Category Archives: Bench Talk

Bench Talk 7/15/2017

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

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Bench Talk 06/23/2017

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

When’s the soonest that the Vegas Golden Knights can make the playoffs?

Thomas Waind (TW): Vegas has already locked up a goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury who can steal games. They took some interesting names in the expansion draft: James Neal, Marc Methot, Shea Theodore, Cody Eakin, David Perron, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault. They also have plenty of cap space to chase free agents like Kovalchuk, Shattenkirk, Oshie, Thornton, Hanzel, Marleau with more European and college free agents to join their Russian free agent signing, Vadim Shipachyov. If Vegas opens up their wallets, they could gun for a low playoff seed this year and simultaneously build for the future with their boatload of draft picks. Read more

Bench Talk 17/06/2017

 

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: Is this the greatest examples of cross-sport performances or are boxing and MMA too similar?

Cameron Burgess (CB): I’m just hoping this ends up being more entertaining than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. That fight was supposed to be the fight of the century, yet fans witnessed Mayweather run in circles, land a jab, and then back out and keep running. This tactic isn’t just a one-time thing for Mayweather, and I’m expecting much of the same when he faces off against McGregor. I’d love to see 49-0 become 49-1, but I don’t know how realistic that might be. McGregor has become the biggest star in the UFC, but boxing is a completely different sport. The UFC has a ground game, and obviously many different fighting styles, while boxing is just one style that fighters may specialize in. McGregor is a better all around fighter, I don’t doubt that at all, but Mayweather has been one of the best boxers throughout his whole career and has been training and improving his skills since he was a kid. My heart says McGregor, but my head says Mayweather. Read more

Bench Talk 06/09/2017

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

On Tuesday night, Scooter Gennett became the 17th Player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game. This begs the question, what is the most difficult single-game achievement in sports?

Thomas Waind (TW): 10 points in an NHL game (6g-4a) – Darryl Sittler, Toronto, vs. Boston, Feb. 7, 1976

In 2012 Sam Gagner managed to throw up an 8 point game with Edmonton (4 goals, 4 assists). But before him, the most recent 8 point game was Mario Lemieux in 1988. Guys just don’t score 8 points in a game anymore. Goalie equipment is bigger, opposing players are bigger and faster, teams are more structured and system-oriented. There have been 13 eight point games in NHL history. There have been no nine point games. Sittler stands alone with 10. Long live Dirty Darryl. Read more

Bench Talk 06/03/2017

In The News

 Josh Donaldson leads AL 3B in All Star Ballot despite only playing 15 games. Should fans be able to vote/should we care that fans are able to vote?

Cameron Burgess (CB): Not at all. All Stars should be determined by their play and by stats, not a popularity contest. Sure, Donaldson has been one of the best 3B in the MLB in recent years, but 14 games is not enough to be considered for an All Star appearance in my opinion. Somebody who has been playing all season long deserves this spot more. Read more

Bench Talk 05/26/2017

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

IIHF World Championship ends Gold Medal Game in Shootout. Is this a crappy way to finish?

Brendan Ballantyne (BB):

Of course it’s a terrible way to finish, who wants to watch someone win a gold medal on someone missing a shot on net? That’s exactly what happened when Mitch Marner was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist this past Sunday. The shootout is simply a weak way to decide a hockey game and the NHL only gets away with it is because it avoid ties and because shootout results aren’t quite as glaring due to the the length of schedule.

The fact is though, the NHL should be credited because at least they acknowledge that the shootout belongs nowhere near the games of most importance. I don’t know what the IIHF is thinking. Do they have somewhere to be? What’s the rush? Why does this game need to end like that?

Sudden death overtime is the best part of meaningful hockey, nobody has memories of game winning shootout goals (or even saves) because it’s so unnatural in comparison to the game. It’s a let down. The OT period between Sweden and Canada was entertaining hockey and the shootout ruined what could’ve been a potentially historic memory. You may say I’m biased because Canada is on the losing end this time around, and the World Junior team lost in the same fashion etc.. But I firmly believe this is a waste of great game on the IIHF’s part, and I’d say even that if the results were reversed.

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Bench Talk (05/19/2017)

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

What should the Celtics do with the 1st Overall Pick?

Brendan Ballantyne (BB): You’ve go to draft the best available, and Markelle Fultz is just that. At 6’4”, 195lbs, the Point Guard out of Washington enters the draft as the consensus number-one pick following an incredible Freshman season. Fultz possesses impressive physical tools for the Point Guard position with incredible length (6’10” wingspan), leaping ability and quick feet which allow him to change pace with ease.

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