PBA Hall of Fame 2017

S.Samek

The PBA has tabulated the votes and the results are in for the new members of the hall of fame.
Three players entered the vote and all three will become hall of famers.

The first of which is Chris Barnes. Barnes has been on tour for 18 seasons and won 18 titles.He has won the triple crown of US Open, Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship.

All this and more in achieving over a million dollars in career earnings. He is a picture of consistency on the tour and always near the top of the standings. He was rated in my top five favorite bowlers . This a well-deserved spot.

 

Ron Mohr is a roller on the PBA50 Tour. This is his ninth season on tour. Mohr has nine victories on tour including three during the 2009 season. He was named player of the year that year and went on to win that award in 2011 as well.

 

Mitchell is a bit of a unique story. He wasn’t actually a professional bowler, but a bowling center chain owner. Many of the PBA’s signature events have been held at Woodland bowl in Indianapolis, a center in Mitchell’s chain. He was a passionate promotor of the PBA and for that earned his spot in the hall of fame. He is the first bowling center proprietor to earn this honor. This is after he passed away in 2012 from cancer.

Three well deserved births in the hall of fame. Congrats to the PBA class of 2017/20018.

 

 

 

 

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NHL Pick Your Fish.

No Nashville Catfish, or Detroit octopus, but things are changing in the NHL.

S. Samek

Recently the NBA milled over changing the playoffs.

 

 

So not to be left out why not the NHL may change play off proceedings.

 
The new offerings come in the form of finish number one and get your pick of any of the fifth through eight seeded teams. You can pick the team you just plan think you can beat.
Then the second seed gets the next pick and the third the last pick. The fourth seed gets the left-over team. Then after playing the first round you do a reseed based on regular season records.

 

The idea comes from the Southern Professional Hockey League. They call out potential playoff opponents and then reseed as a unique calling card.

 

It also comes to the United States from Australia and their Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

 
I do see the merits in this format. It is pretty much think you can beat a team, call them out and do it. Its put your money where your mouth is. Its heads up in your face hockey, good stuff.

 
It also does offer a change from the traditional way of matching up with seeds. Though there isn’t anything to stop the one seed from going after the eight seed and creating the same matchup.

 
It also could lead to some epic implosions. Call out the wrong team and lose to them and you’re in for it. The ridicule will be endless. Could be rather entertaining.

 
Conversely, I think it’s more work to reseed after a round. Why not just create one bracket and advance the teams that win? Seems to be a good system.

 
The good thing about the playoffs is that aura of unpredictably. Just because your high seed doesn’t mean you are winning it all. Just because you’re an eighth seed wouldn’t mean you couldn’t be a champion either. Seeds are just numbers on paper for organizational purposes. Once you get in you all have a fair chance in the playoffs.

 
The focus should be to get into the playoffs, not against you have to face during them. Yes, try your best to win games and get a higher seed, but it shouldn’t be about the seeding. It should be about winning games.

 
Overall, I think it could be worth a try, especially at the lower levels of the minors, or independent leagues. If it works out there maybe the NHL could adopt it.

O and for the reference this idea of a fish comes from the Good Ol Uba. They held an event where players called each other out. They named it pick your fish.

It could be time for NHL teams to start picking fish in the playoffs.

All The Sports

S. Samek

October 19, 2017 just seems like any other Thursday. Life movies on as people look forward to the weekend.
Yet if you’re a sports fan this isn’t an ordinary Thursday.

Nope tonight you have your pick of MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA games to pick from. Yep all four major sports are in season on the same night.

 

This is what is called a sports equinox. An equal day for all four major sports. You can sit back and watch La and Chicago, plenty of NHL hock and NBA basketball as they get their seasons underway and The Thursday night matchup of Chiefs and Raiders. What to choose decisions decisions.

 

No This isn’t a common occurrence. Its happened only 17 times with the last one occurring on Oct 30 ,2016.

 

Though the funny thing is this could happen again soon. As early as Sunday October 22.2017 if the Cubs can force game seven against the Dodgers. Then in short order if game five the World Series is played it would happen again.

 

Very cool occurrence. I know I’ll be tuning into some sports today to celebrate.

 

 

 

Pick Them Week 7

S. Samek

7-7 from week six. 51-38 overall record.

The selections for this week are.

Chiefs @ Raiders

Buccaneers @ Bills

Ravens @ Vikings

Jets @ Dolphins

Cardinals @ Rams

Jaguars @ Colts

Saints @ Packers

Panthers @ Bears

Titans @ Browns

Cowboys @ 49ers

Broncos @ Chargers

Bengals @ Steelers

Seahawks @ Giants

Falcons @ Patriots

Redskins @ Eagles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Hockey League

S.Samek

North America has two nations known for Hockey. Canada being the primary hotbed for the sport and a pretty successful United States market to back it up.
Mexico has decided to join the hockey world.

 
After forming in 2010 the Liga Mexicana folded after one season. Now the plan is to bring it back for 2017-20018.

The League has four teams The Aztec Eagle Warriors, Mayan Astronomers, Teotihuacan Priest and Zapotec Totems. Except for 20017/20018 it will be the Olmec Stone Head replacing the Totems.

 

Each team has two goalies and 17 skaters. Each team also recently announced new jerseys for the season.

 

The Jerseys look super cool, especially the Aztec Eagle warriors. Very well done to whoever designed them. The names are also unique and represent Mexican Heritage.

 
While the sport isn’t what soccer is as far as popularity this could be a good start. If the first season back is successful maybe the league can expand the number of teams. Then from there may be a minor league affiliate team moves into Mexico. It might be a challenge, but it could happen.

 
Though I think Mexico could also try to get an NHL game played there. Mexico has hosted the NFL, WWE and NBA prior.

 

They are  set with the Ice dome, an area for hosting winter sports should they want to pursue the NHL game.

 

For now, I think it will be interesting to see if hockey catches on. I don’t think it will have the appeal that soccer does, but I think the league can gain a niche following. It should be interesting to see what happens. The league begins play on Sunday October 22, 20017.

Backyard Sports Games

A tribute to one of the all time greats on an anniversary.

S.Samek

Sports and video games often seem like they don’t go together. That often those that play video games don’t watch sports. Conversely those that play sports don’t have time to play video games.
Though the perfect match is sports video games. Taking time to play as your favorite NFL, or NHL stars in virtual form can be a lot of fun. I was quite the fan of NHL 01 when I first got my PlayStation two for Christmas in 2001.
Most of my gaming was and still is done on my computer. It was one title in particular that was the reason for this. It had numerous forms that I would pick up and play depending on what I was feeling that day, or time of year. It was the Backyard Sports series.
The most well-known of these titles is baseball. It fact it just turned 20 years old the other day. You can read all about it here.

I too would love to give a shutout to the games that shaped my future career path the most. These games even a bit to this day are put into a cd room drive and hoped that they work so that I can practice announcing.

The first game I played in the series was baseball back in 1997. This was the original version with no pro athletes as kids. I remember playing with the easy ball and not being very good.

I picked the Bombers as my team name and a bunch of random kids, including the goat in Pablo Sanchez. They never won the championship. I later restarted as the Giants. This was a team that I stacked with better talent such, as Jocinda Smith, Keisha Phillips, Pete Wheeler and of course Sanchez. It was this team that would carry me to my first backyard sports title. I would then pick up the 2005 edition to replace it and it’s still my favorite of all the backyard games.

I then remember getting backyard football 2002. There I took a Pittsburgh Steelers team of almost all quarterbacks and won it all, multiple times. I then switched to a more accurate team with actual position players and continued to win big.

Backyard Soccer then came into the mix in 2004. There I got my first taste of MLS. It was a fun game, but just not my favorite. Though It would be my pick for most challenging as you had to win your way through three divisions like in real soccer to even have a shot at the championship title.
Next to the mix was basketball and hockey. Both equally as fun. In fact, basketball is the one I played most recently.
Then finally we have skateboarding. Overall this maybe the worst of the main series games. They only made one of this game. It was on the trickier side if I recall. You had to remember some button combinations for each trick. Some of which could be rather long. I haven’t beaten this title yet in fact. I got through to the medieval level’s final boss and it keeps beating me. Still pretty fun though.

 
Now why this game is so useful. I like to use it as a broadcast practice tool. Even before I knew I wanted to study broadcasting I would do play by play during each game. It didn’t matter the sport, nor the team, or even time of day. Yes, I was told to quiet down after announcing games at midnight, or later.

 
It didn’t matter to me though, it was always fun. Weather it was a big run by Pablo Sanchez, or routine ground out back to the mound for Dontrelle Willis to Carlos Delgado each play was done best I could. Often in a very informal style, but best I could.

 
After I learned a bit more of theory I would try to apply it to each game. Though it was a bit tougher at times. Three on three hoops aren’t five on five. The in-game power ups don’t have real world applications, even if they are fun to use. Yet it was still a chance to get experience even if just for fun and myself.

 

Overall, I just think this game has contributed greatly to my passion for sports. Didn’t matter if I was just a pick-up game, or the last game of the Astonishingly Shiny cup of all cups tournament. I was immersed in a game and it meant something to me. It was a chance to chase the passion, to dream my future dream. Even if it was just for 4 minutes of entertainment.

 
Sadly, most of my editions no longer work from trying to download on multiple computers. Also, doesn’t help that even if you find a disk it’s either expensive, or you don’t have a disk drive on a laptop.
Yet the legacy lives on. It lives on in my heart and mind as I remember those hours spent drafting, practicing and playing around. Winning games by absurd margins using strategy that would never work in real life. It instilled in me that passion for sports that is just as present today as it was back in 1999. Here’s to a great game celebrating a fantastic run.

 

 

To Be or not to Be

S.Samek

No doubt there was a lot of buzz surrounding the NHL’s latest team when it was announced. Then with the expansion draft fans were eager to see who would make up the roster of this new entrant.
Now the Los Vegas Golden Knights have begun play for their first season. They continue to make headlines.
The Los Vegas Golden Knights name is under trademark dispute with Army and the College of St. Rose. The dispute was first filed in December, but nothing came of it. Now within the past couple of weeks, both institutions have filled opposition requests.

The names Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Golden Knights being both called into question. The two schools now have three months to make a move.

 
Vegas has let two trademarks for other names expire. However, they did extend a domain name for sandknights.com.

 
Interesting that they may have to change their name to the Vegas Sand Knights. Why in the world would they do that though? It just sounds ridiculous.

 
Though there had to be a better name than the Knights for this team to begin with. Hoping they go back to the drawing board to pick something better. Better yet maybe just drop the suit and let the Golden Knights stay. Like if this was a problem why wasn’t this taken care of before the team name was announced.

 

Why would you do it after they begin play and have merchandise and the works in play. Hoping this gets fixed soon, hopefully just with a let it slide and move on.