Monthly Archives: April 2011

OFFSIDE, PLAYOFF THOUGHTS

Well the refs really blew it now.  They were terrible with offside calls all game but this non-call really was costly.  The Boston overtime winner should never had counted.  They were offside as pointed out in the replay by CBC.  I know the game moves fast and mistakes can be made, but they really need to be careful when the game is on the line.  Not calling that play offside affected the outcome; it cost Montreal even more than a bad line change which is what led to the goal.  Not to take anything away from the Bruins effort; they overcame numerous deficits to win this game, coming back from two goals down in the second period and then down by a goal with less than seven minutes left they tied it again.  The problem is instead of a game which should have continued, you have a series tied at 2 games each.  It has been a great series so far, living up to all the hype, I just would have liked to have seen a legitimate goal win last night’s game.

Vancouver fans are really starting to get nervous now.  After a 3-0 series lead, the Canucks have been blown out by a combined score of 12-2 the last two games.  They have played terrible and are in real danger of Chicago taking this series away.  If this happens it would be the second time in as many years a team has come back down 3-0.  This has never happened before and though is supposed to be unlikely, after the last two games, it seems very possible unless Vancouver smartens up and fixes their game.  You have to give credit to Chicago though, they’ve played really well the last two games.  Vancouver had better finish this series in game 6 otherwise I’m predicting they will be eliminated in game 7 and we will see a repeat of last years Philadelphia / Boston series.

Until the next puck drops,

Nick

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TO PONDER OR NOT TO PONDER

This post offers some insight as to which quarterback the 49ers should choose.  Check it out:

To Ponder or not to Ponder

Bringing the score to you,

Nick

CURTAIN CALL ON THE COYOTES

So is this it?  There is speculation this will be the last game played in Phoenix if Detroit wins tonight.  It’s kind of sad if you think about it.  Consider all of the people who will be out of a job; all the businesses folding once the Coyotes leave town.  It’s not a pretty scenario, but it seems very likely.  The same happened 15 years ago when Winnipeg lost the Jets to Phoenix.  The fitting saying is “what goes around, comes around”.  I’m not saying that it’s right to strip a city of its’ team and leave their workers unemployed, but the city of Phoenix had no business ever having an N.H.L. team.  Bettman has exhausted all possibilities to try to keep Phoenix from losing it’s team, but it doesn’t look like there will be a knight in shining armour this time.  No-one is going to rescue the Coyotes; it’s time they packed up and left for a hockey starved market waiting to cheer them on.  Sure some of the hockey players might prefer to stay in the warm weather of Phoenix, but let’s be real here, why keep a team where they have no support?  Why not go to a city which adores you; a city which will have a building near capacity every night.  I’m sure the players will enjoy the support they receive in Winnipeg much more than in Phoenix.

There’s a reason no-one has stepped up to make a significant attempt to buy the team and keep them in Phoenix; there’s a reason why the Goldwater Institute denied Hulsizer’s request to allow him to use the city of Glendale to contribute $100 million worth or proceeds from a municipal bond sale to help him buy the team for $170 million.  They too see hockey as a failing entity in Phoenix and refuse to risk any city funding to aid in keeping a team there.  Considering the rough state of Arizona during this recession, I don’t blame them.  If Hulsizer really wanted, or was fully able to buy the team, he wouldn’t ask for any city funding whatsoever.  Has he done this?  No.

So I’m going out on a limb here and saying the N.H.L. will make it official after the Coyotes are swept away in Phoenix tonight.  Where a few fans will be mourning the loss of their Coyotes, many fans in Winnipeg will be rejoicing the rebirth of hockey in Winnipeg.  There is no doubt the Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose, or whatever they call the “new” team there, will receive a heroes welcome the minute they step on the ice and the first N.H.L. game is played there again.

It’s time to give the city of Winnipeg back its’ team which was taken from them so long ago.  It’s time for Shane Doan to don a jersey for Winnipeg as he did when he started his career; the last of the Winnipeg Jets he is, so how fitting would it be for him to be the first to bring hockey back to Winnipeg.

Until the next puck drops,

Nick

NINER NOISE

From now on all my San Francisco 49ers posts can be found on Niner Noise.  My first article is titled “50 is Enough”. Check it out:

http://ninernoise.com/2011/04/13/50-is-enough/

Bringing the score to you,

Nick

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Right now every hockey fan, writer and analyst is putting together their N.H.L. playoff predictions.  Who will win the Stanley Cup this year?  Click on the link for my predictions.  I think you’ll be surprised at some of my picks.

2011 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Until the next puck drops,

Nick

SPIN-O-RAMA

Nathan Gerbe‘s goal last night may have been a complete fluke, but it was one of the best goals I’ve seen all season. It was a throwback to the Dennis Savard era. The spin-o-rama was a move made famous by Savard throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. I was ecstatic to see a goal scored that way as I was a Savard fan back then and loved that move. It also didn’t hurt that the goal tied the game for the Sabres with just over nine minutes left. Thomas Vanek would score the winner in overtime and clinch a playoff spot for the Buffalo Sabres, a win they desperately needed. It was a great game to see and a great finish. Philadelphia now is in danger of slipping from the second seed to the fourth seed as they are now tied with Pittsburgh. Check out the highlight for yourself as Gerbe scores the tying goal midway through the third.

Now check out the great Dennis Savard, who made the spin-o-rama famous.

Until the next puck drops,

Nick

LETS GO BLUE JAYS

As an on again off again Toronto Blue Jays fan, I have to say it looks like we’re finally headed in the right direction.  It’s been 18 years since the Jays last won the World Series, in fact it’s been 18 years since they’ve made the playoffs.  Playing in the toughest division in Major League Baseball (M.L.B.) doesn’t help.  With the likes of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees strong again, it’ll be tough for the Jays to get back into the post season again this year.  What gives Jays fans hope is a promising young group of players with potential to make this a strong team for years to come.  This is the way the Tampa Bay Devil Rays worked and they managed to sneak by a few times with a World Series appearance not too long ago.  Alex Anthopoulos wants to build a team strong enough to contend for years, not just now.  The Jays will never be able to outspend the Yankees or Red Sox, but at least with good scouting and smart decisions, they’ll be able to compete with them.

Last night, in the season opener, the Jays looked like a team ready to challenge anyone in baseball.  They looked like the teams from the early 1990’s.  They played exciting baseball; smart and fundamental baseball.  It also didn’t hurt continuing on last years home run numbers with four in this game.  J.P. Arencibia led the way batting 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI’s while the Jays crushed the Minnesota Twins 13-3.  Today again the team played well led by Kyle Drabek who pitched seven innings allowing only one hit and one run while striking out seven.  He had no hits allowed until the 6th inning in a 6-1 win over the Twins.

The team looks poised to improve on last season’s success and quite possibly make a long awaited playoff appearance.  As a fan, I hope most of you will love the Jays again and the team can average 50 thousand in attendance for the games.  Fan support is a key component of a winning franchise.  With it, the players feel energized when playing at home.  They fed off that energy last night with over 45 thousand in attendance at the Rogers Centre.  This can be a baseball city again, the fans just have to give it a chance.  I believe John Farrell will be a great manager; I believe this team will win again.  Let’s go Blue Jays!

Bringing the score to you,

Nick