I had so much fun compiling my rankings of all 32 NFL franchises, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for the other major sports leagues. And since the 2013-14 NHL season starts tonight, it only seems right to tackle some hockey rankings. I ran my 10 Worst NHL franchises list last week, so feel free to check that out and then come back to read this. All set? Good! Before we begin, a quick word on the methodology used for my ranking of the 10 best NHL franchises. Similar to my NFL list, I’ve ranked all 30 NHL franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence — not counting the lockout season of 2004-05 — and ordered by that. The Criteria T
SI.com published a photo gallery of Wayne Gretzky today. Most of it is pretty unremarkable unless you're already a big fan of the Great One. But there is one exception, this little nugget of concentrated awesome. Oh yeah, Wayne Gretzky spinning Styx on the bangin' hi-fi system, complete with record player and 8-track deck. And you just know he loves all those cheesy Dennis DeYoung ballads. I mean, check out that Elton John poster.
For some reason I've always found it more interesting to see why things like businesses fail than to read about success stories. It's not even that I take any glee in their failure, so maybe it's an underdog thing? Anyway, in the first entry of yet another series I'll likely abandon at some point, we will take a brief look at some of the more prominent businesses/entities to disappear from existence. Up first is one that was the premiere example of its industry at one point, and one that was probably doomed from the start. Who: Eastern Airlines When: 1926 - 1991 What: Begun as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the 1920s, Eastern grew to become a dominant force in commercial aviation by the 1950s. Its first CEO was famed World War I Flying Ace Eddie Rickenbacker