NHL cracking down on... everything

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NHL cracking down on... everything

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Fans and the media give the NFL a lot of hell for being the No Fun League but the NHL is well on its way to become something similar this postseason say the No Humor League.

It started mid-April when NHL officials issued a crackdown on octopus tossing.

"The throwing of objects onto the ice surface is prohibited by the National Hockey League and persons caught doing so may be subject to prosecution for violating local and state laws.''

Tossing ol eight-legs cost one fan 500, according to DeadSpin.

Its not the first time the NHL has decided to crackdown on object throwing on the ice.

Maple Leafs fans for a few games this season threw waffles on the ice in protest of their team tanking another season in the Kessel Era. One Leafs fan faced a fine and prison time but was able to get out of it. We can only imagine he offered Bettman some sweet Canadian maple syrup in exchange for freedom.

Whats next? Banning the hat trick hat throw?

And its not just object throwing thats getting the NHL all hot and bothered. In Vancouver, the NHL has told the infamous Green Men to not touch the glass.

We knew the penalty box was nicknamed the Sin Bin but we didnt know it was that kind of sin bin.

Watch the CBC video segment and see reporter Glen Healy get on his high horse about the Green Mens crotches and ass. What a tool.

And in Boston apparently its no longer ok to heckle the opposing team with the giant foam claws the team sells in its own gift shops.

Amazing. We can only imagine the Montreal organization is somehow behind all this since it and the Habs fans want to turn the NHL into a proper English tea party (ironically enough).

And now Zdeno Chara is being told by the NHL that he cant drink Coke on the bench since Pepsi is a major NHL partner.

The guys just looking to get a little boost of energy between shifts and he gets slapped with a warning Pepsi or Bust. Bummer. We were really hoping for that Chara-Coke marketing campaign, too.

When will the madness stop? Who knows? Goal music might be next on the list of no-nos. Maybe no signs to games? No mascots? No ice girls?

How about no Bettman?

Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

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Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

Steve Buckley joins Arbella Early Edition to give his opinion on how the Boston Celtics path to becoming a title contender will come, through the draft of via trades?

Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

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Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

CHICAGO -- Eduardo Rodriguez's return to the Red Sox rotation is going to take a little while longer.

Rodriguez will make at least one more rehab start for Pawtucket Sunday before the Red Sox re-assess his progress.

There had been some thought that Rodriguez would need only two outings on his rehab assignment. But the decision was made Wednesday to give him at least one more.

Rodriguez had a good outing for Pawtucket Tuesday night, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work.

All three runs came in the first inning, after which he showed improvement. "From the second to the sixth innings,'' said Farrell, "they were probably more crisp, more sharp. Looking for that to continue to advance."

Rodriguez, too, said he felt better than he did the first time out, when he allowed three runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

"I feel more control of the ball,'' he said. "I feel more comfortable throwing the ball in the game. Physically, I feel fine. I just see how everything goes every day like bullpens, running and everything. I just want to get back as fast as I can. But I want to get back 100 percent, I don't want to get back at 70 percent and go out there and don't do like I normally do."

Rodriguez, of course, has missed the first month of the season after tweaking his knee at the beginning of spring training.

"The first start I made in Pawtucket,'' recalled Rodriguez, ''I was thinking too much on my knee. Every pitch I'm throwing, I'm thinking like 'Don't push too much,' but (Tuesday) night it was every pitch I'm throwing just thinking of the game and not my knee."

After throwing 84 pitches Tuesday night, the Red Sox want him to get his pitch count over 90 in his next outing.

''I think with each outing he's getting, he's gaining more confidence and feeling more maybe natural and free on the mound," Farrell said.