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NHL Playoff Preview – Ranking what playoff series interest me the most, 1 to 8

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Evgeni_Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, USA

The Penguins are the odds-makers favorites for the Stanley Cup, but are in danger of losing in Round 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t pretend to know hockey in depth enough to make a real analysis one each series. Therefore I will be a narrative whore and rank the series according to how much they intrigue me and how much I want to watch them, with analogies, one phrase descriptions and key match-ups for each.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (4th, East) vs 5 Philadelphia Flyers (5th, East)

The marquee match-up with star power and bad blood to spare. Two contenders for whom a 1st round loss is a massive failure.

Why Pittsburgh will win: Star talents stepping up and great goaltender

Best analogy for Pittsburgh: The most popular girl in her class, gets a mix of adorers and hatred for the attention

One phrase description for Pittsburgh: Superstar talent

Why Philadelphia will win: Greater offensive depth and a mean streak

Best analogy for Philadelphia: A younger brother of the perfect son, constantly ignored for his strengths and brilliance, has a opportunity to kick the perfect son’s ass

One phrase description for Philadelphia: Explosive and angry

Match-up that could decide the series: Gs Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) vs G Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI). With both teams’ offensive talent, the goalies stepping up will be key.

Prediction: Pittsburgh in 7 games Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

April 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thumbs up for meritocracy in the 2011 World Series and MLB playoffs

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Albert Pujols

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I’m generally not a MLB guy, but this has been a good year for the sport. Not only did they get an all-time regular season final day, but the playoffs have been enjoyably close with lots of “moments” like the Chris Carpenter-Roy Halladay Game 5 duel, Nelson Cruz’s big home runs and the Albert Pujols 3 HR game – with the World Series being all around outstanding. But the real reason I like the way thing have turned out, regardless of the winner, is it all feels deserved.

Last year, despite how much I like the San Francisco Giants franchise, the result of their World Series win was wholly unsatisfying. As with most people I felt like the 2010 Philadelphia Phillies’ roster was clearly better – matching the Giants pitching but adding star hitting. But the Giants got hot at the right time and beat them and then dispatched the Rangers much faster than they should have.

This year on the other hand, everything has made sense with the rosters each team put on the field. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

October 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm