Talking Points: Cool ... Winterhawks ranked third
Friday, September 9, 2011
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Tired of the heat wave? Here’s some news to cool off by:
The Portland Winterhawks are the top-ranked team in the Western Hockey League.
The Winterhawks are ranked third in the season’s first BMO Canadian Hockey League MasterCard Top 10 Rankings. The rankings are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Winterhawks have a league-high 15 players attending NHL training camps. Whether the Winterhawks live up to their preseason ranking will depend upon how many of their NHL-drafted players come back to Portland this season. That won’t be determined for a while.
But hockey fans don’t have long to wait. The Winterhawks open the season in two weeks, and they will raise a couple of championship banners at their home opener.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports on Thursday wrote a fine column about college football’s headstrong rush toward mega-conferences. Among the casualties of conference expansion, Wetzel notes, could be traditional rivalries such as Texas A&M vs. Texas, which dates to 1894.
College football’s enduring appeal includes history, tradition and regional rivalries, all of which are currently being spit on by the warring conference commissioners and duped university presidents, a group that likes to refer to itself as the “guardians of the game.”
He concludes with this blunt statement: “There’s one chief question on the table. Can anyone still claim the NCAA deserves to maintain its tax-free status because it isn’t a business — a big, cutthroat, shark-eat-shark business?”
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