Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Blackhawks’

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So the NHL season came to an end this week with the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup beating the Boston Bruins in Game 6, 3 – 2. It was one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen in any type of sporting event. The Blackhawks scored two (2) goals very late in the 3rd period to win the game and the Stanley Cup. If you’re a regular listener to Sports Time Radio you know that Dan the Man and I both picked the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season. Maybe it was a little bit of a homer pick, but it worked in our favor. They had the parade in Chicago yesterday and there have been reports that over 2 million people attended. This of course was covered by the Chicago media from every angle. The question Dan the Man and I had last night was there was full coverage on the radio. So, my question to you would be, is this good radio?

We have two (2) fantasy baseball leagues that Mr. Fantasy, Dan the Man and I play against each other in. We did a regular snake draft style league and then for the first time we did an auction draft. Our leagues differ from most though. We have 20 teams in our leagues and the outfield is position specific. One of the players in our regular league sent out a message saying he was looking for a centerfielder. I just happen to have three (3) players who qualify as centerfielders, so I thought maybe we could make a trade. I sent him an e-mail and asked him to make me an offer. His reply was that he’s not good at making offers and in return wanted me to come up with a trade. I sent him a two (2) for two (2) trade offer which he turned down, so I countered with a regular one (1) for one (1) trade. He rejected this trade offer as well and I’m running out of ideas for trades.

The NBA had their draft this week as well and with the #1 pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett a forward from UNLV. This was a bit of a surprise pick as most experts had the Cavaliers taking Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. There was also some late talk about Maryland center Alex Len. In the end the Cavaliers selected Bennett as both Noel and Len slide down in the 1st round. As with any draft you never really know what you’re getting at the start, but most experts have been calling this a weak draft. We should start to find out about these draft picks as summer league will be starting very soon.

We tried something for picking the baseball all-star teams with Sports Time Radio. I actually have it totaled up and I’ll be posting it for you very soon.

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As always there’s a lot of stuff to get into this week, but at Sports Time Radio we had a big announcement on Sunday. Dan the Man wasn’t sure if he would be available to make the show; so Mr. Fantasy stepped in. As it turned out, Dan the Man showed and we did a three person show. We got into some football talk and between 8:40 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Mr. Fantasy finally said he’d write the running quarterback blog. This has been a topic on the show since the end of the football season when Mr. Fantasy started talking about how much he dislikes this style of offense. You can go into the Sports Time Radio archives and listen to it; so now we have it and will see how long it takes us to get this blog.

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While the San Antonio Spurs are at home waiting. The Miami Heat need one more win to close out the Indiana Pacers. Chris “Birdman” Andersen got himself suspended for game 6 because of the cheap shot he took in-game 5. Oddly if you look at the stats the Heat are a better offensive team without Andersen. Of course he’s not there to score and he brings those extra things a championship team needs. Miami has a chance to close out the series in Indiana tonight (Saturday). You have to wonder if the long lay off for the Spurs will hurt them. They are a veteran team and the rest might actually help them. Tony Parker has had a calf issue and the time off will do him good. Game 1 of the finals is June 6th; so we’re getting close to crowning a NBA champion.

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In an odd NHL fact the four teams remaining in the playoffs the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angels Kings are the last four Stanley Cup champions. Dan the Man and I both picked the Blackhawks to win the cup at the start of the year; so he and I still have a shot at being right. On a side note Mr. Fantasy picked the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks are coming off an exciting game 7 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions; so will see if they can get back to the finals. The Penguins have looked like the best team in the NHL through the playoffs. We’ll see if they can continue that against the Bruins. I think the NHL playoffs may be the most exciting of all the sports. What’s better than sudden death overtime?

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I’ve actually mentioned this on the show a couple of times through the week, whether it was Wednesday or Friday; I think it’s worth mentioning again. If you had Dioner Navarro in your line up on May 29th you are the greatest fantasy baseball alive. Navarro went 3 for 3 with 6 RBI’s, he also scored 4 runs as well. I would be interested to know how many players in a daily fantasy league took a chance on Navarro; it would’ve paid off in a big, big way. I know later in that same baseball day Washington Nationals 3rd baseman Ryan Zimmerman also hit 3 homers in a game. I gave a special mention to Dioner Navarro because he’s a back up catcher on an under .500 team and he’s not an everyday player.

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It’s one of those times in the year where playoff series run over the top of each other. It seems like the NBA playoffs get all the attention, but for me the NHL playoffs are far more exciting. Sadly for Dan the Man and I, our pick for the Stanley Cup (The Chicago Blackhawks) are one game away from being knocked out of the playoffs. In most series the better team will win, but with the NHL I believe there are more upsets by the lower seeded teams. Remember the Los Angels Kings won it all last season as an 8th seed. The Kings still have a chance to repeat this year as they’re ahead in their series 3 – 2 against San Jose. With the strike shortened season, we didn’t get to see a lot of the Eastern Conference teams. Catching up through the playoffs; the Pittsburgh Penguins really look like the best team in the NHL. Pittsburgh closed out the Ottawa Senators last night to move into the conference finals. They’ll take on the Boston Bruins or the New York Rangers. Boston, Detroit and Los Angels have a chance to close out their series and move on to the conference finals.

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Oddly I talked last night on the show that if the Indiana Pacers won last night it would be a close game. Well the Pacers won 97 – 94 and LeBron James committed two turnovers in the final five seconds to help Indian win. Looking at this series so far Indiana could really be up 2 – 0 going to Indiana. The Pacers have the pieces that the Miami heat don’t do well against. Of course when you have LeBron James on your team you are the favorite in every game. James is far and away the best player in the NBA and that can be tough for me to write; since I’m a big Kevin Durant fan. The series is headed to Indiana 1 – 1 and they say the series hasn’t started until the home team loses a game. In the Western conference San Antonio is up 2 – 0 on Memphis, but a lot of people are still picking Memphis. Jerry Hoover was on with us Wednesday night and has Memphis in this series. The series is in Memphis for the next two games; San Antonio is a veteran team and they’ve been here before; so we’ll see how the Grizzlies do at home.

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The baseball season is rolling along and of course the talk of the show is The Bet. At the start of the year Dan the man and Mr. Fantasy put a fitted hat on the line. Dan the Man had the Dodgers to win it all, but Mr. Fantasy said they’d be the third best team in California. Right now Mr. Fantasy is looking good, but remember #ItsJustMay. The Dodgers are sitting at 19 wins while San Diego and the Angels have 21. The Giants and the A’s each have 26 wins. So the Dodgers have about 7 plus games to make up; so will see how things work out for Dan the Man. It seems to be a Friday night special on the show that we get an update on The Bet.

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So Brian Urlacher decided to retire as a Chicago Bear. As much as it seemed like he wanted to try to play this upcoming season there was no team out their willing to sign him. I still believe that if former Bears head coach Lovie Smith would’ve gotten one of the opening coaching positions this off-season Urlacher would be playing for that team. As we know Smith is going to be an analyst; so no one signed Urlachler. There’s no doubt the Urlacher will go into the Hall of Fame, but is he a first ballot hall of famer. On Friday nights show there was a good point brought up. Will they put two middle linebackers in the Hall of Fame in the same year? As good of a player as Urlacher was Ray Lewis was better and he retired at the end of last season as well. I think everyone expects that they’ll both be in the Hall of Fame, but will they go in together is the question?

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If you’ve listened to the show Sportstime Radio. Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio you know my co-host Dan the man and I live in the Chicago area. Now that the Blackhawks winning streak or as some experts pointed out a points scoring streak has ended the talk has turned to Derrick Rose.

Now I’ve never played a minute in the National Basketball Association (NBA); so I don’t know what that’s like. What I have in common with D. Rose is I have had reconstructive knee surgery three times. Twice on my left knee and once on my right knee. I’ve actually had a total of five knee surgeries, but two where considered minor knee surgeries. What I can tell you about this is sometimes the mental aspect of the recovery is the toughest part and I think that’s where D. Rose may be right now. He’s been cleared by the doctors to return to action, but he hasn’t yet. I don’t have D. Rose’ quote right off-hand, but he more or less said he doesn’t think he’s ready to come back. He also mentioned that he wants to be able to dunk off his left leg with no issues before he returns. Now I have to tell you he may never be able to dunk off that leg the same as he used to, but the only way he’s going to know is to try. I’m sure he’s done this in practice, but has to have the confidence to play in a game and get the chance to try it. D. Rose don’t wait until next pre-season to do this; get out and try it in a game before your season ends. The Bulls aren’t going to do anything negative to D. Rose; he’s their best player and their future. I’m sure they’ll limit his minutes at first and they can even rest him if he can’t play in back to back games. Believe it or not the best thing is to give that knee a try to see how it holds up, but you have to get past that mental block. There is a chance that D. Rose won’t be the same player he was before he got injured, but I think he’ll be just fine as long as he can get started. It’s always in the back of your mind, but once you get into the flow of the game it will become easier and easier to play. D. Rose has been killed in the local media here by a lot of guys and I didn’t want to do that to him. I do believe he needs to find his way back onto the court this season. Not only would it help him mentally and make the off-season less stressful, but it will help his team. It will also make him a good teammate and right now he needs to be a good teammate.

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