There is no way random chance has given the Devils the #4 pick. I have two theories:
1. Gary let them “win” this one, knowing it wasn’t for the #1 pick, so this way when that fateful time comes in the future, and they have a legit shot at a #1 pick, no way in hell do they get it. (Since they’ve already won the lottery once before!)
2. It’s an apology for the mountain-out-of-a-molehill punishment over all that Kovalchuk nonsense.
I have to admit, this #4 pick thing is shocking. Plus, now I can leave the boring draft party a hell of a lot earlier than usual!
Editor’s Note: Every sports lottery is rigged except the NFL, which is solely based on standings.
I guess since this is the new thread I should also post this here…
It seems as though the Frisby Bowl website is down. If anyone wants to play and the link isn’t working, send your picks to njsk8rdanATyahooDOTcom.
In other news, I just bought tickets to a game on Sunday (I’ll be wearing a blue & silver w/ mustard pipng jersey).
Thanks for letting us know, Frisby. I was just wondering about that. I take it that if we’ve already done our picks they’re still saved?
And btw I’ll be your Preds buddy for this round (at least). I think this makes the official tally 2 against 3 now that the Ookies have ensorcelled McGuggs to the Duck Side in the guise of Bobby Ryan. But surely any Irregular with a less confused sense of Good vs Evil will be siding with us ;p
I take it that if we’ve already done our picks they’re still saved?
I can’t say with 100% certainty that they are, BUT the last time that happened (NFL Playoffs) everyone’s picks were saved. The admin is a Canadiens fan though, so you never know. Just kidding, qbert72 (figured I’d say that just in case he’s lurking. non-Irregulars still can’t read between the parenthesis right?)
Hey Ookies, I have to ask you a favor! In about two weeks, I’m going to see Team Canada play France (yeah, France has a hockey team, shocking I know!) in Paris, in preparation for the World Championships in Slovakia. As I know you’re very influential bloggers, could you please ask Marty to play for Team Canada? For ONCE he’s not in the playoffs, it might be his only chance to win the world championships!!
I’m asking because I’m very excited, but from what I heard, Team Canada should feature many Leafs (notably Phaneuf), and I think I might have to cuss at them if they don’t at least include a few loveable guys!
You guys, I think I just lost my “influential blogger” credentials. I’ve been sitting on the previous post, with my lonely little “WOOOOO!” for the Coyotes goal, wondering where everyone is. Man, I’m SO not playoff-ready.
Wasn’t Rafalski supposed to have gotten old, run out of gas and made his contract look bad by now? Bleh.
Well, his old, out-of-gas, cap-guzzling-contract ways are pretty well hidden on that blue line. If the Devils had Lidstrom to make up for Rafalski, we could have kept him! (I will NEVER concede that he was worth that contract, ever, ever, ever. Because he wouldn’t have been worth if any team other than Detroit had signed him to it.)
They’re so much SMARTER than all other hockey fans, so they know that being animated isn’t necessary until the playoffs start.
And they know that you don’t really need to start selling out until the second round. :P
(I hate when sunbelt teams get crap about attendance but a team like Detroit never does. Or if they do it’s credited to hard times and southern teams’ empty seats are because those people don’t know hockey. I heard a guy on the radio hockey show tell the Phoenix fans to show up for the playoffs. Like they wouldn’t. Tell that to Detroit, I told the radio.)
He hasn’t said. “They’ve been getting better and better tonight, Sam”, has he? That’s when you know he’s truly delusional.
And yes, in fact, if it were a game not involving the Rangers, if it were, say, the Devils and the Isles in the regular season he would propbaly call it a travesty and scream for the trap to be abolished, and want to know why scoring can’t be increased, these guys are ruining hockey.
No, they’re going to be playing the rest of the Caps game! I can watch that one on Center Ice, I don’t need it on Versus. And of course, the VAN game is not on Center Ice because it’s supposed to be on Versus! GAH!
Well, so far the first night of playoffs sucks. Detroit wins and now I’m stuck with Rangers v Caps in what could possibly be the absolute most boring overtime playoff hockey has ever seen. With the most annoying announcers ever. Fingernails on chalkboard annoying.
I’m checking in on the Rangers’ post-game and Brian Leetch is speaking in a complete monotone. He ought to just give up on the broadcasting career. If you compare him to Daneyko, who is actually animated and can actually be interesting (in fact, he needs to be pulled back sometimes)….he’s just…blander than bland.
I think I saw Leetchi on a Rangers post-game for about 30 seconds earlier this season and was completely puzzled. He was the world’s least dynamic interview EVER. How does that lead to a TV analyst job? I get the Rangers wanting to throw him a bone and keep him around as one of their greats, but isn’t there some meaningless front-office job they could give him?
I got blacked out of the first period of CHI/VAN too here in Idaho. It sure didn’t take long for my Versus hate to flow this year! Does anyone have the site handy to check Frisby Bowl stats so I can track my winning ways?
I also have to say that I didn’t see the game against the Rangers, but I did see their coach, Tortellini, stomp off in a huff at the press conference.
He said he wasn’t going to whine about the fact that the Caps scored on a play that he thought should have been blown dead (even though Lundqvist never actually covered the puck and the ref had the whistle in his mouth the whole time – before the play even started, was he planning on blowing the whistle before the puck got near the net?).
So, he didn’t ‘whine’. He stomped off. In a huff. There’s a difference.
When Gomez does something useful and the Bruins’ power play looks like something NJ would do, it might be a long night.
Ew. That sounds depressing. We’ve switched over to the Trannies game, and I feel like heading out to the arena to prep the fans there for what it feels like when your “best team in the first half of the season” team falls flat on its face in the first round. I’m like, “Guys. I’ve been here before.”
I can’t see the Trannies, although I might put WIP on my laptop and listen. Some one was saying that Philly was lousy heading into the playoffs last year, too, but that was different. NJ was a doormat in the first round – and Pronger was available.
Yes, Crunchy ASSAULTED Beaks. It was SHAMEFUL. (Beaks was sort of jostling with a Sabre through the crease, and Crunchy kind of lightly headlocked him. It… wasn’t too exciting. But new color guy Rick Tocchet decided to proclaim that Flyers fans need worry no more — the switch has been flipped. Cue: Sabres scoring chance. The Flyers announcers, whoever they have working color, are consistently highly entertainingly stupid.)
I’m listening on the radio, so I have no idea what really happened. The Flyer radio guys admitted that Crunchy had made the save, had the puck and Beaks had no reason to be doing anything, but they made it sound like Crunchy had gone after him like Samurai Billy – and they didn’t understand why there wasn’t an extra to Crunchy.
Versus announcers just noted that all 5 Habs are already back in the neutral zone as Boston tried to advance the puck. Gee, I wonder what that’s called…and why aren’t they screaming that it’s evil and ruining hockey?
I am kind of amused by the Flyer radio announcers shock at the fact that the Sabres haven’t laid down & died yet.
The Flyers TV guys spent the entire intro to the game telling us that the Flyers were the best team of the first half of the season, but sucked for the second half, while the Sabres were the best team in the league after January. They’re kind of shockingly prepared to admit that the Flyers are not the better team in this series. I’m wondering who they are, and whether Bobby Clarke knows they’ve hijacked the regular Comcast feed.
Gee, I wonder what that’s called…and why aren’t they screaming that it’s evil and ruining hockey?
Has Looch at least bitten Gomez’s head off like Ozzy Osbourne would a bat?
Unforunately, no. Looch hasn’t been Ozzy-like at all, and Gomez assisted on both Gionta goals. I can live with Montreal winning, and I don’t mind Gionta doing well (it’s kind of fun how proud Lou is that Gio is captain of Montreal). I just can’t stand Gomez.
Flyers radio guys are sad that Buffalo scored but say it was a very nice play. No excuses.
Flyers radio guys are sad that Buffalo scored but say it was a very nice play. No excuses.
Just the way the playoffs seemed to have taken Versus completely by surprise last night, I think they’ve taken the Flyers Comcast guys by surprise today. They didn’t immediately blame the goalie! What gives? Guys, this is the playoffs. IT HAS TO BE THE GOALIE’S FAULT. (Unless Lindros had something to do with it.)
I agree that Gomez is a much higher priority in the hating department, but I have a pretty strict policy on disliking any and all ex-Devils. There have only been a few notable exceptions. Those exceptions… uh… didn’t turn out well. (Brian Rolston, and Mike Commodore. Yeah, I can pick ’em!)
I’d say WIP would wish you a fond adieu, but in Philly terms, that probably means they’d throw AAA batteries at you instead of AAs. :D
I always felt like Rolston didn’t deserve to be traded, so I wished him well on his other times. I didn’t, like, actively follow his career, but unlike every other ex-Devil before him (and all but one since) I didn’t hope that he was a failure on his new team. As for Mikey C… I’m not sure I can explain that one. It just Mikey C. Maybe he never really seemed like Devil material, so it was more like he was set free than exiled. ::sheds a tear::
His hair does seem like it belongs in the NHL, though.
Yeah, he always seemed a little too loopy to be a Devil.
Rolston was traded and he didn’t ask to go – or do anything to make it necessary (he wasn’t, for example, Sykora, Butthead, or just not playing well). He was a young player we sent to get something (Claude Lemieux part II). So, yes, I can see your point.
Sue, that’s HORRIBLE! That is NO way for the NHL to be marketing itself. The only way they should be involving the Pens announcers in an event that’s meant to attract more viewers other than an event that involves shooting those two guys into the Sun.
I have often felt that the Pens announcers just might commit ritual suicide after their guys lose. They are the WORST homers. (We were watching on the Tampa feed, which was a lot less fun from a “pointing and laughing” standpoint. That said, I’m still pointing and laughing.)
The Pens scored and their announcers were sure the Bolts were dead – especially since St. Louis isn’t doing much of anything. But, the goal he scored right before the end of the period should – well, if they were anyone else, I’d say it would shut them up, but no, that won’t happen. Cue the whining in Pittsburgh!!!!
Not only do they whine, but they whine in a tone that’s juuuuust below normal hearing level, no matter what volume the tv is on. So if I have to watch a broadcast with them, I find that I’m stuck really working to hear it, even when I know it’s not worth it. They’re like evil warlocks or something.
Mwa ha ha ha ha ha! This is NOT what Pens fans thought they were going to see when they showed up at the arena tonight. It warms the cockles of my heart. (Man, the playoffs are really ENTIRELY about schadenfreude, aren’t they? Especially when I don’t have a horse in the race. All I want is for the maximum number of other team’s fans to be unhappy this year. That’s what I’m watching for. :P)
A co-worker mentioned today a singing program by a German chorale called “Lieder Freude”. I was like, “Wait, they spelled ‘schadenfruede’ wrong.” I kinda forgot there was just plain ‘freude’ to be had.
WOOO Tampa! I LOVE Guy Boucher. Seriously, pay attention to him, he’s so intense. Huge death glare going on when things are not working for his team. He was with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, and it was hilarious because they were one of the best teams in the AHL, and yet every time he was interviewed he was grumpy because they allowed a goal in their last 5-1 win or something. He’s really awesome.
I want to root for the ducks because I really like Teemu and Saku, but their jerseys are just too awful.
hehehe. Sadly, some of my teams are playing like it is Junior Pairs ’82.
Anyone around watching the Wings/Yotes?
I’m checking in while working on cleaning off my DVR. I’m amused that the City of Detroit Police has no bigger problem to worry about than whether or not someone throws an octopus on the ice during a hockey game.
Dude, there was no way I was picking the Bruins over the Habs. Like I said, emotion over logic and you know how much I hate the Bruins.
Uh-oh, I think I must have entered some of my picks wrong. I show I picked the Bruins over the Habs.
:P Seriously though, I can't believe they're doing this. I'm starting to think this is just a team that's well built for the playoffs. They're average in the regular season, but for the second year in a row, they seem to play better in the playoffs. I quite like this.
I'm a bit worried about game 3 though. Last season, they were playing way better on the road than in Montreal in the playoffs. I'm scared they will try to do too much in front of their fans. The atmosphere should be nuts, I hope they can still play smartly.
Won’t help my Frisby Bowl, but never bad when Boston loses.
It can be bad when it means Gomez wins. I swear, if Lou ever re-acquires Gomez, he should be fired. Unless he’s no longer running NJ, in which case, Lou, go right ahead.
That’s because they’re coached by Claude Julien. Heh.
Yeah, I was never quite sure why Lou axed him 3 games before the end of the season, and, given Lou’s, well, sad record hiring coaches since then I was willing to give Julien the benefit of the doubt. But, this is ridiculous.
and then he’s free for Lou to…oh, no, he couldn’t do that, could he?
There’s no way. I mean, Julien wouldn’t even consider coming back to work for Lou, would he?
And that disallowed goal was a RIOT. It started with the gleeful “HA HA!” at the Caps, then an even funnier one against the Rangers. This series manages to be awesome and horrible all at the same time.
As much as I want the Caps to win this (OK, I want the Rangers to lose this), Doc’s wrong, the Caps aren’t owed any power plays. They need to stop taking stupid penalties. Although, it was nice to see that NJ wasn’t the only team that got stupid when Avery was around.
Yeah, the disallowed Ranger goal could have been featured on the NHL version of “That’s Entertainment”.
And Doc should know from watching so many years of Devils games that teams are only “owed” power plays if they’ve been grievously wronged in the calls against them. We’ve watched enough of the Devils totally legitimately either not earning their own PPs or not taking any penalties, so Doc knows better, dammit!