As the Florida Panthers head into their 20th season in the NHL, optimism looks to be in the air as new ownership has taken over in Florida. Add on to the fact that they have a young nucleus with kids like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Erik Gudbranson and Jacob Markstrom along with a newly signed veteran of Tim Thomas’ ilk and this team’s future looks brighter by the day.
After a 2013 season that resulted in a managerial change, a revolving door of players and a 73-89 record that was their worst in over a decade, the Phillies are at a crossroads this offseason. The decisions that they will most likely have to make are not envied by outsiders in any sense of the imagination. Teams who finish more than 15 games under .500 have tough offseasons mainly because they have to fix the entire roster, not just one specific area of the ballclub. This is no less true for the Phillies as they will need help in all facets of the game in order to return to relevancy in 2014 and beyond.
Remember the days when the Phillies were dominating the National League East by winning five consecutive NL East titles? Or the days where Ryan Howard was hitting home runs every game and Jimmy Rollins was backing up his claims that the Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East? Or the times when the Phillies were in the World Series and Cole Hamels (a 10 game loser on June 17th of 2013) was carrying the pitching staff on his back? Or even when Roy Halladay was no-hitting everyone and your mom? Those times were a one-of-a-kind, the type of moments that made you proud to be a Phillies fan. However, four and a half years after winning the elusive World Series title, things have changed swiftly in the city of brotherly love.
It’s been 2 weeks and the New York Yankees are sitting 6-5 and it seems like all 5 members of the division will be a toss up all season. But like I expected, the pitching is the key to the 2013 Yankees season.
With spring training finally upon us, it will be only a matter of time before the start of the 2013 MLB season. This is first of a 6 part series from MSL baseball gurus James Grande and Nathan Williams breaking down every division in the league. First up: NL East.
As a Canadian Basketball fan who lives nowhere near any NBA cities, I’ve grown to pay attention more to the Canadian basketball players progress rather then the NBA itself. For the last four going on five years I’ve been bragging about the number of quality Canadian prospects on their way to the NBA and I received very negative feedback from Americans. Over the last year or two, more and more people are seeing that the progress of Canadian Basketball is really starting to produce elite talent. The recent prospects are all born in around 1988+ which means they would have grown up in Canada with the Raptors being a large part of our sports world. We are finally starting to see the impact of having an NBA franchise in our country and it seems like it could open the door for another venture back to Vancouver. In this article, I talk about a number of different prospects at different levels from High School Superstars to Pro projects.