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Super Bowl XLVIII: The 2nd Annual Prediction

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This year marks the 2nd annual Super Bowl pick for AmericanSportsHistory.com.  Last year the site predicted the Ravens would reign victorious over the 49ers by a score of 37-30.  My prediction was dead on and the score was really close too, the Ravens won last years big game 34-31.

For this years contest the Seahawks are the pick to win by a score of 24-22 over the Broncos.  The game everyone has waited for all year is just one day away.  Hope everyone enjoys the game and hope to see you back here soon.

-Justin

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Los Angeles King Advance to The Stanley Cup Finals

The L.A. Kings are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Its their first time since 1993 when NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky played for the Kings.  The Kings have never won the Stanley Cup and are more than ready to capture it this year.

The Kings had an average regular season finishing with a record of 40 wins, 27 loses and 15overtime loses.  When April started and the final games before the post season were about to be played many thought the Kings would not even qualify for the playoffs.  Well they did but barely and got the placed in the playoffs as the 8th seed.  The Kings faced off against the 1st seeded Vancouver Canucks and shocked the hockey world by taking the series in 5 games.  It was their first time making it out of the first round since 2001.  The Kings then swept the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues and the hockey world started to think, maybe these guys are for real.  Last night it was confirmed when the Kings took game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in overtime to advance into the Finals.  The Kings made history during this incredible playoff run by being the first 8th seeded team to beat both the 1st and 2nd seeded teams in the playoffs.

The Kings star through this playoff season has been their American born Right Wing Dustin Brown.  Brown scored 7 goal, 9 assists and had 3 game winning goals in the playoffs.  He has been their leader and the rest of the team has followed with incredible play.  If he keeps it up he will definitely take the MVP trophy in the Stanley Cup.

The Kings must wait now to find out their opponent.  The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are still battling it out in the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Ranger and the Devils are set to play Game 7 tonight in New York.  I have a feeling that the Rangers will take the game and advance to their first Finals since 1994.  We will find out really soon.

L.A. Kings fan holding a sign that says it all.
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The Kings have really sparked interest in Los Angeles for Hockey.  The city has had their loyal fans but the casual fans left when Gretzky went to play for the Rangers in the late 1990s.  The L.A. Sports Scene is really different this summer with the Lakers and the Clippers already out of the NBA Playoffs.  The city of Los Angeles needs the Kings right now.  This is the perfect opportunity for the Kings to brighten up the city with Hockey excitement.

I feel this is a Kings team that is destined to win the Cup this year.  I did not think so going into the playoffs but I have seen the playoff greatness.  This would be one of the most surprising NHL Playoff runs we have ever seen if they can capture the cup.  We could be calling it the “King’s Cup”  in just a matter of a couple of weeks.

What the hell is wrong with Dwight?!

The year is 1996 and the Orlando Magic are coming off 2 incredible post seasons, the later of which they lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship.  Heading into the off season the Magic were certain that the services of free agent Shaq would be obtainable yet again.  Hence the reason they did not trade him in the final year of his deal during the 1995-1996 season.  Little did they know he would get swept away by Los Angeles Lakers who that same summer acquired rookie Kobe Bryant in the first round of the draft.  That Lakers Team would go on to win three NBA titles.

Now flash forward to the present day Orlando Magic and there star player Dwight Howard.  Going into this season one that could be his last with the season depending on if he opts into his contract that would have if stay until the end of next season, he made it clear he would like to go somewhere else.  Possibly to Dallas or the team from New Jersey that will be in Brooklyn next season.  He claims the team has done nothing in terms of acquiring new players for him to win a championship with.  He has handled this contract situation worse than Lebron handled leaving Cleveland and that is saying a lot.

He has been flip flopping over the last 24 hours.  Saying he would  on his final year on his contract then retracted his statement and realized he did not want to give up that control.  The Magic at that point told him that if he does not opt in he is going elsewhere and would be doing so on Thursday the last day of the trade deadline at 3pm EST.  The Magic have the disaster of losing Shaq while getting nothing in return fresh in their minds still and will not let that go down again.   In the last few hours it has been reported that he is in fact willing to opt in and stay with the team but as I write this we are  2 and 1/2 hours from the deadline and nothing is yet done.

We will be finding out really soon what the fate of Dwight Howard and the Magic will be.  If he stays it is possible there could be a Championship banner hanging up at the venue formerly known as the “Orena” next year.  There also could be no Dwight Howard and the drama and distraction he has brought to the Orland Magic this season.  Regardless of what happens today it is safe to say this is a event that will not only effect the future of a star player but a franchise as well.