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NHL Playoff Hockey Observations -- Stanley Cup Finals Game 2

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Wikipedia says kleptomania is the irresistible urge to steal things of trivial value -- pens, paper clips and, in Chris Pronger's case, game pucks. Mind you, he probably realizes the frozen discs from Games 1 and 2 will have real value on eBay in about a week.
  • Can someone please tell Patrick Kane the mullet is just a bad 80s haircut born from either abject laziness or complete stupidity? I get it that you can't really grow a proper beard but a mullet? I've seen more style in the back seat of a taxi... OK, low blow. Oh well.

Lakers vs Celtics Preview 1: The Newcomers Since 2008

The Lakers and Celtics are playing for the title for the second time in three years.  Many of the key pieces are the same, but both sides have some "new" key players that make this a different match-up. 

Capello going nowhere!

Fabio Capello looks to squeeze more money out of the English FA by playing England off against the Inter Milan job. You have got to be kidding me.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Mad Max Edition

Max Scherzer made his triumphant return to the Tigers Sunday afternoon.  He struck out a career high 14 batters and announced to the baseball world: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Strikeout time's here!

Another Disappointment for the Almost Champ

I watched Steve Nash cry in the locker room on Saturday night after coming up just short one more time.  It made me feel bad, and also made me wonder whether this was his last shot at the ring.  Has he come up just short for the last time?

Remember, It Matters

This is how home field advantage in the World Series gets determined - not with a bang, but a bribe.

Picks, 5/30/10

Season: 81-77, +18.23 units

Grouchy Soccer Saturday

Matters boil over for Serbia and Cameroon.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Goose Eggs A-Go-Go Saturday Edition

Roy Halladay might have a future in this game after all.

NHL Playoff Hockey Observations -- Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Mike Richards vs. Jonathan Toews -- advantage Toews. Neither man got a point. Both were on the ice for too many goals. But Toews dominated the face-off circle. Seventy-five percent is an incredibly impressive number; it's a lot more impressive than 40 percent.
  • I have to wonder if Michael Leighton wasn't just a little spooked Saturday. Not from playing in Chicago but from having Brian Boucher as his back-up. He knew the job was 100 percent his when Johan Backlund was his wing man; I don't think he feels the same way right now. And neither do I.

What's Wrong With David Wright?

First off he plays for the wrong NY team.  Seriously, here's my take on David Wright along with a little BABIP rant.

Picks, 5/29/10

Season: 79-76, +17.88 units.

Real Madrid to Raid Inter Further

The incestuous relationship between Real Madrid and current European champions Inter Milan is getting dialed up a notch.

The Nightcap: Friday's Games (Nerded-Out Edition)

Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker has started a walk-tracker for George Kottaras.

If you're reading the present document, you're nerd enough to be excited by this news.

Blackhawks Over Flyers in Five Games

It’s that simple. Some may say the Flyers are underrated. Some may say the series will be a lot closer than most analysts think. Some may even believe the Philadelphia Flyers can beat the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, some are wrong.

Picks, 5/28/10

Season: 76-75, +14.88

WC 2010: Dutch Squad Old in Back

Scoring goals will not be an issue. Containing the opponents will be tricky.

Stay For A Nightcap! Don't Mess With The Mets!

Does Citi Field really sap a team's power that much?

Guus Hiddink to Inter?

The European Champions should leave Guus in Turkey.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

Habs Look to Next Season After Successful Post-Season

What should resonate most with Montreal Canadiens fans in that headline is not the mention of a successful post-season, in which the Habs defied all odds to eliminate the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, but the lack of any mention of how successful the team's regular season was this past year. In short, it wasn’t. And fans of the team shouldn’t get all too excited about the team’s chances therein moving forward.

Real Madrid Meeting a Special One

Club President Florentino Perez is going to try to push through a coaching change at this afternoon's board meeting. He's going to get a Pyrrhic victory.

Stay For a Nightcap! Tuesday Edition

Free agent speed sources, a slew of converted saves and a slew of injuries.

Fabio Aurelio Leaves Liverpool

Which team is going to give the fragile player a truckload of cash to lie on the physio table?

Stay For a Nightcap! Only Four Games

Observations from a truncated slate of games:

Difference between 2009 and 2010 Celtics

The Celtics are 14 games into the 2010 postseason.  The 2009 postseason also lasted exactly 14 games.  Thus, this seems like a good time to take a look at what the difference has been between the two teams.  The two obvious differences are that Kevin Garnett is playing and Rajon Rondo has taken over as the offensive general.  But those changes don't show up in the individual box where do the changes manifest?

Want a lousy World Cup fantasy contest?

I don’t want to sit here and criticize another media outlet’s fantasy product, but I’m going to today. If an editor wants to deep-six this blog posting, he’s welcome to it. Life’s too short.


Stay For a Nightcap! - Lima Time Edition

As a life long Astros fan, I was saddened to learn that Jose Lima died of a heart attack Saturday night.  He seemed gregarious and full of life, on and off the mound.  I always enjoyed watching him pitch and am happy his best years were with the Astros.  With that, I dedicate this nightcap to Lima Time...

NHL Playoff Hockey Observations -- Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • The Sharks didn't lose this series; the Hawks won it. Plain and simple.
  • Duncan Keith has one up on Eric Belanger -- one tooth, that is. Belanger lost six and returned to the ice. Keith lost seven -- four on the top and three on the bottom. No wonder he didn't smile when he was interviewed after the game.

Maple Leafs GM Burke Speaks out Against Worlds

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has never been one for political correctness, and good for him, but, this time, in criticizing the World Hockey Championships, he may have taken it one step too far.
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What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT
Needless to say, it's been a great World Cup thus far. The USMNT having some success would be awesome.
La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!
Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game. He couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series.
Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.

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