Archive for January, 2011

As he sits and recovers from a Severe Concussion, the collective consciousness of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and the entire Country of Canada hold their breath in the hope that their hero Sidney Crosby is not the next Pat Lafontaine or Eric Lindros …

The Fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates can’t help but wonder if he could be their answer at any number of positions with this type of Power at the Plate …

So the question should be asked … Is Sid “The Kid” Crosby the Next Rick Ankiel?!?

NHL SuperSkills Competition

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Hockey, Uncategorized

Gotta admit, one of the Coolest Intros I’ve ever seen … LET’S GO TEAM LIDSTROM!!!

Gotta Love the All-Star Skills Competition …

Only at an All-Star Game will you see 2 Bitter Rivals together like this … Then again it’s not Crosby he’s talking to!

The stuff Perry does with the Puck is Simply Incredible …

Yankees President Randy Levine has lost his mind and sacrificed his professional credibility in the process … In response to Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg insinuating that the Rangers kept the Cliff Lee hunt going long enough for a “Mystery Team” to step in and block the Yankees, Levine said the following … 

“I think Chuck is delusional,” Levine told ESPNewYork.com. “He has been running the Rangers for a few minutes and seems to believe he’s mastered what everyone else is thinking. I think he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself. I’ll be impressed when he demonstrates he can keep the Rangers off welfare. What I mean is make them not be a revenue-sharing recipient for three years in a row, without taking financing from baseball or advance money from television networks. Then I’ll be impressed.”

Someone should remind Levine that Greenberg owns the Rangers with his own Money, and bought the Team with that money from an Ownership group that was in Bankruptcy … Under Greenberg, the Rangers immediately game out of that Bankruptcy and proceeded to march through the Yankees on the way to the World Series … Far from a “Welfare” team …

Levine on the other hand plays with money that George Steinbrenner made, and has since passed on through inheritance that money to his Sons Hank and Hal … The money never was and never will be Levine’s …

The fact is, the Rangers whether they intended to or not did in fact by their mere presence keep Lee on the market this off-season … and did so longer than if the Yankees had been the only legitimate team in the running …

First it was Jeter needing to drink “reality potion” … Then it was Cashman being himself … Now it’s Levine attacking out of ignorance …

But never fear, the Yankees have signed Bartolo Colon!!!

Text of ESPN Article: http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=6068830

Several weeks ago, the following was published https://nachosaddpeppers.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/little-sidney/ …

It was stated then, and again now … Sidney Crosby is not now, nor will he ever be Wayne Gretzky!!!

Statistically speaking Crosby’s Best Season, even if taken as parts of seasons and combined with others to form a “Super Season” hardly compare to those of Gretzky

Crosby:

Selected by Pittsburgh Penguins round 1 #1 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft

                                            — Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
————————————————————————————–
2003-04  Rimouski Oceanic            QMJHL  59   54   81  135   74   9   7   9  16  10
2004-05  Rimouski Oceanic            QMJHL  62   66  102  168   84  13  14  17  31  16
2005-06  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    81   39   63  102  110  —  —  —  —  —
2006-07  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    79   36   84  120   60   5   3   2   5   4
2007-08  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    53   24   48   72   39  20   6  21  27  12
2008-09  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    77   33   70  103   76  24  15  16  31  14
2009-10  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    81   51   58  109   71  13   6  13  19   6
2010-11  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    41   32   34   66   31
————————————————————————————–
         NHL Totals                        412  215  357  572  387  62  30  52  82  36

Gretzky:

                                            — Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
————————————————————————————–
1976-77  Peterborough Petes          OHA     3    0    3    3    0
1977-78  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhoun   OHA    64   70  112  182   14
1978-79  Indianapolis Racers         WHA     8    3    3    6    0  —  —  —  —  —
1978-79  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    72   43   61  104   19  13  10  10  20   2
1979-80  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    79   51   86  137   21   3   2   1   3   0
1980-81  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   55  109  164   28   9   7  14  21   4
1981-82  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   92  120  212   26   5   5   7  12   8
1982-83  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   71  125  196   59  16  12  26  38   4
1983-84  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    74   87  118  205   39  19  13  22  35  12
1984-85  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   73  135  208   52  18  17  30  47   4
1985-86  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   52  163  215   46  10   8  11  19   2
1986-87  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    79   62  121  183   28  21   5  29  34   6
1987-88  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    64   40  109  149   24  19  12  31  43  16
1988-89  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    78   54  114  168   26  11   5  17  22   0
1989-90  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    73   40  102  142   42   7   3   7  10   0
1990-91  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    78   41  122  163   16  12   4  11  15   2
1991-92  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    74   31   90  121   34   6   2   5   7   2
1992-93  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    45   16   49   65    6  24  15  25  40   4
1993-94  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    81   38   92  130   20  —  —  —  —  —
1994-95  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    48   11   37   48    6  —  —  —  —  —
1995-96  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    62   15   66   81   32  —  —  —  —  —
1995-96  St. Louis Blues             NHL    18    8   13   21    2  13   2  14  16   0
1996-97  New York Rangers            NHL    82   25   72   97   28  15  10  10  20   2
1997-98  New York Rangers            NHL    82   23   67   90   28  —  —  —  —  —
1998-99  New York Rangers            NHL    70    9   53   62   14  —  —  —  —  —
————————————————————————————–
         WHA Totals                         80   46   64  110   19  13  10  10  20   2
         NHL Totals                       1487  894 1963 2857  577 208 122 260 382  66

Nevertheless, Former NHL’er Jeremy Roenick went on the Dan Patrick Show, and declared that Crosby is “Way More Talented” than Gretzky

Maybe Roenick meant Wayne’s Little Brother Brent:

Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 3 #49 overall 1992 NHL Entry Draft

                                            — Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
————————————————————————————–
1989-90  Belleville Bulls            OHL    66   15   32   47   30  11   0   0   0   2
1990-91  Belleville Bulls            OHL    66   26   56   82   25   6   3   3   6   2
1991-92  Belleville Bulls            OHL    62   43   78  121   37  —  —  —  —  —
1992-93  Atlanta Knights             IHL    77   20   34   54   84   9   3   2   5   8
1993-94  Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL    10    1    2    3    2  —  —  —  —  —
1993-94  Atlanta Knights             IHL    54   17   23   40   30  14   1   1   2   2
1994-95  Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL     3    0    1    1    0  —  —  —  —  —
1994-95  Atlanta Knights             IHL    67   19   32   51   42   5   4   1   5   4
1995-96  St. John’s Maple Leafs      AHL    68   13   28   41   40   4   0   6   6   0
1996-97  Pensacola Ice Pilots        ECHL   22    9   15   24    4  12   5   8  13   4
1996-97  Las Vegas Thunder           IHL    40    5   12   17    8  —  —  —  —  —
1996-97  Quebec Rafales              IHL     1    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —
1997-98  Graz EC                     Aust   37   19   43   62   36
1998-99  Hershey Bears               AHL     6    2    2    4    2  —  —  —  —  —
1998-99  Chicago Wolves              IHL    39    9   19   28   15   3   0   1   1   0
1998-99  Asheville Smoke             UHL    32   28   42   70   29  —  —  —  —  —
1999-00  Chicago Wolves              IHL     2    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —
1999-00  Asheville Smoke             UHL    74   36   92  128   68   2   1   2   3   0
2000-01  Port Huron Border Cats      UHL     9    0    8    8   18  —  —  —  —  —
2000-01  Fort Wayne Komets           UHL    61   16   58   74   22   7   5   3   8   2
2001-02  Fort Wayne Komets           UHL    73   21   55   76   35  —  —  —  —  —
2002-03  Port Huron Beacons          UHL    45   31   29   60   12   3   3   0   3   2
2003-04  Port Huron Beacons          UHL    61   43   38   81   10   9   4  13  17  26
2004-05  Danbury Trashers            UHL    37   13   25   38    8  —  —  —  —  —
2005-06  Motor City Mechanics        UHL    66   15   65   80   12   4   1   1   2   0
————————————————————————————–
         NHL Totals                         13    1    3    4    2

At the end of the Day … Sidney Crosby will always be “The Kid” and NOTHING more … and Wayne Gretzky will always be “The Great One” …

But Neither will ever be “Mr. Hockey” …

Gordie Howe:

Gordie Howe
Right Wing
Born Mar 31 1928  -- Floral, SASK
Height 6.00 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots R

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1945-46  Omaha Knights               USHL   51   22   26   48   53   6   2   1   3  15
1946-47  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    58    7   15   22   52   5   0   0   0  18
1947-48  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    60   16   28   44   63  10   1   1   2  11
1948-49  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    40   12   25   37   57  11   8   3  11  19
1949-50  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   35   33   68   69   1   0   0   0   7
1950-51  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   43   43   86   74   6   4   3   7   4
1951-52  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   47   39   86   78   8   2   5   7   2
1952-53  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   49   46   95   57   6   2   5   7   2
1953-54  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   33   48   81  109  12   4   5   9  31
1954-55  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    64   29   33   62   68  11   9  11  20  24
1955-56  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   38   41   79  100  10   3   9  12   8
1956-57  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   44   45   89   72   5   2   5   7   6
1957-58  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    64   33   44   77   40   4   1   1   2   0
1958-59  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   32   46   78   57  --  --  --  --  --
1959-60  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   28   45   73   46   6   1   5   6   4
1960-61  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    64   23   49   72   30  11   4  11  15  10
1961-62  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   33   44   77   54  --  --  --  --  --
1962-63  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   38   48   86  100  11   7   9  16  22
1963-64  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    69   26   47   73   70  14   9  10  19  16
1964-65  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   29   47   76  104   7   4   2   6  20
1965-66  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    70   29   46   75   83  12   4   6  10  12
1966-67  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    69   25   40   65   53  --  --  --  --  --
1967-68  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    74   39   43   82   53  --  --  --  --  --
1968-69  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    76   44   59  103   58  --  --  --  --  --
1969-70  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    76   31   40   71   58   4   2   0   2   2
1970-71  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    63   23   29   52   38  --  --  --  --  --
1971-72  Did Not Play                Ind     0    0    0    0    0
1972-73  Did Not Play                Ind     0    0    0    0    0
1973-74  Houston Aeros               WHA    70   31   69  100   46  13   3  14  17  34
1974-75  Houston Aeros               WHA    75   34   65   99   84  13   8  12  20  20
1975-76  Houston Aeros               WHA    78   32   70  102   76  17   4   8  12  31
1976-77  Houston Aeros               WHA    62   24   44   68   57  11   5   3   8  11
1977-78  New England Whalers         WHA    76   34   62   96   85  14   5   5  10  15
1978-79  New England Whalers         WHA    58   19   24   43   51  10   3   1   4   4
1979-80  Hartford Whalers            NHL    80   15   26   41   42   3   1   1   2   2
1997-98  Detroit Vipers              IHL     1    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         WHA Totals                        419  174  334  508  399  78  28  43  71 115
         NHL Totals                       1767  801 1049 1850 1685 157  68  92 160 220

Michigan Slaughters Sparty

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Basketball, Uncategorized

Whether it was 4 points or 40 points is irrelevant …

The University of Michigan Mens Basketball Team has gone to “little brother” Sparty’s House and BEATEN him into a pile of green pulp suitable for excretion by an infant …

The “Mystique” is Gone …

The days of Ellerbe and Amaker are Gone …

There will be no burning of couches in the Quad … For they are not Michigan State delinquents … They are Michigan Men, and will Celebrate without destroying their own belongings …

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=310270127

http://www.freep.com/article/20110127/SPORTS06/110127082/Michigan-61-Michigan-State-57-Wolverines-stun-Spartans-Breslin-Center?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

LET’S GO BLUE!!!

Final Score:

UofM … 61

Little Brother … 57

HAIL TO THE VICTORS!!!

I’m frankly not sure which is more amazing, the fact that Zack Follett called the Lions Franchise Quarterback a “China Doll”, the fact that he’s now retracted the statement, and blamed the media for taking his actual remark out of context, or the fact that he then blamed Satan for his actions …

http://www.freep.com/article/20110125/SPORTS01/110125035/Follet-Calling-Stafford-china-doll-bad-choice?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|s

Follett is a Fringe Linebacker, and will be Lucky to have enough money left to buy a China Doll if he keeps running his mouth …

Attacking the Franchise Quarterback rarely works out for the Less Talented Attacker …

Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett posted a five-minute video on vimeo.com in which he blames the furor over his reference to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as a “china doll” on Satan.

He also says, “Detroit wants me hung now,” and, at one point, slaps himself.

Derek Jeter moving to CF?!?

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Baseball, Uncategorized

Brain Cashman has apparently once again hit his head this off-season …

Let’s take a look at his behavior this off-season …

1) He tells Jeter to stop Drinking the Kool-Aid and re-join reality … Then gives him a 3-yr $51 Million Contract at age 36 with a 4th yr Option … http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5862839

2) Entertains the idea of bringing Carl Pavano back to the Yankees … http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2011/01/20/2011-01-20_yankees_gm_brian_cashman_admits_to_speaking_with_agent_of_carl_pavano_who_resign.html

3) Tells his Bosses not to sign Soriano … then after the signing happens, speaks out publicly against it … http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-yankees-soriano

4) Not even sure what to say about this … but I Love It!!! http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/12641/cashman-i-love-it-here-i-think

5) States publicly that he thinks Jeter could eventually move to Centerfield … http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=6057464

Derek Jeter can barely cover the Shortstop position on the infield, how does Cashman possibly think that he could have the legs and ability at this point in his career to make that transition … There’s absolutely no way this works …

YANKEES FAIL … TH-H-H-H-E YAN-KEEEES FAIL!!!

Brett Favre Is Back!!!

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Football, Uncategorized

Watchout Jay Cutler … Favre is Back!!!

The following is a statement/admission by a LSU Official which is especially troublesome as the NCAA pokes its nose into every recruiting conversation and dealing a school has … Combined with the turbulent financial course at the present of LSU and its Academic Cutbacks …

Let’s not lose sight here of the fact that an Athletic Recruit was lost because his would be Coach could not assure the Family of the University’s financial stability over the 4 years the kid would be on the campus. Yet that same University recently saw fit to extend the contract of another Coach by 4 years to the tune of $3.75 Million annually. It seems we have more at issue here than mere budget cutbacks, but rather a gross deviation from the common duty of care that an institution of higher learning be held to.

 “To LSU friends, alumni, and supporters,
 
Recently LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri addressed the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and mentioned the loss of a highly regarded recruit from Texas due to potential budget cuts at LSU. It seems the prospect’s mother had grave concerns about the future of LSU because she had heard the talk about state funding reductions to higher education in Louisiana.
 
Like anything related to LSU Athletics, Coach Mainieri’s comments generated quite a buzz in Baton Rouge about the residual impact of budget cuts at LSU. We have to consider how many high school prospects who are highly accomplished in academics are having similar misgivings about committing their future to LSU.
 
The fact remains that some damage has already been done to LSU and, as we work with state leaders to mitigate the current budget issues, we continue to address financial reductions that have already taken a bite out of our university.
 
Don’t forget that we have already incurred $45 million in reductions to state appropriations since January of 2009, resulting in the loss of 140 faculty positions and 236 staff positions.  Fewer faculty members result in reduced class offerings which in turn can slow our students’ progress to graduation.
 
Universities with more resources than LSU are luring away top faculty. LSU has already lost two deans and faculty ranging from one of the top oboists in the nation to a world-class chemist whose work brought millions of research dollars to the state every year.
 
Foreign language offerings have been reduced and music scholarships have been cut severely, threatening the future of musical instruction at LSU. Funding has been eliminated for the Writing Center, an award-winning tutoring and instruction program that helped LSU students improve their writing skills. State funding has also been eliminated from other programs and centers that support the student experience and impact research.
 
We remain encouraged that the LSU System, the LSU Board of Supervisors, the Board of Regents, Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature are working to find solutions for funding higher education in Louisiana. But be reminded that any cut, however big or small, will compound the harm that has already been done. While we address our current budget crisis, we must also seek long-term solutions to keep the best and brightest of our young people coming to LSU.
 
Sincerely,
Michael Martin
LSU Chancellor”

One can reasonably infer here that Mainieri is in fact referring to Zach Lee (McKinney, TX) whom LSU had signed to a Football Scholarship, but was also set to play Baseball at the University … That was until the Los Angeles Dodgers Drafted him in the 1st Round of the 2010 Draft and gave him a signing bonus of $5.25 Million to leave Baton Rouge…

Now there is no public proof or admission here, but Lee certainly fits the “bill” of a recruit a school could lose over money, as many if not all who come to LSU to play Baseball, do so with the intent of playing professionally, not because they believe LSU is superior in academics, and certainly not an out-of-state student…

So we go back to, how in this time of academic cutbacks, does a school lose an athletic recruit and blame financial stability, while the Football Coach gets a 4-yr/$3.75MM-per/yr contract extension?

Something smells funky in Baton Rouge, and it’s not just the Bayous …

Mark Sanchez is clearly already thinking about his next Photoshoot or Pacific Ocean Wave …

Rex Ryan’s Defense is M.I.A. so far tonight …

Big Ben is having his way Running and Passing …

AFC CHAMPIONS!!!

Tramon Williams, Clay Matthews, and Charles Woodson have the Packers Defense ready for the Super Bowl after their dismantling of Cutler, Collins, and the Bears …

Super Bowl Prediction:

Packers 38

Steelers 27

Charles Woodson with a Game Clinching Pick 6