Sidney Crosby has had quite the remarkable year. After a slow start at the beginning of last season he managed to become a Hart Trophy Finalist, Stanley Cup Champion, Conn Smythe Winner, World Cup Champion and MVP of the tournament. Crosby was back in prime form and then, even before playing a single pre-season game, he was diagnosed with a concussion.
After not feeling well on Saturday before the Penguins last preseason game against Columbus, Crosby underwent concussion testing on Monday and doctors confirmed what no one wanted to hear. This is the second brain injury that has plagued the star player. During the 2011-2012 season, Crosby sustained a concussion as well as a neck injury, which caused him to only play 69 games that year.
Since no two concussion sufferers are the same, the timeline for Crosby’s return is unclear, so much so that Coach Mike Sullivan refused to give one when asked on Monday. Sullivan simply stated, “Our medical staff will take the appropriate measures moving forward” .
Crosby himself addressed the media after having a morning skate before the rest of the team practiced on Tuesday. He seemed optimistic about his recovery and return but did not take too kindly to those suggesting the incident was a result of the World Cup of Hockey last month in Toronto and not from Friday’s practice as Sullivan announced on Monday.
When asked why no one knew how he was injured, Crosby replied, “It happened, I’m not making this up. If nobody saw it… I can’t help you.” Crosby also insisted that he knew exactly when it look place looking back on it. The media has been harsh on judging when the incident took place since he wasn’t hit hard during practice but the thing about concussions is that their cause isn’t always that obvious.
It doesn’t matter if everyone believes that the injury was a result of Friday’s practice or not, the fact of the matter is that he is out and no one knows for how long. The most important aspect of returning from a concussion is patience; symptoms can reappear if a player rushes their recovery.
Crosby will be monitored daily by the Penguins’ medical staff. He needs to be cleared of all symptoms before playing and doctors need to check on his progression. Things seem to be going in the right direction, but with concussions, they are never predictable and symptoms can return without warning.
On Wednesday, Crosby practiced with the team in a no-contact jersey but has been ruled out for the team’s home opener. The Penguins start their new season on Thursday against division rivalries the Washington Capitals. The team will also be kicking off its 50th Anniversary season and will be hanging their latest Stanley Cup Championship banner before the game.
Although the team will certainly notice the absence of their leader they have enough depth to help carry the load.Many times throughout the last season and even into the playoffs, many different players changed their roles and stepped up their game to help the team when in need and there is no reason to believe that this time would be any different.
No one knows for how long Crosby will be out for or if this latest concussion setback will have an effect on his game. Only time will tell when Crosby will return and how he will perform, but as the past has taught us, it is never wise to bet against Sidney Crosby.
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 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.
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.
How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?
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 Redskins. As 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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