|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bruins forward Tyler Seguin denies being all-star slob||01.10.13 at 8:01 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Pacers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Miami at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Old Dominion at George Mason, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Penn State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arizona at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC at Colorado, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ In the silly story of the day, Bruins star Tyler Seguin, who played for the Swiss team EHC Biel during the NHL lockout, responded Wednesday to a report in a Swiss tabloid newspaper claiming that the 20-year-old left a major mess behind in his rented apartment.
As reported by Deadspin, the newspaper Blick spoke with the cleaning company hired to tidy up Seguin’s apartment, and it revealed that there were soda bottles, rotten bananas and other garbage strewn about, and that it took a full day to clean up the mess. The paper also claimed Seguin does not know how to use appliances, indicating that he tried to wash his clothes in the dryer and he bought plastic tableware when he ran out of clean plates because he could not operate a dishwasher.
“You could tell it was the first time a young, single man had an apartment,” said Marc Lupold, managing director of the cleaning company.
Responded Seguin via Twitter: All this house stuff is a bunch of crap. I do my laundry by myself quite often maybe I’ve called my mom twice about it #whohasnt.
♦ Washington Mayor Vincent Gray joined the call for the Redskins to change their nickname to something more politically correct. Referring to reports that some D.C. politicians want the team to relocate its home from Landover, Md., back to the nation’s capital, Gray said the nickname would be an issue.
“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said at a news conference, “and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue.”
Added Gray: “I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made. There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”
The team has been known as the Redskins since 1933, when it played in Boston. The franchise moved to Washington in 1937. Current owner Daniel Snyder has given no indications that he would consider a name change.
♦ A man who bought an old photo album at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, discovered a baseball card from 1865 that is expected to fetch at least $100,000 at an auction next month. The card is a photo of members of the Brooklyn Athletics amateur baseball club gathered around their manager. The Library of Congress, which has owned a copy of the same photograph since the late 1800s — the only other known copy — calls it the first dated baseball card.
Troy Thibodeau of Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, said it’s difficult to place a price on the card.
“There hasn’t been another one that’s sold,” he said. “When there are only two known in the world, what’s it worth?”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 10, 1996, which Celtic hit a 3-pointer in his 89th consecutive game, an NBA record?
|Top Stories of 2012, No. 8: Bruins ousted in first round of playoffs by Capitals||12.26.12 at 8:42 am ET|
Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 8: the Bruins’ first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Coming off a Stanley Cup season, the Bruins looked poised to make another run deep into the playoffs in 2012. However, they were dismissed in shocking fashion with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
One goal decided the series, and it was Joel Ward‘s overtime goal that decided Game 7. The Caps outscored the B’s 16-15 in the series. Four of the seven games were decided in overtime.
“It was a long year,” B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after the Game 7 loss. “We had a few ups and downs, longer ups than downs. At the end, we came out of it strong and we seemed to find our rhythm going into the playoffs. But then again, we didn’t play our best hockey in this series. They played us well. It was tough.
“It’s definitely a weird feeling. It’s an empty feeling. You’re wondering what’s going to happen. You don’t really realize it’s over. It’s summer now. It’s going to be a long summer. A couple of bounces here or there, it could’ve gone the other way. You always have to look at it from a different perspective. The next couple of days, it’s going to sink in, probably.”
The Bruins had 49 wins in the regular season, three more than they had during their Stanley Cup season. The Bruins put up an impressive 102 points despite the “Stanley Cup hangover” that contributed to their slow start and grabbed the second seed.
On the other side of the ice, the Capitals finished with 42 wins and 92 points. They made an early coaching change, firing Bruce Boudreau following eight losses in 11 games while the Capitals sat at 12-9-1, tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference. Dale Hunter, a former Capitals enforcer, took over and led the team to 30 wins. The Caps won eight of their last 14 games, including two shootout wins (one against the Bruins) in their final three games.
|Top Stories of 2011, No. 1: Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship||12.31.11 at 12:00 pm ET|
For the final 10 days of 2011, WEEI.com has counted down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. Our final entry in the countdown is No. 1: The Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship.
Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NBA lockout
No. 9: NFL lockout
No. 8: Celtics’ playoff loss to Heat
No. 7: Patriots’ acquisitions of Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco
No. 6: Jacoby Ellsbury’s MVP-caliber season
No. 5: Patriots’ playoff loss to Jets
No. 4: Celtics’ trade of Kendrick Perkins
No. 3: Red Sox’ manager/GM turnover
No. 2: Red Sox’ September swoon
Before the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the questions surrounding the Bruins were more about Claude Julien’s job security than their chances of winning the Cup. The Bruins were mired in a 39-year title drought and had made an embarrassing exit from the playoffs the year before when they held a 3-0 series lead over the Flyers only to lose the next four games.
Boston entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and would face the sixth-seeded Canadiens, against whom the Bruins had gone 2-3-1 during the regular season. And so, entering a playoff series against the Bruins’ biggest rival, Julien had to answer questions about whether he felt he was coaching for his job in the postseason.
“I’m coach like every other year,” Julien said two days before Game 1. “That part of it doesn’t change at all. You don’t come in here worried about yourself. In the playoffs, you come here worrying about winning the Stanley Cup. Certainly, it’s not even in the back of my mind.”
But the questions about Julien and the Bruins only grew louder when the B’s lost the first two games of the series, both of which were at home. The Bruins mustered just one goal in the first two games while the Canadiens scored five times. But the Bruins regrouped and won the next two games in Montreal, one in overtime fashion on a Michael Ryder goal.
In Game 5, the Bruins again won with overtime heroics when Nathan Horton found the back of the net in double overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 win and a 3-2 series lead. The Canadiens pushed the series to Game 7 when they topped the Bruins with a 2-1 win off Boston College product Brian Gionta’s second period game-winner at the Bell Centre.
The final game of the series was a bitterly fought contest between the rivals, as Tomas Plekanec tied the game at 2 in the second period before Chris Kelly gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the third. With 1:57 remaining, P.K. Subban, a player who drew heavy criticism from Bruins fans (and Tim Thomas) for his alleged diving on the ice, tied the game on a power-play goal.
But Horton was again ready to play the hero. His goal off a slapper from above the left circle sent the Bruins to a 4-3 win and set up a rematch between the Bruins and Flyers.
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