When the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, they’ll be wearing sweaters that haven’t been seen in more than 20 years.
Today, the Pens unveiled their new third jersey: a retro black-and-gold look that calls back to the team’s glory days of the late 1980s and early '90s:
Sure, this might be an ad for Jase Boards. But it’s still an awesome video of skateboarders pulling tricks and riding through a sea of 5001 balloons. And then there’s the sounds the balloons make while they’re riding through them. So, so cool.
Every MLB season is a big one. But the 2014 campaign has been especially exciting: No-hitters all over the place. A crazy amount of crazy opening pitches. And, of course, the Derek Jeter Retirement Tour. And a good way to gauge just want moments connected with fans the most is to look at social media.
Our friends at Spredfast recently shared a chart with us tracking Baseball Chatter on Twitter from March through the middle of August. It’s an interesting look at what generated the most chatter online, from the start of the season in Australia to Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter to Jeter’s last All-Star Game.
Here’s the chart. Click on it to open a larger version:
Major League Soccer will celebrate it’s 20th season in 2015, but it’s already getting the party started. Today, MLS unveiled a new league logo as part of its MLS Next campaign. The updated logo is more of a crest in the spirit of other soccer organizations around the world. It’s simpler, cleaner, and way more in line with football fans’ expectations.
Between Week 1 and Week 2, most fantasy football owners were a little reluctant to shake up their roster -- and rightfully so -- for a lackluster group of guys who may have been one-week wonders. But following Week 2, the waiver wire has suddenly turned into a battle zone for the best available players because of how many injuries/suspensions we saw this past weekend.
Owners of Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams will all look for waiver-wire warriors. While Adrian Peterson is supposed to play in Week 3, his owners would be wise to buy some fantasy insurance, too. Also, owners of Eric Decker, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson will be in an add/drop frenzy, too, looking for wide receiver help.
If you don’t own any of the above players, consider buying a lottery ticket. You should still be active on the waiver wire, especially if you have a player or two ready for dumping (looking at you, Cecil Shorts’ owners). By grabbing some of the most valuable waiver-wire replacements, you could gain major trade pieces, even if you don’t plan on starting the player you pick up.
Last week, we steered you right on Bobby Rainey, Brian Quick and Larry Donnell, but we missed the boat on Jake Locker, Benny Cunningham and the Dolphins defense. Let’s correct that.
There are a number of teams with a record – good, bad or somewhere in the middle – that no one expected to see after the first two weeks of the 2014 season. But we should have a better idea of how good (or bad) teams are after this weekend. The ones that have shined early have tough games to play, while others have struggled early have games that could indicate the severity of their problems. How will your team fair after Week Three?
(The Forgotten Four (clockwise from top left): Marion Motley, Bill Willis, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode)
The story of how Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 is the stuff of legend. But there’s another story about the desegregation of a professional sport that hardly gets told.
A year before Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, four black football players broke the football’s color barrier. Kenny Washington and Willie Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis played for the Cleveland Browns. And it’s their journey to the NFL that’s the focus of the new documentary Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.