H.A.M.: Article III

March 18th, 2012, rounding up this last week in sports. A week up progress, expansion and unexpected failure.
#87 returns to the NHL, MLS receives a 19th team and the NCAA Tournament gets shaken up.
We’ll also take a peak at some of the more substantial transactions in the NBA.



The Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned to action on Thursday against division rival the New York Rangers. With a 5-2 win, #87 notched two assists helping line-mate Matt Cooke, a goon, net two goals. Also back in the line-up that game was number one pairing defenceman Kris Letang who also had one helper and career-high plus 5 rating. Pittsburgh was back at two days later against the Devils with another convincing 5-2 victory. Crosby had 3 assists, helping the Cookie monster deliver another two goals. In just 11 games this season, the Penguin’s captain has 17 points.


Major League Soccer now has a 19th team. The Montréal Impact made their inaugural MLS season debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps March 10, 2012 losing 2-0 in Vancouver. The following game, they faced the Chicago Fire at home and drew 1-1 to a sold out crowd of almost 60,000. Montréal is one of three Canadian teams in the MLS


I wonder the percentage of NCAA Tournament brackets that crumbled on Friday?

The number 15 seed Norfolk State beat out the number 2 seed Missouri in a 86-84 nail biter. Kyle O’Quinn missed both free throws with 4 seconds left in the game, setting up Missouri for a hopeful buzzer beater. Unfortunately for the Show-Me-State, Phil Pressey couldn’t knock down a 3-point jump shot from 27 feet out.

Next up, the heavily favoured number 2 seed Duke lost to 15th seed Lehigh in a slightly less dramatic game 75-70. Even with a horrendous Field Goal Percentage, C.J. McCollum put up 30 points, twenty of which were from the line. However, Gabe Knutson had was perfect from the field, 1/1 from beyond the arch and 6/7 from the line knocking down some clutch free throws equalling to 17 points and a victory.

To those of you who picked Missouri or Duke to the final four, you’re in a boat the size of Titanic, and for those homer’s in the rubber dinghy, good luck.


This year’s NBA deadline was pretty quiet. A few teams made some considerable splashes, but nothing major.

LA Lakers


Ramon Sessions


Derek Fisher

San Antonio Spurs


Stephen Jackson


Richard Jefferson

Indiana Pacers


Leonardo Barbosa


Second round pick

Washington Wizards




Nick Young

LA Clippers


Nick Young


Brian Cook

Portland Trail Blazers                              New Jersey Nets

   In:                                                                           In:

    Mehmet Okur/Shawne Williams            for                          Gerald Wallace


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