Hello Gabbers, I apologize for first hand for this blog, I had been planning to start writing it a little earlier, but just plain old forgot to get it started. Spring has finally arrived in Michigan, and with Spring in Michigan comes the expectation of the Red Wings continuing their streak of playoff appearances. I admit that I thought a month ago this team was dead in the water, but for some reason as the calendar turns from March to April, the Red Wings seem to step up. I am not a fan Sid the Crybaby, and Malkin and the rest of the crybabies known as the Penguins, but it looks like that is who the Wings will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. No matter, cause the kids don't know no better. This total lack of respect or knowledge of others, has probably been the reason the Wings have continued professional sports longest playoff run of 23 consecutive years.
Not many teams or any teams can say that they have been in the playoffs for 23 straight years, I guess this makes up for all the years when I was a teenager of them sucking so badly, and pretty much the laughing stock of the NHL. I thought the Wings needed an infusion of youth after they lost to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals, and maybe the likes of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, Luke Glendenning and Riley Sheahan was exactly what the Wings needed. All the above were members of the Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapid Griffins, and are probably at least a year ahead of schedule. Sure they make mistakes that cost the team goals, but for the most part they are more sound defensively than some of the veterans. This kind of reminds me of the influx of youth that occurred in the late 80's, early 90's, when a young Lidstrom came to Detroit, and we all know that he will be in Toronto next to Stevie Y when his time to be inducted comes. Mr. I. is a pretty smart businessman, and this infusion of youth is part of the plan, spend money on the Tigers, while building a contender who will compete on a regular basis for the Stanley Cup by the time the new arena is built. So far the plan seems to be working, now we will wait and see.....
Since I work in the grocery business, I have the pleasure of seeing a magazine devoted to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Today while out running my errands, I heard that Joan Jett was inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was never personally into Grunge, but I loved listening to Nirvana.
Noah and Taylor are wrapping up their Spring Break, and last week I went to Noah's P/T conference which like always turned out as I expected. The kid's pretty damn smart, not much to work with or on with him for the rest of the year, he is ready for the 3rd grade. Taylor is my underachiever to an extent, she could do much better if she applied herself, but I am waiting for her ever so patiently to realize her full potential.
Not to stir the pot with the Red Sox nation, but does anyone really care that you are in New York facing the Yankees. I hope you whip them good, but last check the Yank's were winning 3-0.
NASCAR is heading to Darlington, miss Q in our fantasy leagues she is damn knowledgeable on the Sport.
Another year of the Pistons underachieving and getting a decent coach fired once again. Some day they will fill the Palace again, but not until they become consistent.
What the hell is going on in MLB this year? So many pitchers having Tommy John, this is not a good trend, maybe teams should consider studying why this is happening, and just maybe they will figure out how to prevent it. There has to be a pitch that is tearing the UCL, Medlin, Beachy, Moore, Griffin, and the list goes on and on.
B.O.B. what's up with "The Freak," Goldschmidt owns him.......
Well that's all I got, have a great week and thanks for stopping by...
Bret “The Hitman” Hart Inducted by Steve Austin. “The Hitman” was a five-time WWF Champion, two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, four-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion and a two-time King of the Ring winner.
Eddie Guerrero (Eduardo Guerrero). Inducted by Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero. Posthumous inductee, represented by Vickie Guerrero and his two daughters. “Latino Heat” with his crafty smile and catch-phrase "I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!," was a one-time WWE Champion, two-time WCW/WWE United States Champion, four-time WWE Tag Team Champion, two-time European Champion, and a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. First ever Mexican-American WWE Champion.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund. Inducted by Hulk Hogan. Gene was a long-time AWA, WCW and WWF/WWE interviewer and announcer.
“Sensational” Sherri (Sherri Russell). Inducted by Ted DiBiase. Sherri was a one-time WWF Women’s Champion and a four-time AWA World Women’s Champion. Also a former manager for Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, and Harlem Heat.
Verne Gagne . Inducted by Greg Gagne. Verne was a co-founder of the American Wrestling Association. He was also a ten-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and a four-time AWA World Tag Team Champion.
“Mr. USA” Tony Atlas (Anthony White). Inducted by S.D. Jones. Tony was a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, half of the first African-American WWF World Tag Team Champion with Rocky Johnson. Also won many regional singles and tag-team titles.
The Blackjacks - Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza ( Robert Deroy Windham and Jack Lanza). Inducted by Bobby Heenan. The Blackjack Mulligan was a three-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion. Blackjack Lanza was a one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion.
William “The Refrigerator” Perry . Inducted by John Cena. William is a celebrity inductee. Participated in WrestleMania 2 battle royal.
As the various tournaments have wound their way down towards the crowning of a champion, it has been easier for me to actually witness game action on TV and follow the "lesser" tournaments on TV.
I wrote about Bentley's D2 women's championship and more in Sunday Musings #140 but there has been a number of other tourney developments that I wanted to babble on about as well.
I saw bits and pieces of the first three games of the Sweet 16 of the women's tournament. The first two games saw Baylor and Notre Dame advance relatively easy.
Surprisingly, it was the UConn vs. BYU that held people in suspense...at least for a little while.
The BYU team trailed by only 1 point at halftime, they were solid defensively and unlike a lot of teams didn't play in fear of the Lady Huskies. Sadly, a 5 minute streak of no offense in the second half doomed them and UConn came away with a 19 point win.
I didn't see the Texas A&M game against DePaul but they won by 19 points.
Today's games to close out the Sweet 16 and set up the Elite Eight should prove very interesting. Those games are:
South Carolina vs. North Carolina, Penn State vs. Stanford, Louisville vs. West Virginia and Tennessee vs. Maryland.
Florida knocked off this year's Cinderella, Dayton, by 10 points. It looked like they were going to have a cake walk with a 14 point lead and all the momentum going into halftime but the Flyers made more of a game of things in the 2nd half.
But it would be hard to top the Wisconsin-Arizona overtime thriller in the late game yesterday. I didn't see the whole game but both teams were matching each other shot for shot throughout the game.
A controversial call ended up helping the Badgers pick up the 64-63 win, but regardless of how it ended, it was one hell of a game.
So Florida and Wisconsin are onto the Final Four. I had both of them getting their so my bracket is still very much alive.
Today's games are Michigan State vs. UConn (by seeding, the new Cinderella) and Michigan vs. Kentucky. I have a feeling these are going to be barn burner type of games. The Midwest Region is dead for me since I had Louisville advancing to the Final Four, but if Michigan State wins I'd have 3 of the last four correct.
And thus far, I'm still in 1st place in the YouGabSports group bracket challenge on ESPN.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
The WBI tournament final saw the Illinois-Chicago Flames defeat the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 73-64 to capture the championship.
Last season, the Flames finished 9-21. With a final record of 26-9, the completed the best turnaround in Division 1 this season.
Rachel Story (pictured below 1st) scored 27 points in her final game to help lead UIC to the win, but it was Ruvanna Campbell (pictured below 2nd) earning MVP honors with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a tourney record 8 blocks.
Your 2014 WBI Champions:
MEN'S DIVISION 2 NCAA
Daylen Robinson scored 21 points and Dillon Deck had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Central Missouri Mules beat West Liberty 84-77 to capture their second ever Division 2 national championship.
Defense played a huge role in the now 30-5 CMU win, as they held West Liberty 24 points below their average.
Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea). Inducted by Sylvester Stallone. One of the all-time greats. Hulk was a six-time WWF/WWE Champion, six-time WCW World Champion, one-time World Tag Team Champion and a two-time Royal Rumble winner. The “immortal” Hulk Hogan is also the longest reigning WCW Champion of all-time and the third longest combined WWE Champion of all-time.
“Rowdy” Roddy Pipper (Roderick Toombs). Inducted by Ric Flair. “Rowdy” Piper was a two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and held over 34 championships in various promotions.
“Cowboy” Bob Orton. Inducted by Randy Orton. Bob held numerous NWA regional titles.
Jimmy Hart Inducted by Jerry Lawler. Long-time manager in WWF. He also composed many entrance songs for the wrestlers. Hart estimates he has written entrance music for 23 WWF/WWE wrestlers and 101 WCW wrestlers, his most famous being Shawn Michaels “Sexy Boy.”
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff . Inducted by Bobby Heenan. Paul was a four-time NWA National Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WCW World Tag Team Champion. Member of the University of Tampa Football Hall Of Fame.
Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Peruzovic). Inducted by Jim Ross. Nikolai was a three-time WWWF International Tag Team Champion and a one-time WWF tag Team Champion.
The Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri). Inducted by Sgt Slaughter. The Sheik was a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
Big John Studd (John Minton). Inducted by The Big Show. Posthumous inductee. John was represented by his son John Minton Jr. Studd, at 6’10”, was a one-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion and held a dozen NWA regional Championships.
Don Muraco . Inducted by Mick Foley. “Magnificent” Maraco was a two-time Intercontinental Champion. He was also the first winner of the King of the Ring. Don also held several regional Heavyweight and Tag Team Championships.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (Gregory Wisniski). Inducted by Jimmy Hart. A master of the figure-4 leglock, Greg was a two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, four-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
Harley Race . Inducted by Ric Flair. One of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. Harley was an eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time and first NWA United States Champion, three-time AWA World Tag Team Champion and WWF King of the Ring winner in 1986.
Jesse “The Body” Ventura (James Janos) Inducted by Tyrell Janos. Jesse, a former Governor of Minnesota and a former member of the Underwater Demolition Team 12 in the Navy, was a one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion. With his colorful attire “The Body” is a former commentator for the WWF and WCW.
Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter). Inducted by Ernie Ladd. Posthumous inductee. Represented by his daughter LaToya Ritter. The Dog held fifteen championships while wrestling in Mid-South Wrestling Association, including the Heavyweight Championship.
Sgt. Slaughter (Robert Remus). Inducted by Pat Patterson. Sgt. Was a one-time WWF Champion and two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. Slaughter was also a producer for the WWE.
“Superstar” Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman). Inducted by Triple H. A former award-winning bodybuilder, “Superstar” was a one-time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. As a note, in April, 2011, Graham asked that his name be removed from the Hall of Fame, saying “It is a shameless organization to induct a bloodthirsty animal such as Abdullah the Butcher into their worthless and embarrassing Hall of Fame and I want the name of “Superstar” Billy Graham to be no part of it.” There is another side of the story that says it actually was because of his perceived neglect by the WWE due to company not helping him pay for his medical problems.
Tito Santana (Merced Solis). Inducted by Shawn Michaels. A popular wrestler, Tito was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and two-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Raymond Heenan). Inducted by Blackjack Lanza. A smooth talker, Bobby was a long-time manager in WWF, guiding stars like Harley Race, Ric Falir, Lex Lugar and others to Titles and was a manager of Tag Team Champions as well. He was also a long-time commentator for the organization.
Pete Rose . Inducted by Kane. Celebrity Inductee. All-time MLB career leader in hits. Donning a chicken outfit at WrestleMania’s XIV and XV during his run-ins with Kane. His face also has met the backside of Rikishi.