With the NHL regular season back in swing after the All-Star break, let's take a look at the teams to watch for as the Stanley Cup playoffs loom.
The Super Bowl winner is award the traditional honor of hosting the kickoff game for the next NFL season. The match-ups are often good; we've even had a Super Bowl re-match as a kickoff game (Denver vs. Carolina). If each Super Bowl team was to win on Sunday, who would they face for their kickoff game?
The Super Bowl is this Sunday! It's hard to believe that the big game is coming up so fast. Anyways, here are some more GIFs to get you pumped up for the big one on Sunday.
Not long ago, there were two start-up football leagues that were set to compete with the NFL. One was the AAF, which shuttered its doors midway through its first season. The other was the XFL, a league being revived and geared towards a fast-paced style.
January 26, 2020 was a somber day for the sports world. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas when they were on their way to a basketball camp. To celebrate Kobe Bryant's illustrious career, here are some of Kobe Bryant's best moments.
With Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch being released not too long ago, it would be fitting to do a Nostalgia Game Review on the original version. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakwning is revered as one of the best Game Boy titles ever, with the feel of Link to the Past ingrained through much of the game. It was released in 1993, getting a re-release for the Game Boy Color called Link's Awakening DX and the aforementioned Switch remake in 2019.
Our hero Link finds himself on Koholint Island after a storm sweeps him ashore. A girl named Marin rescues him and Link embarks on a quest to escape the island. He does this by obtaining the eight instruments of the Sirens to awaken the Wind Fish.
Link's Awakening plays like any other Zelda game. You traverse through dungeons, collecting the dungeon item and using it to defeat the dungeon boss. There are also sub-weapons, but the sword counts as one as opposed to Link to the Past. But the gameplay isn't what I found most riveting.
It was the story. It combined a youthful vibe with a tune that was adventurous at times. Sometimes, that tune would shift to a depressing overture. This would be used when you took the wandering ghost back to his old home, then return him to his grave. This can also be felt when you walk through the village, which is supposed to have a cheerful tune. It feels like a lost childhood. In fact, the game will make you think about life. Also, there a ton of Mario characters that make cameo appearances in this game.
Overall, Link's Awakening is one of the best, if not arguably the best, Legend of Zelda games ever made. It's filled with adventure, the action is compelling, and the game makes you think. If you've played the Switch version, give the original version a shot!
With the big game less than two weeks away, it's time to take a look at some of the biggest heroes in Super Bowl history. Who rose to the occasion in the biggest game of the year?
This Super Bowl should be a great match-up. The high-powered Kansas City Chiefs, led by alleged soundalike of Kermit the Frog, Patrick Mahomes, against the vaunted, healthy defense of the San Francisco 49ers. What match-ups should we watch for in Super Bowl 54?
The 2020 Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators was a commercial success. There was a sold-out crowd of 85,630 (second-most in Winter Classic history) to go with a noteworthy game; Corey Perry got a five-minute major for elbowing Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis. This resulted in a five-game suspension, hurting the Stars. Dallas still won the game, 4-2, but the win extended beyond the stat sheet. The 2020 Winter Classic itself was a success, proving that everything is bigger in Texas. It also proved that a Winter Classic (or an outdoor game, in general) can be done in a warmer climate.
Now look at a place like Las Vegas. The rap Vegas gets is that it's extremely warm. It is in a desert region, after all. But according to Weather Atlas, the average high in Las Vegas is 57.9 degrees and the average low is 39 degrees. There's also Las Vegas's high altitude, which will account for more frigid temperatures than other parts of the desert. So it's a possibility that an outdoor game could work.
Las Vegas does have some history regarding an outdoor game. On September 27, 1991, an outdoor game in the parking lot of Caesar's Palace happened. It started when Rich Rose, president of Caesar's World Entertainment and avid Rangers fan, pitched the idea.
"I was a New York Rangers fan growing up. To me, the ultimate game was the Kings and Rangers. But the decision (for the Rangers to be the opponent) actually wasn't mine. The Kings had a good relationship with Rangers general manager Neil Smith, which made it easy."
Despite being met with some criticism at first, Steve Flatow, the NHL's marketing director in 1991, liked the idea and picked up on it. Soon, sponsors like Toyota, Budweiser, and Target rolled in and a rink (which cost $135,000) was set up. The sold-out crowd of 13,007 fans saw the Kings score five unanswered goals to win that game, 5-2.
For Vegas to host an outdoor game would be an awesome throwback. Before any of you naysayers say anything about "hOcKeY dOeSn'T bElOnG iN wArM cLiMaTeS", there was three times the amount of refrigeration equipment used for that preseason game. Fabric strips were also used in that game as the lines and a tarp was placed on the ice for days to prevent the ice from melting. Inch-thick Styrofoam insulation was laid across the concrete seven days prior to the event along with plastic sheets and 300 tons of sand.
Yes, there are some drawbacks to the possibility. One being the Pacific Time Zone. This may be a problem since the Winter Classic normally starts at noon EST. However, if you do have a Winter Classic in Las Vegas, you could start it at 8 PM EST. This could especially work as the night settles in and it gets colder. Another issue is obviously the humidity. However, technological advancements can make this a moot point.
Now where would the game be held? You could have it be a tribute and hold it in the parking lot of Caesar's Palace again. Granted, the attendance would be minute with the ticket prices being astronomical as a result. But it would be a nice throwback to that game. You could also use the new Allegiant Stadium as a potential venue. The only few drawbacks would be a lack of historical presence and the possibility of a Raiders game, particularly a playoff game. Sam Boyd Stadium would also be an interesting venue, although it isn't as significant in Las Vegas sports history.
Who would be the opponent. The team that comes to mind (at least to me) would be the San Jose Sharks. Some Knights fans are still a little salty after losing to San Jose in last year's playoffs. Therefore, the rivalry is strong. Another team would be the Arizona Coyotes, but the national audience doesn't care much for Arizona hockey. Other teams to consider include the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
The idea of an regular season outdoor game in Las Vegas is an intriguing one. Just the idea of having a hockey team out in Las Vegas was absurd enough, but that happened. Now imagine a Winter Classic happening in the desert.
Our Super Bowl match-up is set! What went down in the championship rounds and what are the takeaways from these rounds?
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