Windy City native Donna Lebano may just be the biggest Chicago Blackhawks fan.
With all the gut-churning action during Thursday night’s Hawks playoffs game against the Minnesota Wild, Lebano got an unmistakable feeling during the second period.
The eight months pregnant Hawks fan was going into labor.
“No way was I leaving,” Lebano said in a statement from Adventist Hinsdale Hospital according to ABC Chicago. “We are a Hawks family. I had to see the end of the game.”
After Lebano and her family hung on to watch the Hawks eliminate the Wild in Game 5, her three sisters immediately rushed her to the hospital where she delivered a healthy 6 pound, 5 ounce baby boy just a few hours after the game ended, WGN reports.
Lebano said her husband was home with their elder child when she and her sisters enjoyed a “girl’s night out” at the game, and with a month to go in her pregnancy, Lebano told WGN she didn’t expect she’d go into labor that night.
“Nothing like an exciting Hawks game to induce labor,” said Lebano’s siter Barb Wilczek.
Two women attending the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks playoff game on Monday night decided to shake their breasts as the referees convened by the boards to fix a pane of glass that had become dislodged.
A fan at Air Canada Centre on Monday night made himself the center of attention on social media when he arrived to cheer on the Toronto Maple Leafs carrying an offensive sign mocking the “Boston Strong” slogan that has become prevalent since the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
The Toronto Maple Leafs fan came out to cheer on his team in Game 3 of their playoff Boston Bruins with a sign displaying that phrase “Toronto Stronger.”
It’s not often that you see a brawl in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but tensions have been growing between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. It boiled over when Zach Smith crosschecked Ryan White right off the face-off and that’s when all hell broke loose. 19 players had penalties in the third period alone. The Senators went on to win 6-1, putting them up 2-1 in the series.
When Jay-Z sits courtside at Brooklyn Nets games, he is only a few feet away from Popeye Jones. Now comes word that the two could get closer. Seth Jones, Popeye’s hockey-playing son, is the latest high-profile athlete that Jay-Z would like to sign for Roc Nation Sports.
Seth is certainly a top prize. He is enormously athletic and skilled and is likely the overall #1 pick in the NHL Draft on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark. He could also become hockey’s first African-American “crossover star” and with some careful marketing and promotion lead to a new audience for the sport. As one writer noted, the combination could make hockey “cool” again after its season was devastated by a long lockout.
All three of Jones sons took up hockey when he was playing for the Nuggets and the family lived in the Denver suburbs.
“All of the kids played street hockey. When it got cold, all the kids said they were going inside to play ice hockey,” the dad said. “Just being a sports guy, growing up playing basketball, football and baseball, it didn’t matter what sport they played. Sports are meant to be fun. Kids learn camaraderie and teamwork and stuff like that.”
It helped that the Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche shared a weight room, and the elder Jones received advice from Avalanche captain Joe Sakic. Seth quickly became a standout. This season, he led the United States to the World Junior Championship in Russia was officially named the No. 1 North American prospect for the National Hockey League
Jay-Z has already signed Robinson Cano and has been linked to Victor Cruz, Nerlens Noel and now Jones.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are undefeated (21-0-3), and when that happens players and fans start to really loosen up. Check out this young lady who possibly had a few extra adult beverages and when she appeared on the jumbo-tron she let the world know she is a bit naughty.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O’Byrne blocked a shot with his knee Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks and the result was not a pretty sight.O’Byrne tweeted a picture of his knee the day after and the damage was evident.
The NHL is in PR mode right now trying to apologize for a lockout that ultimately has cost itself some fans and the Columbus Blue Jackets took the small jesture of wearing jerseys that read “Thank You Fans” prior to their home opener against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Dallas Stars, fresh off a Twitter beef with the Dallas Cowboys and back on the ice for the first time in 2013, joined the parade of folks making fun of Manti Te’o on Saturday.
During the team’s season opener, an image flashed on the JumboTron heralding the presence of the non-existant girlfriend of the former Notre Dame linebacker. The team then posted a series of tweets hyping the presence of Te’o's “girlfriend”.
Exciting times for the city of Los Angeles concerning it’s sports teams as they are advancing deep into the playoffs. Unfortunately, NBC Los Angeles did a story about the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings all involved in playoff series at the same time but they used the wrong Kings logo.
They used a logo for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings instead of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to Canadian Broadcasting Corp. host Ron MacLean who attempted to compare the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series to the first responders on Sept. 11. MacLean said the cities were linked in tragedy since both were targets of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
MacLean said “it is crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time,” and then proceeded to do just that.
MacLean compared the players efforts in the games of the series to police officers and firefighters.
“The pain these men have faced, the price they keep on paying, the hearts they keep on lifting, it’s been through and through, five games in,” MacLean said.
MacLean finished the comparison by saying that “our worst day is their every day.”
The NHL is going through an image problem right now and it has to deal with its fans being racist. Especially after last week the NHL had the issue of Twitter being set ablaze with racist comments after Joel Ward’s Game 7 goal in overtime for the Washington Capitals ousted the Boston Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
And earlier this season there was the case of another of the NHL’s few black players, Philadelphia Flyers Wayne Simmonds, being taunted by a Canadian fan who threw a banana peel at him during a shootout.
Now comes this Philadelphia fan’s altered version of Simmonds number 17 jersey.
The NHL playoffs are already in full swing and the NBA playoffs are not that far behind. In the NHL the tradition of growing playoff beards goes back to the early 80′s but in the NBA it’s not a common practice.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be making their first playoff trip since 2005-2006 season and are hoping to branch out of the ‘Lob City’ unity and come together with playoff beards. Blake Griffin gives the rules and rundown of Clippers beards, no shaving only trims and that DeAndre Jordan only grows hair on one side of his face.
Will the Clippers even get a chance to get past the stubble itchy stage?
During a break in play during the Philadelphia Flyers recent playoff game a NHL camera was scanning the crowd. The camera operator saw a woman in a Flyers color top and zoomed in for a better look.
President Barack Obama wasn’t in attendance at the Verizon Center to see the Washington Capitals take on the defending Stanley Cup champions Boston Bruins for Game 3 on. But his face did manage to make an appearance, several times.
Capitals fans used pictures of Obama’s face to taunt Boston’s star goalie Tim Thomas, who skipped out on the team’s visit to the White House back in January months after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Despite being named Stanley Cup MVP, Thomas refused to join his team in D.C. when Obama honored the Bruins, citing political issues. In a statement posted on Facebook, Thomas said he believes the federal government “has grown out of control” but also wrote that he blames both political parties.
Before the playoffs began, Thomas abruptly ended a media session when a question was asked about the skipping out on Obama.
Capitals fans didn’t let him off the hook that easily. In honor of Thomas’ White House snub, several Caps bloggers coordinated a fan effort to revisit the story and taunt him with pictures of Obama’s face and posters depicting the president (some which were gigantic). A Capitals blog called Russian Machine Never Breaks even created PDFs of Obama’s face for fans to download, print and bring to the game.
You know how teams in all major sports claim to be fan friendly and do all they can to win? Well the Toronto Maple Leafs tried to do so this season and happened to fall short of being a playoff team this season after finishing 35-37-10.
Before the next NHL season could get underway the Maple Leafs front office sent out an apology letter to their fans.
These Boston Bruins fans had a special message for Tyler Seguin on Saturday night against the New York Islanders. There is a photoshopped version circulating the Internet but is unnecessary since the original stands on its own.
The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too.
Sen. Dick Durbin is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing about bounties in professional football and other major sports in the wake of news that New Orleans Saints players received extra cash for hits that hurt particular opponents.
The assistant Senate majority leader, an Illinois Democrat, said Thursday he wants to examine whether federal law should make such bounty systems a crime.
“Let’s be real basic about it here. If this activity were taking place off of a sporting field, away from a court, nobody would have a second thought (about whether it’s wrong). `You mean, someone paid you to go out and hurt someone?’” Durbin said in a telephone interview before raising the issue on the floor of the Senate.
“It goes way beyond the rules of any sporting contest, at least team contest, to intentionally inflict harm on another person for a financial reward,” he said.
His announcement came a day after the NFL took a harsh stand on bounties, suspending Saints head coach Sean Payton for all of next season, and indefinitely banning their former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was barred for half of 2012, an assistant coach got a six-game ban, and the team also was docked two second-round draft picks and $500,000.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still needs to decide what penalties to give players who were involved in the Saints’ scheme from 2009-11.
“I am encouraged by what the National Football League did. What they came down with as a penalty on the New Orleans Saints was decisive and historic,” Durbin said, adding that he thought the league was “taking this very seriously.”
But moving forward, the NFL and other leagues must “come up with standards to make sure this isn’t going to happen again,” he said. Otherwise, lawmakers will need to “at least explore whether it is necessary to have federal legislation in this area.”
One possibility, Durbin explained, would be to extend federal sports bribery laws to cover bounties, so that “if someone offers in a team sports situation some sort of value, money or otherwise, to intentionally hurt another player, that, in fact, would be a crime.”
In an email to the AP, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote: “Commissioner Goodell has taken strong action to ensure that bounties are eliminated from the NFL. We have not heard from Senator Durbin but would be pleased to discuss the matter with him.”
Under the bounty system overseen in New Orleans by Williams – who was hired in January by the St. Louis Rams – the targeted players included quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. “Knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.
According to the league, Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any player who knocked then-Vikings QB Favre out of the 2010 NFC championship game.
Durbin isn’t sure when the hearing will happen, but he said it could be two to three weeks from now.
Talk about a rivalry, the Hudson River Rivalry added a new chapter on Monday night. Tensions were so high before the faceoff of the nationally televised New York Rangers-New Jersey Devils game, that even the coaches were yelling at each other. Then, literally one second into game, three fights broke out simultaneously.
New York’s Stu Bickel, Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust duked it out against New Jersey’s Ryan Carter, Eric Boulton and Cam Janssen, respectively, as the fans at Madison Square Garden rose to their feet.
Isn’t it lovely when opposing fans can put aside their differences and create a harmoniousness household? That’s exactly what Alicia, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and girlfriend Christina, a Ottawa Senators fan hope to do now that Alicia accepted Christina’s marriage proposal.
Hockey night in Canada just got a little warmer.
Chicago Bulls star guard and league MVP Derrick Rose is moving on up and he bought a deluxe apartment in the sky. Rose recently paid $2.8 million for a three-bedroom condo a top of the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
“It’s definitely an unbelievable feeling just being up there,” Crain’s quoted Rose as saying before Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz. “The view is nice and I don’t take it for granted. It’s a blessing.”
The condo includes four bathrooms, a den and Rose also purchased two parking spots. If Rose ever wants to talk hockey or needs mullet advice, he’ll be able to do that too. Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane also lives in the building.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to the Detroit Red Wings who have won a NHL record their 23rd straight home game after they beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Sunday. Detroit broke the league’s single-season record of 20 and have surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.
Congratulations Detroit Red Wings you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
The New York Daily News reports New York Knicks Jeremy Lin has sublet his own pad, a two-bedroom apartment in the “other” Trump Tower, in White Plains, N.Y. Lin will be living in the same apartment once occupied by Amare Stoudemire, before he moved to Manhattan.
Apparently it’s quite the hangout for pro athletes, with other Knicks and some New York Rangers living there.
The Daily News says that for his $3,800-a-month rent Lin will have access to indoor and outdoor basketball courts and swimming pools, and will be just a 10-minute drive away from the Knicks practice facility.