Justin Abdelkader Hit

MSU alumnus, Justin Abdelkader, is arguably off to his best start in his eighth season with the Detroit Red Wings. Abdelkader had 15 points in just 24 games played, scoring 7 goals and 8 assists.

Unfortunately, Abdelkader was victim to a vicious hit from Luca Sbisa in late November. He suffered a separated shoulder and initially was day-to-day. The following day, the Red Wings announced he would miss two weeks with an upper body injury.

See the hit here:

Abdelkader has been a big reason for the Red Wings early success this year. He has been producing points and has been a force to be reckoned with in front of the net. Drawing comparisons from Red Wing’s great Tomas Holmstrom

Abdelkader returned to practice prior to the Red Wings, 2-1, over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Red Wings will need Abdelkader’s fearlessness and leadership back on the ice to stay at the top of a competitive Eastern Conference.

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The Detroit Red Wings dropped another shoot out loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1. The Wings snapped a three-game winning streak at Joe Louis Arena but earned a point to get to 17-6-6 in the 2014 season.

See the recap here:

http://redwings.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020419

The Wings notched their 40th point of the season and are at the top of the Eastern Conference. Young guys on the team such as Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, and Gustav Nyquist continue to step up for Detroit.

However, there has been a lot of production from a variety of lines. Points have been evenly distributed so far this season and has allowed Detroit to complete several come from behind victories.

Last night, Gus Nyquist put the Wings up early against their Atlantic rivals, the Tornoto Maple Leafs. However, a defensive breakdown resulted in a Phil Kessel goal in the third period to tie the game.

Red Wings shootout struggles continued as Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal. Both Nyquist and Tatar were denied respectively. Jimmy Howard, who has been outstanding this season for the Red Wings, gave up two goals in the shootout. Both goals were through his five-hole and concerns about the Wings  performance during shootouts needs to be addressed.

Rick Porcello Trade

Things are heating up around the MLB as winter meetings began this December. Representatives from all 30 teams gather for four days full of transactions and trades, commonly known as “MLB’s hot stove.”

The Detroit Tigers made a big trade today dealing right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello has been with the Tigers since 2009 and has six seasons of starting pitcher under his belt at the young age of 25.

Porcello has proven himself a reliable starting pitcher, winning 28 games over the past two seasons. He made his living with Tigers getting a lot of groundouts and few walks. In 2014, he ranked 20th among qualified starters with a  walks/nine inning rate of 1.80.

Cespedes will be welcomed with open arms in the Motor City. Cespedes provides a big arm in leftfield, which has been a missing piece in the Tigers outfield recently. He showed off his arm strength twice last year against the Los Angeles Angles. First, gunning Howie Kendrick at home and he nailed Albert Pujols at the third base.

Cespedes will also make the pitcher’s ballpark in Comerica look much smaller with his power. In 2014, he hit 22 homeruns and had a slugging percentage of .450.

I have always been a fan of Rick Porcello. He received a lot of criticism in the early stages of his career for not producing to his potential. However, Porcello won a lot of Tigers fans the past two seasons. I think it was a good trade for both the Tigers and Red Sox but I’m still sad to see Ricky P go. Here is my personal favorite Rick Porcello moment in his time spent with the Tigers.

Some Other Way Analysis

The powerful video, Some Other Way, tells the story of a MMA fighter who reenters the ring after a three year hiatus from the sport.

The video does an excellent job unfolding the character, by revealing his past and personality.

The beginning of the video creates a strong connection, after an audiovisual hook of James Cordero, states he’s been sober for 27 days.

After revealing his problem with addiction, Cordero shares his struggles with being bullied and as a child and that he’s been fighting his entire life.

By sharing his past, a deeper connection and understanding of Cordero’s personality is created between the viewer.

Also, sharing his past of addiction and bullying reveals that’s what motivates him to recover and become a better person.

As Cordero reveals more about himself, it is clear that he has neglected his family in the past due to his drug and alcohol use.

However,  his upcoming helps him to realize that his family is most important thing in his life and drugs and alcohol constantly were in the way.

There are a variety of tight and wide images throughout the video.

The video begins with a wide shot of the city that sets the mood for the rest of the video.

During the phone conversation, there are tights showing Cordero’s hands, eyes and fists that show his intensity as a person. 

After the fight, there is a powerful image of Cordero pointing up to the sky with the natural sound from the crowd which was very powerful.

The music and natural sound in this video were also very strong. 

Although there is only one song the entire video, it gradually builds as Cordero opens up about his life and eventually wins the fight.

Also, in the beginning during the phone call, there is natural sound of sirens which intensifies the message of his problem with addiction.

I really enjoyed this video, not only as a fan of MMA, but because of the connection created with Cordero.