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Nuggets Sign PG Jason Hart

The Denver Nuggets have signed former Syracuse point guard Jason Hart for the remainder of the season. Hart will play with perhaps Syracuse biggest star, Carmelo Anthony. It’s yet to be known exactly what Hart’s role with the team will be, especially considering the Nuggs have both Chancey Billups and Anthony Carter at point.

Nolan
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Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago at 6:19 PM.

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Syracuse vs Rutgers: Key Matchup:
Mike Rosario vs the 2-3 Zone

Mike Rosario comes into tonights contest with revenge on his mind. Last time these two teams met Mike was a miserable 6-22 from the field, and only 3-15 from downtown. He scored 15 points but the Scarlet Knights were crushed by the orange 82-66. The game was almost two months ago and since than Rutgers has only managed to beat one team (last place Depaul). Tonight, Syracuse hopes to continue it’s recent two game winning streak by limiting Rosario and keeping him out of the lane.

Syracuse will need to be active in it’s 2-3 defense and prevent Rosario from getting into the lane. Syracuse is allowing opponents to shoot just 30% from beyond the arc. Mike Rosario is just a 30% three point shooter and if Syracuse can force him into taking 15 three pointers like they did in the last matchup, it should be another W on Syracuse’s growing tournament resume.

Below is the 2-3 Zone and an example of how Syracuse will prevent Rutgers guards from getting deep in the lane

Nolan Shulman
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Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago at 11:54 AM.

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Hockey Fights - Torts & Sports
By Ryan Enta

Fighting needs to remain a part of the game for hockey to keep its identity.
Now that’s a hard perspective to argue in today’s sports environment - to stand up as a proud Canadian and defend fighting in OUR game. I know what you’re thinking, this guy is just playing devil’s advocate, but it is as true as Wayne Gretzky scoring 50 goals in 39 games people. Regardless if you’re riding the old train of thought or texting ‘lol’ from the new school era of iPod’s and Teletubbies, we can agree that fighting in hockey has come to the point where it needs to be discussed. When there is a tragic loss in the world of sports, like that of Don Sanderson, it is our duty to reflect on ways to avoid such an action reoccuring, if possible. That should not allow us to conclude that the only solution is to ban fighting and we have solved the problem - so for those who are tired of arguing with all those wimps out there screaming for justice and something to be done, tell them “Torts & Sports…it’s law buddy.”

The CBC had a report on the “fifth estate” promoting the gruesome Youtube video of the Nick Kypreos/Vandenbussche scrap. They questioned Kypreos ideas about the fighters (or ‘goons’ as they are referred to) and their role/place in the fastest game on Earth. Then there was this cut to the hard-nosed, stubborn and audacious as ever Don Cherry for his relentless views on scrappers in the league. I only assume this was their poor excuse to be objective and to show both sides of the story. Thus, Kypreos proposed a way to rid the game of fighting while Don seemingly insisted that to rid the game of fighting, in short, is minimizing (if not eliminiating) a Canadian presence amongst the NHL and insinuated that it could very well be the perfect ingredient to tarnish an existing dismal US hockey market.

The “fifth estate” is coming from a seemingly bias viewpoint, or is simply being ignorant…I personally believe the later. It was apparent to me though that they’re not trying to talk about both sides of the issue. The truth of the matter is that fighting is a way to protect individuals on the ice, period. The etiquette “on-ice” is supposed to reflect the nature of our sport. If there are any problems you solve them on the ice and then you leave it on the ice. With some of the athletes weighing in at 200+ pounds 6 feet, flying around on ice with clubs in hand and knives strapped to their feet…it is noteworthy to mention now that there are less deaths in the NHL then there is in NASCAR or Boxing on an annual basis. It is one of the few sports you can say, “these giant athletes go and battle fist-a-cuffs, throw punches for 45 seconds, bleed, smile about the fight (to show their vacant tooth real estate i guess), and some how can be seen after the game laughing about it all and having a beer with the guy that was just smashing them in the face.” So what are we trying to question here? The fact that we are placing our athletes in harms way? Are we trying to say we are allowing this sport to continue even though we know for certain another person will die in this manner in the near-or-far future? Do we condone games which assume inherent risks? Is it wrong to condone games which assume inherent risk? Or maybe we are questioning our purpose for watching these sports? If it’s the fatality rate we will base our decision on, then the NHL should not ban fighting until NASCAR and the Boxing association starts protecting their athletes to a higher standard.

When something tragic happens, such as Don Sanderson dying as a result to injuries sustained during a hockey fight, it’s time to take a long hard look and talk about the issue. This is what i believe Colin Campbell has insisted we all do. Much like that of any professional sport - NFL or NBA or MLB or PGA - the organization will do the process to overview any possible solution to what looks to be an unresolveable debate. I am not sure if there is a way to stop something like this from happening, that is to say in my mind this was an ‘act of God.’

Enta

Posted 4 weeks ago at 9:53 AM.

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