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reviewed Minnesota Wild. April 24, 2013
Minnesota Wild
Team placement really confuses me sometimes. I mean, how does a small market get a team back after losing a first team because it wasn't doing well? How the hell is the Minnesota Wild created when there's …
reviewed Nashville Predators. April 18, 2013
Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators have at least one thing no other team can claim: Their head coach, Barry Trotz, is currently the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL. He was hired in 1997, just a couple of weeks …
reviewed Florida Panthers. April 17, 2013
Florida Panthers
There's not very much to say about the Florida Panthers. They've mostly been living an existence that's as unfortunate as it is inauspicious. This was after they began with more promise than most expansion …
reviewed Tampa Bay Lightning. April 16, 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning
There's a very popular pastime in the northern United States, especially along the Rust Belt: Moving to Florida! So naturally, if you're the NHL and you're trying your hand at southern expansion, the …
reviewed Ottawa Senators. April 14, 2013
Ottawa Senators
Sometimes, it's heartening to know the NHL has a vast reservoir of intelligence capable of taking care of obvious little things. Like their You Can Play campaign right now. Or the fact that it knew enough …
reviewed Anaheim Ducks. April 13, 2013
Anaheim Ducks
With the exceptions of the lockouts, what we have here is the most public of the NHL's many embarrassments. It comes off as nothing but a desperate ploy for attention.    Here's what …
reviewed San Jose Sharks. April 11, 2013
San Jose Sharks
The first wave of NHL expansions ran from 1967 to 1974. Then there was the merger with the WHA in 1979. Yeah, that was an awful lot of upheaval for a league which survived with all of six teams starting …
reviewed Washington Capitals. April 10, 2013
Washington Capitals
Washington. Oh, Washington. You look at a place like this and you think to yourself, can't these guys do ANYTHING right? Look at Congress, look at the city's crime rate during the 90's, look at the general …
reviewed New Jersey Devils. April 09, 2013
New Jersey Devils
Usually in sports, stories of underdog teams rising to their potential make us all warm and fuzzy inside. Then there's the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. The NHL owes a number of things to the Devils, …
reviewed Colorado Avalanche. April 04, 2013
Colorado Avalanche
You know, I'm now officially curious as to how it is these former WHA teams followed the same rough pattern: The Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and Edmonton Oilers all started out …
reviewed Carolina Hurricanes. April 03, 2013
Carolina Hurricanes
You know, there are times when I feel like we arrogant northern hockey fans have got it all wrong about this whole hockey in the south thing started by Gary Bettman. Mostly I think a lot of the Carolina …
reviewed Edmonton Oilers. March 28, 2013
Edmonton Oilers
The big cities usually dominate the professional sports markets. If there's a smaller town lucky enough to be blessed with a major league team, it's a given the team is just a bone thrown to appease people …
reviewed Calgary Flames. March 27, 2013
Calgary Flames
Fire and ice. A greater contrast between two elements doesn't exist. It's difficult to fathom any situation where the two of them might be peanut butter and jelly, two great flavors that terse great together. …
reviewed New York Islanders. March 26, 2013
New York Islanders
Among the inescapable facts of life are death, taxes, and New York City sports fans having a serious sense of entitlement. Maybe the New York Islanders can be a little bit of an explanation for that, …
reviewed Vancouver Canucks. March 24, 2013
Vancouver Canucks
You know the Vancouver Canucks. Oh, you KNOW the Vancouver Canucks. You've been hearing about them everywhere. Robin from How I Met Your Mother is a huge fan. (As is Cobie Smulders, the actress who plays …
reviewed Phoenix Coyotes. March 23, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes
I'm going to take a brief moment right now to do something I don't ordinarily do in my hockey-related musings: Give NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman some of the props he deserves. No, I don't mean that in …
reviewed Philadelphia Flyers. March 21, 2013
Philadelphia Flyers
Yeah, we all know those famous stories revolving around Philadelphia fandom. Aren't these the fans that booed Santa Claus some 40-odd years ago? The guys who cheered when Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael …
reviewed Pittsburgh Penguins. March 20, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins
All fans of the NHL know that the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins can be nicely and evenly divvied up into two separate eras: The Before Era and The After Era. The turning point is a certain Mario …
reviewed Los Angeles Kings. March 06, 2013
Los Angeles Kings
There are three NHL teams in California. Yes, I know the thought is pretty weird, but then again, so is the state of California, or at least that's how the reputation goes. Amidst the hockey hoopla in …
reviewed Dallas Stars. March 02, 2013
Dallas Stars
I can clearly remember when the Stars were given to Dallas. It was the first time I ever started giving thought to NHL politics, because I was questioning the logic behind it. Hockey in Texas. It seemed …
reviewed Detroit Red Wings. February 28, 2013
Detroit Red Wings
Poor Detroit is on the receiving end of a lot of bad things these days. It's the most impoverished city in the country. It's the most violent city in the country. The housing crisis there is so nasty …
reviewed Toronto Maple Leafs. February 26, 2013
Toronto Maple Leafs
It had been a long time in the making, but in 2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally did it. Led by Darren Roanoke, they overcame the long odds and won the 14th Stanley Cup of their long and storied history, …
reviewed New York Rangers. February 22, 2013
New York Rangers
New York City is to baseball as Nebraska is to corn. Hockey is a whole other matter.     When the NHL decided it should probably try to place a team in New York City if it was going …
reviewed Boston Bruins. February 16, 2013
Boston Bruins
Sooooo…. Does anyone really feel sorry for "OWAH SPOTS TEAMS-ER ARE-AH MOAH TAH-CHAHED THAN YOUR-AH SPOTS TEAMS-ER!" Boston anymore? Nah, I thought not, especially considering how Boston sports fans were …
reviewed Montreal Canadiens. February 14, 2013
Montreal Canadiens
We all know Canada is, along with Scotland, one of the most important ancestral homes of hockey. It's where the game as we've come to know it today was developed into modern form and perfected. …
reviewed Chicago Blackhawks. February 13, 2013
Chicago Blackhawks
Looking at a list of NHL teams, one can't help but wonder: Where are all the teams in the pacific northwest? It seems like a perfectly natural area for hockey to thrive, after all, being so close to Canada. …
reviewed Columbus Blue Jackets. February 12, 2013
Columbus Blue Jackets
So its come down to this: There is actually an NHL team residing in Columbus, Ohio. How did this happen? Did Gary Bettman think this was just an untapped gold mine? Was he banking on the idea of Zombie …
reviewed Buffalo Sabres. February 09, 2013
Buffalo Sabres
The National Hockey League in Buffalo. Now really, this should have been obvious right from the very beginning. Buffalo is still known as one of America's snow capitols. Professional hockey was naturally …
reviewed Houston Astros. January 10, 2013
posted in Just Baseball
Houston Astros
The state of Texas can never seem to catch any real breaks when it comes to getting new professional sports teams. The NFL, which is iconic in Texas, didn't show up until the Houston Oilers and Dallas …
reviewed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. January 09, 2013
posted in Just Baseball
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Baseball didn't exactly zoom right out to the west coast once it became a major sport. For decades, westward expansion to Major League Baseball meant maybe putting a new team in Kansas City. The barriers …
reviewed Washington Nationals. January 08, 2013
posted in Just Baseball
Washington Nationals
The big question about the Washington Nationals is, why did they choose to call the team the Nationals at all? Washington had TWO baseball teams depart, after all: From 1901 to 1960, there was an American …
reviewed Seattle Mariners. January 05, 2013
posted in Just Baseball
Seattle Mariners
Seattle has a history in baseball that is somewhat unique. Like most of the other west coast teams, they had a history in minor league baseball before trying to land a Major League Baseball team when …
reviewed San Diego Padres. December 28, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres seem the odd duck when they're compared to their California baseball brethren. They're the only California team which has never won the World Series (although they do have two Pennants, …
reviewed Milwaukee Brewers. December 26, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee's pride in its beer is one thing I don't believe I will ever come to understand. I've certainly had some damn good microbrews that came out of Wisconsin (Spotted Cow), but Milwaukee is home …
reviewed Kansas City Royals. December 22, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City is regarded by both insiders and tourists as one of the most underrated cities in the United States, for any reason. The city has a famously lively food scene, rich music and sports histories, …
reviewed Toronto Blue Jays. December 19, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Toronto Blue Jays Logo
Toronto, Ontario is a fine city. Loads of attractions, very pretty, friendly people, money to be made, high quality of life, film industry giant, Toronto has it all. That being said, I guess I can't blame …
reviewed Minnesota Twins. December 07, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Minnesota Twins
It's totally normal now that when we think of the Minnesota Twins, we think of them only as the Minnesota Twins and not anything of their past as the Washington Senators. The Twins organization has done …
reviewed Tampa Bay Rays. December 05, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Tampa Bay Rays
When you mention the Tampa Bay Rays to a baseball fan, it usually only evokes one response: The question, why? Given a few moments to think up a different reaction, the baseball fan will usually follow …
reviewed Pittsburgh Pirates. November 29, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Pittsburgh Pirates
It goes without saying that today's Pittsburgh Pirates are bad. Hell, yesterday's Pittsburgh Pirates were bad, and the day before too. As of the 2012 baseball season, the Pirates have now gone through …
reviewed Atlanta Braves. November 28, 2012
posted in Just Baseball
Atlanta Braves
I really hate the history of baseball before the modern era. It tends to screw up the continuity of my teams series. How many teams have I written about so far that can be considered the oldest continuously …
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