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Sports ode 2012: London, Lance, a Tide of Giants

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Sports ode 2012: London, Lance, a Tide of Giants

So how was your year? Setbacks, advances?

Hey, no doubt, it went better than Lance's.

First up on sports' yearlong ride:

An unrelenting Crimson Tide.

JoePa makes his great migration

Trailed by heartache, litigation.

Eli's coming and Giants roll

Past Brady in the Super Bowl.

Suddenly, all's Linsanity:

Headlines, puns, sheer inanity.

Banned Ryan Braun left fans aghast.

An arbiter says not so fast.

Daytona, Kenseth - let's explain:

The night sets fire to the rain.

Then football gets its jolt of jolts

When Peyton's place is not with Colts.

Tebow leaves the Mile High air

And joins the Jets - a time for prayer.

Kentucky wins, backed by Davis.

Rent a team (call Hertz or Avis).

Baylor follows. Need a reason?

Brittney Griner, perfect season.

Ozzie Guillen, with much to tell,

Sings loving praises of Fidel.

The shaken Saints now turn to Vitt.

Pat Summitt says it's time to quit.

Out at Indy, sitting pretty,

Once again it's all Franchitti.

Pro football vets demand their due.

Concussed and angry, thousands sue.

I'll Have Another's path seems clear,

But still no Triple Crown this year.

Wait a second. Can this be right?

Manny Pacquiao lost a fight?

Lord Stanley's Cup goes to the Kings

While hockey's woes wait in the wings.

After all the sound and fury,

Clemens walks, cleared by a jury.

The Heat are champs. It looks like reign.

South Beach party - LeBron and Dwyane.

Sandusky's jury has its say:

This coach won't see the light of day.

Soccer's armada, mighty Spain,

Captures the Euros in Ukraine.

Come Wimbledon, Serena's crown.

Paterno's statue taken down.

Then Wiggins rides with guile and grit.

The Tour de France goes to a Brit.

Olympics start, McCartney sings.

Phelps swims with gills, Bolt soars with wings.

Pistorius runs, Gabby's great.

A specter looms: Badmintongate.

Brilliant games, with heart and brio.

Snuff the flame and on to Rio.

Augusta bends. How awfully nice.

A female member - Condi Rice.

Lance lambasted for all to see,

His lies unfold as sponsors flee,

His titles stripped, life off its hinge.

Now it's all about the syringe.

Perfect time to make this wager:

Andy Murray wins a major.

The NHL then shuts its door.

(I think we've heard this song before.)

Replacement refs prove one big mess.

The league is forced to acquiesce.

Ryder Cup comes to Medinah.

Europe gives U.S. angina.

Hold no vote, form no committee -

Washington's a baseball city.

Those Oakland A's, no hand-me-down.

Miguel Cabrera, Triple Crown.

Buster Posey and Hunter Pence.

This really doesn't make much sense.

The Giants sweep to take it all.

Black and orange, the style for fall.

No marathon, New York City.

Sandy strikes and shows no pity.

Colts ride a wave of splendid Luck.

They shave their heads and play for Chuck.

The Lakers stumble, won't sit still,

Sign Mike D'Antoni, pass on Phil.

Keselowski, Penske Sprint to Cup.

Notre Dame, `Bama, coming up.

College conferences realign,

In thrall to TV's dollar sign.

Maryland, Rutgers, Big Ten bound.

The money chase goes round and round.

The Chiefs and Cowboys reel from blows.

The NFL's in mourning clothes.

Johnny Football wins Heisman race.

Pacquiao's crushed, flat on his face.

The year is quickly put to bed,

With what's been done and what's been said,

While limbering up sight unseen

For what's on deck ... 2013.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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