There are days when nothing of significance happens. Thursday was one of those days. Yes, if you're an NBA fan, you are talking about the loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers meaning Lebron-mania is now in full swing. Will basketball's best player be on another team when next season starts? I don't really care.
No hockey on Thursday night, but two big games will hit us on Friday. The Bruins will try and avoid an epic collapse as they look to eliminate the Flyers yet again. After being up 3-zip, the Bruins have turned it into a one game showdown. Coming back from 3-love is not easy in pro sport.
In fact, such a comeback is a rarity in the NHL -- the two successful clubs represent just 1.2% of the 161 clubs that have attempted it -- as well as in the other major professional sports leagues. Just one club in the history of Major League Baseball has done it, the Boston Red Sox in 2004 against the New York Yankees, and no club in the National Basketball Association has accomplished the feat.
Overall, 132 playoff series have gone to seven games since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The home team has won 80 (.606), although road clubs are 3-0 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 8-4 since 2008.
The other big game is the start of the Memorial Cup. Windsor will meet the host Brandon Wheat Kings in the first game. This should be entertaining, but I see Windsor winning this one. In fact, I see Windsor taking on Calgary in the final when all is said and done.
Something is going on at TSN. The network announced it had acquired the rights to Sunday Night Baseball with games going on TSN2. In exchange, Sportsnet, which had the games, gets 25 Blue Jay games that were going to be on TSN and TSN2 meaning all Toronto games will now be on Sportsnet. In the release announcing the acquisition of Sunday Night Baseball, TSN says its the first in a series of major announcements to come. What else has TSN and TSN 2 acquired? I would love to see Baseball Tonight which is an ESPN staple, but after that, I don't know what TSN could get that they don't already have. I guess we will find out.
Did anyone catch E:60 on Thursday night? The story about former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison and the hot water he is in over a couple of shootings was fascinating.
What's Maggie the Monkey doing right now? Does she miss James Duthie? Does James miss Maggie?
John Grigg of the Hockey News has an article up on their website stating the Penguins should trade Evgeni Malkin. Grigg says doing that would create 3 things
1)Give a legitimate winger for Sidney Crosby instead of the plugs he has had to play with who are 2nd or 3rd liners at best.
2)Open up more ice time for Jordan Staal
3)Free up some much needed cap space. Malkin's contract is 8.7 million a year.
What do you think Penguin fans? Hey Oiler fans, would you trade the number one pick for Malkin? I wouldn't. Grigg says sending Malkin to Edmonton for the number one pick, Magnus Paajarvi Svensson and Sheldon Souray is something he would do. Shipping Souray off is a given, but giving up two guys who are part of the rebuilding effort for Malkin would be wrong. Besides, isn't Edmonton just about capped out now?
The one good thing about Montreal's playoff success is Toronto still doesn't have any. I can't imagine what it would be like having Toronto and Montreal still alive. Thank god for Gretzky having the game of his life in 93 to avoid what truly would have been a Stanley Cup where I'm sure Bob Cole or Dick Irvin would have been killed in a fight to the death between the two.
I should take a trip downtown on Monday. I haven't been in the downtown core for a while. Then again, I need a reason to go. Maybe Tuesday. Then again, maybe I'll just stay away.
Bill Toffan is sounding great on the WOLF! I could say more, but why bother.
Alouettes GM Jim Popp is said to be considered for a personnel job with the Redskins. Don't go Jim. You need to be a part of that Alouette posse that comes in here and gets spanked on Canada Day.
Great boxing in Regina tonight as the Ken Goff Memorial Classic goes with Ireland facing Canada. This event has gotten so big that they now have to hold it at the Eventplex. This is always a great night. If you're going, enjoy yourself!
Have a great Friday!