The absence of Canadian teams in this year's NHL field is good for a punchline, although it's already worn out from overuse. But that's about all it means.

Sam Hinkie might well have been a visionary. He was definitely an ideologue. He was also terrible at his job, which is why he doesn't have it anymore. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.

Committing to The Process wasn't easy, and it wasn't necessarily fun. But for a fan who bought into the idea that Sam Hinkie could move things forward, the end of the Hinkie experiment feels like a step back.

Steph Curry doesn't necessarily owe us any more than basketball. But what he refuses to talk about regarding North Carolina's HB2 speaks volumes all the same. 

UConn's women's basketball dynasty caught a good amount of very bad criticism for their dominance during their latest dominant run to a NCAA championship. Which is weird, because the only thing you need to do to appreciate and understand their greatness is watch them play.

Refereeing is hard even when the rules are clear. In the case of the technical fouls called against players for hanging on the rim, the rule is bad—and the resulting calls are worse.

In which Pat Riley harnesses the power of basketball's foremost warlock twins to send Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook back in time to stop Steph Curry.

Ron Hextall wasn't the best goaltender of his era, or any other. But he was good enough at one thing to sneak into a kid's dreams, and stay there.

Dean goes shopping, Zach Ryder goes over and Shane goes insane. Raw Regurgitated, on the internet, just for you!

Right now, NBA teams are especially into a very specific type of player—long, athletic, and with very specific skills. Here's a look into what's (probably not) next.