Monday, April 11, 2011
Sideshow Bobrovsky unveils new Simpsons-inspired mask
Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has found a new way to show off for the playoffs. The rookie netminder unveiled his new mask just in time for playoffs.
And his inspiration was Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons.
On the other side of the helmet, Philadelphia icon Rocky Balboa in front of the US flag raises his arms like the champion he is. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Crains Chicago Business interviews Bulls exec Steve Schanwald
Ed Sherman from Crains Chicago Business recently conducted a three-part Business of Sports video interview with Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President-Business Operations Steve Schanwald. Among the topics Sherman discusses with Schanwald include Bulls superstarNBA MVP candidate Derrick Rose, the teams on-going domination in overall league attendance, the Jordan effect and more. Plus Sherman also posted a pair articles focusing on Comcast SportsNets extremely busy spring season, along with the hyper-serving goal of SportsNet Central. (Crain's Chicago Business)
Bulls finish No. 1 in NBA Power Rankings
The Bulls clinched their 60th win of the season yesterday, and in doing so secured the top position in NBC Sports NBA Power Rankings.
They have repeatedly won with a strong defense, and have improved on the offensive end. Pro Basketball Talk believes Derrick Rose's decision-making has improved across the board. The blog also insists that the team is "legit." (Pro Basketball Talk)
Wild fire head coach
Just hours after he lead his team to a victory over the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards was fired. Richards was with the team for two years.
"Without question you look back, and there's always hindsight," Richards said. "Would you do some things differently? Absolutely there are some things I'd do differently, but for the most part there's not too many things I would change."
The Wild defeated the Stars 4-3 in their last regular season NHL game, boosting the Chicago Blackhawks into the playoffs. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Father of Bulls' Noah receives death threats
The father of Bulls' center Joakim Noah, Yannick, said he was the target of death threats and racial slurs from neo-Nazis before playing a concert in France.
According to a French newspaper, the former tennis star turned singer received the threats in a theater in Roanne, and immediately contacted the police.
A local extremist group called Phinehas sent the threatening messages. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago Sky select Gonzaga point guard
In the 2011 WNBA Draft, the Chicago Sky selected Courtney Vandersloot from Gonzaga University. The point guard was the first ever Division I player (man or woman) to notch more than 2000 points and 1000 assists in a career.
Some of her career highlights include being named All-West Coast Conference three times, West Coast Conference Player of the Year twice, and West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player twice.
In her senior season, Vandersloot averaged 18.6 points, 10.2 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. (WNBA.comSky)