Happy Canada Day! Our Five Most Popular NHL Stories Ever

Canadian hockey girls

Happy Canada Day everybody! Today is Canadian Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re posting links to our five most popular hockey stories of all time. We’re celebrating Canada’s national past time by re-visiting the most popular hockey stories in the eight year history of the site.



[Read more…]

The Chicago Bears are Uruguay and 7 more Copa America Analogies



Copa America Centenario kicks off tomorrow and we got on the analogy kick (pun intended) by matching a local Chicago sports franchise with one of the teams in the United States’ Group A and Mexico’s Group B. The Chicago Bears are Uruguay, the Cubs are the USA, the Blackhawks are Mexico.

To read why and how pick up a Chicago Tribune RedEye edition today, or click on this link hereAccording to the ESPN FC Soccer Power Index, America has the second best shot at getting out of group A. Here are the SPI percentage projections for advancing out of Group A and into the knockout round:

[Read more…]

LA Kings Dustin Brown: worst captain in the NHL


The LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks head back to Chicago for game five with the Blackhawks up three games to one. One captain helped lead his team in game four. The other? Still looking for him.

Dustin Brown is doing what he does best against Chicago. Hitting, grinding, and being useless on offense. Looking at his stats, Brown is generally reliable. At least 20 goals a season since 2007-08, excluding the current shortened season, good assist numbers, and less than 100 penalty minutes throughout his career.

[Read more…]

Andrew Shaw Makes Gay Slur, Twitter Reacts, NHL Investigates


Chicago Blackhawks Center Andrew Shaw may have played his final game with the team. As you can see from the picture deliberately chosen above, Shaw didn’t really have a reputation for being homophobic; until now. That’s him with Blackhawks face of the franchise Patrick Kane, re-enacting the iconic scene from the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic.” 

The photo was taken days after the Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup, and it shows Shaw warmly embracing another man. Although that situation and that photo are light-hearted and fun, today’s atmosphere is serious and a little bit disturbing.

Today, due to his actions in the Stanley Cup playoffs, social media has branded him a homophobic bigot.

[Read more…]

Jurgen Klopp Calls United-Liverpool “Mother of All Games”


Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is pretty psyched for the Reds matchup against arch-rival Manchester United tomorrow night. When two rivals like this meet, emotions will be very high on both sides.

“Everybody needs to be in the best shape and the crowd is involved. I believe in the influence of the crowd,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match press conference.
[Read more…]

The Sports Bank: Five Greatest Hits Collection


The Sports Bank turns eight years old today. Time to look back on our eight “greatest hits.” These aren’t the most viewed articles of all time. For that list, with links to all those stories, go here. That list is an exact science of boolean values, while this one is more subjective.

Of all the stories that I broke first during the course of my career, these eight had the most impact.

[Read more…]

Jeremy Roenick taking his candor to new podcast


Chicago Blackhawks legend and NBC Analyst Jeremy Roenick is launching a new podcast with NHL Network broadcaster Billy Jaffe. The new weekly podcast, entitled “Roenick Life Podcast with JR and Jaffe,” will debut on December 16th.

[Read more…]

Playing Patrick Kane is a bad look for the Blackhawks


The Patrick Kane criminal investigation overshadows everything Chicago Blackhawks related right now. Any and all Stanley Cup feel-good puff pieces need to be postponed because as of right now they’re completely irrelevant. (I made this same mistake myself just yesterday) Even the nitty gritty hockey stuff, preseason training camp position battles and such are inconsequential in juxtaposition to the current situation.

Sorry, I just don’t care who the fourth line center is going to be right now.

[Read more…]

Chicago Blackhawks made impression at Notre Dame


Tonight the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings to begin the preseason. They opened training camp this past weekend at Notre Dame’s Compton Ice Arena in South Bend. Camp opened with a dumpster fire of a press conference that featured Patrick Kane, John McDonough and ND grad Stan Bowman.

We’ve already covered what a huge mistake it was for Patrick Kane to do Q&A. We’ve already detailed how the biggest loser of that day might have been Team President McDonough, as he was everything on Thursday that he’s not known to be.

Now it’s time for a break from that.


[Read more…]

John McDonough failed the Blackhawks community today; miserably


John McDonough, the so-called genius of message control and marketing, defined today’s Patrick Kane and Chicago Blackhawks press conference with two soundbites.

“I can assure you I am anything but tone deaf,” he said in response to a reporter who asked the best question of the day. McDonough actually didn’t have any response to this journalist, who showed strong reporting by getting to the point of this brutally painful exercise.

[Read more…]

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks press conference in Tweets

patrick kane

The Chicago Blackhawks and Patrick Kane are in an extremely tough spot. Whether they had stayed silent instead of holding the worthless and pointless press conference that they did this afternoon, it’s a no-win situation. And it’s a no win situation for anybody involved. Make no mistake though, Patrick Kane, and the Blackhawks brass in charge of this thing are not sympathetic characters.

Quite the contrary.

[Read more…]

Patrick Kane attending Hawks camp despite sexual assault investigation

patrick kane

Chicago winter sports icon Patrick Kane is currently under investigation for sexual assault. In spite of this very serious situation, he will still be at Chicago Blackhawks training camp. The team will begin their preseason preparation Friday in South Bend, Indiana on the Notre Dame University campus. Players are due to report tomorrow.

[Read more…]