Monthly Archives: June 2009

My Only Thought Today:

– Brandon Whalen

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When I wake up in the morning, my first thought is that I want to punch Jay Mariotti in the face.

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There is a New “LAW” in Denver!

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Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to put the devastating end to the Nuggets season behind me, when I thought I would cry myself to sleep until the end of October when the NBA starts back up, when I thought I would vomit if I heard anything more about Kobe and the Lakers… A night like tonight rejuvenates my spirits! Continue reading

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I would just like to state:

-Brandon Whalen

This guy is playing for the Broncos next season. Who cares what is happening on offense.

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Baseball Season

– Brandon Whalen

Admittedly, we have been light on baseball posts so far this season. The Rockies never stop making quality commercials, but through a lot of the season so far, they haven’t been playing a lot of quality baseball.

I’m not really a “fire the coach” kind of guy. You will not find me pointing out the coaches missteps after a bad season, but I will admit that a firing can give the team a boost in the short term. It gives the team a sense of urgency, and with the Rockies it seems to have worked.

They don’t look as flat-footed, the bats have picked up, and the pitching is more confident. The team lost some close and painful games in Houston last week, but they were playing better baseball. This week we have looked STELLAR against St. Louis.

One of the biggest things the team needs is for our “star” player Troy Tulowitzki to quit being such a softie and just play ball. Tracy is going to let him sit in the 6-spot and work through his rut, and the strategy is showing signs of success. Tulo was able to get 2 hits yesterday with runners in scoring position. (Update: As I am listening to the game now, Tulo has his a homer).

The team also getting support from our role guys. Ian Stewart has hit 4 homers and driven in 12 runs in the last week. The more hot bats the better.

The Rockies have a big hill to climb, but if they can keep playing the way they have in the last week it will certainly be interesting to watch.

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I’m Not Ready To Move On

-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Greg Sherman.  Joe Sacco.  Sylvain Lefebvre.  There have been a lot of new names thrown around the front office of the Colorado Avalanche.  But one thing is for certain: the message is loud and clear.  There is no turning back now.

Pierre Lacroix is getting this franchise ready for the post-Joe-Sakic era.  While Sakic still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will be returning to the Avs for a 21st season with the franchise, the team seems to be moving on ahead of him.  Sakic missed most of the 08-09 season with multiple injuries, participating in only 15 games and notching just 12 points.  Sakic has worn the “C” on his sweater proudly for 19 years, but in the last few off seasons has taken longer and longer to commit to another year on the ice, each year signing only a one-year contract.

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Sacco Named Head Coach

-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

In more “what the f*^k” news from the Avalanche, Joe Stacco was named head coach today.

For those of you who don’t know Joe Stacco, which I’m guessing is 90% of the readers here, until this afternoon he was the coach of the Avs’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.  Now he is head coach of the Colorado Avalanche — his first NHL coaching gig.

The 40-year old Sacco has been affiliated with the Avalanche organization now for four seasons, serving as an assistant coach in both Lowell and Albany prior to being promoted to head coach of the Monsters.  Sacco coached the Monsters to a 34-38-3-5 finish this past season.

Sacco will be bringing Sylvain Lefebvre along with him as assistant coach.  Lefebvre heald the same position in Lake Erie for the last two seasons.  In Lefebvre’s 14-season career as an NHL defenseman, he played for five teams — and won the Cup with the Avs back in 1996.

In other Avalanche news, I decided that I will also be promoting my brother AJ, who hasn’t played hockey in about eight years, to starting goaltender.  AJ will be bringing with him his dog Brewster, who will be part of the starting defensive lineup.

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Greg Sherman New Avs GM

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-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Hi hockey fans.  My most sincere apologies for my absence – it’s been a very busy time!  Did anyone see the latest Avs headlines this morning?  While Tony Granato I’m sure had assumed his job wasn’t safe, I don’t know if anyone saw this move coming.

This morning, the Avalanche issued the press release that all members of the Avs coaching staff had been fired.  Head coach Tony Granato, assistant  coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant [to the] GM Michel Goulet, and even video coordinator P.J. DeLuca all lost their jobs this morning.

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