People seem to do anything and everything when their favorite sports team wins a championship. Since the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win in 2010, Coach Joel Quenneville’s first, fans have TP’ed the yard in front of his house. This year was no different, as diehard fans quickly raced to his house to cover it in toilet paper. They also did the same thing there in 2013, after his second Stanley Cup.
As veteran players near the end of their careers, it is always great to see the next generation of players competing against them, who will one day fill their void. Last night, hitting legend, Ichiro Suzuki, faced the newcomer, Masahiro Tanaka, for the first time. Both players hail from Japan, where the prior has essentially immortalized himself as a legend. Tanaka has all the skills to one day become a superstar, but it was the aging Suzuki who won last night’s battle.
Young Teddy Bridgewater’s unusual composure and good old Mike Zimmer’s as-expected defensive acumen gave the Vikings a renewed sense of direction despite their 7–9 finish a year ago. Now comes the next step, which the Vikings will take with the full-on power of Adrian Peterson’s unbridled return to the NFL.
There’s a better chance of Mike McCarthy having a training-camp movie night showing of “Remember the Titans” on a VHS tape than there is of the Green Bay Packers coach pinning his team’s motivational hopes on its gut-wrenching loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.
New Bears head coach John Fox and his staff have an infinitely easier task than the one Marc Trestman undertook in 2013 and failed to achieve. Fox will not be burdened by lofty expectations. He inherits a 5–11 team that isn’t realistically expected to contend in Year 1.
The success of the Houston Astros has clearly not gone unnoticed, and now there are alleged hacking attacks made by front office members of their former division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The breach of data seems to revolve around Astros general manager, Jeff Luhnow, who once worked in the scouting and player development department for the Cardinals. While in St. Louis, he helped create one of the league’s best farm systems, which led to direct success in the MLB. This success landed him the GM job with the Astros, where he has continued to build high caliber prospects.
Rainouts in baseball usually provide time for extra rest for the players. Except when you play in Chicago and the Blackhawks are one game away from winning the Stanley Cup. This scenario played out for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, so Cubs’ star first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis, who grew up in Chicago.