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I Guess I Kinda Know How It Feels to Be a Red Sox Fan

Rewind back to the 2004 ALCS.  Red Sox and Yankees.  Yankees have control of the series  being up three games to zero in the best of seven series.  The Yankees just pounded the Red Sox in game three with 19-7 beat down and it seemed to be the nail in the coffin of the Red Sox.  Then weird things started happening.  Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was getting and David Ortiz was getting clutch hits in Games four and five.  Red Sox won game six to tie the series up three to three to force an improbable Game seven.  I remember the day of Game Seven not really wanting to talk about the series and thinking there is no way the Yanks can lose this game can they.  While I’m sure Red Sox fans were as confident as they have ever been in the 86 years before that Game Seven.

I’m feeling the same way as Red Sox fan did in 2004 about the Philadelphia Flyers right now.  After being down to Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals three game to none (which the Bruins never seem to really outplay the Flyers at all this series) some weird things started to happen.  The Flyers got Simon Gagne back from injury in Game four and win.  Then in Game five Flyers goalie Brian Bouche got a sprained knee as a fellow Flyer fell on him and Michael Leighton took over Bouche’s duties in net.  Leighton hasn’t been in net for the Flyers in six weeks and yet he looked as sharp as can be as he didn’t give up a goal in the half of Game five he played in.  In Game six (Leighton’s first ever playoff start) he didn’t looked phased at all as he had a shutout going until the Bruins scored with around a minute left in the game, which the Flyers ended up winning 2-1 forcing a Game seven.

Right now I’m feeling like Sox fan in 2004 thinking there is no way this team is going to lose in Game seven.  The other team has to be thinking how can we close this team out, while we are thinking we are in that team’s head they can’t beat us.

Hopefully after Game seven tonight, I can feel the same way Red Sox fan did in 2004 as they made one of the greatest comebacks in all of sports.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Hockey, NHL | , , , , | Leave a comment

NHL A More Entertaining Watch on Super Bowl Sunday Than NFL

While everyone was either going shopping for their Super Bowl party food or else shoveling snow if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, you probably missed the more entertaining sporting even than the Saints vs Colts.

Yes the Super Bowl was a very good game and had more viewers than any other TV program in the history of the U.S, but the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals game outshined the Super Bowl.  You had the best individual rivalry in sports  going at it and both didn’t disappoint.  Not to mention a great comeback just made the game even better.

The Pens took 4-1 lead into the 3rd period with  2 goals from both Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal.  Then the Caps took over scoring three goals in the final period including two goals from Alexander Ovechkin, his second goal of the period being his third of the game.  Which sent the game into Overtime.  Then in OT Ovechkin put a shot on net that hit the right post as Caps’ winger Mike Knuble put the rebound in for the game winning goal and made the Caps’ win streak 13 games.

If your not a big time hockey fan, just do yourself a favor and watch a Capitals/Penguins game sometime.  Everytime it’s entertaining as you are able to see the three best players on the ice at the same time.  You will be instantly captivated

February 11, 2010 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 14 Picks

Kurt Warner and his Arizona Cardinals have a chance to clinch the NFC West against the 49ers on Monday Night Football

It’s Week 14 of the NFL season and with the season winding down there are some pretty key games that will help shape the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC.

Week 14 got off to a crazy start as the Browns somehow upset the Steelers and I would’ve picked a reeling 6-6 Steelers team in a must win situation.  So it’s a good feeling to start off the week 0-1

Saints @ Falcons-With both Falcons QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner questionable for the game, I have to give the game to the Saints as they continue to find ways to win and remain undefeated.

Packers @ Bears- A big rivalry game so throw out the records.  With the way the Packers defense is playing and with Bears QB Jay Cutler prone to interceptions, I go with the Packers and continue their playoff push.

Broncos @ Colts-  The Broncos have gotten hot of late outscoring their last two opponents 70-19, but they are at Indianapolis where the Colts have won their last 12 games.  With home field advantage and Peyton Manning behind center, the Colts remain undefeated.

Bills @ Chiefs- With the way Jamaal Charles has been running the ball for the Chiefs as of late and how bad the Bills run defense is, I have to go with the Chiefs

Bengals @ Vikings- This game should be a must watch for anyone.  With the Vikings Adrian Peterson struggling as of late, having to see the Bengals vicious run defense is not the best thing for AP.  Also, last Sunday night I think the Cardinals showed a big weakness in the Vikings secondary.  I predict Carson Palmer has a big day for the Bengals throwing the ball.  Bengals win this game in a close game.

Panthers @ Patriots-  Patriots try to rebound from back-to-back losses and haven’t lost three games in a row in seven years.  Plus, they are undefeated at home and playing the Panthers, so the Pats get back on track.

Jets @ Buccaneers- Jets will dominate the young offense of the Buccaneers and Thomas Jones should have a big game for the Jets running game.  Jets win easily.

Dolphins @ Jaguars- The Jags have some how won five straight games at home and have the final Wild Card spot as of now, but into Jacksonville come the Dolphins who believe they are better than their 6-6 record and trying to get that final Wild Card spot as well.I have to go with the Dolphins in this game with Chad Henne improving each game at QB adds another element along with the wildcat to the Dolphins offense.

Lions @ Ravens-  The Ravens should be highly encouraged with the Steelers now out of the playoff picture and it’s always more encouraging when the you see the Lions as your next opponent.   Ravens win in a blow out.

Seahawks @ Texans- Both teams are having disappointing seasons at 5-7 and both teams are streaking.  Seahawks are on a two game win streak, while the Texans have lost their last four games.  I expect the Texans to win this game as the Seahawks have a weak secondary, but gotta keep an eye on if Matt Schaub’s non-throwing shoulder is okay after he separated it last week.

Rams @ Titans- The Titans had their five game win streak snapped last week by the Colt, but should start another winning streak as the Rams come to Tennessee.

Redskins @ Raiders- Both teams are coming off opposite emotions from last weeks game.  The ‘skins have to be feeling down after they were literally stripped of a W last week and tried to end the Saints undefeated season.  While the Raiders have to be ecstatic after last weeks win in Pittsburgh.  With Bruce Gradkowski under center for the Raiders, I’m picking them over the Redskins.

Chargers @ Cowboys-  The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Giants after just giving up two big plays.  Also, it’s December which mean it’s bad news for the Cowboys.  Until the Cowboys win a game in December I will pick against them.  Chargers win in a close and entertaining game.

Eagles @ Giants-  You never know what may happen when these two teams get together.  The Eagles are beat up on both sides of the football.  While the Giants just came off a win against the Cowboys that wasn’t that impressive.  I’m going to go with the Eagles in a very physical game.

Cardinals @ 49ers-  This has to seem familiar to the Cardinals. Just like last year they are really getting no respect and should be after their dismantling of the Vikings last week.  I say the Cardinals win big and clinch the NFC West.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Matchup Everyone Dreamed of is Now a Reality

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin will face off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin will face off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin

This is what the NHL needs.  Two great players who absolutely hate each other. Two fan bases that hate the player on the opposing team.  This is what the Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin show has brought to the NHL.  Now the rivalry between the two superstars is about to go to a WHOLE different level.

After the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 Tuesday night, the match up was set that the NHL needs and has been waiting for.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games, will take on the Washington Capitals in a best of seven series starting Saturday.  Although this series will be fun to watch with a ton scoring, physical play, and two pretty good young goaltenders, but the focus throughout the series will be the Crosby/Ovechkin match up.

Both players are former #1 overall draft picks (Ovechkin in 2004, Crosby in 2005) and in their rookie years both looked like everything they lived up to as they racked up a ton of goals and assists.  The rivalry though didn’t really start to get really intense until the past couple of years.  This season, the rivalry has been at its peak so far.  After Ovechkin scored his 50th goal he put his stick down on the ice and acted like it was on fire, Crosby had some comments about the celebration pretty much saying he’s a show boat and went overboard.

Earlier this season both stars got tangled up along the board as Crosby pushed Ovechkin into his own bench and then Ovechkin went after Crosby.  As they were being separated Ovechkin taunted Crosby waving to him as Crosby was yelling from his own bench. After that game these comments were made from both players (watch video below)  

This series is what the NHL had to be hoping for to put the game of hockey back on the map.  The Crosby/Ovechkin could possibly be the Magic/Byrd rivalry that put the NBA on the map.  The NHL needs to promote this series like crazy to get the younger viewers into the game of hockey cuz this series will be “must see TV.”

As for the series, there will be lots of scoring as both teams have a lot of fire power.  The Caps are led by Ovechkin along with Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Sergei Federov and Mike Green, while the Pens offensive weapons are Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Bill Guerin.  The difference makers will be the ones guarding the net for both teams.  The Pens have Marc-Andre Fleury, while the Caps will have the rookie Simeon Varlamov, who spent most of the season in the minors with the Hershey Bears, but shut down the New York Rangers in the six games he played.  Despite how much i like the Caps offense i have to say the Pens will win the series in a thrilling seven game series.  The reason I pick the Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury.  Fleury lead the Pens in the series win over the Flyers and has the playoff experience.  Even though I will be cheering for Varlamov (as i saw him twice in Hershey) i don’t know how the youngster will adjust to the Pens lethal attack.

May 2, 2009 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment