The QB-heavy, top-heavy, unpredictable, intriguing, and guaranteed to be influential 2018 NFL Draft is actually within a reasonable amount of time from happening, live from Dallas and the house that the worst GM in the history of the modern NFL built. Jerry Jones's ACTUAL skills are in marketing and PR though, so it does actually [...]
Do you hear that? The Tiger Woods hype train is rolling into Augusta National. The 14-time major champion is fresh off two top-10 finishes in March and appears ready to contend at a major championship for the first time since 2015. But the excitement from golf fans to have the games biggest draw back in [...]
The Rocky franchise got out of hand. Rocky was never supposed to be the greatest boxer on earth. He was never even supposed to win a major fight. Sylvester Stallone took inspiration from the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. Wepner, an average fighter known mostly as his catchy and semi-insulting moniker The [...]
The NFL's final four teams are readying to do battle for the right to play in Super Bowl LII. All four of the remaining teams have scoring defenses in the top five in the league, putting points at a premium. The prohibitive favorites are the Patriots, led by their five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, [...]
Lets face it: to win a Super Bowl you need a great quarterback or an elite defense. Each game in the divisional round features a clash in experience level at QB as the newcomers will try to knock off the established guard of the league. Four have appeared in a Super Bowl: Tom Brady, Ben [...]
Imagine for a moment that you're tasked with designing a high school basketball program from scratch. Your primary objective is to create an environment that will prepare your players for success in college basketball. This includes getting them noticed, i.e. recruited, but also giving them the best chance to succeed once they get on campus [...]
In the first two months of the college basketball season, no one has improved his NBA Draft stock more than Oklahomas Trae Young. The record-setting freshman responsible for accelerating the Sooners' rebuild leads the nation in both points (29.6) and assists (10.7), helping vault the Sooners from an 11-20 record last season to an 11-1 [...]
The New England Patriots have been last in the NFL in real money spent over the past five years. The reason for that, it appears, is because Bill Belichick was planning to win a championship with Jimmy Garoppolo after Tom Brady retired or moved on, and they were saving money to sign the young QB [...]
Although the story has been out there for over a year, a recent twist in a lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors has brought revelations that the team spied on their own fans by turning their team app into a listening device back into the public consciousness. Specifically, a Daily Beast piece about a woman [...]
The Clippers' dumpster fire will soon be extinguished. Doc Rivers, probably the most overrated head coach in NBA history, will soon be holding a microphone instead of a clipboard. The Clips could try and make a run for the No. 8 seed when Milos Teodosic and Danilo Gallinari get healthy, but why? You'd think Steve [...]
"WHY would he rape her when he could get laid anytime he wants??" I can't tell you how many times I heard this in the aftermath of the Kobe Bryant rape accusation in early July of 2003. Usually it was from people who looked and acted like I did: young white men who were crazy [...]
How many times have you heard that coaching doesn't matter in the NBA, that it's all about the talent on the floor? Probably somewhere between a few and a few hundred, depending on how closely you follow the game. There's obviously a fair amount of truth to that sentiment. Sean Spicer could have been coaching [...]
SAN FRANCISCO SLIM JIM The Patriots could have dealt Jimmy Garoppolo before the season for a first-round pick, but they held onto the handsome gunslinger with the high cheekbones, which made their decision to flip their highly sought after backup to the winless 49ers for a second-rounder a bit of a head-scratcher. Trading Jimmy G makes sense [...]
The Yankees went into Houston with a three-game winning streak and more momentum than Aaron Judge's growth plates in eighth grade, but Justin Verlander flipped the script with a dominant Game 6, and Charlie Morton continued dealing on the corners a la Marlo Stanfield in Game 7, propelling the Astros to their first World Series since 2005. [...]
The most important job of an MLB manager (the head coach in any sport, really) is to exude calm and confidence. Handling a bullpen? Incredibly important. Bonding with players? Considering the fragile state of millennials, also vital. But remaining coolheaded when adversity strikes outweighs everything else. As a field general, Dusty Baker was no Patton, [...]
Gordon Hayward's ankle exploded half a quarter into the Celtics opening night loss to the Cavaliers and it looks like he'll miss the entire season. It was a brutal gut punch for a team coming into the season with high hopes, but if and this is a big IF he can be back [...]
Did you know that if you live in Atlanta, you can pay $29/month and attend unlimited sporting events (Hawks, Braves, Thrashers, etc), college sports (Georgia Tech), concerts, festivals, comedy shows, and more? Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? When I was introduced to INWEGO in 2016, my first thought was that their "ClassPass [...]
For the first time ever, an athlete wrote some regrettable things on social media and didn't blame it on a member of his entourage or a group of Russian hackers. That's right: Kevin Durant admitted his own lanky fingers typed the now-viral tweets that matter-of-factly stated that he didn't like playing for the Thunder organization, [...]
We're here for the long-awaited boxing chat, perfectly timed to prime you for Saturday's super-fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. In the blue corner, we have our returning TheLeadSports boxing champion, staff writer, David Monroe. And in the red corner, we have the challenger, a frequent TLS contributor and also the namesake [...]
The NFL season is just hours away and we are previewing it the best way we know: with rap music. Here is actor/rapper extraordinaire and TheLead staff writer Joey Livingston with a lyrical preview of the AFC North
Hello Again, whilst researching for a book i am writing i came across this little article in a Winnipeg newspaper from 6/12/1912 it reads: RINK OPENING IN TORONTO DELAYED. An ice making expert W.J. McGee arrived from New York Monday and after a thorough examination declared that the piping at the Arena would all have to be taken up and relaid.
This meant that the ice already formed would have to be thawed out and hot water was forced through the TWELVE MILES of pipe with that end in view. The pipes will have to taken up and relaid properly. This will delay the skating and hockey practices for another week at least.
Above: The Arena. Right: This is the programme from the final game at the Arena Gardens in 1930 Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Maroons.
My love of hockey started many moons ago, I suppose my brother David is to blame, he used to take me to watch football first and Sunderland were our team, after the game we headed back into town to the leisure centre and watch some Ice-hockey. The home team were the Crowtree Chiefs and one of my first games were against the Billingham Bombers it was a local derby and quite a feisty game I remember. Although I seemed to enjoy watching the Chiefs I definitely saw a big difference in quality when we visited our other local team the Durham Wasps (O`Conner, Brebant, Smith`s, Crapper etc....). The best matchups had to be against the Whitley Warriors many a time we went to see a fight and a hockey game broke out. These were memorable times and i loved travelling around the country visiting other rinks. But my love for the game cranked up a gear when Channel 5 started televising live NHL games. I was in total awe of what I was seeing, so began my fascination for this breath taking sport. I had to find out more about all of the different uniforms, logos and nicknames. I have read masses of books and magazines and will not be getting involved in where it began or who started this game. I am interested in the hockey logo and what it represents to the fans that follow it, hence the blog. I wanted to show people the interesting logos and try to find out about other ones that could end up lost through time. Hopefully with my readers help I can gather enough information to fill a book perhaps. I know through my research their are some great works out their already ( SIHR Sweater museum, and logo database). I want to find out about the grass roots of hockey the amateur leagues [...]