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Enjoy the game rather than grumble

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We have seen briefly a bunch of wild debut games by two of the most spectacular talents so far, Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, or should we call Patrik by the latest nickname: Hatrik Laine?

I do find it quite cool, and time will tell if he’s able to live up to the name with more hat tricks this season or if it was just one single moment of brilliance.

Auston Matthews, on the other hand, has scored a few goals as well, if we put it that way. But Laine had a shiny moment when Jets and Maple Leafs faced each other in Winnipeg, with that incredible hat trick that gave his temporary or lifetime nickname.

The crowd in Winnipeg chanted that “Laine is better”. The chanting pointed out the crowd’s opinion that Laine is, of course, better than Matthews.

I don’t know, to be honest, is he really? The career is far from over hopefully.

And is it fair to compare two players with a different style but equal amount of god-given gift to play hockey?

I don’t know that either as I am not in the position to judge as some seem to be.

However, I don’t find it necessary to make comparisons between players, because each player has their unique qualities that make them qualified enough to play in the NHL or at least at Pro level elsewhere, the KHL for example.

Moreover, I did find it at least unnecessary to mock another player like that, like the Winnipeg crowd, did with Matthews.

He’s a tremendously talented player as Laine is.  Both of them have enormous capacity and the good thing with these players that they are most likely getting better and better all the time.

So, there are no limits how good they can be, and we can just sit back and enjoy the show, so long as they keep playing.

The latest games have also brought some new questions to light.

We have seen plenty of stars through the years, as many including myself still remember Gretzky, Lemieux, Kurri, Modano, Hull etc.

But was the game really so much better back then? Perhaps in some aspects, it was, although, I toss out the possibility that this might be the best era in the hockey history so far.

My argument, such as it is, for that conclusion or test of an idea rather, is that we have seen the last 5 years for instance Jagr, the professor, break record after record, as have Ovechkin and Crosby.

And, we have so many talents coming up and those who are on their breakthrough moments that I can’t recall that there have been this much ever before.

We can at least see a very different type of hockey that I am fonder of than what was presented during previous eras. There’s definitely more space for playing hockey rather than the endless kerfuffles that could occur during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

My point is that I really do enjoy the game more than before, thanks to the new way of playing by the young super prospects that have arrived in the NHL and other parts of the hockey world.

The thing most of all that I like is that you really have to be a hockey player with a capital H. Be only a yapper or a fighter won’t bring anyone as far as it could 20-30 years ago, which is a good thing for the game itself.

So, what can we expect from the gentlemen, Matthews and Laine for example?

I can just pray to the almighty that they stay healthy and free from injuries, which will give them a long, long career, and plenty of golden hockey moments to remember.

In the long run, we are about to see a hoard of super talents in different teams, and I find it better to just enjoy and feel gratitude.

No matter if someone makes a hat trick or a point record game against the favorite team.

Much better to do that than grumble and mock, simply so that every moment is more or less unique and we can see such super players as they all are, Matthews and Laine included.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

Michael Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington RedskinsAs for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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