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NBC Sports Network touts its Wednesday night matchup as “Rivalry Night.” Sometimes this leads to unintentionally hilarious reaches – oh, the storied rivalry of the Sabres and Red Wings last week! – and sometimes it puts the spotlight on ...
NBC Sports Network touts its Wednesday night matchup as “Rivalry Night.” Sometimes this leads to unintentionally hilarious reaches – oh, the storied rivalry of the Sabres and Red Wings last week! – and sometimes it puts the spotlight on the kind of rivalry that an NHL fan makes time to watch. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues were that rivalry about 20 years ago, when they met in the playoffs five times from 1988-93 and featured names like Hull, Oates, Belfour, Savard and then Chelios. The wars would rage, earning names like the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre.” As Jeremy Roenick told the Post-Dispatch earlier this year: “I don’t know if it’s because of the closeness or what, but Chicago-St. Louis was the toughest, grittiest of any of them,” Roenick said. “It was a war, especially in the old buildings. The Arena was a lot like Chicago Stadium. It was a tough place to play. “Those buildings had their own character, their own smell, their own sounds. I could close my eyes and hear that organ play in St. Louis and I knew where I was.” But for years after, the Blues were never in the same class of rival for the Hawks as the Detroit Red Wings. Nor did they bring out the hatred quite like the Vancouver Canucks did. The Blues were always just … there. Intense games that meant something to fans old enough to remember the chaos these meetings used to produce, but even exactly reaching those heights. Which brings us back to Rivalry Night, when the Blackhawks and Blues meet for the first time this season and for the first time since the Detroit Red Wings packed up and moved East. Mark Lazarus of the Sun-Times sees the timing right for this conflict to reignite: Traditional rivals who always have taken a back seat to the Red Wings, the Blues are poised to become the Hawks’ new nemeses for years to come. They’re geographically close but stylistically far apart — the big, bruising Blues against the skilled, offensive Hawks. And with divisional playoffs (the first two rounds of the postseason will be confined within the divisions, with the potential exception of a wild-card team being moved from one division to the other to even out the brackets), they’re likely to see each other in the spring — where rivalries truly are created — more often than not for the foreseeable future. They may not have to wait until the playoffs to establish this rivalry again. As Ken Hitchcock noted to the Post Dispatch: “I think what creates the rivalry is they have the Cup and everybody wants a piece of it,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re a measuring stick for everybody that plays them… “You want information for your team. As a coach, the quicker you can get information, the more it helps. Sometimes it hurts getting lulled into a sense of security. We haven’t played somebody that’s won before.” With all due respect to the upstart Avs – which is to say, ‘Please, Mr. Roy, don’t punch me in the face for this’ – the Central Division is a two-horse race between the reigning champs and the Blues, a darling pick for the Cup this season. Without the Wings as a measuring stick, these storied rivals are refocused on each other. An intense regular-season series dotted with brutality -- paging Mr. Backes, Mr. David Backes -- and in which every game is a four-point swing for the division crown, is just what they need. And, ultimately, a playoff war between the two is what the West wants, both its fans and its teams.
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Things are bad in Detroit. But they're even worse in Puerto Rico. The island's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been hammered by the drop-off in U.S. discretionary spending in the post-financial crisis era. We recently...
Things are bad in Detroit. But they're even worse in Puerto Rico. The island's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been hammered by the drop-off in U.S. discretionary spending in the post-financial crisis era. We recently told you how residents have been leaving the country in droves. The territory's unemployment rate is more than 13%. Now, the yield on the Puerto Rican 5-year note has climbed to a staggering 9.4%. As the New York Times' Mary Williams Walsh notes, Puerto Rico cannot declare bankruptcy — just like a state. The pension fund of the Northern Mariana Islands tried this last year — and failed. A judge ruled that as a “governmental unit” it was explicitly barred from filing for protection under Chapter 11, which applies to corporations. (The NMI's lawyers themselves decided the territory was not eligible for Chapter 9, the bankruptcy statute Detroit and all cities and counties fall under.) So some kind of bailout may be imminent, the president of the Puerto Rican Senate, Eduardo Bhatia, told her: “[The administration is] wondering how they can help Puerto Rico send a very strong signal of stability right now...We are waiting for some sort of an announcement from the Treasury and the White House,” Bhatia said without clarification. The Treasury Department referred our request for comment to the White House, which did not respond. The island has $70 billion-worth of bonds outstanding — nearly 4x as much as Detroit — because investors love the notes' tax-free status. Bloomberg's Michelle Kaske says 77% of muni-bond mutual funds hold Puerto Rican debt. But the investors have begun freezing Puerto Rico out of the bond market, Williams Walsh says. At this point, they are waiting to see whether austerity measures passed by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla administration, including a new corporate tax, a broader sales tax, and greater employee contributions to benefits, will pay off, Puerto Rico's Nuevo Diario reports. "There's a little time left, but not much," Janney managing director Alan Schankel told the paper.SEE ALSO: How 9 Countries Lost Control Of Inflation Join the conversation about this story »
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Darris McCord, one of the members of the "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line of the Detroit Lions, has died.
Darris McCord, one of the members of the "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line of the Detroit Lions, has died.
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Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says his remarks to the University of Wisconsin band didn't include a homophobic slur.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says his remarks to the University of Wisconsin band didn't include a homophobic slur.
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A recent press conference was held at Porsche’s North American headquarters where Jalopnik has learned that the Zuffenhausen-based automaker will be adding some updates to their lineup. Such updates include the Porsche Bosxter, Cayman, t...
A recent press conference was held at Porsche’s North American headquarters where Jalopnik has learned that the Zuffenhausen-based automaker will be adding some updates to their lineup. Such updates include the Porsche Bosxter, Cayman, the introduction of the latest 911 Targa, and the midsized Macan crossover SUV. Porsche will be revealing new GTS variants of the Boxster and Cayman at this year’s Beijing Motor Show in April with upgrades including a hike of 15hp each, a standardized manual cog swapper with Porsche’s PDK still optional, standard Porsche Active Suspension management and more. The Macan on the other hand is still on track to be revealed at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show i November, donning either a 3.0L turbocharged V6 for the base model or a more powerful 3.6L variant. Pricing is said to start at $52,000 for the base model and $75,000 for the S and Turbo models. A new 911 Targa will also show itself at the Detroit Auto Show next year with a base price of around $100,000. Based on the latest Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, the new Targa is said to offer a new and clever automatic sliding roof. No official word has left Zuffenhausen from the lion’s den, though you can still head to Jalopnik to read what they have to share. Source: Jalopnik
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The Detroit Lions try to bounce back on the road this week against the Cleveland Browns. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Here's an early look at the Browns: Cleveland Browns (3-2) ...
The Detroit Lions try to bounce back on the road this week against the Cleveland Browns. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Here's an early look at the Browns: Cleveland Browns (3-2) Schedule so far Week 1 - vs. Dolphins - lost, 23-10Week 2 - at Ravens - lost, 14-6Week 3 - at Vikings - won, 31-27Week 4 - vs. Bengals - won, 17-6Week 5 - vs. Bills - won, 37-24 Reason for optimism The Browns are on a three-game winning streak after opening the season 0-2. What changed? A big part of the turnaround involved starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback. He really fueled that winning streak, but he tore his ACL last week and is now out for the season. It's true that Brandon Weeden came in and led the Browns to victory against the Bills, but will the streak continue with him returning as the full-time starter? At the very least, I'm sure the Lions are pleased that they will be facing Weeden rather than Hoyer. Reason for pessimism At the same time, the Browns as a team have been much better as of late. Since trading Trent Richardson, they've gone 3-0. Getting Josh Gordon back from a suspension greatly helped, as he's caught 18 passes for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns in only three games. Also, Jordan Cameron has been outstanding at tight end, catching 33 passes for 396 yards and 5 touchdowns. If the Lions can't keep Gordon and Cameron in check, it could be a long day for the defense. Storyline to watch The top storyline for the Browns going into this game has to be the switch at quarterback because of Hoyer's season-ending injury. Going into last week, Hoyer was the clear starter at quarterback given how well he had played, but now Weeden has another chance to be at the top of the depth chart. If he struggles on Sunday, the crowd will let him hear it, and the Browns could have a tough situation on their hands at quarterback. Additional info For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. More from Pride Of Detroit: Jumping to conclusions about the NFC through five weeks of the season NFL power rankings, Week 6: Lions fall, but not much Dominic Raiola apologizes, makes donation to Wisconsin band Snap counts for Lions from Packers game How Lions' future opponents fared in Week 5
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Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham likes what he's seeing in the development of rookie fourth-round pick Devin Taylor after he was pressed into duty a couple weeks ago
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham likes what he's seeing in the development of rookie fourth-round pick Devin Taylor after he was pressed into duty a couple weeks ago
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Dominic Raiola said he didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when he first heard reports about his interaction with the University of Wisconsin marching band on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ veteran center said the whole situa...
Dominic Raiola said he didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when he first heard reports about his interaction with the University of Wisconsin marching band on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ veteran center said the whole situation was blown out of proportion and that he did not use a homophobic slur. “I don’t speak like that. I have a lot of respect for you know, I have family members that are homophobic, you know that are gay,’’ he said stumbling, seeking the right word. “I have a lot of respect for them. “I know it’s a different kind of band but I have people in bands I’m best friends with I have a lot of respect for that so I don’t know about all that,’’ Raiola said on Wednesday. “And my brother went to Wisconsin, maybe somebody said your brother is better than you I don’t know,’’ Raiola said. He was accused of using profane and homophobic language in a blog after the game. Raiola called the band director and apologized on Tuesday along with making a “significant donation” to the band. Raiola said he had no idea the banter would become a big deal. “Not at all. I was actually laughing and joking with them at the end of the game, just talking, having a conversation,’’ Raiola said. “They were right behind our bench. I was actually having a conversation with them after the game. It was cool. I didn’t think twice about it. I was kind of surprised. I didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when I saw it.’’ The Lions investigated the situation and did not fine him. Now Raiola wants to put it behind him and concentrate on playing the Browns at Cleveland on Sunday. (Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also available at bookstores.)
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Masked graffiti artists draw skulls on Detroit buildings in Eminem's "Survival" music video, while gameplay footage from the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts is projected behind the black-clad rapper who hails from Motor City Game deve...
Masked graffiti artists draw skulls on Detroit buildings in Eminem's "Survival" music video, while gameplay footage from the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts is projected behind the black-clad rapper who hails from Motor City Game developer Infinity Ward previously used the hard-hitting song in its explosive 3-minute trailer (watch below) for Call of Duty: Ghosts in August. And the game's upgraded graphics have long been teased in prominent ways; for example, game publisher Activision flaunted them in a comparison video at the Xbox One unveiling in May. See also: 6 Spotify Apps You'll Use Every Day Read more...More about Video Game, Music Video, Eminem, Entertainment, and Gaming
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As we put a bow on the ALDS and rest up for the late nights ahead in the ALCS, here’s a look ahead at Boston’s next foe: The winner of the Tigers-Athletics Game 5 scheduled for Thursday in Oakland. First, let’s state th...
As we put a bow on the ALDS and rest up for the late nights ahead in the ALCS, here’s a look ahead at Boston’s next foe: The winner of the Tigers-Athletics Game 5 scheduled for Thursday in Oakland. First, let’s state the obvious: The fact that these teams need to play in a pivotal Game 5 can only benefit the Red Sox. While Sox pitchers are resting, hurlers for the Tigers and A’s will be pulling out all the stops. The Tigers will start Justin Verlander, which means he won’t be able to pitch against the Red Sox until a potential Game 3 in Detroit. Read more Justin Verlander news
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