#TBT 38 Years Ago Today: 1980 USA Olympic Hockey’s Miracle on Ice

On this day 38 years ago – February 22, 1980 – hockey’s Miracle on Ice happened. It marked a national day of pride in America. The 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team birthed a miracle in the highly competitive arena of … Continue reading

Friday Sports Funny: Celebrating National Hat Day

Today’s Friday Sports Funny blog on the Hat Trick is a no brainer. That’s because jubilant number seven in the blog’s comic has two reasons to celebrate. One – he just slipped another puck passed the goalie and recorded his … Continue reading

Relive the Miracle Reunion: Hockey’s 1980 Miracle on Ice

Every living member of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team returned to Lake Placid, NY this week to celebrate the “Relive the Miracle Reunion” of perhaps the greatest upset in team sports history. 35 years after an underdog USA hockey … Continue reading

Hockey’s Zamboni: Baddest Sports Vehicle on Planet

Driving this clunky ice resurfacing vehicle would satisfy nearly every hockey fan’s fantasy.

Who hasn’t yearned to climb behind the wheel of this giant tractor and take charge on the ice.

Perhaps the baddest maintenance vehicle in all of sports, whose top speed runs at just a mere 9 miles per hour, the Zamboni cruises in at #6 in Best About Sports.

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The Penalty Box: Hockey’s Unique Accommodation

In all of sports, this 10’ by 4’ glass enclosed structure stands alone as a unique piece of real estate.

While fans watch the 2014 conference finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, they’ll witness penalized players from all four teams banished to the penalty box.

Since hockey the only professional sport to tout such an unusual place, I’ve included it my book Hockey Favorites.

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NHL and Olympic Blue Lines: Why are they Blue?

Watching NBC Sports’ extensive hockey coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics and the NHL has sparked my interest in the origin of the sport’s blue line.

I understand that in hockey games two blue lines proportionately divide the rink into three equal zones, thus separating the offensive and defensive ends from the center-ice neutral zone.

I’m also aware that these blue lines are important in determining whether a player is off-sides. That occurs when an offensive player crosses the opposition’s blue line and enters the offensive zone before the puck arrives.

However, what I didn’t know always bugged me.

Why paint these lines blue? And, what specific shade of blue are they?

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