Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hakeem Nicks Breaks Foot

On the 2nd day of OTA's the defending champion New York Giants will be without starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for 12 weeks. Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot which is the same injury that both Prince Amukamara and Nets center Brook Lopez suffered. If the timetable is correct, than Nicks would be back for the last week of training camp before the regular season starts, but that is if everything in the recovery goes absolutely perfectly. Amukamara fractured his foot on August 6th, and did not return to play until November 20th. That is a nearly 15 week recovery for Amukamara, and he seemed to struggle his entire rookie season.  The Giants hope to have Nicks for the start of the regular season, however he will have to get into football shape before the Giants can play him or another injury is likely to occur. This is the second injury in as many days for the Giants as corner back Brian Witherspoon was carted off the field on Wednesday with an apparent knee injury.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

L.A. Kings Advance to Stanley Cup Final

The Los Angeles Kings moved onto the fourth round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a 4-3 overtime victory in Phoenix last night. Dustin Penner scored the game-winner after a controversial collision involving L.A. captain Dustin Brown and Phoenix defenseman Michal Rozsival. The Kings have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993 and they will face either the Devils or Rangers in the Finals.

Sorry for the blurry picture. This was the best one I could find.

Here is the video of the Dustin Brown hit on Michal Rozsival. I'm not here to say it was a dirty hit, but I definitely could have seen a two minute penalty being called for kneeing (especially considering the refs blew that delay of game penalty a few minutes earlier). There is no question that the knees collide (someone tried telling me it wasn't even knee-to-knee contact) and it appears that Brown's knee is extended as he tries to hit the body of Rozsival.

Shane Doan voices his frustration after the game.

You can't blame him for being pissed. The refs turned a complete blind eye to that delay of game penalty in the beginning of OT and they easily could have whistled Brown for a knee. 

Maybe some of these playoff games really are fixed?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thunder Roll Into Conference Finals

Durant and Westbrook were too much for Kobe and Kobe. Pau Gasol was a virtual no-show in the series, and he will be discussed in trade scenarios in the off season. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had a great series to get past the Lakers in the conference semi-finals. Both the Spurs and Thunder stomped on their opponents, and this should make for a hell of a series. The Lakers will go home empty handed, and their off season will be quite busy because the current Lakers team does not have enough to win.