Sports fans know Madison Square Garden as the home of the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty. But they might not know that MSG (and the teams that play in the arena) has a charitable organization associated with it, too.
The Garden of Dreams foundation is an organization that uses pro sports and MSG’s teams to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to underprivileged families and children. It launched in 2006 and today boasts 500 annual events, including last week’s Dream Week. The annual event gives kids a week’s worth of activities associated with the various parts of Madison Square Garden Company.
Graphic designers have a lot of fun mashing up sports logos with things like the Simpsons and Star Wars and even other sports. But we rarely see one sport's jerseys get mixed up with another, which makes this set of Major League Baseball hockey sweaters really stand out.
Designer David Parkinson submitted a set of concept images of what MLB teams would wear if they met up for a hockey game. The first batch ran on the Icethetics website over the weekend (if you've never visited Icethetics, it's a great site and well worth your time) and feature the 15 teams in the American League. The Red Sox sweater at the top of the page is pretty cool, as are these:
Hope you liked all the outdoor hockey the NHL played last season — it looks like it's back for an encore.
In mid-June, the league announced the Washington Capitals would host the Chicago Blackhawks on January 1 in the 2015 Winter Classic. And yesterday, the first game in the 2015 Stadium Series was added to the schedule. The San Jose Sharks will be the home team when they face the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings in an outdoor game on February 21. It will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Guys who throw a baseball 100 mph are hard to find. But the Minnesota Twins just discovered one named Brandon Poulson, who has been pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. Ever heard of them? Neither have we. Poulson went undrafted this summer, and yesterday the Twins scooped him up for $250,000, a pretty hefty contract for someone passed over by 29 other MLB teams.
There is hope for Poulson yet. Here are five other players from across the four major professional sports leagues who went undrafted but still became highly-regarded names in their respective sports.
If you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan — or you just need a dose of hockey during the dog days of summer — you’ll want to circle tomorrow on your calendar. The official Kings Stanley Cup Champions DVD and Blu-Ray hits stores on Tuesday, and it comes loaded with extras.
The main program is an 86-minute recap of LA’s Stanley Cup-winning season. The film begins with the Kings hoisting their 2011-12 championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center, but the celebration comes to an abrupt end with LA is defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012-13 Western Conference Final. The loss stings the team, and players and coaches talk about how the experience drove them to find redemption in 2013-14.
Hockey fans have spoken, and they've voted Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on to the cover of EA Sports' NHL15. The cover was revealed during the NHL Awards presentation in Las Vegas earlier this week.
Voting began a few weeks ago with a field of eight players. Bergeron was one finalist, breakout Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban was the other, with the Bruin earning the coveted spot as the face of the game.
"I have great memories of that game and never in a million years did I imagine that I'd one day be on the cover," Bergeron told the Canadian Press. "It's pretty surreal."
AP — Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL's best once again.
Crosby won the NHL's most valuable player award for the second time Tuesday night at the league's postseason awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
After his first full season without major injuries since 2010, the Penguins' 26-year-old center cleaned up at the NHL's awards show to cap a fruitful year that included a second gold medal as Canada's captain at the Sochi Olympics. Crosby also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player.
In a modest acceptance speech, Crosby thanked his teammates and family.
''I appreciate all the sacrifices you've made to allow me to play the game I love every day,'' Crosby said.