CC Sabathia’s possible dubious distinction


There’s a reason why the Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in all of North American major league sports. To be successful enough to win exactly a quarter of all of the available championship titles (27 of 108 World Series titles through 2012), you have to employ superior talent. With the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, the Bronx Bombers have been an offensive juggernaut, but while slugging is what the Yankees were built on, beginning with the Murderer’s Row teams of the 1920’s, it’s always been pitching that has put them over the top.



From Lefty Gomez and Whitey Ford through Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have almost always run out a rotation able to win close games as well as slugfests.That’s what makes the fact that CC Sabathia is within striking range of leading the major leagues in earned runs allowed so strange.

The ace of the 2013 staff on paper (and in the accounting ledger) coming into the season, Sabathia (13-13, 4.90 ERA in 204 innings) has allowed 111 earned runs this season, six more than second-place Edinson Volquez who was released by the Padres before landing up I-5 with the NL West champion Dodgers.

Looking back to 1903 when the Yankees/Highlanders first took up shop in New York City, there has been just one Yankees pitcher to have the dubious distinction of allowing more earned runs than any other big leaguer. In 1976 Hall of Fame right-hander, Catfish Hunter, allowed 117 runs, five more than anyone else. Other Yankees have led the American League in earned runs allowed. Others have been tied for the big league lead, but only Hunter, and if he does it in the remaining games of the season, Sabathia, would stand at the top (or bottom, depending on your perspective).

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NHL-A Brief History


The National Hockey League, also known as the NHL, operates as a professional ice hockey league. The league has a total of 30 teams, with 23 of them from the United States and the other 7 being Canadian. The league’s headquarters are in New York. The league is known to be the premier league for ice hockey on a global scale. The Stanley Cup is the particular trophy that is given to the championship team at the conclusion of each professional hockey season.

The league was started in 1917, in Canada, but founded officially in 1909. Four teams originally made up the league. This was the result of many expansions as well as relocations. The name for the league originally was known to be Canadian given its Canadian roots, however, in 1924; there was an expansion into America.

The league has many talented individuals, who are from roughly 20 countries worldwide. It has been widely discussed that Canadians tend to encompass the crux of the players within the league, but over the last 40 years or so, there has been a significant amount of American and European players who have joined the teams within the team.

The league has what is known as a board of governors, who make the decisions. They are essentially the governing and ruling entity that controls the league. Every team within the league is considered a member, and the specific team is able to appoint a governor and two alternates to serve on the board. At present, the chairman is Jeremy Jacobs, who is also the owner of the Boston Bruins.

The board of governors of the league establishes the particular policies and is responsible for ensuring that the rules associated with the game of ice hockey are upheld. The board can also hire and fire and approves the changes associated with game schedules, players and any kind of relocation of a team that takes place.

The board also has the right to review any kind of caps associated with players and any kind of sale or purchase of a team. The board usually meets two times annually: once in June and once in December. The date of the particular meeting is decided by the league’s commissioner.

Games, Hockey Rinks, Rules and Structure

Every game that is regulated within the league is performed with 2 teams and runs about an hour long. The game consists of three periods of twenty minutes each. The intermissions are anywhere between 15 to 17 minutes. The timeouts for television are done after an elapsed time of 6 minutes, at 10 minutes and then again at 14 minutes. This happens regularly unless a power play occurs. When a power play happens, the timeout usually happens during what is known as the first stoppage. During the 2007 to 2008 season, a new rule was created that stated that if a first stoppage that happens is what is known as an icing, then a timeout for television is not to happen. This forces players not to have a break even though they cannot change. At the end of the regulation time, which at present is 60 minutes, the team who has scored the most goals becomes the victor of the game.

If there is a tie, then overtime happens. In a regular season of professional ice hockey, overtime is noted as being a total of 5 minutes, with there being four players from one team and four players from another team having a kind of sudden death play. The first team that scores a goal is crowned the winner. Until the season in 2005, if there were no scores during overtime, the game would stand at a time.

Once the 2005 season began, if a tie was present once overtime was over, then the game would go into what is known as a shootout, which is where three players on each team perform a penalty shot. Any team that scores the most during the shootout is considered the winner of the game. If a tie persists, then the shootout does not stop, but the sudden death stipulation begins again. Shootouts are not allowed to happen in playoffs. Playoffs consist of many sudden death periods. This happens until a team eventually wins. There is a theory out there that an ice hockey game could go on forever if allowed, which is why no timeouts for television exists during overtime periods in playoffs.

Every NHL game convenes in an ice hockey rink that is in the shape of rectangle. The rink edges are rounded. All hockey rinks are encompassed by Plexiglas as well as walls. The Plexiglas’ measurements are usually about 25 by 60 meters. They are considered by hockey enthusiasts to be much more narrow than the standards set forth by an organization known as International Ice Hockey Federation, which is an intercontinental body of both inline and ice hockey that is headquartered in Switzerland. There are 70 members in the federation and it supervises tournaments.

In the center of the hockey rink is a line that separates the area of the ice. This division is used to spot any violations that may happen during an ice hockey game. Two blue lines separate the rink into threes, with there being two zones noted for attacking and one neutral zone. At the ends of the rink, a goal line exists. The goal line takes the entire ice width and this is what is used to determine any kind of calls made on the ice as well as when goals are scored. During the 2005 to 2006 season, an area designated by the shape of a trapezoid was put behind the net where goals are usually scored. With this incorporation, the goaltender can hit the puck into the area or before the actual goal line. If the puck is hit behind the line and not within the area shaped like a trapezoid, a penalty happens. This rule is usually referred to as the Martin Brodeur rule.

The NHL follows the normalcy of rules that are associated with the sport of ice hockey with a few differentiations. These differentiations are dissimilar from international ice hockey games governed by International Ice Hockey Federation. When the rules are violated, this can lead to what are known as penalty calls or ceasing of play. In the 2004 to 2005 season, the league altered its rules regarding the offside.

A play is considered to be offside if an ice hockey individual player on an offensive team enters what is known as the attack zone prior to the puck entering, unless a defending player carries the puck. If the player on the offense attempts to hit the puck into the zone and the puck subsequently deflects from the defensive player prior the entering the zone, a violation is called usually. Another different rule that exists that the IIHF does not use, but the league does concerns icings.

The league has a rule where a linesman can cease play in reference to icing when a defensive player moves the puck prior to an offensive player. The IIHF’s rule contrasts that because play is ceased once the puck reaches and goes over the line of the goal. When the rules were altered in the 2004 to 2005 season, when a team is found guilty of what is referred to as icing the puck, the team cannot make a change in line or substitution in skater of any kind before a faceoff takes place.

There is also a penalty variation between the league and the IIHF. Where the IIHG has both minor penalties as well as doubles ones, the league has more serious infractions known as major penalties. This includes fighting. When a major penalty is called, it takes place for a period of 5 minutes. The rule associated with IIHF calls for players to be removed from the game. When a team has been penalized, a player that is removed or penalized cannot be replaced. The team is considered shorthanded for the total time of the penalty.

The structure of NHL seasons is separated into exhibition, regular season and postseason. In the exhibition season, members of the league can play each other and they can also play against European teams as well. In what is deemed to be the regular season, teams can play each other but it is by a set schedule. In the playoffs, which are where the Stanley Cup is given, two teams usually play against each other and compete in a best of seven formats, with the remaining final team receiving the trophy associated with the tournament.

The standings of the regular season are tallied through the usage of a point system rather than percentages. Points are given for every game played: one for overtime losing or shootout that happens and two for a win. No points are given for a regulation loss. Once the conclusion of the regular season is reached, a team that has the most points within the various divisions is considered that victor of that division and is given what is known as the President’s Trophy.


Jeter Likely to Return After All-Star Break

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The New York Yankees received more bad news this past week, as it was announced that future Hall of Fame SS Derek Jeter will not be back in the lineup until after the All-Star Game. Jeter originally broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Baltimore Orioles, and most expected him to be ready for the start of the season. However, a recent exam showed a second small break in his ankle, which effectively puts his rehab on hold for the foreseeable future. Jeter will now have to wear a boot for several weeks as this new fracture heals.

To read the full story by ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, follow this link.

Bucs Trade for Revis, Eye Super Bowl

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Grantland’s Bill Barnwell takes an interesting look at the trade of superstar CB Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who subsequently signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract. On the Tampa side of the equation, the trade immediately makes the Bucs a Super Bowl contender in 2013. While the trade for Revis, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season, is risky, it is also the kind of move that can change the trajectory of a franchise. The Bucs now field a roster as talented as any in the NFL, and should be able to immediately challenge the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. The Jets had almost no leverage in their standoff with Revis, and were forced to trade their best player before he could leave in free agency next offseason. New York, which gained a 2013 first round pick and a 2014 third rounder, must now rebuild their secondary without the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Click here to read the rest of Barnwell’s piece.

FSU Taps Winston to Lead BCS Charge

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Just found this article by ESPN college football writer Andrea Adelson about the decision of Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett to transfer after highly touted redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston dominated in FSU’s spring game. The Seminoles, despite numerous losses on the defensive side of the ball, look like early BCS contenders in 2013, and Winston appears ready to lead the offense in just his second season on campus. While Trickett has the decided edge on Winston in experience, he does not have nearly the physical talent that Winston possesses, so he decided to look for a starting job elsewhere.

To read the rest of Adelson’s article about Winston and FSU’s chances this year, click here.

2014 Winter Classic Details Revealed

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CBS Sports’ writer Chris Peters reports that details for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic have been released, and as expected, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. The two franchises were supposed to meet in 2013, but the league lockout forced their meeting back one year. The game should set several NHL attendance records, as “the Big House” holds well over 100,000 spectators. The league also revealed the jerseys that each team will wear, and both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be sporting fantastic looking sweaters for their New Year’s Day matchup. Coinciding with the Winter Classic will be the Hockeytown Winter Festival in downtown Detroit, which will feature various hockey games at Comerica Park.

To get the full scoop, read the rest of Peters’ article.

BCS-Hopeful Oregon Could Face Major NCAA Penalties

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Adam Jude at the Oregonian writes that the NCAA and the University of Oregon agree that there was at least one major violation committed by football coaches sometime between 2008 and 2011 under the watch of former head coach Chip Kelly, which could potentially affect the Ducks’ run to the BCS Championship this season. However, the nature of that violation is still being debated, as Oregon believes the infraction to be more minor in nature than the NCAA does. The Ducks tried to self-impose sanctions in the past year, with penalties including a two-year probation and the loss of one scholarship per year for each of the next three seasons. It has been widely reported that Oregon hired known “street agent” Willie Lyles to help them in their recruiting efforts, particularly in Texas, and his involvement in their program has come under heavy scrutiny. Because the NCAA has nearly full power to impose whatever penalties it chooses to, Oregon fans should be somewhat concerned, but the sanctions should not be as severe as the ones levied against USC, Miami and Penn State in recent years.

Read more of Jude’s article in the Oregonian here.

Plenty of Masters Challengers for Woods, McIlroy

Phil Mickelson | Prominent TicketsAs Augusta National Golf Course prepares for the sports’ biggest event this week, many fans with Masters golf tournament tickets are anxious to see whether or not Tiger Woods really has returned to his throne atop the golf world. Woods is once again ranked the No. 1 golfer on the planet, taking the title back from Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, of course, struggled mightily to open the 2013 season, but after a runner-up finish in last week’s Valero Texas Open, he appears to have figured out his swing. These two enter Masters’ week with the majority of the attention on them, and are widely considered the two favorites. But golf is one of the toughest sports to predict on a week-by-week basis, and it is almost always the safer bet to take the field, as opposed to the favorites, when picking a winner.

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Potential East Regional Top Seeds

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The college basketball season is in full stride right now, as conference races really start to heat up in February. With the NCAA Tournament approaching, fans from teams across the country are anxious to see who will punch their East Regional tickets. The selection process is always fluid, but here is a look at some of the teams that appear to be in line for a spot atop the East Regional. Continue reading

Djokovic, Azarenka Defend Australian Open Titles

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The Australian Open has just crowned two new tennis champs, as Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka captured individual men’s and women’s titles, respectively, over the weekend. The No. 1 ranked Djokovic outlasted Andy Murray in the final, with a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory. The first two sets were hotly contested, lasting over two hours, but Murray seemed to wear down at that point, and Djokovic was able to pull out the win. Djokovic made history with his victory, becoming the first man in the Open era to earn three straight Australian Open titles. With six Grand Slam titles now to his name, Djokovic should continue to move up the list of all-time tennis greats, as he will not turn 26 until later this year. One of his main goals is undoubtedly capturing his first French Open title this spring, as it has eluded him previously. Continue reading