Three things we learned in the NHL: Leafs ahead by a century

Canada lost rockstar Gord Downie on Wednesday, taken cruelly by cancer at only 53. The Tragically Hip are as important to Canadians as the game of hockey, and his death sent a ripple across the NHL.

To honour Downie and everything he meant for our country and our game, this edition of things we learned takes some inspiration from the songs that brought us together.

Thanks for the music Gord.

Maple Leafs rebuild ahead by a century

Wednesday saw another in a long history of battles between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. These two teams go back more than 90 years but at this point in time, they are seemingly headed in opposite directions.

The Maple Leafs are now the betting favourites to win the Stanley Cup, while the Red Wings are getting credit simply for not being as bad as expected.

Leafs are only the 4th team since 94-95 to post 33+ goals in their first 7 gp. In 93-94 three teams did it… Including the Leafs.

— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) October 19, 2017

Getting to this point was a long and painful road for the Maple Leafs and their fans but it’s paying off now. But Red Wings fans can’t expect the same thing for their team, at least not any time soon.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland said earlier in the day that he wasn’t interested in a rebuild despite missing the playoffs last season for the first time in 25 years.

“The rebuild is a long process to get to where you’re elite, I’m talking six, seven, eight years. We’re trying to be competitive,” Holland said on Hockey Central at Noon Wednesday.

Well, the Maple Leafs showed on Wednesday that a …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Roundup: Fake Melania Trump, Gronkowski Brothers Go on Shark Tank

Eiza Gonzalez… Fake Melania Trump is the greatest conspiracy … the problem with hypocrisy … holes feel larger with your tongue than with your finger … Newsweek could be facing a discrimination lawsuit … nurse fleeing wildfire saves pony … Donald Trump offered a grieving military father $25K … there was another shooting yesterday … Blue Apron laying off hundreds … does the brain really continue to work after death … Holocaust poll costing The Mooch lucrative speaking gigs …

The Gronkowski brothers were on Shark Tank this week. They played flip cup and got an investment in their ice shakers. [CNBC]

Donald Trump once backed out of an interview with Dr. Z. [The Post Game]

Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching Nikola Mirotic. [Chicago Tribune]

Nike has to look into why LeBron James jersey tore during the Cavaliers season opener. [ESPN]

Chris Leak had a teaching license. He lost it when he asked a student to touch his genitals. [Palm Beach Post]

A Q&A with Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith. [DMagazine]

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How the Van Gundy brothers became the ultimate NBA insiders. [Sports Business Daily]

This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie …read more

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Video: Gordon Hayward’s message to Celtics from hospital bed after gruesome injury

CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward’s face was etched in pain and shock.

Of all the juicy subplots for this hyped homecoming and a season opener between heated rivals, a serious injury to Hayward wasn’t on the list.

Boston’s season changed in a gruesome instant Tuesday night.

Hayward, one of the new Celtics who was going to help them close the gap on Cleveland, broke his left ankle just five minutes into his debut, and Boston was beaten 102-99 on Tuesday night by LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Hayward’s horrific injury overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and re-directed Boston’s immediate future and potential.

After the 27-year-old was wheeled from Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher, offering a thumbs-up on his way to the ambulance, the Celtics rallied but came up short.

The outcome, though, hardly mattered.

“You hurt for him,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward, his former star at Butler. “It’s a tough, tough deal, but I guess that’s part of the risk of injury. I really feel for him.”

Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract with the Celtics this summer, was bumped by James while trying to catch an alley-oop pass with 6:45 left in the first quarter. The forward’s leg got twisted underneath him as he came back to the floor and snapped his ankle grotesquely, his foot pointing awkwardly to one side.

He sat up, looked at his foot and yelled while players and fans covered their mouths and others turned their heads.

James said seeing Hayward get hurt reminded him of grisly injuries to Paul George, Shaun Livingston and Louisville’s Kevin Ware.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon’s family. Hope for a speedy recovery, a healthy recovery,” James said. “Those are the injuries that you never see coming, you never want to happen, no matter who it is, no matter …read more

Source:: TampaBay.com: Florida’s Largest Newspaper

Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates Celtics With 37 Points

Giannis Antetokounmpo had his way with the Celtics on Wednesday night, hanging 37 points on Boston for their second loss in a row, and helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-100 season-opening victory.

Antetokounmpo had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and added 13 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving struggled on his way to 17 points, shooting an ugly 7-for-25 in his Boston debut.

Per the AP:

Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee’s 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks’ season opener on Wednesday night.

“I passed the ball to Delly,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter— and the biggest assist of the game, as well. “And that’s what Delly does.”

The post Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates Celtics With 37 Points appeared first on SLAMonline.

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Source:: SLAMonline