The New Jersey Devils were one of only three NHL teams who lowered their average ticket price this year, post the 5 month lockout. The other two teams were the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks.
The Devils prices are down an average of 5.5% to $48.06, but the overall cost for a family of 4 to attend a game still went up 11.8%, to $315.24.
Let me say this though. As a huge Devils fan, I can tell you right now that you should never buy tickets for full price. Devils tickets are constantly listed for below face value on Stub Hub, as well as being discounted on sites like Groupon and Living Social. Also, the Devils themselves tend to send out emails with codes for discounted tickets close to game day (if the game isn’t selling well).
You can save a butt load of money if you search a little online and find the best deals. Also, you should always park at the Seton Hall Law School garage on Mulberry. It’s only $12 and is a 3 minute walk to the arena.
You have to commend the Devils for not screwing over fans who were already angry about the lockout. It would have been very easy for them to raise ticket prices, considering they went to the Stanley Cup Finals again last year.
Some of the more shocking teams that raised ticket prices are the New York Islanders, up 21.1% to $65.21 (Seriously?) and the Buffalo Sabres, up 26.7% to $46.15.
Going to a hockey game is expensive folks. Save up that money.
So the video above, of a baby making crazy trick shots, has spread all over the internet today like herpes on a porn star. But the important question is, “Is it real or is it a fake?”
My gut is telling me that it’s real, based on the crappy quality and the ball and basket being in the same picture for most of the shots. BUT, you can never underestimate the amazing editing that people can do nowadays. Either way it’s a pretty hilarious video, and the reactions from the little tyke are awesome.
So what do you think? Real or Fake?
Holy cow, that’s got to hurt!! Lindsey Vonn’s knee just completely gave out on her today in Austria. Coming over a jump during today’s world championship Super-G event, Lindsey tore both her ACL and MCL when her knee decided to quit on her.
I’m no doctor, but I’d imagine something had to already have been wrong with that knee for it to just give out like that.
Hopefully Lindsey can make a full recovery and be ready for next winter’s Olympics in Russia. (Maybe Tiger can buy her some Deer Antler spray from Vijay)
Concussions have been making a lot of news in recent years. From pee wee sports all the way up to the pros, there have been dozens of studies and investigations into how to treat and reduce the number of concussions that athletes are receiving.
Out of any professional sports league the NFL has probably taken the biggest steps in changing the rules of the game to directly impact the number of concussions it’s players incur. The next step seems to be to come up with better helmets that will help to make the risk of receiving a concussion even less. Companies like Riddell, Schutt and Xenith have been experimenting with a number of new designs, including built in ice packs, multiple exterior plates, and shock absorber’s. And scientists have been seeing good results in testing. Many high schools have already signed on to try some of these new designs during this upcoming season.
But here is why I think these new helmets and new rules won’t help. Players either do not care to or do not know how to properly wear their helmets. And I know this because I was one of them. When I played high school football I would purposely remove air from my helmet to make it more “comfortable”. It was stupid, and dangerous. I got lucky and never had any major concussions. Did I have many small ones, that scientists are finding more and more to be just as dangerous as one big one, sure as hell I did. Did I tell anyone? No way. I didn’t want to leave the field, so I shut my mouth and shook it off. NFL players do the same thing.
Watch any NFL game and take a look at how many players helmets fall off. Notice how loosely tightened their chin strap is? Also take a look to see if they are wearing a mouthpiece. Sure, the running back always has one, and most of the linebackers, but take a look at everyone else, especially the quarterback. Almost none of them wear one. All of these factors lead to concussions. You could have the safest helmet in the world and it wouldn’t make a difference if you didn’t have enough air in it or the chin strap tightened enough.
The fact that mouthpieces aren’t mandatory in the NFL is completely ridiculous. The excuse that it’s “hard to breathe” or “difficult to call out plays” is complete bullshit. These are the best football players in the world and they have all been wearing mouthpieces since they started playing at 5 years old all the way through college (NCAA makes mouthpieces mandatory for all players). Are you telling me that Andrew Luck had trouble playing quarterback last year with a mouthpiece in? How about RG III? I don’t think so. It has been proven scientifically that wearing a mouthpiece reduces concussions. If the NFL and NFLPA really cared about lowering the number of concussions in the league they would make mouthpieces mandatory.
So it really doesn’t matter how much money is spent on making new fancy helmets with all the bells and whistles. If the players choose not to wear their helmets correctly and don’t want to wear a mouthpiece then we will continue to see the same number of concussions in the league. So maybe Mr. Goodell should start making some rules that make some sense, and not just make the game two hand touch. Come on Rog, you are a smart guy, use your brain. Or did you get too many concussions playing high school football?
UMass Sport Management grad Mike Tannenbaum might have forgotten to read Tim Tebow’s contract before he and the Jets decided to announce that they had traded for the Denver QB.
According to ESPN the Jets missed the fact that they would have to pay the Jets $5 Million to cover Tebow’s guaranteed money. And now they have backed away from the deal.
Should be interesting to see how this winds up. Tebow might be a Jaguar after all!!!
I know it’s been a while since ZACHISGOD has had any breaking news, but this is a big one.
Our sources are telling us that the Denver Broncos have already come to an agreement with the New York Jets to trade quarterback Tim Tebow. The details of the trade have not been completed yet, but the deal will bring Tebow to the unholy city of New York, where he can try to convert the wicked.
This all has come about because Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN are reporting that, baring any complications, the Denver Broncos will be signing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning, who was released by Indianapolis, has selected Denver as his next home after visiting with a number of other organizations. Obviously with Peyton in town the Broncos no longer had any use for Tebow’s inefficient arm and didn’t waste any time getting a trade done.
I think the Jets are a perfect fit for Tebow (You can always use more tight ends). Get ready for the big welcome party. This is going to be hilarious.
WOW!!! Freestyle skier PK Hunder almost just took out an idiot cameraman who walked onto the course during the Winter X Games Ski Big Air competition. This idiot cameraman was walking across the course just sipping away on his Red Bull when PK came flying by. Did it phase PK? No Way, he nailed his trick anyways.
Have to love the freestyle skiers.
And In Slow-Mo
We have some sad news to report this afternoon. Professional freestyle skier Sarah Burke has succumbed to injuries she sustained while training at a Park City, Utah halfpipe on January 10th. She was only 29 years old.
The Canadian, Burke, crashed while training on the same halfpipe that severely injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce in 2009. She sustained major brain injuries due to a lack of oxygen and blood after going into cardiac arrest on the mountain.
Sarah was a four time X-Games gold medal champion and by far the most well known and popular women’s freestyle skier in the World. She always amazed the crowds with her skill and brought the sport to new heights (literally) with her progression.
Sarah you will be sorely missed.
Check out this USF Cheerleader giving the old “L” for Loser sign to her own players as they walk off the field tonight. West Virginia converted a big 4th and 10 with 14 seconds left and then nailed the game winning field goal to claim a share of the Big East title.
Looks like this girl is sick of cheering for a bunch of losers and thought they should know it. (The Bulls have had a rough season in close games)
Hat tip to Katie B for catching another good one.
UPDATE: The cheerleader has denied that she was doing the Loser sign. Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that USF student Amy Phillips is the cheerleader in question, and according to her tweets she has a broken nose and she was reaching for her face. I don’t buy it. Not a good enough excuse for me. Check out the article HERE.
Fresh out of the kitchen on this one.
Sources close to the organization have informed ZACHISGOD that new GM Ben Cherington is getting prepared to announce Bobby Valentine as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.
No details of the contract have been released, but sources say the Red Sox informed Gene Lamont this morning that he is no longer in the running for the position and that it had been offered to and accepted by Valentine.
ZACHISGOD was told by sources that Valentine is on his way back from Japan, where he was most recently a manager and was attending a charity event, and that the Red Sox plan to make an official announcement within the next few days.
Interesting pick if you ask me. I thought he did a pretty good job with the Mets, but I’m not sure if he is ready to handle the Boston media and fan base. It’s looking like this might be a re-building year for the Sox.
UPDATE: Confirmed by ESPN, Valentine is the new Red Sox manager. Article HERE. Just remember who had the story first, ZACHISGOD!