I’ll Take Potpourri for $1000, Alex

30 04 2010

I know, the Bleacher Beast blog has been as scarce as a Jays home game these days, but, I am doing my best to get back on track here.  Over the past week I’ve come across some interesting reads and views from all over the sports world.  I thought maybe I’d share some of my favourite ones with everyone.

Brett Favre

What NFL offseason is complete without the annual “Is he or isn’t he” Brett Favre saga.  The latest chapter comes in the form of an ankle injury that requires the Vikings glory whore quarterback to go under the knife to repair the damage.  Apparently the surgery is needed if he hopes to play the whole 2010 season.  Hey, Brett, don’t you think you should have come forth with this information BEFORE the draft?  What happens if you can’t go in 2010 and Minnesota is without a decent quarterback?  Keep thinking about Brett, Brett.

LeBron James

After the Cavaliers wrapped their series up against the Bulls on Tuesday night, LeBron James was interviewed about his injured arm in which he gave some lacklustre response about how it was nothing more than hitting your funny bone.  Whatever.  The most interesting part of the post-game conference was when he took a stab at the Toronto Raptors will to win, and make the playoffs.

This could be the little fire that LeBron set to smoke Chris Bosh out of Toronto and to a team with more “heart” and “drive” than the Raptors.  A team that will push to the very end.  A team that will not let down the fans.  A team that will have a stellar supporting cast.  Hey, wait, does anyone remember who missed that last-second shot against Golden State at the end of the year?  Oh, hey, Chris Bosh.  How you doin’?

LeBron James just wants Bosh out of Toronto and in New York where they’ll take the Knicks and turn them into the new Boston Celtics, or, re-sign with the Cavs, get the rest of the team axed, bring in CB4, and (hopefully) bring a title to Cleveland.

Either way, the subtext to this message was loud and clear.  “Chris, get the hell out.  Toronto sucks”

Chris Bosh

According to Chis Bosh’s Twitter tonight, it says:  “Been wanting to ask.  Where should I go next season and why?”  Then, a few minutes later:  “Ok… Let me rephrase the question.  Should I stay or should I go?”

Pack your bags Vince.  Err.  I mean Chris.  No.  I think I’ll call you Vince Jr.  If you don’t have the “heart” to play in Toronto, get the fuck out.  Go follow LBJ around like a little puppy dog and see how many titles you win with him.  Remember, just because you make the playoffs, doesn’t mean you’re going to win a title, isn’t that right, LeBron?  Five years in the playoffs and no championship for you. Douchebag.

San Antonio Spurs

Who called the Spurs over the Mavs?  Yeah.  That’s right.  Never send old Betsy the cow out to pasture when she can still produce some milk.

Washington Capitals

Honestly, Ovie, the Capitals loss to Montreal in round one of the playoffs was NOT all your fault.  I get it.  You’re doing the honourable thing and taking the heat for yourself. But, from an outsiders perspective I see Mike Green and Alexander Semin as the key reasons why Washington failed miserably.  Donuts on the scoresheet for these two yahoos.  Better luck next year.





Picks for Friday April 30, 2010

30 04 2010

5- Star Picks for Friday April 30, 2010

Boston Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays

St. Louis Cardinals

Seattle Mariners

Los Angeles Dodgers

Doggin’ it Pick

Montreal Canadiens

Record to Date:  114- 71





NHL 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Picks

29 04 2010

Eastern Conference

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs.  No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Okay so Montreal pulled out that magical come from behind series win against the Capitals, and now they go up against the defending Stanley Cup champions, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Interesting enough, I’ve seen quite a bit of “Penguins in 4” and/or “Penguins in 5.”  Umm… I bet these are the same people who picked “Capitals in 4” and/or “Capitals in 5” and probably had the Capitals winning the cup.  Am I right?

Seriously now.  How do you get away with such a lack of respect to a team that just won a series down 3-1 to the top team in the league?  Also, are y’all blind?  Did you not see how Halak played?  Give me a break.

Next to Nashville, Montreal was the most defensive team in the playoffs, and they proved that by shutting down the Great 8, and only allowed Ovechkin to get four shots off in the last two games.  Mike Green, Alexander Semin, where were you guys all series?  Oh, right.  Putting up DONUTS on the scoresheet.

Please, don’t insult people’s intelligence.  Sure, the Penguins have Canada’s golden boy, Sidney Crosby and the freak “Gino” Malkin, but they just don’t have the grit that the Montreal Canadiens bring.  Fleury isn’t as hot as he was last year, and I feel that Montreal could use the same tactics they used against Washington- Shut down the star of the team, and the rest will fall.

Gomez and Gionta were brought in for this one reason- hard, rough, classic style hockey.  I feel like David just beat Goliath, and now David must go up against Goliath’s wimpy, younger (yet still oversized) brother.

By no means will this be a walk in the park, but it will be a great series to watch.

Hip- Hip, HALAK!

Montreal Canadiens in 6


No.  6 Boston Bruins vs.  No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

This might be one of the most brutal, hard-hitting, nasty, street-fight on ice series the NHL will ever see.  I really hope Chara goes toe-to-toe with Carcillo.  This could be one fine tilt that will spark the series in a big way.

Welcome back, Mark Savard.  I don’t know how well you’ll do in the first couple games, but I have a sneaky feeling that you’ll light it up in game 5 and 6.  Got you in my pool, bud.  Make me proud.

I’m just going to come out and say this.  These two teams are going to beat the living hell out of each other, and chances are, each game is going to be low scoring, and tight.  No blowouts here, ladies and gentlemen.  Whoever emerges from this war on ice as the winner will lose in the conference final.  So, yes, I’m saying the Habs hit the cup final this year.  Technically.

Boston Bruins in 7


Western Conference


No. 2  Chicago Blackhawks vs.  No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Give me a break already.  I Just saw how Vancouver fans think it’s going to be a complete ‘Nucks shutdown of the Blackhawks in this round.  Sorry.  Not happening.  Not once. Not never.

Hey, Vancouver fans, I love what Luongo is doing out there right now.  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.  Marquee goalie getting PUMPED every game for two or more goals.  Well, technically, he’s allowing 3 goals a game, but who’s counting, right?

I like the fact that Luongo is getting all this praise after a “big” series win over Los Angeles, and a gold medal at the Olympics.  Eventually the guy will crack, and it’s going to happen sooner than later.

Interesting stat here.  Blackhawks killed 26 of 27 Predators’ powerplays in the first round.  Defence.  Defence.  Defence.

Again, it was interesting to see a lot of Canucks votes here.  Hey, I’m not knocking anyone’s picks.  I’m just saying this-  Toews has Bobby Lu’s number.  Remember that hat trick he netted in game six last year?  No?  Well, I do.  In the end, I think Nashville was a tougher opponent than Los Angeles, and thus, Chicago has the edge here.  The Hawks are fine tuned right now.

Chicago Blackhawks in 6


No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs.  No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

Not the biggest fan of this series because I really can’t stand either team.  However, everyone talks about experience, and thus gives the edge to Detroit.  Well, okay, I get it.  The majority of this team have a cup ring, and are still looking to avenge the cup loss from last year.  Whatever.  The one thing that stands out most is hunger.  Who wants this more?  The team who’s been there over and over, and are looking for revenge, or, the team that hasn’t been there, and have been the but-end of every “choke” joke around the NHL and sports world for the past couple years?

I’ll give it to the Sharks (as long as Dan Boyle doesn’t start scoring on his own net again.  Idiot.  Hey, do I get a point in my pool for that?)

San Jose Sharks in 7





Picks for Thursday April 29, 2010

29 04 2010

5-Star Picks for Thursday April 29, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees

San Jose Sharks (NHL)

Toronto Blue Jays

Los Angeles Dodgers

Doggin’ it Pick

Milwaukee Brewers


Record to Date:  110- 69

Second round NHL Playoff Predictions coming later today.





Updates

28 04 2010

Hey All,

Kind of crazy these days but I hope to get things running smoother soon time.  NHL playoffs, MLB craziness and of course, the countdown to television’s most addictive series – LOST have over taken my life.

Oh, right, I forgot about that.  Okay, okay, maybe a little too much partying, too.  But I promise, I’ll be back on the horse as they say.

However, I have a lot in store to enhance this blog in the next little while, so please be patient.  I’m looking into video blogging, and bringing in a few new contributors  (I think I’ve mentioned this already) so stay tuned.

In the mean time a rant or two…

Dear….

Baltimore Orioles

Dear Mr. Peter Angelos and Mr. Andy MacPhail

Why pay all those jabronis in the bullpen to blow games?  How about your infielders who seem to struggle both defensively and at the plate?  How about you pay ME  $35, 000 a year and I’m sure I can produce better numbers than any player on your team.  The Orioles are simply PATHETIC to watch.  Yeah, this is also coming from a Blue Jays fan here, but at least our team is winning games.  Am I right?

NBA Playoffs

I love reading the Cavs – Lakers NBA Finals previews that are posted around the inter-web.  Ummm… have they turned LOST’s frozen donkey wheel and somehow flashed to the future to see the finals?  Last I checked we’re only in the first round, and the Lakers sort of have their hands full with the Thunder  (OKC?  Really?  Good show, boys!)  Not to mention LBJ an the Cavs head into a major series vs. the Boston Celtics in the East Conference Finals.

Hey, LeBron, your arm wasn’t looking too strong Tuesday night at the end of the game against Chicago.  *Sniff*  I smell a juicy upset brewing here.  Bank on it.

If When the Celtics win this series, I’ll donate $100 to Sick Kids Hospital. I call this confidence for a good cause.  Sounds catchy.

MLB

Salary cap.  Salary cap.  Salary cap.  You know it exists, but you just pretend that it’s some … disease.   Give me a fucking break already.  The MLB is the ONLY North American League without a salary cap.   No wonder why the NBA, NHL and NFL playoffs bring many new faces every year.  It’s an equal playing field for all organizations.

Oh, and the MLB playoff system is way outdated.  30 teams play 182 games each, and only eight make the playoffs?  Oh, wait.  Seven.  I don’t count the spot that’s usually reserved for the Yankees/Red Sox.  Do something about it.  You’re already losing ticket sales all across the league because people are tired of the same old shit.





Picks for Wednesday April 28, 2010

28 04 2010

5- Star Picks for Wednesday April 28, 2010

Montreal Canadiens/ Washington Capitals UNDER 6.5

Minnesota Twins/ Detroit Tigers OVER 8.5

New York Yankees

Los Angeles Angels

Minnesota Twins

Doggin’ it Pick

Montreal Canadiens

Record to Date:  105-68





Picks for Tuesday April 27, 2010

27 04 2010

5- Star Picks for Tuesday April 27, 2010

New York Yankees

Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers/ Pittsburgh Pirates OVER 8.5

Colorado Rockies

Tampa Bay Rays

Doggin’ it Pick

Washington Nationals

Record to Date:  101-66





Picks for Monday April 26, 2010

26 04 2010

5- Star Picks for Monday April 26, 2010


Milwaukee Brewers

Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Philadelphia Phillies

Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners

Doggin’ it Pick

Boston Bruins (NHL)

Record to Date:  97- 64





MLB Power Rankings for Week 4

26 04 2010

1.  Tampa Bay Rays: Great week for the upstart Rays.  Sure they suffered their first road loss of the season to the White Sox on Tuesday, but they made up for it by coming out and pounding Chicago 12-0 the next day.  Great to see David Price back on the horse after getting out-pitched against John Danks earlier in the week.  Another stellar note for the Rays:  They’re now 12-4 against divisional opponents.  Wowzers.  Looks like the Yankees might need to stop chasing the Red Sox, and start worrying about the Rays.

2.  New York Yankees: Not a solid week for the Bronx Bombers.  They snagged a series from the hot Oakland A’s, but then struggled against the surging Angels of Los Angeles over the weekend.

The Yankees are going to need more out of Javier Vasquez who seems to be just down-right awful right now.  This is the Yankees big offseason pick-up, and he’s 1-3 on the season.  Yikes.  Bust much?  Oh, hey, Teixeira, if you want to keep up your brutal slump at the plate, it would be much appreciated.  Gotta love how Tex is only batting .125 right now. Also, Nick Johnson as a DH is a joke.  I guess his .406 OBP is pretty decent, but, considering he just snags walks and does nothing with his bat (.136 average) will eventually cause problems down the line.  Bank on it.

The best cure for the Yankees mid-April hangover?  A stop in Baltimore to play a round of batting practice against the brutal Orioles.

3.  Minnesota Twins: Everything seems to be working just fine for the Twins right now.  I bet it’s partially due to the outdoor scene at Target Field.  The Twin City Monsters are swinging hot bats right now, and are really delivering for those who have them on their fantasy teams.

Mauer has exploded out of the gate and leads the majors with a .381 avg.  The reigning A.L MVP had a stellar day Saturday against the Royals going 5-for-6.  His partner in crime, Justin Morneau has also been crushing the ball lately and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games.  The Twins aren’t just all bats.

Pitcher Francisco Liriano is off to a great start.  He pitched eight shutout innings on Wednesday for the Twins’ 6-0 win against the Indians and is 2-0 on the year.  This guy has bounced back in a major way after a dismal 2009 season.

4.  Oakland A’s: Oakland managed to cool the bats of the Yankees during the week holding them to an average of 4.6 runs-per-game in the three-game set which is the lowest runs average the Yankees have produced this season.  The A’s then came back and took two of three games from the Indians.  In both wins, the A’s gave the scoreboard a work out by posting double digits in the run category.  The Athletics could make the top five their new home if they can pull out a series win in Tampa Bay this week.

5.  Los Angeles Angels: A series split with the Detroit Tigers and a series win against the Yankees combined with a 7-3 record in their past 10 games is enough to catapult the Halos to the number five spot.  It’s nice to see Kendry Morales returning to his monstrous 2009 self.  Morales had a perfect 3-for-3 day against Javier Vasquez and the Yankees on Sunday, and had a great weekend overall going 7-for-10 with two home runs, and six RBI.  A.L MVP candidate much?

Another plus is Scott Kazmir’s return to form.  Sure he struggled in his first outing against the Yankees back on April 15th, but since then, he’s been decent.  Give the guy the run support he needs, and he’ll do the rest.

Almost There

6.  Philadelphia Phillies: Roy Halladay is a stud.  Gotta love the fact that I took him in the first round of the fantasy draft over a batter.  Halladay is putting up amazing numbers right now (4-0, .082 ERA) and I’ve said it before, this guy will win the Cy Young in 2010.

What seems to be hurting the Phillies right now is the fact that they seem to be riding Halladay, and the rest of the rotation is slacking.  Cole Hamels is not doing it these days as he’s picked up the loss in his last two starts.  Pair Hamels’ slump with the injury to J.A. Happ and Ryan Howard struggling at the plate, and you’ll for sure see why the Phillies have posted a 3-3 record this week, and dropped three spots in the rankings.

7.  St. Louis Cardinals:  It was a tough call on this spot.  Sure the Cardinals lost two-of-three to the Giants this weekend, and sure their bats were shut down, but the St. Louis rotation pitched gems even in the losses.  I guess when you explode all week and tee-off on the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals still deserve to be in the top ten.

Hey, apparently there’s a new Trojan virus making its way around the Internet via E-Mail from the post-office.  Did someone download that into the Cardinals robot Albert Pujols?  Geez.  Pujols really struggled this week (6-for-24) but fear not Cardinals fans, Colby Rasmus to the rescue.

8.  San Francisco Giants: Mediocre week for the Giants.  They got swept by the Padres (say what?!) and then came out strong against the Cardinals.  Tim Lincecum is 4-0 to start the year, Barry Zito is back to shutting down batters and winning games, but then the rotation gets spotty.  Sanchez and Cain have been under-producing and Wellemyer is having a tough time finding the strike zone.  This week should be a great test for the Giants as they host the Phillies.  Hopefully they can steal a couple games before their divisional bout with the Rockies on tap for the weekend.

9.  San Diego Padres: Yep, this is for real.  Considering they swept the Diamondbacks last weekend, then the Giants during the week, and took two-of-three games from the Reds this weekend, I say that’s enoughto push them in the top 10.  The Padres were deemed to be the joke of the MLB this year by some, but an 8-2 record in their last 10 games and first place in the National League West has the Padres laughing now.  Alot of this has to do with the awakening of Adrian Gonzalez.  Four straight games with a home run?  Pujols must be envious.  Wait. Do robots get envious?

San Diego can move up with series wins over the Marlins and Brewers this week.  Imagine if they moved into the top five?  The joke would definitely be on us naysayers, that’s for sure.

10.  New York Mets:  The Mets are my biggest mover for week 4.  They posted a 7-1 record during the week, and have really been playing great defensive baseball.  Johan Santana is so 2004.  It’s all about Mike Pelfrey right now in Queens.  I know, many may disagree with this spot considering I had them 27th last week, but, they swept their N.L East rival Atlanta Braves on the weekend, and picked up three-of-four agains the Cubs during the week.  Big series this week against the Dodgers, but even bigger series against the Phillies on the weekend could help catapult the Mets in the top five or send them back to the basement.

The Rest of the Pack

11.  Florida Marlins

12.  Colorado Rockies

13.  Washington Nationals

14.  Detroit Tigers

15.  Chicago Cubs

16.  Toronto Blue Jays

17.  Boston Red Sox

18.  Texas Rangers

19.  Seattle Mariners

20.  Chicago White Sox

21.  Cleveland Indians

22.  Arizona Diamondbacks

23.  Houston Astros

24.  Milwaukee Brewers

25.  Atlanta Braves

26.  Los Angeles Dodgers

27.  Pittsburgh Pirates

28.  Cincinnati Reds

29.  Kansas City Royals

30.  Baltimore Orioles





Picks for Sunday April 25, 2010

25 04 2010

5- Star Picks x 2 for Sunday April 25, 2010

Los Angeles Kings/ Vancouver Canucks OVER 5.5  (NHL)

Liverpool (Soccer)

Marseille (Soccer)

Chelsea (Soccer)

Baltimore Orioles/ Boston Red Sox OVER 9.5

Chicago Cubs/ Milwaukee Brewers OVER 8.5

Atlanta Braves

New York Yankees/ Los Angeles Angels UNDER 10.5

Texas Rangers

San Diego Padres

Doggin’ it Pick

Washington Nationals

Record to Date: 89- 61