Tag: Playoffs

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

50 Years of Misawarding the Conn Smythe

The awarding of the Conn Smythe in 2015 to Duncan Keith felt like a dose of sanity, he was well deserving of it. Unfortunately, since the award’s introduction in the mid ’60s, it hasn’t always been so obvious and oftentimes the writers responsible for voting for the award have picked odd, sometimes even terrible winners. …

Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

NBA Finals MVP Bull Shit

In hockey, there is a rare but time-tested tradition of awarding the playoff* MVP to the best player on the team that loses the finals if he excels so much that the Professional Hockey Writers Association thinks he deserves it, i.e. he drags a team to the finals. (*In the NHL, the award is for …

Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

Terrible NBA Playoff Predictions 2015

Here are my terrible NBA Playoff Predictions for this year: East 1st Round: Atlanta 4 – Brooklyn 1 Toronto 4 – Washington 3 (swear I’m not a homer) Chicago 4 – Milwaukee 2 Cleveland 4 – Boston 1 2nd Round: Atlanta 4 – Raptors 2 (see!) Cleveland 4 – Chicago 2 3rd Round: Cleveland 4 …

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Did Justin Williams Deserve the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Professional Hockey Writers Association’s members love clutch goals. At least recently, that appears to be the driving force in so many of the Conn Smythe winners’ resumes, whenever those players are not goalies. So Justin Williams has been given the award this year. Did he deserve it?

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Does Patrick Kane deserve the Conn Smythe Trophy?

So, earlier in this final, I had a post ready to go about the Bruins and the Leafs and how the Bruins’ success meant nothing to the Leafs despite what most Leafs fans on facebook seem to believe. I had to delete this morning and I must say that it was actually a pretty happy …

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Boston Bruins 5, May 13, 2018

A lot of people I know are feeling really bad after the Leafs fell apart when they had a 4-1 lead on the Bruins. A lot of other people are trying to spin it positively: at least the Leafs were in the playoffs for the first time in 9 years; at least the Leafs took …

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

NHL Playoff Predictions 2013 Edition

As usual, here are my fairly out-to-lunch annual playoff predictions. Eastern Conference East First Round Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders: Penguins in 4 if Fleury plays alright, if he doesn’t then Pens in 6 or 7 Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators: Habs or Sens in 7 completely depending on who has the better goaltender. …

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

New NHL Divisions

The NHL Board of Governors just approved this realignment plan. I am, for the most part, all for it. The plan was necessitated by the Thrashers moving from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Back in May of 2011, I discussed the problems for the current six-division system. Since the move, the Zombie Thrashers have been playing in …

Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

The NBA still desperately needs the CFL’s Crossover Rule for Playoff Seeding

I know it’s way too early to talk playoffs, but I can’t help but look at the NBA standings post-Xmas and see the normal glaring differences in the conferences. My team, the Raptors, has rebounded fantastically – for them – going .500 in their last 10 games. This puts them only 5 1/2 games out …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had a Conn Smythe equivalent, this would be the watch list: Round 2!

Celtics: Kevin Garnett: 37.1 MPG, 19.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 BPG 1.4 SPG Paul Pierce: 38.3 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.2 MPG, 15.3 PPG, 12.3 APG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, .2 BPG   Heat: Lebron James: 40.2 MPG, 29 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.4 …

2012, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Conn Smythe Watch: Round 3!

Kings: Jonathan Quick: 12W, 2L, 1.54GAA, .946 SV%   Runners up: Dustin Brown: 7G, 9A for 16P, +13, 20:43 ATOI Drew Doughty: 2G, 8A for 10P, +10, 25:53 ATOI Anze Kopitar: 6G, 9A for 15P, +13, 22:09 ATOI   Devils: Bryce Salvador: 3G, 8A for 11P, +10, 22:36 ATOI   Runners up: Martin Brodeur: 12W, …

2012, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Belated NHL Playoff Prediction Revisions

Note: I am struggling with the playoffs this year. I really am. I like none of the teams left. I used to like LA back when they set the “man games lost to injury” record yet still almost made the playoffs. But I frankly don’t like this team. They only score now? They are where …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had an equivalent of the Conn Smythe, instead of their silly “finals” award, this would be the watch list

Boston Celtics MVP Candidates Kevin Garnett: 37.7 MPG, 18.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2 APG, 1.83 BPG, 1.3 SPG Paul Pierce: 37.7 MPG, 21.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, .8 BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.8 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 11.8 APG, 5.6 RPG, 3.4 SPG, .2 BPG, Note: missed one game   Indian Pacers MVP Candidates …

2012, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

2012 Conn Smythe Watch: Round 1

Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Brown: 4G, 1A for 5P, +4, 20:33 ATOI Willie Mitchell: 1G, 1A for 2 P, +3, 25:27 ATOI Jonathan Quick: 4W, 1L, 1.59 GAA, .953S%   Nashville Predators David Legwand: 2G, 2A for 4P, +5, 18:48 ATOI Alex Radulov: 1G, 4A for 5P, +5 Pekka Rinne: 4W, 1L, 1.81 GAA, .944 …

2012, Hockey, Sports

Sea Change in the NHL?

Before the playoffs started, I made some pretty silly predictions. Apparently not watching many games this year led me to completely misunderstand what is happening: many of the old powers are out. The Predators and Blues (!!!) have already moved on. Of all the teams, I never would have guessed them… The Kings could be …

2012, Playoffs, Sports

The NBA still needs to adopt the CFL crossover rule in order to be fair

A quarter of the way through the season, it is already apparent, as it seems to be every season, that some decent western conference teams will be left out of the playoffs for yet another year.  Here are the standings of the top 20 teams by record: OKC: 0.842 Chicago: .810 (1st in the east) …

2011, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Stanley Cup take 2

I have been saying for a while in preseason predictions that I thought Boston had a pretty good chance. And then every playoff I have reversed myself due to peer pressure and looking at Boston’s forwards and thinking “really?” This was Vancouver’s year, I think. Not going to happen again for a while. Oh well.

2011, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

Why the Heat Should be Worried they Squandered This Opportunity

Though it may seem obvious to some the Heat will have another chance at a title, I’m not sure it’s so certain. For a variety of reasons. Wade’s fragile body: LeBron has been quite healthy since he came into the league. And Bosh has been reasonably healthy. But Wade – their best player if the …

2011, Basketball, Journalism, Playoffs, Sports

Media Bias

So maybe I’m just a homer, and I can’t be objective about my second favourite basketball team (I certainly couldn’t be in 2006), but it seemed like everything was “Miami is doing this well” / “Miami isn’t doing this well” and very little was about Dallas. Worse, it seemed like Jackson had already decided Miami …

2011, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Conn Smythe Watch East

Bergeron: 4G, 11A for 15P, +9, 62% faceoffs, ATOI 19:09 Chara: 2G, 3A for 5P, +11, 40 hits, 21 blocked shots, ATOI 28:23 Horton: 8G, 9A for 17P, +10, ATOI 17:34 Krejci: 10G, 7A for 17P, +5, ATOI 20:41 Seidenberg: 1G, 7A for 8P, +8, 39 hits, 55 blocked shots, ATOI 28: 23 Thomas: 12-6, …

2011, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Conn Smythe Watch: West

Things have changed slightly. The stars of the team have improved somewhat. Bieksa: 5G, 4A for 9P, +10, 62 hits, 24 blocked shots, 25:47 ATOI but 37 PIM Kesler: 7G, 11A for 18P, +6, +16 takeaway / giveaway, 54.7 % faceoffs, 23:15 ATOI Luongo: 12-4, .922 SV%, 2.29 GAA Henrik: 2G, 19A for 21P, 21:35 …

2011, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

Revised NBA Playoff Predictions

East: Bulls 4 vs. Hawks 1 Celtics 4 vs. Heat 3 (I hope I hope I hope, and I hope the Celtics are healthy, because no way they are winning banged up)   Conference Final: Bulls 4 vs. Celtics 2 West: OKC 4 vs. Memphis 1 (assuming) Dallas 4 vs. LAL 3…kidding, in my dreams. …

2011, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

Revised NHL Playoff Predictions

Okay, so I didn’t do so horribly… East: Washington 4 vs. TB 1 Philadelphia 4 vs. Boston 2   Conference Final: Washington 4 vs. Philly 2   West: Vancouver 4 vs. Nashville 1 on paper, maybe actually something like Vancouver 4 Nashville 3…who knows with these head cases Detroit 4 vs. San Jose 3   …

2011, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

NBA Playoff Predictions

Totally forgot to do this and probably won’t have time tomorrow.   East: Chicago vs. Indiana: Chicago in 5 Miami vs. Philly: Miami in 7 Boston vs. New York: I really hope Celtics in 6 but maybe 7, maybe upset Orlando vs. Atlanta: Orlando in 5   Semis: Chicago vs. Orlando: Chicago in 6 Miami …