BLOOMINGBURG, NY – It’s been a roller-coaster ride for me this past week – almost exhausting in a way. There was early week news that hit the marrow of my bones when it was announced that Zdeno Chara left my sacred Boston Bruins for the Nation’s Capitals… and led to the unrest at the Capitol Building just days later. People were that upset and I can’t blame them, since all it took for the Ovechkins was a mere $800k on a one-year deal for the former Black & Gold captain and 2011 Stanley Cup champion to change locales.
Bruins management alluded to taking a look at younger blue liners as the reason in not making Big Z part of the current roster. Bullsh1t! Any team with a young corps of defensemen can learn from a surefire Hall of Famer at that price, even with eroding – if not little – offensive skill at this point. The Slovakian is still one of the best penalty killers in the NHL and can still log at minimum sixteen plus minutes as an effective third pair defender.
My heartbreak subsided a bit when the Mets swung a deal with the Cleveland Baseball Team and landed shortstop Francisco Lindor. The Mets did what??? A young star and perhaps the best at his position in his prime? I thought it was another prank text from a friend who knows I really don’t have my ear tuned to baseball right now, with hockey set to start on Wednesday. Maybe, just maybe, this Cohen guy is a break from recent ownership but as Short Matt was quick to remind us, these are the Mets and something is bound to go awry. Right? Make another splash and print those playoff tickets right freaking now!
EVEN MORE HOCKEY
What’s the deal with newly acquired Devils goalie Corey Crawford? He retired days before the start of the season after signing a two year contract in the fall! Talk about quitting on your new mates! Then again goalies are frigging flakes just ask the Johnstown Jets’ Denis Lemieux.
Some guy named Heinicke (I didn’t say Heineken, relax you lushes) had
the former Redskins The Football Team within two points of the Bucs early in the second quarter, and made them uncomfy the whole game. Hmmm… The first game was somewhat entertaining as the Bills held on and there was another questionable two-point try in an otherwise ridiculous spot by Frank Reich in the THIRD quarter. Just don’t understand the logic of head coaches sometimes – and in the playoffs no less… As far as the Seattle Seahawks are concerned, one has to wonder what the hell happened to their offense in the second half of the season. They were stuck in neutral after a torrid start. The NFL goes to school on opponents quicker than any other sport is my only explanation.
Baltimore/TENNESSEE UNDER 54.5
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -10 over Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns +6 over PITTSBURGH STEELERS