Spring time is finally here as baseball has arrived with the start of Spring Training games this past weekend, and I for one couldn't be happier that it's finally time for America's Pastime to get underway. I've had baseball fever for several months now, and I was starting to develop a twitch as I was waiting for the sports world to transtion from football to baseball (watching your football team go 2-14 will do that to you).
The weather here in coastal South Carolina was absolutely beautiful this weekend, so I didn't do much tv watching as I took advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures and spent most of the weekend outside with the family. I did manage to catch the Yankees/Phillies spring training opener on MLB Network while I was visiting family (since DISH Network won't pick up the fucking channel so I can watch it at home), and even though I was watching players who will be bagging groceries in 6 weeks, it was good to see baseball being played.
I'm preparing my thoughts for an in-depth 2011 baseball preview, but I'll give a Cliffs-Notes version of projected division finish today (mainly because I don't have anything else to talk about).
NL WILDCARD -- Braves
1. Red Sox
5. Blue Jays
3. White Sox
AL WILDCARD -- Yankees
WORLD SERIES -- PHILLIES OVER RED SOX
Again, I'll have an in-depth preview either next week or the week after next, so stay tuned for that.
In NFL news, the deadline for the CBA to be negotiated is this Thursday at 11:59 PM. If the NFLPA and the Owners can't come to terms on a new deal, then the players will either have to decertify the union or face a lockout by the owners. Either way, the fans of the game will suffer, but the NFL doesn't really give a shit. All they care about is how much money they can pull in. If you're a huge football fan, be prepared for a long offseason.
Despite the CBA insecurity, the combine has been going on since Saturday morning, and the few hours of it I've watched were interesting. It was neat to see some of the top prospects (you have to look for those guys when your team picks first), and I was hugely impressed by Alabama WR Julio Jones who showed that he definitely has the athletic ability to translate to the next level. The much hyped Cam Newton showed that he's a nice athletic specimen as well, performing well in the 40 yard dash and high/broad jump. He struggled in the throwing drills, and in typical fashion he threw the receivers under the bus (douchebag).
As a Panthers fan, I will give my thoughts on Cam Newton. (You know you want to hear it.)
I hope to everything holy they don't draft him. Sure, he's athletic and he's fast and he's entertaining and he has a lot of hype surrounding him, but he's not the kind of guy I want on my favorite team. There are too many character concerns, and there are too many concerns about whether or not he can read a complex NFL defense and make the proper adjustments during a game instead of relying on his athletic ability. Now, I'm sure you're thinking that he can learn how to read defenses over time and by studying film, but is he the kind of guy who will put in the work to watch film and learn, or is he the next incarnation of JaMarcus Russel? Is the the guy who tried to rely on his athleic ability and never grew into an NFL quarterback? Those concerns are too much for me to take him #1 overall, and I hope with all hope that the Panthers stay far away from him on draft day.
With that, I will close. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Well, as I write this, my wife and daughter are watching The Oscars, and I figured I'd come down to the man-cave/playroom and knock out my blog...The only reason in my opinion to tune into the Oscars would be to look at Anne Hathaway...By why do that when I can just pull up the hot and dirty parts of her career online!?!
So a couple weeks for Valentine's Day, instead of being lovey-dovey, I filled my post with hate...You know, shit that pisses me off...There may have been some people who didn't like that sentiment...Now anyone who reads my blog regularly should know what to expect, but some people are just silly sometimes...
So this week's post is going to be a bunch of things I love...Besides Myself and my family, cause I guess I made that clear already! And since I couldn't tell you what's going on in the world of sports other than the shit you already know, why not just do a nice fluff piece...Oh, and Rex Ryan, can you stop making stupid statements about winning the "Super Bowl" every off-season...Go suck a toe fatty!
Okay, first I clearly love Anne Hathaway, and other such sexy woman, like ROSIE_JONES!
I love Hockey...Playing it, watching it...I'll watch any level...It's the greatest sport out there...
I love blogging...I love getting my true thoughts and feeling out there...even if those thoughts and feelings are filled with hate at times...At least it's honest!
I love great comedians like Bill Burr, Patrice O'Neal, Jim Norton, the late, great George Carlin, and Louis CK...All are funny, and smart...This past week, on the O & A show Louis CK not only asked Donald Rumsfeld if he was a flesh eating lizard...But before that he made some amazing points about Corporate America...Yes, it's a long clip that has two others that follow it, but if you have time, take a listen....
I love my XM Satellite Radio...Not just for Opie and Anthony...I not hearing the same shitty play lists that every shitty radio station beat into your head...
I love Notre Dame...Not just the sports...The whole damn campus...I love it in the Fall...
And I love it in the Winter...
The Spring is nice too!
I love Macho Salad...
I love the word fuck...It's the best word going...Really, there's nothing you can't do with it...
I also love to fuck!
I love music...All kinds of music...I love Jazz...Real jazz...None of that Kenny G shit...I'm talking John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk Jazz...
Yes, and anyone who reads me knows, I love Our Lady Peace...
And I love it when they take a song by some one else, that I don't like, and make me like it...
I love Great Lakes Beers...Conway's Irish Ale was my friend Saturday night!
I Love Irish Car Bombs!
I love porn! Find that on your own creeps!
I love Twitter...I get so much news and bullshit from people's link on there it's great...It makes things even easier for our lazy ass society...
I love technology, but is shit like this going to kill off people playing real musical instruments one day?
I and my son, we love Drinking out of Cups...
I'm sure I could go on for days, but I want to have a drink, watch some porn, and keep watching NORM_MACDONALD'S twitter feed, as he trashes The Oscars!
Fuck...I loved that game as a kid. Whaddaya mean his name is Condra, not Contra? Fuck it...I'll roll with it.
Tomorrow is trade deadline day for the NHL. After all the recent action, will there even be any monumental trades to talk about? Sports media channels up here in Canada are starting coverage at 7am and running constantly for the majority of the day. Over the past few years, we have all seen a drastic drop off in the amount of action on trade deadline day, and I am going to think that this year will not be any different. Lots of the big names that have been dominating trade talk have already been moved. Players like Kaberle, Kovalev and McCabe have all been moved, but really, how many players are left? Are there any big names? The biggest name that is being thrown around is Brad Richards. Niewendyk would be a fool to move Richards at this point as he has been one of the constants on the Stars this season. While the fire sale in Ottawa continues, we can all expect Chris Phillips to be moved tomorrow. After that, I have the feeling that it will be a fairly light day in terms of trading action.
With the addition of NIck Boynton off of waivers, the Philadelphia added to their depth on the blue line. Prior to this pickup, the Flyers arguably had the best d-core in the Eastern Conference. Boynton allows a little bit of wiggle room in the event one of their regular d-men goes down for a short period. Smart pickup for the Flyers, considering they didn't give up anything for him.
And then we have the trade for Bryan McCabe. I for one, didn't think this was going to happen. McCabe had a NTC, and I didn't really think he would waive it considering he and his wife are expecting their third child. He must've really wanted out of Florida if he left his pregnant wife behind. And yes, I'm pretty sure he is not uprooting his family at this point, seeing as how pregnant women can't fly in their last trimester. At least in Canada they can't. With this move, the Rangers didn't really have to give up very much, and there are no blue chip prospects going Floridas way. Florida now has in the area of 10 draft picks for this years draft. Granted, this draft year won't be very strong, but by no means will it contain the stank and dank that the 1999 draft had. Aside from the Sedin twins (taken 2nd and 3rd) and Ryan Miller (taken 5th round 138th overall), there were a whole lot of 3rd and 4th liners taken that year. Oh yeah...lets not forget about Zetterberg being taken in the 7th round, 210th overall. I betcha Ottawa is regretting taking Layne Ulmer in the 209th spot instead of Zetts.
But you couldn't expect Florida to obtain much for the services of McCabe. McCabe spoke out and said that he would only accept a trade to the Rangers. That left the Panthers holding the bag; do they let him walk next summer for free, or do they try to procure something for him right now? One thing though, if the Rangers are interested in the aforementioned Brad Richards, Slats is going to have some wheeling and dealing to do. Using CapGeek.com, the Rangers have about $3.8 million in cap space for this season. They are going to have to unload some salaries to get Richards playing for them.
Man, the waiver wire has been busy this week. We watched Marco Sturm get picked off waivers by the Capitals. Sturm to the Caps isn't a solution to their problems, but he will provide some much needed secondary scoring for them. However, the Caps need to do some wheeling and dealing of their own since they don't have enough cap space to cover the pickup of Sturm. Could someone be going on the Long Term Injured Reserve for the Caps? Possibly.
And now we have the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are arguably the hottest team going right now, with a record of 16-2-2 in their last 20 games. If they keep this frantic pace up, the playoffs may not be that far of a stretch. Granted, they are going to need some help from within their conference. They need teams like Carolina and Montreal to keep struggling, but as of today, they are only 11 points out. By no means mathematically eliminated. Speaking of hot teams, and I never thought I would say this, but the New York Islanders are 6-3-1 since the blowup with the Pens. No need to take them out in the wilderness for a team building exercise, they got that out of their system a couple of weeks ago. And no, I'm not talking playoffs for them. They only way I would make such a bold statement would be if I had a glue bag on my head for an extended period of time.
Who is Blake Geoffrion? Easy...Blake is the first fourth generation player to make the NHL. We have seen mulitple players whos fathers have played in the NHL get the call up. Players such as Philip McRae, Brock Beukeboom and Paul Statsny are just a few. However, with Blake Geoffrion, he comes from a long lineage of hockey players. His great grandfather is Howie Morenz, his grandfather is Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, and his father is Dan Geoffrion. Blake may only become a trivia answer one day, but here's to hoping he can eke out a living in the NHL.
Fight of the week
For this one, I am going with Koci vs Westgarth. Let me explain why. Both of these guys have been involved in tilts that basically saw their noses get rearranged. If you want to be a tough guy in the NHL, you have to be a tough guy all the time. Keep doing what got you to the dance, so to speak. Neither of these guys seem gunshy, which is a good thing. Coming back from a situation that they have both been involved in, and still willing to risk a big shot to the beak is pretty bold. What am I talking about? Watch the clips that follow.