more money? My god, what a traitor! None of us fans would do anything like that, would we? None of us has ever left a job and moved across the country for a career boost and better pay. So much of bad behavior in arenas is driven by emotion. If you’d stop to think about the better opportunities afforded by a move, perhaps you’d cut the player some slack. Their careers are short relative to our own and they have to make hay while the sun is shining. Sometimes that means moving on to better pastures. And when you yelp at them, you are decrying every good play, every bit of joy and entertainment they provided to you while they were with your team. Be respectful. You never know when they might be back for a second go round in your town.

-Mock cheering for a goalie having a bad night. Exactly what purpose does this serve? It won’t make him play any better. Or do you seek to humiliate one of your favorite team’s players? Pointing out his failures will surely bolster his confidence. What was done to you as a child? Did your father mock clap when you fell face first in the mud? Do you feel that made you stronger? Does derision serve as a coaching tool with your children or at work? What a joy you must be at family gatherings. If you can’t cheer for a struggling player, just be quiet. Or I’ll come to where you work and golf clap when you screw up.

-Talking on your cell phone and waving at the camera. When I am watching the game at home, the last thing I want to see is you standing up and waving with your cell phone jammed against your stupid face. When I am at the game and you are doing this, you are annoying and are blocking my view. Either way, you look like a jerk that has never been away from home before. I can just imagine how that conversation goes: “Look ma, Cletus is on the TV box. He sure done made the big time now. Cletus, bring me home one of them city street hot dogs that the police mans eats on the Law & Order.”

-Getting drunk. There are several factors at play here. Firstly, you need to understand the appropriate level of inebriation for a public place. The arena is not a bar. There are children at the games, as well as people who don’t want to deal with your drunken ass. Many arenas have bars. Feel free to sit in the bar and watch the game, but for the life of me, I don’t know why you wouldn’t just drink at home and watch the game on TV. A lot of venues have drink and meal packages before the games with unlimited beer. Know thyself. Unlimited does not mean “drink as much as you possibly can to get your money’s worth.” Worst of all are those who show up to the game late, already tipsy, have a couple of beers and leave during the second intermission. This happens at downtown arenas on weekends when young men and women are on the prowl. They have no interest in the game, only in lurking and being seen. I abhor these people. In general, if you are loud and belligerent and you feel it is your duty to berate the officials, we all know you are hopped up on false courage and are a tiny little man on the inside.

Now for the twist: I have done every one of these things. I have gotten drunk and screamed at refs until I turned purple. I have booed opposing players, mock cheered, yipped and banged on the glass. When hockey was new to me, it was all very exciting. I wanted to see fights all the time. That was in the bad old days. I didn’t know any better. As in every other aspect of my life, my appreciation for hockey has also matured. Being a Washington fan, my taste went from Dale Hunter to Peter Bondra: from brash and violent to elegant and sleek. I no longer let the emotions of a young man control me. I see things more clearly, with a fuller appreciation for the details. The items I have listed are barriers, vestiges of an adolescent response to the game that hinders one from enjoying the NHL experience at its full potential.

 

What Goes Up...

on Friday, 23 September 2011.

Some Big Name Players Who May Prove Underwhelming in 2012

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” –Seneca, ~50 AD

He may not have been a hockey fan, but two thousand years after the ancient Roman philosopher uttered the most famous of his musings, Seneca’s logic still rings true. For every break-out rookie performance, there is a disappointed veteran grinding his teeth on the bench. For every open ice toe-drag that leads to a highlight reel goal, there is an embarrassed defenseman lying face down in a pile of snow.

Such is the nature of sport. Such is the nature of life.

In my last piece, I examined a few of the players who have the potential to reinvent themselves this season; players who, for whatever reason, have been overlooked in terms of their potential impact and could come from nowhere to take the league by storm in 2012.

In this article, I will examine a few of the players who I believe could be poised for disappointment this year. Fantasy owners take heed; the past does not necessarily reflect well upon the future, and not all that glitters is gold.

Surprise, Surprise!

on Wednesday, 21 September 2011.

Three Players Who Just Might Shock the World in 2011-12

With the preseason once again upon us, experts from around the world of hockey are clamoring to their crystal balls, eager to provide predictions for the season that lay ahead.

As always, there are a few topics upon which the media has chosen to focus its speculation; Steven Stamkos is widely expected to continue his meteoric ascension. The pressure is on in Vancouver as the Canucks look to prove their window of opportunity has not yet closed. And the number of two-cent donations piling up on Sidney Crosby’s status could fill a vault that would make Scrooge McDuck blush.

Each year, however, there are a small number of players who seem to appear from nowhere to take the league by storm.

The 2010-11 season was certainly no exception, with veteran net minder Tim Thomas leading the way. After a series of health-related issues forced him to forfeit his starting duties to back-up Tuuka Rask, Thomas was considered a long-shot, at best, to see regular playing time in the Boston crease...

He ended up having an OK year.

Whether it is a veteran player who is counted out too soon, or a blue-chip prospect that comes from nowhere (anyone remember Clarke MacArthur as a Buffalo Sabre?), every NHL season has its share of surprise heroes. Here’s a closer look at three players who I believe could fit the bill in 2011-12:

Crosby's Nagging Injury

on Thursday, 08 September 2011.

CONCUSSION WOES STILL HAUNT THE PENGUINS CENTER


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Crosby's Nagging Injury
Sidney Crosby has announced that there will be no timetable for his return to National Hockey League action, however, he feels that he will be back in the upcoming season.  He has been skating, but he still experiences concussion symptoms when reaching 80-90 percent physical exertion capacity.  The Pittsburgh center and league golden boy has not played since receiving two concussions this past January.  As you may recall, he suffered the first injury during the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at the hands (er, shoulder) of David Steckel of the Washington Capitals.  A few days later, on January 5, he received another hit that exacerbated his earlier injury, compounding the concussion.  This time it was a check from behind from Viktor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Fighting For Their Lives

on Monday, 05 September 2011.

OUTLAWING NHL FIGHTING WILL DO LITTLE TO PREVENT DEPRESSION-RELATED DEATHS


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Fighting For Their Lives
As I opened the newspaper and flipped through to the sports section this morning, I experienced a palpable sinking in my chest. Yet another "expert" had taken the opportunity to hop up onto his soapbox and proclaim that, surely, this incident must be the final straw in the long-fought battle to impart an outright ban on fighting in the National Hockey League.