As they say anything can happen in the playoffs and this years NHL playoffs are living proof. The Los Angeles Kings are this year's feel good story, knocking off Number 1 Vancouver and Number 2 St. Louis in the Western Conference playoffs. They will play the overachieving Phoenix Coyotes to get into the Stanley Cup finals. It should be a battle.
Meanwhile it could by a battle of the tristate area as the remaining New Jersey Team, (we won’t count the two NFL Franchises who refuse to call themselves New Jersey) may take on the New York Rangers if the Washington Capitals keep giving away games. It should be interesting either way. I like the Rangers to win that series, they have been the best team all year.
A friend of mine called Friday Night with Tickets to the Boston Cannons. For you who don’t know it’s professional Lacrosse played at Harvard Stadium. I took the three boys minus one who wasn’t feeling well. We replaced him with their friend Bob. It was an amazing atmosphere with kids from youth Lacrosse programs from all over the Commonwealth and new England. The game itself is fast. I have been to high level college lacrosse and some good high school Lacrosse. This was extremely fast; it took about a quarter to read who had the ball. The game keeps moving with few stoppages. I guess what really made it for me was the venue.
Harvard Stadium is a classic old stadium looking like the old roman coliseum. It’s a Classic Football U. The stands are cement steps and it has all the charm and grace of classic old building. I love the building, have done some football in there and have done some special Olympics events as well. I love classic old stadiums with their personalties and stories, and this one is a gem complete with it’s concrete bleachers. Yes, you sit on numbered concrete seats and yeah your ass gets cold but it’s awesome.
Speaking of Lacrosse I just found out my son is in a Lacrosse video, so for your viewing pleasure here it is..
Oh yeah, he's the one in the helmet. Ok, they all have helmets. He is the one in the burgundy shorts (if you blinked you missed him.). When did maroon become burgundy; probably at the same time the auto mechanic became a certified auto technician.
We have a little rebel on our hands over here. One of the little Lanz’s had to do a music poster project and presentation for school. He knew everyone would come up with Beiber (yuck), or some teeny bopper song. There was some Fun (“We Are Young”), which got the class a lecture about drugs and alcohol, more Beiber, some new British boy band…So he decided to go a slightly, “different” route, since apparently non-conformity runs in our family. I can thank my wife for that one. He brings in the CD, hands it to the music teacher, and when someone hit “play”, what they heard was Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins. (Hey, we raise our kids on the classics, okay?). Those of you unfamiliar with the tune, here it is. I’ll wait……
Okay, now that we’re all on the same page, my wife jokingly kept waiting for the school psychologist to call, what with bullet in the title and rage references. One of his classmates said that everyone had gotten kind of bored with the songs, then along comes little Lanz, with his sweet face and mild mannered ways, spewing forth classic alternative rock. I guess all of the kids just kept looking around at each other as in “wtf kind of song is that?” He only picked this because we wouldn’t let him do a GreenDay song (the language would have bought him a one way ticket to a certain F). The wife never did get that call from the psychologist, btw.
I can't write a blog without mentioning this . I heard this tidbit on the Red Sox broadcast last night the Red Sox and the Royals have played 432 times since 1969 when the Royals came in the League. Going into last nights game both teams have won 216 games a piece. We think of todays Royals as a small market team, but they won a hell of alot of ball games back in the days of George Brett and Freddie Patek with the sidearmer Dan Quisenberry . Those teams were fun to watch the speed of Willie Wilson and the sure handed Frank White (now a coach with the Red Sox). They were fun.
Finally on a Sad Note my condolences go out to Sully as the voice of Fenway Park Carl Beane was killed in a single car crash today. Beane was 59 and was a friend of Sully’s. He will be sorely missed at the old ball yard. He had a great voice and did each game as a labor of love. He was the voice of Fenway park and somehow without him the expierience at the old ballyard won't be the same.
That's all for today folks.