Mic’d Up returns in fine form with Episode 32. Chris and Andrew are joined by two University of Calgary Baseball players; Ethan Mohan and Nick Savoy.
- Derek Rose
Derek Rose has not stepped on to the court since his knee injury took him out of 2012 playoffs in Round 1. Rose received his fair share of criticism last year for his decision not to return to the club. It seems he finally has the confidence that he can return to pre injury form and if they Bulls have any chance at competing with the Pacers and the Heat of the world, they will definitely need him.
- Jason Kidd and the Nets
When Kidd took over the Head Coaching position, he took over an uber talented roster including KG and Paul Pierce who they traded for this past off season. I am very interested to see how Kidd will manage both playing time and the egos that exist in this locker room. Jason Kidd’s end of season report will be in direct correlation to the team’s success.
- Dwight Howard
Many were surprised by Dwight’s decision to leave the stored LA Lakers this past off season via free agency. There is no doubt that Howard is still the most dominant center in the Association. If he can get back to the player he was when he led the Magic to the Finals, we may see the Rockets soar to new heights this season.
We are recording for the 2nd time on site at the Absolute Baseball Academy.
As promised here is the rankings of the defenseman and goalies. For information on what was taken into consideration when I made these rankings please see my earlier post from last week http://www.micdup.net/chriss-nhl-player-rankings-the-forwards/
Defenseman: This is a really hard position to pick. Most nights if a defenseman is playing well you do not really notice them.I was less concerned with point production at even strength when picking my list. The only time I considered points is when they are on the power play. As a result that skewed my rankings. Also since there are two defenseman on the ice at any given time for a team I decided to expand my rankings to top 10 for this position.
- Zdeno Chara
- Shea Webber
- Erik Karlsson
- P.K. Subban
- Kris Letang
- Drew Doughty
- Ryan Suter
- Duncan Keith
- Alex Pietrangelo
- Oliver Okman-Larsson
Notables: Niklas Kronwall, Keith Yandle, Mike Green
Goalies: I will admit this was the hardest ranking to do. There are a lot of good goalies that play in the NHL. In the end I went with goalies I would start if I was in a game 7 playing for the Stanley Cup. Some may be surprised with the Craig Anderson addition. I feel as though he has proven himself to be one of the league’s best goalies and deserved to be on my list.
- Tuukka Rask
- Henrik Lundqvist
- Jonathan Quick
- Craig Anderson
- Carey Price
Notables: Pekka Rinne, Antti Niemi, Corey Crawford
As usual please feel free to agree or disagree.
I will be ranking NHL players by position. I will start today with the three forward positions and then next week I will unveil my defenceman and goalies. I decided to keep it to top 5 at every position and also include three notables. The reason I chose top 5 instead of top 10 was to work on the premise of building my NHL all-star NHL team. Also please note these are not fantasy rankings, these ranking are if I was trying to pick players to play on my team to win a Stanley Cup this year. Please feel free to argue/agree or tell us yours.
Center: This position is very deep, but also pretty easy to pick from. I think the top three are no brainers which only leaves 2 more spots on my list. I gave the nod to JT as I think he is underrated even though he was nominated for the Heart Trophy this past NHL season. I suspect he will have a breakout year.
- Sidney Crosby
- Evgeni Malkin
- Steven Stamkos
- Jonathan Toews
- Jonathan Tavares
Notables: Claude Giroux, Henrik Zetterberg, Ryab Getzlaf
Left Wing: While my top pick may surprise some people, it is Datsyuk’s overall game that gives him the edge ahead of some of the other players. Some may also consider Nash a surprise given his recent lack of production; however I attribute that more to the team he is playing for. This position is the thinnest of the three forward positions; as a result I suspect the most argument over this position.
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Taylor Hall
- Daniel Sedin
- Zach Parise
- Rick Nash
Notables: James Neal, Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan
Right Wing: For me the top two are no brainers. It does get a little bit more difficult after that. Some may be surprised to see Kassel in my top 5. Whether you hate him or love him, you cannot deny the numbers that he has consistently put up. While there is a caveat with choosing Kessel as I would pair him with two other strong defensive forwards to make up his short comings in that area.
- Alex Ovechkin
- Patrick Kane
- Martin St. Louis
- Corey Perry
- Phil Kessel
Notables: Jordan Eberle, Alexander Semin, Marion Gaborik
Come check out next weeks article as I rank the top 10 defenceman and top 5 goalies.
Episode 30 takes place at Mic’d Ups new recording location and new sponsor of the podcast Absolute Baseball Academy & Fitness Centre. Make sure you go check them out at let them know that Mic’d Up sent you. Chris and Andrew are joined by special guest Tyler Folk. Tyler is a member of the U of C baseball team. Continue reading
As Chris and I discussed during our latest Podcast, I began coaching with the University of Calgary Men’s Baseball team in August of this year. The team is now just over one month into the Fall “exhibition/tryout” portion of the Canadian College Baseball Conference season. The conference consists of 5 western Canadian university baseball programs. The U of C, Prairie Baseball Academy from Lethbridge, Okanagan College, Thompson River University from Kamloops and Vancouver Island Baseball Institute.
For a team that is predicted to finish in the bottom five of the league this year, there were still some tough decisions to make. There are some young guys that are going to be taking veteran spots. As an organization that is an ideal situation. It has been a long time coming but the Flames are finally starting to fill their prospect cupboards. Continue reading
Chris and Andrew return this week after an extended layoff. No shortage of hot topics this episode ranging from the current state of the UFC to early NFL results. The MLB Playoff Picture is becoming clear and the guys look at some post season favorites. Listen in and tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook as we roll on towards our 30th episode.
- Denver Broncos – Expect a huge season from the Peyton Manning/Wes Welker combination. Don’t forget the horrible off season the team had though with an embarrassing fax fail, a suspension to Von Miller and a plethora of injuries. All things considered, the AFC West is basically a lock.
- Kansas City Chiefs – They replaced Crennel and Cassel with Reid and Smith respectively. Who wouldn’t be happy with that? Under the tutelage of the new head coach, the Chiefs will definitely improve on last year’s dismal 2-14 record. However, I’m not confirmed they are a play-off team just yet.
- San Diego Chargers – Philip Rivers has not been left with much to work with for the 2013 season. The addition of D.J. Fluker and King Dunlap should help. This season will mark 4 straight where the Chargers fail to make the play-offs.
- Oakland Raiders – I almost feel bad for Matt Flynn. The quarterback picture does not look good for the Raiders as both Flynn and Pryor have struggled in the pre-season. Darren McFadden needs to return to form if the Raiders will have any chance at all.
- Denver Broncos – They will finish in first place almost by default. With Payton Manning having a full off season to get to know the offense and players I predict he will have an even better year. The addition of Welker makes this offense very dangerous.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Don’t underestimate the impact that a new coach can have. Kansas City will still be in tough to break .500 this year. They have a world class running back and have upgraded at their quarterback position.
- San Diego Chargers – There is not a lot to chose from between San Diego and Oakland. I give the edge to the Chargers simply because they have a proven QB. While Rivers has not had a great season in a couple of years he is still better than Matt Flynn.
- Oakland Raiders – It is too bad that a franchise with so much tradition has been in shambles for so long. This year is not going to be any different. Continue reading
New location and new format, episode 28 is with special guests Avneet Kalha. They boys get after it and start the episode with some non sports talk. They discuss who is the best team in the MLB as well as of the bubble teams who has the best chance to make the playoffs. Continue reading
With not much NHL news to talk about, the boys get in depth about the MLB. They touch on how bad the Houston Astros are, as well as talk about the worse team in modern MLB history the 1962 Mets. Chris and Andrew discuss who is a bigger disappointment the Jays, Nats or Angels. They discuss the liar that is Ryan Braun as well who is the best captain in the MLB these days. Chris pleads a case on why the Jays should consider trading Jose Bautista and then finish up the MLB talk with Tim Hudson and their updated Cy Young winners.
After a Calgary Stampede induced lay off Chris and Andrew get back at it. It may be the dog days of summer, but there was still lots to discuss. Continue reading
What better way to spend Canada Day? Chris and Andrew hitting on all the latest sports news and updates on the latest episode of Mic’d Up. Continue reading
As we make our way to the quarter century mark with Episode 24, t here is no shortage of sports news this week. Chris and Andrew touch on all the usual suspects; The Association, the latest in Major League Baseball, UFC, NFL and of course the Stanley Cup Finals.
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When: Thursday June 27th at 1300 (MTN time)
Where: Fortaleza, Brazil
Who: Spain vs. Italy
Two powerhouse European teams take to the pitch in Fortaleza on Thursday. In fact, this is a repeat of the Euro 2012 final where Spain repeated as the kings of Europe with a dominating 4-0 victory. Spain in fact has been the best team in the work for several years and their #1 world ranking is very deserving. Italy on the other hand is a team that is starting to show its age.
Spain has an embarrassment of riches at most positions and it showed as the breezed through the group stage out scorning their opponents 15-1 in the process. Even though Uruguay scored a late goal in their match Spain at no point has ever looked as if they were going to lose. Fernando Torres has five goals in only 120 minutes of playing time. Jordi Alba has looked very good attacking from the full back position and scoring timely goals for Spain. The Spaniards have also had most of the ball possession in their matches which is not unusual for them.
Italy has looked like a shell of their former self conceding 8 goals in three matches. They were full marks for their victory over Mexico but in my opinion they were lucky do come away with the victory over Japan. Quite frankly I think Japan deserved a better fate and should be moving on instead of Italy. Italy which is known for its solid defence and strong back four has made way too many defensive turnovers. Italy is not going to have their most dangerous weapon in striker Mario Balotelli and right back Ignazio Abate and that does not help. Also questionable for the game are Andrea Pirlo and Riccardo Montolivo.
Even if Italy was a healthy team I don’t think they could beat Spain. With all the injuries on the Italian side and a shaky defence Spain should roll to an easy 4-0 win just as they did in the Euro Final in 2012.
What: Semi Final #1
When: Wednesday June 26th at 1300 (MTN time)
Where: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Who: Brazil vs. Uruguay
It’s an all South America Clash when Uruguay takes on the home team Brazil in semi final #1. These teams are fierce rivals and some would argue this is the second best rivalry in all of South America behind the Brazil/Argentina rivalry. Since Brazil is hosting the World Cup and not participating in the qualifying competition for next year’s world cup, you have to go back all the way to 2009 since the last time these teams have played each other.
Since then Uruguay has been on the rise, finishing fourth at the 2010 World Cup and taking home the title in the 2011 Copa América championship. This is reflected in the FIFA world rankings which have Uruguay ranked #19 and Brazil ranked #22. Uruguay has a balanced attack consisting of Luis Suarez, Deigo Forlan and Abel Hernandez.
While Brazil may not have the trophies or results that Uruguay may have, you can’t look pass the host team. Brazil is in a rebuild phase, if that is even possible for Brazil. They are building towards next year’s World Cup. It is hard to count out the Brazilian team especially when the boast the most talented and budding superstar in the world Neymar. There is no doubt in my mind that this has been Neymar’s coming out party. He recently just signed a transfer to play with Barcelona. The skill that he has demonstrated can’t be matched by any of the teams in the Confederation Cup. Brazil is not just a one trick pony they also have Fred and Jo who have looked good in the tournament.
I think the difference in this game is going to be the home crowd. It is always intimidating to go and play Brazil in their home country. I also think the aggressive full backs that Brazil deploy will be the difference. I predict a 3-2 home win for Brazil in what really should be an entertaining match.
With the Chicago Blackhawks winning last night in double overtime, the 2013 Stanley Cup is now set. The president winning Blackhawks will face the Boston Bruins for sports greatest trophy. While the path that both teams took to get to this point did not go as planned, I for one am not surprised that these are the two teams remaining. Boston and Chicago spent the whole year in the Mic’d Up Power Rankings with both teams spending most of the season in the top 5. While Mic’d Up will have an in depth breakdown of the series on episode 24, I thought I would take the time to collect some stats leading up to series opening or Wednesday. Most stats are from @TH2NSTATSGUY twitter page. If you are nerdy like I am, I recommend giving him a follow. Continue reading
Brian Beauchamp is a professional MMA referee and judge from Toronto, Ontario. He has worked in China, India, Afghanistan just to name a few. Brian has also worked extensively here in Alberta and is in Red Deer for the Havoc FC 2 event this weekend. Brian has worked for Bellator, Maximum Fighting Championship, Super Fight League, Aggression, King of the Cage and other various organizations.
His Martial Arts background includes a double black belt in both Judo and BJJ. He was a former member of the Canadian National Judo Team and won a gold medal at the 2012 IBJJF World Championships. He is a regular contributor for Sportsnet.ca, giving an insider’s perspective on the world of MMA.
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Following a “San Antonio Spurs esque” 2 week lay off; the Mic’d Up crew had no shortage of topics for Episode 23.
Chris and Andrew keep things rolling this week on Episode 22.
Andrew and Chris are in a new location for episode 21. They recap round 1 of the NHL and give live updates of the Leafs vs Bruins game 7. They review the NHL award nominations. A breakdown of round 1 of the NBA finals. A new segment makes it debut on episode 21 called MLB game of the week. Chris and Andrew will preview the Sunday night game. Continue reading
To call the Los Angeles Angels a team that is underachieving would be an understatement. For a team that boasts the top 2 free agent signings over past two seasons, the best young player in the game (arguably), and one of the better rotations in the American League sitting 4th in the West with a 14-22 record is simply unacceptable.
Mic’d Up hits a milestone with our 20th Episode.
When one of our good friends invited my wife Jenn and I to join him on his vacation to Thailand, it was an offer we could not refuse. Once we booked everything and knew the dates, one of the first things I researched was how to attend a Muy Thai fight in Bangkok. Being a big MMA fan I knew I could not pass this opportunity up. My real concern was how to convince Dan and Jenn to spend 2000 Baht or ~$66. Luckily all the reviews we read promised a very fun and authentic experience. They did however warn of scams to get you better seats.
The boys are back in town. Chris is back from Thailand and there is a whole bunch of recent sports news to cover.
Chris Marr @C_BoiteauMarr makes a return to the show co-hosting for Episode 18. Adam Service @freerider240 also makes a surprise appearance to the Mic’d Up Studios.
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