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Today's Burning Question From the NHL



Today I was approached with what is the burning question of the day from the NHL. With having time to sink in the All-Star Roster and having a collection of players that are having superb seasons. But enough with all that celebrating the good – let’s get down to blasting the bad.


Today’s Burning Question: Which Player has been the most disappointing?

And well let’s face the facts; there are a good many players to choose from to answer this question and I am going to give you SportsRantz’s list of players that have been the most disappointing and the staff didn’t hold back with their answers to today’s burning question!


Ville Leino: Signed with the Sabres for $27 million over six years. Has 3 goals in 33 games. And everyone knows that for that kind of contract you ought to be scoring more than three goals in 33 games.


Danny Briere: With the addition of Jagr in the offseason; Briere’s numbers haven’t increased like the Flyers organization thought. Briere only has 13 goals on the year whereas last season he finished with 34 goals on the season. Briere only has 29 points and sits with a +3 in the +/- ratings. Briere needs to step it up on his line and start producing points like the Flyers have seen him do in the past.


Alex Ovechkin: Sure he has 35 points as of tonight; but those numbers can be very misleading. Ovechkin hasn’t lived up to his previous seasons as a goal scorer and has fallen into SportsRantz tool box as well. Ovechkin is also sitting with a -7 +/- rating in the league as well.


Ryan Kesler: Scored 41 times last year for the Canucks. Just 12 goals so far, and only six of them even strength and if the Canucks hope to continue their playoff hopes they need Kesler to be a bigger scoring factor.


Dwayne Roloson: Horrendous numbers (3.68 GAA, .880) for the guy that helped the Lightning get to within a game of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. And look where the Lightning are at now, sharing last place in the Eastern Conference and Roloson has a lot to hang his head about. Only 6 wins on the year!


Eric Staal: One of the league’s top snipers is on pace for 19 goals with a minus-37 rating and this is the Staal that everyone expected great things from and now everyone is claiming him to be the worst of the 3 Staal brothers.


Mike Cammalleri: For a $6 million cap hit, 10 goals isn’t enough; clearly it wasn’t enough in Montreal and Cammalleri is hoping to turn the year around with the Flames.  Allegedly not the greatest teammate either.


Rick DiPietro: What good is there to say about DiPietro? None. The guy is a walking injury for the New York Islanders and unfortunately for them they are stuck with his hefty 15-year contract which is turning into a GM’s worst nightmare.


Ryan Miller: Another goalie added to the list. Yes, we are hard on goaltenders but Ryan Miller was supposed to be one of the best this year and was lumped into a category with Tim Thomas at the start of this season. Miller hasn’t proven to be more than a drama queen on the ice with a on again off again concussion issue.


Bobby Ryan: Being drafted 2nd overall in the 2005 NHL Draft you would expect to see a lot more out of Bobby Ryan. Yet, Bobby Ryan has been held to only 17 goals and a -5 +/- rating. He is currently on pace to finish the season with 45 points compared to last years 71 and two years ago 64 point performance



Brenden Morrow: Seven goals in 37 games for a guy that scored 33 last year. Plus, he plays on a team without a ton of depth, so it hurts even more.


Lubomir Visnovsky:  Not even close to producing at the same “top scoring defenseman in the NHL” rate as 2010-11. 4 goals on tap for the year is not a good sign but; one is to argue that there is very little good signs coming out of Anaheim.


Ilya Bryzgalov:  A huge concern for the Flyers. Bryzgalov is signed for big money until 2020 and in his first season in Philly has some of the worst goalie statistics in the league. With a $51 million dollar contract we expected a lot more out of Bryzgalov and he’s been fairly disappointing thus far with a 3.07 GAA and a .891 SV %.


There is SportsRantz’s list of some of the league’s most disappointing players thus far in the 2011-2012 NHL season. Surely we didn’t name all of them and I am sure some could be debated and that’s why you should let us know who made your list of most disappointing player at the mid-way point of the season!


Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith



The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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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