I Put On My Robe and Wizard Hat
Just a few random sports-related thoughts:
The Cavs and Crew both lost to their respective league's Wizards over the weekend. Sorcery has never been less popular in the Buckeye state.
I was going to give my MLS season predictions, but after the Crew's first five games, I fold. I'm just going to go hide under a blanket and mutter "we're rebuilding, we're rebuilding, we're rebuilding" for the next 11 months.
One final soccer-related tidbit: the US World Cup roster gets announced today.
Here's my prediction for Bruce's final 23:
GK - Keller, Howard, Hahnemann
DEF - Onyewu, Gibbs, Lewis, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, Hejduk, Berhalter, Albright
MID - O'Brien, Reyna, Mastroeni, Donovan, Beasley, Dempsey, Convey, Olsen
FOR - McBride, Johnson, Twellman, Casey
If you're actually interested in any of that, here's a link Jack sent me that was a good read:
Here's what ESPN says:
How the hell did Kudla not get drafted? I mean, the guys a beast. Hasn't anyone heard this?
This may be deemed blasphemy by a solid 50% of our readership, but last night's Oilers-Red Wings game was a beautiful thing to watch. That game was why I and so many others love the NHL playoffs. Hands down the best playoffs in professional sports.
For the record, before the playoffs, my finals pick was Calgary over Carolina in 6. Now I'm thinking Calgary over Ottawa in 7 to win Lord Stanley's (not to be confused with Lord Ainsley's) Cup. Either way, Kiprusoff's my pick for the Conn Smythe (and obviously the Vezina).
By the way, at the time, I thought the Colorado & Edmonton deals for goalies before the trade deadline were pretty smart. Now those deals look absolutely genius. In my opinion, the Habs gave up on Theodore WAY too early, and Roloson was just plain underappreciated in Minnesota. Now, thanks to those deals and those netminders, we have a 7 and an 8 seed in the second round in the west. Delicious.
So, I swear I just saw the LA Clippers win a playoff series for the first time in 30 years last night before I fell asleep. I thought to myself, "Wow. I wasn't even alive 30 years ago." Then I realized, not only that, but I could distinctly remember pretty much every other NBA team (except the Bobcats) being in the 2nd round of the playoffs at some point. Anyway, if the Clippers find a way to lose to the Lakers in the next round, I might just stop watching the NBA altogether.
31 days until Cuervo IV