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Rest of the 2010 SCP

May 15, 2010

Well I was 1 for 4 for round 2, putting me at 5-7, my worst year by far I believe.  I seem to be the kiss of death for the Eastern Conference teams I pick.  This will likely be my last post concerning these playoffs since I probably won’t be watching much anymore.  Best I can hope for is 8-7, which seems unlikely.

Sharks over Hawks

Canadians over Flyers

Sharks over Canadians in the Finals.

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2010 Stanley Cup Conference Semi Finals (Round 2)

April 28, 2010

Crikey!  I got every pick wrong in the East and every pick correct in the West.  At 4-4, I won’t be breaking any records this year.  I guess it shows where I pay the most attention.  🙂  As always, those predictions of how long the series will go have no bearing in my record.  They are there merely to show you how full of crap I am.  🙂

#8 Montreal vs. #5 Pittsburgh
Well, it looks like we’re gonna have to meet the Pens in the Finals again.  That was the condition if they were to be allowed out of the first round.  The Habs better celebrate their amazing series with the Caps now, their future looks bleak.  Pens in 6.

#7 Philadelphia vs. #6 Boston
Dagnabit!  I hates Pronger!  He is still on the Flyers, right?  I’m gonna root for an Original 6 in this one.  Bruins in 7.

#3 Vancouver vs. #2 Chicago
A former Wing leading Vancouver.  A former Wing actually scoring in the playoffs for Chicago.  This should be a good series.  I’m thinking Hawks in 7.

#5 Detroit vs. #1 San Jose
This is gonna be a tough one.  It’s a tough road to the Finals.  San Jose finally exorcised some demons in getting out of the first round, but not without a scare.  Hopefully we’ll be able to renew their heartbreak by keeping them out of the conference finals.  We had a hard fought series against them back in ’07, which helped lead to the Ducks taking us out the series after that.  If the Wings play like they did in Game 7 at Pheonix, they can beat anybody on any night.  Little boy Red Wing hockey light is shining bright.  Wings in 6.

Hey what a nice change.  A 9pm start last night.  Tomorrow nights game starts at 9 and Sunday’s game starts at 8.  Probably all has to do with other things going on, but I like to think that my incessant whining had something to do with it.  🙂  A rested FloydWing is a happy FloydWing.  🙂

2010 Stanley Cup Round 1

April 13, 2010

After a disappointing end to last years Finals, the Wings enter these playoffs with a different view than other years.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the Wings start Round 1 on the road since I started watching back in ’93(?).  An injury plagued year and a run from an out of the playoffs position were bookends on a very up and down season.  But they still reached 100 points.  The power play and penalty kill are much improved over last season and they enter as the hottest team since the Olympic break.

As the years have gone by, these picks have gotten more and more difficult.  The salary cap has forced the skill gap to close and it doesn’t seem like there’s any sure picks anymore.  As always, I throw out a disclaimer about my Eastern Conference picks as I pay little attention to suck unimportant things.  🙂

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Washington Capitals vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
The Caps put up a lot of points during the regular season.  Plus they have Ovechkin and probably should’ve have gone to the Finals last year.  I can’t even think of anybody who plays for Montreal.  Caps in 5.

#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers
It’s hard to go against Brodeur.  It’s easy to hate Pronger.  So I’ll continue with those thoughts.  Devils in 6.

#3 Buffalo Sabres vs. #6 Boston Bruins
Ryan Miller was amazing during the Olympics.  No reason he won’t elevate his game for the playoffs.  Sabres in 6

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators
Ottawa comes in hot and the Pens have been mediocre of late.  I don’t think I’ve heard their one Russian dude’s name all season.  Nothing will make me happier than for this one to come true   Sens in 7.  Of course, if you could guarantee me a Finals rematch, I’d take it.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche
All you’re going to hear how the Sharks turn into guppies come playoff time.  They’re still a good team.  The Avs are a young overachieving team that have been sinking like lead since around the 3/4 mark.  They’re lucky the season wasn’t 10 games longer.  Sharks in 5

#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators
The Preds aren’t good enough to upset the Hawks.  Besides the Blackhawks are slated for a Conference Final rematch with the Wings.  Chicago in 5

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings
This is the matchup I have the least feel for.  Vancouver has their own playoff demons that you’ll hear.  LA is a young team.  This could be the upset series.  It will go 7 and Vancouver will take it.

#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings
I was informed today that a playoff omen from previous years happened today.  My little Red Wing player night lite bulb burnt out today.  This happened before last years playoffs and was never replaced and we see what happened.  I think it happened the year before in the Finals but we replaced it and things turned out well.  Perhaps one good thing is it foretells a visit to the Finals.  I’ve requested that a bulb is found tomorrow and replaced before 10pm.

What the heck?  Isn’t Pheonix mountain time?  Can’t we have 8 or 9pm starts?  Yes, you’ll hear me whining about the late starts all the playoffs.  It’s what I do.  I just can’t believe the GMs of the Wings, Preds, Blackhawks, and Blue Jackets haven’t tried to get some concession for all the travel they have to do to get earlier start times when playing out west.

I’m neither committed to the optimistic or pessimistic camp for this year’s playoff run.  It should be interesting.  If Howard can continue his amazing play and not suffer any rookie jitters, we should be in every game.  It would be nice for once for us to have the hot, stand on his head, rookie goaltender that causes our opponents to die in frustration.

Wings in 6

Wings crap

February 7, 2010

I’m a little bit peeved about this.  I could probably count the number of full Wings games I’ve seen on two hands this season, but I think Leino’s potential would’ve been better than a crappy defensemen and draft pick.

This season has just been a blur.  I think three years of long playoff runs capped by the disapointment of last season has taken a toll on me.  I could care less about what happens during the season as long as they make the playoffs.   But even that appears in doubt.  What a bunch of crap.  Hopefully they can limp in and regain the players they are missing  beforehand.

Liverpool's win keeps Chelsea on top!

October 26, 2009

I just got done watching the Liverpool/Manchester United game from Sunday that I recorded.  It was one of the best that I’ve seen.  Fernando Torres is an amazing player.  He showed such power to hold off Rio Ferdinand on the opening goal.  I’d still take Drogba, just wish he wouldn’t go down so easily.  He takes himself out of some scoring chances at times in seeking a foul.

Go Time!

September 17, 2009

Headed to The Joe tomorrow.  YES!

Never forget Vlad the Impaler

July 8, 2009

A real touching article.  Somewhere around here, I’ve got a tape of his last game.

Wednesdays are for whining

July 3, 2009

Wednesday was a real good day for the most part.  I was on vacation for one, that’s always a plus.  I grilled, that always makes me happy.  We got an early start and went to the Botanical Gardens.  I’m not a sissy boy but walking around in a peaceful setting is pretty relaxing.  I’m looking forward to going back and sitting for a while reading or having a picnic.  I felt somewhat guilty.  The wifal-unit loves the flowers.  Her gardens at the old house were a site to see.  While she loved looking, I could tell it made her miss hers.  At the current place, we don’t have anything to compare to what she did at the old house.  As far as, beginning it up here, that takes some mula and we need to figure out where the sprinkler system runs before digging up anything.  So for the time being, that’s on hold.

The gardens are right nearby my old stomping grounds, Mind Games.  While over that way, I decided to stop by and take my normal browse.  I had last made a stop soon after we moved last year.  As I pulled into the little mini-shop building’s parking lot, I could tell something was wrong.  As I parked in front, my suspicions were confirmed.  Mind Games is no more.  The sign was gone, nothing but empty shelves pushed here and there were visible inside.  My mind struggled to put it all together.  Wishfulness had me thinking maybe they moved again.  After getting home, an internet search didn’t pull up much.  A link to Google maps made it seem like Mind Games now resided at someone’s residence in a Toledo subdivision.  The streetview didn’t make me agree with that.  I finally came across one tiny link that had someone posting in January that they were closing and having a big sale.  Then came the responses of people saying how that had been their store in the past and how they stopped whenever they were in town.

I guess I should be happy they lasted as long as they did.  I have a lot of good memories about that store.  The first time I ever went there was with my good bud Bill, when they were a much tinier store up farther on Reynolds Road.  In college I went there many an evening with Rich to browse what they had.  That’s where I bought my now silent Advanced Squad Leader rulebook.  They will be missed.

After finding out about that on the internet, I remembered it was the start of the NHL free agent market.  Looking through things, I saw what I had feared.  Hossa was no longer a Wing.  I had figured they wouldn’t be able able to resign him, but I hoped that maybe he had developed just a hint of loyalty to the Winged Wheel.  But nope, he moved on.  Money-wise, he’s not getting that much more than what I heard the Wings were offering, a little over a million a year more.  So that surprises me a little.  What really sucks is he went to the Blackhawks.  A team in our own division.

It was a joy to watch him during the regular season over this past season.  I’ve got no ill feelings toward him.  It will be tough watching him play against the Wings.  All I have to say is that I hope he has as much playoff success as he did for the Wings during the past playoffs.  And that the Wings eliminate the Hawks every season he plays.  🙂

Thanks Cheli!

June 23, 2009

This news will make nephew #2 happy.  He’s had a thing against good old Chelios for years now.  It really burned him during last season’s playoffs that Cheli score a goal or two and had a solid run.  But it is time.  And I agree with the poster that he’ll probably end up back in Chicago.

I still remember in 1999 when the Wings picked up him and Wendell Clark at the trade deadline.  I had such a smile on my face.  I thought we’d three-peat for sure.  I can’t remember what happened that derailed us.

Victory!

June 11, 2009

Last Saturday was game 5 in the eldest girlywog’s soccer season where I’m also coaching again.  Our record was 1-3.  We were playing the team we played the previous Saturday, which I had to miss because of illness.  We ended up losing that previous game 4-3 in a hard fought battle.

In my two coaching stints, it seems like my teams really rise to the occasion against teams that have annoying players.  This team had one.  She backed it up with her foot in the previous game as she had scored all four of her teams goals.  But my players were irate at the elbowing and tripping going on by her and others that wasn’t getting called.  For all I know, she could be the same player that caused such anger with my players during the last season, the MO is very similiar.

So I pulled out an old Red Wings trick from the late 90’s, the “left wing lock”, or my variation of it.  Basically we allocated one of our midfielders to pay a little more attention to the biggest threat on the other side.  That player, codenamed “The Beetle”, had to make sure they were back on defense and make sure there were no easy passes to the threat.

Things started off well, with us applying enough pressure that one of their defense reached down with a hand to stop the ball.  We score on the subsequent penalty shot, 1-0.  They were able to tie the game near the end of the quarter.  The second quarter saw us put on the pressure and take a 3-1 lead before, once again they scored near the end, 3-2.  It was at this time I was informed that this was exactly how the last game had gone, us controlling play and them scoring late.  I believe they tied it early in the third quarter but we retook the lead and entered the fourth quarter up 4-3.  The fourth was a war.  My team was working hard the whole game but you could see the determination on their faces to beat this team, to beat that girl.

Within the first two minutes, the other team got a penalty shot on us.  I can’t remember exactly why, so most likely it was a legit call.  We had one of our best goalies in, but that girl was taking the shot.  She shanked it wide and our lead still held.  She was quite mad and frustrated for much of the rest of the quarter.  It was back and forth the whole quarter but we just could never get that insurance goal.  Our “beetle” perservered and our defense was excellent(the eldest girlywog has become quite a defender).  The last 2-3 minutes of the quarter was spent in their end of the pitch and we held on to win 4-3, giving the other team their first loss of the season!

I was so proud of the kids.  They wanted to beat that team and they played the tactic I employed to near perfection, the annoying girl was held to one goal.  I guess the coaching lesson in all this is to promote good sportsmanship as the number one thing.  Don’t give the other team an excuse or rallying point to rise make it their mission to unseat you.  I’ve seen it happen twice now.

This Saturday is the final game of the season, and most likely my coaching career.  If the eldest girlywog plays soccer next fall, she’ll be in the next age bracket.  I feel that age bracket needs the type of coaching that will actually be able to teach them real skills and strategy, things I don’t really know.  I really enjoyed this season again.  I was a little bit stressed to start out, but once again we had a great set of kids.  We’ll have a pizza party after the game to celebrate the end of the season.  Hopefully we’ll have an even record again.

As I hoped at the end of last season, I hope we didn’t do anything to dampen any of the kids love of soccer and that they had a good time.