What’s In A Number?

Brandon Phillips was the Cincinnati Reds’ starting second baseman from April 2006 until the day he was traded to the Atlanta Braves in February 2017. Throughout his time with the Reds, BP was one of the most popular and productive members of the roster. He won four Gold Glove Awards, made three All-Star Games, won…

Preds Playoff Thoughts: Stanley Cup Finalists

It should have been a goal. If you watched Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final you know what I’m talking about. The shot by Colton Sissons at 1:14 of the second period that was disallowed because the referee lost track of the puck. Because he was out of position. Everybody in the free world…

Cook’s Stanley Cup Final 2017 Diary: Game 5

6:23 PM: Hi, hello and welcome back to the Stanley Cup Final! We move back to Pittsburgh tonight with the series tied 2-2. The Nashville Predators took advantage of home ice the last two games to get their minds right. Pekka Rinne looked like Pekka Rinne again. Freddy “Hockey” Gaudreau became a household name & continued…

Cook’s Stanley Cup Final 2017 Diary: Game 3

6:32 PM: Hi, hello and welcome back to the Stanley Cup Final! Tonight brings us Game 3, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Predators are down two games to zero after an unfortunate trip to Pittsburgh (but really, aren’t all trips to Pittsburgh unfortunate?), and need to do what they’ve done seven out…

Cook’s Stanley Cup Final 2017 Diary: Game 1

7:46 PM: Hi, hello and welcome to the Stanley Cup Final! In the continuing ramping up of NHL coverage right here on THE Ultimate Sports Blog, I’ve decided that I will live-blog select Stanley Cup Final games right here for your entertainment. This is a huge date in my personal history as a sports fan,…

The List of Cook #2: John Scott

I’m obviously excited about the Nashville Predators making the Stanley Cup Final. A lot of other people are too, even people that aren’t Nashville fans. You better believe the NHL is excited. I’m not one of those guys that will tell you that the league is rooting for or against certain teams (unless the Preds…

THE USB NHL Postseason Preview: Stanley Cup Final

Hi, hello and welcome to THE USB NHL Postseason Preview! I’ll be real honest with you guys, I did not expect to have an emotional attachment once we got to this round. Everybody expected my team to get eliminated in the first round by the team that has dominated most of this decade. That didn’t…