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2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round One Predictions

Well, it’s playoff time again, so I suppose I will be growing the beard out again. Yes indeed, this is one of my favorite times of year, even though my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs have finished their season already, finishing out of the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. Oh well, it could be worse. At least the Leafs are taking the steps to be better next year.

But I am not writing this article to talk about the Leafs, this is a playoff article, and I will purely talk about those teams involved. To start, my pick to win the cup this year will be the Detroit Red Wings. They are just too good, they will not be stopped this post-season, much in the same way as last year.

Saying that, I do not want the Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs, I would like to see the Calgary Flames or the Anaheim Ducks win it all this year, however I don’t think the Ducks are getting out of the first round, so LETS GO FLAMES. 

Anyway, lets get to the predictions shall we?

Western Conference

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks

Any other year, this would be one series that I would really be looking forward, but seeing as the San Jose Sharks were absolutely amazing this year, I don’t really see the Ducks having much of a chance in this series, therefore making it hockey that won’t necessarily be fun to watch. However, stranger things have happened, and if J.S. Giguere really heats things up, the Ducks could give the Sharks a run for their money.

Prediction: Sharks in 6

#2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets

This is one series where I have seen certain people predicting an upset. Let me just say, you people are WRONG. Detroit is going to win this series, but Columbus will put up a bit of a fight. Steve Mason is an incredible goalie, but it won’t be enough to carry them past the power house Red Wings. The Blue Jackets will manage to steal a couple of games due to goaltending, but like I just said, it won’t be enough.

Prediction: Red Wings in 6

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues

As a good old Canadian boy, I am obviously going to take the Vancouver Canucks to win this series, however it is not because I am a Canadian that I am going to do so. Vancouver is the superior team in this series, and I think they are going to walk all over the St. Louis Blues. While the Blues do have a lot of young talent, I don’ they have what it takes to make a dent in Robert Luongo and the Canucks.

Prediction: Canucks in 5

#4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames

I haven’t had any upsets thus far in my predictions, so let this be my first. This is going to be one of the best series of the first round of the playoffs. Both of these teams have stellar goaltending, as well as great talent, both offensively and defensively. Some people have said lately that Miikka Kiprusoff is tired, and therefore will be outplayed by is counterpart at the other end of the rink, but I think that is ridiculous. Kiprusoff will have another great playoff year, and will help his team get the wins they need.

Prediction: Flames in 7

Well that’s the Western Conference, so now lets get to the East and see what’s going on.

Eastern Conference

#1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens

I hate the Montreal Canadiens. I mean, I REALLY hate them. That’s why it makes me so happy to say that they are going to lose this series. Tim Thomas, in my opinion, is the best goaltender in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs. Carey Price, on the other hand, has been nothing but inconsistent all season, and that trend will continue into round 1. While the Canadiens may pull off a victory in this series, in the long run, the Bruins will prevail.

Prediction: Bruins in 5

#2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers

Some people have stated that goaltending is going to be the deciding factor when it comes to this series, however I think that this statement is wrong. Yes, the New York Rangers have the superior goalie in Henrik Lundqvist, and yes, Jose Theodore is not as consistent as the Capitals would like, but this series is going to be about the weapons that Washington has. The Caps have Alexander Ovechkin, likely going to win the Hart Trophy again this year, 56 goals during the regular season. He is going to be the difference maker. Now add Mike green into this 30+ goals during the regular season, and a strong defensive force. The Rangers have no players who had 30 goals this season. Its just a matter of math. The Capitals win quite easily.

Prediction: Capitals in 6

#3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes

This series is another one that has potential to be a great series. The New Jersey Devils are just an all around great team, and they are facing the Hurricanes, who have been one of the hottest in the league over the last couple months. Both goaltenders have been playing great, and I do believe that it will be a strong defensive battle. Expect to see a long series. It is going to be close, but I think the Devils will narrowly escape the Hurricanes.

Prediction: Devils in 7

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers

I bet that the Philadelphia Flyers are regretting where they ended up at the end of the regular season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a very hot end to the regular season, and with the team that they have, especially on offense, the Flyers must be a little nervous at the moment. With the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal up front, Sergei Gonchar and Hal Gill at the back end, and Marc-Andre Fleury in net, the Penguins are strong all around, and the Flyers won’t be able to persevere in the long run.

Prediction: Penguins in 6

Well there you have it. My Predictions for the upcoming 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You may not agree, but thats alright, because you’ll be wrong.

Just Kidding. My Predictions are no better than anyone else’s.


April 15, 2009 Posted by | Hockey | , , , | Leave a comment

Why I Love Alex Ovechkin’s Goal Celebrations

With Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals in Toronto to face-off against the Leafs tonight at the ACC, one might think that this may heat up the feud that is ongoing between the Russian superstar and Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry.

Ovechkin, having recently scored his 50th goal of the season, has been taking some heat over his celebration for said goal, where he put his stick on the ice, and made hand motions over top indicating that his stick was ‘too hot’ to pick up.

This event only added to a discussion that has been ongoing over the past month between Cherry and Ron MacLean on Coach’s Corner.

For Cherry, he believes that goal celebrations should not be as exuberant as those performed by Ovechkin after most of goals. Whether it be jumping into the glass at top speed, or flying across the ice on one skate with your arms flailing behind him, Ovechkin has made a name for himself with these type of antics.

However, Cherry feels that these type of celebrations do not belong in hockey at all.

In fact, Cherry believes that these celebrations show that Alex the Great does not respect the other team, his own teammates, or the game of hockey itself. Ovechkin has been quick to dismiss Cherry and his claims.

“Everybody right now doesn’t like my celebration when I score a goal and jump to the glass or do something like that. But I only do something now. It’s just my thing. I was just happy that I scored 50 goals.”

As for the issue of respect, Ovechkin doesn’t feel as though he is doing anything wrong, and that he is just having fun out there.

“I respect everybody. I don’t want to show bad things. I show my thing. It was not disrespect.”

I think that this whole series of events has been completely blown out of proportion. Alex Ovechkin brings passion to the game of hockey, passion that I think has been lost by many players in this new NHL.

Should we really be condemning a man because he loves to play the game? Of course not. Ovechkin jumps to the glass after a goal because he is genuinely thrilled that he just scored a goal. He doesn’t do it out of disrespect. I mean look at his face after a goal, the young man couldn’t be happier.

Alex Ovechkin loves the game of hockey, and he loves the NHL. For me, it makes me smile every time I see one of his celebrations, and hockey in general needs more characters like Alexander the Great.

In a lot of markets throughout the U.S. teams are struggling to fill arenas. Washington was one of those markets before Ovechkin arrived. Now they have a lot more fans in the seats each night.

It’s because they love watching a young man play his heart out for the game he loves, and he has fun doing it.

Their should be more Ovechkin-like goal celebrations throughout the league, it would make hockey much more fun to watch for those that normally wouldn’t.

I know when I watch the Capitals take on the Leafs tonight, even though I will be cheering for the Boys in Blue, if Ovechkin scores a goal, I’ll be clapping when he jumps into the glass to celebrate.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Hockey | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chickenfoot, The Ultimate Super-Group…Sorry Velvet Revolver

This is turning out to be one of those things that I just can’t wait for. In fact, I am so anxious for this particular thing, that I can barely sit still. This thing that I am talking about, it is the upcoming release of Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut album, and the subsequent tour that will follow.

Chickenfoot consists of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose, The Wabos), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and guitar hero Joe Satriani. As you can tell by the line-up, this band will classified as a super-group, and the expectations are going to be high due to the backgrounds that these gentlemen come from.

I have always been a big Van Halen fan, whether it was David Lee Roth singing, or if it is was Sammy Hagar singing, I am a fan either way, I don’t take sides. So to hear that Sammy and Michael Anthony were working on a project together got me quite excited to say the least. I became even more excited in the last year, as I had a chance to see Sammy Hagar live in concert with his backing band the Wabos. Let me say, that Sammy puts on the best show I have ever seen in my life. He still sounds exactly like he did during is Van Halen days and its easy to see this because he plays a lot of his Van Halen tunes, and when couples with his solo catalogue of songs, it is quite impressive. 

By bringing in Michael Anthony, it will give fans a bit of nostalgia for Van Halen, and I think this will draw in the crowds. With Chad Smith on drums, they get a very reliable drummer, and get access to the RHCP catalogue, which would be quite interesting to hear Sammy sing some of those songs. I don’t know a lot about Joe Satriani, but I do I know that he is a legend among guitar players, and I hope to hear some kickass riffs coming from his direction.

Yesterday I managed to listen to the two songs that were released by Chickenfoot as a teaser for their upcoming albums. These songs can be found here. Let me just say that these two songs fucking rock! I was quite impressed with what I heard, and it got me even more excited for the release of their new album. Chickenfoot has already stated that neither of these songs will be their first or second singles, so this gets me even more excited to hear what else they are going to unleash upon us.

Finally, the thing that gets me the most excited is the North American tour that will commence in fall 2009. As I alluded to above, Chickenfoot will not only be playing their own songs, but they will be playing songs from all of their very distinguished backgrounds. That means we are going to be hearing some Van Halen, some RHCP, some Satriani solo stuff, and some Sammy Hagar solo material. This will fucking unbelievable to see live in concert, and I will surely be one of the many who go and see them when they come to Southern Ontario. Hey Sammy, how about a stop at Casino Rama again like you did last summer?

Anyway, this has the feeling of one of those bands that are going to gather quite a large following. Like I mention in the title, sorry Velvet Revolver, I think your place as the pre-eminent super-group of the 21st century has been taken by these legends of rock and roll.

And as the band themselves have stated on their website:

What is Chickenfoot?               I dunno.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Watchmen: The Movie, Everything I Hoped For, And More…

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the film Watchmen (2009), so if you haven’t seen the movie, run off to your nearest theatre and see it, and then come back and read this article.

Well, the movie version of the world’s most famous graphic novel has finally arrived, and let me just say that I was quite nervous about this particular film. I am a huge fan of Watchmen. What Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did with their comic book was simply amazing, and I was just as sceptical as they were when it was announced that Zack Snyder would be directing the big screen adaptation of their masterpiece.

Saying this, I went and saw Watchmen at the theatre on Monday evening, and I was thoroughly impressed with Snyder’s vision of the novel. In fact, Snyder’s vision was very much what Moore and Gibbons’ vision was, indeed, the film is very much an accurate portrayal of the graphic novel in almost every way imaginable. It is quite easy to see that Snyder truly is a fanboy in every sense of the word. He had to make the film that was Moore’s Watchmen, and not his own.

However, there were a few things about the film that I felt could have been done better. The first and most significant is the sex scene between Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl. While this scene did take place in the source novel, it was not as graphic as the one presented in the film. Indeed, it was overdone to such an extent that many laughs could be heard throughout the theatre, with me being one of the many providing them. While this really isn’t a big deal in the long run, it is interesting to note that Snyder was looking for ways to cut down the film’s funning time, however chose to leave this minute plus love scene in the film. The second thing that I would like to mention, is that Snyder chose to cut the scene involving the death of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. Now I would have though that this scene was important enough to be included in the final cut of the film, however Snyder chose to leave the sex scene in the film. Now common Zack, what do you think is really important?

This final thing that I would like to mention in regards to issues with the film, is the ending. I loved the ending of the original Watchmen graphic novel. I found it very surprising, yet very fitting at the same time. The imagery of the hideous inter-dimensional monster and the millions of dead New Yorkers lying in the streets was very powerful for a first time reader of the book. When watching the film adaptation, I was looking forward to see how Synder would interpret this scene, and lets just say I was surpised by what I saw. Synder altered the ending to make it seem to the public as though Dr. Manhattan was responsible for the deaths of millions around the globe, and the kind of nuclear energy associated with him was used by Adrian Veidt to kill all the innocent victims, in the same vein as what the monster did in the novel. Now this ending was not horrible, indeed it did fit with this modern take on Watchmen, however as a fan of the source material, I was really looking forward to seeing the hideous monster rampaging New York.

the-comedian1Even though it may seem like I was displeased with the film because of the issues I took above, that is not the case. I really loved this film, regardless of what I said in this article. It was about as close as you could get to seeing Watchmen perfectly adapted for the big screen. This was the Watchmen film that I never though I would see, because many believed, including myself, that the movie just couldn’t be made. Almost everything about it was perfect. The cast of the film was superb, especially Rorschach, who was totally badass. The Comedian was also extremely well played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He immediately became one of my favorite comic book characters of all time after seeing him in this film.  This film definetly is a must see for not only fans of the graphic novel, but for everyone.

One last thing, there are rumors floating around that Warner Brothers wants to put a sequel into production. THIS IS A MISTAKE. While the idea of another story from the Watchmen universe is interesting to say the least, this novel is one of the greatest ever written, and it has an excellent film to go along with it. Lets not cheapen the whole experience with the money grab that would be the sequel. Saying this, if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons decide to write a sequel, and Zack Synder just happens to want to direct the big screen adaptation, who am I to complain.

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Movies, Random Thoughts | , , , , | 1 Comment

Mats Sundin Returns to Toronto, and He Deserved the Standing Ovation…

mats-sundin-in-toronto1Even though Mats Sundin no longer wears the white and blue, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hold a special place in the hearts of the many legions of Leafs fan throughout the province of Ontario.

This point was best shown during the first period of Saturday’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, when MLSE played a video on the Jumbo-tron honoring their former captain in front of a capacity crowd.

Many were curious as to what kind of reaction Sundin would receive from the Leafs faithful on Saturday, but that question was quickly answered, when during the video tribute he was a given a standing ovation lasting roughly three minutes.

It was clear that not everyone shared those same sentiments, but I was among those cheering and clapping on my feet, even though I was watching the game from my living room.

I have continued to cheer for Sundin during his tenure with Vancouver. Indeed, I wish I was able to watch their games more, as I have become an instant fan of the Canucks when the Leafs are not playing on a particular night.

Even though some may argue that the circumstances behind Sundin leaving Toronto have hurt the Leafs in the long run, I tend to disagree.

With Mats being asked to waive his no trade clause last spring, many felt that a trade involving the superstar would bring in some much needed young talent, as well as a few draft picks. However, this was not to be, as Sundin refused to leave the city he had played in for the past thirteen years.

And he deserved the right to do that, in my mind. Even though at the time it did make me somewhat angry at what I viewed was a selfish move on his behalf, looking back, it was his choice to make, and he made the right decision. Sundin ended his time in Toronto on his own terms, and I am glad that he did.

As for the standing ovation that he received Saturday night, those that argue that he betrayed the Leafs in refusing a trade will also argue that he didn’t deserve to be honored as such. To put it flat out, these people are wrong.

Sundin serve 13 years with the Leafs, being captain for his final 10 seasons. In the Toronto organization he holds most of the records, leading the franchise in such categories as goals and points all time.

Not withstanding his offensive contribution to the franchise, he also was one of the most beloved captains in team history. There are those that believe he was not a leader, and merely held the captaincy because of his skill. But he was a good captain, just ask any of the men that he played with while in Toronto.

Lets just face it, Sundin is one of the all time greatest Leafs, especially in terms of this generation of fans. Sundin will always have a place in the hearts of Maple Leaf fans (mine included), and I look forward to a few years down the road when the number 13 is raised to its rightful place in the rafters of the Air Canada Centre.

Read This Article on Bleacher Report here.

February 21, 2009 Posted by | Hockey, Sports, Toronto Maple Leafs | , , | 1 Comment

Insomnia, My Friend and Enemy…

insomniaAs a university student, my schedule tends to make sleep difficult when the work begins to pile up. When an essay is due the next day and I have yet to even start it, pulling an all-nighter tends to be the only option I have. And when this sort of things happens, it throws off my system, and sleep tends to evade for me for a few days. This tends to be something I try to avoid, but like I said above, sometimes it is unavoidable.

Now I doesn’t always necessarily bother me to go a couple of days without sleep. It allows me to get a lot of things done, such as extra reading, or finishing that next level in whatever XBOX 360 game I happen to be playing at the time. I am able to watch entire seasons of TV shows such as 30 Rock, and make gourmet breakfasts every morning, because lets face, what else would I do with hours of time to waste, and nothing to do?

However, not sleeping isn’t always as pleasant as I make it sound in the paragraph above. There are some nights when I just know that I am tired, and I want to sleep more than anything in the world, but it just doesn’t happen. I will lie in bed for hours at a time, just lying there, staring at the ceiling, or staring at the wall, or staring at the door, not knowing why I can’t sleep. There are other times however when I have something on my mind, whether it be a school assignment, or just something stupid that I can’t get out of my head. It is these times that make insomnia one of the most frustrating occurrences to endure.

There are a few tricks however that I have learned over the last couple years that may help with insomnia, I know it has helped me to a certain degree when I can’t sleep. Now I am not guaranteeing these steps as a sure fire way to avoid insomnia, however they have helped me, and they may help someone else who is encountering a similar situation.

The first step is to try and keep a regular sleep schedule during the week. From Monday to Friday, try and go to sleep at the same time every night, regardless of what time you have to wake up in the morning. To go along with this, try and have a uniform time to wake up every morning, which will put your internal clock into a routine that will allow for a solid night sleep every night. Now on the weekends (especially when your at university), keeping a sleep schedule tends to be a futile process, because your going to end up staying up late, and sleeping in the next morning. But that’s alright, as long as your maintain your schedule during the weekdays.

The other step that one can take to avoid insomnia is quite simple. If you can’t sleep, just get up. When lying in bed, and you find that you are unable to sleep, do not struggle, and toss and turn, just get up, watch TV, read a book, do anything except sleep. This will force you to be sleep deprived for the following night, allowing for a full night sleep the next day. The other rule to go along with this one is also very important. If you decide not to sleep, it is imperative that you not have a nap the next day, as this will ruin the rhythm  that you are trying to establish. However if you must sleep during the next day, limit your nap to one hour. This shouldn’t hurt the routine much, if at all.

Well there are my suggestions for a better night sleep. But like I said, sometimes, if you are really struggling from insomnia, even these rules will not help you in any way at all, and if this is the case, that is when you should probably consult your doctor. But if you just struggle with sleep every now and then, feel free to try this suggestions and see how they work for you. And if they do indeed help, please comment and let me know. And if you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment on them as well, as I would love to try out other ways of solving my sleep problems, and trust me, sometimes I need all the help I can get.

February 21, 2009 Posted by | Random Thoughts | | 1 Comment

For Conan’s Last Show, I Might Just Have Shed a Tear…

conan_obrienWell, Conan O’Brien has come along way. I suppose the picture to the right certainly demonstrates this fact the best. Last night was Conan’s final broadcast as host of Late Night, and it was an excellent way to end his tenure on this particular late night talk show.

As a follow up to my post from the other day, it was nice to see that Conan’s final show at 12:30 was done correctly, and was quite enjoyable to say the least. As sad as I was to see Conan sign off for the final time on Late Night, I am now very anxious for his version of the Tonight Show to start on June 1st.

The show began in an emotional fashion, with Conan receiving a standing ovation from his studio audience for at least a few minutes, which I could tell meant a lot to the host. He continued to tell a few jokes before playing a video message he had received from singer John Mayer. Afterwards, he played his favorite segment that he had done during his time on the show. This was from his visit to a baseball league that is played as if it were 1860, including authentic rules and costumes. Conan even got into the action, sporting a bushy red mustache with the sideburns to match. It was deserving of being one of the final clips played during his last week of shows.

The show continued with Will Ferrell coming out to say his goodbyes, however he was not dressed as himself, as he came out doing his impression of former U.S President George W. Bush. He then continued to rip off his clothes and do the leprechaun strip-tease that had made Will Ferrell so famous on Late Night.

After another commercial break, Conan made the announcement that his first special guest was his former sidekick Andy Richter, which I was very happy to see on the final show. The two good friends then watched some of their favorites clips from the shows history, which one could tell really brought back the memories for both of them. 

The show then moved onto a musical performance by the White Stripes, which was easily noticeable as meaning a lot to Conan. The song that the White Stripes played was not one of their big name hits, but a slower song, playing ‘We’re Going to Be Friends,’ a song with more meaningful lyrics, that really fit the situation well. Saying that, it would have been pretty sweet to hear them play ‘Seven Nation Army’, or ‘The Hardest Button to Button.’ But it was still great, so heres the video.

The show closed out with the final 15 minutes or so being devoted to Conan thanking everyone that was involved with his success over his 16 seasons on Late Night. Some of the more important remarks include thanks to his executive producer Jeff Ross, his family, his writers, the Max Weinberg 7 and Jay Leno. However, his thanks to David Letterman, and to Lorne Michaels were even more sentimental than the others.

To David Letterman, he thanked him for the massive shadow that he had placed on the Late Show, with Conan saying that it was a curse as a gift, with having to better himself every night to live up to his legacy. And to Lorne Michaels, he  thanked him for making him who he was. He said that it was because of Lorne Michaels that he even had his job, as he had taken a chance on a no-name writer to take over from Letterman. It was during this thank you that Conan got a little choked up, which I have to admit, made me do the same.

Overall, I really enjoyed the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Indeed, I wish it had been a couple hours longer. I was sad to see his tenure at 12:30 end, but now I am even more excited to see him start on the Tonight Show. By the way, good luck Jimmy Fallon, you have some massive shoes to fill.

February 21, 2009 Posted by | Conan O'Brien, Late Night Talk Shows | , | 4 Comments

Farewell Conan, We’ll Be Seeing You at 11:30…

strike-conan-obrien_lWell, Conan O’Brien is down to his final two shows as host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and let me say, I am truly sad to see him leaving his famed 12:30PM time slot. Saying this, it will certainly be nice to enjoy Conan’s unique brand of comedy at an earlier time.

Conan will soon be taking over the reigns of the Tonight Show from Jay Leno, and let me be the first to say, it is about damn time. I enjoy the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but I much prefer Conan, and it is about time he is bumped up to the big show.

Conan is by far my favorite late night talk show host of all time. Growing up after the age of Johnny Carson, I grew accustomed to Conan’s brand of humor, often avoiding my ‘bed-time’ as a pre-teen in order to stay up and watch his opening monologue. This is a ritual that I maintain to this day. Regardless of what time I need to wake up the next morning, Late Night always takes precedent.

His last week of shows has been nothing short of stupendous. While on a normal show, Conan would host two guests, as well as a musical guest or comedian to close out the show. However in his final week Conan has only had one guest on each show, showing favorite clips from the past 16 years to fill in the time. Special guests have also been making appearances, such as Stephen Colbert challenging Conan to a string-dance competition, New York Mayor Bloomberg giving Conan a key to a New York City public restroom, and Martha Stewart delivering a 40 of malt liquor and some Taco Bell. Overall, the week has been amazing.

rs743conan-o-brien-rolling-stone-no-743-september-1996-postersIt will be very interesting to see what NBC has planned for the final Late Night with Conan O’Brien. With this show being a staple of the weekday lineup, the Peacock better provide one hell of a send-off for their new Tonight Show host. I know that the White Stripes will be performing, which should be awesome, seeing that it is there first performance as a band since 2007. They have a special relationship with Conan, having played an entire week on his show once, so it should make for some high class entertainment. And I hope to god that Andy Richter makes an appearance. I loved Andy when he was on the show, and it will be awesome to see him and Conan back together again.

More good news was revealed on the last night’s show, with Conan revealing that Max Weinberg, along with the entire Max Weinberg 7 will be making the trip to Burbank to be the new house band on the Tonight Show. I was so pleased to hear this, as the awkward  exchanges between Conan and Max, and even more importantly Conan and LaBamba would have surely been missed.

I am also looking forward to March 2nd, when Late Night with Jimmy Fallon goes on the air. I hope to got he can get out of Conan’s shadow and make the show his own, because I still want to be able to watch a late night talk show at 12:30, but if he is just a clone of Conan O’Brien, what the point, having just watched the master at 11:30.

I wish Conan the best of luck, and I just know that he will be a huge success as the new host of the Tonight Show. Plus, it will be nice to be able to watch Conan in the earlier time slot, because sometimes I need my sleep, and 1:30AM is quite late to stay up when you have an 8:30 class the next morning.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Conan O'Brien, Late Night Talk Shows | , , | 1 Comment

Me, a Sports Journalist? Maybe Someday…

 

So as none if you will no, because there is no one reading this (lol), I am also a writer on the sports journalism website Bleacher Report. I really pride myself in my journalism, so I figured I would share one of my recent article entitled, “Jason Blake: Three Reasons the Leafs Should Trade Him.” I am primarily a Toronto Maple Leafs analyst, so if you are a fan, I hope you enjoy:

35956_featureWith Brian Burke now officially the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many people are beginning to wonder when the so-called “rebuilding” process will begin.

With no moves being made yet and the trade deadline quickly approaching, the big question is who will stay and who will go. In my opinion, there is one person on the team that is almost certainly on his way out of Toronto: Jason Blake.

I personally have nothing against Blake. I like his style of play and I like the skill that he brings to the Leafs, especially as of late as his play has been spectacular.

However, on this Leafs team he has no place on the roster. Here are the three reasons why Jason Blake should be traded this year.

Age

Toronto is looking to build a team around a strong base of young players, such as Luke Schenn. At 35, it is easy to see that Blake does not fit in with where this team is moving.

The Leafs should look to trade him and pick some draft picks, prospects, or even one decent young player, because, in the long run, it will benefit the team much more than Blake ever could in the present.

Money

Blake is in the second year of a five-year, $20 million contract, and it is easy to see that this cap space could be better spent on three or four young players.

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has always been worried about money when it comes to its hockey team, and even though Burke has complete autonomy, there will be a push from the front office for Burke to save some money where the source is available.

Jason Blake is arguably that source.

Production

Blake has been nothing if not inconsistent during his tenure with the Buds. After scoring 40 goals in his final season with the NY Islanders, Blake managed merely 15 in his first season with the Leafs.

Due to the fact that Blake was signed to give offense to a team that was lacking in that department, a 15-goal season is just not acceptable. Granted, Blake was struggling with his recent cancer diagnosis, but he still managed to play all 82 games, and for a player of Blake’s supposed caliber, 15 goals just won’t cut it.

On the flip side, Blake’s production of late has been quite excellent. Through 49 games thus far this season, Blake already has 19 goals and 40 points.

He has been the Leafs’ best player through the last 10 to 15 games, which one could argue is giving him a much better trade value than this time last year. This should be reason enough for Mr. Burke to pull the trigger and make a deal before it might be too late.

In conclusion, it is easy to see that the Leafs need to move Blake. The team needs to start looking toward the future, and although he might be good for the present, in the long run, the Leafs need youth.

At his age, Jason Blake is merely part of the past.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Hockey, Sports, Toronto Maple Leafs | , , | Leave a comment

The Joy of the Blog

Well, lets just start by saying that this whole ‘blog’ thing kind of makes me scratch my head. It still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, yet here I am, writing my first entry on my new blog. I guess this can just be used as an outlet for me, someplace where I can write (because I do enjoy writing) and not really worry about content or purpose. The issue that I have with the blog, is that will anybody actually read this? Will the stuff that write just collect dust (metaphorical dust)? I guess, in the long run, if I ever become famous or anything, I can print off everything that I have written on here and just publish it as a book and make some cash off it. I mean, hell, you never know, maybe someday this will all be read by a lot of people. It could happen…

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Random Thoughts | | 1 Comment