Recapping the Year

Ramblings, Sports

Having free time never felt so good.

I have been away for a while, busy with other things. I apologize to my readers.

Therefore what was there to recap while I was away? Quite a bit.

Let me start off by saying that the UFC yesterday was awesome. Truly one of the best UFC events I have seen in a long time which says a lot.

Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor is on his way to being a big marketing draw for sir Dana White and the UFC. People who are on both sides of the spectrum will tune in to watch him fight. Although Mendes was a challenge and took the fight on short notice, McGregor won in less than three rounds. Could have, should have, would have for the McGregor haters indeed.

Gunnar Nelson, Thomas Almeida, and Jeremy Stephens. All brilliant performances. Let’s not forget Robbie Lawler who once again beat up British Columbian native Rory MacDonald. Lawler showed the heart of a champion. He is no fraud like people thought. It was a great first title defense from “ruthless” Robbie Lawler.

So while this UFC was awesome and it has been consistent at times, I take to you the next big event that happened this year in sports. The Floyd Mayweather .vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.

I knew Mayweather would win by decision, but the fight sucked. Don’t even get me started. The only people that lost that one are the people who paid 80-90 bucks for the pay per view to watch that fight.

The Seattle Seahawks .vs. New England Patriots super bowl, painful. The Patriots are admittedly my least favourite team in the league while I am a Seahawks fan. But hey, the Seahawks didn’t really deserve to win against the Green Bay Packers a few weeks earlier in the NFC championship game. They got lucky. But then again, neither did the cheating Patriots against the Baltimore Ravens after Bill Belichea…I mean Belichick pulled off another trick in the beg with his inelligible receiver on the field. Another ring for the scum sucking Patriots means another loss for the league. That last play in the super bowl will haunt Russell Wilson forever. But he has another shot next year with big Jimmy Graham in the end zone this time with Lynch in the backfield.

The NHL stanley cup finals. The Blackhawks are brilliant. What can I say. My hats off to them. Let’s not forget the Tampa Bay Lightning who have an awesome future ahead of themselves. If they don’t win a stanley cup in the next three years with the core they currently have, I will be shocked. They just ran into the best team in the league unfortunately in the finals. Toews, Kane, Keith. Those three just know how to win.

The Cavaliers losing and the Warriors winning it all in the NBA finals. Classic. Makes up for the Patriots winning the super bowl with deflated Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. There’s no better American tradition then watching “king” (I put that in quotes since he clearly isn’t one) James lose big time at the biggest stage.

He didn’t have any help, wah. Cry me a river. Also, take notes ESPN. It’s about how the Warriors won and not how Lebron lost again. I don’t care how many points he put up, when you take three quarters of your teams shots in every game, you should have over 30 points a game. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan all laugh at you. I’m glad Curry won a ring, what a competitor he is and MVP season he had to go with his championship win.

Let’s also give a toast to Dustin Johnson’s US open choke. That made me feel bad for him and I am not the biggest fan of his. I’d buy him a beer if I ever saw him. That was hard to watch. Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll had to have grinned at that final hole choke job.

And Serena Williams is murdering every female tennis player. Could she be the first to win all majors in a year since Steffi Graf did it in the late 80s? I think so, without a doubt. No one is stopping her.

Great year indeed for sports, all things considered.

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PK Subban Signs Insane Contract

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After going through arbitration and all that jazz it looks like PK Subban signed an eight year deal with the Canadiens worth 9 million a year average.

That’s insane. Is he worth that much? I know Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed similar huge contracts but they have the rings and clutch postseason performances to deserve that level of pay.

PK definitely is good and has won a Norris trophy. He’s a huge part of the Canadiens as well as Carey Price. Is he worth that much? I just don’t know about that. I would have offered him somewhere around 6.5-7 a year, but then again I’m no general manager.

I guess the Habs fans can’t complain.

Pittsburgh Penguins Hit the Reset Button

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First they have another disappointing exit from the playoffs (when they were leading the semi finals series 3-1 but ultimately lost it in seven games to the Rangers).

Then they fire general manager Ray Shero.

Then they bring in veteran general manager from the Carolina Hurricanes Jim Rutherford.

Then he takes out the trash and fires coach Dan Bylsma.

My first reaction? About freaking time.

Never have I understood the appeal for Dan Bylsma. His first year was a huge success winning the cup. But it seems that was the driving force on why the Penguins kept siding with him and keeping him far too long.

The next year they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in seven games (who were backed by hot goalie Jaroslav Halak) despite being up in the series 3-2. When you look at both rosters that year there is no way in hell Pittsburgh should have lost game seven at home even if the Canadiens were backed by god himself in net. They played like shit in game seven essentially.

The year after that you can give Bylsma his due though. He still took the team to fifth place despite Malkin and Crosby being missing in action. However, again despite being up 3-2 in a series they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And you have the Flyers series in the 2012 playoffs. Wow that was tough to watch. The Penguins were cup favourites that year and just lost their freaking cool that series. Bylsma lost control of his roster. That should have been his first and final warning that he needs to control his team.

It was proven he couldn’t. In the lockout shortened season he had a roster that was favoured to win the cup once again. If they didn’t this time they would be labeled as chokers. They faced the tough Boston Bruins in the conference finals and…got their asses kicked.

That series wasn’t even close. As a Canucks fan I was feeling embarrassed for the Penguins. They scored no more than two-four times the whole series despite having a roster loaded with all stars (they added Jarome Iginla and Brendan Morrow to an already stacked roster at the trade deadline that year). Not only could they not score, they lost their cool again. Just check out the first game in that series. They were picking fights with the exact team that feeds off of that energy, the Boston Bruins.

I said Bylsma should have been fired right after that series. Instead they extended him. He should have been gone. Three strikes. The Montreal series, the Flyers series, and then this.

He proceeded to get outcoached by Alain Vigneault of all people the very next year. Despite being up 3-1 in the series.

The Penguins should be applauded for demolishing their office this season. They should send the message that their should be zero tolerance for their awful postseason performances year after year.

Look at the Blackhawks. They have essentially the same big three that Pittsburgh has in Letang, Malkin, Crosby but Keith, Kane, and Toews. Keith is easily miles better than Letang but Malkin and Crosby should be putting Toews and Kane to shame in the postseason. Instead it’s the opposite. Chicago is the team that looks like the dynasty.

There is my daily rant. Hopefully the Penguins can make some noise this postseason. Like the Canucks firing Vigneault it was time for the Pens to move on from Bylsma. Hopefully they get that coach who lights a fire in their behinds.

Was Jeff Carter’s Stick Above the Crossbar?

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Watching this live, I remember thinking the stick might be a bit too high and that the goal should be disallowed.

I saw forum posts which provided evidence that the stick may have in fact been too high. Keep in mind, this was a big goal that sort of turned the tide and gave the Kings some motivation.

To conclude: inconclusive. If the goal was disallowed I still think the Kings would have eventually come back to force an overtime. It’s just how they have played these playoffs.