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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