Sunday, June 26, 2011

Glenn Davis Thinks He Is Kevin Harlan

While regular Philadelphia Union play-by-play announcer and one of the lone semi-decent American soccer commentators out there, JP Dellacamera, was working the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Fox Soccer Channel where Bob Bradley made another compelling argument for his canning, all-around awful American soccer commentator Glenn Davis was taking JP Dellacamera's place on the Philadelphia Union broadcast on 6ABC. With Glenn Davis, the mis-identifications and mis-pronunciations become so routine that you barely them by the end. So what is the big deal, here? Well after Danny Mwanga's game-winner in the 82nd minute of the Union's match against Chivas USA, Glenn Davis thought it would be a good time to do his best Kevin Harlan impersonation. Your ears are in for quite the treat.

Get Microsoft Silverlight

Sound familiar?

Glenn Davis, ladies and gentlemen! JP Dellacamera can't return to Philadelphia Union broadcasts soon enough.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Live Blog

United States vs. Mexico 9:00 (FSC - JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino, SR: Brian Dunseth)

Goodbye, Richards And Carter

Friday, June 24, 2011

2011 NHL Draft Live Blog

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Live Blog

Because there has not been enough news today.........

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals Live Blog

For the first time ever, I will attempt to live blog a game not broadcast in English. Join for the trainwreck!

Panama vs. United States 7:00 (FSC - JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino)

Mexico vs. Honduras 10:00 (Univision - Two Spanish speaking dudes who scream "GOL!" quite loudly)

The Future

I'll start off by saying this. Do not blame that playoff run on the goaltending. I don't care who you play. Whether it's a QMJHL team, an ECHL team, an AHL team, much less an NHL team, when you play as poorly as the Flyers as a whole played against the Bruins, a 7-3 loss at home, a 3-2 overtime loss at home, two 5-1 losses on the road, you ain't gonna beat anybody I just talked about. Anybody. All right? And that was a disgraceful performance in my opinion. We threw that series. We gave it away by doing that. We gave 'em the freakin' series. In my opinion that sucked. You can't play like that and expect to win a series. Holy crap I do not know who the hell we think we are when we do something like that. Unbelievable. 3 blowouts. We scored seven goals all series. That might be an NHL record. That's pitiful. I mean it's absolutely pitiful to perform like that. Aboslutely pitiful.

What's that? THE FUTURE? Don't talk about...THE FUTURE! You kidding me? We want to sign a goalie with a seven million dollar cap hit and you want to talk about THE FUTURE?!?!?!? I just hope this does not burden the franchise for the next decade!

Monday, June 20, 2011

This Is The Kind Of Stupidity You Get With The Philadelphia Sports Media

Here are Mandy Housenick and Marcus Hayes talking about the Phillies with some very fun splicing done by @tonyisdynamic. Tony's splicing is fantastic. The idiotic comments by Housenick and Hayes are not.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jamaica Vs. United States Live Blog

It's a Sunday, my father is grocery shopping with my mom, and I'm bored.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Please Say No To Bryzgalov's Contract

Ilya Bryzgalov is a great goalie, but let’s face facts, players who spent last season in the AHL cannot and will not replicate the production of any and all players rumored to be on the trading block and/or definitely will not return if Bryzgalov gets his wish. These players: Coburn, Carle, Carter, Hartnell, Leino, and/or Zherdev, etc. The only two players on this list who I would not mind not being on the Flyers next season are Hartnell and Leino. Leino wants a lot of money and his production can be replaced easily for cheap, and call me biased but I have never been a Scott Hartnell fan.

After the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, many articles went up saying that Thomas proves you still need good goaltending to win the Cup. Tim Thomas is the exception to this rule, not the rule itself. Of the 6 Cup winning goalies in the post lockout era, only 2 are above average (J.S. Giguere and Tim Thomas) and Tim Thomas’s past season was damn near super human. He had a .947 ESS% in the season, and .949 ESS% in the playoffs. Given that league average (depending on who you count and do not count) is between .917 and .921, I doubt that what Tim Thomas did will ever be replicated by someone not named Tim Thomas. The other 4 goalies to win the Stanley Cup (Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Chris Osgood, and Antti Niemi) are average to below average NHL goaltenders. Their career ESS% at the moment they won the cup: Ward .898, Osgood .915, Fleury .919, Niemi .914. Of course, J.S. Giguere won the Cup and at the time he had a .926 ESS% for his career. As mentioned, him and Tim Thomas are the only ones thus far to have above average career numbers and win the Stanley Cup.

Bryzgalov wants over $5M a year for 6 to 8 years. On the other hand, Tomas Vokoun, an alternative who not only is marginally better than Bryzgalov, but cheaper and not looking for as many years, may end up settling for around the $4M range. I still would not be completely giddy about spending $4M on one goaltender, but if it means avoiding Ilya Bryzgalov's contract while getting a great goaltender on the relative cheap side, I think I'd be able to bite my tongue on that one, provided of course Homer does not follow it up with an unnecessary salary dump that makes the team worse than it was last year, which is a very real possibility if the Flyers decide to go for the big name goalie, even if that goalie is the better and cheaper Vokoun.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 Live Blog

Over 1000 regular season games. Over 100 playoff games. It has come to this. Two teams. One game. One night. One winner. Stanley Cup Cup Finals. Bruins. Canucks. Eight Eastern. Five Pacific. NBC. CBC. Let's do this.

Game 7: Bruins @ Canucks 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Can We Please End This Nonsense About Citizens Bank Park Being A Bandbox?

The Marlins poll question for the day:

"How would you classify CBP?"

A. Bandbox
B. Cozy
C. Hitter Friendly."

To which my answer would be D. Neutral.

"Oooh, oooh, Justin, but didn't you hear John Smoltz and the Marlins announcers and everyone else in the mainstream media?! Citizens Bank Park is such a bandbox!"

I hate to break this to you, I am sorry, but your heroes in the mainstream media are wrong. Citizens Bank Park is not a bandbox.

I invite you to play around with ESPN's Park Factors chart and see this for yourself. Compare it to the likes of Coors Field, Rangers Ballpark, AT&T Park, Petco Park, and Dodgers Stadium. Feel free to go back a few years and look at the long term trends. This is not a 1-year aberration. Here is a further analysis of this from October 2010.

It may seem unbelievable, but it is true. Citizens Bank Park is a neutral Major League Baseball park. Believe it, Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton, it is true. CBP is neutral. Now go find another lie to feed your audience as fact.

Blah Blah NHL Discipline Blah Blah Blah Rant Blah Blah Blah

Someone please explain to me how this is a 4-game suspension.....

But this does not even get a hearing.

Want the difference between the two in terms of how they should be treated with discipline? Last time I checked, you cannot piledrive someone into the boards like Boychuk did. And if you break down CBC's angles screen by screen (because all NBC gave was shitty angles that show nothing), you can clearly see Boychck did just that. The main crime Aaron Rome committed was he hit Horton late. Not only did Boychuk hit Raymond late, the actual check was much more vicious.

Though while I am pointing out stupid things Boston Bruins did, Patrice Bergeron, once a victim of this, elbowed a guy in the head.

And here is Brad Marchand being an ass just because he "felt like" it.

But go on, people. Keep believing the Canucks are the only team in this series that uses dirty tactics. Yeah. Sure. Whatever.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 Live Blog

If you are looking for some pre-game reading, here is a post I wrote yesterday on this series.

Game 6: Canucks @ Bruins 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)


Sunday, June 12, 2011

NBA Finals Game 6 Live Blog

Game 6: Mavericks @ Heat 8:00 (ABC - Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Enough With The Hypocrisy And Self-Righteousness

Never before in my memory has a Stanley Cup Finals been so charged with emotion over "clean" and "dirty" play between the teams. Bruins fans see the Canucks as whiny divers. Canucks fans see the Bruins as complainers and hypocrites. It goes both ways. I could devote a whole series of posts to fan behavior and perceived fan behavior, but I will avoid the generalizations that come with that. Instead, I will focus on the hypocrisy of this whole thing.

I have said it multiple times now that both teams have players with dirty tendencies. Thanks in large part to a Twitter pal of mine (now @TheGreatDane36, though knowing him that will change very shortly) I have some videos which illustrate exactly what I am talking about. Hopefully this sheds the light on what I am talking about. This is not a pro-Canucks post. This is not a pro-Bruins post. This is not an anti-Canucks post. This is not an anti-Bruins post. This is calling it right down the middle. It's the way it is with these two teams. Love it or leave it. Follow the jump for videos and examples of members of both the Canucks and the Bruins partaking in less than clean activities.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Wish I Got CBC On My TV

During the pre-game of yesterday's Bruins-Canucks Game 5, NBC viewers got Dan Patrick feigning excitement for 15 minutes. CBC got this bit of awesomeness.

Even more fitting considering the game that followed. For those wondering, the song used here is "Weapon" by Matthew Good.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 Live Blog

Game 5: Bruins @ Canucks 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)

Jonah Keri Should Never Write About Hockey Ever Again

I am pretty sure Jonah Keri knows little about hockey. If he does, the article he wrote for GQ today does not show it. In fact, in bashing Boston Bruins fans, he shows an utter ignorance of the sport, the culture of the sport, and an ignorance on what makes a good piece of writing, something I figured a guy who wrote a book might actually know how to do. Here is an FJM-style of take down of his article. His words are in italics, my commentary is in the normal font you see on this site.

First off the headline: The Boston Bruins vs. The World. Why everyone - yes, everyone - outside of Boston is rooting against the Bruins in this year's Stanley Cup Finals. And why the city deserves nothing less.

The crowd at TD Garden had spent the night in a state of frothy delirium, singing, chanting, double-fisting. Down 2-0 in the series, their Bruins had potted 12 goals in the ensuing two games. Two bloody massacres, filling Boston with the kind of braggadocio it'd been missing for a solid 10 minutes. Back from the brink of elimination and now just two games short of their goal, Bruins fans had a new battle cry:


Yes. The same battle cry that has infiltrated Edmonton, Los Angeles, Binghamton, Vancouver, Vancouver, and Vancouver. But no, those "braggadocio" Bruins fans are alone in chanting "WE WANT THE CUP!" before any Cup has been win. Keep believing that, Jonah. You are only one paragraph one and you already have a gross mischaracterization. It does not take a rocket scientist to conclude that more will be coming up.

Of course you want the Cup. Everyone wants the Cup.

Did I mention they want the Cup in Vancouver? Because they want the Cup in Vancouver.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

NBA Finals Game 5 Live Blog

Bill Simmons can't predict the future!

Game 5: Heat @ Mavericks 9:00 (ABC - Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Read This Post If You Don't Want To Eat Lunch Today!

Here is an actual tweet from Matt Gelb, a Philadelphia Phillies beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

At the very least, I am sure this excites Heidi.  As far as I go, hello nightmares!

Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 Live Blog

Game 4: Canucks @ Bruins 8:00 (Versus - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)

The Appalling Lack Of Consistency Of The NHL's Discipline System

As I am sure you all know by now, Aaron Rome knocked out Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, sending Horton to the hospital and Rome to the dressing room early. Horton's out for the series with a severe concussion. Rome is out for the series with a four-game suspension. On the surface, it may seem like a fair punishment and just desserts for Rome, who may have done permanent damage to Horton's playing career. But in Gary Bettman's NHL, unfortunately, this exposes a much deeper problem.

There is no doubt that Aaron Rome hit Nathan Horton way late. But what happens if the hit did not have that nasty result? Chances are Rome would just get a 2-minute interference penalty and it would never be spoken of again. While a counterfactual argument, it is at least worth a thought here. Remember the violent hit where Zdeno Chara sent Max Pacioretty into the stanchion? Remember how many games Chara got? Yep. Zero.

Bad hit. Awful result. Zero game suspension.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NBA Finals Game 4 Live Blog

Despite being officially hired as the Golden State Warriors head coach yesterday, Mark Jackson will finish up the NBA Finals on ABC, much like Doug Collins did last year with TNT after he got hired by the 76ers.

Game 4: Heat @ Mavericks 9:00 (ABC - Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 Live Blog

Game 3: Canucks @ Bruins 8:00 (Versus - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

NBA Finals Game 3 Live Blog

Game 3: Heat @ Mavericks 8:00 (ABC - Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)

Tim Thomas Bites On Burrows's Fake; Canucks Win Game 2 In Overtime

Sorry I did not have these up last night. But anyway, here are videos of the NBC and CBC feed from last night's Bruins-Canucks overtime where the Canucks took a 2-0 series lead. In case you missed it (cough*cough*LikeMe*cough*cough*) and want to re-live everything, these YouTubers have done us a great favor by posting the overtime in its entirety. So prepare some popcorn, sit back, relax, and enjoy last night's overtime!

CBC feed (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy)

NBC feed (Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire)

The Canucks now have a 2-0 series lead heading into tomorrow night's Game 3 in Boston. The Bruins played two close hockey games so you can't say the Bruins are out of it yet, but the Canucks on paper are arguably the best team in the league and a force to be reckoned with in these finals. Assuming they do not have a two game lapse like they did against Chicago, I do not see a scenario in these Cup Finals where the Canucks cannot beat the Boston Bruins twice in five games. If I'm a Vancouver fan right now, I'm liking those odds. If I'm a Bruins fan, I'm hoping the Bruins can get some friendly rolls and fluke goals, because they may very well need those in order to win this thing.

Lastly, while Bruins fans can argue that Burrows should have been suspended for this game and I would agree with them in principle, do not act like this is a major injustice and an NHL conspiracy theory against them. Remember Game 6 in this year's Eastern Conference Finals when Nathan Horton sprayed water on a fan? Horton did not get suspended for that. The ensuing Game 7 ended 1-0 in favor of Boston. Guess who scored that lone goal.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 2 Live Blog

Game 2: Bruins @ Canucks 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mavericks Tie The NBA Finals With An Incredible Comeback

Down by 15 with 6:28 left in the 4th quarter, the Dallas Mavericks pulled off an NBA Finals comeback for the ages. Here are the thrilling last 10 seconds of the game, courtesy of bubbaprog.

Get the Flash Player to see this video.

NBA Finals Game 2 Live Blog

I'm personally hoping for Dirk to have a big game and for Dallas to win, just so "Dirk NoRingski" can stop trending on Twitter.

Game 2: Mavericks @ Heat 9:00 (ABC - Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)

CBC's Awesome Pre-Series Montage

While American viewers had to deal with NBC cross-promoting The Green Lantern in their pre-series montage, CBC viewers got treated to something way more awesome. Instead of making hockey second fiddle to a lame movie, CBC gave their viewers a montage illustrating the passion, excitement, and awesomeness of this year's post-season to one of today's biggest international hit songs. Put another way, it is really, really awesome.

Just how lame was NBC's Green Lantern montage in comparison to that? Well, unfortunately, I cannot show you because no one felt it was worthwhile to upload to YouTube.

Raffi Torres Scores The Game 1 Winner In The Final Minute

Well that was something. After 59 minutes and 41 seconds of scoreless hockey, Raffi Torres scored the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks to give them a 1-0 win in Game 1 and a 1-0 lead in the series. Follow the jump to view massive amounts of media, including final goal as seen and heard on both NBC and CBC, in addition to proof the goal was in fact onsides and a peculiar sign off from Mike Emrick.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Live Blog

Game 1: Bruins @ Canucks 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman)