It’s been over 24 hours since the game started, but I still don’t really know what to say about it. That game was a really surreal experience. I have to admit that for the mythical “casual fan” it was probably highly enjoyable, and it was. But it was the Stanley Cup Finals. 6-5 final score? That’s cahrazy. I don’t know what else to say about it yet.
All I’m going to say about Ryan Miller is that once again I got that, “OMG I love him I’m so glad he’s Buffalo’s” feeling. That’s one of my faves.
But I’m not talking about either of those today. Today, I am bringing to the internet a piece of complete nonsense an opinion I have held for a long time and finally have time to put on here.
I am of the belief that the Swedish hockey player Lars Nicklas Backstrom and the tennis stud Rafael Nadal share a striking resemblance.
Stick with me on this! I know it’s crazy. When I first made this discovery at some point last year (I can’t remember which tennis tournament it was during) I was surprised when the thought popped into my head, but I truly believe it’s based on fact.
Look at them!! Long hair! Round faces (although Rafael’s has gotten a little more chiseled)! Similar mouths! They both even have the exact same smile. I couldn’t find two pictures to compare, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
Lars Nicklas is like the ying to Rafa’s yang. There is a resemblance there.
I apologize for the utter ridiculousness of this post. I just had to get it out there.
I figure we’ve got plenty of time so I won’t talking about the Stupid F***ing Ice Bowl that’s being announced later today (typical NHL, so desperate to work Crosby in that they’re announcing an event featuring him [and Alex] the day before the Cup Finals are starting, which don’t include him. But I can’t be too made that the Caps are visitors because as everyone has been pointing out, the visitor goes to the Cup Finals. Fair trade off.), but I would like to present my worthless well thought out predictions. And I would like to talk about the in-studio guest NBC is hosting during the game tomorrow night.
First, the pick. This is hard for me. Everyone is picking Chicago. Chicago is so trendy and they’re so good and everyone just loves them and thinks that even if it takes six or seven games, they’ll win. First of all, I think the problem I have with Chicago is that while I like quite a few of their players on an individual basis (Toews is so good, and, I mean, I own a Toews shirt for a reason), when they’re assessed holistically they make me think of that stuck-up jock at high school who knows he’s all that and knows he’s talented and attractive and somewhat funny and just assumes that everyone will love him. I’m not saying they’re not a really good team, because they are. Don’t get me wrong, I realize they’re talented and they do have a really good chance of winning it all this year. But they’re the star quarterback, and that gets on my nerves a little.
Then there’s Philadelphia. Philadelphia has essentially flipped off the hockey community by winning the Eastern Conference because everyone figured they were done for back in December when they switched coaches and celebrated by getting spanked by the Capitals, specifically one Lars Nicklas Backstrom (10 YEARS!!!!). Then when they finally snuck into the playoffs, everyone wanted to play them because they knew it would be an easy win. I was included in that list as far as the Caps’ first round matchup was concerned. I didn’t want the Sabres to play them because I knew Richards would score at least 16 shorties during the series.
But I digress. All of a sudden the Flyers are playing for the Stanley Cup and aside from the part where they’re on like their eighteenth goalie, they look like the team everyone picked before the season started. I hate the Flyers with a passion, but they’ve got something good going too. And as much as I detest them, I honestly think they have a legitimate chance of winning. That’s why I have a problem just picking the Blackhawks in six, because I think if Philadelphia plays the way they have for the past few rounds I think they could actually win the Cup. And if that happened, I’d have to kill myself and then cancel my subscription to the Buffalo News.
So now I don’t know if I should just pick Chicago anyway, because their goalie isn’t so high risk in the “complete meltdown” category, or pick Philadelphia because I think they could do it and I wanted to be able to say I picked them. I feel like this is one of those things where you have to see how each team plays against each other but that’s a cop out.
I think I’m gonna go with the Flyers because of all of the above reasons and also because Hossa plays for Chicago. I may have made it this far without mentioning him and his curse, but it clearly plays some significance. Don’t ever piss off the hockey gods. So, yeah. Philadelphia. I’m certainly not rooting for them, I just think that they could actually do it. Dare to be different!
I’m going to need a long shower when this is all over with.
NBC must realize, however, how I feel about these teams, because they’ve added some intermission entertainment to the game tomorrow night. None other than Buffalo’s own Ryan Miller will be taking the stage with Pierre and Mike to wear one of his uber trendy suits, discuss the game, and hopefully diffuse the tension that will surely build between Pierre and Mike. Personally, I’d rather just see him in between benches instead, but I realize this won’t happen.
As I would just like to remind everyone, I have an amazingly excellent track record with my favorite players doing intermission reports on NBC.
I actually haven’t watched this interview in quite some time, so I had forgotten how magnificently awkward it was and how deep and insightful it got with the learning stuff. If Ryan Miller’s appearance is half as epic as this one, I will consider it to have been a success.
See, guys? NBC can get it right every once and a while!
Everyone said that the Sharks could do it this year. Everyone had faith in them. Everyone kept telling me I should just give in and accept it.
To those people I have this to say: HA.
San Jose better blow that baby up this summer because if I was a Sharks fan, I’d be getting my torch ready right about now.
Right now, it’s that magical time of the school year when it’s not close enough to finals to start studying but the teachers have, for the most part, given up on teaching. As a consequence I have had very little to do as far as constructive activities, giving me much more time to ponder things of lesser significance.
Like how the Flyers are revolting, the Sharks are proving that at the end of the day they don’t want to let me down, the Canadiens (I can’t believe I’m saying this) are kind of cute once you get past the fact that they’re the Canadians and that Scott Gomez plays for them, and how this whole hissy fit between the IIHF and Hockey Canada is hilarious when you think about it. Did Crosby experience a disappointing end to his season? Yes. Should he still have considered going to Germany since, you know, he scored the gold medal clinching goal back at the Olympics and it’s positive exposure? Yes. Is everyone involved being immature and suffering from feeling of overinflated self-importance? Absolutely. But it’s funny.
Just as funny as watching Philadelphia lose. Which goalie are they on now?
After I had finally started settling down after the Lars Nicklas signing, it was announce that the Sabres had signed Mike Grier for another year. Yay!! I’ve always felt as though Mikey was an important part of the leadership of the team, and we had a pretty interesting discussion about why he should get the C in school today. (God bless high school productivity levels in May.) Part of it is desperation to get the captaincy away from Craig Rivet, but I like Mike Grier. I’d be happy to make him captain.
And it was announced that Nicklas Backstrom had signed a ten year extension, and there was much rejoicing throughout the land.
This is so, so great. As much as I trust the Caps to do a good job with the important decisions regarding star players (unlike SOME teams *coughsabrescough*), there was still that part of me that was freaking out that they wouldn’t get him signed before July 1. The Capitals would end up committing way too much money to him (clarification: I’d pay him cap maximum if I could, but the salary cap for Washington would be beyond horrific if they ended up straddled with a salary like that), and now he’s all squared away and he and Alex can carry on being besties and having sleepovers and being ridiculously good together on the ice for at least ten more years.
The Caps also signed one of their picks from last year, Marcus Johansson, to an entry-level deal. I’m going to tell you all a little something about my mind here, Dear Readers. I really don’t follow junior hockey and prospects and the European kids, so by the time the draft rolls around I really don’t know what to think of the picks when it comes to how good they are and how much time they might need to mature, etc. I always end up evaluating them on how hot they are and how much acne they have. For the reasons listed above, I’m sure you can see why the Caps got an A+ for drafting him.
I actually recommend the whole press conference, because it’s filled with warm fuzzies and “we love each other!”s and “we’ll be better next year!” and Ted acting like a sketch. It’s a very fitting tribute to such an awesome day of signings for Washington.
Gee, I wish the Sabres did stuff like this instead of just throwing money at Drew Stafford and Tim Connolly.
In the East…..
First of all, I’ve been on the bandwagon since the beginning of round two, so there’s really no reason to stop now. Second of all, how can you possibly pick against them after the way they’ve played? Third of all, part of me desperately wants to see what the city would do if they make it to the Finals. I mean, they set cars on fire up there to celebrate wins.
(Fun activity I highly recommend: stopping whatever it is you’re doing and just saying to yourself several times, “They set cars on fire when they win. Actual cars.” You won’t be disappointed.)
In the West….
Chicago’s been on my bad list since the whole Hossa thing (poor, poor Nashville) but I haven’t picked San Jose in a series yet, dammit, and I won’t now.
Besides, every single person watching hockey at this point knows that Marian Hossa guarantees getting to the Finals then losing. I wouldn’t want to bet against history.
As much as I passionately, violently hate the Flyers (my dad grew up an Islanders fan) and as much as I adore Bobby Orr and feel robbed for never being able to see him play, I cannot stop laughing over the choke job the Bruins did. Not only were they up 3-0 in the series, but they were up 3-0 IN THE GAME. That takes skill to accomplish. The Bruins should almost be proud of what they managed to do.
I’m so sorry, Bobby.
However, it has to be said:
1.) I picked Montreal. Yep, I did. I can’t link it because I’m on my phone but you can go see it for yourself.
2.) Karma’s a bitch, huh, Pittsburgh?
Something I previously had trouble doing was give Montreal credit. The Habs played out of their minds in both series and I won’t be surprised to see them in the Finals. Which is crazy, but something clicked with them.
Halak is going to be a really, really rich guy this summer.
The Caps may have choked away their series (although like I said, you have to give Montreal credit), but Alex statistically had a better series than Crosby (I’m pretty sure he had more points than Crosby and Malkin combined, but we’ll leave that for another day), so enough from you Pittsburgh homers/Ovechkin haters. Alex also didn’t board anyone in the first minute of his game 7, so, yeah.
I could be a lot meaner and a lot more of a homer than I already am being, but those people piss me off so I’ll stop.
I just have to say this: Gonchar looked like Mike Green on that one goal. He just gave up. Yikes.
And I have to admit: Halak it! Halak it a lot!!
It’s been a ridiculously, batshit crazy fairy busy past few weeks for me and I only just got a chance to sit down and watch a few of the post-elimination/locker room clean-out interviews. Since my memory of what went wrong has pretty much been reduced to “Where the eff was the Sabres top line?” and *thinks about Halak and runs off to rock back and forth in the corner*, I decided I would only watch one per team so I didn’t reopen any old wounds.
I decided to start with Nicki, because let’s be realistic: if you’re going to be watching something that will depress you merely because of what it is, that adorable ball of fudge will make it better.
I’m glad he seems to realize that they need to get their act together last year. I hope he realizes how I’ll never be able to take him completely seriously with all that blond hair. I admire his decision to wear that shirt. I thoroughly enjoy the part about two and a half minutes in when, after discussing how they need to learn, he goes, “Soooooo….”
If George McPhee does not re-sign him I will personally go to Washington and lead a revolt.
Then I went on over to the Sabres website. Since the only Sabres I’m currently not mad at for various reasons are Ryan Miller and Tyler Ennis, and I decided I wanted one last moment with the mustache, I picked Miller.
I enjoyed his postgamer because I like his suit, he’s good and pissed and looks like he wants to shank his teammates (I’m still fully on board with him slashing all of them in their sleep) and because he says “post mortem.” Well played, Mr. Miller.
I only made it forty seconds into the locker room clean out because then he said “autopsy” and I started laughing so I stopped watching. I feel so bad for that guy. Yes, he may not have been quite as insanely good as he was during the Olympics, but still, he needed a little more than what he got from his teammates. I sincerely hope he marches into Darcy’s office and demands some good players who don’t pull disappearing acts in the playoffs. I ADORE Tyler Ennis, but when he’s your best forward in the playoffs you have problems.
And now going back and watching these interviews makes me miss them all. D-bags.