All I want for Christmas is a win

This year, the feeling of Christmas is getting to me. Maybe it’s the twinkling lights on the tree. Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of the shopping centers.

We all want that special gift under the tree. The questions is, do you deserve it ?

My Wish List…

How about a new car: Not really 100% necessary now, but hey, this is a wish list right? Don’t know how much longer the old ’77 Ford Granada’s going to hold out. 

How about a new laptop, in case you were wondering, honey — it isn’t going to last forever.

 A new phone… do you know how infuriating it is to see so many people using their iphones with Skype and taking cool screenshots and I’m stuck with my dumb original cell? It’s just plain embarrassing walking around with this  thing.

How about a clean house.  I don’t want a cleaning service. I kind of have issues with people coming into my house. Just a clean house will do, thank you. Can’t show you pictures of that.

 The new 80” flat screen tv, awesome man, can you imagine watching Brady and the Pats.

Enough with the kidding around…

I just want to wish everyone and your entire families a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. May 2012 bring health and prosperity. A few wins for the Kings are welcome as well!

All the best.

Joe Sports

Now to the serious stuff…

Let’s just say it, the Kings are not good. This team is ground chuck to the Riverhawks T-Bone steak.

Are we going to get any help from the hockey Gods.  No I don’t think so, we could use help from the owner.

Last weekend was ???

The RiverKings were edged by the Augusta Riverhawks 3-2 on Friday night at the James Brown Arena.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=1674157

Saturday didn’t turn out much better, the Kings were beaten again by the Hawks 4-2 in Augusta.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=1674161

Hilariously enough, there just aren’t words to express what this season’s Kings are. Schizophrenic could be used.

Frustration has set in for the Kings faithful.

The Kings put on a half #@##@ performance against Augusta last weekend. It was gross, frankly.

The Kings were listless, lazy and just plain slow last weekend. No jump in their step. Seriously I could go on and on. But like I said last week, it’s not the players, it’s the coach, this team has no game plan. Last week’s games had zero intensity.

No powerplay, a leaky PK, just pathetic.

The games were slow, dull and excruciating to watch.(Did I spell that right?)

This season is going to be a long one. It ends at the end of the regular season. Unless???

Joe Sports thoughts…

Even when the Kings are playing well (now come on, they play well for about 15-20 minutes of a 60 minute game). In those 15-20 minutes I honestly believe it’s the opposition playing bad making the Kings look good.

What can we do?

I know, we are not going to fire anybody, just blame it on the players.

Maybe watch a video of Don Cherry’s rock em sock em hockey.

It is tough watching your team lose like this? – Definitely I don’t see things getting a lot better.

Again, my sense is the players have ceased buying (if they ever did) into Landmines theory on how to play the game.

After arriving home from the Spot last weekend, I went into the TV room at home around 1:15 am and started sipping a cold one.

I thought to myself Scotty Bowman or Toe Blake could squeeze Ws out of this lineup. I knew at that point , I had enough pops.

All I want for Christmas is a win!

 That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Last week I got a lot of emails about my Quote “ This team is in Stinko-mode.”

Ok, I take that back, hockey fans. They are in Stinko-Stinko-mode.

That was the main topic of the emails I got, not one person questioned me about letting the coach and general manager go. The fans have spoken.

Email Joe at: joesports@ymail.com

Up next for the Kings

This Friday, December 23, the Louisiana IceGators come to town, game time at the DCC is at 7:05pm.

Game night

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/pregamenotes.html?gameid=1674170

Standings – We are dead last.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=215&seasonid=7619

Kings Notes:

Kings’s Mark Magnowski  was called upto the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.

Sich is gonso!!

Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL have signed Sich. Now, was he let go by the Kings? Haven’t heard anything from the Kings office. But that  isn’t  strange, I get more of my info from friends and hockey forums. I know the Wings are desperate for players(callups,injuries)

Have a great Christmas and Holiday season. See you at the game on Friday.

 

Something’s gotta give

I’ve watched some stinkers the last couple of years, but last weekend’s games takes the prize.

The Kings lossed in overtime to Knoxville on Friday night at the Desoto Civic Center, 4-3. They were then spanked on Saturday night 4-1 by the same Bears.

Last weekend I was mad as a hornet with the inept, lacklustre, p-poor effort by the Kings. I’m still ticked and it has been 6 sleeps since Saturday’s game, you would have thunk the sleeps would have calmed me down.

After pondering the situation of last weekend and the games I have witnessed this season.

What is going on?

This team is in El- Stinko-mode.

The hammer must fall, the GM SHOULD GET HIS WALKING PAPERS AND SO SHOULD THE COACH. Just a thought!!!!!!

It is time for coach to go. The team has quit on him. There’s no doubt in my mind. It may not be the best team on paper, but they are better than they’ve been playing.

 The D is more like DOA.

The coach has to go, no matter what ! Too much line juggling. Too much experimenting. Wrong guys out for PP. No emotion, the players are not motivated at all. Geez, the fans can see it from their seats, I can.

Joe Sports thoughts…

Last weekend’s games were pathetic…completely pathetic…

Landmine is in the land of the lost right now. Hey it’s not his fault, he didn’t know he couldn’t coach, not all hockey players can coach and it doesn’t matter what level. They just can’t do it.

If it was up to me I would clean house…fire both the GM and the coach.

But I know that is taking it way too far and is too much to hope for. Hey the owner is rich and I don’t think cares. If she cares about the fans, do something now!

Seriously folks, you know it and I know it, we can see it, the players look lost.

There’s no gameplan or strategy.

To correct this:

You need a new coach – a motivator and communicator, a young man with whom the players can identify and respect. The players game in and game out demonstrate they are not paying any attention to Landmesser. Hmm, I saw Marge at the gym the other day.

Something’s gotta give!!!!!!!!

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work.” ~ Jean Beliveau

The RiverKings record is 4-8-1 on the season.

What’s up next for the Kings

Ouch and double Ouch.

The RiverKings play their next two games on the road against the 1st place Augusta Riverhawks on Friday and Saturday.

Sports 56 will have all the action, America One will have it on your screen. The Spot in Hernando will have the Away Game Party. Could get ugly, so remember have a designated driver. I’ll be there pounding them back with you.

Kings Notes:

The RiverKings acquired forward Jeff Topilko from the Pensacola Ice Flyers for future considerations. Terms and conditions were not released.

The SPHL announced Tuesday that it suspended Sich for three games. Sich’s suspension started last Saturday when he sat out the Ice Bears’ 4-1 victory at the RiverKings. Sich will also miss games Friday and Saturday against first-place Augusta.

 

 

Brain fade for Kings

They just flat out sucked last weekend. Three games, three losses. Like I said in my article last week- What team is going to show up? Brain fade, brain cramp…I could go on and on.Tonight and Saturday they go into battle vs Knoxville at the DCC. Could get ugly.

It’s not worth WRITING ABOUT last weekend games, it’s a waste of time.

Is it time for a change at the top ?

Joe Sports thoughts…

It’s not the players that fail it’s the coach that fails the players.

The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players. Quote: Vince Lombardi. Winning It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

Every game it seems I’m typing out the same words: pathetic, embarrassing, disgrace, lazy, etc. It would be nice to put down: win, goals, hard work.

All in all, fans are coming to the point where even diehard fans think this team is terrible. It’s time to rebuild, and that probably starts with the coach. It starts at the top.

 I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy that can take care of your coach, the less you know the better… just kidding.

It’s time for a change.

The Kings are in trouble right now. I think it’s time for a coaching change because it is evident that is where the problem is.

It would be a step in the right direction for a franchise that desperately needs a direction other than a downward spiral.

What will it take?????

OK. What is it going to take for us to Salvage what’s left of this Season and TRY to sneak into the playoffs. TRY is the operative word there folks.

How long before the Kings start playing like a team?

How long before they find chemistry with each other, how long before the defensive core really start pounding the opposition like the other teams around the league do on a nightly basis.

Get rid of the coach and bring in a coach who knows how to win and knows how to coach and start bonding better as a team. We are here to win games, are we not?

So what is next?

 Well, somebody better wake up and smell the roses and coffee, otherwise this season will be in the books.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Have a comment: Email Joe at:

joesports@ymail.com

Tonight and Saturday — Mississippi vs. Knoxville at the DDC, 7:05 p.m.

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See you at the games.

 

The Will to Win: The 2011-12 Memphis Tigers in their own words

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of MemphiSport.

The University of Memphis basketball team has enjoyed tremendous success over the years, including a trio of Final Fours and a couple of NCAA Championship Game appearances. But could this be the year that sees the Tigers finally capture their first national title?

Led by a pair of national player of the year candidates, a host of talented sophomores and a heralded freshman, U of M hoops is poised to have a season that could rival any of their previous best.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the key players on the roster and what to expect from them this year. MemphiSport also talked to each player about what he thought the best part of his game was, what the coaches want from him and what they need to improve upon.

 

Will Barton
6’6” Guard, Sophomore – Baltimore MD

Barton will be counted on this year to be the team’s leader and primary scorer. Wiry but athletic, he often showed signs of brilliance in his freshman season but often took plays off and was nearly invisible during some games. The majority of the players MemphiSport spoke with expect Barton to be their leader, both on and off the court. Assuming he displays those characteristics, this will likely be his last year of college basketball. If the team is to make a run deep into the NCAA tournament, it will take something special from Barton to get them there.

Primary role, best part of game: “My scoring ability of course. I’d like to say my versatility. I think I have a lot of offensive tools. I can score; I can pass. My will to win and compete. I think those are my biggest strengths.”

Needs to work on: “I think I still need to keep improving on my body. My defense. I think I need to work on my 3-point shooting. Last year I delivered sometimes, and sometimes I didn’t. I think my team needs me to be more consistent. Be the go to guy and deliver on a regular basis.”

 

Joe Jackson

6’1” Guard, Sophomore – Memphis TN
Jackson, having often been referred to as the “King of Memphis,” faces possibly more pressure than anyone else on the roster. His status as a local high school legend probably forces him to try to do too much at times. Primarily viewed as a scorer before he debuted on the college level, last year saw Jackson struggle to adapt to the role of distributor. During the C-USA tournament however, it appeared as though Pastner began using Jackson as more of a scoring threat coming off the bench. In order for the Tigers to achieve the kind of success they want, Jackson will need to find balance between being a scorer and a passer.

Primary role, best part of game: “Leadership. And scoring. I can score with the best of them.”

Needs to work on: “Just cutting back on turnovers. Because you know, turnovers equal losses. As long as I can control the game and not turn the ball over, I’ll be fine.”

 

Tarik Black
6’8” Forward, Sophomore – Memphis TN
During its recent glory years, Memphis has relied mostly on beating its opponents off the dribble and driving to the basket to get points. Black offers something the Tigers have lacked during this period. A solid interior offensive presence. It became evident early in the year during his freshman season that he was already the best post player the U of M has featured since Chris Massie donned the blue and grey during Calipari’s early years. Although he struggled defensively at times and found himself in foul trouble, Black quickly became an irreplacable part of the team and was even named as one of the team captains. Pastner expects Black to see frequent double teams this year, which should open up the 3-point shot, something their coach wants them to capitalize on.

Primary role, best part of game: “They expect me to be a big man. But I think this year they’re relying on me to be a great defender as well. I think that’s one of the big parts of this team, because the saying is, like every coach uses, defense is everything. Defense is your offense. It wins championships. We played a lot of good players last year at my position that I wasn’t able to hold last year simply due to the times I used to get in foul trouble. I got fouls very easily last year. And coming into this year, I think the team expects me to be a bigger matchup problem for people. I’m long, athletic and versatile, so at the four or five spot, that’s supposed to be my advantage.”

Needs to work on: “I think the thing I need to get better at the most is my defensive rebounding. Offensively I rebound very well. But defensively I tend to box out and not go for the ball because I think, ‘okay, I have my man boxed out. So somebody else is gonna get it.’ But that’s the wrong mentality, especially as a big man, I’m supposed to be focused on getting rebounds.”

 

Adonis Thomas
6’6” Guard, Freshman – Memphis TN
As the only true freshman on the team, Thomas has something his predecessors did not. There are four players around him every day that went through the exact same thing he is going through now. Instead of having to learn how to adjust to the college level on the fly, he can turn to any number of players at any point in the day and get advice on how to handle just about any situation. A tremendous athlete and heady player, Thomas will be counted on to contribute right away. His defensive ability is something the Tigers will look to utilize. His strength and athleticism should allow him to become a reliable rebounder on the both the offensive and defensive end.

Primary role, best part of game: “Offensively, the coaches want me to drive to the hole, use my athleticism. The whole summer I was known as a defensive player, just locking down the high ranked, high level (high school all-star) players. So they want me to guard the best players, wings… any position, 1-4. They want me to just be everywhere on the court.”

Needs to work on: “Right now, I just need to learn about the whole college level. I have to continue to learn every day. And I have to be able to take a lot of criticism., especially being the only freshman on the team. It’s going to come to me though. I’ll be ready.”

 

Chris Crawford
6’4” Guard, Sophomore – Memphis TN
Crawford was billed as a knock-down shooter but rarely lived up to that billing in his first season for the Tigers. However, many were surprised by his passing skills and ability to the lead the team; he was counted on to play point guard on quite a few occasions. He also became the team’s primary lockdown defender, often assigned to guard the opposition’s best player. With Jackson often looking to score from the point guard position, Crawford’s ability to run the offense when he is on the floor will be key.

Primary role, best part of game: “My main role on the team is to be the lockdown defender. To hold and contain the other team’s best player. That’s what they want me to do..”

Needs to work on: “More consitent shooting. I shot 29 percent from 3-point range last year. That’s terrible. They want me to be a consistent shooter, and also work on my explosiveness, getting to the rim, stop settling for jump shots all the time.”

 

Wesley Witherspoon
6’9” Forward, Senior – Atlanta GA
Witherspoon’s career has been about as enigmatic as it can possibly get. Though he has never consistently delivered, his talent has never been questioned. With the size of a power forward and ball-handling ability of a point guard, it’s hard to believe that he hasn’t become an All-American. But lack of consistency and off the court issues have led to tempered expectations from fans and coaches alike. With the depth and talent on this year’s roster, Witherspoon will only be asked to fill a limited role, and anything he gives the team will likely be considered a bonus. However, if he manages to display the type of pay he is capable with moderate regularity, it could make Memphis even better than most pundits expect.

Primary role, best part of game: “I’m just a versatile basketball player. I’m able to do a lot of the things to keep me out on the floor longer, and I’m able to help my team in different ways.

Needs to work on: “Just playing hard on every possession. A lot of times I take plays off, and that’s what hurts.”

 

Charles Carmouche
6’3” Guard, Senior – New Orleans LA
Carmouche provided a leadership role last year that was probably a bit underrated. Surrounded by a contingent of unpredictable freshmen, he was the model of consistency. Knocking down key shots in pressure situations and providing solid defense, the University of New Orleans transfer added some stability to an otherwise inconsistent roster. Late in the year as some of the younger players started to step up and become a more involved in the offense, Carmouche found a way to stay relevant without getting in anyone’s way. As one of only two seniors on the team, Carmouche will be asked to provide a steady presence over a still young team.

Primary role, best part of game: “I feel like I’m a good all around player. I think if I stay healthy, you get everything you want out of a player from me.”

Needs to work on: “Just leading more, being more vocal.”


Stan Simpson
6’10” Forward, Junior – Chicago IL

Simpson is a Junior College transfer who will be asked to provide an immediate contribution to a thin frontcourt. With Tarik Black being the only other real big man available to start the season, Simpson’s efforts will be crucial, especially if Black is unable to avoid the kind of foul problems that plagued him during his freshman year. In preseason workouts, he has not been as aggressive as coaches would like, and that will need to change as the year goes on.

Primary role, best part of game: ”Scoring in the low post, and blocking shots. I have to be more aggressive on the rebounding side.”

Needs to work on: “Talking on D. And I need to work on learning the offense”

 

Antonio Barton
6’2” Guard, Baltimore MD

Once thought of us as simply part of the package deal required to sign his brother Will, Barton was a critical piece of last year’s freshman-laden team. Whereas Jackson is a scorer in a point guard’s body, Antonio is more of a conventional floor leader who excels in getting others involved in the offense. A capable shooter as well, The Baltimore native hit some big shots down the stretch last season and will be counted on to make open perimeter jumpers this year as well.

Primary role, Best part of game: “Facilitating.”

Needs to work on: “My attitude. Sometimes I get mad out on the court, and that takes away from my overall game. It’s just mental. I need to lock in sometimes and let some of my bad plays go.”


D.J. Stephens
6’5” Forward/Guard, Junior – Killeen TX
Stephens was an afterthought in Pastner’s first recruiting class, a last minute addition who has turned out to be a steal for the Tigers. He is a tremendous athlete whose dunks always seem to come at just the right time to energize the team and the crowd. He is a bundle of energy and effort, and witnessing his attitude tends to make his teammates play with fire and purpose.

Primary role, Best part of game: “feel like my strong point is… forcing the ball into the hole. Throwing the ball through the rim vigorously with a ton of force. Ferociously. Being angry at the rim and trying to rip it off of the backboard.”

Needs to work on: “I think I need to get better at being confident and shooting the basketball.”

 

JOSH PASTNER, Coach
This is Josh Pastner’s third year as head coach of the Tigers, and fans are expecting his team to make a big splash in the posteason this time around. Jack Murphy is the lone returning assistant, but the addition of Luke Walton and Damon Stoudamire brings a wealth of NBA playing experience that can only help the growth of these young players. New strength and conditioning coach, or as he prefers to be called,”life changer,” Frank Matrisciano will be doing all he can to ensure that a fast, athletic team will take advantage of their physical edge over lesser foes.

What the players will have learned from last season: “Every possession you have to play hard. Players now understand that. In high school you could take a possession off, take a quarter off, and still win. At this level you can’t do that. At my house last year when we were watching the selection show, a couple of players came up to me and said, ‘Coach we know what you mean now that every game means something. Because every game or two that you lose affects seeding.’ It’s not about our opponent, it’s about us and our effort.”

Michael Jones is the Tiger basketball beat writer for MemphiSport. You can follow him via Twitter @MemphisMJ.

Photo by Joe Murphy

Staying Alive

 

Staying alive, staying alive. Well we’re still alive. I can’t believe the Kings couldn’t finish off the Oilers. We won game one and two in the Oilers barn. Up two games to none in the best of five. Then the Oilers visited us at the DCC and beat us in our barn. Now game 5 goes back to Tulsa.The deciding fifth game is on Saturday, April 9th at 7:35 pm.

Can we do it? I think not. This team can not step up to the plate. The golf clubs might as well be shined up now and put Kings fans out of their misery for this season.
That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports

Series tied 2-2
MIS 7@ TUL 3
MIS 3 @ Tul 1

TUL 4 @ MIS 3

TUL 4 @ MIS 1

MIS@TUL Apr 09, 7:35pm

Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon, will be doing some time in Memphis today and you’re invited to join him! It all begins at 5:00 pm today at the Peabody. After the duck walk, he will head off to the AutoZone Park and get the Memphis Redbirds’ season started as he throws out the first pitch of the year for the Pacific Coast League baseball team.

Might be some fun!!

Sheldon will first be at the Peabody Hotel, where he will serve as honorary Duckmaster in the daily “Peabody Duck March” from the lobby fountain to the Royal Duck Palace on the hotel roof.

The game will start at 7:05pm vs the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Sounds like a great way to spend a Thursday night.

Have a great day.

I’m Joe Sports.

Kings recap/Let the Playoff games begin

“The hardest thing in the world to understand were the Kings this season”

Joe Sports.

Even though we lose some and we win some, can we do that in the playoffs? Folks, they won’t make it past the first round, we just don’t have the depth. This is not a club built for playoff success. Lets just hope they don’t get humiliated in the first round.

Tulsa in 4. The Kings will win one.

The post-season schedule for the series between the RiverKings and Oilers is as follows: President’s Cup Opening Round Series between the the sixth-seeded RiverKings and the number-three seed Tulsa Oilers.

Tulsa vs. Mississippi

Game 1 – Thu., Mar. 31 – Mississippi at Tulsa, Tonight…7:05

Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 1 – Mississippi at Tulsa, 7:35

Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 3 – Tulsa at Mississippi, 5:05

*Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 5 – Tulsa at Mississippi, 7:05

*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 9 – Mississippi at Tulsa, 7:35

*-if needed

The first three…Sports 56, WHBQ-AM and CHL-TV.

Last night

Game One

Wichita Thunder 2 Missouri Mavericks 1

Wichita leads 1-0 in the best-of-5 Opening Round series

Next Game: Game Two – Friday, April 1 at Missouri (7:05 PM CST)

Tonight in the Opening Round:

Series:

Allen vs. Rio Grande Valley

Texas vs. Odessa

Bossier-Shreveport vs. Arizona

Tulsa vs. Mississippi

Rapid City vs. Dayton

Colorado vs. Quad City

Bloomington vs. Fort Wayne
Opening Round and the Conference Semi Finals will be best-of-5 series..

What happened in the final three…

Friday night

The Kings dropped a 3-1 decision to the Allen Americans last Friday at the DeSoto Civic Center.

Saturday night

The Kings were down by four goals vs the Americans in Allen, Texas on Saturday night. But, for some reason, they had some life in the third period. The RiverKings scored four goals in the third and ended the period in a 4-4 tie. The Kings won in the shootout. The final 5-4.

Sunday…

The Kings finished the season on a bad note. No surprise. They got whipped 8-1 to the Thunder in Wichita. (Ouch)

Joe Sports thoughts

Sorry folks there is no run for the Cup this year.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports

Just a quick note on a former King Player: Marge…Good luck Margeson.

http://www.midsouthicehouse.com/programs/hockey/assistant-hockey-director/

Playoff Predictions

Ahhhhh, the playoffs, one of the best times of the year! It would be a lot better if the Kings had a chance, the Kings were in a slump all season.The question is, who is going to win the Cup this year?

This year has been full of ups and downs for many clubs and has been very unpredictable as a whole.Who are the serious contenders?

Momentum, it means so much in this league! Anyways, here I go with my predictions.

I know the final four already. So why analize each series in each round. It’s a waste of time. Lets cut to the chase and give you the final four. That way you can get some other things done in playoff time.

The Turner Conference was pretty close, it was very competitive this year.

The Turner Conference has a few teams which could go deep into the playoffs and contend for the cup. The first of these teams is the the Rapid City Rush. The Rush have a good all around team.

They have come together in the second half of the season and are looking to be in good shape to defend their championship this year.

The Eagles will go deep into the playoffs also. If they play at a high level, expect Colorado to battle the Rush in the conference final.The only thing I would question on this team is their heart.

Final- Rush over Colorado in 7 games.

Berry Conference

Only one team stands above the crowd. The Allen Americans.

The only other team that could really surprise in the Berry Conference , I think is the Oilers. Can they get the goaltending. That’s the big question. If they do get the goaltending, there is no reason they can’t get to the Conference final.They have the offensive talent.

THE REST OF THE CONFERENCE IS NOT THAT GOOD. I would have put the Bugs in the conference final, but they have not had the goaltending this year.

The odds on favorite to win the cup are the Rush. They play in a much tougher conference. But the road to the Cup will go through Allen. Rush vs the Americans. Americans in 7 this year though..

No matter who wins the cup a few key factors will need to come into play:

1) Goaltending – can the teams goalie play above the norm?

2) Injuries – the deeper a team goes into the playoffs the more injuries will impact them.

3) Referees – Will the CHL referees change the course of the playoffs like they have done to many games in the regular season.

That’s the way I see THE PLAYOFFS and I’m Joe Sports.

Enjoy the game tonight and have a great day.

I’m Joe Sports

Kings Clinch/Are we finished?

Well , not a bad weekend for the Mississippi RiverKings. The Kings were 2-1-0 and have clinched a playoff spot. Yes, you read it right, have clinched a playoff spot.

Now don’t get to excited about this, all but one team in the Berry Conference makes it. I guess the league wants to put more money in the owners hands. How does a team with a 29-29-5 record qualify for a playoff spot. Hey don’t get me wrong, I love the playoffs, but seriously folks, how far are we going to go?

It’s the final weekend in the CHL. Mississippi is 6TH in the Berry Conference race. Four points behind fifth-place Odessa and four points ahead of seventh place Arizona.

Friday Night

The RiverKings edged Texas 6-5 in the opener of a three game weekend. Scoring for the Kings, Boyd, Flath,Stoddard, Lackner(2) and Richards.

Saturday Night

The RiverKings played another solid game on Saturday night as they completed the sweep vs the Texas Brahmas with a 4-3 victory at the DCC. We had four different goal scorers on the night, Chris Auger, Sarazin, Smith and Sheldrake scored for the Kings.

Sunday…

We went back to playing bad hockey. We were spanked 7-0 by the Missouri Mavericks in Independence. Mississippi was outshot 35-22 in the game.

The final 3 this weekend.

We take on the Allen Americans at home on Friday and play Allen again on Saturday in their barn. Sunday we play in Witchita vs the Thunder.

The Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League have announced information regarding ticket pricing for the upcoming 2011 Ray Miron President’s Cup playoff series. The RiverKings have qualified as one of the eight teams from the Berry Conference to play in the CHL post-season.

Joe Sports thoughts…

Well, we looked good on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday we looked like a team that didn’t care.

Are we finished?

I still think we’re done, there is a log jam in the standings, but to me this team doesn’t have what it takes.

What do you think?

Here’s a few thoughts from some fans that emailed me after the weekend and some comments on other RiverKing chat forums..

Sunday’s game..

1.This ranks right up there with the first game of the season. If a team of so called professionals is going to mail it in, why not call in sick and stay in Southaven, donate their pay and bus expense to the Jr Riverkings and everyone will be happy. Just when you thought things might be getting better. Poor babies, the bus ride must have been brutal.

ITS CALLED PRIDE!!!!

2.The Turtles just looked like a really bad team

3.I didn’t think the Turtles looked bad, they looked like they were skating in wet cement.

That is this team’s calling card…WORLD BEATERS ONE NIGHT, AND ABSOLUTE SLUGS THE NEXT! No one should be even slightly surprised by this!

4.The Kings are not going anywhere.

5.This team has sucked since the start of the season.

The fans have spoken…

JOE SPORTS FINAL THOUGHTS THIS WEEK

This team has had it’s worse season, we were a least competitive in the last five or six seasons and maybe more. This was a bad bad season.

The Plus/Minus stinks. Put it this way, when the highlight of your sports year is the Kings winning three in a row, it’s been a bad year.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

I’m Joe Sports have a great day and week and enjoy the final 3.

Offside Thursday/No grit on this team

Yes, here I am in Prescott Valley, Arizona. I made the road trip with the wife. Did you know the Kings only have 11 games left in the season. Lets thank someone for that, it has been a horrible one. The Kings record is 24-26-5- for 53 points and fifth place in the Berry Conference standings.

Why did I make the trip to Arizona? I’m nuts, crazy, not all there, insane, batty, cuckoo,delirious, demented, idiotic, lunatic,mental, nutty as fruitcake, of unsound mind, out of one’s mind, psycho. AM I ANY OF THOSE…YES. BUT THE REAL REASON, my wifes parents live close to Prescott Valley.

Any other year I would have been excited about going on a road trip and heading into the playoffs. This year has been different, a lot different. I think you know what I’m talking about, let me put that another way, I know you know what I’m talking about.

Enough said, lets have a look at the past week.

Last night…Wednesday night in Arizona.

Same old story, the Kings got thumped, man handled in Sundog land. The Dogs beat up on us 4-1. The game was the first meeting ever between the teams since Arizona joined the CHL.

The first period was BORING AND I MEAN BORING.The RiverKings outshot the Sundogs 9-6. It was 0-0 after twenty minutes of play.

Arizona opened the scoring in the second period on goals from Mark Kolanos and Jason Visser. Kings Matt Summers cut into their lead with a goal on the powerplay at 12:28. But the Sundogs increased their lead by two as Joey Sidesscored at 4:18 in the middle frame.It was 3-1 Sundogs after forty minutes of play.

Luke Erickson’s finished off the Kings on the powerplay at 14:09 in the third period. The final 4-1 Sundogs.

The Kings were 1-for-4 on the powerplay, Arizona was 2-for-8. The Sundogs outshot the RiverKings 49-28. Mississippi netminder Sterling takes the loss, he stopped 45 of 49 shots directed his way. Sterling has a record of (11-12-3). Sundogs netminder Levente Szuper was steady between the pipes he stopped 27 of 28 shots directed his way.

The Arizona Sundogs snapped a five-game winless streak and earned their third straight win at home Wednesday night at Tim’s Toyota Center. I didn’t have a tough time picking up two tickets before the game, the attendance folks was only 1,502.

Saturday

The Kings got on the board first at the DCC, with a powerplay goal at 16:19 from Matt Summers. The Oilers would tie it up though, with only 1:28 left in the period on a goal by Jack Combs’. It was 1-1 after one.

Only one goal was scored in the second period and it was not scored by the home team. Tulsa’s John Mori scored with eight only seconds left. It was 2-1 Oilers after forty minutes of play.

Chris Richard scored his 16th goal of the year on the powerplay. It was 2-2 at the end of sixty minutes.

Then it was overtime.

It didn’t help in overtime, that we started the OT session on the powerplay.

Oilers, Tyler Fleck took a stupid penalty at 19:23 of the third which carried over into OT. WE COULD NOT SCORE !!

But the Oilers did at 2:10, on a goal by Beausoleil. The final 3-2 Oilers.

Goaltending was an issue on Saturday, we outshot the Oilers 40-25. Trevor Cann stopped 38 of 40 shots directed his way. The Mississippi netminder  stopped 22 shots, but he had only 25 shots directed his way.

The RiverKings were 2-for 11 on the pathetic powerplay.

Friday

The Oilers edged the Kings on Friday night at the DCC, the final 6-5 Tulsa.

Jack Combs opened the scoring for the Oilers at 12:18. The Kings would respond with a powerplay goal from Flath at 15:31. It was then tied at one. But the Oliers got on the board again with another goal from Combs. It was 2-1 Oilers after twenty minutes of play.

The Kings tied the game in the second period, I missed that one as I was getting a few pops, the Kings scored at 0:10.Chris Auger scored for the Kings. Beausoleil gave Tulsa a 3-2 lead with a goal at 3:33. But the Kings rallied for two more in the second, Summers scored at 5:56 and Landmesser scored at 17:58. It was 4-3 Kings after forty minutes of play.

Then in the third period, guess what, the Kings scored again and we had a two goal lead. Yes a two goal lead. Chris Richards SCORED AT 4:00. I guess the two goal lead went to the Kings heads. The Oilers responded with 3 unanswered goals. Battaglia scored at 8:44, then Beausoleil scored at 12:44. The winner for the Oilers came at 14:00, Marty Standish beat Sterling and the final was 6-5 Oilers.

Mississippi out shot the Oilers 39-34.

Up next…Arizona hockey. Next action for the RiverKings will come this Friday and Saturday night at 8:05 pm Central time in Arizona. Bob Bakken will have the call on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM with the pre-game at 7:50 pm Central time.

If you want to get together with other Kings fans, a get together will be at the Southaven Buffalo Wild Wings, just north of Goodman Road on Airways Boulevard.

Remember the start time of both these games on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.Game time is 7:50 pm Central time.

Joe Sports thoughts

Whose team is it? Is anybody going to take charge? Those are all questions that are looming for me. It looks like we are stuck in mud.

We’re just missing too many assignments, we need EVERYONE to step up and take some responsibility for what’s happening around the front of our net.

Now I thought Killer had lost something this season, but Gardner has nothing, there’s no grit on this team.

Remember when…

In his first campaign as RiverKings’ coach, Kaminski has immediately fashioned his team into a championship-caliber group, now with a Northeast Division regular season title, and a 43-16-3 record with two games remaining in the schedule. Look at that record, what has happened?

At least Kaminski bought into his coaching philsophy of grit and hard work. Gardner has brought none of that.

True Grit!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uco41pOKeJg

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

CHL might lose two !!

The Odessa Jackalopes confirmed Tuesday that they are in final negotiations to bring a North American Hockey League club to the Permian Basin for the 2011-2012 season. Laredo might follow.

This is bad news for the CHL.

http://www.oaoa.com/sports/league-61172-hockey-north.html
It’s time for Offside Thursday

Unconfirmed reports have Jeopardy-winning computer Watson in a battle of wits with Leafs GM Brian Burke. One is known for being calculating and humourless; the other is made by IBM.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he has quit Cap’n Crunch. He is now know simply as Sabathia.

 The Caltech men’s basketball team edged Occidental by a single point in their season finale 46-45, ending a conference losing skid of 310 consecutive games that spanned 26 years. And there’s more good news. After calculating the statistical improbability of it all, Caltech has been nominated for their 32nd nobel. Occidental missed their last-gasp shot. It figures. They try to win for all those years then it happens Occidentally.

Sources in California say the Jay at Maverick’s Big Wave Surfing Invitational—which was under threat of cancellation due to a lack of giant waves—may take place after all. In a related story, JaMarcus Russell was seen swimming in San Francisco Bay.

Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco, Brazilian surfer Bruna Schmitz and American volleyballer Kim Glass each had their Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photos taken in the mountains of Banff, Alberta Canada. Talk about athletes at their peak. Wasn’t that where Margie was from.

Banff, Canada

Sterger

 Three examples of gross over-estimates in sports:
3. At the start of this season, Brent Sutter claiming Rene Bourque would be a combination of Rick Tocchet and Cam Neely;
2. After LeBron left, Byron Scott saying the Cavaliers still had enough talent to be a strong team in the NBA;
1. Before texting Jenn Sterger, Brett Favre trying a wide-angle lens

 

Jessica Simpson says she and ex-NFL tight end Eric Johnson are jointly planning their wedding. I saw Johnson play. Let him help with the ceremony, but don’t count on him for the reception.

An average audience of 647,000 people watched Cathy Overton-Clapham defeat Jennifer Jones. By comparison, the Edmonton-Colorado NHL game that night drew an average of 492,000 viewers. This proves definitively there is a place for fighting in curling.

According to a new survey, one in three Russians think the sun revolves around the earth. This came as a surprise to Alexander Ovechkin, who is pretty sure it revolves around him.

DC United has re-acquired Brazilian midfielder Fred from the New England Revolution, for a second-round draft pick. And a player to be surnamed later.

Cameron Diaz, who is dating Alex Rodriguez, told Jimmy Kimmel she loves porn. I’m thinking she must also love A-Rod’s salary, which is really obscene.

Mikhail Prokharov tried to lure Carmello Anthony to the Nets. In the end, James Dolon managed to Knicks the deal.

Here’s a look at the latest videos making the rounds on YouTube this week.

A Day Made of Glass

Where will it all end?

Oh, no, Hangover Part Two

http://bit.ly/hang2trailer

Number one was so good, it’s going to be hard to beat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcBXFDXgKOo

Speaking of movies that didn’t need a sequels-ET

Can you name all the movies that this footage was borrowed from to do this ?

Horses save Milk Truck Stuck in Snow

This video truly defines the term horse power! Watch how a kind Amish gentlemen and his massive horses pull a enormous eighteen wheeler stuck in the snow somewhere in Central Pennsylvania.

Timber

A superb stop-motion video entertains and challenges us to rethink are overuse of natural resources.

“What Is Internet, Anyway?”

A giant super-cut of news reports, commercials and instructional videos before majority of the world really knew what the internet was.

Thom Yorke’s “Single Ladies

Well, this was predictable. Someone added Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” track over Radiohead’s video for “Lotus Flower.”

Justin Bieber dies (on CSI)

You’re welcome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zb64y6Nvs0&feature=player_embedded

HIGH SCHOOL

1957 vs. 2011

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2011 – School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins.. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2011 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnn y and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not sit still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2011 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt..

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2011 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock

 

2011- The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English

1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2011 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up working at McDonalds for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 – Ants die.

2011 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated.
Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Wally falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Nancy. Nancy hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Wally feels better and goes on playing.

2011 – Nancy is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison… Wally undergoes 5 years of therapy and is never the same again.

How stupid have we become?

That’s it for this week, so long from Arizona. I’ve got two more games to watch in Arizona. Maybe the Kings can take one and make my road trip worth while. I can’t even think of losing three here and having to put up with the mother-in-law.

Enjoy the games this weekend.

I’m Joe Sports.

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Tigers’ streak goes sour quickly

The loss at SMU was bad, but it’d happened before, so maybe that made it bearable. The loss at Marshall was bad, but it was just a bad game against an OK team. The loss to Tulsa was bad, but the Tigers followed it up with four straight wins, so maybe it was just a fluke.

But Memphis’ 67-52 loss to Rice on Saturday was bad because, well, it was completely awful.

The Tigers, riding a four-game winning streak, had somehow built a solid RPI in the 20s and crept back onto the NCAA Tournament bubble. ESPN’s resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi even had Memphis among the “Last Four In” late last week. Now that is no more. At least it seems that way.

No surprise

Memphis’ up-and-down play has driven fans wild this season, but it should come as no surprise.

The Tigers lost back-to-back games to Marshall and Tulsa, but went on the road and won at Gonzaga — a place where few teams leave with victories. The slew of star freshmen have dazzled as much as they’ve disappointed. They’ve left crowds in awe as much as they’ve left them aghast.

Photo by Chase Gustafson

The Tigers are what they are. Their talent is exceptional, but they’re not ready to utilize it in full.

Will Barton is the best player on the team, but he’s not going to look like it every night. Joe Jackson is fast, but he’s not at all used to the college game. Tarik Black has shown more development than any of the freshmen this season, but he — like a man named Joey Dorsey once did — hasn’t figured out how to stay out of foul trouble.

Throw in Wesley Witherspoon and Will Coleman being veterans in name only, and you’ve got the recipe for what you’ve seen out of Memphis basketball this season.

Going forward

With four games remaining and only one of them against an above-.500 team (as if that matters), the Tigers’ focus needs to be on getting the absolute best seed possible in the C-USA Tournament.

As of Sunday, Memphis’ RPI, according to RealTimeRPI.com, had only dropped to No. 34, though it could continue to drop — even despite a win — with games against Tulane, Houston and East Carolina (in addition to UTEP) left to play. Throw in a few games in the conference tournament, and the Tigers could very well be hovering in the 40s or 50s come Selection Sunday.

Crazier things have happened and worse teams have probably tripped and fell into the NCAA Tournament field, but Memphis has to be realistic. And judging by how upset coach Josh Pastner in his postgame radio interview Saturday, the Tigers probably completely understand their predicament.

“I told the guys we’ll meet (Sunday) as a team,” Pastner said. “I said ‘Do not come in there tomorrow if you’re not ready to win four straight.’ We still control our destiny to win out, and if we win out, we win the conference title.”

If Memphis does reel off four straight and make a very strong run in the conference tournament — it would probably need to be an appearance in the championship game — the Tigers might have enough street cred to warrant an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.

But with this Memphis team, that’s a big, big “if.”

Offside Thursday/Playoff beards will not grow

Well, another week of Kings hockey, how did they do last week? Lose one,win one, WIN ONE, WIN ONE, holly cow a two game winning streak.

Tuesday

The RiverKings edged the Evansville IceMen 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night at the DCC. Summers scored the winner in the shootout.

The IceMen were all over the Kings in the first period, as they were outshot13-6. The only goal of the period was off an IceMens’s stick as Lovell found the twine at 7:15. It was 1-0 IceMen after one.

The Kings looked much better in the second period. Louis Dumont scored a shorty at 6:43. Then new comer Rusty Masters’ (his name sounds like he should be a Bull Rider) scored his first goal as a RiverKing, Masters’ scored at 17:34. It was 2-1 Kings after forty minutes of play.

Then the Kings took a 3-1 lead in the third period as Summers scored at 11:40. Well the fat lady could not sing as Evansville then rallied and scored two in a row, late in the game.

Lovell scored his second of the night at 15:27, then Larocque tied the game with 1:45 remaining. It was 3-3 after sixty minutes of play.

Then it was OT !!

Neither team could score in overtime.

Then it was shootout time. Summers got the winner in the fourth round. The final 4-3 Kings.

This was a great game to watch, it was wide open, Mississippi out shot the IceMen 39-38. Evansville were 1-for-2 on the powerplay.It was the same old story for the Kings on the powerplay, they were 0-for-6.

With Tuesday’s win on Tuesday night, the Kings moved into a tie for third place in the Berry Conference. The Kings now have a 24-22-4 record for 52 points.

The RiverKings signed forward Rusty Masters. He played for the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL. SPHL Stats- 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points. Not bad, if I say so myself.

Sunday

The Mississippi RiverKings crushed the Thunder Sunday afternopon 4-1.

The first period was a yawner, The RiverKings outshot the Thunder14-8. It was 0-0 after one.

The RiverKings opened the scoring in the second period on a powerplay goal(A What ?) yes you heard it right a powerplay goal. Landmesser took a shot from inside the blue line and it found its way to the back of the net at 5:27. It was 1-0 Kings after the second period.

Wichita got on the board in the third period on a powerplay goal at 8:11. But the Kings then went on a scoring spree. Two goals in ten seconds. Flath scored at 9:08 and Sarazin scored at 9:18. It was 3-1 Kings. Then Christian scored an empty netter.The final 4-1 Kings.

Both teams were 1-for-7 on the powerplay. The Thunder outshot the RiverKings 34-33. Mississippi netminder Sterling stopped 33 of 34 shots directed his way..

After Sunday’s game, the Kings auctioned off their special night jerseys. This is a hell of a return, $10,245. That dough is split between the DeSoto County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society and the Jr. StreetKings youth in-line hockey program in Hernando. Way to go fans !!

Saturday night-Tulsa

The Kings were away on Saturday. Jack Combs for Tulsa , just 45 seconds into overtime. Tulsa Oilers 4, Kings 3.

Friday-Bloomington

Another OT loss for the Kings on Friday. Jason Deleurme scored with 1:25 remaining as the Bloomington PrairieThunder beat the Kings 4-3.

On the road again…

What’s next up for the Kings, firts they travel to Wichita for a Friday night match. Then they are off to Colorado for a Saturday night battle with the Eagles.

Joe Sports thoughts…

The record from January 25th.

Lose,win, lose, win, lose, lose, lose,win, win.

I didn’t think I’d say this this season.The Kings are a struggling team in all areas of the ice except for in goal. At the start of the year I thought we would be weak in net.

I see a disorganized hockey club two steps behind the play more often than not. There is no Easy button for the Kings.

Yes, I expect the team to win one playoff game. Then, as a fan, I’d expect them to try and build on that the next season.

Here’s some email’s I got this week. I think most of you agree with me.

Unrealistic expectations? They lack competitiveness from their young guys AND there supposed core veterans.

Sam

Truth be told, playoffs would be very nice, but right now I just want to see some effort, just CHL level of play. I see a disorganized hockey club.We can’t even get the puck into the zone on a power play much less score. Just compete, Kings, that’s all I want.

Ray

It is not unreasonable for Kings fans to become a little tired of the same old crap that this mickey mouse organization spits out every year. Im tired of all the Kings excuses. Enough is enough.

The fans have spoken Kings.

My final thought.

Playoff beards will not grow vey long for the Kings this year.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Well it’s that fun time of the week. it’s time for Offside Thursday.

What do you get if you combine singer Justin Bieber, crooner Michael Buble and winger Matt Cooke? The Bieb, the Bube and the boob.

James Franco told TV Guide he plans to make Three’s Company into a movie. Nobody knows why.

A blockbuster, 3D version of Snow White will begin filming in Montreal this spring at a cost of $150 million. Julia Roberts was just confirmed for the part of the Evil Queen. Seven Montreal Canadiens will play the dwarfs.

Last week the New Orleans Saints coach bought a house in Dallas. Before you knew it, Peyton’s place become a soap opera.

Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavvson, in the AHL for conditioning, was pulled from a game due to an elevated heart rate. This is not something Leafs fans have experienced.


Why all the fuss over A-Rod at the Super Bowl getting his mouth stuffed with popcorn by Cameron Diaz? It beats the alternative—trying to make conversation.

There were three separate fights in the first four seconds of last week’s Bruins-Stars game. To some that’s hockey; to others it’s a family get-together.

Some things write themselves. Witness the bar in Valentine, Neb., that built a curling rink and is now hosting leagues and bonspiels. Seems owner Marty Jordan and his patrons watched curling during the Olympics and loved it.

The bar’s outdoor rink is about half the size of a regular sheet. And milk jugs filled with a concrete mixture are being used instead of rocks.

Tahrir Square in Cairo has been jammed with protesters recently, although 400 people complained they couldn’t get in. They have been offered refunds at three times face value, plus tickets to the next riot.” . . . Fans that got bounced from their seats at the Super Bowl will be well looked after; I’m thinking Jerry Jones will want to save face.

No wonder there was a lack of seat space at the Super Bowl -the Kardashians were there.

Thieves in Malaysia have stolen $1.5 million worth of condoms. I’m thinking these will be a hard sell.

One sentence to sum up what kind of winter it’s been in the United States: On Monday, Mark Wilson won the frost-delayed Phoenix Open.

Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh Penguins knows the value of a warm beer at a sporting event. During the pre-game warm-up, Rupp crashed into the boards, causing a fan to spill his beer. Rupp asked the trainer to go to the dressing room, get a puck and $10 from his wallet. Rupp signed the puck, taped the $10 to it and gave it to the fan. Cheers Rupp!!

Here’s a look at the latest videos making the rounds on YouTube this week.

Playmobil Stop Motion with Joy Division’s Transmission

Check out these Playmobil figurines perform Joy Division’s “Transmission.” Up next, Barbie and G.I. Joe do “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

NFL Best Fans Ever featuring TV Shows

The NFL seamlessly edited some of the best television moments into an epic Super Bowl ad.

Harry Baals Government Center

A small controversy in one of America’s small towns brings out our immaturity at the obvious.

12 Year Old Child Prodigy

Check out Jordan McCabe as he dribbles two basketballs through ESPN’s office. If his dribbling skills are any indication to the way he plays basketball, college scouts will be knocking at his door soon enough.

Fireworks Fail

This should be a perfect explanation on why people shouldn’t ignite fireworks in suburban areas.

Tall Painting

Videographer Dave Kaufman stylistically takes the work of visual artist Holton Rower to showcase the psychedelic experience that his art displays. Become mesmerized as the paint melts down the canvas to create a vibrant journey of colours.

Just came back from Vegas, My wife and I saw Angel…here’s an example of his work. He’s great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxWMZPqqM7E

We also saw the Bee Gees- Another great show

That’s it for today, enjoy the Kings games this weekend.

I’m Joe Sports.

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