Team Russia hockey preview: Defending their turf

Team Russia hockey

Canada would have been torn to shreds if it lost to the U.S. in the gold medal game. If Team Russia hockey loses to anyone in the gold medal game, the ridicule would be insurmountable.

The Russians are looking to return to the medal stand for the first time since 2002 when they took home bronze. The Big Red Machine has looked more like a band of misfits than one of the deepest and talented teams assembled for international play. Questioning Russia’s motivation is almost commonplace at this point, so expect the same if there is a lackluster performance. The team is built with a near 50/50 split of NHLers and players from the Kontinental Hockey League based out of Russia. [Read more…]

Blueprint for winning the MLB MVP Award


Let’s look at has been consistent in the MVP winners of the past.  It seems like voters emphasize batting average over defensive position, or OBP.  My preconception is that more MVP winners come from East coast teams and are generally first basemen, or second basemen.  Also, I think voters emphasize a teams’ overall record in their voting.  Am I right in feeling this way?  Well, let’s see….
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