NHL Expansion And Jersey Ads Would Be A Mistake, But They’re Going To Happen

Las Vegas

I’ve been working on this post for a few months now. Stalling as long as possible to get the most information possible and waiting until after the Board Of Governors meetings turned out to be the right time. The big-time rumors of expansion heated up at the end of August., but got even more serious around the second week of November. At the end of this post you can read a bunch of opinions/information on expansion, along with some tweets, on how NHL insiders/bloggers/reporters think it will all pan out. I would highly recommend giving those a read if you’re interested in this subject.

The bottom line though is that NHL expansion is going to happen, whether anyone likes it or not. There’s a reason they realigned the divisions so that there were 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West. The NHL is definitely looking to put two more teams in the West and they already have some spots picked out (Las Vegas, Seattle, or Kansas City). That being said, expansion is a horrible idea. The NHL has locked out twice since 2004 because the owners and the league were apparently losing money. The league is now at an all-time high for revenue, so why would you expand the league and add more teams to the revenue sharing pot with no guarantee of a long-term boost in income? Theoretically it should boost the leagues income, but expansion teams are not guaranteed to be successful.

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Brady Hoke Has Been Fired: What Now?

Brady Hoke

I’ll have a full recap of the season up at some point, but now it’s time to discuss the most important piece of news. Brady Hoke has been fired.

It’s unfortunate that it came down to this. A guy that showed so much promise with his opening press conference and his first season with Rich Rodriguez’s players, eventually went up in flames. It’s too bad, he seemed like the perfect man for the job. He was a nice guy, genuinely cared about the kids, had a deep love for the school, and it was his so-called dream job. He did a good job of saying all the right things that the boosters wanted to hear about Michigan. He brought back former players to talk to the team and recruited with the best of them. Unfortunately in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be and the results were never seen on the field. I do feel bad for him, how could you not?

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College Football Playoff: It Should Have Been 8 Teams From The Start

For the first time ever I went an entire month without a post and I’m going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I should have some more time to post soon and will have some good posts upcoming, including finally writing about the Lions, so stay tuned.

When the College Football Playoff was first announced, I was ecstatic; just like everyone else. But, I was not a fan of it only being a four-team playoff. No, not because of the reasons that people are mentioning now, at least not initially. I wanted an eight-team playoff so that it would eventually evolve into a 16-team playoff. I wanted as many teams as possible involved because as much as I love Bowl Season, there is nothing better than a tournament to determine the National Champion. Plus, just because there is a playoff would not mean they would have to get rid of bowl games. They made that abundantly clear with the current set up they have now. But, the people in charge of it do not want that many playoff teams. They say it’s so the athletes don’t miss that much school, but that’s a total joke. I don’t see anyone objecting to March Madness. And if they think it’s too many games and don’t want players to get hurt, the absolute maximum they would play is 16 games, which is the same length as an NFL regular season. So what’s the real reason? That it would take away from the regular season and make it meaningless? Lol, no data to support that.

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Dave Brandon Resigns: What’s Next?

Mark Schlissel

I had taken a hiatus from writing on here because let’s face it, there hasn’t been anything good to write¬†about. I won’t celebrate Dave Brandon leaving the University of Michigan because that’s asking for bad karma. That being said, this is a step in the right direction.

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Detroit Red Wings 2014-2015 Season Preview and NHL Season Predictions

Detroit Red Wings

Much like Michigan Football, I’m not overly optimistic about the Detroit Red Wings championship hopes. I think they should be a lock for the playoffs if they stay healthy, but I don’t know if I see them being capable of making a playoff run. That being said, if Jimmy Howard gets hot, you never know what can happen. Things got off to a great start with Anthony Mantha breaking his tibia and he’ll be out 6-8 weeks. This is unfortunate because it gives him no chance at making the roster to start the year and he’ll begin the year in the AHL. I would expect that once Mantha is healthy he would be one of the first guys to get called up.

Things only got worse when Pavel Datsyuk was hit by Rob Scuderi in the first preseason game against Pittsburgh and he separated his shoulder. He’s expected to miss about four weeks¬†and he’ll miss the start of the season for the first time in 13 seasons…not ideal. Talent was not the issue for the Red Wings last year and it isn’t the issue this year, it’s staying healthy. When this team is healthy, they have a very solid roster…but as we have learned, this team has trouble staying healthy now that they’re older.

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Michigan vs. Minnesota: The Sky Is Falling And Brady Hoke Doesn’t Know It

Michigan Football

A year ago I wrote that I thought that the sky may be falling after the UConn game…oh how wrong I was. I can honestly say now that the sky is falling. This program is at the point of no return it seems and it still hasn’t hit rock bottom…yet. Before the season started, I had heard that the coaches had some concerns about this upcoming season, but I can’t imagine they thought it would end up like this. I figured they would be worried they would be 9-3 with losses to their 3 major rivals, not 2-3 before October. I look at the schedule and there are no winnable games/guaranteed wins left…not if they keep playing like they have been. Could you imagine a 2-10 Michigan Football team? The thought makes me want to puke. I was thinking 5-7 worst case scenario after Notre Dame, but now I don’t even know how they will get 3 more wins.

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Michigan Football: When It Rains, It Pours

Michigan-Utah

I can’t help but look at this photo and think it’s a high school football game. After the rain delay, this was all that was left at Michigan Stadium. This certainly looks like the death of an elite football program to me.

As I sat there in the pouring rain, waiting for the game to be suspended after seeing lightning, I couldn’t help but think, this is how it all ends for Brady Hoke. Soaking wet, in a weather delay, following another offensive turnover. The offense has turned into a turnover machine that couldn’t find the end zone with a god damn GPS.

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