Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goals of the Week!

Another week has come and gone in the NHL as we inch closer to the new year, and that means it’s time for another installment of the Goals of the Week!

This time around, we’ve got a pretty tic-tac-toe play, a last-second game winner, some nifty passing from the twins and a couple of Bruins topping the list. Think you know which goals I’m talking about? Let’s see!

5. Brooks Laich

Checking in at number five this week is Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who starts and finishes some nice passing by his club in a win over the NJ Devils.

4. Martin Erat

The Nashville Predators scored a major come from behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last week, and it all came down to this Martin Erat goal with 8.4 seconds to go in the third period!

3. Alex Burrows

Sometimes Alex Burrows just seems like the luckiest guy in the NHL, doesn’t he? Check out this feed from Daniel Sedin to Burrows, after a nice play by Henrik Sedin to enter the Minnesota zone.

2. Brad Marchand

He was big for Team Canada a few years ago at the World Juniors, and he’s been pretty big for the Boston Bruins lately – if you don’t believe me, check out the goal Brad Marchand scored against the Canadiens last week!

1. Benoit Pouliot

The Boston Bruins absolutely embarrassed the Florida Panthers in an 8-0 blowout last Friday, but I’m not sure who left that game feeling worse – the Panthers, or Panthers defenceman Dmitri Kulikov, who was completely victimized by Boston forward Benoit Pouliot!

What the Puck?

You know things aren’t going your way when you tear your hamstring trying to get onto the ice for a line change. Just ask Martin Havlat!

Poor guy. It doesn’t get much worse than that!

Monday, December 26, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Tuesday!

On this holiday edition of 15MOF, we take a look at HBO’s 24/7 series featuring the Rangers & Flyers, hidden concussions, the status of the Edmonton Oilers, the struggle of NHL goalies and language controversy in Montreal. As well, we take a look at the early stages of the World Junior Hockey Championships!

In the GABBYs: Logan Morrison, the Indianapolis Colts, Luke Babbitt, Kim Jong Il, the NY Knicks & the Vancouver riots. The Punchline this week is San Jose Sharks forward Marty Havlat!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have A Hockey Jolly Christmas

Whether you were naughty or nice this year, Christmas is finally upon us…but are you in the holiday spirit yet?

If not, I’ve got just the thing for you!

For some people eggnog does the trick and for others it’s repetitive seasonal music, but for many of us, nothing says Christmas like funny holiday-themed viral videos made by sports teams! As soon as you see these gems start to appear, you know the big day is just around the corner…so consider this my present to you!

In honor of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships getting underway on Boxing Day, let’s start with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You!”

Take it away boys:

If “Stairway to Heaven” is classic rock, then “Jingle Bells” is classic Christmas…and the Florida Panthers did their best this holiday season to absolutely sleigh it!

HA! Didn’t think you’d see Kris Versteeg in there did you? As if he’d pass up a chance to get in front of a microphone!

This last video might just be the best of the bunch – after doing the singing thing last year, the San Jose Sharks decided to switch it up this holiday season. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: The Sharks Holiday Shopping Network!

Aren’t those videos great? If you’re still in need of a little bit more holiday cheer, the Red Wings, Canadiens, Coyotes and Capitals also put out vids!

Now get off the computer and go open some presents! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Goals of the Week!

We’re through another week of action in the NHL and I’ve got to say, this may have been the toughest one so far when it comes to whittling my list of potential Goals of the Week down to a top five!

Cracking the list this time around is a beautiful spinning backhander, some slick breakaway moves, a bit of between the legs magic, a clutch play from a young forward and a one-man show at the United Center!

Let’s go!

5. Tyler Bozak

Toronto’s Tyler Bozak checks in at number five this week, corralling some knee-high sauce from Phil Kessel and hitting the top shelf with a spinning backhander over the shoulder of Roberto Luongo. Beauty!

4. Patrice Bergeron

The Ottawa Senators were quite charitable in their own end this past week, and one of the beneficiaries of that fine humanitarian work was Boston forward Patrice Bergeron – check out the moves on this breakaway!

3. Kris Versteeg

The Sens weren’t the only team feeling generous inside their own blue line this week – New Jersey’s Adam Larsson gave Florida’s Stephen Weiss an absolute gift last Tuesday…He didn’t want it though, so he re-gifted it to Kris Versteeg, who went between the legs for the opening goal of the game:

2. Jordan Eberle

After a solid start, the Edmonton Oilers have fallen on some tough times lately, and that continued with a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. One bright spot this season though, win or lose, has been the play of the young guys. Don’t believe me? Check out this dangle by Jordan Eberle!

1. Patrick Sharp

There were a lot of unreal goals scored last week in the NHL, but for my money, none were better than this beauty from Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. He picks up the puck near the Anaheim blue line and barrels right through a crowd of four Ducks players, before going bar-and-in on Jonas Hiller. Spectacular stuff!

What the Puck?

The WTP honors this week go to Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, who made an unbelievable save in a game against the Vancouver Canucks. I bet Keith Ballard is still dreaming about the one that got away:

You know he was already thinking about a celly before that one even left his stick!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

It’s that time again folks – we’re back with a fresh episode of everyone’s favorite internet sports show: 15 Minutes of Fame!

This week on the show we’re talking about another concussion-filled week in the NHL, and going through the list of hired and fired coaches from around the league. As well, we react to the big news from last week in the CFL: The Edmonton Eskimos traded quarterback Ricky Ray, the face of the franchise, to the Toronto Argonauts.

In the GABBYs: Derek Jeter, Tebowing, Patrick Chan, the National Basketball League, fighting in hockey, Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers. The Punchline this week is the washrooms at the MTS Centre!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Goals of the Week!

It seems like Christmas keeps coming early when we’re talking about beauty goals from around the NHL, and this past week was no different!

In this edition of the GOTW, we’ve got some solid hand-eye coordination, a nifty overtime winner, a couple of pretty passing plays and a pretty awesome individual effort to round things out.

Let’s go!

5. Joe Pavelski

This guy is all kinds of clutch in the playoffs, but he’s not bad during the regular season either! Watch as Joe Pavelski tracks down this Josh Harding rebound with a spinning swing of the stick. Also: listen to the ridiculous comment made by the commentator before the goal about the number of shots the Sharks have in the game.

4. Claude Giroux

He has featured before on my list, and we all knew he’d be back – check out the dirty mitts on Claude Giroux on this breakaway in overtime! It seems like this guy is just money from anywhere on the ice this season, so hopefully he’s back from that concussion soon.

3. Jiri Hudler

The Detroit Red Wings pulverized the Winnipeg Jets last weekend 7-1, and it looks like Jiri Hudler and the Wings saved the best for last. Check out the nice little passing play that ensues after Dustin Byfuglien coughs up the puck in his own end (Start at the 10:10 mark)!

2. Ville Leino

This goal is all about second effort and soft hands – the Sabres turn the puck over in the offensive zone but manage to recover and make the Flyers pay. A couple of backhand passes later, Ville Leino tosses it into a wide-open net.

1. Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno was the relatively easy choice for number one this week – watch him make the Washington Capitals look a bit silly at the tail end of an Ottawa Senators power play. He skates untouched through just about everyone before tapping the puck into the net with one hand. Beauty!

What the Puck?

We’re going to switch it up a bit this week - instead of talking about Ryan Miller getting a puck in the face or Artem Anisimov shooting down his opponents, here’s a beauty clip from a Gonger playing out in Colorado.

Check out my buddy Adam Chorneyko of the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles “Tebowing” after he puts the biscuit in the basket!

Top-notch beauty!

Monday, December 12, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we’re talking NHL realignment and how the Coyotes might mess it all up, another big week of “Shanabans,” and lots of controversy in the NBA as the new CBA comes into effect.

In the GABBYs: Tiger Woods, the Marlins and Angels, MLSE, dress codes, Tyler Seguin and Bob Vander Weide. The Punchline this week is Patrick Chan!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, December 9, 2011


It seems like over-celebrating has been all the rage in the world of sports over the past few months, and that trend continued on Thursday night in the NHL!

From “Tebowing” and “The Burris” in the NFL, to Arron Asham’s controversial “Go to Sleep” move earlier this season, it seems like guys just keep on finding new ways to express themselves out there. Well, you can add New York Rangers “sniper” Artem Anisimov to that list!

Things got ugly at MSG after Anisimov scored a beautiful shorthanded goal to put his club up 2-1 over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. As he skated away from the net, Anisimov morphed into a Teemu Selanne/Tim Tebow hybrid, flipping his stick around, dropping to one knee and pretending to “shoot” Bolts goalie Mathieu Garon!

As you can see, the Lightning players didn’t take too kindly to that move, resulting in a total of 38 penalty minutes handed out afterwards.

If you’re wondering why the Bolts were so sensitive on Thursday, they’d had a pretty bad day up to that point. Martin St. Louis took a Dominic Moore shot off the face at the team’s morning skate and had to sit out, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 499.

At the end of the day though, they got the two points – Moore scored a shorthanded goal to tie it in the third and then potted the shootout winner.

Back to Anisimov’s celebration though – was it really that bad? I think you’ve got to at least give him credit for doing something we haven’t seen before!

What do you think: Should Anisimov retire the Teemu Tebow?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Goals of the Week!

As we enter the third month of the NHL season, the beauty goals just keep on coming!

This week’s Goals of the Week list features some slick passing plays, a couple of beauty dekes, an unreal second effort and a long distance give-and-go.

Let’s get right to it!

5. Steven Stamkos

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t get off to a great start this season, but Steven Stamkos sure did! Check out this killer give-and-go with Matt Gilroy late in the second period of a loss to the Red Wings. What a snipe!

4. Kyle Brodziak

Everybody loves a good second effort goal, and that’s exactly what we saw from Minnesota Wild forward Kyle Brodziak this week. Ilya Kovalchuk coughs it up at his own blue line and Brodziak takes it to the net and taps it home on his third attempt. Beauty!

3. Colin Wilson

Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson checks in at number three this week – he takes a nice dish from David Legwand and goes backhand, forehand, shelf on a sprawling Roberto Luongo.

2. Ales Hemsky

Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky has some sick mitts, and that was on full display when he scored a beauty goal this week in a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shawn Horcoff brings the puck into the Jackets zone and hits Hemsky with some beauty sauce, and he does the rest.

1. Ryan Getzlaf

The Anaheim Ducks have hit a serious rough patch in their season over the last month or so, but as bad as they might be playing, there are a few reasons you just can’t count them out. Don’t believe me? Check out this wicked passing play between Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

What the Puck?

Two words: Paulina Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky apparently had a chat with his daughter about how she was using social media this past week, which led to The Other Great One shutting down her Twitter account.

She's back, but she likely won't be making headlines like she was before, with Papa Gretzky keeping a close eye on her!

Monday, December 5, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

We’re talking coaching changes, Rookie of the Month awards and trade rumors this week on 15 Minutes of Fame. Also: the Argos are fined for tampering and the groups are set for Euro 2012.

In the GABBYs: Ryan Jones, Ryan Jimmo, Marshawn Lynch, Nick Novak, Wayne Gretzky and the Chinese Basketball Association. This week’s Punchline is Ryan Miller!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Goals of the Week!

What’s that old saying – better late than never?

Another week has come and gone in the NHL, and half of another week has also come and gone, but I’ve finally got the Goals of the Week for you, from the week of November 21st.

It was quite the week in the league – a triumphant return for a young star, another couple of stars in the making continued to rack up the highlight reel goals, and a couple of veterans showed off their dangles as well. This week in the What the Puck section, you’ll see the many sides of Cal Clutterbuck’s game!

5. Jason Spezza

Jason Spezza is off to a hot start this season, and that was really showcased on Sunday when he took a pass up the middle of the ice, skated through three Hurricanes players and beat Cam Ward with a nice move.

4. Pavel Datsyuk

You just never know when Pavel Datsyuk is going to show off a bit of magic – on Friday it happened early in the second period against Boston when he corralled a saucer pass, kicked the puck up to his stick and put it past Tuukka Rask.

3. Alex Pietrangelo

It takes a lot to make Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury look silly, but Alex Pietrangelo did just that on Wednesday! With less than a minute to go in overtime against the Pens, the Blues defenceman snuck in from the point and dangled Fleury out of his jock strap!

2. Jeff Skinner

When the words “Jeff Skinner” and “spin-o-rama” are in the same sentence, you know you’re in for something special. Enough said.

1. Sidney Crosby

How could this goal not be the top goal of the week? Just 5:24 into his season debut, Sidney Crosby broke up a play in his own end, took a pass in the neutral zone, went around a defenceman and roofed it on the Islanders goalie. What a beauty that guy is!

What the Puck?

It was quite a week for Minnesota Wild agitator Cal Clutterbuck. First, he potted this hilarious shorty to give his team a “W” against Nashville, then he scored a beauty against the Flames…then he did this:

Would you want Clutterbuck on your team?

Monday, November 28, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minute of Fame: the BC Lions take the 99th Grey Cup, Sidney Crosby makes his return to the NHL, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty could be in line for a suspension, Edmonton’s Taylor Hall goes down with an injury and Sam Gagner starts to turn it around. As well, the NBA reaches a tentative deal with its players to save the season.

In the GABBYs: 15MOF hits 4K, Jerome Messam, Paul Deutsch, Brian Ching, SM-liiga and Ndamukong Suh. This week’s Punchline is Samoan rugby coach Mathew Vaea.

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Goals of the Week!

As we near the end of the second month of the NHL season, we’re starting to separate the men from the boys and the pretenders from the real deals out there…but regardless of that, the beauty goals keep rolling in!

This week on the GOTW, we’ve got the answer to Tampa’s defensive tactics, another alley-oop, the old “dangle & snipe,” and two of the nicest goals you’ll see all season long! Oh, and the most embarrassing thing since…well I won’t spoil it!

Let’s go!

5. Patrik Elias

Remember when the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting raked over the coals for playing the 1-3-1 system against the Philadelphia Flyers? Check out Patrik Elias’ method of getting through the clogged ice on this NJ Devils power play! Pause the video at the 35-second mark: it’s a 2-on-4, and he still scores!

4. Jonathan Toews

It wasn’t the only alley-oop of the week, but this goal by the Chicago Blackhawks certainly was the nicest! The Hawks defender flips the puck up the ice, Marian Hossa gets to it first and starts off the tic-tac-toe, which ends in Jonathan Toews putting the biscuit in the basket.

3. Lee Stempniak

When it comes to highlight reel goals, you’ve got to love the old “dangle & snipe” move – where a guy gets the puck, makes one guy look silly, and then roofs it. Tomas Fleischmann and Ilya Kovalchuk both had pretty good examples of this in the past week, but neither was nicer than what Flames forward Lee Stempniak pulled off!

2. Matt Duchene

By now, you’ve probably seen this goal by Colorado’s Matt Duchene a hundred times, but there’s nothing wrong with seeing it once more – he picks the puck up behind his body, slides it through his legs and beats Marc-Andre Fleury easily with a slick backhander. Beauty!

1. Evgeni Malkin

I almost feel like I’m stating the obvious here when I say that Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin scored the goal of the week last week, in the same game that Duchene gave us number two on the list. Gino takes a pass from James Neal and absolutely undresses one player, before making Semyon Varlamov look completely lost!

Honorable Mention: Check out this beauty fake by Simon Gagne against the Ducks for a shorthanded goal.

What the Puck?

The only play from the week that was in the NHL that may have been shown more times than the Duchene and Malkin goals was this non-goal by Nashville Predators rookie Craig Smith:

Have you ever had a worse miss than that? Don’t be shy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on the show we recap the weekend that was in the CFL, which included a disappointing West Final loss for the Edmonton Eskimos, and we make some predictions ahead of the Grey Cup next Sunday. Also, we take a look at a massive night for the Edmonton Oilers, the response from around the NHL over the Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller, the sale of the Dallas Stars and some big news from the MLB.

In the GABBYs: The Toronto Blue Jays, Mike Krzyzewski, Christine Sinclair, Columbia University, the London Rippers and Victoria Secret. This week’s Punchline is Nashville Predators rookie Craig Smith.

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Goals of the Week!

We’re now over a month into the new hockey season and things are starting to get really interesting in the NHL – some teams started hot and are now slumping, other teams did the opposite, while some teams just know how to win no matter what.

One constant this season though has been a multitude of dirty dangles and beauty goals, and last week was no exception! This week’s GOTW journey starts with some nice hands on a giveaway and ends with a superman snipe. Are you ready to go?

5. Troy Brouwer

Checking in at number five this week is Washington’s Troy Brouwer, who kicked things off against the Devils last Saturday by stealing the puck and beating Johan Hedberg with a nice move.

4. Brad Marchand

Love him or hate him, Brad Marchand can certainly score highlight reel goals when called upon. Check out this goal from Saturday night: Tyler Seguin hits him with a pass in the slot, he stickhandles through a check and then roofs it on Jhonas Enroth.

3. Michael Ryder

At number three this week is Dallas Stars forward Michael Ryder, who made Washington goalie MIchal Neuvirth look silly last Tuesday. Ryder took a pass from Jamie Benn and just waited Neuvirth out, before sliding the puck into the net.

2. Steve Montador

Chicago defenceman Steve Montador features high on my list this week not just for his beauty goal, but for what he did before it as well. Montador saved a sure goal at one end of the ice, followed his teammates to the other end and then put the moves on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for the 2-0 Hawks lead.

1. Eric Nystrom

We’ve seen some pretty filthy stuff in the GOTW so far, but how can you not give top marks to a guy who scores while he’s airborne? Dallas’ Eric Nystrom did just that last Tuesday, streaking down the right wing and cutting to the middle, sniping while his entire body was parallel to the ice. Beauty!

What the Puck?

If you’re looking for a bizarre story from the NHL this past week, look no further than a game between Tampa Bay and Philly, where the Flyers were having no part of the Bolts 1-3-1 system:

The debate raged on for a couple of days over whether or not the Bolts should be allowed to play the 1-3-1, but eventually tapered off after the Lucic hit on Miller. Instead of trying to outlaw it though, shouldn’t it be up to the Flyers to find a way through it? What do you think?

Monday, November 14, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame: the Edmonton Eskimos are off to the CFL’s West Final after a dominating performance against the Calgary Stampeders, but can they beat the Lions? On the ice – we look into the 1-3-1 controversy and the Milan Lucic hit on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. As well, the UFC makes its debut on FOX and in boxing, Manny Pacquiao wins a close (and controversial) one over Juan Manuel Marquez.

In the GABBYs: Albert Haynesworth, Garrett McNamara, Wilson Ramos, Andrei Nazarov, Penn State, and Shawn Bradley. This week’s Punchline is John Daly!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Goals of the Week!

The young guys dominate this latest round of the Goals of the Week, after another solid set of games and ginos!

As we hit the one-month mark of the season, we’ve got some more nice goals for you, including a rocket snipe, a nice d-man dangle, some breakaway gold and a bit of puck-on-a-string type magic. This week’s “What the Puck” moment was an absolute no-brainer – can you guess what it was?

Here we go!

5. Michael Del Zotto

The Rangers defenceman comes in at number five this time around, capping off a nice transition play by taking a pass in the slot and sliding the puck past a sprawling Carey Price.

4. Scott Hartnell

In the four-spot this week is Philly’s Scott Hartnell, who went SO shelf with a slap shot from down the wing last week that you had to see a replay to be sure that it went in. You simply can’t place it any better than that!

3. Jeff Skinner

Check out the sick give-and-go between Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner on a 2-on-3 in a game between the Canes and Bolts – Skinner is spun around just inside the blue line but feeds Jokinen, who somehow gets it back to him for the goal. Beauty!

2. Chris Higgins

Anytime you can absolutely freeze a goalie like Miikka Kiprusoff, you’ve probably earned a spot on the GOTW list, and that’s exactly what Vancouver’s Chris Higgins did last week. He makes Kipper look silly with a forehand fake and a backhand roof job!

1. Matt Duchene

Colorado’s Matt Duchene scored his first career hat trick this past week, which was rounded out by this filthy dangle around a Dallas defenceman for the third period lead. They ended up losing in OT, but still – it was a pretty slick goal!

Honorable Mention: A nifty passing play between Nick Foligno and Stephane Da Costa.

What the Puck?

As soon as I saw this happening, I knew I had a place for it – Cal Clutterbuck and Max Lapierre were mixing it up last week, and the Minnesota hit machine ended up decking the linesman a couple of times!

Credit to the zebra there – he stayed on his feet!

Monday, November 7, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame: the Edmonton Eskimos get set to face the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL’s West Division semi-final, we break down the first month of the season for the Edmonton Oilers (and a couple of other storylines from around the NHL) and we look into the NBA labour situation.

In the GABBYs: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryujiro Ueda, Manny Pacquiao & Floyd Mayweather Jr., Iranian soccer, Andy Murray and the IABA. This week’s Punchline is Nickelback!

See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

How the Esks Will Win it All

For the first time since 2004, the Edmonton Eskimos will feature in some CFL playoff action at Commonwealth Stadium in the coming weeks.

As I write this, we don’t know if it will be the West division semi-final next Sunday, or the West final the following weekend (or both), but what we do know is that they’ve got a chance to go the distance and bring home some hardware.

The Eskimos rounded out the regular season with a 23-20 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday night, but the score doesn’t really tell the full story. They built up a solid 10-point lead, squandered it in the fourth quarter and managed a last-minute field goal for the win.

The Esks have looked good, they’ve looked unbeatable, they’ve looked bad and they’ve looked terrible at different points this season, sometimes all in one game, but at this point it all just comes down to wins and losses. One school of thought would have fans worried heading into the playoffs, because the team should have put the game away when they had the chance. The other is smiling and enjoying the fact that they were able to make some plays and get the win, which is all that really matters.

So, can the Edmonton Eskimos be the team that lifts the Grey Cup on November 27th?

On offence, the Eskimos have all the tools they need – Adarius Bowman racked up 226 yards receiving on Friday night to join Fred Stamps in the 1,000 yard club and they’ve got the best Canadian running back in the game right now in Jerome Messam (who can also make catches and move the chains that way). If Ricky Ray is able to keep a solid mix of passing plays and running plays, and his offensive line gives him time to execute, they could really do some damage.

On the defensive side, as long as they’re not on the field constantly, the Esks are just as good as anyone else out there at shutting down the opposition.

The one glaring weakness that I can see in Edmonton’s game is when it comes to kicking field goals – Damon Duval missed eleven times this season for a FG percentage of 67.6 (though Derek Schiavone was 16-of-19).

Vague as it may sound, that’s all there is to it. We’re not talking about another 18 games – we’re talking about eight, maybe 12 more quarters of football.

If the Eskimos are going to go all the way, they’re going to need Bowman and Stamps to be major threats out there on the field as they have been in some of Edmonton’s finer moments this season. If Bowman plays like he did on Friday – making huge catches and making guys miss every time he got his mitts on the ball – it’s going to be a fun couple of weeks in the city. By that same token, the Esks need Messam to be at his best as well. When he’s running the ball well, it’s rare that the club doesn’t come out on top, and that’s a stat that is hard to ignore.

The Edmonton Eskimos have already gone from worst to first – can they be the best? What do you think?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Goals of the Week!

It takes a special snipe to make my Goals of the Week list, and it came down to a lot of nifty special teams action this time around!

Yes, it’s a power play heavy edition of the GOTW, featuring the Penguin who can’t stop scoring, a couple of beauties from the biggest surprise of the new season, a sweet passing play from the Island and one even-strength goal…can you guess which one?

Let’s go!

5. James Neal

Kicking things off is James Neal – the way the Penguins move the puck around on this PP, it looks like the thing is bouncing around a pinball machine!

4. Cam Barker

Oilers defenceman Cam Barker promised us some points if he was able to get some power play time in Edmonton…and if he can do stuff like this each week, I think he’ll be getting plenty of it!

3. Taylor Hall

A big part of Edmonton’s success so far has been the play of “the kids” up front – check out this slick bang-bang play between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall in a win over the Washington Capitals last week!

2. Michael Grabner

Another team with a lot of young talent is the New York Islanders, and it looks like things might finally be coming together over on Long Island. Here’s a prime example – just seconds into a man advantage, Frans Nielsen brings the puck into the Sharks end and feeds Kyle Okposo, who hits a streaking Michael Grabner for a beauty goal!

1. Marian Hossa

Of all the goals scored in the NHL over the past week, none were as pretty as this one – check out the moves by Patrick Kane as he spins at full speed and finds Marian Hossa through a maze of players for the gino!

What the Puck?

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron earned a unique hat trick in mere seconds this week in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Bergeron broke his stick, face planted and was credited with a goal, all within about a second of the ref dropping the puck on a Bruins power play:

Luckily for Carey Price, his Habs managed to come back and win this one!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

We’re back with another week worth of sporty goodness – this time around, we’re looking at the decision to keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins up with the Oilers and the keys to the team’s early success, as well as the latest “Shanabans” in the NHL. As well, we take a look at the Eskimos latest defeat and a huge effort from Edmonton’s Gord Hinse, along with the latest in the NBA lockout drama.

In the GABBYS: The WHL, Jonas Hiller, the St. Louis Cardinals, Terrell Owens, Julian Bursuc and Chris Cooley. This week’s Punchline is Nick Diaz!

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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Goals of the Week!

We’re almost a month into the new NHL season, and the beauty goals just keep on coming!

Last time, the goal of the week was a filthy little kick-and-tap by Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker, but we’ve got a whole new set of snipes and dangles for your perusal! There is one familiar name on this list, and a couple that have been on the cusp in previous weeks...but enough talking, let’s go!

5. Simon Gagne

The NBA is in full lockout mode at the moment, but you wouldn’t know it if you were at the Staples Center this week! Check out this little alley-oop play from Anze Kopitar to Simon Gagne, who outwaits Brian Elliot and puts the biscuit in the basket.

4. Ryan Smyth

Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff team up for the number four goal of the past week – watch as Horcoff hits Smytty with a wicked saucer pass, and the cagey veteran sends Pekka Rinne the wrong way for the game-winning goal.

3. Claude Giroux

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Claude Giroux here a lot this season – the guy has sick mitts and definitely knows how to score highlight reel goals. Take this one for example: he makes Tomas Vokoun look like a rookie with a beauty dangle and makes it look easy!

2. Mikhail Grabovski

If you’re a Habs fan, don’t press play – Mikhail Grabovski comes in at number two for this unreal overtime goal where he does a spin-o-rama at the goal line and bats it past a confused Carey Price.

1. Martin St. Louis

The number one goal from week three of the NHL season is a beauty from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis – when the Sabres don’t clear the zone, he ends up all alone in front of Ryan Miller and he dekes him right out of his jock strap!

Honorable Mention: Jamie Benn beats everyone.

What the Puck?

Each week, I try to find something strange from the past seven days of NHL hockey, and this week’s “What the Puck” moment comes to us from a fight-filled affair between the Bruins and Hurricanes.

Watch as Chris Kelly fights a headless Brett Sutter (starts at the 38-second mark):

That looks like something from a Halloween party!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

Another week has come and gone in the wide world of sports, and as always, the guys from 15 Minutes of Fame are here to get you up to date on just what went down!

This week on the show, we address what the week holds for Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and we look at the biggest surprises from the first few weeks of the NHL season. In the CFL, we discuss the late-season surge of the Eskimos and the benching of Calgary QB Henry Burris, and in baseball, are the Red Sox really as bad as everyone says? Oh, and the Lingerie Football League wants to start a youth program…seriously!

In the GABBYS: Dewey Bozella, Joe Thornton, Hall Gill & Nick Lidstrom, Canada’s Pan-Am swim team, the Montreal Canadiens, Floyd Landis and Yoav Ziv. This week’s Punchline is the NCAA ref streaker!

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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Tuesday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we discuss the latest in the Oilers arena negotiations and the team’s start to the season, the Arron Asham “go to sleep” incident, and we go through some stats in a new feature we like to call “Early Season Stats Are Stupid!”

In the GABBYs: The Edmonton Eskimos, Anthony Calvillo, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rick DiPietro, Rob Sloan, and the Chicago Blackhawks. This week’s Punchline is the Tiger Woods hot dog guy!

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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Goals of the Week!

Another week has come and gone in the NHL, which means another week’s worth of beauty snipes and sick dangles.

Last week’s big winner was Philly’s Claude Giroux – did he make the list again? Do any goals from the past seven days beat his opening night gino? Do we have any repeat offenders? This week’s top five starts off with the Battle of New York and a little Johnny T, and finishes with a beauty from Music City!

Let’s get to it!

5. John Tavares

John Tavares is off to a red-hot start this season, and his NY Islanders actually look like a team that might make some noise this season. Check out this sick connection between Mark Streit and Tavares in a win over the Rangers (starts at 0:12)!

4. Chris Stewart

There comes a time in every man’s life when he had to go backhand-shelf on somebody just to let them know who’s boss. For St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart, that moment came this past week against the Calgary Flames. Stewart makes it look effortless (starts at 1:30)!

3. Tyler Seguin

Say what you want about Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, but the kid can SNIPE! Check out this short side laser beam over the glove of Cam Ward. That puck has no business going in, but for style points, he even makes the iron sing a quick tune!

2. Phil Kessel

Speaking of guys that are off to a solid start, how about Toronto’s Phil Kessel? He has scored a few highlight goals so far this season, including this one where he puts the puck top cheese over Miikka Kiprusoff while falling down!

1. Mikkel Boedker

There were a lot of nice goals over the past week, but this one takes the cake – Phoenix forward Mikkel Boedker takes a little backhand feed from Martin Hanzal, kicks it up to his stick and dangles Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. Atta boy!

What the Puck?

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a linesman got fed up waiting for a Pittsburgh Penguins player to get to the faceoff dot this past week, so he just dropped the puck without him!

Watch as the Panthers centre, and basically everyone on the ice freezes for a split second, totally unsure of what to do:

The Panthers eventually scored on the play, but the Penguins won the game.

Honorable Mention: Victor Hedman does a layup.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oilers arena bid moves forward

It was big day on Friday for the Edmonton Oilers.

After a trip to New York City to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the City of Edmonton and The Katz Group made some major progress in the negotiations over that proposed downtown arena complex.

It took some give and take from both sides, but the city eventually announced on Friday afternoon that they had a deal worked out with the team, and that council had voted to move forward with the purchase of some land downtown.

Things all started to fall in place when The Katz Group withdrew its requirement for a non-compete clause, which was one of the major stumbling blocks heading into the day. That would have forced Northlands, the group that runs Rexall Place right now, out of the arena concert business, but it likely would have cost the Oilers owner some serious money.

As well, the city announced a 10-year, $20-million sponsorship deal with the team, which will include things like board advertising in the new rink.

Some of the other items that came out of Friday’s special meeting of council are a ticket tax on shows at Rexall once the Oilers move out, because there will be one at the new place and the city wants to keep a level playing field. New development in the area will be taxed, which is expected to raise $125-million on the city’s end and the price of the development will go up a bit for a pedway across 104th avenue, with an extra $5-million coming out of the city’s share.

After the meeting, council voted to go ahead with the purchase of the parcel of land downtown that will eventually be home to the new rink…that is, if everything goes ahead following an October 26th vote.

If you’re looking at what happened on Friday and thinking this is a done deal though, there are at least 100-million reasons to be cautious!

The last major stumbling block in these arena negotiations is the $100-million that is needed to make this thing happen. Yes, for all the progress that has been made, the two sides are still quite far apart when it comes to the actual money. The city has asked the province for the cash, but so far there has been no indication from the new premier that she’ll be chipping in.

In fact, while campaigning for the Tory leadership last month, Alison Redford was pretty clear about her stance. That said, it seems like if there’s a will, there’s a way when it comes to politics.

Even the land purchase doesn’t seem to mean a whole lot – a few city councilors were quoted after the vote as saying that if the arena thing doesn’t work out, they can always just resell it. Councilor Kim Krushell added though that having the land puts the city in the drivers seat, at least in some aspects, if things do progress.

So, the prospect of a new arena in downtown Edmonton definitely looks a lot better than it did a week ago, but there is still a long way to go!

What do you think: Will the Edmonton Oilers get a new rink?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Arron Ashamed

The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins renewed pleasantries on Thursday night, and while the Caps may have won the game, it was the Pens who won the war.

James Neal scored twice for Pittsburgh and Alex Ovechkin notched his first goal of the season for Washington in the 3-2 overtime win, but none of the post game conversation centered on either of those things.

All people wanted to talk about afterwards was the game’s only fight, a short scrap between Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham and Jay Beagle of the Caps.

Beagle got Asham’s attention with about six minutes gone in the third stanza when he gave Pens defenceman Kris Letang a bit of a retaliatory shot along the boards. Within seconds, the mitts hit the ice and we had ourselves a good old-fashioned donnybrook!

The Caps fourth-liner got things going with a crisp right hand, then missed with two more as the pair spun around just outside the Pittsburgh blue line. As Asham tried to shake the elbow pad off of his right arm, Beagle got him with three more shots (well, two and a half), including a pretty nice looking one to the side of the helmet. If that was where it had ended, there wouldn’t be much to talk about, but things quickly turned in the Portage la Prairie product’s favour.

He rocked Beagle with a right jab to the face and then knocked him to the ice with a second, tagging him right on the chin. It was a pretty good tilt, especially considering it was Beagles first NHL regular season fight, but that’s not what had people talking. No, it was what Asham did afterwards:

Most of the talk after the game was about how disrespectful the “goodnight” gesture was, but to his credit, Asham agreed:

“I was into the game and it was uncalled for. Classless on my part”

In that same article, former teammate Mike Knuble calls Asham an “honest player” who was “just doing his job” out there. Obviously it was a bit tasteless given the result of the fight, but I don’t even think he knew that Beagle was out cold on the ice with blood pouring from his face at that moment!

As soon as his opponent hit the ice, Asham was already on his way to the penalty box, celebrating his win. Say what you want about the guy, but he took responsibility for his lapse of judgment right away and held himself accountable. If you still think he’s a jerk, you can take solace in the fact that punching full force into another player’s visor would hurt like hell and he’ll probably be feeling that for a while.

At the end of the day, if a guy whose job it is to fight can’t celebrate when he lands a massive haymaker, what can he celebrate?

What do you think: Is this whole thing overblown or did Asham cross the line?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Goals of the Week!

The NHL is finally back, and what an opening week it was!

Sure, it’s too early in the season to get a good read on how your team is going to do and who is going to run away with all of the individual awards, but at least we can now sit back and watch the multitude of early season dangles!

Throughout the year, I’ll be counting down the top five goals each week ending each Sunday. I’ll also be trying to track down the “What the Puck” moment of each and every week of the NHL season, which you’ll find after the number one gino.

Here we go!

5. Jiri Hudler

Detroit Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler gets us started this week, taking a nice feed from Pavel Datsyuk before making a deposit into the bank of shelf with a sick backhander! If I had to caption Craig Anderson’s post-goal response, it would probably read: C’mon Man!

4. Eric Staal

The Carolina Hurricanes come together to bring us the number four goal of the week – playing some nice perimeter hockey before Jussi Jokinen completes the tic-tac-toe with a pass to Eric Staal, who nails it home. It’s so quiet at the Verizon Center that you can actually hear Staal doing his best Ric Flair imitation after the goal.

3. Brad Richards

NY Rangers center Brad Richards has been having a hell of a time putting together some of the Ikea furniture at his new place in the Big Apple, so while he was in Sweden, he decided to show them a thing or two about shelf!

2. Vinny Lecavalier

Vinny Lecavalier looked more Tampa Bay Ray than Tampa Bay Lightning this past week, batting home a big Cam Ward rebound. He looked like Evan Longoria belting one down the third base line out there!

1. Claude Giroux

The number one goal this week goes to Philly dangler Claude Giroux! He took a pass from Jaromir Jagr, kicked it up to his stick and skated through a sea of Bruins shirts before putting the moves on Tim Thomas for a filthy snipe!

What the Puck?

This is where you’ll find the strangest moment of the week that was in the NHL – this week, we’re left to wonder what Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen was thinking last Friday.

Jokinen was so upset that Justin Faulk got called for interference that he smacked the puck in the direction of the ref as play was whistled down. It’s not like he ripped it at him, but it was hard enough that we all knew what he was thinking…Long story short, he got dinged with a minor penalty himself and Vinny Lecavalier made him pay with that beauty goal you saw at number two on the list!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Tuesday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we welcome back the NHL with a series of predictions for the upcoming season (top teams, biggest surprises and more!), plus we take a look at how the Edmonton Oilers look (very) early on, and we analyze the NY Rangers decision to waive Sean Avery.

In the GABBYs: the NHL, Jaromir Jagr, MFC champ Ryan Jimmo, Tiger Woods, Jussi Jokinen and the NCAA. This week’s Punchline is Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN!

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

Another week has come and gone in the world of sports, but don’t worry, we here at 15 Minutes of Fame are here to let you know how it all shook down! This week: we recap the final day of the MLB season, discuss the Eskimos loss in BC (and the Jerome Messam fight) and go through all the latest from the NHL. Oh yeah, and Edmonton is getting a new pro sports team!

In the GABBYs: The Tampa Bay Rays, the Texas Rangers, Terrelle Pryor, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Eugenio Velez and Carlos Tevez. This week’s Punchline is the guy who threw the banana at the Wings/Flyers preseason game!

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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!