The World Cup’s group stages are over and we’re now into the Round of 16. The last week has given us some surprises, some controversies and a few contenders for goal of the tournament. The Champs Are Out Only two teams have ever won consecutive World Cups, Italy in 1934 & 1938, and Brazil 1958 & 1962. Four-time winners and current title holders Germany were odds-on favourite to add their name to that revered list, but but instead fell at the final hurdle and failed to progress to the round of 16. Just like Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014; the reigning champs couldn’tRead More →

We’re around the mid-point of the round robin part of the 2018 World Cup, some teams have already been eliminated and others are clinging on desperately. Here are some thoughts from the last week of the competition. Men’s World Cup: No Girls Allowed I can’t believe that in 2018 this is still a thing, but it is, and we should talk about it. International tournaments have always lit the fuse for small-minded bigotry based on foreign stereotypes, but the vocal minority have reached a new low. I assume/hope this is isolated to British fans only. International friends; your mileage may vary. To add a differentRead More →

The Blackhawks have the 8th overall draft pick, inside the top ten for the first time in over ten years thanks to their subpar finish last season, and while they likely won’t be getting an immediate impact game changer like Rasmus Dahlin, there are a number of promising defenders slated to hit the top ten in this years NHL Draft well. Bowman will undoubtedly throw his penny in and hope to pull out a blue chip prospect that will help quarterback the Blackhawks future along with Alex DeBrincat, and Nick Schmaltz. Chicago Blackhawks Draft Options   Quinn Hughes – USA – Defense Age: 18 Height:Read More →

Carl, Joel and Tiny Mike are back for another episode of The —REDACTED— Line Podcast! That’s right folks, while The 4th Line remains the same, the special episodes with Tiny Mike need a new name and we need your help! Send in your names for the spin off show in our Podcast Naming Contest. As we return to the show, there were a few trades in the NHL this week leading up to the draft. First, Alex Galchenyuk was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi. Then, the Ottawa Senators rid themselves of the Mike Hoffman drama, by dealing him to the SanRead More →