Posted on January 22, 2010 by classic17
This time of the year is like a dead period for me. College football is over, the NFL playoffs are in full swing but the Rams suck and Weller has those covered, I don’t like basketball and I only get to see one or two hockey games a week. (I hate you Mediacom. I hate you so much.) That should semi explain my absence in the past week, plus I’m leaving for Vancouver on Tuesday morning and I’ve been filling out various paperwork all week. Then this hockey fight between the New York’s Marian Gaborik and Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo caught my eye:
For those of you who don’t watch much hockey, Gaborik has 61 points on the year while Carcillo has 11. Gaborik has 23 penalty minutes. Carcillo has 130. Needless to say, it was a mismatch.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Alexander Ovechkin, Ben Affleck, Daniel Carcillo, Fighting, Fighting In Hockey, Good Will Hunting, Hockey, Marian Gaborik, Marty McSorely, Matt Bradley, Matt Damon, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Downie, Todd Bertuzzi | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 14, 2010 by classic17
Do not anger the American
Okay, well maybe not the entire country, but it sure looks that way. About two weeks ago, St. Louis Blues forward David Backes learned that he would be representing the United States in the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Since then it appears he is on a mission to drop the gloves with every player on Canada’s roster before the games begin. I like his style.
As you know, I’m a huge Blues fan and Backes is my favorite player. I tend to admire the players who are A) from the United States B) score goals and C) are willing and able to drop the gloves every now and again. A power forward, if you will. And not a Tomas Holmstrom power forward. He’s just fat, unskilled and too wussy to get in a scrap.
Anyway, Backes certainly isn’t known for his fighting ability (he’s gotten in 13 fights in four years) but he can certainly hold his own. Since 2010 began, however, that is a different story.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Corey Perry, David Backes, Fight!, Jonathan Toews, Rick Nash, st. louis blues, Team Canada Hockey, Team USA Hockey | 9 Comments »
Posted on January 7, 2010 by classic17
Last Saturday the United States announced the roster for the upcoming Olympic Games after the Winter Classic in Boston. One of the things that is immediately obvious is the lack of veterans present on the team. Gone are US team stalwarts like Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Chris Chelios. Now the team will be led by players like Patrick Kane, Erik Johnson, and Phil Kessel.
Only three players have past Olympic experience, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, and Jamie Langenbrunner. The other 20 are first timers. I’m hoping that can work as an advantage for the young team. Maybe they won’t necessarily realize the magnitude of the task at hand. There shouldn’t be much pressure on them as they US has only won a medal once since 1980′s Miracle on Ice.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Olympic Hockey, Olympics, United States Hockey, US Hockey, USA Hockey, Vancouver 2010, Winter Olympics | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 23, 2009 by classic17
On Monday night New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins to record the 104th shutout of his career. That surpassed the great Terry Sawchuck for the most ever. Just two games after setting the mark for the most appearances by a netminder, he shut down the vaunted attack of the reigning champions to top the 40-year-old shutout mark.
The 37-year-old Brodeur has spent his entire 17 year career with the Devils that has included three Stanley Cup victories, 9 All-Star Games, four Vezina Trophies, the Calder Trophy, and the first Canadian Olympic Gold Medal in 50 years.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Best Ever, Goaltender, Hockey, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 20, 2009 by Weller Ross
Bryan and I were trying to come up with something for one of us to write tonight. Later this week I will be putting up a new mock draft and will be taking another look at the NFL playoff situation while Bryan will be putting up another one of his draft position posts, but tonight neither of us could come up with anything to write. With nothing else coming to mind I decided to lay out where my loyalties lie in each sport. I will briefly explain why each team is my favorite for that specific league and list a runner-up as well. This idea came to me because over the weekend I had stopped in Columbia, MO on my way from Knoxville back to my parents house for Christmas. On Saturday morning we watched a soccer game from the EPL (English Premiere League). After the game Bryan suggested that I pick an EPL team to be a fan of. I ended up settling on one and which team it is will be revealed later in this post. Let’s get started. (more…)
Filed under: MLB, NBA, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Football, NFL, NHL, Schleuderball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Women's Basketball | 14 Comments »
Posted on December 9, 2009 by classic17
I think Weller had a post in the works for everyone, but as it turns out, someone broke into his car and then he lost power. Priorities, I guess. Anyway, since my St. Louis Blues dominated squeaked out a 1-0 win over the hated Detroit Red Wings tonight, I’m in a hockey mood.
One horrible thing about being a hockey fan is that it’s never on TV. Ever. Even Blues games, which are local here, get blacked out due to some stupid squabble between Mediacom and Fox Sports. I’ve seen maybe six games this year. (Side note to Gary Bettman – Hard to get the sport back to prominence when no one can see it!) Horrible TV contract aside, I actually got to watch the Blues play the Islanders a few weeks ago. I was treated to this gem from David Perron:
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Chicago Blackhawks, David Perron, Goal of the Year, Hockey, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg, Mediacom sucks!, NHL, st. louis blues, Vote or die | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 27, 2009 by classic17
John Tavares puts on an Isles jersey for the first time. Sorry, kid.
Last night the NHL hosted the first round of their annual entry draft. It was broadcast on Versus, so chances are good that you didn’t know it was going on (unless you frequent WaB and for that, we thank you). As I outlined here, there was potential for a pretty wild day with trades and picks being sent all over the place. There was also potential for nothing to happen and for everything to go according to plan. Unfortunately, teams went with the latter option.
The biggest news of the day was Anaheim’s trade of Chris Pronger to Philadelphia for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and two first round draft picks. Pronger will be an unrestricted free agent next year, so this is entirely too much. That being said, I’m happy to see him exit the Western Conference.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Chris Pronger, Draft, Hockey, Jay Bouwmeester, John Tavares, NHL, NHL Draft | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 26, 2009 by classic17
Last night the NBA gave us a warm up for tonight’s NHL Draft. I watched the first round of basketball’s annual event and then realized once again that I didn’t like basketball. Go Grizzlies, I guess.
Anyway, tonight we have a sport that one of us here at WaB cares about so it gets its own post. Much like the Major League Baesball Draft, I don’t know many of these kids aside from what I read on the internet. I tried my hand at a first round mock draft for baseball and I failed miserably. I’d be even worse at a hockey one, so I won’t try.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: 2009 Hockey Draft, Dany Heatley, Hockey, Hockey Draft, Jay Bouwmeester, John Tavares, New York Islanders, NHL, Victor Hedman | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 13, 2009 by classic17
Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins saved the hockey world from another boring Stanley Cup champion. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think the Penguins had a chance at the beginning of the series. I thought their chances were even slimmer when Detroit won the first two games of the series. Then, the Pens woke up.
This also means that Pittsburgh is now home to the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup. Now when the Pirates get going….ah never mind.
So since I’m not really a Penguins fan and I really hate the Red Wings, I’m going to let you all know a couple facts about Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that you may not have realized.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Penguins, Playoffs, Red Wings Suck, Stanley Cup | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 17, 2009 by classic17
I’m a little late on this since the Detroit Red Wings already downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in their opening game. It’s a long series, though, so this is still a valid preview post. Plus, I think this is going to mostly be about why I hate the Red Wings anyway. Feel free to add your reasons in the comments.
Filed under: NHL | Tagged: Carolina Hurricans, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, NHL Playoff, Pittsburgh Penguins, Playoffs, Red Wings Suck | 4 Comments »