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Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – Rangers-Kings Cup Final Much Closer Than What “Experts” Think

You got sick of hearing it if you are a Ranger fan. The West is much stronger than the East. The top four teams in the West could easily beat the Rangers. The Rangers should hope that they “don’t get embarrassed in the Cup Finals” (a nameless “expert” cause his name wasn’t given on the radio when this prediction was revealed after the Kings were up three games to none). No (unbiased) hockey fan (or “expert,” for that matter) could have watched the Cup Finals and thought anything other than this was a close series. If you are “much better” Continue reading

Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – Tonalist Wins The Belmont As Chrome Owner Becomes A National Fool

While the focus was correctly on California Chrome as he attempted to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, it was Tonalist who ran an unbelievable mile-and-a-half race to just beat out a dead game Commissioner. Tonalist shattered, once again, the notion that a horse today can win three races in five weeks at three different distances (the last a grueling mile-and-a-half) at three different tracks in an era where horses are bred and trained for speed, not stamina and, generally speaking, rarely race (i.e., six or seven times a year for today’s top horses). California Chrome Continue reading

Steve Kallas (TheSTN) – Here’s Why A Triple Crown Victory For California Chrome Might Be A Bad Thing For Thoroughbred Racing

The buzz in New York is palpable as California Chrome will try and become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The city is not going totally crazy over this event (as 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and then did not win the Belmont since Affirmed; plus the Rangers are playing for the Stanley Cup), but you can still expect 120,000 or so fans at Belmont this Saturday. While many believe that “this [a Triple Crown winner] is just what the sport needs,” this writer isn’t so sure about that. Unless the Triple Continue reading

Matt Liparota (TheSTN) – Looking at CW’s “The Flash”

Hot on the heels of last week’s generally stellar Arrow season finale came the first extended look at the CW’s Flash spin-off, set to air this fall. We’ve talked frequently on the show about our burgeoning excitement for the companion series, especially after the unexpected quality of the two-part Arrow episode earlier this year which introduced us to the Scarlet Speedster’s alter-ego, Barry Allen. The first trailer seems to give us scant few reasons to second-guess that excitement. Wheras Arrow took the time to grow into its superhero premise – the titular character arguably didn’t fully get there until this Continue reading