And the Stanley Cup Goes To…

The Pittsburgh Penguins!

In a great game held two days ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0, winning the series in six games.  This is the fifth time the team has won the Cup and the second consecutive time (something that has not happened in 19 years).  Thusly,  there are quite the celebrations being planned for downtown  to mark the victory.

Tomorrow, for those Downtown, check out the parade that will begin at the Grant Street/Liberty Avenue intersection and then make its way down Grant Street to Boulevard of the Allies. It will then head out to Boulevard of the Allies toward Point State Park, where the procession will end.  At that point a stage on Point State Park’s lawn will be set up and players and staff from the team will give celebratory remarks.

One way that fans celebrated the win at the actual game was by eating raw catfish as a mark of respect for their team becoming NHL champions for the second time.

Petrosie to Join the Academy of Art University

In exciting news for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, former Dixie High School pitcher, Chris Petrosie, has committed to join the Academy of Art University in the fall. Petrosie has shown his skills at the Yakima Valley Community College in Washington for the last two years. He posted a 15-6 overall record and had a 1.94 ERA.

Petrosie has also won the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament MVP. He did so after throwing 13 innings.

 

NFL Changes: Natalie Ravitz Becomes VP of Communications

Certainly, there is something new happening in the NFL all the time, and someone needs to manage that information. The NFL has recently announced a new hire, as Natalie Ravitz will serve as their senior VP of communications. Ravitz comes from an impressive PR background, having served as Rupert Murdoch’s Chief of Staff at News Corp for three years.

In other NFL news, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has allowed the Naval Academy player Keenan Reynolds to be part of the NFL while fulfilling his service requirements in the Navy Reserves. Reynolds was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month without knowing if he would be able to play in 2016.

As Mabus has now said, “Keenan Reynolds is one of the finest people that I know. He is just a sterling individual. If I’m an NFL coach or GM, he’s the kind of person I want in my locker room.”

“When we have guys coming out of the Naval Academy who go on and play professional sports, or go on and do other things that are high profile, it gives us a chance to show who we are and show the type of people that we attract and recruit. I can’t think of a better ambassador for the United States Navy or for the United States military than Keenan Reynolds.”

This is certainly the type of story that Natalie Ravitz will be reporting on as VP of communications and it will be interesting to see how she develops the position over time.

For the Love of the Wallabies: Geoff Richards

rugbyEven though Geoff Richards only got to play for the Wallabies due to injury toll the team faced in 2010, he still had an impressive professional rugby career. Internationally speaking, the former rugby union player and coach got around. For example, although born and raised in England, very early on in his career, Richards was called to New Zealand (which was when he played for the now very famous and successful Wallabies). Another injury that resulted in Geoff Richards being called to play took place in 1981. Roger Gould was injured in the first Test against France at Ballymore. In 2006 Richards coached England at the Women’s Rugby World Cup. He played in the position of fullback.

Meanwhile the Wallabies – officially known as the Australian national rugby union team – has itself had an impressive career since it was established back in 1882 under the name the Southern Rugby Football Union. It has competed in all eight Rugby World Cups and has won two of them (unprecedented at the time). And has also – over the years – won the Bledisloe Cup, the World Cup, the Tri Nations, amongst others.

But what is the story with the Wallabies today? How are they doing now and how do things look as we head into the new year? Well, first off, as of August 2015, Australia was ranked second in the World Rugby Rankings. Perhaps this is why, according to a recent article in FOX News by Christy Doran, it has been predicted that “2016 [will be] the year of the Wallaby. [It is a] team on the rise, led by a coach in Michael Cheika who demands high standards and expects results.”

Geoff Richards may not have been the coach of the Wallabies, but for anyone as connected to an international professional career as he was in his time, he can still take pride in playing the small part he did for that team, back in the day.

Seattle Seahawks Obliterate Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

superbowlIn a shocking showdown, the Seattle Seahawks blew over the Denver Broncos for a 43-8 Super Bowl win. This is the team’s first NFL title, and while their season was undeniably impressive, the Seahawks’ outcome against the legendary Peyton Manning was especially extraordinary.

The franchise dominated from the very first play of the game, and their outstanding defense did not budge for a single play, forcing 5-time MVP Manning to make just a few too many mistakes. Following last night’s performance, Seattle defender Malcolm Smith was named MVP, the first defender to win the title in over a decade.

Watch the full game highlights here, from NFL.com.

 

NFL’s Week 16

In week 16 of the NFL we find Eugene King and Philly making their selections.

Baseball VS Football

Forbes contributor Maury Brown recently shared his opinion that Major League Baseball is better than the NFL, explaining that while the NFL rules in television ratings, he prefers baseball, alongside many others. He lists ten reasons why:

  1. It’s played in the summer.
  2. It’s played daily.
  3. Every ballpark is different.
  4. MLB.com, MLB.TV, and MLB “At Bat” for Mobile Devices Rules Online
  5. No lockouts or strikes.
  6. No concussion threats.
  7. The numbers matter.
  8. Baseball is cerebral.
  9. Baseball has amazing history.
  10. Free baseball.

See Brown’s full explanation here.

 

Ravens in 2012 Playoff

See how the Ravens made it to the Super Bowl in this 2012 playoff divisional game.

Regis Philbin Returns to Television

Regis Philbin has returned to full-time television this summer with Fox Sports 1 network’s “Crowd Goes Wild.” He discusses the show on WSJ’s Lunch Break while trying out the new Google Glass.

 

Patrick Ewing to Become Associate Head Coach for Charlotte Bobcats

220px-Space_jamSources have confirmed that Patrick Ewing, Hall of Fame center, will become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats in what many will see as a ‘Space Jam’ reunion.

Ewing and Charlotte owner Michael Jordan appeared in the 1996 classic that featured other famous stars including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and other Looney Tunes. The two were also long-time rivals when they played for the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.

Ewing’s new coaching job will be alongside the team’s new head coach Steve Clifford. The pair have much personal and professional history as well.

Ewing has worked 8 seasons as an assistant coach for the NBA, including Orlando and Houston.