Ok, so I got caught up watching a Biggest Loser marathon off the DVR and passed out last night. So these are going up a bit late. We are still 2 days away from the Stanley Cup Finals starting...there is still no real news on the Coyotes ownership front (but that won't stop famed G&M journalists from writing ridiculous articles!)...and the blog overlords still have not turned this blog orange and black...hmmm...
But let's focus on what's most important for this Thursday...Go Suns...BEAT LA!!!
Speaking of aforementioned journalists:
Bettman coolly exploits both Winnipeg and Glendale - The Globe and Mail
The fact that Mr. Shoalts continuously goes to Lieberman for news and treats it as gospel is starting to crack me up. I know I never got the full write-up done for the City Council meeting, but this is a man that (1) claimed to not want to vote for the $25 million "insurance policy" because it was not explicitly capped...despite there being an explicit cap in the amendment that he was holding in his hand; (2) claimed that he was only voting in favor because a 7 year old boy asked him to; and (3) the mayor was ready to slap by the end of the meeting for being an irritating doofus. I don't know if Lieberman is just going off the old "any press is good press" adage or if he just likes to see his name in the papers and be seen as a go-to source. But the one-two punch of Lieberman and Shoalts are a dangerous duo of misinformation. Way to let your personally biases cloud every word you write Mr. Shoalts...I'm sure you'll win another award for it soon.
After the jump...lots of Stanley Cup Finals preview stuff, a really nice piece from Mitch Albom (I'm shocked as well), crazy tennis court, and more...
Chicago vs. Philadelphia: Who has the better playoff beards? - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
The most important question right out front...
Cup finals breakdown: Chicago Blackhawks versus Philadelphia Flyers - ESPN
Another upset this postseason for the Flyers? Pierre LeBrun doesn't think so, but this Chicago-Philly series could be closer than some would like to think.
Chicago vs. Philadelphia: Who has the better goaltending? - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Neither of these goalies were starters at the beginning of the year...remind me again why people pay big money to goalies...
Think the Flyers are huge underdogs vs. Chicago? Think again - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Justin Bourne with another fine piece...
2010 Stanley Cup finals: Don't expect the same 'Hawks next year - ProHockeyTalk - Hockey - NBC Sports
Those are some crazy cap issues that Chicago needs to deal with...
Dallas Stars Blog:: WHAT I'VE LEARNED (During the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs)
Razor shares what he's learned watching the playoffs. Not sure I agree with everything, but there's some interesting stuff there.
Mitch Albom: Yzerman's leaving tough on Wings' family | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
This is a nice piece and shows just how much class Stevie Y clearly has...if only the fans were all like that ;)
The Worst Managed Pro Sports Franchises of the Last 5 Years " SportsMoney - Forbes.com
Who had highest average payroll cost per win AND with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years? Coyotes don't make this list because they had some moderate success on the ice...but I think we can all agree they've been pretty poorly managed, yes?
Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Conor Oberst, Rise Against: The SB1070 Boycott is Officially On, Everyone! - Phoenix Music - Up on the Sun
I'm a big music fan and stuff like this does not make me happy, at all....
Players to wear NHL jerseys to Toronto | raysbaseball.com: News
Manager Joe Maddon is having his team start the next road trip in style. Very cool....
Would You Dare Play a Round on the World's Highest Tennis Court?
No, you're not looking at a futuristic tennis video game. This court actually exists at the ultra-luxurious Burj Al Arab's tennis courts located in Dubai. Inside, video of Andre Agassi playing with Roger Federer on this interesting and revolutionary turf.