Italy over Uruguay
Spain over Brazil
Spain over Italy
Last season left a bad taste in my mouth. Not because how the Blackhawks lost to the Coyotes. Not because the future of Marian Hossa was in jeopardy after Raffi Torres tried to end his career. The upsetting part was the impatience from Blackhawks fans about general manager Stan Bowman.
People questioned him not signing a big free agent the summer before. Fans were mad that he stayed loyal to Corey Crawford between the pipes. While Blackhawks fans blasted Bowman and wanted him gone, I knew he was the right guy for the job and wanted to give him more time. Read more…
Wednesday night produced an amazing hockey game between the Blackhawks and Bruins. Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final set the bar for the rest of this highly anticipated series. Chicago and Boston are two major cities and have passionate sports fans. Their teams don’t often play each other in the playoffs but when they do their have been some classics. Last night’s game inspired me to rank the best Chicago vs. Boston playoff games since January 1986. I ranked five games based on the entertainment of the game, the long term significance and milestones in the game. I also took into account the round where the game occurred with the final round being the most important. There might be a little Chicago bias on the list. Just a little.
1. Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10, January 26, 1986
All the games are up for debate other than this one. Despite the blowout score this is one of the most important games in Chicago sports history. It capped off a season for the best defense in NFL history. If the Bears didn’t lose to the Dolphins in the 1985 regular season, it would’ve been the best team ever. The team not only dominated on the field but represented a hard-working, blue-collar city. If I could go back in time I would want to be alive and remember this season. Read more…
The Blackhawks and Bruins barley got here. Both teams were in danger of being eliminated earlier than expected.
Boston was about to blow a 3-1 series lead against division foe Toronto in the first round. The Leafs led Game 7 4-1 with under 11 minutes to go and 4-2 with under 90 seconds remaining. The Bruins shocked the hockey world with two quick goals and won in overtime. Since then they are 8-1 in the playoffs with their only loss coming in overtime.
Chicago trailed bitter rivals Detroit 3-1 in the second round. The Blackhawks lost three straight for the first time all season and couldn’t solve Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. The Blackhawks bounced back in Game 5 and entered the third period of Game 6 trailing by a goal. An inspired three-goal burst in the final period forced a Game 7 where the Blackhawks won in overtime. The Hawks went on to win the Western Conference in five. Read more…
My post on College Spun about the four Mizzou games with early point spreads.
Here is the blog where all my Missourian articles are posted. I covered girls high school basketball, Missouri tennis and boys high school tennis in the spring. All the articles are in PDF form.