Is Major League Sport Ready to Take Hold in Vegas?

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By John O’Leary

Over the decades, Las Vegas has become famous for many things but major league sport hasn’t been one of them. However, the signs are that this is all about to change and, indeed, it has already started to with the arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. Now ice hockey may seem like an unlikely sport for a city where the average October daytime temperature is over 80o F but the team has already started to make itself at home at the T-Mobile Stadium enjoying a record-breaking run of wins for an inaugural season.

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Mike Pence, Donald Trump Sports “Boycott” Inspiring Wagering Now

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At this point, anyone who’s been paying attention and possesses a basic adult human intellect realizes that Mike Pence was simply pulling a blatant publicity stunt at last Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Upon “leaving in disgust” at the national anthem protests, Pence then commenced a twitter storm which consisted of obviously pre-planned statements and talking points.

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Jonathan Toews Makes Passionate Call for Action on Climate Change

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Climate change is real and there is certainly no debate on that. Science has decided that, whether global warming deniers or skeptics choose to accept it. Of course, the major key to resolving the climate crisis is to get everyone on board with the cause and on the same page with their beliefs.

Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews has once again shared his views on climate change, and he’s made his plea to people on both sides of the debate. This is exactly what he hope to see from big time pro athletes like Jonathan Toews, using the tremendous platform he possesses to project a powerful social message.

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Ex Blackhawks LW Daniel Carcillo is Literally Saving Lives During His Retirement

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Former Chicago Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo gave about as meaningful a response as you’ll ever hear from a professional athlete during Q&A.

“To have a purpose in life, to be selfless, to put others before myself, helps me to stay happy and healthy,” he said at the Sheraton Grand Chicago at the Go Beyond Challenge, an event benefitting the ICE (Inner-City Education) program.

The 31-year-old former left wing was referencing his Chapter 5 Foundation, a non-profit he created upon retirement in 2015 to help former NHL players suffering from post-concussion syndrome and mental health issues. [Read more…]

Former Blackhawks Star Bryan Bickell Feeling Better in Battle Against MS

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On the day that we caught up with former Chicago Blackhawks star Bryan Bickell, healthcare was the transcendent national story overshadowing all other news. With Bickell individually, the very first question on everybody’s mind is of course, “how’s his health?”

It’s actually that way for all of us, every day of our lives, because the old adage, “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything” is always true no matter what physical shape you are in.

In the case of Bryan Bickell, “how are you doing?” means a lot more than just your typical small, elevator talk.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Red Wings Final Game at the Joe: Saying Goodbye to Joe Louis Arena

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Hundreds of venues I’ve attended, thousands of games and I doubt I’ll ever see another promotion like this again. Entire rows of people, not a couple fans here and there, but entire rows received free Little Caesar’s Pizza. Not just pieces of pizza, but an entire, whole pizza! Yes, whole rows of people getting whole pizzas, every period of a hockey game.

Indeed I saw it thrice.

Now that’s brand awareness, and it’s brilliant. It’s been a week now since I witnessed this publicity stunt, and here we are a week later, and I’m still talking about it. Not just talking about it, but leading my “Saying Farewell to The Joe as the Detroit Red Wings move on a new home write-up.”

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Chicago Blackhawks America’s Team as Winter Classics Convey

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We’re now just 11 days away from the ninth edition of the NHL Winter Classic, and once again the Chicago Blackhawks, truly America’s hockey team now, are involved. A total of eight games of this nature have been held, with the Blackhawks hosting the 2009 event, and serving as the road team for the 2015 version.

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World Cup of Hockey 2016 Predictions

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This weekend the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will begin, bringing with it the biggest superstars in the National Hockey League.  Starting September 17th, 8 teams will vie for the championship in a tournament not played since 2004.  Let’s take a guess at how each nation will finish, and who will take home the 3rd edition of the World Cup of Hockey.

by Bryan Vickroy

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World Cup of Hockey 2016 Preview: Team Sweden

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This weekend, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will begin, bringing with it the biggest superstars in the National Hockey League.  Starting September 17 in Toronto, eight teams will vie for the championship in a tournament not played since 2004.  Let’s take a look at the chances for Team Sweden.

by Bryan Vickroy

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World Cup of Hockey 2016 Preview: Team Russia

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This weekend, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will begin, bringing with it the biggest superstars in the National Hockey League.  Starting September 17 in Toronto, eight teams will vie for the championship in a tournament not played since 2004.  Let’s take a look at the chances for Team Russia.

by Bryan Vickroy

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World Cup of Hockey 2016 Preview Team North America

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This weekend, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will begin, bringing with it the biggest superstars in the National Hockey League.  Starting September 17 in Toronto, eight teams will vie for the championship in a tournament not played since 2004.  Let’s take a look at the chances for Team North America.

by Bryan Vickroy

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