Playoffs...You're talking Playoffs?

The 2010-2011 NHL regular season has officially come to an end, and the playoff schedules have been set. Here is how we think the playoff race will shake out.

 

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Matchups:

(1)   Washington Capitals vs. (8) New York Rangers

(2)   Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Buffalo Sabres

(3)   Boston Bruins vs. (6) Montreal Canadiens

(4)   Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Western Conference Quarterfinal Matchups:

(1)   Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks

(2)   San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

(3)   Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes

(4)   Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Nashville Predators

 

Eastern Conference Semifinals Matchups:

(1)   Washington Capitals vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

(2)   Philadelphia Flyers vs. (3) Boston Bruins

 

Western Conference Semifinals Matchups:

(1)   Vancouver Canucks vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

(2)   Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) Nashville Predators

 

Conference Finals Matchups:

(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (2) Detroit Red Wings

 

Stanley Cup Finals Matchup:

(5)   Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (2) Detroit Red Wings

 

Stanley Cup Winner: Detroit Red Wings

 

How do you think the 2011 NHL playoffs will finish out?

 

 

April 11, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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The Masters

Mitchell & Ness started back in 1904 as a sporting goods store specializing in handmade golf clubs, so its only fitting that we talk a little bit about one of golf’s most popular events, the Masters Tournament. One of the PGA’s 4 Majors, the Masters is held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

 

The Masters is famous for its rich history and tradition. For example, the other three major championships in golf (the British Open, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship) all rotate where the event is played on a yearly basis. The Masters never changes its venue.

 

Starting in 1960, the Wednesday before every Masters there is a Par 3 competition held at Augusta’s 9 hole par 3 course. To go along with that Masters tradition, there is also a curse. In the 50 years of its existence, no golfer has won the Masters par 3 competition and the Masters Tournament in the same year. Good luck Luke Donald, you’re gonna need it!

 

Since 1963, on the opening day of the Masters Tournament, legendary winners from past Masters Tournaments hit a ceremonial tee shot. In the past, legendary golfers such as Sam Snead and Byron Nelson have had this honor. Yesterday’s ceremonial first tee shots were from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who together have won 10 Masters Tournaments.

 

Another one of the long standing traditions of the Masters is the covenanted green jacket. In addition to a healthy sized check (Phil Mickelson won $1,350,000 last year for his win at Augusta), each year’s Masters winner receives a tailored green blazer. In the presentation ceremony, the previous year’s winner puts the jacket on the new champion as a way of bridging the gap between the old and the new.

 

What are some of your favorite sports traditions?

April 8, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Baseball Photos

Obviously, sports are an obsession around here; we love all aspects of every game.  Photography is a huge part of sports that tends to be overlooked these days with the latest video highlights and YouTube clips constanly at our fingertips. 

After thinking through this a little, we decided to dig into some of our archives to search for great shots that were taken in an age long before DSLRs and autofocus lenses existed.  One thing we noticed, was how frequently sequence shots were used.  In many cases throughout these magazines from the 1950s and 1960s plays were shown in a story-board format with a series of photos.  Check some out below.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Mickey Mantle stolen base sequence.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Roger Maris over-the-fence catch.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Mickey Mantle chasing down and catching fly ball.

 

From Sports Review's Baseball, 1953.  Brooklyn Dodger Joe Black pitching during Game 1 of the 1952 World Series.

 

We also found this article by LIFE showcasing what they voted as the best baseball pcitures.  Check it out.

April 7, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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We Have A Question For You

This is a great time of year in the world of sports, don't you think?  The NCAA tournament just wrapped up,  the baseball season is underway and the NBA and NHL are getting ready to start their playoffs.  They're all great events and we're wondering which you like best.  So, as part our ongoing effort to learn more about our customers, tell us what you think.  Please rank, from first to last, favorite to least favorite, the following four events:

 

NCAA Basketball Tournament


The start of the baseball season


NBA Playoffs

NHL Playoffs

Let's hear it, 1 - 4, which one do you most look forward to?

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A Few More Party Pics

We just got a few more pictures from our Spring Apparel Event last week and we thought we'd share some.  All photos are courtesy of Christopher Santaniello and heyphilly.com.

Chase Utley and M&N President Sean McKinney


Throughout the evening there were raffles and giveaways.  Here are two lucky winners.


G-N Kang, of the Cole Hamels Foundation,with Michael Barkann and his wife Ellen

 

Michael Bivins shows his hometown pride in a Red Sox satin jacket.


These party guests staked out a good spot, right by the popcorn machine.


Former Flyer Brian Propp was happy to sign autographs for anyone sporting M&N Flyers apparel.

 

DJ Rich Medina stylin' in his Phillies Ground Ball Hoody


Relaxing in seats from the old Veterans Stadium.

 

Sean McKinney, former Major Leaguer Ben Davis and his wife Megan.

 

M&N store employees take a break to smile for the camera.


On display were some new additions to the Mitchell & Ness Women's Collection

 

Tastykakes anyone?

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