Posted on: June 3, 2008 2:11 pm

Stanley Cup Playoffs

First off, let me say that I am a Detroit Red Wings fan.  My girlfriend lives just out of Detroit and everytime that I was able to go up and see her when she is home we are able to go and see Red Wings games. My favorite of these memories is the day that Steve Yzerman's jersey was retired, because it was just a cool experience.

Either way, last night was Game 5, played in Detroit and it was one of the best hockey games that I had seen in the past few years especially because it was a Stanley Cup game and it was an elimination game.  Personally, for the final period I was yelling at the TV the entire time and was so happy when the Red Wings came from a goal down to take a one goal lead.  I think that I have never screamed louder than when Pittsburgh scored with 34 seconds to go. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 34 SECONDS LEFT BEFORE THE RED WINGS HAVE THE CUP? That is crazy, although it was a good goal.

The overtime periods, all three of them, were great. However, I have to admit there were some WEAK penalties called on the Red Wings but the last penalty was justified. However, WHY THE HELL DO YOU STICK YOUR STICK IN SOMEONES FACE?? As soon as the double-minor penalty was called I knew that the Penguins were going to score.. But what are you going to do?

Here comes Game 6!! Get read for Detroit to bring home the cup!!
Posted on: June 2, 2008 11:39 pm

EURO 2008

This upcoming Saturday June 6th EURO 2008 begins, the largest soccer tournament in the world aside from the World Cup. True soccer fans would venture the statement that EURO is a better tournament than the World Cup due to the equality of most teams that qualify for EURO as opposed to the World Cup where teams such as Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Togo and Trinidad+Tobago hope to SCORE a goal, let alone WIN a game.  However, to be fair EURO does miss the Brazilian and Argentinian teams and the skill that they bring.

This year, the favorites are the same (for the most part) with most picking Italy, Germany, Portugal, France and Spain to win EURO however one of the best clubs in the world, England, failed to qualify and will not be able to participate.  With these clubs come some of the best players in the world, with Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal leading the way, coming off one of the best years in recent memory for his club Manchester United.

Also, advocates of EURO love to point out that the best soccer in the world is played in Europe with the English, Italian, German and Spanish leagues considered without a doubt to be the strongest leagues in the world.

My pick this year is Spain, led by a pair of strikers that are at the top of their games as well as some of the best players in the world: Fernando Torres (Liverpool of England) and David Villa. My sleeper pick to make the semifinals is the Czech Republic as they will perform MUCH better than their lackluster World Cup performance from 2 years ago.  Look to see Portugal and Italy to fill out the semifinals.

Updates will be posted throughout.
Posted on: June 2, 2008 5:15 pm

Josh Hamilton/Edinson Volquez Trade Impact

There has been much debate about the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers trade of Josh Hamilton for Edinson Volquez as both players are currently in the running for MVP and Cy Young in their respective leagues. BOTH teams have said that they have come out the "winner" of this trade, however I have to wonder which team is REALLY going to win.

Personally, I think that the Texas Rangers will be the biggest winner in this trade on the individual basis as I think that Hamilton has the ability to perform at the top level for many years and I am looking for him to be an All Star for many years.  He has the 5x5 tools to be a future first round fantasy pick for many years to come, however I think that people next year will be reluctant to take him inside of the first 30 picks based on his nonexistent history in the league.

As a team, I think that the winner becomes the Reds as I think that they now become a contender in the weaker NL Central division as their rotation now contains Aaron Harang, Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and as of tonight Homer Bailey.  With their offensive strength I think that this team will contend for years to come.
Posted on: May 30, 2008 4:15 am

Randy "Big Unit" Johnson vs. Roger Clemens

Today Randy Johnson tied Roger Clemens on the career strikeouts list.  To me Roger Clemens still remains a first ballot All-Star and deserves a place in Cooperstown. My question concerns Randy Johnson and if he deserves to be a FIRST ballot All-Star.  Don't read me wrong, I believe The Unit will be an All-Star but does he deserve the honor first ballot?

I think that he does. He has accomplished most everything on the All-Star checklist: multiple All-Star games, World Series title, Cy Young award, World Series MVP award. The only thing missing is a MVP award, however that is so rarely given to a pitcher (especially in this age of baseball of the long ball) that I don't think that it matters.

Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson deserves first ballot induction.
Posted on: May 27, 2008 11:46 pm

Fantasy Baseball - Picking Up Clayton Kershaw

Today, for some reason, I was able to pick up Clayton Kershaw without having to use a waiver priority.  This move ended up dropping Boof Bonser who I was tempted to hold onto because of his extreme "sleeper" tag for this year but the slow start was just too much to handle and Kershaw's first game was very good.

This move gives me a rotation of: C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Javier Vazquez, Roy Oswalt, Matt Cain, Ted Lilly, Shawn Hill and Clayton Kershaw which I would think is more than enough to help make my 35 inning minimum every single week.
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