That game took a total 180 after that hit by Dumas. Still pretty baffling, to this day.
The winds overnight picked up, so that should change things today. There is a very good chance of rain tonight and tomorrow though, so that could keep things soft.
They've had no wind and are expecting periods of rain over the next couple of days (especially Saturday). That will take a lot of bite out of the course.
I've always been a big fan of Pete, but a little bit of humility (and honesty) in the wake of Giamatti's decision would have helped his case a lot. What also hasn't helped his case is that his apologies (once he came clean) haven't exactly been very genuine. It's difficult for many fans to be sympathetic when you aren't very humble about the whole situation. I just have a hard time understanding why he's been such a dick about everything for so long. I get that he feels wronged, but like you said, he broke the one rule in baseball that you can't break. To just assume that we should all immediately forgive him and that baseball should just automatically reinstate him because he finally decided to come clean is just another sign of his arrogance.
I think had Rose been noticeably remorseful and humble about everything, especially when the initial decision to ban him was made, things would have worked out differently.
What a ride! I've had some time to sleep it off, and I couldn't be prouder of what the Preds accomplished this post-season. And I couldn't be prouder of the fan response overall in Tennessee! The scene at Market Square in downtown Knoxville last night was truly remarkable. When the city announced that they were planning a watch party for Game 6, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was absolutely floored by the turnout! Here's hoping that these bandwagon fans decide to stick around for next season, because the team has earned it!
Unfortunately, hockey is filled with bounces, both good and bad, and Nashville was on the receiving end of a couple of doozies last night. The Preds (and the fans) certainly deserved better, but they had their chances; Nashville dominated the faceoff circle, had multiple PP opportunities, didn't take a single penalty, and still couldn't "score." I was hoping that Sissons "no-goal" wouldn't haunt, but that's exactly what happened (just like Forsberg's in Game 1). It's amazing to me that the officials lost sight of the puck in Murray's crease not once, but twice, in the first 22 minutes last night. IMO, that is unacceptable. This isn't college hockey. Imagine the howls from Pittsburgh, if the shoe were on the other foot in this situation.
With that as the backdrop, if that inadvertent whistle doesn't loom large, I doubt you see that particular fan response post-game. I don't blame the crowd at all for booing. Personally, I wanted to break something. I didn't think that Nashville deserved to take a bad beat like that, thanks to the inadvertent whistle and because of another bank shot goal off of the back of Pekka Rinne. At the time, I felt like something had been taken away from the players, just like in Game 1 after Forsberg's goal was wiped out. But that's just hockey. Puck luck is real, it can be cruel, and it's another reason why it is so freakin' tough to win a Stanley Cup.
Congratulations to the Penguins, you guys certainly earned your repeat. You've been a very fortunate franchise, in my lifetime, and I hope that the Preds can get back to the finals sometime in the near future.
Caps fans respect Ovi, the same way Pens fans respect Crosby.
The Pens blasted the Preds last night, without question, and the officials had nothing to do with that result. Pittsburgh played like the juggernaut that they were during the regular season, while the Preds turned the clock back to Game 7 versus San Jose in last year's conference semis. How Nashville and Pekka Rinne could come out looking so uninspired and flat in such an important game is beyond me. Credit the Pens though, they looked like a team that has been there before, and they put the pedal to the metal.
However, let's focus on Crosby's UFC move for a second and not play the tit-for-tat card. If anyone, yes anyone else, pulls that kind of tap-out stunt on the ice, there's likely a game misconduct and/or suspension as a result, regardless of the retaliatory nature. What blows my mind about that situation is that one of the officials sees the two tumble to the ice and skates over to the heap, for the sole purpose of getting a better view of the action (instead of stopping play in order to break it up). Granted the circumstances were different, but anytime I see a guy's head driven into the ice, I have memories of Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore.
From my vantage point, you don't repeatedly (the key being repeatedly) mash a guy's head into the ice if you aren't intending to cause damage of some kind. I don't see how any hockey fan can defend what Crosby did, regardless of whether or not it was retaliatory. The NHL officials have allowed this crap throughout the playoffs to go unchecked, including Subban's punch, and it is a shame. If I'm Nashville, it is open season on Crosby, and I'm surprised we didn't see someone try to take his head off late in last night's game.
He is in the GOAT conversation, no question, but last night's incident is also Example A of why no one outside of Pittsburgh will ever respect Sidney Crosby.
These NBA salaries are insane, especially for veterans. Koufos barely plays 20 minutes per game, has ho-hum numbers, and is due $8.4 million next year?? Turner is a decent 6th man, yet he's due over $17 million next year??
I agree that Jordan was great, but I just hate how so many people forget that he wasn't perfect. He scared his teammates into performing, he didn't "make them better." He was absolutely ruthless on the court (which we laud, rightfully so) and ruthless off the court (which we regrettably ignore). It's conceivable that BOTH of them are great. And I wish that we'd just quite arguing, that's all. I'm just glad to have witnesses this run and love that LeBron has brought a lot of positive attention to Cleveland at a time that they have desperately needed it.
Let's put it this way - it's a good thing that we didn't have social media or an "all knowing" media force back in the 90s, because it would have effected MJ's image in a big way. And not in a good way.
I agree, I'm over the arguing too. Both were tops in their respective eras, and the sport is better as a result of their stardom.
Here's hoping! They've proven that they are capable, now they just have to prove that they can do it on the road in Pittsburgh.
Food for thought - Jordan NEVER won a playoff series without Pippen. How many times has LeBron carried some mediocre to poor Cleveland teams on deep playoff runs?
For the record, I'm a LeBron James fan, but I also grew up in the Jordan era. While it's true that Jordan never won a series without Pippen or Horace Grant, keep in mind that Jordan got the Bulls back into the playoffs his rookie year (the Cavs didn't get back to the playoffs until James' 3rd season). MJ also missed most of his 2nd season due to injury. In those first three playoff years with Jordan (minus Pippen/Grant), to open the playoffs, the Bulls drew the 2nd-seeded Bucks (his rookie year) and the top-seeded Celtics twice. Jordan wasn't going to will his team in any of those series.
LeBron James deserves credit for everything he's accomplished, and fans should just try and savor it. His decision to leave for Miami and then return to Cleveland will always play a factor in his legacy and how he'll be remembered, but he's in the GOAT discussion for sure. What he did to carry the entire Cleveland franchise prior to his recent return to the Cavs is remarkable, especially when I look back on his playoff performances in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
To all of the hockey fans who are planning to head to downtown Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday, don't forget about the CMA music festival. Ugh.
Thought of a few more:
North Texas Mean Green?
A few in the bonus category:
Dartmouth Big Green
Tulane Green Wave
Cornell Big Red
I'll be there on Sunday, proudly sporting my 17-year old home sweater!
I actually did mean Pittsburgh. Their overall effort has gotten better as the series has progressed (advanced metrics have also shown that trend), but Nashville has countered with improved team defense and Pekka Rinne bouncing back. Gotta love the position Nashville is in now.
What a performance by the Preds and Pekka Rinne in the last two games. Pittsburgh has to feel very fortunate at this point to be tied at 2 games a piece, and still have home-ice advantage in their back pocket. As OZ pointed out, this series has been all Nashville, outside of a couple of spurts in Games 1 and 2; that Game 1 result (and Pekka's struggles in Pitt) is looming large. It seems like Pittsburgh is playing better each game, and they clearly came out with their best performance of the series last night. I wouldn't be surprised to see that trend continue in Game 5, so the Preds better be prepared.
If Pekka Rinne has officially gotten the Pittsburgh monkey off of his back, we could be in for an even crazier atmosphere on Sunday.
Clemson can jump OSU, but only if they make the NCAA baseball final, meaning they'd have to finish 1st or 2nd. If they lose to Vandy tonight, OSU will clinch.
The timing of this is obviously terrible, but if this is Thad's decision (vs. being forced out), I'm a fan of him being able to call it quits on his own. I'm sure it's been mentioned, but Matta could have some kind of buyout clause that makes this a tricky situation, which makes me wonder if this wasn't a voluntary retirement.
Multiple reports coming out that Matta will retire after the 2017-18 season, citing health issues.
What an unbelievable turnout by the city of Nashville on Saturday! While it was just one game, Pekka Rinne finally looked sharp against the Pens, and it paid off. Going forward, I'm hopeful that Pekka finally got the Pittsburgh monkey off of his back. Game 3 felt a lot like Game 1, but what a difference a sharp goaltender makes!
Pittsburgh has been here many times before, so they aren't going to panic, but Nashville has to be feeling confident, despite being down 2 games to 1. Given the way the Pens have been outplayed throughout most of the series, both teams know how huge Game 4 is going to be. Anything is possible, but I don't think that Nashville can beat this Pittsburgh team if they can't hold serve and fall behind 3 games to 1. However, if the Preds even the series (and recover from Pekka's two bad outings), all of the pressure will fall squarely on the shoulders of Pittsburgh.
I'd say this is a pretty good breakdown of where the Preds stand right now...
As a team, I don't know what else Nashville can do. They've played very well, and they've had a number of quality chances; I don't have the advanced stats in front of me, but they've certainly generated more chances than the Pens. Great teams get bounces in all sports, and the Pens have done a phenomenal job of taking advantage of theirs.
Nashville's only hope at this point is to get better play from their netminder, whether it's Pekka or Juuse Saros. Pekka is one of the biggest reasons why they made it to the finals, and now he's suddenly off of his game. He's not looked comfortable yet, but if he can get it together in Game 3, you never know what might happen going forward. Pittsburgh is just a great team that's been there before, and it shows.