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Old Time Hockey in NYC Monday Night
Category: NHL
Tags: NHL New York Rangers New Jersey Devils Toronto Maple Leafs John Tortorella Peter De Boer Stu Bickel Mike Rupp Brandon Prust Ryan Callahan

 
The New York Rangers and new Jersey Devils have had a great rivalry for many years...And this year, with the Rangers on top of the Eastern Conference for most of the season, their opponents have tried to come at them with a tougher game...Problem is, no team plays tougher then the Rangers...Hard-nosed, grinding hockey...Everyone checks...Everyone blocks shots...Everyone forechecks...And a number of the guys will drop the gloves if needed...

So Monday night the Devils came into Madison Square Garden, and their douchebag coach, Peter DeBoer thought he'd try to send a message with the starting lineup he submitted...He put his thumpers, Cam Janssen, Eric Boulton, and Ryan Carter out there...Pissed off about this, Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't hold back, and he sent Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust out there...Oh, and he sent big defenseman, Stu Bickell out there to play Center...

Here's what happened next...




Way go DeBoer...Not only did you fire up the Rangers squad, but you got the Ranger faithful all fired up too...MSG was rocking from the opening brawl and seeing Carter's blood scraped off the ice...

And then, less than a minute and a half later, The Rangers scored...Momentum was on the Rangers' side all night...

As the game continued, it came out that New jersey's David Clarkson kept running his mouth...So finally Mike Rupp told him, "If you keep talking, I'm going to knock you out on National TV." Rupper rules!

Rupp didn't get to pound Clarkson, but the Devil douche took some hits...


The game had a playoff atmosphere...Which most Rangers/Devils games do...But it was clear, the opening fight sparked the entire team...Every player was skating with a purpose, and playing with the highest level of intensity...Just what they needed to stop a minor skid they've been on...And with their 4-2 victory, they clinched a playoff spot...Thanks DeBoer!


Nothing with guys like Callahan and Del Zotto getting healthy, and Ludqvist over the Flu, they're looking to hold onto the top seed...

So for the rest of the NHL, playing the Rangers is going to be hard enough on you...Don't be stupid like the Devils, and make the night even harder on yourselves...

Oh, and Toronto, way to show about against your rival, Boston Bruins...Maple Leafs, how does that 8-0 ass beating taste...All of Canada should be pissed that the Leafs are such a fucking Joke...

Later, the Beeze.

Five Minute Frags - Don't Play Games With Posey
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants Buster Posey Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Yu Darvish Texas Rangers

 

When the catcher pool is only seven to eight players deep, fantasy baseball players will take any good news they can get. We latch onto anything with legs and run with it, especially as the span between Spring Training and Opening Day gets shorter and shorter.

Later today, we will get that good news when San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey takes the field for the first time since breaking his leg while blocking the plate on May 25, 2011. Posey’s offensive capabilities may inevitably take him away from the catcher position, but for now, fantasy owners will be waiting with baited breath while Posey accumulates at-bats and proves that there are no lingering effects from the hit by Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Surely there will be rust, but if the bat gets through the zone, Posey will surely be among the top five catchers chosen in fantasy drafts.

Here is a video of the accident:

Well, that takes care of the fantasy owner in me. As for the baseball fan in me, I’m a bit troubled by part of Posey’s comeback.

Don’t get me wrong, I wish Posey well and want to see him achieve a full and fruitful comeback. He’s a hell of a ballplayer and a great talent that shouldn’t be lost because of a play at the plate. Rather, I’m a bit concerned with how the Giants are going about deploying Posey.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has instructed Posey NOT to block the plate this season. It wasn’t just a friendly instruction either; Bochy literally ordered Posey to not put himself in harm’s way.

Now, I understand wanting to protect their 24-year-old stud prospect. They have visions of years of Posey’s services envisioned and they aren’t willing to risk that over the possibility of saving one run.  The problem that I have is that blocking the plate is an essential part of the role. You strap on the tools of ignorance for many reasons, and one of those is to protect yourself from the possibility of getting plowed into by a 240 pound meathead. You can’t break what has been ingrained in the kid’s head for as long as he’s worn the mask simply by issuing him an order.

That’s like asking Jose Canseco to stop taking steroids.

If the Giants truly want to protect Posey, the answer isn’t going to be telling to not do something that comes naturally for his position. The answer is to change his position and Spring Training is the place for it. Eventually he is going to need to move to first base, so why not start the process now? Yes, the Giants are trying to find at-bats for both Aubrey Huff and another 24-year-old stud prospect in Brandon Belt, at-bats that they limited by reducing both to solely playing first base after picking up Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan during the offseason.

Still, the Giants know what Posey brings to the table, an offensive player that can carry the team when he is on a hot streak. Like Joe Mauer before him, his bat will likely force the Giants into making the logical decision and moving him out from behind the plate. The only question is why beat around the bush with the foolish decision to have him protect himself by not playing the game properly.

Let him get a fresh start by giving him a fresh position.

Other Fragments:

-          Many of you know that I also write occasionally for the Yahoo Contributor Network. I recently accepted and published an assignment asking me to list 5-10 things that I like about my favorite team’s rival. I found it interesting to try and come up with just those five things good to say about the Yankees. I was curious if any of you could come up with 5-10 things you like about your favorite team’s rival.

 

-          New Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish made his Spring Training debut on Wednesday, tossing two scoreless innings during his appearance against San Diego. Of the 36 pitchers, Darvish threw 26 strikes, sitting three down by way of the K and walking none. Sure it is his first appearance, and it was in Spring Trainings and against the Padres, but he was nonetheless impressive. It will be interesting if he can translate the success he had in Japan over to the States and do it long term. With the previous examples of Nomo and Matsuzaka both experience success, but neither was able to be consistently good. The Rangers are banking on Darvish breaking that trend.

Monday Moaning 3-5-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL NFL MLB New York Rangers Grady Sizemore New Orleans Saints Chardon High School Hilltoppers Henrik Lundqvist John Tortorella Rosie Jones

  Well here we are again...The beginning of the week comes quick...The past week has been filled with a lot of tragedy...Tornadoes ripped across the country causing chaos, death and destruction...In North East Ohio people dealt with the aftermath of the Chardon High School shooting...Thursday good in people was on full display...I wrote about it HERE...And the Saturday, the people of Chardon formed a human wall to block the threat of assholes from the Westboro Baptist Church who planned on protesting...Those Westboro fuckers are complete ass-hats!

Then there was THIS news about the Browns Friday...What a joke!

In Sports there have been a couple stories out there...The New Orleans Saints possibly having a bounty system...I'm not sure why people would be shocked by this...It's Football...It's a violent game, and there are opponents that get under people's skin...And Football being a violent game, where you try to hurt opponents, makes it easy to hide the fact that you may be trying to actually hurt some one...

Spring Training is fired up, but I can't get excited for Baseball just yet...And the Indians have annoyed me already...This off season they didn't pick-up their option on the always injured, grossly overrated, strikes out too much, Grady Sizemore...Good I thought...He ain't worth $9 million...Then they signed him to a $5 million deal...Still not sure why since he was rehabbing a couple injuries...So what happens...He fucks up his back again...Has the same surgery Peyton Manning had on his neck, done on his lower back...Looks like he's done for the year...$5 million down the drain...

But there is one think that I really need to get out there...I fucking hate Basketball...I'm in my car, listening to Sports Talk Radio, and when local dolts aren't talking about what the Browns should do in the draft, they along with ESPN and FOX dolts are talking about Basketball...And Fuck Jeremy Lin! Seriously!

You fuckers in New York, and on the major networks need to wake up...There is only one sports team in New York worth talking...


That's right fuck-stains...The New York Rangers...42-15-7 is a hell of record, and they sit on top of the NHL standings with 91 points...With the best goalie around, Henrik Ludqvist, and a core of talented, young defensemen...Offensive threats like Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and their captain Ryan Callahan, who does everything on the ice...The Rangers roster is full of grinders, and brings a few thumpers with them...

They are all lead by their coach John Totorella...A no bullshit kind of guy, who expects the best out of all his players...He expects his players to have each others backs...And everyone on his team blocks shots...It doesn't matter who you are...You block shots, or you don't play...

The Rangers have been the most consitent, hardest working team in hockey...And they've done it all quietly it seems...Even many of the NHL talking heads haven't given the Rangers the time, and respect they deserve...Well it's time to wake up...The Rangers are on the road to the Cup, and they're a real son of a bitch to play against...Right Bruins? How about you Flyers? Yeah Philly, the boys in Blue own your ass!

That's it for now...

Have a week...And watch Hockey...

Later, The Beeze.

How about
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NHL Canadiens Rangers Detroit

Man oh man.  What an interesting week it has been.  For those of you that weren’t aware, I bought a house in September.  It was a private sale, and the person that I was buying from was very helpful.  He bought my house as a bank repo, and was in the process of “flipping” it.  When I initially viewed the house and property, I was early enough in the process to decide what colours I would like the rooms painted.  Once again, this person was very helpful and accommodating.  When it the day came for possession of the house, everything went smoothly.  He even brought in some fresh fill and leveled out the back yard for me.  What a nice guy.  Then, I read Wednesday’s local paper with the headline “2 arrests made in bold kidnapping.”  Intrigued, I read on.  As it turns out, 2 gentlemen grabbed a person from the Greyhound bus terminal and dragged him out to a waiting truck with a third person driving.  Eventually, the person that was kidnapped fled from the vehicle and began banging on doors until someone phoned the police.  The police eventually arrested 2 males and were still seeking the third.  The two males were charged with kidnapping, assault, and possession of a controlled substance amongst other things.  As I read the two names, one stuck out in my head.  Yup…the guy I bought my house from, the guy that was very accommodating and helpful was being charged with what some people refer to as “surprise adoption.”  I’m starting to question those extra loads of “fill” in my back yard.  Lets see what aromas the spring thaw brings…


Did anyone see this happening?  With a win on Sunday against the Sharks, Detroit can set a new record for consecutive home wins.  Bostons record lasted over two seasons, and Detroit can match that number in one season.  Will it happen?  San Jose is a challenging team, and I am pretty sure they are motivated not to become that sort of statistic.  But then again, the Sharks have had some difficulty getting up for highly important playoff games, so I am curious to see how this pans out for Detroit.  They are definitely playing some solid hockey right now, and have to be considered a threat to come out of the Western Conference.  What is my pick for the Eastern Conference?  It pains me to say this, but I really like the New York Rangers.  Boston is strong, but they are playing a little too inconsistent for my liking.  The Rangers are basically steamrolling everyone they play as of late, with the exception of a shaky game by Biron.  If New York is planning on a deep playoff push, they need to have a well rested King Henrik in the nets.  Why do I think the Rangers are playing so well?  It could very well have everything to do with Torts.  Tortorella has always been a passionate coach that holds his players responsible.  The Rangers have a fairly young team, and their solid d-core is locked up for a couple more seasons.  Once a decade, Slats will put together a solid team.


Where is Nash going to end up?  Who knows?  There are a few teams that want to think they are on the short list, because at the end of the day, Nash will have to waive his NMC.  Most likely, the team that Nash chooses should have enough assests to help Columbus with the rebuild.  That would include a young goalie prospect and a couple of skaters and draft picks.  As well, the winning team would also need to have the cap room to squeeze in Nash’s contract.  That little item right there takes many of the teams off of the list.  Toronto would like to think that they are in the running, but remember…a key factor is a young goalie prospect.  Toronto doesn’t even fucking know who their number one goalie is right now.  That takes Philly out of the mix as well, but Philly should be more concerned about the hole on their blue line with Pronger out.  St Louis has some of the assets to swing a deal, but I think the front runner would have to be a team like the Los Angeles Kings.  LA has some draft picks and prospects, as well as a goalie (Bernier) that they could move.  If LA can land Nash, it would greatly improve their chances of a deep playoff run this year.


Just when I think Montreal fans couldn’t get any more classless, they go and do something like this.  It only goes to add to their status as possibly the most classless fans in the NHL.  Yup…I think they may have usurped Philly from the top spot.  Let’s go through the checklist.  They rioted back in 1955 when Richard was suspended for the remainder of the playoffs for punching a referee.  Sounds fair to me; the suspension, not the ensuing riot.  Then we have the repeated booing of the US National Anthem. 

And how did Boston react and respond?  Very admirably.

In the past, Kevin Weekes has had bananas thrown at him while he was leaving the ice in Montreal.  Then, a couple of seasons ago, we had this…

That is just fucking racist.  No class whatsoever.  And then the GM of the team makes a public announcement to apologize for hiring an Anglo coach.  Go fuck yourself Molson.  So go ahead Montreal, riot when your pathetic fucking team tanks out of the playoffs, if they even make it there.  Go ahead and insult your own players, go ahead and insult your players national anthem.  You are, and always will be, a class of douchebag that the sporting world will hopefully never, ever see again.  You want to fucking separate from Canada?  Go ahead you ignorant fucks.  I just wish I pissed on the Molson Center when I was in Montreal last summer.

Fight of the week!

Kevin Westgarth vs Paul Bissonnette

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great week.

Hotch

Monday Moaning 2-13-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: 3rdStoneFromTheSun NHL Heavyweight New York Rangers Columbus Bluejackets China Boston Barstool Hockey Mom

 Since the passing of our friend Jud, I've been struggling with how open this post, and what to put in it...I think 3rd would want me to do my thing, so let's do it right...



"When all these walls come down, they'll shake us...
We fight not to be, not to be weightless...
When all these stars hit ground, they'll wake us...
We fight not be, not to be weightless..."


Since I learned of Jud's passing, I've been feeling like many of my fellow bloggers...We all feel a great sense of loss, even though I have never sat in a bar and had a beer with him...It seems kind of odd to be so moved by the death of some one you know only from blogging, twitter, and facebook...But the fact of the matter is, I feel closer to many of my Internet friends, then I do with people I see every day of my life...There is a common bond that we have, and that has created the connection we have...

3rdStone's wall came down, and it shook some of us...His star hit ground, and it woke some of us up...Now we're trying not to be weightless...

I learned a lot from 3rd...Tons about Football and NFL greats...I also learned a lot about writing, and networking...And this past week I also learned, I need to set up a place in my Will, so some one can contact my Internet friends, and fellow bloggers when I die...Sad, but true, this is the age we are living in...

Like I said, I think Jud would like it if I got back on track, and did my thing...So, last week I saw a story that set me off, and I'm sure the post I wrote about it, didn't earn me anymore fans in China...The parents in THIS story gotta be up for Tool Of The Week!

Then there was the 9 year old hockey player that set things off after his 200 goal...Check THIS shit out...Read the comments too...Relentless fuckers on that site!

Now most people on Barstool are all in with their side of it...Some of my friends think the coach went overboard...Listen, what's overboard is a 9 year old knowing he was going to score his 200th goal...How does he know that...Either he's an asshole already at 9, or his parents are keeping track, and let him know...If they're keeping track, fuck them! How is a kid lighting the lamp 200 times in Pee-Wee...That's crazy fucking Gretzky shit...Is he playing in a league of 7 year olds...Are the goalies blind...WTF!?!

The coach was trying to teach the kids a lesson, and then mom goes crazy, screaming child abuse, and wants everyone to pay up...I'm putting the blame on the parents...The kid, well I'm sure this shit was put in his head...The coach does seem to have some dick-head in him, but shit, dealing with twat-bag parents is a son of a bitch!

-The New York Rangers were in Philly Saturday, and pounded the Flyers, on the scoreboard, and on the ice...The Rangers own the Flyers this year...And Philly if you keep running that Sestito meat head out there, he's gonna end up lying in a puddle of his own, blood and piss...Kid keeps running his mouth, and wanting to drop the gloves, but he's got no game to back it up, and he's an average fighter...Just a big mouth, dolt...

But the other news from that game was, Columbus Bluejackets GM Scott Howson, and a couple scouts were at the game...There has been a lot of talk about the Jackets moving Rick Nash to the Rangers...But the price may be too high...And then there is the cap space to worry about since Nash is under contract until 2018, for more than $7 million a year...

There is also talk of moving Jeff Carter...It's his first year in Columbus after they traded fro him last year...He's underachieved, and has spent more time on the IR then he has on the ice...Carter would be cheaper, but also a bigger risk, since he can't stay healthy, and can't seem to find a team that wants to ever keep him...

So this was me trying to do my thing, and write a bit about sports and shit...Like I said, I know that's what 3rd would tell me to do...But I'll close with a little more love for our friend...One of the things I always liked about Jud, was his musical taste...He if you go to his BLOGSPOT_PAGE, you'll here Hendrix's 3rd Stone From the Sun kick in...Scroll down to the bottom and look at his play list...An amazing variety...And he was always open about how much he liked A Flock of Seagulls...So Jud, this one is for you...




Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.

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