Thursday nights in the town of Franklin just got a little colder. Why is that? Is the Ice Age upon us again? No, no it is not. Then why is it going to be colder? Hockey Night In Franklin makes its triumphant return as the Shamrocks season begins at tomorrow night. Plenty of big storylines going into the season, as the Black team looks to three-peat and reign supreme again over the league. Let’s take a look at some of the teams then makes some picks.
Black comes into this regular season campaign looking to continue their reign of terror. One thing to note is black hasn’t won a regular season game in about 2 years, dating all the way back to the 2015 season. Black hopes to gain some leverage with a couple W’s to boost their already oozing confidence. Black is a tight knit group, as well as experienced group. I believe they only lost one or two guys from last seasons team. So the comradery that’ll be in that locker room should be at an all time high. But with some recent infighting, there could be a change on the horizon for this team.
Let’s go to the runners up in the Blue team. Blue is a mystery team to me. They will really live and die with the play of their backend and goaltender. Blue needs consistent play there to be successful, if they’re lackadaisical then well kiss that title bid goodbye. They do have some big time players upfront so they will have to show up huge every week. If they can remain consistent and out of the box then Blue could be heading back to the promiseland.
A team who has been very inconsistent the last few years is the Green team. Green comes in almost every season and has a great start and an alright finish. But when the playoffs hit they’re like the Dallas Cowboys at home. By that I mean they are the top dog and then lose in remarkable fashion. They need to remain consistent, if they do that there Golden. Really not much else I can say about them beside that.
Last team to talk about is the White team. White has a lot and I mean A LOT of big personalities on their team. They have to come together as one cohesive unit and not play as individuals. There is plenty of Club hockey talent there that can flow well. But when there’s to many cooks in the kitchen, a meal can’t be made. I think that’s been White’s problem over the last few years. Those personalities break down, make bad mistakes and it has cost them. Maybe this time around they stay as a collective unit and make some ruckus in the postseason.
Week 1 pits Black vs Green and White vs Blue. So without further adieu, here are my picks.
Tie 4-4 between Black and Green
Right now looking at the rosters, I have to say Green is the favorite. So they’re my pick to go all the way.
Let’s play some hockey.
Pedro Martinez has everyone in the Bay State booming with words of a possible Big Pali return. Oh mylanta. Don’t do this to me Pedro. Not know, not ever. Martinez said Ortiz is working out and looks to be on playing shape, which makes me believe a comeback could happen. But will it?
NO. Not a chance in hell David Ortiz ever returns to baseball. Ortiz said he was nagged by foot problems toward the end of his career. Even to the point that he was essentially playing on “stumps”. If that’s the case then there’s a snowballs chance in hell that he comes back.
Would I love an Ortiz comeback? You bet I would. I just don’t think it’s feasible to have a guy at his age come back and play. People say “Well Favre did it”. Well Favre didn’t completely walk away, he took two weeks off and got back after it. It seems to me Ortiz just recently got back into it and is just playing games with our hearts. Also you can’t compare football and baseball, just can’t do that.
So with that I say Papi if you do comeback, come back ASAP. The Sox could use your bat. Otherwise, stop toying with Red Sox Nation’s emotions. As well as don’t say any more to Pedro, he can’t keep his trap shut, God love Pedro but hush.
College baseballs tournament began this past weekend, and like in most tournaments the number 1 national seed looks dominant. The Oregon State Beavers this season went 49-4 in the regular season campaign. The Beavs finished the year with an astounding 19 game winning streak and a PAC-12 title, an impressive finish to the year.
Coach Pat Casey’s Beavers look to go back to the title game for the first time since 2007. 2007 was the year they finished going Back to Back(oh man, oh man) in Omaha. To me this Beaver club is arguably one of the best that we have seen in the past couple years. These guys have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 27-3, a score that their football team usually loses by. What’s really astounding is that they went 22-1 in non-conference play, and 27-3 in conference. And now with the Super Regional at home, they’ll look to continue to be hometown heroes in Corvallis.
This team has been led by sophomore Nick Madrigal. But after being slowed by a bone bruise, the Beavers have looked to guys like Steven Kwan, also a Sophomore. They have also looked at Michael Gretler, a Junior, who delivered a big time homer to push their lead in the clincher against Yale. This team is well rounded but has been sloppy by Coach Casey’s terms.
They will get the winner of the Clemson-Vandy game that will be played today. I’m not sure if the winner of that would travel to Corvallis since it’s supposed to be a “neutral site” but the Beavs I think have the edge over both. A key in college baseball is consistency, something Oregon State has lacked in with some of its stars. But big time players show up to big time games, so maybe this is what the doctor ordered.
If Casey wants to return to the promise-land, he needs the Beavers to be as good as they were in 06 and 07. If that happens then they return to College Baseball royalty. Watch the Beavers try to build their dam in the super regionals coming up later this week. Should be a great matchup regardless who they face.
Jeremy Maclin, cut. I’ll say this right now. Andy Reid is an IDIOT. How do you cut a wide receiver like Maclin, two weeks after his wedding and after he skipped his honeymoon for OTA’s. I am in complete disbelief more than 12 hours later, this guy can play the game and catch the ball I’ll tell you that much. So here are a couple landing spots for this great wide receiver.
1. New England- Why? Because the football gods hate me and everything I believe in. There really is no place to put him in the Patriot offense. But because they play the Chiefs week 1, ole Billy Boy might snag the Missouri product. Maclin hangs 50 fantasy points on the Chiefs and Reid then gets cut again or sits on the pine until Amendola gets hurt(the inevitable)
2. Philadelphia- He could go back to the team that drafted him. Do not rule this out. Maclin goes back to the Birds and takes over where he left off. He would probably be picked up immediately after the Birds cut Ryan Matthews but it would potentially make that offense go from scary to outright dangerous. Wentz getting Maclin added to the corps of receivers is something the NFL should watch out for.
3. Buffalo-Players recruiting other players has been big in all sports as of late. Tom Brady tried to get KD to Boston, as well as some Clippers going to Deandre Jordan’s house to keep him in LA. Now Maclin has a buddy who plays RB for Buffalo. Shady McCoy and Jeremy Maclin are very close friends, and I’m pretty sure McCoy was at the Maclin wedding. So maybe Shady saw the news of Maclin getting cut last night and shot his buddy a quick text. Maclin could do wonders for that Buffalo team, and could immediately be their number 1 receiver. If Shady can get Maclin to Buffalo then I won’t be shocked.
Other teams I think that could be in the mix are Cleveland and New Orleans. I think Tennessee as a wildcard and Carolina as one too are ones to note. But the three listed I think should be front runners. That’s it for this Saturday mornings version of a hot take jamboree. Might make this a new thing. Gotta keep the site going somehow.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! The Cup opens up tonight and I am fired up for it. Standing in the red corner, the reigning, defending champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins! In the the blue corner, the challengers the Nashville Predators! Let’s get it on!
I’ll say this this coaching matchup is as blue collar as it gets. The Franklin native Peter Laviolette takes on MarshVegas’s favorite son Mike Sullivan. Both guys have Massachusetts ties and it’s something that makes you believe MA is at the pinnacle of the hockey world even when a team from the Bay State is absent. Both have a ring on their finger and are looking to add a second one. I’ll say this, Sullivan gets the edge here, he’s trying to go back to back(oh man, oh man). He’s got the edge just because he’s been their recently.
Goaltending is virtually tied in my eyes. Rinne and Murray are two guys who have proved a lot this postseason. Many thought Rinne was done after this year, by done I mean written off. But he has been nothing short of the best in the world.
Pitt has the firepower up front. They have a massive edge there. Having the best skater in the world is a massive edge. This is the series where Crosby can cement a top five ever ranking. Now that’s probably a steaming hot take but it’s true.
Nashville has the edge on the backend. Adding Subban and the emergence of Ryan Ellis could be the wall they need at the blue line. Imagine being Subban and winning the cup after being traded by Montreal. The Habs must feel like morons now. The Nashville 4 are arguably the best group in the league, they try to prove it tonight.
My pick is the Penguins in 6, I can’t see them not repeating. But hell this is going to be one fun series, hopefully it goes 7.
There has been a major bright spot to the Boston Red Sox early season struggles. That bright spot takes the mound tonight and looks to hurl another a dozen or so strikeouts again. If you guess David Price, then you’ve never been more wrong in your life. Check the name, because he sure is a Sale item. For those scoring at home, yes I tried at a Chris Sale pun right there.
When Sale takes the mound, Red Sox fans are glued to the television or radio unless they’re witnessing him in the flesh. Sale’s outings have become appointment television. Friends and I have broken plans to do things because of his outings. If you don’t watch at least 3-4 innings of the ace, you legitimately aren’t a Sox fan. He is easily the best pitcher in all of baseball at the moment, and the fact that he’s on the Bo-Sox is the best part.
8 straight outings thus far have been double digit outings for the guy. Tonight he goes for the record, right now he’s tied with himself and Pedro Martinez. Sale’s 95 SO’s this season also leads the majors, and that’s only in 9 starts. So if we do the math he might have like 700 strikeouts this year. Yes an exaggeration but how KILLER would that be.
So tonight Chris Sale takes the mound against the Texas Rangers. At home, Sale has looked great. His pace is incredible there and it seems like he’s in the zone from pitch 1-100. He needs some run support, something the Sox have lacked in this year. But with Mookie heating up and El Trece playing great, that shouldn’t be a problem.
7:05 first pitch, we could be witnessing greatness.
A few years ago, the New Jersey Devils found out a franchise guy in Ilya Kovalchuk would be heading back to Mother Russia. Well it is now 2017 and Kovie is making headlines with of a possible comeback to the NHL. At 34 years old, it would be interesting to see who would entertain the thought of this guy coming to their team. Trust me if they entertain that idea, they won’t be regretting it, this guy can play hockey.
Kovalchuk’s rights belong to the Devils still. But from what I read it doesn’t look like they will be keeping him, a sign-and-trade would have to be done when it’s all said and done. I think the Devils might think about keeping him to be quite honest. With Taylor Hall, the number 1 pick and Kovalchuk, this team could be back to the promiseland. Add another piece in free agency and they would be cooking with some serious gasoline
A team who I wouldn’t be shocked to see in the running would be Vegas. The Golden Knights have serious chance and adding a big name like Kovalchuk could put some serious interest in existing fans. The Knights add this guy and grab a couple promising names like Hagelin and Bonino, throw them on a line with Kovalchuk and to me that’s a serious trio. What helps them is the expansion draft, as long as they stay away from the names like Jimmy Hayes and Rick Nash(yes I went there with Nash, he’s not that good anymore), they could get some intriguing names that Kovalchuk might gravitate too. Also who doesn’t want to be the face of a Vegas franchise? He could live at the Bellagio or the MGM Grand, a life that would be sweet.
A real dark horse could be the Predators. The chance to play in a city like Nashville, which has become a new hotbed for the game is something to consider. He could be on a team with the best top 4 defensemen group in the league, that group led by PK Subban and Roman Josi. Let’s say they just fall short of the cup or during the finals. Kovalchuk then signs and they are an immediate team to become a cup favorite. Also the chance to play with a goalie like Perkka Rinne would be an idea to look over, watching him this postseason has been superb. Don’t forget coach Peter Laviolette, he’s a guy a lot of players like playing for. Nashville could swoop in and steal him for next to nothing and get him to sign a somewhat team friendly contract.
There’s a few others that could be in the running. Washington could be someone who might throw themselves at the guy. But there’s too much money going to be involved and I don’t know if they’d have enough. Another one might be Carolina, but Carolina is not as intriguing of a team as the three I mentioned. The last one who is an extreme long shot is Pittsburgh. But if they can move some money around and make some contract moves, they could be a big time landing spot.
Let me know what you think, does he go back to Jersey, or does he make his way somewhere else? Tell me what could be good on him going somewhere. Let the good times roll my friends.