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Italia è la squadra più forte. Italia è la squadra preferita!

Viva l'Italia, la squadra italiana e tutti gli italiani! Anche io vorrei essere Italiano!

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Adesso devo andare subito comprarmi una bandiera Italiana per la mia auto.

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My Euro 2012 Bet With Il Duce (I'm With Germany)

soccerThose of you with good memories will remember the story of Il Duce. The rest of you will need to read this.

Essentially, Il Duce has been commenting on this blog for years, taking great delight in "busting my balls". Then, I met him in person and he was the nicest guy. There are two Il Duces, and the ball busting one has a bet with me for this afternoon's Euro 2012 semi-final between Germany and Italy.

I'll bet you know which sides we've taken. Il Duce, @LasagnaKing on Twitter, has Italy. I'm going with the country I spent a week in earlier this year, Germany.

I love lasagna, especially Palma Pasta lasagna. Go Germany!

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The Weather Finals

The Weather FinalsSo we have the Heat vs. the Thunder in the NBA Finals. I've thoroughly enjoyed the first three games, even though the team I'm heavily rooting for is down 2-1 in the series.

The other day, I tweeted that anyone outside of Miami who cheers for the Heat lacks a soul. That might be a little extreme, but I don't see how you could back Miami in this series unless you were a long-time Heat fan or somehow connected to the city or one of the players.

Ok, there's one other city that's excused for supporting the Heat. That would be Seattle, a city still in mourning. I understand NBA Finals Betting from that city is pretty heavy on the Heat.

But for the rest of us, the choice is clear. Go Thunder!

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Fun fact: Seven years ago, I posted my five favourite NBA teams. Appearing at number five on that list was none other than the Seattle Supersonics. I'm thinking it had something to do with the Reign Man, Shawn Kemp, and Xavier McDaniel's cameo in Singles.

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Ireland Wins Euro Cup 2012

Ireland Wins Euro Cup 2012Down by 4 goals and about to be the first team eliminated from the Euro, Irish fans showed their unwavering support.

The Fields of Athenry FTW!

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Boxing is Dead

boxingI had no interest in last night's Manny Pacquiao bout against Timothy Bradley. I'm on a personal boycott of Pacman fights until we get a mega-bout between Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather. Although I didn't watch, the verdict is a blunt reminder why boxing is a fool's game.

By all accounts, Pacquiao won. Every analyst had it that way, the footage I just saw on TSN sure had it looking that way, and these metrics speak volumes:

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Judge Jerry Roth (115-113) awarded the fight to Pacquiao while CJ Ross (115-113) and Duane Ford (115-113) gave it to Bradley, giving the American the WBO welterweight title and ending a run of 15 consecutive wins by the Filipino.

That's it for me. It seems the only judges in the world who think Bradley won this fight are CJ Ross and Duane Ford, and that's enough to rig a match. Boxing is dead to me.

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Stanley Cup Final Sweeps

Stanley Cup Final SweepsThere have been 20 sweeps in Stanley Cup final history, by nine different teams.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Kings try to become the tenth team to do it, while winning their first Stanley Cup. Here are the previous 20 times it's been done since the 7-game format came into effect in 1938-39.

YEAR WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM
1998Detroit Red WingsWashington Capitals
1997Detroit Red WingsPhiladelphia Flyers
1996Colorado AvalancheFlorida Panthers
1995New Jersey DevilsDetroit Red Wings
1992Pittsburgh PenguinsChicago Blackhawks
1988Edmonton OilersBoston Bruins
1983New York IslandersEdmonton Oilers
1982New York IslandersVancouver Canucks
1977Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins
1976Montreal CanadiensPhiladelphia Flyers
1970Boston BruinsSt. Louis Blues
1969Montreal CanadiensSt. Louis Blues
1968Montreal CanadiensSt. Louis Blues
1960Montreal CanadiensToronto Maple Leafs
1952Detroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens
1949Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings
1948Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings
1944Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks
1943Detroit Red WingsBoston Bruins
1941Boston BruinsDetroit Red Wings

Win it for Marcel, Kings.

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Do It For Ponikarovsky

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Poni spent nine years playing for the Maple Leafs, scoring 114 goals and 257 points in 477 games. He is now four wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.

I'm rooting for him.

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May Day!

may dayToday is May Day, which is a holiday in a whole bunch of places for a wide variety of different reasons.

When I hear it's May Day, I only think of one thing. Brad May's deke of Ray Bourque and goal against Andy Moog on April 24, 1993 in overtime to clinch the Adams Division Semifinal series for the Sabres.


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Moneyball 2 - Too Much Moneyball



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Parity

puckPrior to drafting my playoff pool this year, I wrote down the teams I thought would advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs. I picked:

  • Pittsburgh
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Vancouver
  • San Jose
  • Nashville
  • Chicago

Except for calling Nashville over Detroit, I could get bulldozed. Pittsburgh and San Jose are already out and New Jersey, New York, Boston, Vancouver and Chicago are each a loss away from elimination.

If that isn't parity, I don't know what is. 8 seeds are handling 1 seeds, anything can happen and we could see a Phoenix / Florida final.

Parity is overrated. It makes it impossible to skillfully draft a competitive playoff team and it means my adopted team for the playoffs is already eliminated. Unless, of course, my Leafs do manage to slip into 8th one season. Then, this might just work out.

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