I would first like to say after reading Jay's blog nice job, it was a wonderful piece of sports reading. As we all know, the Bruin's won the Stanley Cup. Another Original Six team has won the Stanley Cup, There is an apparent trend in sports that is occurring, or at least seems to be in my opinion.
In baseball as Jay mentions, the Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox along with my beloved Tigers are all challenging to see who will become champions, and there is a lot of history between these teams as far as championships are concerned. The Bears, Packers and Steelers seem to always be in the mix for a Super Bowl ring now days. The Black Hawks and Bruins have ended long Cup droughts, who will the next Original Six team to break their long drought and win a cup, or are the Bruins the team to beat next season?
When will teams like the Cubs, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Canadian's hoist another trophy, and relive the moments that were seen in the past, or are these teams destined to see failure over a long period of time? The Red Wings at one time were doormats, until the players bought into the system, and have become a model of consistency for other teams with their long playoff run.... As Jay mentioned, the Celtic's and Patriots success, however where would the Patriots be without Tom Brady, they probably would still be the same old Patriots of the 80's and 90's no disrespect intended.† The Red Sox's probably would not have had the success they have had also, if they had not outspent the Yankees, and basically bought themselves a title, once again Jay no disrespect intended....
So if we go back in history even the Wings basically bought the best team money could buy, and won 2 championships and if not for a remarkable save in game 7 by Fleury, they may have had back to back cups. It just goes to show you that money can buy you championships, because good players want to play on good teams, and will sacrifice salary and egos to achieve success. Once LeBron does this, he will get his ring.
The Major League All-Star Game will be held in downtown Phoenix this year on Tuesday July 12.† Most of the current stars of our national pastime will be in attendance, as will most of our future stars be here for the Futures Game.† I would expect that the Home Run Derby will be a treat, as the ball carries well here in the 1300 foot altitude and the dry heat.† I am sure that the roof will be closed; the average high for July 12 in Phoenix is 107 degrees.† Two years ago, it hit 115 on this date.
They say (who are they) it is a dry heat here, but unfortunately in mid-July it is the monsoon season and the humidity can be quite high.† It is a good thing that Chase Field has a retractable roof and air conditioning.† Chase Field is a beautiful ballpark and, do not forget, it has a baseball history.† The 2001 World Series was won by the Diamondbacks right here.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will not have any starters in the mid-summer classic, but they do deserve to be well represented.† As of today they are leading the NL West Division with a 43-34 record, including having a staggering 16-4 record for their last 20 road games.† In inter-league play this season, they are currently sporting an 8-2 record.† Their sparkling road record is critical for them right now because, in getting the stadium ready for the All-Star Game, the Diamondbacks play only a 3 game series at home against Cleveland until after the game has been played.† †The Diamondbacksí manager, Kirk Gibson, will be a bench coach at the game for the National League squad.
While many decry playing the All-Star Games of all sports, I believe that baseballís game is the best.† It began in 1933 as a means to showcase American and National League talent since there was no inter-league play in those days.† The †game in 1934 featured Carl Hubbell (future Hall of Famer) striking out five future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.† Major League Baseball is voting on the 10 greatest events of All-Star Game play, and I am betting that this feat comes in as #1.† It would be quite fitting for Hubbell to win, as he made nearby Scottsdale his home until his death in 1988.
I believe that the game is apropos to be played in the Phoenix area, as Phoenix has always been the featured Spring Training site for Major League baseball.† As of 2011, 15 of the 30 Major League teams train here.† So please do not complain too much about the weather here in July, because in the spring it is spectacular.
I am sure that the city of Phoenix will shine in the All-Star presentation, there have been many huge sporting events here over the years, including two Super Bowls, four NCAA National Championship football games, the Fiesta Bowl, the Insight Bowl, and an NBA All-Star game.† The only concern is, none of these events occurred in mid-summer.† Just remember that (hopefully) it is a dry heat!
† Okay, maybe not...But between that title and the picture, I'm sure I caught your attention...And yes, God is the feature topic of this post...If you read my last POST, you know I get salty when God and Politics and matters of the State get mixed together...Well that's not the only time it gets under my skin...
My 12 years of Catholic schooling taught me many things...Including that God or a Higher Power does not picks sides in sporting events...I have attended mass at The Basilica at Notre Dame, and gone to the Grotto countless times, and not only did I not pray for a victory, I'm pretty sure if I did, it wouldn't have mattered...It's not God's fault the Irish couldn't stop NAVY's option attack...
We often hear athletes thank God after a big victory...How they couldn't have done it without him...Hell I saw that JET dude from the Mavericks do it...(Yeah I don't really follow basketball)...And then LeBron James tweeted how God wasn't ready for him to win a championship yet...Ummm guys, I highly doubt that the Almighty was really focused on your Basketball game!
The NBA Draft was Thursday night...The NHL Draft started Friday night...There have been guys drafted in both, who got in front of a mic and thanked, "The Lord Jesus Christ." He didn't get you drafted! You coaches over the years...Your parents...The quality competition you faced...Hard work and determination....These things got you drafted...
We've seen entertainers thank God when they win awards...Really? God enjoyed your movie so much more, that he snapped his fingers and said, 'YOU WIN!' Grow up people!
I'm not hating on people for being religious...I'm not shitting on them for having a strong commitment to their Faith...Whatever gets you through your days...If it helps you sleep at night, great...But I think there needs to be a bit of common sense involved...The idea of God, or an all-powerful being, that is in charge of this crazy world, is big...That's serious shit...And to think this higher power really gives a shit about who wins and loses the "Super Bowl" just seems silly to me...
I mean isn't he busy right now, with the drought, the wild-fires, the flooding, raining out Tee-Ball games...Japan being radioactive from 3 meltdowns, and still having small quakes...Alaska has had Quakes all week...Wars around the world...Genocide in Africa...Seems like there are some things ahead of who wins and loses on the big guy's to-do list...
Oh, and by the way Kurt Warner and LeBron James...All that bad stuff I mentioned...You know, the wars, genocide, floods, earthquakes, droughts, blah, blah, blah, all that...Now is God causing that? Or is he suppose to fix that stuff...Just wondering!
Sorry if I got too heavy...Here's where I boosted the title from...
Itís been just over a week that the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup. The newness †of the moment is starting to wear down here in Boston. The Cup has been seen by many the players who actually mingle with the fans have taken the Cup around in jogging stroller as Ferenace and Chara walked it around their North End neighborhood. It has been great around here in the past week.
As the dust settles some final thoughts on the this win. The Boston Bruins were alunch pail bunch† blue collar hard working much like the fans that support them. If had to compare them I would say more like the Superbowl XXXVI Patriots. Just a huge work ethic. The one thing about Hockey Players are they are just normal guys the fame often doesnít get to them. They are among us and enjoy the fans.† Sorry Celtics fans I just canít see KG just walking around talking to fans. Ditto for Brady , and Ortiz as well. Even Bobby Orr has always gone out his way for fans and still does now in his 60ís.
The Bruins have always been accessible to the fans and that was shown here in the city on Saturday when 1.5 million lined the streets of Boston to see this team. This was the biggest rolling rally of all the Champions over the past 10 years. The Boston Bruins have embraced this city and the city has embraced them. This has been awesome run and a sweet victory to all a new chapter in Bruins Hockey has begun.
Did you watch the NHL award ceremony last night.?
Usually, I find these things boring and again last night I did as well. I watched just tosee if Tim Thomas won the Venzia and he did. I found it overdone and found host Jay Mohr to be funny. I found many of the non player presenters annoying, I mean the brought the kid from the Wizards of Waverly Place out with Luc Robatielle really do we need him or Jerry Bruckheimer doing that. The army guys were cool. I thought it was uncomfortable at best to see 85 year old Ted Lindsay. I remember him as a color commentator when I was a kid.. It was good night for Thomas and Corey Perry.
There has been a lot of talk about major problem facing the Boston Red Sox over the next week. Who plays and who sits when they are in the National Parks. Iím sorry but you really canít sit Adrain Gonzalez . If you do that means David Ortiz is your first baseman which is ok offensively but becomes a defensive liability. Iím sure Franconia will work it out because the one thing about old Tito he finds a way to get everybody playing time. So Iím actually good at whatever spin he puts on it.
His baseball season came to close until the summer league starts in a couple weeks. His Riverdogs were awful in the first game of the Championship series.As Little Lanz said Friday Night ď That was the worst baseball game I have ever playedĒ Mrs Lanz captured the moment by responded :Ēno it wasnít you have been worseĒ which actually brought a smile to the ladís face. Sunday in a valiant effort and a backforth game they fell short. Lil Lanz stepped up was rock solid behind the plate and making a really killing stab at 2nd base as well. He also got two big hirts driving in 3 RBIís. They fell short 11-9.