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My Stanley Cup Final Pick


Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks

Not that it will come as a shock to anyone who knows me or has read much of what I have written over the past week or so, but I want the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.  It’s not an easy call for me to make, but I am making it.  Bruins in 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Why Even Play Another Series?


If you ask some hockey experts tonight we should just hand the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks.  After defeating the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference title and advancing to the Stanley Cup final on, without a doubt, the oddest goal I’ve ever seen (watch the replay above).  I’ve seen nothing but the absolute discounting of any potential east challenger by far too many Canadian hockey experts and some hockey fans.   According to @DarrenDreger it’s simply “Vancouver’s year”.  Some fans squawking at me on Twitter are already convinced that neither Boston nor Tampa Bay has a chance in hell against Vancouver.

We should just carve their names into the cup right now.

Why even play the games then?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

End of Year Awards Picks


I’ve done this the last three years in some form for public consumption.  Time to lay out my picks for the NHL awards. Some of these are sure fire misses but I make picks based on the intent of the award not the agenda of the NHL or sports media.  I of course will not be naming winners of automatic winners like the Rocket Richard Trophy. Also note not everyone I personally select is a finalist this year.

1. Hart Memorial Trophy: awarded to the player adjudged most valuable to his team.  Oz’s Pick: Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins.  No single player was more important to his individual team than the Flower was down the stretch.  Without him the Penguins do not hold on to fourth let alone eight in th East after losing their two highest skill players and then opening a M*A*S*H Unit in their locker room for much of the stretch run.

2. Vezina Trophy: awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position. Oz’s Pick: Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins.  Timmy played in 57 games, went 35-11-9 with a 2.00 GAA and .938 Sv%.  No one better with that volume of work. Read the rest of this entry »

NHL Affirms Garage League Status With McGinn Ruling


Look, it’s not like anyone expected the NHL to do anything with Jamie McGinn.  There is no surprise anywhere this afternoon that Colin Campbell handed down zero additional sanction on the Sharks left winger for his blatant and dangerous board of Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  It continues to be very obvious that the NHL has no interest in ensuring player safety.  They have no clue that there is a flat-out lack of respect between players on the ice regarding it.

By rule the NHL did exactly what the book says.  It gave McGinn the 5 minute Major Penalty and the Game Misconduct which amounted to just over 8 minutes and 30 seconds of game time missed.  It’s also very obvious that, mentally players feel that is a suitable trade off for dangerous hits as there is has been no let up in the delivery of such blows around the league.  I’m not here to argue the rule book which is what so many apologists want to do.  I’m here to say, over and over until it is rectified, that the sport will not be able to exist under these conditions forever.  Eventually too many players will be skating around with post-concussion symptoms.  The quality of the on ice product will decline.  The league doesn’t care.  They are focused 100% on the money they can make today. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Taking a Look at the McGinn Hit


Late in the 3rd period of Game 3 in the Western Conference Final Sharks Left Winger Jamie McGinn decided to take a nice long run at Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  The game was 4-1 at that point and not really in doubt for the Sharks as they looked to narrow the gap in the WCF to a 2-1 margin.  The penalty assessed on the ice was a 5 Minute Major and a Game Misconduct, tossing McGinn for the remaining eight and a half minutes.

The problematic thing about this for me is that McGinn honestly thought he deserved to remain in the game as evidenced by his reaction to the Misconduct call on the ice.  Rome is showing him nothing but numbers as he is retrieving the puck.  He shows him nothing but numbers for more than an adequate period of time.  McGinn was not duped into hitting  player who turned his back at the last minute.  The hit was intended to deliver a blow, maybe in a last ditch attempt to rally his team.  Trying to divine more about McGinn’s desired result is an exercise in clairvoyance, which none of us are.  However we can discuss the place for this type of hit in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Boobs on the Glass Isn’t All That Funny


Imagine you are a dad five rows back and you see this with your young children. How would you feel?

I’ve given this a lot of thought.  Ever since hearing about a female fan pressing her bare breasts against the penalty box glass late in Game 2 of the West Finals, to the delight of Ben Eager, I’ve been torn on as to if I should joke or chastise.  I’ve come down in favor of the latter and for one simple reason:  I’m a father of two young boys.  I had to sit and think what if I were there.  Well If it were me and just me in the stands I probably would have had a laugh.  However I really don’t think that way anymore.  I think about what if we were there.  We meaning my family.

Look I got bent last summer when Lady Gaga decided to parade herself around the stands of a Mets game in just her bra and panties.  I was the leader of the lynch mob in my circle of friends.  Sure I am all about free speech as a strict defender of the Constitution, but look at the back of your tickets please.  By entering the venue of your chosen sporting team as a ticket holder you are consenting to adhere to certain guidelines.  I am sure that Lady Gaga as well as this flashing Canucks fan were both under the umbrella of such agreements that include consideration for other fans, words about a family environment and decency. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

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