Viva l'Italia, la squadra italiana e tutti gli italiani! Anche io vorrei essere Italiano!
Adesso devo andare subito comprarmi una bandiera Italiana per la mia auto.
Those 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 love lasagna, especially Palma Pasta lasagna. Go Germany!
So 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.
But for the rest of us, the choice is clear. Go Thunder!
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.
Down 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!
I 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:
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.
There 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|
|1998||Detroit Red Wings||Washington Capitals|
|1997||Detroit Red Wings||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1996||Colorado Avalanche||Florida Panthers|
|1995||New Jersey Devils||Detroit Red Wings|
|1992||Pittsburgh Penguins||Chicago Blackhawks|
|1988||Edmonton Oilers||Boston Bruins|
|1983||New York Islanders||Edmonton Oilers|
|1982||New York Islanders||Vancouver Canucks|
|1977||Montreal Canadiens||Boston Bruins|
|1976||Montreal Canadiens||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1970||Boston Bruins||St. Louis Blues|
|1969||Montreal Canadiens||St. Louis Blues|
|1968||Montreal Canadiens||St. Louis Blues|
|1960||Montreal Canadiens||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1952||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens|
|1949||Toronto Maple Leafs||Detroit Red Wings|
|1948||Toronto Maple Leafs||Detroit Red Wings|
|1944||Montreal Canadiens||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1943||Detroit Red Wings||Boston Bruins|
|1941||Boston Bruins||Detroit Red Wings|
Win it for Marcel, Kings.
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.
Today 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.
Prior 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:
- New Jersey
- New York
- San Jose
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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