BY JAY BOEHMER, Staff Writer
When we last saw our struggling heroes, Mike Richards and Chris Pronger had moved on to the Olympic quarterfinals while Kimmo Timonen, Oskars Bartulis and the recently traded Ole-Kristian Tollefsen were fighting for a spot in the qualifying rounds.
Here’s a summary of how things went from there:
BY CHRIS DiFRANCESCO, Columnist
It was one of, if not, the greatest hockey game ever played. The ultimate rematch between the ultimate hockey power Canada and the cinderella story United States of America.
The game was what every hockey fan could ever dream about.
Overtime to decide the Gold Medal. Sudden death to decide which country takes control of the hockey realm for four years. Team Canada edged the desperate USA squad 3-2 in OT with, of all players, Sidney Crosby’s game winning goal, 7:40 into the extra period.
BY SHAY RODDY
Let me paint the picture for you. A sold out crowd in Vancouver, waving flags and putting on tremendous displays of nationalism will surround some of the world’s best hockey players today while olympic gold waits in the wings to decorate the sweat and blood that adorns the winners. All while the world watches on TV dying with every pass, faceoff, and shot on goal. All the world’s problems go on hold, because it doesn’t get much better than this. This is sports at its finest.
BY JARED NAGLE, Staff Writer
The free agent period in the NFL typically involves about 250 players who have been in the NFL for a minimum of four seasons being released onto the open market. Even though a good portion of the top free agent talent is either re-signed or slapped with the franchise tag, there are usually still plenty of relatively young players as well as established veterans who, for whatever reason, are let free by their former team.
BY NICK STAFFIERI, Contributor
“I’m going to burn my ’09 shirts and we’ll get this over with,” was the quote from Brad Lidge at the start of this year’s Spring Training in Clearwater Florida. And why not? Lidge posted a league worst 11 blown saves last year with a 7.21 ERA and an 0-8 win-loss record.
BY PHIL ANDREWS, Senior Writer
According to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the average playing career for an NFL running back is two and a half seasons.
This much we do know, there was nothing average about Brian Westbrook and it is for that reason he will always be remembered as one of the best to ever wear a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.
BY SHAY RODDY
It seemed like it would be inevitable, but when the news broke this afternoon it still came as a bit of a shock. The Brian Westbrook era in Philadelphia has come to a close. We have most likely seen the final game in green for one of the league’s elite rushers and the franchise’s most beloved figures.
With eight seasons as a Bird and four seasons on the Mainline at Vilanova, this city has grown to know and love 36 West. But like all good things, his 12 year career in this city had to come to a close. It comes as no shock, but it’s sad all the same.