Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:36 am
Edited on: July 7, 2009 11:41 am
2009 MLB All Star Game
The starting lineups as voted by the fans:
American League Starters National League Starters
Catcher - Joe Mauer, Twins Catcher - Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First Base - Mark Teixeira, Yankees First Base - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Second Base - Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox Second Base - Chase Utley, Phillies
Short Stop - Derek Jeter, Yankees Short Stop - Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Third Base - Evan Longoria, Rays Third Base - David Wright, Mets
Jason Bay, Red Sox Ryan Braun, Brewers
Josh Hamilton, Rangers Raul Ibanez, Phillies
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners Carlos Beltran, Mets
Victor Martinez, Indians Brian McCann, Braves
Justin Mourneau, Twins Prince Fielder, Brewers
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
Aaron Hill, Blue Jays Ryan Howard, Phillies
Jason Bartlett, Rays Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
Michael Young, Rangers Freddy Sanchez, Pirates
Carl Crawford, Rays Miguel Tejada, Astros
Curtis Granderson, Tigers Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
Torii Hunter, Angels Brad Hawpe, Rockies
Adam Jones, Orioles Hunter Pence, Astros
Ben Zobrist, Rays Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
Andrew Bailey, Athletics Heath Bell, Padres
Josh Beckett, Red Sox Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
Mark Buerhrle, White Sox Jonathon Broxton, Dodgers
Brian Fuentes, Angels Matt Cain, Giants
Zack Greinke, Royals Francisco Cordero, Reds
Roy Halladay, Blue Jays Ryan Franklin, Cardinals
Felix Hernandez, Mariners Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
Edwin Jackson, Tigers Josh Johnson, Marlins
Joe Nathan, Twins Ted Lilly, Cubs
Johnathon Papelbon, Red Sox Tim Lincecum, Giants
Mariano Rivera, Yankees Jason Marquis, Rockies
Justin Verlander, Tigers Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
Tim Wakefeild, Red Sox Johan Santana, Mets
Good to see that 6 Red Sox made the midsummer classic. Congrats to Wake for making his first allstar appearance. I usually watch the homerun derby, and parts of the actual game. I'll watch to see if Halladay gets the nod for the American league, and should be Lincecum for the National league. I don't agree with all the selections, but every year someone gets disappointed. I will predict that the NL finally will one of these games.
Posted on: April 29, 2009 9:47 am
Bruins def. Hurricanes in 6
Penguins def. Capitals in 6
Red Wings def. Ducks in 5
Canucks def Blackhawks in 6
The most intriging series for me is the Pens vs. Caps. Two of the NHL's brightest Stars on the biggest stage. Good for the league and it's fans. The makings of a playoff classic. Again i'm hoping to be at either game 2 or game 5 of the Wings vs. Ducks series.
Posted on: April 28, 2009 10:22 am
Edited on: June 9, 2009 9:38 am
NHL Playoffs Round 1 Recap
My predictions for Round 1 were just that, i should have really taken the Ducks i like that team.
The Boston Bruins really had no problems handling the Montreal Canadiens sweeping the series in four straight. Phil Kessel, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic had good regualr seasons and has continued into the playoffs. Carey Price had been subpar after the allstar break, and never regained form. Not that Price is solely to blame here, the team never rallied around each other all year long.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ousting the Philadelphia Flyers in 6 games, i actually had this one bang on. Martin Biron couldn't steal a game for the Flyers, all the while outplaying the Penguins in a couple games. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are a handful, and the Flyers could not contain them, couple that with Marc Andre Fluery returning to his playoff form of old make the Penguins a favourite to return to the cup finals.
The New Jersey Devils had the series all but wrapped up, until they give up 2 goals in 1:21 with under 3 min to play. Eric Staal ripped the winner by Marty and quickly it was over. A great playoff rivalry forming there. Hurricanes now face the top seeded Bruins.
The New York Rangers had a stranglehold on this series leading 3-1 heading back to New York. Simeon Varlamov, the russian goaltender making his 7th NHL start , got the Capitals back into this series. Lundquist held the Rangers in, but in the end Rangers scoring was anemic. A great 7th game! Thus leaving a classic match up, Sidney,Geno,Marc Andre vs. Ovechkin,Semin,and Varlamov. I look foward to watching this series.
The San Jose Sharks showed their playoff teeth again, this time being the Presidents trophy winner, then being swept in the first round. Granted i doubt you find a tougher #8 seeded team. The Anaheim Ducks showed their championship poise, by controlling this series from the onset. The Ducks are in good shape, no injuries, two starting goaltenders, second line scoring. Anaheim and Detroit Red Wings should be an epic series.
The Detroit Red Wings showed the Blue Jackets that beating them in the regular season is one thing, trying to beat the defending cup champs in playoffs is another. I was at game 2 of this series and it was really men against boys here. No offence to the Jackets, congrats on the first playoff appearance but now you know what to expect. The Jackets have a good young team forming but clearly overmatched by the champs.
I did not expect the Vancouver Canucks to sweep the St. Louis Blues, not because of the Canucks talent, but the Blues had been one of the hottest teams after the break. Vancouver looks good, a deep team with arguably the best goaltender in the world. I see a deep run for the Canucks.
The Calgary Flamed decimated by injuries run into one of the most talented young teams. I expected the lack of experience in the Chicago Blackhawks to cost them this series, but clearly i under estimated the speed and talent of the young guns, Toews, Kane,Barker,Seabrook,Kris Versteeg. The Bulin wall was dominant.
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colombus Blue Jackets, Detriot Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St.Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals
Posted on: April 14, 2009 12:32 am
Edited on: April 14, 2009 12:37 am
Well the best time of year has arrived, the chase for the Stanley Cup. Although my Maple Leafs will not be participating for the 4th consecutive year, i'm still excited for this time of year. I have tickets to game 2 involving the Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings. Hopefully the Wings can make it to the cup finals so i can have a chance to witness. Can get tickets to Joe Louis Arena fairly easlily.
Ok my predictions for round one:
I'll update my second round predictions.
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:13 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2009 10:33 am
MLB Opening Day 2009
I've grown tired of all the Red Sox vs. Yankees threads on here, you know who you are. I'm ready for this to be settled on the diamond. My predicitons for the AL East are as follows: 1ST Boston Red Sox
I'm just ready for the season to begin and whatever happens, happens. I just hope that the Sox play to their capabilities, and that should lead them to another divisional crown. Having said that i will be in attendance for a home opener, just not the game i would like to be at. I live 45 minutes west of Toronto, and my fiance scored tickets to someone's seats behind the plate, via work kickbacks! So thanks for the tickets. I will also be in attendance for the Red Sox on may31, they have an all you can eat day, so that will be a boys trip. My goal for that day is to do a hotdog and a beer every inning, with the food being free, it should get a little messy, the chili dogs there are great!
Feel free Yankee fans to comment and tell me how wrong i am, and how the Red Sox suck, goodluck and lets get this season going already!!
Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:39 am
Edited on: April 28, 2009 10:48 pm
World Baseball Classic '09
While others show their displeasure for the "Classic" i myself have experienced it, and enjoyed it! Some want/expect players to stay in ST with their MLB club, so they're not injured and/or should be honoring contracts. Now ask yourself this, would you rather not watch the best from your respective country or would you rather watch games between split squads, prospects, or minor league contracts trying to make the club? If i'm paying to watch a live game in march i know i choose the WBC.
USA vs. Venezuela same venue.
I've also read a few threads about the WBC, i get the feeling its almost split but moreso i get the feeling it's not for everybody. But for the guy who already had drafted a few fantasy teams, or just has the itch to see some ball, it's gotta be better than grapfruit league no?
A few posts that i liked were from a Tampa Bay Rays fan too, thats not easy for me too say!
Posted on: January 30, 2009 1:42 am
Edited on: April 28, 2009 10:29 am
Another great season coming to an end. For me personally my team performed way beyond expectations which i'm proud of. Go Dolphins. I think this is going to be one of the better bowl games over the last decade. Classic match up Big D vs. High Octane offense. I think the little things will make the difference field position, turnovers. I think the Cardinals have enough D to keep the Steelers O honest, thus outscoring the Steelers for their first ever Lombardi trophy. Either way i'm ok with who wins, but i'm rooting for the dog in this one. Arizona Cardinals 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 21.
Posted on: January 29, 2009 11:49 am
Edited on: April 28, 2009 10:29 am
St. Pierre vs. Penn 2
This is gonna be an epic tilt. Champions in their prime. Georges "rush" St. Pierre wins the split decision in the first meeting. I'm totally psyched for this bout. Being Canadian i'm pulling for Georges, however BJ is one scary dude, can take and give beatings like nobody else. Either way this fight is gonna be a win win situation for the UFC. The winner of this fight becomes a legend and a certain HOF'er!
Category: Mixed Martial Arts