Tag Archives: hockey

Inside the mind of The Max, part 4

23 Feb

Here’s the newest set of questions that have been occupying our every
thought. Let us know if you’re thinking what we’re thinking.

  • manuelmind.jpgDon’t you think Jerry Manuel should at least get one Spring Training game under his belt before naming a kid as his starting left fielder?

  • We understand that the firing of Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney is news
    right now, but do we really have to listen to New York sports talk
    radio hosts talk about hockey, especially since they have absolutely no
    clue about the sport?

  • Should we really care how much money Jim Calhoun is making?

  • Is there anything more overrated than the NFL combine?

  • Are we bad people because we base our dislike for Mickey Rourke solely on his silly appearance?

  • When will people start to recognize .OPS as the correct way to assess a batter’s ability (instead of batting average)?

  • Are you as disinterested in the WBC as we are?

Randy Moller is our boy, blue

19 Feb

If you haven’t heard a Randy Moller goal call yet, what are you waiting for? The voice of the Florida Panthers makes John Sterling sound like Bob Uecker’s color guy in the Major League movies. Enjoy this Randy Moller goodness:

Verdict: Montreals retro jerseys way too loud

2 Feb

Hey Canadiens: would you mind turning down the volume on those jerseys?

Throw back or not, this misuse of materials should be sanctioned by the NHL, or at the very least, the fashion police. Where are you when we need you, E! channel? Honestly, when fans’ eyes throw up numerous times during a game, it’s time to shove those ugly jerseys into a burning barrel and forget they ever existed.

canadiansuglyj450.jpgOn a serious note, don’t these jerseys make you believe Montreal used the guy on the “Get Out of Jail Free” card from Monopoly as the inspiration?

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Former NHL Ranger being hunted by Jack Bauer

2 Dec

Former New York Ranger Sean Avery was suspended indefinitely by the NHL for saying naughty things about his former flame, “24” star Elisha Cuthbert, during a morning skate with his new team, the Dallas Stars. 
What was so bad, you ask? We wouldn’t dare utter the phrase, but let’s just say that we wouldn’t be surprised if Jack Bauer is taking time out of his busy schedule to plot some revenge for the slur. 
But we can’t leave you in the dark, so we’ve put something together that should help illustrate what the term was…

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Get the idea now?  If not, refer to that Google thing the kids are talking about. It’s all over that.

Surfing the Web

14 Nov

It’s Friday, and you know what that means – stop being so productive at work and surf the web. Here are some links that might help you get started:

The Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony was held at, none other than, Steve’s place. (The Onion)

Gilbert Arenas believes in change. Don’t believe him? Shake his hand. (Intentional Foul)

The TV Sports Theme Song Quiz will have you scratching your head. (Mental Floss)

The Blazers Dancers have gotten new outfits. Truth is that we really don’t care. But the fact that they are new means that it’s news and gives us the opportunity to link to some beautiful babies, as Vince Vaughn would say in Swingers. (Blaze of Love)

NBA jerseys: There’s been some bad ones over the past 10 years. (Bad Jerseys)

YouTube Video of the Day
Ok, so it’s really from ESPN. But we can’t give up our awesome branding of “YouTube Video of the Day,” especially since its been in existence since, like, October. Thanks to the YES web guy for sending us this link.

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3695015

Fun With Numbers

27 Oct

As we do every Monday, The Max offers an in-depth look at the most important numbers of the past week in sports and entertainment. Check out last week’s edition of Fun With Numbers here.


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The Max goes streaking

15 Oct

Madden’s streak stops at 476

madden.jpgAfter an insane run of calling 476 NFL games as a commentator, John Madden will finally take a long-deserved rest this Sunday to spend quality time with his family.

Some of us (me) refuse to play his video game because we think his voice is annoying, but you still gotta tip your fedora to the guy for hanging in there.

So, in honor of Madden’s accomplishments, The Max has dug up some others that aren’t so commendable.

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 1976 Tampa Bay Bucs were absolutely dreadful. They lost a jaw-dropping 14 games in a row en route to a no-win season. There was but one redeeming quality about going to Bucs games back then: the concessions. No, seriously. You see, in those days corn on the cob was just a buck-an-ear. (Worst. Joke. Ever.)

artest.jpgNBA Basketball: Ron Artest

Congratulations are in order (I guess) to Ron Artest for earning the longest suspension in NBA history! Artest’s penalty included missing 73 games and losing out on a measly $4,995,000 in salary for his role in a brawl that spilled into the crowd at the end of a game between the Pacers and the Pistons in 2004.

Other suspensions stemming from that same incident:

  • Stephen Jackson     30 games
  • Jermaine O’Neal       20 games
  • Ben Wallace              6 games
  • Anthony Johnson       5  games
  • Reggie Miller              1 game
  • Chauncey Billups        1 game
  • Derrick Coleman         1 game
  • Elden Campbell          1 game

NHL Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks

The Stanley Cup belonged to the Blackhawks back in 1961 when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings… and after that there’s really not much else to say about Chicago’s winning ways. The Windy City’s hockey club has yet to reclaim the Cup since, and their drought serves as the league’s longest.

young1.jpgMLB Baseball: Anthony Young

With 27 consecutive losing decisions on your resume it’s tough to find a reference. Mets pitcher Anthony Young found that out during a span of 15 months between May 1993 and July 1993 when the right-hander couldn’t buy a win. It goes without saying, Young’s losing got old really quick.

However, today’s Mets fans might actually appreciate Young’s consistency. With “Noodle Arm” on the hill, it was pretty much a guaranteed loss. Nowadays, Mets fans actually believe in their team… until about September, that is. That’s about the time Young’s losing ways  resurface and lead to yet another Amazin’ collapse.

NBA Basketball: Sacramento Kings

With a chilling 15 consecutive losing seasons (1983-1998), the Kings were more like the jesters of the NBA. Of all people, it was Chris Webber (known as “Mr. Timeout” at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, for his bonehead play during the 1993 NCAA Tourney) that helped turn the California franchise around years later.


It’s a tie! The record for the longest losing streak in the NBA is held by two dismal teams, the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies and the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets, each piling up 23 losses in a row. Not even the lowly Knicks are that bad. However, if we gave Isiah one more season, we’re willing to bet he’d figure out a way to push it to 24 in a row.

bartman.jpgMLB Baseball: Chicago Cubs

Where would any list of losers be without the Cubs? Some say the streak of missing the World Series since 1908 would have ended in 2003 if not for “The Steve Bartman Incident,” which refers to a spectator (Bartman) who attempted to catch a foul ball that would have been the third out in Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cubs and Marlins.

Bartman’s interference gave the Florida new life in the game and afterward Bartman had to be ushered from the ballpark with security protecting him. The Marlins went on to win the World Series that year, leaving the Cubs to search for another route way back to the World Series.