Archive for May, 2010

California Proposition PAV-8 needs your vote, Pavelski’s spin-o-rama goal trailing Robert Nilsson in NHL head-2-head polling

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Joe Pavelski’s backhand spin-o-rama goal against Dan Ellis is trailing a goal scored by Robert Nilsson on NHL.com’s new goal-of-the-year digital highlight contest. According to current totals Edmontonians have helped Nilsson to 67% of the vote (231-114). Votes for this Pavelski goal can be cast today only. The single elimination tournament bracket features 16 of [...]

The most luxurious press box in all of sports — the BBC F1 Monaco trackside yacht

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010

JAKE HUMPHREY, DAVID COULTHARD, EDDIE JORDAN BROADCAST FROM TRACKSIDE YACHT – BBC COASTAL VIEW SURROUNDING THE MONACO HAIRPIN – BBC The transition of Formula 1 from ITV to BBC on British television is going swimmingly. For 11 years the camerawork on ITV was the gold standard for sports broadcasting. When BBC gained the rights to [...]

DOH Podcast #101, Reactions after WCF loss to Chicago, ‘fireproof’ status of McLellan and Wilson, UFA situation for Marleau and Nabokov

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana pick apart the Western Conference Final loss to Chicago, cover the reasons for the ‘fireproof’ status of head coach Todd McLellan and GM Doug Wilson, examine the UFA situation for Patrick Marleau including comparables, plus/minus aspects of his game, and potential long-term contract offers, examine the UFA situation for goaltender [...]

Post-season interviews with San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and EVP/GM Doug Wilson

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

End-of-season media interviews with head coach Todd McLellan and EVP/GM Doug Wilson. Coach McLellan talked about his initial emotions after the Chicago Blackhawks series: It sets in now. You are wound up with a lot of emotion in the loss to Chicago. We realize where we got to and what we failed to do. In [...]

Locker room cleanout video interviews with Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov and Joe Thornton

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The San Jose Sharks held end-of-season lockerroom cleanout interviews with local media today after a long and grueling postseason. A majority of the interest centered around upcoming unrestricted free agents Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov, and both pointed to a feeling of ‘unfinished business’ surrounding their long tenure with the franchise. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, [...]

Sharks-Chicago Western Conference Final ratings on Versus/NBC

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A few notes on television ratings for the Sharks-Blackhawks Western Conference Finals: Game 1 – Sunday, May 16th. According to Sports Media Watch, NBC drew a 1.3/2.2 million viewers for the opening game of the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference Finals, down 19% over Detroit-Chicago game 1 in 2009. It was still the largest [...]

Chomp Talk Radio – San Jose vs. Detroit wrap, a look back at 2010, offseason questions and an interview with Mark Purdy

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On KDOW 1220 AM’s Chomptalk season finale, Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss the crusing 4-0 series sweep by Chicago at the Western Conference Finals, break down looming offseason questions, interview San Jose Mercury News opinion columnist Mark Purdy, and take a spectrum of listener calls from disappoinment to full on ‘Lost Finale’ hydrogen bomb [...]

Western Conference Finals Game 4 – Sharks season over, Blackhawks advance to Stanley Cup Finals with 4-2 win

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 24, 2010

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – ‘HAWKS WIN’ FRONT PAGE CHICAGO TRIBUNE – ‘HAWKEYTOWN’ FRONT PAGE CHICAGO RED EYE – ‘ICE LAND’ FRONT PAGE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS – ‘BOWING OUT’ FRONT PAGE The Sharks giving up a 2-goal lead and being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals can be considered nothing other than [...]

Western Conference Finals Game 3 – Late comeback upended by Dustin Byfuglien goal in overtime

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 22, 2010

For the second time in three games, the Sharks carried the bulk of the play and lost to an opportunistic Chicago Blackhawks team in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. 6-foot-4, 257-pound converted defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored his second game winning goal of the series en route to a 3-2 overtime win at the [...]

Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, May 22, 2010

Post-game comments by San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: [Q] It seems like you changed the lines, you’ve thrown all kinds of shots at ‘em, yet you’re still down 0-3. Do you ask yourself, What now? [TM] No. We know what now. What now is to regroup and come back with the same effort. [...]

Stunning ‘Shark City’ mural at Delmas Market in downtown San Jose

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 21, 2010

‘SHARK CITY’ street mural, Shelley, Nabokov and Shark head ‘SHARK CITY’ street mural, center, logo and skaters ‘SHARK CITY’ street mural, right, Marleau and Cheechoo Two blocks from the front door of HP Pavilion in San Jose sits the nondescript Delmas Market on San Fernando and Delmas street. The neighborhood is a mix between old [...]

2010 Tour of California Stage 4 – American Dave Zabriskie retains leader jersey, Italian sprinter Francesco Chicchi wins sprint at stage finish

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010

CYCLISTS START THE 4TH STAGE OF 2010 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA IN SJ OREGON RACING FANS ON THE STREETS OF SAN JOSE WEDNESDAY 7-TIME TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER, TEAM RADIO SHACK’S LANCE ARMSTRONG Garmin-Transitions rider David Zabriskie retained his yellow jersey, and Liquigas-Doimo sprinter Francesco Chicchi edged out J.J. Haedo and Mark Cavendish at the finish [...]

DOH Podcast Special #100, Reactions after Game 2 loss, Evgeni Nabokov, what needs to happen for game 3

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss the first two losses to Chicago in the Western Conference Finals, break down the play of Niclas Wallin and Evgeni Nabokov, parse recent comments by Dan Boyle and an alleged implied guarantee of a win in game 3, and discuss what needs to happen for the Sharks to pull [...]

Western Conference Finals Game 2 – Blackhawks crush Sharks 4-2, take two game lead back with them to Chicago

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010

#44 VLASIC, #33 BYFUGLIEN AND #20 NABOKOV SET UP IN 1ST #12 PATRICK MARLEAU PICKS TOP CORNER FOR GOAL IN 2ND #31 ANTTI NIEMI MAKES A SAVE BEFORE #17 MITCHELL CRASHES NET The Chicago Blackhawks took a commanding 2-0 series lead in the 2010 Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 win on the road in [...]

Versus contest winner

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congratulations to the Versus Sweatshirt contest winner Jeremy Bardet. On the way to Jeremy is a black Versus hooded sweatshirt with red logo and ties. Thanks to all the readers that submitted entries. [Update] Also congratulations to Jason Plank. He is the winner of the Versus sweatshirt given away this Sunday night by Mike Peattie [...]

Western Conference Finals Game 1 – Chicago Blackhawks win chess match on goals by Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien, open series with 2-1 win at HP Pavilion

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, May 17, 2010

#19 JOE THORNTON IS CHECKED ON TOP OF #31 ANTTI NIEMI IN 2ND PERIOD #20 NABOKOV BEATS A DIVING #37 BURISH TO LOOSE PUCK IN 3RD #22 BROUWER CRASHES NET AS #20 NABOKOV MAKES GLOVE SAVE IN 3RD The Chicago Blackhawks came from behind to earn a razor thin 2-1 win at HP Pavilion in [...]

Western Conference Finals GM1: Post-game press conference transcript from San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Post-game press conference transcript from San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: [Q] It looked like the game plan at the start of the game was to forecheck. You did a good job of that. In the second period, that looked like it broke down a little bit. Was that your team getting away from [...]

Strikeforce ‘Heavy Artillery’ – After two and a half years, Alistair Overeem defends Strikeforce Heavyweight title in dominant fashion

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, May 16, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CEO SCOTT COKER WITH HW CHAMP ALISTAIR OVEREEM – SHERDOG.COM After a long two and a half year wait since winning the Strikeforce heavyweight title in 2007, Alistair Overeem (33-11-1, 13KOs, 19subs) returned to the cage for the San Jose-based promotion and obliterated top-10 contender Brett Rogers. The 253-pound Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial [...]

Darryl Hunt: Worcester Sharks 2009-2010 Season Awards

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, May 15, 2010

With the Worcester Sharks playoff run coming to an end last week, it’s time to start with the end of season paperwork. Up first are the “210 Awards”. Coming up soon will be the end of season report card. For those new to the “210 Awards”, they are a mix of serious and (hopefully) slightly [...]

A look at former Zamboni driver and current Chicago Blackhawks starting goaltender Antti Niemi

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, May 14, 2010

CHART OF 30 GOALS SCORED ON ANTTI NIEMI IN THE 2010 PLAYOFFS NIEMI’S PERFORMANCE VS NASH, VAN – 8-4, .909SV%, 2.57GAA Fans and even players in San Jose can be excused for not being overly familiar with Chicago Blackhawks starting goaltender Antti Niemi, the second straight rookie netminder the Sharks have faced in the playoffs. [...]