Aaron Rodgers returns to his cocoon

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Get over yourself already, Aaron.Image: Getty ImagesI guess it’s surprising that we didn’t find out that Aaron Rodgers was a galaxy-brained dope earlier, given all that is there to protect him from his own idiocy. We could have written his postgame press conference yesterday by memory, given how often we have heard similar after a…

Those who don’t know their history (from earlier in the

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He’s mum.Image: Getty ImagesBanner day for commissioners all around, as Roger Goodell couldn’t wait to get his whole foot in his mouth and possibly brain as well. Goodell announced that the investigation into the WFT’s culture won’t be released publicly other than a summary. This was on the same day, the SAME DAY, that an…

I’ve had it with relievers

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Relief pitchers. Who needs them?Photo: Getty ImagesMaybe I’ve rebelled against getting older as long as I can, and I’m coming to accept the hair growing out of my ears combined with the opinions that something in a modern sport isn’t as good as I remember. It’s weird, because I don’t remember having any attachment to…

Another black eye for hockey

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Photo: Prince Albert RaidersIt’s not so surprising that hockey could step on a few rakes before its season even starts. It’s just surprising how not surprising it is. It would have been bad enough for the sport to deal with Robin Lehner’s accusations of NFL-like painkiller distribution among its teams, trainers, and players. You are…

Do you believe in miracles? No! USA Hockey is an

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Ugh.Illustration: Getty ImagesYou would think that after the year they’ve had — after the past couple of weeks they’ve had — USA Hockey would want to steer clear of anything remotely controversial. The organization could cynically circle the wagons or engage in some reflection about its place in the sport’s toxic culture, but USA Hockey…

Blackhawks fire Colliton, name King interim coach

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The Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Jeremy Colliton on Saturday.With the team mired in a 1-9-2 start, interim general manager Kyle Davidson made the decision, naming Derek King interim coach.Chicago has lost two straight since posting their first victory, and allowed a league-high 47 goals."Our on-ice goal remains the same: To build an elite system of…

Vegas goalie Robin Lehner in stunning Twitter attack on Vigneault,

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Robin LehnerPhoto: Getty ImagesAs a goalie, Robin Lehner is used to having shots fired at him, but on Saturday night, he was the one unloading, as the Golden Knights goalie accused Flyers coach Alain Vigneault of… well, it’s not entirely clear, but the implication was pushing drugs on players.In a three-tweet thread, Lehner asked if…

Seven Flyers now on COVID list, and one of them,

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Oscar LindblomImage: Getty ImagesFriday was a rare night in the NHL with no games postponed due to COVID-19 … because there were only two games scheduled to begin with.The Philadelphia Flyers had been scheduled to play a night earlier and a night later, but both of those games are now off, as are two other…

Ducks GM Bob Murray resigns over abuse allegations, will enter

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Ducks executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray has resigned from the Ducks, the team announced on Wednesday. The move comes a day after Anaheim placed him on administrative leave amid allegations of longterm abuse inside the organization. In a prior statement, the team said it recently became aware of the accusations against Murray;…

The best fantasy hockey team names for 2021

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You may have heard, but the NHL is back on ESPN. We are very excited about this.But, I'll let you in on a little secret - in some ways, the NHL never left ESPN. Our Bristol, Connecticut campus, for example, is full of passionate hockey fans, always has been. I feel like it's split between…