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NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • The Flyers have made a goaltending switch in half of their games this postseason. Put Pekka Rinne in orange and the Flyers would have just played their fifth, maybe sixth, game today.
  • Which sisters had a better week -- Kate and Pippa, or Henrik and Daniel? I know where my vote lies and I didn't even watch the royal wedding.

Stay For A Night Cap: Not A Drop

In a week mired by depressing-yet-mesmerizing tornadoes, for the first time in the regular season, every single Major League Baseball scheduled for Friday night was played.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I got some extra sleep Thursday night. I didn't mean to but there was nothing decent on TV.
  • Steve Downie, Sean Bergenheim and Dominic Moore are not only the Bolts' best line but perhaps tops on all teams left in the postseason. Speedy, determined, physical, skilled and unbelievably irritating.

Stay for a nightcap! You Don't Mess With the Zobrist edition!

Ben Zobrist owners woke up happier than Kate Middleton today.

NFL Draft Live Blog

Just getting in, so a little late to the party, but I thought I'd fire this up so we'd have a place to comment. What do we think of the picks and trades so far, 10 picks into the draft?

Final First-Round Mock

This mock features three trades as it attempts to project what could be a historically wild first round.

My Packers Draft Class

A quick look at some of the players that I'd like to see my beloved Packers select with their 9 picks.

Stay For a Nightcap - Thick & Husky Edition

He's big.  He's fat.  He's Bartolo Colon.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday Night (and Tuesday, too)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Andrew Ference is to Jeff Halpern as David Steckel is to Sidney Crosby, only with a more pronounced lean.
  • Dominic Moore's no-look passes to Sean Bergenheim are becoming Sedin-esque. Talk about chemistry.

The N.F.L. Draft ? Who Cares?

It’s only natural that everyone is excited about tomorrow night’s N.F.L. draft.  With progress being made between the players and owners, and free-agency seemingly alive-and-well thanks to the courts, the draft marks the beginning of fantasy football season for diehards like me.  Soon, if talks go well, players will report to camp and before you know it, fantasy drafts will be taking place again.

Rotowire/Fanduel MLB Challenge: Can You Beat Dalton Del Don?

We've teamed up with FanDuel again to give users another free chance to beat one of our experts.

Stay For a Nightcap - Good Feeling Gone

- "Good Feeling Gone" - It's been awhile since I've riffed off of Finding Nemo, but that's the vibe I get from the Red Sox after Zach Britton shut them down. Granted, they're not the first nor the last to get bested by Britton, but this stood out in this past weekend's tour-de-force against the Angels. About the only negative from Britton was that he had only two strikeouts in his six innings, but I think that he's one of those "strikeouts will catch up to the stuff" pitchers. If you're drafting today, how much do you bid on him in an AL-only league? Where does he slot for you among starting pitchers?

Whole Lotta Mock Draft

Although I was critical of various aspects of it, I admire the 3-round mock recently posted by Mario Puig even more now that I’ve finally completed my own. It is a huge task to play GM for all 32 teams and try to get the best blend of need and talent. And as you’ll see here, that process can yield many different results, as I’ve made only 6 of the same picks that Mario made—out of 97!

Stay For a Nightcap - Bad Decisions Edition

No, no real story here. Just my bad decisions.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Jonathan Quick showed us early why he's ranked at the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 National Bricklayer Championships -- 16 shots and the same number saves in a torrid first. Some days he's really, really "on."
  • So, if the Hawks are in Roberto Luongo's head then are the Lightning up Marc Andre Fleury's arse? Aren't these two supposed to be two of the best Canadian goalies in the NHL?

Moving the Needle

Here are a few players who have made an impression of late:

Where do you draft 'Melo?

If the numbers he posted at the end of this season are any indication, Carmelo Anthony could be in for a HUGE 2011-12 season.

MLB Results Returning To Normal

That's more like it.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Easter Basket Edition

We've got some Peeps, a half eaten Jose Contreras bar, Cadbury Eggs, a Carl Crawford jaw breaker, Jelly Beans, a marshmallow James Shields, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, a sweet-n-sour Josh Johnson, bubble gum, a chocolate covered David Wright, and oh yeah, baseball.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Sunday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Thomas Vanek and Daniel Briere go into dark alleys to score greasy, dirty goals. I hope the Leafs are recording those performances to show Phil Kessel this off-season.
  • Patrick Kane finally woke up in OT. It only took six-plus games.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Echoes of 2002 Saturday Edition

Jose Bautista hitting like Barry Bonds, Dice-K pitching like Pedro... yeah, I don't get it either.

N.F.L. (non-draft) Trivia

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The M&M Boys (Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle) historic chase of Babe Ruth's single season home run record (which has absolutely nothing to do with football).

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Mike Green has a few screws loose... literally. Two screws went flying when he took a slap shot to the helmet in the first period. It's his third head injury since Feb. 5; his postseason goose could -- let me re-phrase, should -- be cooked.
  • The Bruins should turn down all power plays -- they simply have no idea how to enter the zone with an extra man. I don't get it.

Stay for a Nightcap! - Late Spring Winds

The rainy and windy days of April are quickly coming to an end, but for the 4th week in a row, we're a bit light this week. Well, truth be told, we're quite light this week, with three-games having been postponed tonight, we have the minimal to report. Regardless, tonight had many sub-plots, top-notch pitching match-ups and imperative courses of action. Here we go...

Stay for a Nightcap! Look Ma, I Hit a Home Run Edition!

Thursday's recap:

N.F.L. Draft Trivia II

Cam Newton (QB, Auburn) is the consensus overall #1 pick in next week's draft, and the Carolina Panthers hope he follows in the footsteps of some other first round QBs selected in previous drafts.

Stay For a Nightcap - All Your Dodgers Are Belong To Us Edition

17 baseball games were played on Wednesday.  Some of them were well run, the rest were taken over by MLB.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday Night

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • It's almost impossible to fathom that the great sniping Steven Stamkos had zero shots in over 30 minutes of ice time.
  • Two words: Pavel Datsyuk. Two more words: Conn Smythe.
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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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