well, it’s now the off-season. Time for all of us hockey geeks to take a breather, relax, and wait for something interesting to happen. Not. they may not be playing, but it sure isn’t quiet or boring right now, is it? Anyway, I’m starting to firm up my off-season plans. With any luck at all, here’s what you’ll see at Two for Elbowing during the offseason: First — as previously threatened, I’m going to start my series of articles on what’s wrong with hockey. And also what’s right, because there’s a bunch of both. I won’t pretend to have all of the answers (or even all of the questions), but I do think what I have planned will be interesting and make folks think. And since (if you don’t read my personal blog) I’m leaving StrongMail friday, until I get a new job one of the things i plan on working on is my writing portfolio — and this is one big piece of that. So hopefully, you’ll find it worth reading. Second — a project I’ve wanted to do for a long while: get my various collections online; Laurie and I own about 60 jerseys, almost a hundred pucks and probably a similar number of pins, we have about 450 volumes in our book collections (including all volumes of Trail of the Stanley Cup), and Laurie’s collection god...Read More
Two for Elbowing: Third round predictions…: So, I’m 9 for 12 for the playoffs, my best run in years. The two conference finals: Anaheim/Detroit: Anaheim in 5. Ottawa/Buffalo: I’ll pick Buffalo in 7. (now, watch Ottawa sweep…) And, because I didn’t believe in Ottawa quite enough, I went 1 for 2, and 10 for 14 so far in the playoffs (too bad I didn’t have money down this year…) In the final? Ottawa in 5. I think they’re playing better right now. but there are so many wildcards, you could flip coins and get it right. Guigere outplaying Emery? Or will Emery start getting recognition for how well he’s played? Wlll Pronger be the good witch or the bad witch? will he focus his game or go *pop* again? The ducks are doing a “win it for Teemu”, which, if Teemu plays well, could make this interesting. I think it’s going to be a fun series, no matter what. Either team could win it in five, but I think it’s Ottawa’s year. My conn-smyth candidates: Alfreddson if Ottawa wins, Guigiere if Anaheim...Read More
Time for Conference final predictions. I was 6 of 8 in the first round. In the second round, I picked: I picked San Jose in 6. sigh. whine. moan. grump. Actually, I said: Detroit/San Jose: San Jose in 6. Going to be a fun series, but I think San jose is better. but Detroit worries me if the Sharks falter a bit, and Hasek is, well, Hasek. Which hit it on the head wonderfully, except for the fun part. the Sharks DID falter, the Red Wings didn’t, and Hasek was, well, very Hasek-like. Damn him, anyway. Anaheim in 7: thanks to Luongo, it was almost that close. Buffalo in 6: but congrats to the rangers for a great run. Ottawa in 6: and New Jersey found it was just not like the good old days, Lou behind the bench or no. Ran out of pixie dust, Lou. So I ended up 3-4, missing the one series I really wanted to get right. Of course. So, I’m 9 for 12 for the playoffs, my best run in years. The two conference finals: Anaheim/Detroit: Anaheim in 5. Hasek can’t be hasek-like enough to beat the Ducks, and with Schneider out — I don’t know about you, but Chelios playing 25 minutes a game doesn’t worry me, but after seeing him in game 6 against the sharks, Chelios on the power play...Read More
Two for Elbowing: Playoff Predictions: Here in the west, there are no underdogs, there can be no cinderella, no upsets. the teams are too closely matched. Of course, having said that, we’re going to lose at least two teams in the first round that will consider that a season failure. that’s how strong the west is. My cut on the matchups: First, a look at how I did in the first round… Detroit/Calgary: I chose Calgary in 7. I’m a little surprised Calgary didn’t do better. Veteran motivation beat out younger legs; Calgary just didn’t seem able to compete; too defensive, not enough offense. Too much of the Sutter thing, perhaps, without Sutter behind the bench forcing it to work through force of will. Not that I’m blaming Playfair — this team merely didn’t over-achieve like a Sutter coached team does. Anaheim/Minnesota: Anaheim in 5 Minnesota simply couldn’t trap Anaheim to death. Vancouver/Dallas: Vancouver in 5 We can stop wondering if Turco can get it done in the playoffs. Even in a loss, he was the only thing between Dallas and disaster. The only way he could have helped the team more was skating up to Luogo and breaking his arm… It’s time for Modano and Lindros to ride into the sunset — to standing ovations. Nashville/San Jose: Nashville was a better team than last year. the Sharks were...Read More
We got together tonight with a friend to watch the game. In a move that will put a grin on the faces of members of our former San Jose Sharks mailing list, earlier in the week I was up in the city visiting a client I’ve been working with, and had the opportunity to pop by the Ferry Building. If you haven’t been there since the re-did it, you must: it is a wonderful place of small restaurants and high-end foodie shops now, as well as the ferries coming in from Alameda and the North Bay. One of those shops is Cowgirl Creamery. I came home with a nice selection of artisanal cheeses. To the cheeses, we added a selection of crackers, and we opened up a bottle of 2000 Argyle Willamette Valley sparkling (A pinot an Chardonnay blend), which was perfect with the cheeses and quite tasty on its own. AFter, when the Sharks had won out, I pulled out of my special cache a 2005 Paradise Ranch (Okanagan Valley) Ice Wine made from Pinot Noir grapes, and there was much rejoicing. I’m starting to run a bit short of B.C. Ice Wine, so I’m going to have to finagle a trip north so I can sneak over the border… (fortunately, I now have a reliable supplier that has Oregon and Washington Ice Wines, and that’s not bad,...Read More
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