Homepage, Sports - The NHL Winter Classic, hockey’s annual outdoor game, is coming to Wrigley field this season. Unlike last year’s Pittsburgh/Buffalo affair, the 2009 Classic may have implications in the results of the Western Conference Central Division.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings have stepped it up recently. Both teams have fought through tough schedules to put up 7-1-2 records in the past ten, and have largely avoided the injury bug. With a game in hand, Chicago trails Detroit by 7 points – though the teams have had similar seasons so far. Red Wings RW Marian Hossa leads the team with 24 points, while Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane has 25.
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Homepage, Sports - Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobli was projected to be out until the middle of December, recovering from surgery on his ankle in the offseason. Ginobli recently told Spurs coach Greg Popovich that he would be ready to return to action on Monday night at Memphis. The Spurs have struggled without their Star #6 man, putting up a 7-6 record in his absence. “I’m going to be out of shape, a little slower,” Ginobli told Yahoo Sports. “But those are things you only get from playing. I feel like it works better for me getting 10 minutes of playing time than 20 minutes on a treadmill.”
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Homepage, Sports - We’ve been giving you the NFL results each week all season long, but now we’re going to give predicting the games a shot.
Thanksgiving Games: Thursday, November 27th
Tennessee at Detroit - 12:30pm
TENNESSEE – NFL best versus NFL worst.
Seattle at Dallas – 4:15 PM
DALLAS – While Seattle got their running act together last week, a fired-up T.O. and healthy Romo should shred the ‘Hawks.
Arizona at Philadelphia – 8:15 PM
ARIZONA – Even with the vote of confidence, McNabb does not seem to have what it takes to get it done. Arizona gets style points for attempting a free kick last week.
Sunday, November 30th
San Francisco at Buffalo – 1:00 PM
BUFFALO – The Bills are streaking, and the combo of Lynch on the ground and Evans in the air should outdo whatever Frank Gore can muster.
Baltimore at Cincinnati – 1:00 PM
BALTIMORE – Cincy is in a world of hurt this season, and Flacco has been impressive.
Indianapolis at Cleveland – 1:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS – Quinn may be out for the season, and previously-benched Anderson does not instill much confidence.
Carolina at Green Bay – 1:00 PM
GREEN BAY – Jake Delhomme has struggled, and the Packers ‘D at home may prove troublesome for the Panthers’ two-headed running attack.
Miami at St. Louis – 1:00 PM
MIAMI – Despite the wildcat offense failing last week against the Pats, Ronnie Brown should rack up the yards (and points) against a weak STL run defense.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay – 1:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS – Brees had a monster game on Monday, and with Colston healthier, he could have a bigger one on Sunday.
NY Giants at Washington – 1:00 PM
GIANTS – It could be a close one. If Brandon Jacobs can put up a solid game, the G-Men should hang on for a win.
Atlanta at San Diego – 4:05 PM
ATLANTA – If Matty Ice can keep the Chargers secondary guessing, it could open up quite a day for Michael Turner in his return to San Diego.
Pittsburgh at New England – 4:15 PM
NEW ENGLAND – Matchup of the week. Cassell has thrown for over 400 yards two weeks in a row, and if the Pats D can stuff the Steelers run they should force Big Ben into tossing costly INTs.
Denver at NY Jets – 4:15 PM
NEW YORK – Thomas Jones has been a monster lately, and should open up the passing game for Favre against a faltering Denver team.
Kansas City at Oakland - 4:15 PM
OAKLAND – As much grief as the Raiders have had this season, they have a solid chance to beat rookie Tyler Thigpen. The Chiefs only put up 10 agaisnt OAK earlier this year.
Chicago at Minnesota – 8:15 PM
MINNESOTA – Peterson looks like he will run all over the Bears D, and Orton may have a tough time if the Vikings manage the clock well enough.
Monday, December 1st
Jacksonville at Houston – 8:30 PM
HOUSTON – One of the toughest games to call this week. It boils down to who has the better day, Maurice Jones-Drew or Steve Slaton. Slaton played hurt last week, and still seemed a lot more motivated than MJD.
Homepage, Sports - The 2-9 Seattle Seahawks may have gotten their running game back in order, but they still seem like a bird in the pan for the 7-4 Dallas Cowboys. Wide receiver Terrell Owens exploded for 213 yards and a TD last week after being held to under 83 yards for the last five games. Romo has led the Cowboys to back-to-back Thanksgiving day wins, by an average of over 29 points. With their starting QB back on the field, the Cowboys seem poised to make a run for a playoff spot.
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Homepage, Sports, Ticket Sales - The Celtics and Bruins are at the top of their leagues, and Boston fans face a tough decision on which game to watch tonight. The Bruins are six points ahead of division rival Montreal, and share the Eastern Conference lead with the New York Rangers (with three games in hand). The Celtics have 5.5 games on the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic division, and a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will face off against the Sabres in Buffalo at 7:00pm. The Black and Gold look to continue their reign as the NHL’s best in goals against, facing a team that they have already dominated twice this season.
The Celtics tip off against the Golden State Warriors at the Garden at 7:30pm. The C’s have won their last five, and are looking to secure their second 6-game winning steak of the young season. Golden State looks to break a 3-game losing streak, and have bested the reigning champion Celtics 4 of the last 5 times the teams have met.
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Homepage, Sports - The 10-1 Tennessee Titans will face the 0-11 Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The Lions, a turkey-day football staple, have struggled mightily this season. Despite a solid season so far from young gun Calvin Johnson (48 catches for 905 yards, 18.9 avg per, 8 tds) the Lions have been plagued by injuries. Quarterback John Kitna’s season ended early, and second-string QB went down with a thumb injury, and the previously-retired Daunte Culpepper was ineffective as a replacement. To add insult to injury, Culpepper’s replacement Drew Stanton left the last Lions game with a concussion.
Despite losing their last game, Tennessee has lived up to the name of Titans this season. The Titans have bested the Jaguars (twice), Vikings, Ravens, Colts, Packers, and have only lost to the steaking New York Jets. Veteran QB Kerry Collins has has helped lead Tennessee to their best start in team history. The Titans are currently tied with the New York Giants for the best record in the NFL at 10-1.
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Homepage, Sports - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record. Brees has already thrown for 3,574 yards, and has 5 more games to reach Marino’s record of 5,084. His big night on Monday brought him even closer. Brees was 20-26 with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. The New Orleans dominated the Green Bay Packers 51- 29, including a Saint’ franchise record 54th touchdown by veteran running back Deuce McAllister.
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Concerts - “Not like anything we’ve done before”, is how the Edge described U2′s tentatively titled ‘No Line on the Horizon’ album, set for release in February 2009. The Edge spoke with Mojo magazine about the album and the sound U2 fans can expect to hear. Even after all these years of working with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois the collaboration still has new material and new directions to explore. The Edge, finding it hard to put the sound into words, could only describe some of it as very 21st century sounding.
When Bono spoke about the album last month we heard about the dozens of songs that could possibly make the final cut. The Edge did reveal to Mojo that all of the songs U2 worked with Rick Rubin on, have been shelved for this album. U2 isn’t writing them off entirely, but they won’t make this upcoming album. It’s likely that the material just doesn’t fit with the newer stuff that Eno and Lanois contributed to.
The band is in London putting the finishing touches on the album. Although they expect to work right up until deadline, U2 fans should expect the album sometime in February. Once that is out of the way, we should get some news about a 2009 U2 tour. Let’s hope!
Homepage, Sports - The 1-10 Washington Wizards have fired head coach Eddie Jordan. The Wizards’ director of player development Ed Tapscott has been selected to coach the team on an interim basis. The Wizards have struggled so far this year, without star Gilbert Arenas and role-player Brendan Haywood. Tapscott will make his coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.
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Concerts, Homepage - One positive thing seems to have come out of the September 19th plane crash that killed four people and seriously injured DJ AM and Travis Barker. Barker’s old friends and fellow Blink 182 members Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge have reconnected since the tragedy. Hoppus commented on the situation on his blog:
” ‘Does this mean a Blink-182 reunion?’ The answer is none of us know. We haven’t talked about it at all. Right now it’s just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect and let the past be the past. The events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. Life is too short.”
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