I could get into how embarrassing it is for your team to show up in a Game 7 - at home - and effectively turtle in a 4-0 loss to a team you derided as inferior in goal at least. I could mock how the league's likely MVP this season Daniel Sedin guaranteed a win, only to later backtrack and soften his words pre-game, and then produce nothing of note. But why bother? The Boston Bruins should be the discussion here, because they were simply the better team top to bottom. Weeks back I said I didn't know how they were doing it with no true stars up front but maybe that was it, they got contributions top to bottom. And then there's Tim Thomas. There have been fistfuls of awesome goalies on playoff runs over the last few decades, and maybe it is the freshness of it, but I can't recall a performance over four rounds as awesome as that, and I've seen Patrick Roy (for me, still the most money goalie ever come playoff time), Martin Brodeur and more.
I could literally take down the internet with all my thoughts on the rioting last night so I'll try to keep it to a minimum. I will never - ever - understand how the response to your team losing in any game is to smash your town up. And I will never - ever - blame booze for it. I've got plenty of friends who would be listed as dependents if alcohol ever filed a tax return and not a single one has smashed up their town. I will also never - ever - understand what is so fascinating about people smashing up their town that you want to stick around taking pics and video of it, though I'm hoping that will aid in the clowns caught on digital being sent to the Crow Bar Motel. But for all the Vancouver snobbery I've seen and heard - and it is as beautiful a place I've ever been, maybe second to Sydney, Australia - there is these unassailable fact: Toronto never rioted when the Blue Jays won a pair of World Series' in the 90's, and Philadelphia - PHILAFREAKINGDELPHIA - didn't riot when the Phillies won a couple years back, or when the Eagles or Flyers lost. New Yorkers didn't smash up their town when the Yankees won - perhaps that is of routine. I'd love to know how many of the knuckleheads lobbing bottles, burning cars, smashing into stores and stabbing people have at one time or another derided soccer fans as nothing but a bunch of hooligans. So congratulations, Vancouverites. Way to do your city proud. Here's hoping you make the final and lose again next year, and that the cops don't come with half the restraint they showed early on last night.
The average ticket for last night's game in the resale market was $5,000. Average! Some knucklehead paid $7,800 for each of his pair of tickets. Hope it was worth it!
Oh, and nice touch starting up the whining about injuries, Canucks. Am sure the Bruins were October fresh.
Buster Olney at ESPN.com says that between now and August 17th, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox 20 times, and that a balanced schedule is more important to Tampa, Baltimore and Toronto than realignment. Right, but realignment would flatten that even moreso.
Going into last night's action, the New York Yankees had MLB's third-best record (.569 win percentage). Despite being on pace for 92 wins, that would would be the Yanks second-lowest in 11 seasons.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are over .500 for the first time this late in the season since Aug 15, 1999.
Speaking of the Yankees, with Derek Jeter on the DL, it is worth noting that the alleged "Captain Clutch" is batting .179 with runners in scoring position this season, the second worst in the majors for anyone with 75 plate appearances in such situations. His .649 OPS is ranked 138th out of 165 major leaguers qualified for the batting title. And nobody will think any warm body will not be able to replace his defence. Joel Sherman at the NY Post says Jeter's injury could be a blessing in disguise.
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixera have combined for 42HRs for the Yankees, which is more than four teams - San Diego, Oakland, Minnesota and Houston - have in total.
It has been 15 years since a Canadian QB started in the not-so-Canadian Football League. 15?!?
Word is the Winnipeg NHL franchise is going to announce its team name and colours as soon as Tuesday.
If you saw none of the rioting videos, a small sampling below. This one is the longest of the bunch and gives a good taste of the kind of shit going on in Van City.
Shame on you for lighting a 5-series on fire. Nice Blake Griffin impression from some loser Canuck fan.
How about this nut shot for a Vancouver Canucks fan?
Real smart, asshole.
All 53 of Lionel Messi's goals this past season in one awesome 15 minute vid. You're welcome.