Yeah, I'm late to posting...Shit happens...So why the sexy Boba Fett?† Because Boba Fett is my Fantasy Hockey team's mascot, and my team came through with big win last week to jump my squad up top second in the division...The slow start is turning around....Ain't it Jeff!?!
Saturday started early for me, as I head to drive my oldest daughter about 40 minutes away for a Christmas Honor Band rehearsal...She was in the Summer Honor Band and really enjoyed it...It a group of kids from all over, they do a couple concerts, have them professionally recorded and get CD's...It's a cool experience, except for getting up at 7:00 AM on a Saturday...After that we hit the grocery store...
Then there was full family house cleaning, before I sat on my ass and watched the Fighting Irish take on Navy...Always a tough game for the Irish...Every year Navy gives them all they've got, and they did again this year...
The Irish come away with the win, but lost another Linebacker...Before the season Danny Spond retired for health reasons...Jarred Grace is out for the year with a broken leg...Ishaq Williams suffered†a sprained ACL†against Air Force...And now Ben Councell suffered a season ending knee injury...The injuries throughout the defense are piling up, but the LB depth has been devastated...Hopefully the rest of the crew can stay healthy and play strong...
Next, Hockey...Fucking Flyers...This past weekend they Flyers were getting throttled by Washington...At this point, it's late in the game and Washington is up 7-0...Holtby has got a shutout going...Good honest fight breaks out between Simmons and Wilson, then asshole goalie Ray Emery goes after Holtby...Anyone who knows hockey knows Emery is a boxer in pads...Take a look...
You are never going to hear me talking about getting rid of fighting in Hockey...But this right here was garbage...Just some bush-league shit that looks like a scene from "Slap Shot"...And of course, those animals in Philly loved every bit of it....Watch this video taken by a fan...
Of course these shit-dicks loved it...Their team sucks...They fired their head coach after 3 maybe 4 games, and made Craig Berube the new head coach...Berube who was a shit player, but knew how to throw around the knuckles...Well, way to go Flyers...Way to celebrate the fights, and Emery's bullshit move...That's fine, read the scoreboard...You fuck-tards still lost 7-0, you dumb fucking, inbred, assholes!† Rocky was just a movie character you fucking dolts!
What bothers me even more, is Emery wasn't suspended...The NHL keeps talking about player safety, and has added instigator penalties, but a goalie skating the length of the ice, unprovoked, and then starting the fight is okay?† Watch that fight again...Holtby didn't want it...He didn't have a chance and knew it...And all Emery wanted to do was beat on him...There is a point where Holtby is going down, again, and Emery lifts him up, so he can keep beating on him...Now the NHL is saying they're looking into a rule change for next year, where if a goalie leaves his zone for a fight he'll get 10 games, possibly less, just as the rule is for a player leaving the bench for a fight...
And where is that asshole Mike Milbury screaming that Emery and Berube should be out of hockey, like he did a couple weeks ago when Buffalo's John Scott drilled Loui Eriksson?† Fucking asshole gasbag!
This all pisses me off because this is the same league that wrote the "Avery Rule" and put it into effect just days after this happened...
I love Hockey, but the NHL is so full of bullshit...Sean Avery is a dick, so he's not allowed to get into a goalies kitchen!†† But a thug, half-assed goalie like Emery is allowed to jump†Holtby† because he's pitching a shutout, while Emery and Mason gave up 7 goals...Bullshit!
I love the movie "Slap Shot" because it's a movie...If every hockey game was like that movie, I would have tapped out years ago...
The last thing I want to talk about is Northwestern's special uniforms....I'm all for being patriotic, and rocking the Red, White, and Blue...But giving it a blood splattered look seems over the top, and classless to me...
So Hockey already has it's first big trade of the season...The Buffalo Sabres traded star goal scorer Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 2014 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick...
Sure, Vanek has the label of sniper...Yes, he has had two 40 goal seasons and two 30 goal seasons...But guess what, Moulson has three 30 goal seasons under his belt...Moulson, just like Vanek is 29 years old, and both are slated to be free agents at the end of the season...
So the Islanders negotiations with Moulson weren't going well...So they trade him instead of losing any value they could get for him...But they traded him for a guy also on an expiring contract....And tonight Vanek's agent made it clear the deal was done without a contract extension in place....Vanek's agent Stephen Bartlett also hinted at the strong possibility of his client waiting until Summer for a new deal....
"We'll take it day by day and focus on the short term for now and see where we are at season's end."
That my friends is agent's speak for, 'We'll see if playing with John Tavares can put a big post in Vanek's stats, so then we can land a monster contract from the highest bidder!'
So the Islanders get that...Buffalo get s Moulson, a 30 goal scorer...A 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick...Similar player...Free agent at the end of the year, and two high picks...Darcy Regier and the Sabres win...Shit, if Regier can't lock down Moulson to a contract by the trade deadline, he'll trade him then for a couple of prospects...If there is one thing Regier knows how to do, it's rebuild and snatch good prospects....
If the Islanders were smart, they would have gone after a more important need, and gone after Buffalo goalie, Ryan Miller...Yes, the Sabres will move him this year...They have two strong, young goalies behind him...
What do you thing...Did Islanders GM Garth Snow shit the bed again?† I do!
For all those who questioned whether Alex Ovechkin could manage to keep up the torrid goal scoring pace that earned him last year's MVP trophy, we now have the early answer...to the tune of 10 goals in 10 games...a resounding "Yes!" †OV has 31 goals in his last 30 games, on pace for the mythical (though achieved in the past) 50 goals in 50 games. †It has been 20 years since there has been a 50 in 50 player in the NHL (Brett Hull in 1992) and has only been achieved by Rocket Richard, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Hull. †
There is an interesting side note to this story:†Richard was the first to achieve the feat, doing so in 1944. †His goal scoring record stood until 1966 when Bobby Hull scored 54 goals in 70 games. †A controversy followed over who rightly owned the scoring title since Richard scored his 50 goals in a 50 game season. †The counter argument to this was that the NHL was depleted of talent during the WWII and when the rest of the NHL regulars returned to the lineup, Richard never cracked 50 goals again, even in 70 game seasons. †
For OV to hit 50 in 50, he needs to continue the goal a game streak through the Caps 50th game on January 21. †Going back to last season, that would give him 70 in 70...and that would certainly be exceptional! † Along the way, Ovechkin will also pass the 400 goal / 800 point mark in about 630 games,best marks for active players of his generation . †He has also moved into 10th for active goal scorers but of course has no prayer of catching Gretzky's†894 goal mark...think about that number - talk about records not to be broken. † OV's performance brings back the Crosby-is-the-greatest debate, which is really not a debate worth having if you ask me. †Different players, different positons, both great at what they do....however the Canadian xenophobes hate to give any credit to any Euro or Russian hockey player....which is one reason I love Olympic hockey. †
Shifting gears to another hockey topic, after not being able to tolerate another minute of the worst football game I may have ever watched Monday night (Giants - Vikings), I flipped over to a fantastic hockey game between the Penguins and Avalanche. †It ended up as a 1-0 win for the Avs and was played with an intensity normally reserved for May hockey. †The NFL really has served up some stinkers on the featured game program. †Maybe it should occur to them that Thursday night and Monday night AND Sunday night may not be such a good idea....but then again, money talks.
The World Series heads to St. Louis for Game 3 tonight and one might think that the Cards best shot for winning the Series is a St. Louis sweep. †That may be true, but I would find it hard to believe that the Sox will not take at least 1 game on the road. †I am really excited to see a game 6 in Boston with Wacka back on the mound in an elimination game (one way or the other). †
These games in St. Louis brings the issue of the DH back, front and center. †The Red Sox are going to be forced to put Big Papi at 1B†to get his bat into the lineup. †American League pitchers are going to be getting rare at-bats. †It really is a different game with the DH in play and it is a big advantage for the Red Sox to have that extra game in Boston with the DH. †NL clubs just cannot afford to carry a big bat all year just to hope to have it for the World Series. †Advantage goes to the AL, because after all, even an experienced hitting pitcher has an average below .200...they are still an out.
My pick for the Series remains the Red Sox.
Coming next week - the Wing Challenge! † Get your wing recipe's tuned up and ready to submit for this Fall's Cooking Classic. †I had a great time with last year's chili challenge (and we got a great champion for that effort). †I am ready to cook your wing recipes and put them to the test!
Hello Everybody and welcome to addition of talking sports from the host city of† professional baseballs championship games or at least the first two and the last two.
The Boston Red Sox took charge last night in game 1 with convincing 8-1 win of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals looked maybe jittery at best especially in the first two innings. A reversal of an umpires call at second when Kozma didnít control a batted ball and Pedroia called out on second saying the ball was dropped on the transfer(happens a lot in High School baseball not professional baseball) The call was overturned for the right call as all 6 umpires reversed calling it an error and resulting in a three run first. Then in the second a easy pop up dropped in a line shot over the extended reach of the second baseman and an error again by Kozma had bases loaded. Ortiz put a long shot caught at the wall allowing tun to score. All of sudden it was 5-0 . An Ortizz homer in the second and the Red Sox cruise to an 8-1 win a solid performance by John Lester and Ryan Dempster finally gets a World Series appearance.
Cardinals arenít out of this by any means . Iím sure they settle down in game 2 and it should by abetter baseball game. At least we hope it is. As Red Sox fan I was excited last night as a baseball fan I prefer tight and exciting games.
The news coverage in Boston about the World Series has been bruttle to say the least everything you didnít want to know† about so called superfans and ticket prices, and donít party in the streets and the part that gets me is the phony excitement of the newscasters many who arenít from here and doesnít realize that most people here know the history of the Red Sox and follow them game to game, pitch to pitch. Just play the games we donít need all the extra damn coverage.
The New England Patriots were last weeks heroes with a last minute win over the Saints and this week they thought it would happen in over time against the Jets. As folk missed a 56 yarder for a Jets win. Then that damn yellow Hankie appeared. Rule (-1-3c never been called before in an NFL game moved the Jets 15 yards closer for a first down as Patriots Chris Jones pushed a teammate into the offensive line. Of course the Jets did it earlier in the game as did the Patriots. Just a bad time to make that call at least from the New England perspective. The rest of the country especially new York that it was a great call and by the letter of the law the official was absolutely correct in making the call. Commonsense says it was a bad time to all of sudden† enforce a rule that hasnít been in effect. Then again the Patriots usually benefit on a call like this team they didnít. Those are the breaks. Chris Jones stepped up and took the blame and to the coaches credit he defended Jones saying it wasnít his fault.† An officials call is never the end all be all of a game. You have tolook what put the team into overtime in a game they should have won and took themselves out of the game the big picture is donít put yourself in that position make the plays that you need to make and you wonít leave yourself in that position.
Dropped passes and poor execution in the second half by the Patriots let the jets back in.
Saves were made.†††††††
The Bruins Louie Ericson remained in a Buffalo Hospital last night after Sabres Goon John Scott (why is this guy in the NHL other than his size). Elbowed him in the face in the third period of last nights game. Scott will meet with Branden Shannahan about the hit. Shannahan does a terrific job enforcing the nHL rules on dangerous hits from the league level. He is tough and fair.
LIL Warriors Report
Middle Lanz team was in a Tourney this week† it was a one and done type tourney. They lost in a shootout in the second game. Lil lanzís team still struggling to get into the win column. Kids are playing hard just they canít seem to catch a break.
Last year I was doing a basketball game. There was a time out and we were waiting for the teams returning to the court. Iím holding the ball at half court† to put it back in play
†My backside is to the stands . the home team is up by 20 but are fouling a lot. So a fan says to me hey ref way does white have so many fouls and blue only has a few. I have my whistle in my mouth and I donít even turn back and look at the guy. I say that easy because the white team has fouled 17 times and the blue team has only fouled twice and they are still getting killed. What does that tell you about foul shooting.
This past Sunday I was doing a JV Football game. Kid scores a TD I blow the whistle signal the score.Jid on the other team comes from nowhere and pushes the kid who just scored. The flag comes out from an Unsportsman like dead ballfoul. The kids teammate is right there he just turns to the kid and says you idiot what did you do that for you just cost us 15. Then the same kid turns to me and says that wes absolutely the correct call sir he deserved that. You never know what a High School kid wills ay but I laughed all the way back. The kid who did the pushing saidgeez I didnít hear the whistle I just wasnít buying my whistle is loud.