Archive for March, 2011

March 31st, 2011

Should the New York Giants draft linebacker Akeem Ayers of UCLA with the 19th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft or should they address the offensive line first?

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March 31st, 2011

I am scratching my head on why the Blackhawks players would yap at Sean Thornton as he was leaving the ice with a huge gash in his face. Nothing but class there. Like I said in another post, “the Hawks players are lucky they were saved by the ref.”

ESPN.COM —- Referee Don Van Massenhoven assisted Thornton off the ice. As the two skated past the Blackhawks bench, a Chicago player shouted something at Thornton, and the Bruins’ pugilist took exception. He attempted to get past the ref and at the bench, but he was held back before exiting the ice.

“Something was said,” Thornton said. “Obviously I can’t swear when I talk to [the media]. There was some stuff said that I’m not happy about. I’m going to find out who it was and I will deal with it in my own way.”

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March 31st, 2011

Spring Training is like Rebecca Black: fun while it lasted, but we’ve moved on.OpeningDay11

For Cardinal Nation™, Opening Day is like senior skip day in high school, except this time around the cops laugh and pat you on the back when you’re wasted in the street. We’ve all been planting the seeds of a family emergency or illness at work, and we’ll be reaping the benefits today.

You know how it goes: Your granny’s health takes a turn for the worse this time every year, but she makes a miraculous recovery. You have an endless supply of great uncles who die, most tragically, each spring. You think it’s just an innocuous rash, but your doctor says it might be scabies.

Last night a friend told me her throat was sore. Mmm hmm. Heard that one before, sister.

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March 31st, 2011

New York Giants wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks, advances to second round of Madden cover bracket.

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March 30th, 2011

I was watching this game last night and I was kind of amazed by Shawn Thornton’s tenacity and toughness. After being cut in the face by a skate blade most players would’ve just skated off the ice and down the tunnel to receive repairs. Someone on the Blackhawks bench said something and Thornton took issue with it and was ready to go toe to toe with one of the Blackhawks. Lucky for the Blackhawks player there was an official escorting Thornton to the Bruins’ players bench. The cut required 40 stitches and Shawn Thornton will be OK.

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March 30th, 2011

The Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist were announced today, they are; Boston College junior forward Cam Atkinson, University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux forward senior forward Matt Frattin, and Miami University senior forward Andy Miele.

fightingsioux.com —- Matt Frattin, the 2010-11 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year, leads the nation with 36 goals and ranks second nationally with 60 points. The Edmonton, Alberta, native was also named to the All-WCHA First Team after winning the WCHA scoring race with 40 points in 28 league games.

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March 30th, 2011

Cards UndiesIt’s time to set aside our nagging baseball worries for a moment, friends. Today there are no Albert contracts, no Waino elbows, no scrubs among the studs.

Opening Day is for joy.



Tomorrow is about Mike Shannon’s laugh crackling over the radio and Pat Parris’ fake tan glowing from your TV. It’s about donning lucky game-day undies, downing a brew and a dog, and watching Albert straight mash.



Tomorrow is about the promise of warmer days and extra innings. It’s about the possibility of the next seven months leading anywhere.

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March 30th, 2011

Yes I know the title of this article is long-winded and extreme, but I thought it was clever and funny so I went with it anyway. Deal with it. Am I coming off a little cranky today? Maybe it’s because I ran out of Cheetos. Maybe it’s because I have a headache. But most likely it’s because for just the second time in my life as a baseball fan I may have to miss the Mets Opening Day game. It doesn’t sound like a big deal to most people, considering there are 161 more games to watch, but to a die hard like me not seeing opening day is akin to missing a Godson’s baptism, or getting stuck in traffic for a best friend’s wedding.

The Mets start 2011 playing in the Marlins home stadium, and I might miss the game! (Although the 30,000 empty seats will let me know I will have company)

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March 30th, 2011

DaQuan Bowers. Photo via si.com

I watch a lot of Clemson football. (That’s what happens when you marry a Clemson girl and talk to a Clemson fan father-in-law.) So I’ve seen a ton of DaQuan Bowers over the past three years. It didn’t surprise me when Bowers was slated as a potential No. 1 overall pick as the college season wound down. Bowers is a complete player. Not only did he lead the country in sacks (15.5) and place second in tackles for loss (24); he also won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and the Nagurski Award.

Bowers is the prototypical 4-3 defensive end. He can get to the passer, but he’s also big enough to dominate against the run. In 2009 , I saw Bowers live against Wake Forest, and although he didn’t have a sack in that game he completely controlled the line of scrimmaged by blowing up running play after running play. The fact that Bowers is more than just a pass rusher makes him an extremely valuable player.

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March 30th, 2011

Once again, Cards Diaspora will try to entertain you, our little sweetheart readers throughout the 2011 season. We gave “humor” a test run for the first time ever in late August of last year, and it seemed to work out, kind of.

The 2010 Summer of Suck is now a distant memory, and as of tomorrow at 3:15, it’s only a matter of days before the Cards get dominated by studs like Bud Maholm again (or was it Ross Narveson? Or J.A. Lannan? Whatever).

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