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Alex Ovechkin, Darrell Green, Wes Unseld, and Walter Johnson were voted the best of the best on Washington’s Mount Rushmore of Sporting activities



The SN Rushmore project selected four professional athletes from the 13 cities that have had at least four of the five leagues represented for at least 20 years: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and WNBA. While there were no hard and fast rules regarding the athletes chosen, our panel of experts considered individual resumes, team success, and legacy within each city’s sports landscape. There could be multiple players from the same franchise, and not every franchise had to be represented. Every sports fan has an opinion on this subject. This is ours.

Washington, D.C., is the nation’s capital and the seat of government, but it’s also home to some of the most ardent sports fans in the country. Although football has been the long-running constant, baseball, basketball, and hockey have all carved out their own distinct identities.

When Game Defenders chose the four faces for both the city and its surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia, the only option was to have equal representation with a delicate balance of current stars and past legends.

Even though the ring drought has entered its third decade, there were many strong candidates for a classic NFL franchise that dates back 90 years and is proud of five championships. Several men had compelling cases, including quarterbacks Sammy Baugh and Joe Theismann, running back John Riggins, and wide receiver Art Monk.

However, the one who played the longest and had the most enduring stature was deemed the best sculpted link to the glory days. Darrell Green was the top burgundy pick, but the red, white, and blue truth is that D.C.’s greatest all-time sport great is from the ice, not the gridiron, field, or court.

It’s only natural that Alexander Ovechkin, who was born in Russia’s capital, would become the ultimate Capital for Washington. While many believe the NHL has lost its star power, Ovechkin’s prolific goal scoring, unrelated to winning the Stanley Cup, is a worthy throwback to the league’s big-name heyday.

Old school also helped “Big TrainWalter Johnson, arguably MLB’s greatest pitcher, make the cut. His dominance in a much earlier era made it difficult for any future Senators or Nationals to unseat him. Johnson’s illustrious all-D.C. career ended the same year the real Mount Rushmore was completed, not long after he received his one World Series ring.

Because it’s Washington, an unsung hero is required: underrated, undersized big man Wes Unseld. The late Bullets rebounder extraordinaire was in the thick of it all when the team relocated from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Unseld, like Ovechkin, won a major indoor championship late in his career as a centering all-around force.

Game Defenders turned to prominent D.C. sports journalist and University of Maryland professor Kevin Blackistone, who was born and raised in Washington, for a local expert on these Mount Rushmore four.

“There should be no real arguments here,” Blackistone said. “It’s pretty cut and clear to me.”

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (Capitals, 2005-present)

Alex is his name. He’s known as the “Great Eight.” Call him Ovi or simply Ovie. Simply put, he is one of the greatest pure goal scorers in NHL history, and possibly the best ever.

Ovechkin, like other superstars in his sport, was a can’t-miss prospect when the Capitals selected him as the first overall pick in 2004 when he became officially eligible. Fortunately, the NHL did not extend the lockout, which would have kept him in Moscow. As a rookie, he immediately became a Washington dynamo and hasn’t let up with his nose for putting the puck in the net since.

D.C. could be the most hockey-crazy city outside of Canada. Since stepping onto the ice, Ovechkin has provided Caps fans with shot after shot and goal after goal to make them happy. With the long-awaited Cup in 2019, his local sports immortality was complete. From the regular season to the playoffs, Ovechkin has matched and surpassed any D.C. athlete’s previous performance. At 36, Ovechkin is still writing the story of his career and will most likely not be finished until he is number one in goals, even ahead of The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

“He’s arguably the greatest goal scorer in the history of hockey, and that will be true even if he doesn’t catch Gretzky,” Blackistone said. “If you look at some of the analytics in what he’s been able to do, he’s basically scoring more goals at a time when it is more difficult to score goals in the NHL.

“For many reasons, Washington D.C., has never witnessed a greater athlete than Alexander Ovechkin.”

Some in Washington, particularly in the Ukrainian community, have found it difficult to accept Ovechkin’s Russian nationalism and friendship with Vladimir Putin.

“They have separated the two. They have compartmentalized his politics and his athletic achievements,” Blackistone said of Caps fans. “Then there are casual fans who have struggled with that.”

Whatever the perception of Ovechkin is off the ice, the reception he will receive from Capitals fans who were fortunate to see his generational talent wow them from left wing every game night will be anything but cold.

Ovechkin By The Numbers

All-Star appearances12
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies (NHL Top Goal Scorer)9
Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP)3
Goals (third all time)780

GREEN, DARRELL (Redskins, 1983-2002)

Hail to this cornerback with the quickest feet and the biggest heart. It didn’t matter that Green was only 5-9, 194 pounds and attended a small school called Texas A&I at the time. The Houstonian was supposed to be a big-time Washingtonian and a thorn in the side of diehard Dallasites who support the rival Cowboys.

Green would run past everyone and make plays on the ball with a smile that could light up the entire field for two decades. He was the epitome of Joe Gibbs‘ well-rounded championship teams, winning two Super Bowls under the legendary coach.

Green began making key interceptions as a rookie and hasn’t stopped since. He began his career at the age of 23 in 1983 and never seemed to age, playing until he was 42 in 2002. Green was a consummate professional and consistent playmaker, frequently saving his best for key moments during the regular season and playoffs.

“He had signature moments. One of my favorites happened in Chicago during the 1987 playoffs,” Blackistone said. “He was inserted at a desperate time to return punts — which he had done throughout his career when needed. He took it all the way back (52 yards) for a touchdown, tearing his ribcage muscle and cutting across the field holding his side.

“Another one was chasing down Tony Dorsett the length of the field on a long run, saving a touchdown. Another one came in the 1988 playoffs when he made a game-saving breakup.”

It’s one thing to have Green’s unusual longevity in such a physically demanding sport. It’s another thing entirely to back that up with vivacity in order to entertain and inspire a community. Green is also one of the drama-free good guys, which contributes to his longevity as a multigenerational player.

Washington football has existed for nearly a century. The team has produced many legends, including a whopping 16 Hall of Fame players. Green’s main competition for a spot on Mount Rushmore came from his contemporaries, a true testament to the Gibbs era that only adds to Green’s place in the top four of the big four.

“His leadership, his playing the game with joy with nothing controversial — he is the face of this franchise, without question — and he played with some great players,” Blackistone said.

Green By The Numbers

Pro Bowl appearances7
First-team All-Pro4
Super Bowl championships2
Consecutive NFL seasons with at least one interception19*

UNSELD, WES (Bullets, 1968-1981)

Unseld, like Johnny Unitas before him out of Louisville, broke into his league in Baltimore. Unseld was an easy pick for the Bullets as the No. 2 overall pick in 1968, and he rewarded the team right away by winning rookie of the year and MVP in the same season, a feat previously accomplished only by Wilt Chamberlain. Unseld wasted no time as a big fixture in the middle for a long time and earned respect from fans in the Beltway by doing everything right.

While other stars such as Elvin Hayes came and went, Unseld remained in the thick of things, powering the Bullets through their full-time relocation to Washington. Unseld was a prime example of perseverance as his team and individual reward were the 1978 championship for the new home city.

Unseld wowed Bullets fans with his tenacious work on the boards, which he balanced with poetic ballhanding. It was physicality combined with finesse in one solid, steadfast package.

“His signature play on the court was his outlet passing on fast breaks,” Blackistone said. “He anchored the Bullets in the 1970s when they were almost always in the championship hunt.

“The reason he was underrated as an NBA player is because there was no panache to his game. He was playing against guys who were three inches taller than him. But he played against guys such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, held his own and excelled.”

Unseld made a natural career change to the front office and coaching to keep him with the Bullets through their nickname change to the Wizards three years after he finished playing. The Unselds‘ connection to Washington is represented by his son, Wes Jr., who now coaches his former team.

Wes Sr. and his wife, educator Connie, also gave back to the community, establishing the Unselds School to improve elementary education in Baltimore. Despite the relocation and name change, the Unselds‘ place in Washington sports history is growing.

“He left his indelible mark in Washington as a player and a great guy. Before there was this chatter about social justice and athlete activism, there was Wes Unseld and his wife,” Blackistone said. 

When the older Unseld died two years ago, it was a huge loss. Since then, there has been a growing recognition of his contributions to Washington sports, both on and off the court, as well as beyond the city limits.

Unseld By The Numbers

All-Star appearances5
MVP awards1
Career rebounds (13th in NBA history)13,769
Eastern Conference championships4

JOHNSON, WALTER (Senators, 1907-1927)

Recency bias favours the Nationals, who won their first World Series in 2019, but it wasn’t enough to derail the “Big Train’s” place on Washington’s Mount Rushmore. Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Juan Soto, Max Scherzer, and even Bryce Harper had basic cases for consideration from Washington’s current MLB team’s past and present. From the Senators‘ final days, slugger Frank Howard was well known in Washington.

It only took a deeper look into the city’s original MLB team to realise that Johnson’s time as a dominant gentle giant on the mound confirmed that he was the only choice to be the diamond face of the Washington mount.

Although Johnson pitched in a much different, pre-integrated era as a right-handed workhorse who racked up the numbers, he did so as Babe Ruth began to bloom and go boom for the Red Sox and Yankees, two more successful AL rivals at the time. Johnson was the ideal power pitcher for his era, which fit D.C.’s love of power players.

Blackistone grew up in Le Droit Park, a D.C. neighbourhood near Howard University and the former home of Griffith Park, where Johnson’s Senators once played. Although Blackistone believes Johnson should be given an asterisk for not facing all of the best hitters prior to MLB integration, Johnson’s mastery in his era cannot be denied.

“My father was well versed in all things Walter Johnson,” Blackistone said. “There’s no question that of the baseball players here in Washington, Walter Johnson is the greatest. What he did in the 1920s, some of that stuff is still unprecedented.”

Johnson’s legend grew as a result of the fact that he starred for a frequently losing team, carrying it as a reliable, stable force. All of his teammates respected him for simply doing a great job until the game-winning shot at the World Series arrived. Despite his intimidating presence, Johnson’s kindness was known throughout the majors, as he became friends with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and other stars.

Johnson was one of the “Five Immortals,” along with Ruth, Cobb, Honus Wagner, and fellow ace pitcher Christy Mathewson, who were the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Johnson also acted as a model of sportsmanship wherever he went. Few sports have ever had a friendlier opponent.

Johnson went on to manage the Senators after his playing days ended in order to stay in Washington. From his birthplace of Kansas to his adopted home of Maryland, Johnson’s legacy is visible in everything named after him, from schools and roads to public parks and baseball fields. Even songs have been written about what a great athlete he was.

The Big Train” chugged along in Washington for 21 MLB seasons. Johnson was a rock for the Senators and deserves to be immortalised in D.C. granite alongside Ovechkin, Green, and Unseld.

Johnson By The Numbers

Wins (second all time)417
Complete games (fifth all time)531
Career strikeouts3,508
Career shutouts (first all time)110


How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 in Canada



How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 in Canada

How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 in Canada

There are several ways for Canadians to watch the Super Bowl on the big day. Depending on whether individuals choose to view advertisements from other nations or from their own, these choices change. The 2023 Super Bowl will be broadcast on TSN and TSN Direct in Canada. The day after it airs, the game will be accessible on the CTV app for iOS and Android. For Canadians who have a cable subscription, watching the Super Bowl online is free. To ensure that the Super Bowl is a big success in Canada, we have gathered all the information you’ll need. Let’s begin by discovering how streaming is streamlined. Identify the locations where Canadians can watch the Super Bowl live in 2023.

How to watch the Super Bowl online for free in Canada

It’s easy and affordable to watch the Super Bowl 2023 online via streaming options. Users can now access the Yahoo! Sports app and website in addition to, the NFL app, and these others. Let’s say you want to trial a streaming service before deciding whether to subscribe. Many service providers, including Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, offer free trials. Depending on the subscription plan selected for these apps, the rates are subject to change. You can use DAZN for an entire week without spending a dime if you live in Canada and want to try it out without taking any chances.

How to watch the Super Bowl in Canada on TV

Canadians with cable connections at home will be able to get CTV and Fox. The three English-language channels, owned and run by CTV, CTV Two, and TSN, will all broadcast the Super Bowl game concurrently. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, with pregame coverage on CTV starting at 11 a.m. ET. At 5:30 p.m. local time, RDS will start airing the match in French, and spectators can tune in there. American mega-ads will take the place of Canadian commercial breaks during the Super Bowl game on CTV broadcasts. However, fans can access online to view the American advertisements.

This year, in response to complaints over commercial replacement, the NFL and CTV owner Bell Media are appealing a decision by Canada’s telecoms regulator to let the U.S. feed be broadcast in Canada without substitutes. It was decided to let the U.S. feed air into Canada without any replacements. Canadians who have cable subscriptions that include Fox will be able to watch the Super Bowl while still being exposed to American commercial broadcasts.

Stream the Super Bowl Online in Canada

The top live and on-demand content in Canada is accessible on a variety of devices with CTV Go, a video streaming service. Therefore, it can be used by individuals who don’t wish to watch the game on television. By frequently reaching 20 million Canadians across its multiple channels, CTV has shown its popularity in the area. But in order to watch CTV, you must have a cable TV subscription, much like in the US. Only with a cable subscription from a well-known provider can you watch TV. Through, Fox will stream the Super Bowl game live online. However, it will only be accessible to Americans or those whose virtual private network (VPN) has been set up to access the movie through an American server.

How to Watch the Super Bowl in Canada via Live Streaming

The Super Bowl 2023 will be available only through Dazn in Canada.Bell Media is authorized to air NFL games on national television. So, if you’re interested in viewing the NFL on television, you can either subscribe to DAZN and watch it live streamed online, or you can watch it on one of Bell’s networks, like CTV, TSN, or RDS (French).

How to Watch the Super Bowl Live in Canada

  • Get on a VPN first (a virtual private network). Although NordVPN is our top choice, there are other solid and affordable options, including Surfshark and ExpressVPN.
  • On the device you’ll use to view the Super Bowl, download the VPN application.
  • connect to a Canadian VPN server.
  • Use the service you desire by logging in. 


What channel is Super Bowl on 2023?

Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America. TV Channel: NBC. Stream live: Watch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App.

Where can I watch Super Bowl 2023?

This year’s championship will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, on Fox and the Fox Sports App, fuboTV, and DAZN. The Super Bowl 57 will be held in Glendale, Arizona, at the State Farm Stadium, with the average ticket selling for $8,650 and $23,795 for the best seats.

Who is predicted to win the Super Bowl in 2023?

The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills open as the two early favorites to win Super Bowl LVII, according to PointsBet. The Chiefs are listed at the best odds to win at +650 while the Bills are right behind them +750.

How much are Super Bowl tickets 2023?

Super Bowl tickets are also available on Vivid Seats, Stub Hub, Seat Geek and other resell sites. Prices start around $5,600 and go up to more than $23,000 at Vivid Seats. Tickets start at about $5,500 on StubHub and $4,852 on Seat Geek. Fans can also find a Super Bowl tickets at Gametime for $4,545 and up.

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Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown decided to end their relationship with Kanye West’s Donda Sports



Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown decided to end their relationship with Kanye West’s Donda Sports

The musician is already having issues as a result of Kanye West’s most recent comments. Now, Jaylen Brown (NBA) and Aaron Donald (NFL) have made the decision to sever ties with Donda Sports. Donda Sports, owned by Kanye West, is a marketing firm for all types of celebrities. Naturally, this involves players of all stripes, but the owner’s behavior has not been the finest, and as a result, some of the biggest stars he once had for his business are leaving.

The Rams’ Aaron Donald and the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown have had enough of Kanye West’s recent antics. This October, both athletes took the initiative and cut ties with the marketing firm.

Why did Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald quit working with Kanye West’s Donda Sports?

Using their social media accounts, Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown announced the dissolution of their partnership with Donda Sports on October 25. Of course, this action caught everyone off guard, but there is a very good reason for it. Kanye West, who has now officially changed his name to Ye, has been tweeting crude and divisive remarks. After tweeting “go death con 3 on Jewish people” on October 9, he was accused of being antisemitic.

In his justification, West claimed that “black people are actually Jews as well.” The problem continued after his account was disabled and the tweet was removed. Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown, who were both clients of Donda Sports, decided they had had enough. They cut ties with West’s organization and accused him of “anti-Semitism and misrepresentation.”

For Ye, this is not his only issue. According to a TMZ report from October 25, Adidas will also be severing its partnership with the rapper as a result of these remarks. The renowned Yeezy shoes were the result of a collaboration between Kanye and the sportswear company, but this will reportedly come to an end and they won’t be producing them any longer.

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NFL set to make huge changes on concussion protocol



NFL set to make huge changes on concussion protocol

Head injuries are one of the most significant problems facing the National Football League (NFL), and things got even more complicated after the case involving Tua Tagovailoa. Because of this, the league has come to the conclusion that it is time to take a bold step forward and implement significant modifications to the concussion protocol. The shocking scene that took place at Paul Brown Stadium to open Week 4 Due to a head and neck injury, Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, was forced to leave the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After the concussion protocol didn’t work as planned, the National Football League decided to make big changes to improve player safety.

In a game that appeared to have a lot of potential, which took place on the fourth Thursday Night Football of the 2022 NFL season, the Dolphins traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, the match had to be temporarily halted because Tua Tagovailoa needed to leave the arena and go straight to the hospital with a head and neck injury. However, this is not the first time that Tagovailoa has been forced to depart as a result of this issue. Because the Dolphins did not adequately follow the concussion protocol, the NFL has reached its limit with regard to the scenario. Four days earlier, he was involved in a similar situation versus the Bills.

NFL: Tua Tagovailoa’s case has made the league change the concussion protocol

A disturbing picture surfaced in the TNF issue for Week 4. Josh Topu was successful in his pursuit of Tua Tagovailoa, but the latter was quickly knocked to the ground in what appeared to be a concussion. When we go back four days, the situation becomes more severe. In the game against the Bills, Miami’s quarterback was in a circumstance quite similar to this one; however, the Dolphins did not do a concussion check on him, and Tagovailoa returned to the game with a “back injury” label on him.

The NFL Players Association is looking into whether or not the Dolphins properly followed the concussion protocol, and even one of the team’s doctors has already been let go. However, in order to better safeguard its players, the league intends to take further measures. According to Judy Battista, who is a senior columnist for the NFL, the league is getting ready to make significant adjustments to the policy for concussions. The Players Association is extremely concerned about the players’ health, and this situation has the potential to be a tipping point on the overall topic.

This isn’t the first time this topic has come up in relation to the NFL; however, it’s probably one of the more contentious ones in recent memory. It is anticipated that both the NFL and the PA will issue a statement explaining what steps they will take to reduce the occurrence of similar incidents and provide adequate protection for the players.

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