D&B Radio Talk Stanley Cup, NBA Finals

After a short hiatus, D&B are back to discuss the recently completed NHL and NBA Playoffs. Click here to give it a listen!

Here’s The Thing – Mortal Lock Friday

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
PSDC Funnyman And Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

CLICK HERE to listen.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

It’s been an interesting week, hasn’t it, friends and pretend acquaintances? We’ve had fallout from the NFL Draft, fallout from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and thanks to Tom Brady we’ve had more ball jokes tweeted than anywhere on Earth outside of a Ron Jeremy roast. It all makes you excited to see what the sports world will bring us next, and that’s where Mortal Lock Friday comes in. [Read more…]

They Didn’t Tell Me it Would Be Like This!

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Withdrawal. Most commonly associated with the detoxification process after addiction to drugs has taken over your life. Or perhaps it’s just a semi-effective birth control measure. Regardless, I’ve been suffering through them this past week with the end of the NHL and NBA playoff seasons.

sports-withdrawal

No more Blackhawks until October. Eleventh to be exact, at the United Center against the Sabres. The Hawks will be the favorites to win the Stanley Cup next season, despite the LA Kings cheating to “win” it this year. [Read more…]

Blackhawks Remain Alive in Western Conference Finals

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staffer & Chicago Guru

Sunday night on the sports docket will feature what I consider to be the greatest spectacle in sports. The seventh game of an NHL playoff series. But then I’ve never seen a World Series. #damncubs

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Consider this, the Chicago Blackhawks, once on the wrong end of a 3-1 deficit in the series against the LA Kings, have come back to tie the series following a thrilling double overtime win on Wednesday in Chicago, and Friday night in that hockey hotbed, Los Angeles.

[Read more…]

Against All Odds: Fourth Edition

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

The Against All Odds pot took a hit in the first two weeks. After those learning experiences, I finally had a positive week. The pot grew a whopping 44 cents. It would have been a much larger victory if the Avalanche hadn’t blown their 3-2 series lead against the Wild. I guess that’s what I get for betting on Patrick Roy. This is a huge weekend of sports. Not only do we get the NBA and NHL playoffs but there is also the Kentucky Derby and a Mayweather fight. In other words, the Against All Odds pot will look very different next week. Let’s hope the change is in the right direction.

Last Week’s Results: +$0.44
Current Balance: $192.99

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

I have to start with the Kentucky Derby. Who doesn’t like to bet on the Derby? I once predicted the winner three consecutive years. The only problem is I was in middle school and had no money on them. California Chrome is the favorite at nearly 2/1. I would stay away from that. Not enough return for correctly picking the winner of a 19 horse race. It should be noted that I make my picks purely off of the horse’s name and if I’ve heard of the jockey. With that said, here are my Kentucky Derby picks. [Read more…]

Against All Odds: Third Edition

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

They say it’s not a mistake if you learn from it. The first week I picked nothing but golf props and the stash took a big hit. Last week I spread my picks out among several sports and only took a small loss. Some might say the real lesson is to not bet on anything but that’s not happening. It’s time for some more Against All Odds.

Last Week’s Results: -$1.45
Current Balance: $192.55 ($24 still pending)

$5 on Golden State +3: After losing by 40 points in Game 2, most people don’t have much confidence in the Warriors but I think they win this game outright. I’ll happily take the three points just in case.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

$4 on the Anaheim Ducks +1.5 (+170): I think the Ducks will come out on fire after losing two straight in Dallas. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Playoff Grudges Run Deep

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

It’s playoff time in the NBA and NHL, and we’ve reached the point in the opening round series where the hate is ramping up to levels normally only seen in The Middle East. After 3-4 games, players are getting on each others and opposing fans nerves like Capulets, Montagues or any of the Real Housewives casts. [Read more…]

Hey NHL, Share the Outdoor Wealth!

By Chris Patton
PSDC Writer

On New Year’s Day, the NHL staged the sixth Winter Classic outdoor game. In the 2014 edition, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Later this month, the NHL will drop the puck on the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, featuring outdoor games in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. On March 2, 2014, the Heritage Classic, Canada’s version of the Winter Classic, will be held in Vancouver featuring the Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

This is all great for the NHL. Ratings have been strong for the Winter Classic and the event’s popularity helped the league wrestle the year’s first afternoon away from college football. The annual, outdoor event surely played a part in college football’s decision to move to a playoff system featuring semifinal contest on Jan. 1. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing: The National Anthem 9/11/13

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ brand new CD “Magic Wife Dust” is now available HERE! His sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes and/or Podbean for free.  The transcripts will appear here.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

Today is September 11, and I don’t need to remind everyone why that’s significant. As a comic, I’ve traveled overseas numerous times to perform for our military, and it’s my humble honor to do so. I know everyone gets a large feeling of gratitude for the military on this day every year, and that’s fantastic. I don’t want to get all maudlin, but I do want to try and utilize the sports world as a trigger to push that gratitude across the rest of our calendar. [Read more…]

A Jealous Fan Congratulates the Chicago Blackhawks

By Dhani McGeachan
PSDC Puck Man

Well, it’s all over. The lockout shortened 2013 NHL campaign culminated with the crowning of the Chicago Blackhawks as the Stanley Cup champions, after an impressive wire-to-wire run as the cream of the crop, the best team in the league. For the first time since the 2007-08 season in which Detroit won it all, the President’s Trophy winner captured the Stanley Cup. It’s kind of a rarity these days in professional sports to see the top team in the regular season also capture the spoils as the playoff champion. The Miami Heat did it in the NBA, and now the Hawks did it in the NHL.

Congratulations to the Blackhawks, they proved to be the better team both offensively and defensively on the way to their second Cup triumph in the last four seasons. And to the Boston Bruins, who did their best but fell short in six games, making this hockey fan somewhat content. [Read more…]

Blackhawks Bring Stanley Cup Back to Chicago

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff, Novelist & Chicago Guru

Here are the nuts and bolts: The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last night for the second time in the last four years in stunning fashion. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored the tying and winning goals 17 seconds apart, the latter with less than a minute left in the game. As I listen to the radio now, at 8:00 a.m., the Stanley Cup is traveling through the city with the Blackhawks in tow, stopping at various bars and restaurants. The party has commenced.

Here is my personal take on the 2013 NHL season. And yes, I am a huge Chicago Blackhawk fan.

Does anyone remember the lockout, the Gary Bettman orchestrated work stoppage that robbed us hockey fans of nearly half of a season? It does seem like a faint memory. He should thank his lucky stars the Hawks began the season the way they did. Twenty-four games to open the 48-game season in 99 days sprint without a regulation loss. To put that in proper perspective, that is tantamount to a baseball team starting a season 81-0 or maybe more accurately, an NBA team beginning 41-0. It’s no understatement to say the Blackhawks saved pro hockey this year. [Read more…]