2008 Finals or 2009?
Anyone starting to lose a bit of interest in the Conference Finals yet? You aren’t the only one. Fans from Chicago to Pittsburgh to Carolina to Detroit are probably thinking the same thing… “Wait a minute, this seems a bit familiar…” And it isn’t that much fun.
Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. Last year it was Dallas who made it to the Western finals against Detroit. And last year it was the Flyers who made it to the Eastern conference finals against Pittsburgh. But all the same, things are starting to look a little too familiar to everyone else around the league. Last year, it was both Detroit and Pittsburgh who conquered in the conference finals and moved on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
According to The Ralphie Report, former Michigan wide receiver Toney Clemons has announed that he will transfer to the University of Colorado. The 6’3″, 200lbs sophomore was ranked by rivals.com as the #91 overall player, and #12 best wide receiver in the 2007 commitment class. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out the 2009 season, but will be elgible to play two seasons for the Buffs. Clemons made the decision to leave Michigan after coach Rich Rodriguez was appointed head coach, and switched the offense to the spread. With only 3 scholarship wide receivers on the roster, Dan Hawkins just landed some well needed help.
Ten years ago, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche were each at the pinnacle of their respective organizations. The Broncos were the team to beat in the NFL after winning back to back Super Bowl Championships. The Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with nine consecutive division titles, in route to winning two Stanley Cups.
Ten years later, fans, journalists, and members of each organization are suffering from the worst condition in sports: they are all living in the past. Continue reading
Rocky feels the Same as TAS about the Lakers
Now the matchups are known, the schedule is set in stone (even if it means chasing off a WWE event from the Pepsi Center) and the Nuggets look to rumble on to the finals. Despite not getting much national press all season, the Nuggets now have the following of the NBA analysts and basketball fans. People are beginning to believe in our team and some are even coming out and publicly saying that they choose the Nuggets to win the series. John Berry went on record on ESPN today and predicted that the Nuggets will win in six. John Hollinger is using his PER system to also take Denver as his choice to be victorious but covered all of his bases and stated that “Bynum is the ultimate wildcard” and that his prediction is void with good play from the Lakers center. Sadly it has taken all season and two rounds of the playoffs for the Nuggets to get this much deserved attention.
Hockeytown vs. Hawkeytown?
Ahhh, Hockeytown. I’m not so sure it was a nickname deserved so much as it was a nickname that Detroitians (Detroiters?) gave themselves. First, let’s do a little recap of the Detroit Red Wings history (remember Avs fans, you should know your enemies as well as you know your friends):
- 1926-49: This is apparently what was called “The Early Years.” The Wings were founded in 1921 and didn’t waste much time — making a Stanley Cup playoff appearance in 1929.
- 1950-66: Apparently this is “The Gordie Howe Era.” Obviously named because this was when Goride Howe peaked. He started with the NHL (and the Wings) in 1946 and carried his team to the playoffs a few times. But the Wings didn’t return to greatness until 1950, then reaching the finals nine different times between these 16 years and winning it four times.
- 1967-82: And here we have the “Dead Wings Era.” By the way I got all of these clever names from Wikipedia. While I, and many others like me, still refer to them as the Dead Wings, apparently this term actually refers to a distinct era where the Wings, for lack of a better term, sucked. During this time period, there were 14 different head coaches. It was during this era in which poor old Howe retired.
- 1983-03: These are the Wings that I’ve known, “The Yzerman Era.” 1983 is when the Wings drafted youngster Steve Yzerman 1st overall, who later became captain and will of course be inducted into the Hall of Fame now that he is retired. Yzerman retired in 2006.
- 1994-04: This overlaps with the “Yzerman Era,” but this is loosely labeled as “The Russian Five and The Return to Glory.” This was the era in which the Wings and Avalanche rivalry began; when Scotty Bowman became one of the most loved/hated men in the NHL; and when the Wings started to scare me.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Last nights victory for the Denver Nuggets is the most exciting thing to happen to the city of Denver since a certain 21 game winning streak. We here in the Mile High City don’t mind being counted out and left for dead. Just like the 2007 Rockies, nobody has given this Nuggets team a chance. Continue reading
Jordan Staal and the rest of the Pens sent the Caps home for good.-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
OF COURSE. This would happen just hours after I published that “my money is on the Caps-Pens game” for an overtime game and a game 7 win. The Pittsburgh Penguins absolutely killed the Washington Capitals tonight in DC to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. They will face the winner of the Boston-Carolina game 7. The final score was 6-2.
It all started simply enough, by a power play goal from Sidney Crosby 12:36 into the first period. And then a suspicious thing happened… the Pens scored again. Craig Adams scored eight seconds later to give the Pens a 2-0 lead. Every game in this series up until tonight was decided by one goal, except game 5 when the Penguins won by 2 goals.
Three teams will be calling it a season tonight, then it's on to conference finals.
Today and tomorrow, three teams will be eliminated from the playoffs. Of course this is the nature of the playoffs — as long as one team wins, the other one loses and their season is over. To me, game 7s are the epitome of hockey. They are fast paced, they get dirty, and usually only one goal makes the entire difference. Expect at least one of these games to go in to overtime — and my money is on the Caps – Pens game. Read on for previews of all the lucky, and maybe not so lucky, game 7 players.
As most of you know by now Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after failing a drug test. As he will not get paid for those 50 games he will see around 7.7 million dollars evaporate while he sits on the bench. He tested positive for the female fertility drug, human chorionic gonadotropin. While this is not a steroid it is used in conjunction with steroids and is therefore a banned substance.
Ramirez claims his doctor provided him the prescription for a medical issue and they assumed it was not a restricted medication. On its face, there are two things wrong about that excuse. First, it was a prescription for a female fertility drug. I am not a doctor, but unless there is something we don’t know about Ramirez I am not sure why he needs to take the aforementioned drug. Second, you are in a profession where any prescription you are given could mean serious consequences. That being said, I find it incredibility hard to believe that you do not take the due diligence and double check for yourself whether or not you are about jeopardize your career. This has all occurred under suspicious circumstances such that we can not buy your story Manny, sorry. It is clear by the 50 game suspension the league could not either.
For me the really unfortunate thing that I am going to take away from this is that I almost didn’t even read an article about it. Continue reading
– by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Ahh, the playoffs. While it is the best time of the hockey season, it is also the time of the year when you can throw out the window everything you think you know. No predictions are guaranteed. No players are even guaranteed. Injuries are undisclosed. It’s a time when everyone is reminded why they really, really love this game. In fact, here are the five things I love about hockey because of the 2009 post-season so far.
#5 – Ovechkin versus Crosby
Who would have thought we’d see this? Sure, I picked each team to advance (and so did most people, I’m sure), but all the same it’s exciting as hell to watch these two international superstars battle for their teams. The excitement came to an all time high on Monday, as both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby notched hat tricks. Ovechkin scored his late in the 3rd to dash any hopes the Pens had of winning the game in OT. Washington is now up 2-0 in the series, but I’m sure it will be an entirely different game when the Pens get home ice back tonight for game 3 (5pm mountain). This series has it all: the superstars, a hot rivalry, two incredible and young goaltenders, passion, scoring and even a few veterans who could be playing for their last shot at the cup (read: Bill Guerin and Sergei Fedorov). As Markus Naslund proved, anyone can be in the middle of their last season – not just Joe Sakic. Ovechkin and Crosby have brought enough fans to the game already, now hopefully they can help bring their sport to center stage (or ice). I just hope this is a 7 game series… can you imagine anything more exciting? This just could be the playoff series to end all playoff series.