Friday, May 14, 2010

The All-Time Comeback

I don't know about you, but I think the Philadelphia Flyers have pulled off the biggest comeback in the history of pro sports. Yes, Philly became just the 4th team in professional sports to win a best of seven series after being down 3-zip, but its the way they did it. Game 7 was a mirror image of the series. Boston jumps out into a 3-0 lead, and they lose 4-3. The Flyers were down 3-zip in this series and 3-zip in Game 7 and they came back to win. You have to give them credit. As for the Bruins, there is no doubt about it. It was gag city for them boys and girls. Once again, a too many men kills them. You know that somewhere Don Cherry was cringing as the Bruins once again had a historic too many men that cost them as the Flyers got that 4th goal with the Bruins serving a too many men on the ice penalty. That penalty is really becoming the story of the year isn't it.
Speaking of too many men, Martin sent me this parody of the history will be made NHL commercials with a CFL twist. Its cruel, but I do pass it along even though I know it may make you frown....

I must admit that I did smile when I saw that. Like Steve Smith's gaffe that cost the Oilers the Cup in 86, Smith and the team got the chance to celebrate in 87. I really think the pain we all felt in Calgary will be replaced by one of euphoria in Edmonton this year. The vets on that team know full well what happened and they won't leave the field without hoisting the trophy this year. Lets hope!
Here's your conference finals sked....

Sunday, May 16 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 20 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 22 at Montreal, 3:00 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
*Monday, May 24 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Wednesday, May 26 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Friday, May 28 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Sunday, May 16 at San Jose, 3:00 p.m. NBC, TSN, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 at San Jose, 10:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Friday, May 21 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Sunday, May 23 at Chicago, 3:00 p.m. NBC, TSN, RDS
*Tuesday, May 25 at San Jose, 9:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
*Thursday, May 27 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
*Saturday, May 29 at San Jose, 8:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS

I'm taking an Original six final with the Habs taking on the Hawks. Bring back Tony O and Frank Mahovlich!
Being a Pats fan from a very young age, I have never had a fondness for the Brandon Wheat Kings. That being said, I LOVED the opening game of the Memorial Cup. The Wheat Kings got spanked and spanked hard by the Windsor Spitfires. The Ontario champs put 5 on the board in the first as they embarrassed the Wheaties 9-3. All five goals came after Taylor Hall got pasted into the end boards by Travis Hamonic in the game's first minute making everyone wonder if the tourney's marquee player was done for the event. He wasn't. In fact, one of the five goals he scored was a definite highlight reel goal and one you might see for a long time.
In watching the pre-game introductions, several members of the Wheat Kings seemed to have deer in the headlights look. It showed. As for Kelly McCrimmon, one has to wonder just why he decided to go with Andrew Hayes in net for the opener instead of Jacob Des Serres. Its a move that backfired bigtime.
Windsor's offensive outburst had some thinking they might set a record for most goals scored in a game. The team that did that---the Regina Pats. They beat Cornwall 11-2 at the Dome. Do you old time Pat fans remember that? If you do, you remember the near riot scene that was caused the next night when the Peterborough Petes threw one to Cornwall. I have always hated Mike Keenan since that night.
I'm looking forward to the Phoenix-Lakers NBA Western Conference championship. I'm hoping for Steve Nash and company big time as I'm not and never have been a Lakers fan! Sorry Mr. Z!
A quote from Jordan Eberle after his four point performance against Norway at the Worlds.
"It's funny, when you get to this level the game almost gets a little easier," he said. "You're playing with such good players and the (puck's) always on your tape. You're able to do things that you're not able to do in junior." The game gets EASIER! I can't wait until he starts spinning his magic in an Oilers uniform.
Speaking of Ebs, if you read Rod's blog yesterday, he talked about a drink at the Press Box that needs naming. It's a pint of Coors Light with lime and ice crushed in a blender served on top. One of RP's commenters said the drink should be called "The Eberle". Kevin Dureau poured me one of these concoctions yesterday and its very good. I wholeheartedly endorse calling this drink "The Eberle". If you are in there this weekend, ask for one.
If you haven't fired up the barbecue yet this year, there is no reason not to this weekend!
Law and Order has been cancelled by NBC after 21 years. That has to be one of the longest running dramas in TV history if not the longest.
Get outside and enjoy your weekend!


Tyler said...

Law and Order tied Gunsmoke for the longest running TV series in history, I believe.

Anonymous said...

Mitch. He said the game gets easier at this level. That's not the level the Oil play at. Couldn't resist Tony. PS. Wish you were here in Brandon with the guys.

Mitchell Blair said...

I'd love to be there adding to the decadence and degeneracy Tony. You had better NOT be driving back and forth for this event like you did the WJ's.

Anonymous said...

The only thing about Brandon that was good last night was their jerseys and that hit by Hamonic on Hall. Clean hit! It did look good on them too.

Glenn said...

The Suns-Lakers series is a win-win for me Mitch. I'll be cheering for the Suns, but if the Lakers win, then they'll still have my support in the Finals. It would be great for Steve to play in the Finals!

Nate said...

I caught the Mem Cup player intros and was struck by two things ...

1) Windsor must have the ugliest group of junior hockey players of all time.

2) Wheaties assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk was so nervous - he was chewing his gum like a mule on the bench

mongo said...

ok that history vid balances out the tony gabriel story i sent ya's to a happy ending at commonwealthy in november...

i remember that memorial cup too...i was so ticked off it wasn't even funny...friggin' petes...was so happy when cornwall beat 'em in the final...was a big pats fan as i used to listen to their games on the radio playing sock hockey in my basement...great memories...

and i'm on the nash suns train too scruffy! and go superman and the magic in the east...


Anonymous said...

Hey Nate

While ugly, you gotta respect some of the facial hair on the Spitfires. Those chops Ryan Ellis has are awesome. The one guy though that has one half clean and the other half beard is a little frightning.

Terry C

Anonymous said...

I'm all for naming a drink after Ebs!