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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Phillies Preview – April 30th 2011


April 30th 2011 – 1:10pm
New York Mets (11-15) Jonathon Niese (1-3, 5.10 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies (17-8) Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41 ERA)

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Eastern Conference SemiFinals: Capitals-Lightning Preview

#1 Washington Capitals vs. #5 Tampa Bay Lightning


I’m not going to harp too much on the Capitals “journey” to the second round because, quite frankly, there hasn’t been much of one. They’re suppose to be here. The Caps are the #1 seed in the Conference and beat a far inferior New York Rangers team in 5 games in the first round. So far so good for the team that needs to exorcise the demons of early playoff exits. However, they face a tough match in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Washington has adopted a new team philosophy that focuses more on team defense and responsibility in their own end at the expense of the flash-bang run-and-gun high-powered offense we had become accustomed to since the beginning of the Ovechkin Era. Although Oveckin, Semin, and Backstrom’s point production are down relative to year’s past, this new team-first approach has served this team well. A big question mark for the Caps is the health statuses of power forward Mike Knuble (hand) and defenseman Dennis Wideman (leg). Knuble is an essential piece to this offense, establishing a presence and physicality in front of the net that compliments their speedy snipers extremely well. The Caps need Wideman to deepen their defensive corps, especially with top D-man Mike Green playing at less than 100%.

Key Player: G Michael Neuvirth – The rookie Czech goaltender has been rock solid so far in his first playoffs, posting a stingy 1.38 GAA and .950 SV% in the first round (albeit against the Rangers comical offense). He is going to need to be huge in this series versus the Lightning’s high-powered offense, especially with the Capitals injuries on defense. As the saying goes, “Your best penalty-killer is always your goaltender.” Neuvirth better be for the Caps. The Lightning’s powerplay is running at a 29.6% clip in the playoffs (3rd best).


Tampa Bay

Plain and simple, the Lightning are the breakout team of the season. GM Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher have done an incredible job of assembling the right group of guys. More importantly, these guys want to play and work hard for them and eachother. It is no secret that Tampa Bay’s bread and butter is their offense, led by Martin St. Louis (officially a Hart Trophy candidate for the league’s most valuable player) who posted 4G, 4A, 8pts in round 1. The tandem of him and Steven Stamkos has proven to be one of the, if not THE deadliest duo in the entire league. 41 year-old goaltending Dwayne Roloson looks ageless, posting a 1.77 GAA and .949 SV% in round 1. More impressive, Roloson improved his record when facing elimination in the playoffs to 6-0 all-time. Talk about elevating your game when the pressure is on!

Key Player: C, Steven Stamkos – Other than Tampa Bay’s 8-2 blowout of the Pens in Game 5 where he potted 2 genos, Stamkos seemed lost in the quarterfinals (2G, 2A), although, he showed signs of heating up in Games 6 and 7. He is a master of getting in scoring position and knows better than anyone what to do with the puck in these areas. His shot is deadly accurate (16.5% shooting, top ten in the NHL regular season) and seems to be able to score from anywhere when he’s locked in. Stamkos needs to reemerge as the Lightning’s top finisher (45G in the regular season) for the Bolts to make a run in these playoffs. Look for him to have a BIG series in the ballpark of 6 goals.

He’s probably sniping the shit out of some goalie in this picture.


Don’t get me wrong, I think the Capitals are a great team. But I think this Lightning team currently has “the look”.  The Bolts are working extremely hard and seem like a very cohesive team that really believes in each other. Call it a hunch, but Lightning in 7.

Phillies Preview – April 29th 2011


April 29th 2011, 7:05pm
New York Mets (11-14) Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies (16-8) Vance Worley (Season Debut)

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The Daily Drive – April 29th 2011

The Daily Drive is a daily (duh) post of all the prominent things going on in the sports world we didn’t cover, and anything else we might want to share with you.  Even my dream to someday get drafted by the Giants and have a bunch of crazy people with turbans come up onto the stage to celebrate with me.

– The NFL draft was last night. Here’s how the crowd greeted Roger Goodell.

– Another highlight was the fall of Mark Ingram. He was the top running back in the draft however slipped all the way 28th when the Saints traded up to draft him. This didn’t make Reggie Bush all that happy who tweeted this minutes after the pick was made:
…..It’s unclear if Reggie is talking about the New Orleans Hornets brief playoff run or him assuming his tenure with the Saints is over…I’ll go with latter on this one, classy Reggie.

– Reason 2,033,235 why the Phillies are awesome? You can get beers through twitter while at Citizens Bank Park.

– Bobba Fett. IHOP. People Fighting. Nice.

My thoughts on the Royal Wedding aka some hot pictures of Kate Middleton after the jump.

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Yes, I Am a Dumbass

I got my swim trunks, and my flippy floppies- give me a break I was on a muthafuckin boat.

Well, I’ve decided to return from my self-imposed hiatus.  After making a ridiculous claim on Friday that the Knicks actually had a chance against the Celtics, I decided to quit for a while.  I know it was a retarded prediction, but I had a moment of weakness while I was fishin and drankin on a boat down in Florida.  Apparently self-deprecating posts are becoming a habit of mine (really I just wanted you to see the picture of Adam Morrison crying again).  Anyway, the Knicks suck, but who can expect them to have been good with Amare and Chauncy hurt (besides my dumb ass, obviously).  That’s like expecting a pizza to be good without cheese and sauce- just not gonna happen.  Maybe next year Knicks fans, maybe next year.  At least we got to see a whole 96 minutes of playoff basketball in the Garden (an astronomical 13.7 minutes per year after a seven-year absence from the playoffs). 

As upsetting as the Knicks’ playoff run (more like crawl) was, the Rangers were even more upsetting because they straight-up blew two overtime games.  In game 1 Marc Staal tried to clear a puck out of the defensive zone, but it ended up on the stick of Alexander Semin, and in the back of the net. 

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The Royal Wedding!

I am just soooo excited about the Royal Wedding that I had to write about it as soon as possible.  Did you see Kate’s dress? Unbelievable. So traditional/elegant and she just looked stunning in it!  And Prince Charming (oops!) I mean William well wow he just looked dazzling in that red suit he was wearing.  Wait a minute I don’t have a va-jay-jay and do not care about some stupid goddamn wedding going on in another country.  Lets move on with our lives people (I should say women, or at least 99% women and 1% other).  There are more important things then watching two people you know absolutely nothing about get married.  Like the first round of the NFL draft of course!

Best Wedding Picture Ever

Breakdown of the Giants/Jets/Eagles/Dolphins (Yes I like the Dolphins so I’ll include them) first round picks after the jump.

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The Daily Drive – April 28th 2011

The Daily Drive is a daily (duh) post of all the prominent things going on in the sports world we didn’t cover, and anything else we might want to share with you.  Like our birth certificates.  But once you find out their fake and that we really are all from Kazakhstan I’m not sure you’d read our blog anymore so maybe it’s not the best of ideas.

– The NHL playoffs are on to the 2nd round.  Flyers/Bruins & Capitals/Lightning in the East and Sharks/Red Wings & Canucks/Predators in the West.  We will have a write up for the quarters soon, but what a first round.  This chart (via cbc.ca) breaks down the playoff first round of the past 6 seasons.  four game 7’s and 14 OT games? solid.

2011 49 4 2 1 1 14 (2) 5.57 9 2 .490
2010 49 2 5 1 0 12 (1) 5.80 6 4 .458
2009 44 2 3 0 3 6 5.09 10 2 .545
2008 48 3 3 1 1 9 (1) 5.33 8 4 .583
2007 43 1 2 4 1 6 (3) 5.00 6 2 .558
2006 44 1 3 3 1 11 (4) 5.89 11 4 .477

How to read the chart:
GP — Games played, further broken down by the number that ended in Game 7, Game 6, etc.
OT (–) — Overtime games, with the number in brackets indicating the number with multiple overtime periods.
GPG — Goals per game.
SO — Shutouts.
U — Upsets, using the strict definition of lower seed knocking off higher seed.
H — Winning percentage of home teams

– South Park is awesome/very fucked up.  Season 15 started last night, if you didn’t watch, watch it here immediately.

– The crazy weather around the U.S. is continuing, here’s a video of Bryant-Denny stadium (where Alabama plays) nearly getting level by a monster of a tornado.

– Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell dropped some solid gay slurs when the Braves were playing in San Francisco and apparently some people aren’t too happy with that.  This video from TMZ has what McDowell said, as well as what he did with a baseball bat.  Around the 1:45 mark it gets pretty, pretty, funny.

– While calling making fun of a gay is not too nice, I’m a big Roger McDowell fan.  He is known for doing awesome pranks, especially back in 1986 when baseball players did lots of drugs, smoked cigarettes in the dugout and above all were just out of their minds.

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Show Ya Luv

Lou after hitting the GW three

As Dwayne Wade’s three pointer fell short at the buzzer the Wells Fargo center went ballistic.  You’d think the Sixers had just beaten the Heat to move on to the NBA Championship.  But no the Sixers had just won game 4, simply avoiding a sweep.  So tonight the Sixers take their talents to South Beach for the all important game five.

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The Daily Drive – April 27th 2011

The Daily Drive is a daily (duh) post of all the prominent things going on in the sports world we didn’t cover, and anything else we might want to share with you.  We haven’t shared anything in 5 days.  We feel terrible. We apologize for realsies.

– Yes the drive has been missing the past few days.  Alcohol, Atlantic City, late nights watching miserable baseball games, hookers, and above all insane NBA/NHL playoff series have been the cause of the disappearance of the D.DHere are the best 15 goals of the first round of the NHL playoffs and since NBA highlights aren’t that exciting, here is Steve Nash getting a lap dance from Nicki Minaj.

– In other news while we were gone, Albert Haynesworth grabbed a food server’s titty.  Lenny Dykstra got naked and told a woman to rub him.  Then got bailed out of jail by, yup. Charlie Sheen.

– Hayden Panettiere is in a bunch of stupid TV shows, bad movies (except for Remember the Titans of course!), and attempts to sing.  She is however very incredibly good looking.

– Whats funny about her is that she’s dating boxer Wladimir Klitschko who has a twin brother.  I think him and his brother are quite gay as is evident in this picture.  I’m sensing that my girl Hayden is a cover up.

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Phillies Preview – April 27th 2011


April 27th 2011 – 3:40pm
Philadelphia Phillies (15-8) Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92 ERA)
Arizona Diamondbacks (10-12 ) Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98 ERA)

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