Pit is beatable. Really liked CBJ's aggressiveness last night and though the results werent there, I thought they played a great third. Caught iron twice and Pit allowed Murray the prettiest look at a tying goal you'll ever get. That was such a sweet play. Johansson's patience on the pass was such a subtle thing of beauty. Two inches higher and that goes in. I'm confident Jackets fans will see the series tied up.
Why is James Franklin getting so much press? Stop me if you have heard this one before.
Coach has ties to big time program on a downswing at the moment. Coach gets job at said program. Coach comes in and says all the right things. Coach starts recruiting well.
James Franklin is doing the exact same thing at Penn State that Brady Hoke did upon his arrival at Michigan. If he, with his 24-15 career record is firmly in the top 5 of the Big Ten coaching rankings, then this conference is in sad shape after Meyer and Dantonio.
Forgive me if I'm not ready to buy anything being sold about a guy who beat bad non conference teams and bad SEC teams. His highlight win was this year against a MASH Unit Georgia Bulldogs. I'll believe he's a legit threat to Ohio State when I see it. Until then, he's nothing to me.
Bingo. If there were no books and I saw the show yesterday and told you the results of it today-that is a spoiler. If I hint that someone else might die (while giving no hints as of who it is) in a story that is older than Facebook, you're just getting bent to get bent so go get bent.
Its not like I said Arya kills Cersei at Joff's funeral or that Little Finger marries Sansa and gets Winterfell back.
I'm not telling you that Tywin executes Tyrion for Joff's murder without any trial leading to Frey's, Martells, and Tyrell's to forsake their vows\alliances\marriages thus leading to the eventual weakening of the Iron throne allowing Dany and Stannis to ultimately battle their dragons (oh yeah, Stannis gets dragons too) for the fate of Westeros.
I didn't say any of that.
PS-None of those things happen. Or so some? Or all? Hmmmm
Easily my least favorite difference between book and show. In the books, the wolf dies a much more glorious death. He was let loose from his kennel in the wedding and ripped 6 or 7 Freys to pieces before he was put down. Grey Wind got the shaft in the show-getting put down like that. Trapped like a rat. That wolf went down swinging in the books.
Hands down, my favorite part of GoT fans is the love affair with the Starks. Their positioning early in the books and the show leads to a natural assumption that they (and as a result, Ned) were the main characters\focus. Hence the outcry and outrage when Robb got what he ultimately had coming to him (win the battles, lose the war). The Red Wedding was actually a pretty minor event that occurred to a pretty minor character in Robb. In the show, he got so much pub and fanfare so his death was met with some real shock and awe. People hate the Lannisters because they like the Starks (the ones that remain). In reality, what makes the books SO good is that no one is ever as bad as they seem or as good as they seem. In my opinion, the only two 'extremes' are Ned and Cersei, both residing on opposite sides of the Just\Unjust spectrum. Everyone else falls somewhere in the middle.
I really love how half the comments are people saying "No one cares" while the other half go on to insult Miller-so somethings a miss!
Of course, props to the guy who referenced the 1997 Spring game. If that isn't the most Michigan comment ever, I don't know what is.
You were seriously going to find a stranger who looked like a fictional television and literary character and beat them up? Don't worry, I won't ruin the story you are watching that has been out for 15 years now. I promise. Of course, one would argue with the notion that you can't ruin something that has already happened but what do I know?
And if we are being technical, Nostradamus made predictions about things he thought might happen, anyone who read the books would be talking about facts and relaying things that are known to have happened.
That's not at all what I said. I'm sure I'm not ruining anything by saying someone else in Game of Thrones is going to die. As far as satisfaction, that could mean any number of things. Maybe it means a little more than just someone you don't like being killed off. Maybe it has to do with said person's (or people's) importance in the whole scheme. Maybe its someone useless who gets too much press, maybe its someone who is being awfully acted. I'm simply saying that if you enjoyed Joff's demise, you'll enjoy some more. Relax. Lets assume I'm talking about one of the two or three people you think it is. I didn't (and won't) reveal who it is.
Again, I offer-How can something that has already happened be ruined?
To you show only folks, I won't ruin anything I promise...
Tonight's 'demise' won't even be this season's most satisfying. Baleedat!
You're only half lion? FIRE HIM! HIRE JOE!!!!
Bishop is hurt, not out from everything I've seen. Until he's ruled out, Tampa has the edge. Even if he is out, Boston, New York, and the Habs still have the edge. Sans Bishop, Columbus has the 4th best goalie in the East, at best. As for Fleury, I'd probably take Bob over the two of them but if we are playing out a potential Pit\CBJ matchup who needs to be better? MAF or Bob? Room for error is one thing, but goal tenders can be great and still lose a 3-1 game. You think Crosby gets calls in the regular season? Wait until the playoffs.
CBJ needs Bobrovsky to be historically good to do anything but get bounced out in the first. I don't know what expectation is. Truth be told, I'd assume most Jackets fans are excited (for good cause) just being there. Am I wrong in assuming any level of success in the playoffs will be enjoyed but not expected? If that's the case, it doesn't matter what it looks like then. Playoff hockey is awesome, its even better when the team you cheer for is in it.
If the playoffs started today, they'd be tied for 6th in goals scored amongst playoff teams while being tied for 5th in goals allowed-putting them as 'exactly average' in both departments. Middle of the road special teams as well, but they are over a combined %100 in PK\PP, which is sort of an old wives tale predictor of possible success.
As for Bob, its great to have a hot goalie but Pit, Montreal, Boston, New York, and Tampa all have that same thing.
Columbus, in my mind, has no real offensive firepower to consistently threaten defensive stalwarts like Boston nor can they withstand a shoot out type game with Pit or Tampa.
Playoff experience is a knock too but you can't get it until you get it so that's not the Jackets fault.
I think a series win is possible but the lack of an effective top D pairing isn't a luxury in the playoffs, its a must. I'll make my prediction-Sergei Bobrovsky has to play dynamic hockey for the Jackets to be a threat. Stand on his head, Jean Sebastian Giguerre in 2003 good.
EDIT-And you shut your mouth when you talk about the Blackhawks. They mean to win every game exactly how they intend to win it. Last second, or whistles be damned :)
I mean...its the playoffs and anything can happen but they would need a historical, JSG type performance out of Bob for that to happen.
Good job Jackets.
Really good point. If he ends up starting and doing well, its going to cause such immense amount of butt hurt because of his tweet. The fact that he's busted his butt will be ignored. And that's fine. I really like that kid.
Hey now, as long as PSU can keep this one within 40 points, I'm sure they'll count it as a win.
%88 isn't %100. Hawks fans like to call a playoff race "November".
I'm not the slightest bit worried about the Hawks. Both guys are expected to be back by the playoffs. These last few games of the year are pure injury avoidance games. Sharp is playing his best hockey as a Hawk, Shaw has emerged as a great two way option, Hossa in the playoffs isn't the same guy as Hossa in the regular season and Keith has returned to Norris caliber form (should win it) and Crawford hasn't missed a beat this year either. By no means is anyone a favorite to win the cup, especially with the new playoff format but the Hawks are one of the 3 or 4 best teams in the NHL and that's all you can ask for. Colorado has had the Hawks number this year, so on paper that matchup worries me. I'm still convinced that Semyon Varlamov (when he isn't kicking his girlfriend down the stairs) is a soft, breakable tender and come playoff time, a lot of the youth that is driving Colorado's resurgence is going to get seriously challenged by the waves of battle hardened vets the Hawks can march out. I'll be interested to see how they respond to playoff hockey against the champ.
If Toews and Kane can't return to form, then of course they are in trouble. No one can afford to lose their two best players and be considered a threat. Word around town is that they'll be just fine.
I didn't mean to turn this into a Hawks thing, for what its worth. I just like razzing Jackets fans. Columbus' arrow keeps pointing up each season. I'd venture a guess they pull out a playoff series win. Bobrovsky has kept the train rolling. Still not going to scare anyone offensively and no real top D pairing sort of creates a glass ceiling for the Jacks. With that said, a hot tender can carry you to a level of success the Jackets have not seen before.
What is a playoff race? You mean there are teams that don't know if they are making the playoffs by now? #FirstworldHockeyProblems.
As is the case with most seasons, the highlight of a Reds baseball season comes before the All Star break.
The way the league is trending, yes. Big hits are great, when they aren't flagged. Run support is even better but the tight end position is changing way faster than its counterpart, the safety, is. The next great evolution needs to be at the safety spot. Because such great athletes are attacking the middle, the players usually charged with guarding them need to be taller and more fluid. Wittner is a highlight hit followed by a yellow flag waiting to happen. Ward made second team all pro and thats nothing to shake a stick at but liabilities in coverage sink defenses.
More often than not, deals announced prior to the start of free agency aren't usually of the discounted variety. I don't think he'll be the highest paid player in the league but I'd be shocked if the Browns got him for the low.
Seems like a better PR move than football move. Wittner's style is sort of a dying breed in the NFL. Not to engage in a debate about soft NFL rules protecting people but he's a hit first safety that isn't great in coverage. He'll add some physicality to the mix but he's exposable in coverage. With the rules being what they are, a guy like Wittner sort of sets you back to an era of football thats on its way out. He's not going to be confused for a goon like Brandon Merriweather but glorified LB's that play safety are facing extinction. Too many great athletes capable of making plays in the middle of the field these days for a guy like Wittner to make an impact on a team that justifies the paycheck.
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The moments that trigger court\field rushes have nothing to do with those fans. Its taking the moment away from the players by interjecting yourselves (as fans) into something you watched, not participated in. Rushes are stupid.
So you are suggesting the league force players to only play for certain teams for a pre determined amount of money with no way of going from one job to another-like many of us common folk can. So if you are the best at a certain position you can't get paid like one if the area in which you live or are from isn't as affluent as one where someone else does your job? So what you are essentially saying is "Screw the players".