Sunday, January 30, 2011

How about those New Year's Predictions

December 31st post featured 10 predictions for the New Year.
  1. Kadri is not even being mentioned as a possibility for call up.  We're using Crabb,Rosehill, Bryce and of course James Reimer in net.
  2. Sid not winning scoring title looks like it is coming true also - too bad it's due to a concussion.
  3. Leafs and Raptors not making playoffs - well Raps have lost 11 in a row - injuries and D is too weak with the scorers out that they need to consistently score 100.  Leafs have to play 700 hockey - not going to happen.
  4. Vernon Wells was traded making Jose Bautista the man for the Jays.  40 Home runs - we need 'em now.  Wow has the bullpen ever deep now too.
  5. Yes Hamilton City Council, lead by Mayor Bob Bratina, announced plans to redo Ivor Wynne Stadium.  Blown opportunity to get a great new facility. 
  6. Argos coach nominated for Coach of the year - clearly everyone thinks they suck.  Argos give up 60 more points than they score and just cause Barker makes some funny commercials, he's coach of the year candidate cause he's got a bunch of chumps playing for him?
  7. Habs 3 ahead of Canes.  Yes things are getting tight in Hab country.
  8. Yankees - tbd
  9. Saints sucked against a Seahawk team that played for pride.  Steelers and Pack will make a good Super Bowl.  Prediction to follow next week.
  10. Tiger looks out of sorts this weekend - played 5 over par Saturday and Sunday with one hole to go today. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This and That

Here's hoping Sydney Crosby's concussion is not too bad.  Innocent enough looking hit that seems to have caused it.

Atlanta Thrashers Ben Eager had more penalty minutes than playing time in recent 9-3 ass kicking put on by the suddenly potent offense of the Leafs.  You have to love Colby Armstrong - he simply called Eager a "meat head" for the sucker punch he delivered to Colby's right orbital.  “I can’t believe he missed my nose,” Armstrong laughed.

Habs got lucky with late comeback against Bruins.  Max Pacioretty's overtime goal gave the Habs the win.  The rookie then gave Bruins captain Zdeno Chara a little shove well after the goal.  What is it with the Hab's young guys that they think they can do crap like that to veteran players?

After yesterday's NFL games I have no idea what to expect today although I am picking both Ravens and Eagles to cover.    We'll see.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First player going in as a Blue Jay

Congratulations to Robbie Alomar for being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.  He deserves it - better offensive stats than one of the all time greats already in the Hall - Ryan Sandberg. 

He was the best fielding second baseman I've ever seen with an uncanny ability to go to his left make a catch while sliding and get up and throw the runner out at first.  And I remember lots of spectacular plays he made up the middle too. 

Most Blue Jay fans can still remember his key playoff homerun off Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley back in the 92 playoffs.  Eckersley was the most feared reliever of his day.  What a moment!

Think back to when the Jays acquired Robbie - we gave up a lot - Fred McGriff a guy who always seemed to hit 30 plus home runs and Tony Fernandez one slick fielder who could also handle a bat.  Tony used to turn around to bunt and then slap it by the charging infield.  Great play!  Anyway we give up Tony and Fred and get Robbie and Joe. 

I remember seeing Joe at a game in Detroit when he first broke in with Cleveland in 1984.  You could tell Joe was going to be something special. 

We were lucky to have all four of these players in a Jays uniform.  Robbie will be the only one to get into the Hall.  Who knows, maybe we've got the making of some other Hall of Famers on the 2011 Blue Jays roster.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Team Canada Juniors playing fantastic

So I tune into tonight's game a little apprehensive about how we'll do.  Team Canada has not shown the ability to really finish at the tourney.  Before you go, yeah but look at all the goals they have scored, ask yourself - how many goals should they have scored in quarter final versus Swiss? 

Other concerns - Were you concerned about D being a little sluggish and struggling to keep up with fast forwards (remember Sweden)?  Forwards not doing a great job of clearing their own defensive end?

Anyway another period to go - if we maintain three goal lead through 6 minutes the game is ours.

Speaking of tough luck (not) how happy were you that Sweden's coach predicted he was afraid of Russian team (or words to that affect).  Suck on that buddy -Canada would have kicked your ass in a rematch.

NFL season over - tough to predict against the spread and this last week just got me to .500 for the season -at least I won the pool for the week.  What's with Seattle - man that crowd is tough - can they be that effective in helping the Hawks down Saints next weekend?  Not a prayer.