Just some playoff thoughts I’ve been having…
New York Rangers = New York Knicks
Just like their hardwood counterparts, the New York Rangers are showing their true colors. While the New York Knicks problems seem to be stemming from one source (Re: Anthony, Carmelo.), the Rags are choking as a team. When you really think about it, there is no reason the Rangers shouldn’t be up 3-1 in this series. The Game 1 OT loss was the result of a poor defensive breakdown. The result of Game 4 was just downright ugly. Forget how super star Marian Gaborik and super star Henrik Lundqvist managed to pull a move out of a “Three Stooges” episode (my vote for Larry is of course, Sean Avery) on the game winning goal. The fact that the Capitals were allowed back into a game, a game where they saw a one-goal deficit turn into three in 7 seconds. A game where the crowd was absolutely electric. Instead of turtling and taking it on the chin, returning home to a best of 3 series with the advantage, the Capitals showed something about themselves we had been waiting for years for them to reveal. With that fire, they made it clear they weren’t going to falter again in the first round. I don’t see the Rags having a chance in Game 5.
The Big Red Machine rolls on
Just another first-round win for the most consistent team in hockey. Just like the Atlanta Braves of the last two decades, it seems like every year I think this team is going to have a bad season, that their age and unwillingness to overhaul a roster would bite them in the ass. And every year I’m wrong. Sure, they didn’t have much of an opponent in Phoenix, but it’s just in typical Detroit fashion to have an easy round. The Red Wings next opponent will be either the Ducks, the Preds, or the Sharks. The only team that scares me there is the Sharks, and even then I think this Detroit team is Western Finals bound. If any team is going to upset Vancouver, it’s this team.
Ryan Miller, TV contract, and the Fish after the jump.
Real American Hero
I guess it’s better to show up late to the party than to never arrive at all. After a sub par season, at least by his standards (and my fantasy teams, you dick), Ryan Miller is showing us the Ryan Miller we all know and love. I know it’s going to be hard for Flyers fans, but if there is one thing Philadelphia is good for, it’s their shameless affection for the US of A. I hope they can find solace in the fact that they lost to an American idol. Because they are going to lose.
Suck it, ESPN
Earlier this week as I mentioned on the Drive, the NHL signed a mega TV deal to stay on NBC and Versus. A lot of people will look at this deal and say it’s dumb, because if the NHL isn’t on ESPN, it isn’t going to reach a new audience. But that’s just plain wrong. Ratings are up 84% in the past four years for viewers on NBC and Versus. Ratings are improving for lots of teams in their local markets. The Winter Classic has become one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. Also, NBC plans on showing 100 games. A fucking 100. The Penguins, Capitals, Red Wings and Blackhawks don’t play 100 between all of them, so small market teams are going to get exposure. That is going to be huge for revenue and interest. What was going to happen when the NHL moved to ESPN? They were going to start showing it every night? Maybe they would just drop basketball because the NHL is clearly so awesome. To think they would have given the NHL the chance it deserves is naive. There is a reason the NHL left ESPN. It wasn’t about the money, it was about the respect. We’d still be stuck with Crosby/Ovechkin/Detroit highlights all night. We’d still be stuck with only appearing during Mail Time on PTI. I say good riddance to ESPN. This is America. If I don’t like your sandwich, fuck you, I’ll get it someplace else.
Hey now Fish
The Fish are a half game behind the Phillies, and rolling. Just wanted to mention that. See you in Jersey!