Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend/Monday Stuff: Stanley Cup Finals, Lebron's disappearing act, Habs new coach, and more

Monday, June 1, 2009
History repeats itself, Wings up 2-0
Because of the short lay off and back to back games to open the Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings were supposed to be at a terrible disadvantage.
Flash forward 48 hours, and they have a stranglehold on the series, going back to Pittsburgh.
From a Pens fan's perspective, I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating the first two games have been. Chris Osgood has been unreal. His right goal post has been even better.
The last thing I want to do is complain about the officiating. The Pens have had their chances, plenty of them in fact. For large stretches of both games, they were the better team. They haven't caught one bounce yet.
Nobody should ever complain about an alleged "Penguins bias" agenda. The Detroit Red Wings get a way with A LOT. Even Pierre McGuire and Ed Olcyzk were smart enough to catch the "mild interference" the Wings run. I won't even mention the non call on Hossa or the Zetterberg covering the puck in the crease (twice) incident.
Stay the course, Pens. Series is a long way from over.
Jacques Martin to right the Hab's ship
The Montreal Canadiens introduced Jacques Martin as their new Head Coach today.
Martin now leaves the Jay Bouwmeester dilemma in Florida for someone else to worry about.
Smart move.
Is this really a good hire?
The guy really hasn't accomplished anything since leaving the Ottawa Senators, and even there, only had moderate success. By "moderate" I mean "regular season."
He's French though, and that seems to be all the media and fans in La Belle Province care about. Good luck with all that.
Lebron James' quick getaway
By now you all know that the Orlando Magic elminated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals last week.
And you have all heard about the disappearing act done by Lebron James after the final buzzer sounded in Orlando.
James was off the court, showered, and out of the building in 21 seconds.
Thats not really the way an ambassador, and for all accounts, the face of the NBA, should conduct himself.
First of all, he should have shown a bit of class by congratulation the team that just triumphed over his, with handshakes on the court. They can be half-ass hand shakes... just should have happened one way or the other.
But his biggest mistake was not talking to the media. He will pay for that for a while, in a way that media makes people pay for such things.
Be a man. Face the music. You think you can get away with crap like that when you bolt for New York after next season?
Carlos Zambrano is still a tool
Exhibit # 351...
Roid Rage Central.

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