Favorite Flyers in Sports: Broad Street Bully Bobby Clarke

With the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals scheduled to start this week, it’s only fitting that one of the chapters in my newest sports comic book features a former NHL MVP and two-time Stanley Cup champion.

My nostalgic choice is a creative addition to a sports comic book that highlights my favorite high flyers in sports.

The book touts the NFL’s Megatron, the NBA’s former Human Highlight Reel, a hovering Helicopter like pick-up basketball player, the NCAA’s fictional dunking fraternity, an Olympic champion known as the Buckeye Bullet and another soaring track star who broke the mold of what housewives were expected to do a generation ago.

My pick flew around the ice on skates donning a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. Check out the following excerpt from my book…..

…..This former Philadelphia Flyers hockey star hailed from tiny town of Flin Flon, Manitoba.

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Sports Cliche: They Raised the Bar as a Team

The New York Rangers’ dramatic 3 -2 overtime victory against the Montreal Canadiens yesterday gave them a 3 – 1 advantage in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.

With only a win away from winning the playoff series, the Rangers can return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years.

The Rangers’ thrilling all-around team effort reminded me of one of one of my chapters from my FREE book Clever Sports Comics.

Here’s an excerpt:

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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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Boo Hoo! NHL New York Rangers

Boo hoo! Cry me a river, New York Rangers.

I just heard the radio reports, read all the sports sites and watched ESPN Sports Center.

Sure, I know your legs were heavier than usual last night as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat you 3 – 0 to take a 2 – 1 series lead.

However, I really don’t care if you played five games in seven nights. Nor am I interested in listening to your moaning about fatigue or speculating about your team’s recent scheduling snafu. Move out of Madison Square Garden if you can’t use your home ice on the nights you prefer.

Wow! You worked five times in seven days. How tough must that be?

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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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MIKE Releases New Sports Comic Book on All-Time Hockey Favorites

  Volume 7 of the MIKE Sports Comic Book Series focuses on my top 10 Hockey Favorites. My choices include five legendary players, two immediately identifiable items you’ll only find in the sport of hockey, a Stanley Cup Champion with … Continue reading