1. Giants-Brewers: Some Positives To Take Away Despite Loss to Brew Crew

    Well, after opening day fireworks on the field, Giants fans who decided to stick around for the actual fireworks on opening night, did so after watching a disappointing loss in the first night-game of the season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 91 reads 0 comments

  2. Why Anaheim's Corey Perry Is Worse Than Sean Avery

    Say what you want about Sean Avery, but the guy can play the game of hockey. In 417 career games, the current Ranger forward has tallied 187 points. That averages out to about 37 points every 82 games (a full NHL regular season)...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 3,975 reads 45 comments

  3. Why the NHL Needs To Migrate North

    If the NHL has numerous franchises that are losing money, why not just bring the suffering teams to northern cities, where people already have a passion for hockey? Whether it be in the Northern United States or Canada, the league needs to move north...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 281 reads 9 comments

  4. How the San Francisco Giants' Management Muffed Another Grounder

    Let me get this straight: Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen was about to overtake the starting second-base job from Ray Durham last season before suffering a season-ending injury...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 243 reads 6 comments

  5. Sharks-Coyotes: San Jose Now Alone in First, but the Injury Bug Strikes Again

    After defeating the lowly Phoenix Coyotes last night, the San Jose Sharks moved ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for the overall lead in the NHL...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 302 reads 0 comments

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Front-Office Finally Starting to Fill in the Holes

    It is no secret that Mike Singletary's 49ers are an in-your-face, pound the rock type of team, with their best offensive weapon being their stud tailback Frank Gore...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 1,239 reads 10 comments

  7. Why Sharks' Vlasic Will Be a Future Norris Trophy Recipient

    With Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings continuing to dominate the NHL as the league's best defenseman year in and year out, it won't be the Sharks' Dan Boyle who becomes the first San ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 276 reads 8 comments

  8. Gary Bettman and Versus: Why America Does Not Follow the NHL

    It is getting harder and harder for hockey fans to remember the days when the NHL was on the glorified sports network called the Entertainment Sports Programming Network, or its more common name, ESPN...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 585 reads 18 comments

  9. San Jose-Dallas: Sharks Return to Form, Shoot Down the Stars

    For the first time all season, an injury that forced head coach Todd McLellan to juggle the lines has actually created some new energy...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  10. Why Is Giants Starter Jonathan Sanchez Getting So Much Hype?

    In June 2008, the Giants' young lefty Jonathan Sanchez recorded a 5-1 record with an ERA below three. However, in the rest of his starts that came in other months, the Giants hurler went 4-11, including a 1-7 mark in his last eight decisions...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 582 reads 19 comments

  11. Acquisition of Moen and Huskins May be Key to Sharks' Stanley-Cup Run

    It is no secret that the San Jose Sharks have fallen on hard times of late, going an extremely disappointing 4-6-1 in their past 11 contests. However, a couple of weeks ago the Sharks made a move that may end up being crucial to their playoff success...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  12. Sharks Have Joe Thornton, 49ers Have Frank Gore, Giants Have...?

    Granted, the San Francisco 49ers have been arguably as atrociously bad as their city's baseball team over the past few years, they have had the benefit of a premiere stud at running back in Frank Gore...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 379 reads 2 comments

  13. Sharks-Ducks: Evgeni Nabokov Shuts Out Anaheim

    Sharks newly-acquired winger Travis Moen scored the only goal of the game against his former team on Sunday, and Evgeni Nabokov made it hold up. In just his second game back from injury, the Sharks' net-minder shut-out the Anaheim Ducks by a final of 1-0.

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 131 reads 3 comments

  14. Fighting in Hockey: Why NHL GMs Have It All Wrong

    The average die-hard hockey fan knows that fighting is just a part of the game. Hockey is naturally the most physical team sport in the world, and fights are bound to come about...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 374 reads 20 comments

  15. Sharks-Kings: Evgeni Nabokov Returns, Shines in Shootout

    In a battle of goaltenders, the Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov outlasted Kings counterpart Erik Ersberg in a seven-round shootout, as the Sharks prevailed by a final score of 2-1...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 105 reads 3 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers: Bringing The Holt-Bruce Tandem Back Together?

    If there is any team that should remember how successful the receiving duo of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce was for the Rams back in the late 90's, early 00's, it should be the San Francisco 49ers...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 970 reads 8 comments

  17. San Francisco 49ers: Quarterback Position Still Needs an Upgrade

    First off, let me be clear that I am amongst those who advocate handing the starting job to Shaun Hill to begin the 2009 regular season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 1,052 reads 15 comments

  18. Sharks-Wild: San Jose Blows Another 3-0 Lead but This Time Prevails in OT

    In a game they could ill afford to lose, the San Jose Sharks were able to avoid déjà vu and beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday, thanks in part to a spectacular game-winning goal by defenseman Christian Ehrhoff...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 105 reads 3 comments

  19. Sharks-Wild: San Jose Blows 3-0 Lead, Gift-Wraps 4-3 Win for Minnesota

    If the best team in the NHL were ever in a slump, well, they are now. The San Jose Sharks lost 4-3 in OT Thursday night to the Minnesota Wild after building a 3-0 lead...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 120 reads 0 comments

  20. San Jose Sharks: In Danger of Losing Home Ice

    Despite still clinging to the top spot in the NHL, it looks like the San Jose Sharks are not going to come away with home ice throughout the playoffs. The Sharks are currently one game into their most challenging portion of the season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 307 reads 9 comments

  21. San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore's the Top Dog, but Who Is Running behind Him?

    The 2009 offseason for the San Francisco 49ers has been focused on specific holes on the field and on the coaching staff...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 3,623 reads 17 comments

  22. San Francisco Giants: Who's at First?

    With the Giants' off-season dominated by free-agent signings of Randy Johnson, Edgar Renteria, Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry, as well as questions regarding the second base position, nobody seems to be paying much attention to "who's at first...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 485 reads 6 comments

  23. Sharks-Thrashers: In His First Game Back, Jeremy Roenick Plays Key Role in Win

    After missing 28 games since suffering a shoulder injury on Dec. 11 against Anaheim, Jeremy Roenick returned to the ice for the Sharks and provided a huge spark in the Sharks' 3-1 win over Atlanta on Saturday...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 98 reads 3 comments

  24. San Francisco Giants: Why Kevin Frandsen is the Best Fit at Second Base

    After missing nearly all of the 2008 season with an injured Achilles tendon, Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen is back healthy in 2009...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 519 reads 4 comments

  25. San Jose Sharks: First-Year Head Coach Todd McLellan Brings the Chemistry

    Granted, he did inherit a roster filled with some of the most talented hockey players in the world, but the Sharks' rookie head coach Todd McLellan has created a bigger buzz than any other previous Sharks coach that came before him...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about over 6 years ago 390 reads 1 comments