With the Major League Baseball pennant races heating up in a big way, the NFL getting ready to start and the Team USA keeping the NBA in the news people have a tendency to forget about the NHL in their off-season. The NHL did find a way to grab some headlines when a rumor came out that they where looking to add 4 expansion teams by the year 2017. The cities rumored to get expansion franchises are Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City and a second team in Toronto. NHL spokesman Gary Meagher has said that there’s no talk of adding teams and expansion isn’t on the Board of Governor’s agenda. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed as much in an interview with TVA Sports that expansion was “Not in our plans,” he said. “Nothing new to report on expansion.” Any time you add teams to your league there’s a chance that it will water down your product but I like the idea of adding teams to the NHL. I think the cities that were mentioned would be good choices for NHL teams. Seattle has been looking for and deserves another professional sports team since the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. If you remember Quebec has had an NHL team before the Nordiques. The Nordiques started in the World Hockey League before moving to the NHL in 1979. They played in Quebec until the end of the 1995 season, after that season the team moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche. The Nordiques hold the distinction of being the only major professional sports team to have been based in Quebec City in the modern era, and one of only two ever; the other, the Quebec Bulldogs, played one season in the NHL in 1919–20. If you’re a Toronto Maple Leaf fan you might not like the idea of adding a 2nd team to the city there but it would be a good place for the NHL to add a team. The Maple Leafs are always among the best drawing teams in the NHL and as long as the 2nd team had an up to date stadium to play in and it wasn’t to close to where the Maple Leaf Gardens the team should do well. The interesting choice of cities would be the rumored team in Las Vegas. The first question that came to my mind was how would a professional hockey player handle the lifestyle of living in Las Vegas. A team in Vegas always raises the question if corruption might be an issue but players make so much money now; could someone actually buy an athlete off? I think at one point in time every major professional sports league has been rumored to be looking into having a team in Las Vegas and it looks like the NHL may be the first one to do it. How about you, are you for or against NHL expansion?
WE had our 1st of two fantasy football drafts last night. It was our traditional snake style draft. Snake style means you select #1 through #20 and then the team with the 20th pick gets the 21st pick and the draft heads back down to #1. I ended up with the 3rd pick in the draft. Dan the Man was picking 8th and Mr. Fantasy was way down at pick #17. At #3 I went with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeShon McCoy. Dan the Man also went running back in the 1st round taking Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers. Being the homer that he is at #17 Mr. Fantasy selected Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Picking 4th in the 2nd round Mr. Fantasy took running back Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins. With the 13th pick of the 2nd round Dan the Man went running back again taking C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills. My next selection was the 18th pick of the 2nd round and I took another running back like Dan the Man did. I went with Toby Gerhart of the Jacksonville Jaquars. I don’t want to go over every selection we made, but I’d like to go through two more rounds with you; so you can get an idea how we try to build our teams. In the 3rd round I took Percy Harvin; wide receiver Seattle Seahawks. Dan the Man took New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mr. Fantasy’s 3rd round pick was Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. Working the other way for the 4th round Mr. Fantasy selected another Cleveland Browns player. This time he went with running back Ben Tate. I know you where hoping I was going to type Johnny Manziel, but the 4th round would be way, way early to take Johnny “Football” that would be really early. In the 4th round Dan the Man selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. When it got to my pick in the 4th round I took Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The Mr. irrelevant pick in our draft was New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro was the 20th pick in the 22nd round to end our draft last night. Our auction league draft is tonight and that has an entirely different strategy that the draft we had last night does. There are many. many theories on how to put your auction league teams together and I haven’t found one that works for me yet. I’ve always looked for players I thought would put up good numbers and tried to land them at a value price. Or I’ll take a player who seems to be a good value at the price he’s at when his name is on the board. The example I’ll give you from last season that blew up in my face was the quarterback position. I ended up with Eli manning and Matt Schaub at the quarterback position last season and I paid less that $15 dollars for them. I thought I was in a good position with 2 choices at quarterback that may not have been spectacular but very solid players. Not to go into too much detail, but you know how those 2 picks worked out for me. I have to find a way to either spend my money better or just get better performance out of the guys I pay for.
On the Thursday edition of Sports Time Radio we had on a guest. Al Yellon of www.bleedcubbieblue.com joined the show to talk a little Cubs baseball. We’re always looking for guest on Sports Time Radio; so if you know someone we should have on to talk any sport, contact us Sportstimeradio@hotmail.com
So how was your week?