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Nicklas Lidstrom to Retire

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s probably not fashionable to say in Chicago, but Nicklas Lidstrom is one of my all time favorite hockey players.  The joke about him being the “Perfect Human” isn’t that far-fetched.  Easily the greatest defenseman of this era, although it’s hard to place Lidstrom and his 20-plus years in any particular era.  I literally can’t remember the NHL without Lidstrom as he began his professional career when I was just 5 years-old.  His resume is basically unmatched.  Seven Norris Trophies, four Stanley Cups, an Olympic Gold Medal, and a Conn Smythe Trophy.  However, those things barely begin to tell the whole story.  Lidstrom was like a ghost on the ice.  Seemingly appearing out of nowhere to get in a passing lane or take the puck off of an attacking winger.  The game was quiet when Lidstrom was on the ice.  He seldom delivered a big body check, and NEVER received one.  He played the game with an elegance and a vision that was his alone.  He was in many ways the Wayne Gretzky of defensemen.  Class, humility, grace, and intellect describe Lidstrom, but don’t fully define him.  It’s hard to accurately describe a ghost.  I will certainly miss watching #5.  The NHL is a little bit weaker as a league today because of his retirement.

 

Additional Note: Now watch the Red Wings go and throw all this extra money at Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, and Zach Parise.  Not out of the question that they get two of the three.  Don’t worry though Hawks fans, we have Oduya and Montador….

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IL State Representative Mike Bost punching Bills in their God Damn faces!!!

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

I don’t know what this guy’s politics are, but I think we just found the next guy to go from IL House of Representatives straight to the White House.  Like seriously…just drop the “t” on the end of your name there Boss.  Yelling, screaming, rabble rousing, punching bills in their god damn faces.  LET HIS PEOPLE GO!!! LET ME GO!!! I’ll follow Mike Bost to the ends of the earth.  I’ll follow him anywhere as long as it’s not a bordering state because Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee(yeah we border TN, look it up) all suck.  I mean this speech is as inspirational as it gets.  Literally woke up the row behind him.  DO IT MIKE BOST!!! DO IT YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!!! IN YOUR FACE MADIGAN!!! IN YOUR FACE!!!

 

 

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Stanley Cup Finals TONIGHT: Nothing better in sports

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

 

I know I have posted some of these videos before, but I don’t care.  Gretzky once described the NHL season as having three distinct parts and three distinct levels of intensity. There is the regular season, the playoffs, and then the Stanley Cup Finals.  After almost two months of grinding, stitches, bruises, blood, athleticism, and brilliance the Kings and Devils will have to find a way to elevate their game even further.  It starts tonight and I can’t wait.  Truly the best tournament in all of sports.

 

PS: Kings in 6

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Stan Bowman wrecking a dynasty right in our face

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

(Chicago Tribune)–The Blackhawks’ first significant roster moves of the summer involved dealing but little in the way of wheeling, which is what happens when all parties decide that things are generally just fine the way they are. So defenseman Johnny Oduya eschewed free agency for a three-year deal and forward Jamal Mayers re-upped for one year in pacts officially announced Tuesday, basically because both veterans believed there was no place like their current home and the Hawks agreed. Bowman labeled Oduya one of the team’s “top priorities” in the offseason after three assists in six games in the first-round postseason ouster against the Coyotes followed a plus-3 rating in 18 games after being acquired from the Jets. Oduya’s deal averages $3.375 million per year, according to TSN,

 

It seems like at every turn Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman is making a move to further decimate the future of the organization.  This Johnny Oduya extension is just the latest in a long line of head-scratching moves that seem to weaken a team that only 30 short months ago appeared to be on the verge of a dynasty.  A Stanley Cup is woefully out of reach, and the blame has to fall on Stan Bowman, the “Salary Cap Genius”.

I’ll admit that Johnny Oduya’s presence helped the Blackhawks immensely last season.  They were pitiful defensively last year and improved markedly after the trade.  Having said that…I didn’t like the trade then, and I like it even less now.  At the dead line I said:

Johnny Oduya is not a star player.  He is not a piece that will fix all of the Blackhawks defensive woes. He is a third pair defenseman with 13 points and is a -9.  If everything comes together down the stretch for the Blackhawks, maybe Oduya’s presence is enough to get the Blackhawks out of the first round…maybe.

Turns out Oduya’s presence was not enough to get the Blackhawks out of the first round.  I felt at the time that Stan Bowman vastly overpaid for Oduya.  Draft picks and prospects are the life-force of any organization and are an extremely valuable asset.  Stan Bowman pissed away a 2nd and a 3rd round pick for role player.  I was angry when I thought Oduya was a rental.  If I knew Stan was going to commit the team to 3 more seasons at $3.375m then I would have probably had an aneurism.  I hate to beat a dead horse, but contract is worse than the Brian Campbell contract.  Campbell at $7.14m provides more value than Oduya at $3.375, and Campbell certainly provides more value by himself than the $8.45m combined cap hit Stan has committed to Frolik, Oduya, and Steve Montador over the next two seasons.

Cap hit aside, Oduya doesn’t really solve some of the problems the Blackhawks have on the back-end.  They notably needed size and shot blocking, neither of which Oduya does particularly well.  The Blackhawks still have many holes to address and now they only have $2,809,872 in cap space heading into the summer(according to Cap Geek).  Stan Bowman has the Blackhawks in an all too familiar and perilous position…right at the cap ceiling.

The Blackhawks are now in a position where they will likely have to further deconstruct their dynasty team from 2010.  The Hawks have several players who are overpaid, but the two who actually have value are Dave Bolland(2 years $3.375m) and Nik Hjalmarsson(2 years $3.5m).  Even though the Blackhawks can’t afford Hjalmarsson, they can’t afford to trade him either so I won’t theorize potential trades involving #4. I like Bolland, but I have been advocating a trade of “The Rat” for probably a year.  The Blackhawks suddenly have plenty of depth at center in the organization.  Marcus Kruger, Brandon Pirri, and Mark McNeil are young, cheap, and talented.  None of those three are ready for a top 6 role on the varsity, but neither is Dave Bolland.  Kruger has proven reliable in a checking role and could slide into that spot as the Blackhawks try to trade Bolland for more blueline depth.  So while this is an unfortunate possibility, it’s a move that needs to be made.  However, do you really trust Stan Bowman to orchestrate another roster move that removes a piece to the former championship puzzle?

The Blackhawks still have talent of which the majority of the NHL would be jealous, but it’s still frustrating to be a Blackhawks fan.  Toews is a generational type of talent and his prime is being wasted.  Stan Bowman’s ineptitude is closing the championship window on Jonathan Toews.  This is like the equivalent of Tom Brady playing his career with the Lions.  Hopefully this is the last year of the Bowman era and Rocky Wirtz pulls the plug before it is too late.  If things continue on this path, the Blackhawks’ run as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender will not end with a bang, but with a whimper.

 

 

PS: I am glad Jamal Mayers has re-signed. He was by far Stan’s best acquisition last summer.  Although Coach Q probably pushed hard to get Mayers because he is one of Q’s guys.

 

 

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Dolphins to be on Hard Knocks. I wonder who the star of that show will be? Mrs. Tannehill?

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Lauren Tannehill was the biggest star of the NFL Draft and there is no doubt she will be the biggest star of the 2012 Season of Hard Knocks.  The Dolphins are about as boring as it gets these days. No Brandon Marshall wreaking havoc, no Ricky Williams reeking of weed, and a new coach so dull that he makes Lovie Smith look like Jay-Z by comparison.  Hard Knocks is always awesome, but they need Mrs. Tannehill to boost ratings.  She is a star in the making.  One appearance per episode and she will push Elizabeth Hasselback down an elevator shaft.

 

 

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Just when you thought “Call Me Maybe” videos were completely played out…The Staples Center Crew

May 30, 2012 1 comment

I vowed to myself that I would never post another “Call Me Maybe” video, but I dug this one.  Had everything.  Cute girls, sports, unintentionally funny people, so pretty much A+.  No doubt in my mind that this all LA Kings social media’s idea.  They are the best in the game right now. The best.

PS: No Laker girls?

 

PPS: It goes reverse 5-hole, lower left, top left, top right, lower right.

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Mid 20s Guide To Dating: Settling

May 30, 2012 1 comment

 

Umm…nailed it.  Girls in their 20s…just settle.  You’ll be happier.  Settle for the witty-blogger-with-Disney-Prince-hair-type. All that stuff 29 girl said was pretty true, but so was the stuff the 31 girl said.  So just find yourself a blogger-prince-charming and settle before you turn into 31.

 

 

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World’s Best Bartender? Pfft…Child please!

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

So this video is from “Ukraine’s Got Talent”…couldn’t be less impressed with this guy.  Umm…sweet juggling bro, but I didn’t go to the circus…I sat down at a bar.  If you’re standing in my face for 3+ minutes and I still don’t have my drink you’re not getting a tip unless you look like Kate Upton.  Just keep my drinks, put the game I want to watch on the TV, and then get out of the way.  The fact that this guy got three yes votes just proves how weak Ukraine really is.

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Kate Upton makes some really convincing arguments for Direct TV

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Comcast has some great features, but Direct TV’s features are bigger.

 

PS: Yeah I know this commercial is a month old, but I just saw it for the first time so save it.

 

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Cubs Win…Now on the verge of a winning streak

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

It must SUCK to be a Padres fan.  Nice .333 winning percentage you effing losers.  Padres fans wish they were the Cubs.  They’ve got nothing.  Last place team, no Samardizja, no Starlin Castro, and no Theo Epstein. Hell they don’t even have Jed Hoyer or Anthony Rizzo.  Just totally irrelevant.  Cubbies losing streak of 12 games only makes the wins that much sweeter.  Going for the sweep today(I think, could be a 4 game series not sure, but I am not going to look it up. 3 out of 4 is pretty much a Cubs sweep anyways) with ace Ryan Dempster on the bump.  Lock it up.  Cubs about to be  on a winning streak.  SING IT JD!!!

 

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