Ice Hockey Final – Olympics 2014
In the end it was a case of Goliath crushes David in the men’s ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Canada swept aside a plucky Sweden outfit in a convincing 3-0 victory. The win helped the Canadians on to secure third place in the overall medal table for the games, with only host nation Russia and cross-country skiing specialists Norway ahead of them.
Canada have dominated the hockey rinks over the past four Winter Olympics, with three Gold medals to their name. They might not have made it all the way to the top this time, but they did show enforce their credentials as the leading superpower in international ice hockey, with victories over Sweden and – perhaps most crucially of all – their neighbours and great rivals the United States. The Canadians have beaten the rest by being the best, validating the many thousands of fans who cheered the side along or bet on them to win at sites like www.bettingsports.com in the lead-up to the final.
Story of the final
For neutral ice hockey fans it was something of a disappointing end to a fascinating tournament at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, with Canada rolling over the Swedes with apparent ease. Chris Kunitz, Jonathan Toews and captain Sidney Crosby all got their names on the scoreboard, whilst after a reasonably promising start which saw Carl Hagelin hit the post with one particularly menacing effort, Sweden seldom looked likely to threaten the Canadian goal.
Drugs test controversy that mars result
The Sochi Winter Olympics was tainted by a string of doping scandals, and none could be so contentious as that which apparently harmed Sweden’s chances (slim as they may have been) in their ice hockey final clash with Canada. Vice-captain Nicklas Backstrom had proven to be a key figure in the Swedish team on their way to the final, but the star forward was ruled out of the clash by the IOC after testing positive for a banned substance. This may sound like a clear cut case, but the player’s own argument suggests that this isn’t so… Backstrom and his team insisted that the substance found in his test was simply an ingredient of an allergy pill which he had been using for many years. He told members of the press, “I’ve got absolutely nothing to hide. It was shocking to me and at the same time I’m here right now and I have to deal it.”
Sweden’s team doctor Bjoern Waldeback added, “It’s a permitted drug. We told them he had one pill per day as he has for the past seven years.”
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What has been your best bet?
With March Madness in full swing, many people have been geared up to fill out their brackets, while others are putting bets on multiple games. Events like this and the Super Bowl certainly raise the excitement level, and it gets many of us thinking about our best bets over the years.
One of my all-time best bets involved the Super Bowl matchup pitting the undefeated New England Patriots vs the New York Giants following the 2007 NFL Season. The Patriots looked unbeatable, yet there was something about the New York Giants that made them the perfect matchup for the high-flying Pats – their pass rush! Going into the game, some experts were pointing out that if the Giants front four could pressure Tom Brady without resorting to blitzes, then the Giants had a real chance to win the game, let alone cover the point spread. With that in mind, instead of taking the points and the Giants, I decided to go with the money line on the Giants to win outright, which gave me a much better payout given that the Pats were big favorites. The Giants won of course 17-14, as their defense got a pass rush and slowed down that many thought was an unstoppable offense. The win was even sweeter several months later when I ran into one of the most notorious gamblers – Pete Rose – who was complainign that there was no way the Patriots should have lost that game. He called the money line bet stupid, but he didn’t have much of an answer when I simply pointed out that it was a winning bet.
As for March Madness, my favorite bet involved taking Kentucky over Duke in 1992 even though I wanted Duke to win. Christian Laettner famously won that game on the incredible shot in overtime, but I already had my bet won as I was getting plenty of points with Kentucky. So I got to celebrate that incredible shot watching the game at Caesar’s Palace, while also celebrating a winning bet.
You can check out these top 5 best bets for other great examples and follow #bgoBestBets on Twitter as well.
Why Khan and Mayweather needs to happen
Many in the boxing world felt slightly cheated when Floyd Mayweather announced that he would face Argentinian Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, rather than Amir Khan. The undisputed pound-for-pound king had stated that he would let the fans decide whom he would fight, but despite Khan coming out in the poll, “Money” opted to face Maidana.
Mayweather has since announced that he will fight Khan if the British boxer beats Adrian Broner on the May 3rd undercard. However, Khan has claimed that he has offered to fight Broner but has been rejected, but he is still thought to be willing to fight someone on the undercard, so hopefully we will still get to see a Khan Mayweather showdown as it has the promise to be one of the greatest boxing bouts ever witnessed.
Bookmakers such as Titan Bet have Mayweather as an overwhelming 1/16 favourite for success over Maidana. If he were to fight Khan, the odds would be a lot closer. Khan, who beat Maidana three years ago, is viewed by many as the only boxer who could pose a threat to the champion.
Mayweather’s biggest trait has always been his speed, something that most boxers he has faced have struggled to deal with. In Khan, though, you have a boxer who has the hand-speed to keep up with Mayweather, if not exceed him. If both were to square off in the ring it would be an explosive high-octane affair that should last the distance, and one that could see Mayweather lose his unbeaten 45-0 record. The Bolton boxer is the only person in the world that can cause Mayweather some serious problems and as such the fight must go ahead. People question the strength of Khan’s chin. He’s been knocked out twice and in his last match against Julia Diaz he was floored in the fourth. Now obviously Khan’s chin is a worry but against a fighter like Mayweather it isn’t a pressing concern. Mayweather is not a knock-out puncher; he’s a points winner, and of his 45 fights only 26 have been won via knockout. What’s more, in his last ten fights, he has only won twice via knockout. It’s this fact which gives Khan a real chance. Mayweather will not knock Khan out, meaning that the fight will be won on points. It will be a battle of speed, something that both these fighters excel at.
This fight needs to happen due to the heat surrounding it. We have been waiting for this fight to be announced since Mayweather’s last fight against Saul Alvarez in September. Due to the way Khan had this match ripped out of his clutches there is a certain animosity between the two. The only way to settle this is in the ring and if Mayweather doesn’t get in the ring then he can be accused of ducking Khan.
This fight has to go ahead and hopefully come May 4th there will be a contract signed between the two!
Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge
We’re partnering up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car regarding the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge just released today in connection with the NCAA Tournament starting this week with Kenny Smith as the official spokesperson. Enterprise is an offical partner of the NCAA and naturally is very familair with the notion of the “pick up” since they do that all the time.
Everyone loves filling out brackets, and this is a unique one that focuses on some of the best “Pick Up Moments” in NCAA Tourmanent history. In the frenzied pace of these basketball games, sometimes a player will have a “pick up moment” where he will left his team up and propell them to victory. Fans will be able to visit the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Facebook page and vote on a bracket of the best NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Pick Up Moments.
Below are four of those great Pick Up Moments along with a clip of the first one. Check them out and then use the Facebook app to place your votes for the Ultimate Pickup Moment. Just like the basketball tournament, videos will be paired together and only one of them will advance to the next round based on the voting of followers. In addition to voting, you can enter to win some great prizes, including a free trip for two and tickets to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis!
We’ll be following the NCAA Tournament and the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge on our Twitter account @bullzeyedotcom so join us there along with the other bloggers covering the bracket, including Mike Johnson of Next Impulse Sports, Allen Moll of The Hoop Doctors and Cory Panati of Guys Gab. We’ll be having a Twitter chat on Wednesday, 3/19, at 1pm ET, so visit the app to fill out your bracket and then join us Wednesday on Twitter.
Is there a more famous play in the history of the NCAA Tournament? Duke is down one with 2.1 seconds left in overtime against Kentucky and in need of a miracle to go to the 1992 Final Four, but a court-length inbound pass from Grant Hill finds Christian Laettner with his back to the basket at the top of the key, who then hits the incredible, turn-around, game-winning jump shot for Duke.
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Michelle Beadle is back on SportsNation
Yes, that wild and sexy blonde is back on ESPN, and suddenly things are a little better in the world. ESPN never should have let Michelle Beadle go, but at least they corrected the mistake, and now SportsNation can be fun again.