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Easy Street: captain back from ACL tear

first_imgSenior Ben Street has returned from an ACL tear and leads the team with 33 shots on goal this year.[/media-credit]Ben Street doesn’t get too upset about things. His coach sees him as a calming presence, and Street even admits he doesn’t tend to be overly emotional. Even season-ending injuries can’t derail him.Street is a fifth-year senior on the Wisconsin men’s hockey team, but only because he suffered a season-ending ACL tear just four games into the 2008-09 season. Characteristically, Street took the injury with calm acceptance.“It was just one of those things where I was pretty sure my season was over,” he said. “The only thing on my mind was how I was going to get myself back and ready to go the next year.”Now that he’s back, the UW tri-captain is doing what he does best — shooting the puck. Street scored a game-clinching goal with just under two minutes left Friday night and leads the team with 33 shots on goal. Although it’s early in the season, the forward is content with how he’s played so far.“Pretty good, I obviously had to get a little rust off to start with. I think in some aspects, I’m still getting my timing back a little bit,” Street said. “But so far I’ve been able to contribute every once in a while and I haven’t been making a lot of mistakes defensively, so at least I’m not hurting the team.”The loss of Street last year meant the Badgers faced a big void in offense. Although players like Tom Gorowsky and John Mitchell picked up the scoring slack, Street’s contribution was sorely missed. Entering his fourth year, he had scored at least 10 goals in each of his first three full seasons.Coming off of the 2007-08 season, he had posted career bests with 13 goals and 17 assists. Street also led the team with four game-winning goals that season.And though his offensive presence was missed, head coach Mike Eaves didn’t understate how Street’s calm demeanor and experience were missed. He even went as far as to compare the senior to a four-time Stanley Cup winner.“It’s interesting, when you talk to older guys in the National Hockey League, when people talk about a captain like (Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas) Lidstrom, they talk about how calm he is,” Eaves said. “And during a storm, [he says] ‘Hey, it’s OK, we’re a good team, things are going to be all right. We’ve got to continue to work hard and stay the course.’“And that’s the kind of personality Ben has anyways, and with his experiences, he brings that.”When Street went down, co-captain Blake Geoffrion and the two assistant captains stepped up to provide on-ice leadership. But Geoffrion said he didn’t feel any additional pressure to lead, as Street was still active with the team.“He was around, getting to know the freshmen, getting to know [guys], closer to guys that weren’t playing as much and being able to talk to him and help them through their adversity,” Geoffrion said. “It was definitely helpful.”And though he wasn’t on the ice with the team, Street made himself available to his teammates to talk. He also watched games as a spectator and said he learned a lot being able to break down the play from above.With Geoffrion and Co. taking care of things in the rink, Street could focus on his rehab and being a mentor.“So I kind of let those guys take the game by game stuff, [and] I tried to just be an outlet, be an away from hockey type of thing,” Street said. “I kind of had a bird’s-eye view of the games, so guys could come and ask me, ‘What’d you think, maybe coach saw it this way, but what do you think?’”Despite accepting his new role on the team and feeling confident about his rehab, even the ever-placid Street admitted the injury was mentally taxing.“I mean, it was — probably frustrating is be best word. It was one of those things where there’s not much you can do about it, I couldn’t play, I kind of accepted that pretty early,” he said. “It was tough, watching your teammates go out there and compete and not being able to help them. That part was frustrating.”Adding to the frustration, the Badgers missed the NCAA tournament by just 0.0002 of a point in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Badgers also lost 10 games last season by one goal — or about one game for each goal Street has averaged per season.But having the forward back for a fifth year can only help on a largely veteran squad.“We kind of have the same fold as he did when it was ’06 and they won the national championship, and that’s kind of what we’ve got now,” Geoffrion said. “He’s been able to help us through and give us different ideas of what their team and their culture was when they won in ’06.”And though Street’s production so far this season has been pedestrian — his three points (two goals, one assist) are tied for 11th on the team — he leads the team in shots on goal and is a respectable plus-2 for the season. His coach calls him “a shooter” and acknowledges how tough it is to return from injury. And after knowing Street for more than four years, Eaves is confident he’ll see a return to form.“It’s always tough to come back after a long layoff. And I know Ben’s somewhat frustrated in his point production, but as we’ve talked about, it’s going to take time,” Eaves said. “He’s getting shots, he’s getting chances — he’s clearly getting chances.“It’s just a matter of time. His best is yet to come, that’s for sure. That’s exciting.”last_img read more

Fake Super Bowl 53 prop bets that should be real (but are not)

first_imgThere’s something for everyone when it comes to the Super Bowl. Parties, food, commercials, halftime show, the actual game itself (if you’re into that sort of thing) — all great. But nothing makes you feel like part of the action quite like having some action on the game.Whether it’s a Super Bowl squares pool, a straight moneyline bet on the winner, a complicated and ridiculous parlay, or a random prop bet on whether JoJo Natson Jr. will score the final touchdown of the game (100-to-1 odds, if you’re curious), gambling is what really makes the Super Bowl the biggest sporting event of the year. You can bet on just about anything regarding the Super Bowl, but what if you could really bet on anything? Below we list our favorite made-up prop bets we’d like to see for Super Bowl 53.REAL SUPER BOWL PROP BETS:National anthem, halftime, coin toss, more(Completely made-up) Super Bowl 53 prop betsTimes Tony Romo correctly predicts the next play  — Over 4.5: -200 — Under 4.5: +130Times Tony Romo says “Here we go!” like a giddy 8-year-old — Over 2.5: -110 — Under 2.5: +110Times the word “dynasty” is said by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo — Over 1.5: +150 — Under 1.5: -110If the Rams win, will Jim Nantz say: “Donald trumps Brady!”? — Yes: 2/1 — No: 5/1If the Patriots win, will Jim Nantz say: “Lord of the rings, Brady flexes six appeal!”? — Yes: 20000/1 — No: -10000Commercials during the game that are actually good— Over 0.5: +800 — Under 0.5: -750MORE SUPER BOWL 53:Odds, line, predictions from SN expertsWhich will be more?— People disappointed by the commercials: +150 — People disappointed by the halftime show: +250 — People equally disappointed in both: EvenWhich will be more?— References to Tom Brady’s age: +150 — References to Sean McVay’s age: -200Which will be more?— References to Spygate: Even — References to Deflategate: +200 — References to the Philly Special: +250 — References to the Helmet Catch: +300 — References to anything Rams related (not including Spygate): +500Where will Super Bowl TV ratings be higher?— St. Louis: +150 — New Orleans: +250 — No one will watch in either city: Even Color of Bill Belichick’s hoodie— Navy: 2/1 — Grey: 5/2 — Red: 50/1 — Pink: 100/1 — He won’t wear a hoodie: 150/1Best way to describe condition of Bill Belichick’s hoodie sleeves— Frayed/tattered: 2/1 — Hemmed/clean-cut: 10/1 — Fringed/tasseled: 15/1 — Uncut short-sleeved: 18/1 — Uncut long-sleeved: 20/1Will Robert Kraft wear a blue shirt with a white color and cuffs?— Yes: -2000 — No: +1100Which will be more?— Julian Edelman pass attempts: +300 — Johnny Hekker pass attempts: -110Which will be more? — James Develin and Rex Burkhead touchdowns: +150 — Todd Gurley touchdowns: -200Number of objectively bad calls by the officials— Over 3.5: -1500 — Under 3.5: +2500MORE: Top 10 Super Bowls of all timeFirst Patriot to retire immediately after the game— Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Tom Brady: 35/1 — Bill Belichick: 50/1 — Field: 5/1 — No player/coach retires: -1000First Rams player to be ejected— Marcus Peters: 10/1 — Ndamukong Suh: 12/1 — Aqib Talib: 15/1 — Field: 3/1 — No player ejected: -500center_img Surprise player Bill Belichick will bench like Malcolm Butler last year— Malcolm Brown: 8/1 — Adam Butler: 8/1 — Devin McCourty: 10/1 — Jason McCourty: 11/1 — Sony Michel: 15/1 — Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Julian Edelman: 35/1 — Matthew Slater: 50/1 — Tom Brady: 100/1 — Field: -110Time in seconds it will take for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former player to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -110 — Under 60: +300Time in minutes it will feel like it takes for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -300 — Under 60: +200last_img read more