SACRAMENTO, Calif. Andy Dalton Jersey . -- Sam Lacey, a former NBA All-Star centre who spent most of his 13-year career with the Kansas City Kings, has died. He was 66. The Sacramento Kings, where the franchise relocated in 1985, said they did not know the cause of death. In a statement released through the team Wednesday, Kings general manager Pete DAlessandro called Lacey "one of the finest and longest-tenured players to ever don a Kings uniform." He said "Sams prolific legacy is evident throughout franchise lore, where he ranks first in games played, rebounds, blocks and steals. He was also known as a tireless worker and a wonderful teammate. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered for his contributions on the game of basketball and in life." Lacey was drafted fifth overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1970 after a stellar career at New Mexico State. The franchise became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73, and later just the Kansas City Kings before the 1975-76 season. Lacey made his only All-Star appearance in 1975. He averaged 10.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in his career, which ended after the 1982-83 season with Cleveland. Laceys No. 44 jersey has been retired by the Kings and hangs in the rafters at Sacramentos arena. Bengals Jersey . All of the games arent created equal and with bowl season kicking off Saturday with the first four matchups, its time to rank them from best to "35th most exciting. Cheap Andy Dalton Jersey . But until the 10th inning, the Colorado Rockies outfielder was hitless. That changed quickly when Dickerson drove a two-out, 0-1 pitch into the pool deck beyond the right field fence for the tiebreaking home run in the Rockies 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.My uncle Rolly would say "a tie is like kissing your sister" and though I did not have a sister, and kissing anyone was a wholly unappetizing prospect, I got his drift. Nobody is happy with the outcome. To its credit, in the late 1990s, the spry brain-trust at the National Hockey League recognized this fundamental drag on its product and vowed to improve a flawed system. Various solutions and quirky quick-fixes were considered in the ensuing years, and the League - largely during semi-regular work stoppages - decided on a blended approach. (Unbeknownst to me, despite the coming changes coinciding with league expansion and record revenues, this new approach would trigger the erosion of my interest, until I eventually stopped watching entirely.) Change Number One: Four Skaters and a Goalie The number of skaters were decreased to four-a-side during the overtime period, thereby opening up offensive manoeuvrability and theoretically ending more games with game-winning tallies rather than endless dump-and-chase neutrality. Verdict: Wow. This was a major move, altering the five-on-five structure basic to the sport, and it was a winner. Instead of labouring through increased late game conservatism, skilled players (without the luxury of the Olympic-sized ice rinks) could find themselves able to deke and shimmy and strut their capabilities, particularly in the games most crucial moments. It also encouraged the reversing of a trend which had taken hold across the league, one where teams were playing for a tie point and overtime periods were getting increasingly dump-and-chase, ho-hum. Overtime would be meaningful again! Sha-la-la-la! Success. Change Number Two: If At First You Dont Succeed, Shoot Again The NHL introduced the controversial, internationally-tested shootout as a means of concluding deadlocked matches. Already in use at NHL All-Star Games, the League took a baby step, opting for three shooters per side, rather than the five shooters per side standard in international play. Considering a whopping one in seven games had ended in a tie in 2003-2004, this was going to have a major impact. Verdict: Surprisingly decent move. Fans get a thrill and hopelessly tied games get a victor. Two for two. But the NHL is not in the leave-well-enough-alone business. In classic League fashion, a third branch of tinkering was offered up, one in which the very worth of winning and losing would be altered. It is this final alteration that persists to today, defining the current system, and for this hanging-by-a-thread fan, produces a result which is laughable and has firmly pushed me to the periphery of support. Change Number Three: The Three Point Game Shudder. In the former system, a win was worth two points for the victor, zero points for the vanquished. A tie doled out a point to each side. Two points per game to be won, lost or split. In the current system, two points continue to be the victors spoils, but depending upon how the loser loses, the losing team may be awarded one or zero points. The pertinent extrapolation - particularly in a conference-based playoff system - is to recognize that some games are then worth three points and other games worth two. A black eye on the game which needs immediate attention. The rule change emerged from what some termed the "Dead Puck Era" or "The Decade Hockey Turned to Crap". Overtime periods had become interminable with each side playing for the tie rather than chance going home pointless. So the NHL made tie games at the end of regulation worth one point to both sides to encourage vigorous overtime play for one additional point. The risk-averse playing just starts earlier. Now the second half of the third period is the play-it-safe spot. (For those following at home, the second half of the third period was traditionally also known as the end of the game.) So now this "end of the game" segment is like a Benjamin Moore product demonstration. Not coincidentally, since the current system launched in 2005-06, there has been a major weakening in the "Mike Gallay-watching" to "hockey-on-television" corollary. Whatever, it All Shakes out in the End. Iff the very nature of consolation points doesnt enrage you, consider this: not only should the Los Angeles Kings not have won the Stanley Cup in 2012, they should not have even been in the playoffs. Giovani Bernard Bengals Jersey. In 2011-12, the Kings finished the regular season in the eighth seed of the Western Conference. Their record of 40-27-15 really meant they really finished 40-42. In 10th place languished the Dallas Stars (42-40) and in 11th, the Colorado Rockies* (41-41). In any season prior to the three-point game initiative, the Kings would not have been in the post-season. (*I am an indefatigable purist in some regards. I realize if that was truly the case I should refer to them as the Quebec Nordiques.) This is not a one-off situation. It happened to Vancouver and Los Angeles in 2005-2006. To Colorado and Montreal in 2006-2007. To Carolina in 2007-2008. Dozens of teams have received unmerited seedings over the years, all because of the preposterous three-point game. Et tu, Baseball? Whats that gang? You all are expanding to 30 or more teams? ... Hey, we can too! ... Sure weve heard of Atlanta. ... They say theyve never heard of us? Remind them we were totally pals years ago! The NHL has long been a follow-the-leader organization which makes the three-point game more puzzling. It has no precedent in major professional North American team sports. MLB does not allow games to finish in ties and, especially due to its non-contact, non-cardiovascular setup, can play endlessly into the night. Hell, theyll just keep playing tomorrow if necessary. Quite reasonably, the NHLPA would not approve potentially endless overtime periods because it could encourage injury and would foster competitive imbalance (ie. when a rested team plays a team which last night played seven periods). In the NBA, there are no ties and overtime periods are rare and captivating. Naturally, hardwood scoring is far more plentiful than hockey scoring, so the likelihood of limitless overtime periods is slight. In the NFL (AKA "the league that gets things right") surprisingly there is allowance for ties, but league-wide there have been only two in the past five years. The anomaly of the football tie makes it bizarre and accepted as it functions more as a novelty than a drag on competitive balance. If every team averaged even just one tie per season, oh yes, the NFL would have torched it long ago. Dumping & Chasing Dreams I try to get excited for hockey. I remember my youth, endless slapshots against a laundry room wall. I check out the standings to see who is jostling for—nope, cant do it. Right now, RIGHT NOW, of the 30 teams only 8 have losing records. Last year, by seasons end only 7 had losing records. Stop this madness. Its humiliating when grown men playing a grown mans game require the systemic-equivalent of an orange slice and a plastic participant trophy. Are savvy Hockeytown fans sincerely fooled their beloved Red Wings 19-14-10 record doesnt mean their team is a 19-24 loser? The players headed to the locker room showers pissed off 24 times this year. Fact. Deep breath. I have heard all the reasons, some logical, some inebriated, on how to remedy this situation. The League and the PA and the broadcasters all have a say. But the solution is barely a tweak on what exists and would solve everything. Ten minute overtimes with four skaters a-side and a best-of-five shootout. Winner gets two points. Loser gets a Tim Hortons special. Fans get a better reason to spend hundreds of dollars to attend. If you cannot win a game after seventy minutes then you earned the uncertainty of a shootout. The shootout, exciting as it is, might as well be five shooters a-side to give it more weight and the fans more thrills. The League only introduced regular season overtime in 1983-1984. Crucial, fundamental changes like this happen frequently. When the three-point game was introduced it was to be rid of ties, to be rid of the indecision of such an outcome, but we wound up with a greater ingrained indecisiveness. This can be fixed. This should be fixed. This will improve the game. It might even make me forgive what those morons did to the conferences. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '