Archive for February, 2012
As you turn your television to TNT for the NBA All-Star game today (if you’re so inclined), one thing that you may notice is there are no members of the Denver Nuggets. When the teams were announced a month ago, this was a travesty. When the teams were announced a month ago, the team sat in second place in the Western Conference.
A lot can change in a month.
It can be argued that three members of the Nuggets squad deserved a trip to Orlando. Danilo Gallinari was perhaps the most deserving, and had not a severe sprain sidelined him for over a month, he probably would have made the roster. The other two (Nene and Ty Lawson) are more on the bubble, strangely enough they have been hampered by injuries as well.
The Los Angeles Kings are quickly becoming the Philadelphia Flyers of the west.
Yesterday, the Kings made a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, sending Jack Johnson and a first round pick to Ohio for center Jeff Carter. Carter, a long time Flyer, is expected to add scoring punch to a Kings team that is on pace to be one of the 10 lowest scoring clubs of all time averaging 2.07 goals per game.
Carter is a former 40-goal scorer, with playoff experience that includes a trip to the Stanley Cup finals with the Flyers in 2010. He signed a 11 year contract extension with the team, only to be dealt to Columbus last off-season. He was admittedly devastated by the trade to the Blue Jackets, and never quite found his place with the team. This move is one he is a little more happy about.
Spring training is just beginning and already history has been made in this MLB season. Today it was announced that Ryan Braun has become the first person in baseball history to win an appeal and have a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs overturned.
Braun was facing a 50-game ban after testing positive during last season’s playoffs. The reigning NL MVP has vehemently maintained his innocence throughout the controversy, stating that peculiar circumstances would lead to the result being overturned. He is expected to address the media tomorrow in Milwaukee, but has already released this short statement: