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Worst NHL Trades (Deadline Deals) of the Last 30 Years

In the NHL, the month of February is a time when teams and General Managers have one last chance to look at their rosters and decide if they want to go for it all or sell off and hope for next season.

This year the trade deadline is March 2 and everyone is eager to see what their favorite NHL team will do.

NHL Trade Deadline Trackers 

The NHL trade deadline has become so hyped up that some die hard fans have deemed this day a national holiday. Fans love to see their team bolster it's lineup. It's a vote of confidence from the organization and a will to win. Will your team make a deal or will the competition steal your player?

If you are planning on taking the day off, tune into your local sports TV provider and they will most likely have a panel of sports broadcasters on air, checking their twitter feeds, e-mail accounts and text messages to see which players are on the move. 

Popular NHL Twitter Accounts 

1) Bob McKenzie - TSN's Hockey Insider 

2) Pierre Lebrun - NHL Columnist and TSN Hockey Insider

3) Darren Dreger - TSN's Hockey Insider

If TV is not available to you (because you are at work), there are even websites that will list all of the nhl trades that have occurred (in real time) so you can follow directly from your desk. 

Worst NHL Deadline Trades

In most cases, the deadline deals are close and both teams get fair value but there have also been a number of completely crazy and lopsided deals over the past 30 years. Below, we’ll be looking at some of the worst nhl trades made at the deadline and maybe you can help us figure out what the GM or team was thinking at the time.

5. February 26, 2008 - Atlanta Thrashers Trade Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and Angelo Esposito

4. March 20, 1996 - Canucks Acquire Markus Naslund from Penguins for Alek Stojanov

3. February 21, 2011 - Dallas Stars Trade James Neal and Matt Niskanen for defenceman Alex Goligoski

2. March 7, 1988 - Calgary Flames Trade Brett Hull and Steve Bozek to the St. Louis Blues for Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley

1. March 4, 1991 - Pittsburgh Penguins Receive Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from Hartford for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski

What were these hockey teams thinking? Why did they make the trades at the time? I guess, as an NHL fan, you must be careful what you wish for, if your team's general manager pulls the trigger on the deadline day, cross your fingers the deal does not end up on next year's "Worst NHL Deadline Deal" list.

If we missed any deals that you think should be on this list, let us know!

Current, Unknown and Interesting Facts About Michael Jordan

Some people are true icons that transcend their industry and are practically synonymous with what they do (Bill Gates to Computers, the Wright Brothers to Airplanes and Jack Nicklaus to Golf) and if you ask anyone to name the best basketball player ever, Michael Jordan is likely to be the first name they say.

With Michael's birthday on February 17, we decided to dig deep to find some truly interesting, unknown and current facts about the amazing Michael Jordan, #23.

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Interesting facts about Michael Jordan

The Michael Jordan Story - Pre-NBA

Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17th 1963. It may seem strange but when he was in tenth grade he did not make the basketball team, losing out to a kid named Leroy (although he would get a strange revenge of sorts when he would use his name when checking into hotels).

His success began when he enrolled at the University of North Carolina. During this time as a Tar Heel, he would become extremely close to the college basketball coaching legend, Dean Smith. He even said in a USA today article that, "Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith. He was more than a coach – he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father." Under coach Smith, Michael would thrive and become the NCAA College Player of the Year in both 1983 and in 1984.  




After his junior year in college Michael decided to turn professional and was drafted 3rd overall (Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie were drafted 1,2 respectively) to the Chicago Bulls organization. This is where he made his name and turned into a basketball legend and by acclamation, the greatest basketball player of all time. His achievements include:

Michael Jordan's Greatest Achievements

  • 6 Time NBA Champion
  • 6 Time MVP in the NBA Finals
  • NBA Most Valuable Player 5 times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • Highest career PPG ave. (33.2 - minimum 400 games or 10,000 points) 
  • The second player to score more than 3000 points in one NBA season (the other being Wilt Chamberlain)

You would think that being in the NBA for so long would result in arch rivals but many people have said that Michael never really had rivals (he was that good).

If we had to chose a few players that we would consider to be even close, we would say: Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Reggier Miller, Isiah Thomas, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Michael Jordan's Rivals

Unknown Facts About Michael Jordan

  1. One superstition was based on the meal Michael always ate before a game, a 23 ounce steak (!), baked potato and ginger ale.
  2. His trademark "tongue out" quirk is based on something his Dad would do while working.
  3. Michael Jordan has a tattoo of the greek letter Omega, representing the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
  4. It is estimated he earned $80 million a year from Nike endorsements, while playing in the NBA only earned him $35 million a year.
  5. Some stories have suggested that he gets a manicure once every 10 days.
  6. Michael wore the number 23 because when he played at school his older brother had the number 45. While he wanted that number he reasoned that 23 is nearly half of 45 and so adapted the number. Later soccer star David Beckham also took the number 23 when he played for Spanish team Real Madrid in tribute to Jordan.
  7. His $168 million divorce settlement is one of the most expensive in history, ranked #11 (the most expensive was Dmitry Rybolovlev's, a Russian businessman, investor, philanthropist and the owner of AS Monaco FC divorce from Elena Rybolovleva; estimated at $4.5 billion)!
  8. Michael has a fear of water after nearly drowning as a child.
  9. Some people have suggested his “trash talking” stalled the careers of some arch rival players

Michael Jordan Post-Retirement

Actor - Space Jam

Michael Jordan has long been associated with branding. His Nike range of shoes continue to earn him millions of dollars a year and he is still the ambassador for numerous others. But one of the oddest brand extensions was the feature film Space Jam, playing alongside Bugs Bunny and company (it was also a rather odd cameo appearance by Bill Murray and Wayne “Newman!” Knight).

2 Sport Athlete - Basketball and Baseball

It has not always been easy for Michael, when his father was killed during an attempted armed robbery he retired from basketball to briefly take up baseball, which did not go very well. He played for the Birmingham Barons for 1 year (1994) and batted .202.

Sports Franchise Owner - 2 Basketball Teams

He would also go on to be the part owner of the Washington Wizards before his retirement in 2003. In 2006 he purchased a minority stake in the then called Charlotte Bobcats. In 2010 Jordan and his group purchased the Bobcats outright. Finally in 2013, Jordan filed papers to change the Bobcats' name to the Hornets, which became effective in the 2014–15 season.

    What is Michael Jordan doing now?

    He is no longer playing basketball at a professional level so what is he doing now? Michael Jordan is definitely still working hard. According to Forbes, he has a working relationship with a number of commercial sponsors including Gatorade, 2K sports and of course Nike. According to some other sources his endorsement deal with Nike alone is worth more than $60 million a year. He has over 25 million Facebook fans, ranked #10 on the top athlete Facebook pages (behind other global soccer superstars David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi etc...). He also owns a stake in the Montana State Bobcats.

    What is clear is that this iconic athlete is going to continue to enthral sports fans for years to come.

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    A winner will be announced on Valentines day and will be featured on our Instagram!

    Good luck Rivals!

    Unforgettable Super Bowl Media Days, Commercials and Halftime Shows

    Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and others will definitely disagree with this, but on Sunday, we will know who won the 49th Super Bowl, and we won't really care.

    The Super Bowl is about so much more than just the game these days, or has it always been that way?

    It's the theatre of it all, the media day, the commercials and of course the halftime show. There is so much anticipation surrounding the game that we just had to write and reflect about it. 

    From the "dumbest query ever made on stage" to Bono's post 9/11 performance. Do yourself a favor, take a few minutes to read, check out and watch them all! You do not want to skim through this blog post.

    Here are, literally, the best media days, funniest commercials and most awesome half time shows in Super Bowl history:

    Best Super Bowl Media Days Ever

    3) January 1989: Before the Super Bowl between the 49ers and Bengals, a Japanese reporter asked one of the game’s starting quarterbacks how he got the nickname Boomer. Normally, that would be OK, but he asked Joe Montana, and not Boomer Esiason! Pretty embarrassing!

    2) January 1999: The Falcons' cornerback Ray Buchanan wore a spiked dog collar to media day. This was a statement to all of the non-believers out there. He made this statement to let them know that he wasn't afraid to be considered the underdog. Denver was favored by 7.5 points and won by 15.

    1) Super Bowl XXII - 1988: As the legend has it, there were a bunch of reporters huddled around Redskins quarterback Doug Williams in San Diego and one the infamous question was asked: "How long have you been a black quarterback?" History regarded that query as "the dumbest query ever made on this stage", which is really saying something! 

    Funniest Super Bowl Commercials of All-Time

    3) From 2010: Old Spice Ad: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

    2) From 2010: Doritos Ad: Bark Collar

    1) From 2003: Reebok Ad: Terry Tate


    Awesome Super Bowl Half Time Performances

    3) Aerosmith and Friends - "Walk This Way" - Super Bowl XXXV 2001

    2) U2 - "Where the Streets Have No Name" - Super Bowl XXXVI 2002

    1) Michael Jackson - "Heal the World" - Super Bowl XXVII 1993

    Battle of Pennsylvania - Flyers vs. Penguins

    One of our favorite NHL rivalries can add another chapter to its great battle hockey book tonight, when the Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd in the Metropolitan Division) visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Although the Pittsburgh Penguins are comfortably in a playoff spot, (if the season were to end today), and the Flyers are not, we still anticipate a heck of a battle from the first faceoff.

    As of today, according to a Flyers history website, that tracks all stats, here are the numbers:

    Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

    Flyers Overall Record: 147 W - 93 L - 30 T ( 977 GF - 827 GA )
    Flyers Home Record: 93 W - 33 L - 8 T ( 537 GF - 353 GA )
    Flyers Road Record: 54 W - 60 L - 22 T ( 440 GF - 474 GA )


    NOTE: The fact that the NHL's new playoff format places an emphasis on inter division play, the Pittsburgh Penguins might find themselves in a bind come April. They have only won 6 games vs. Metropolitan division teams (6-8-3), so every time they match up against the Flyers and the other six teams (Islanders, Rangers, Capitals, Blue Jackets, Devils, Hurricanes), there is an added element of desperation.


    The Flyers needed overtime but they got the job done, winning 3-2!

    The 2 Pennsylvania teams played the kind of game that we expected, which featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes.

    January 08, 2015


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    Basketball Rivalries - NEWEST in NBA

    Lakers/Celtics? Bulls/Knicks? Not anymore...

    For years, the greatest rivalries in basketball included, for the most part, the same teams, however over the last few years, things have been changing and in 2014/2015, the times have officially turned.

    The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Knicks, who all dominated the 90's and early 21th century are not the powerhouses they once were (3 of those 4 are well under .500 and only Chicago is going to make the playoffs). The truth is there are new rivalries in the NBA and at last, we can finally look at new team colors and star players in prime time NBA games.

    Some of the newest NBA rivalries are still in their infancy, some have been growing and some are fully developed. Regardless of their stage, when some of these team match up and clash, everyone gets pumped to see the outcome.

    To avoid being redundant, we only used each team only once. The rivalries are ranked in order of fierceness:

    3. Infancy Stage - Cleveland vs. Miami

    This is the newest NBA rivalry that could blossom into the one of the best over the next 3 years. Granted this is the first year it has existed (since Lebron James decided to leave Miami and head back to Cleveland), we believe that every time these two teams hit the court, there will be some added intensity. I their first matchup this season, the heat had no problem with King James and company winning by 10 (101-91). This was the first of 4 meetings this season. We look forward to the next 3!

    Next meeting is: in Cleveland, Wednesday February 11, 2015 on ESPN.

    2. Growing Stage - Golden State vs. Los Angeles

    When these two teams battle, it has everything you want in a serious NBA rivalry: resentment and superstars like Stephen CurryChris Paul, Blake Griffin. This rivalry also has the added intensity due to the in-state and in-division participants. Whenever these two California team go up against each other, it truly is must-watch TV.

    Next meeting is: in Golden State, Sunday March 12, 2015 on ABC.

    1. Fully Developed Stage - Dallas vs. Oklahoma City

    The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder might be one of the greatest understated rivalries in the NBA right now. Since 2010-11, the 2 Western Conference squads have squared off over 20 times (including the postseason). During that time, 17 of those games were decided by less than 10 points, and 13 were decided by 6 or less. Finally, 4 of those tilts were decided by one possession. Lastly, and most impressive, 4 times, the games went into overtime.

    in 2011, the Mavericks ousted the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals but had their revenge in 2012, when the Thunder swept in the following year. This rivalry also features two of the most lethal players in the game today, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant

    So, if you’re looking for a fantastic game, right to the buzzer, make sure you circle their games on the calendar.

    Next meeting is: in Oklahoma City, Thursday February 19, 2015 on TNT.

    January 06, 2015


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    Luck vs. Manning Rivalry

    Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning Will Renew Rivalry

    Two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, who have split two regular-season meetings this year, will battle next weekend. The #2 seed, Denver Broncos will host the #5 seed, Indianapolis Colts, in what might be one of the most talked about divisional playoff matchups.

    Peyton Manning, who quarterbacked the Colts from 1998-2011, will get to face his former team and his successor Andrew Luck on Saturday.

    They met last year in Indianapolis when Manning’s emotions and the Colts both got the best of him in his homecoming.

    Manning, a true professional and fierce competitor probably won’t get caught up in the hype of this marquee matchup.

    What side are you on?

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