Hockey and Other Sports

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2017-2018 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

With the NHL regular season ended, it's time for my annual tradition of embarrassing myself by picking teams for the playoffs and for winning the Stanley cup. But first, a quick look back at my regular season predictions. In the East, I picked five teams as guaranteed...

2018 NHL Season Predictions

NHL 2018 Season Predictions I am days late for this, since I try to get this out before the season starts, and for that I’m sorry, but, well, reasons. As I write this the Sharks have played 2 games and are 0-2, which, well, is not a great start. It hasn’t changed my...

Patrick Marleau is a Toronto Maple Leaf

July 1 is Canada Day, when our neighbor to the north celebrates its existence. It is also crazy money free agent day in the NHL, when unrestricted free agents have their contracts expire and teams can fight each other for the right to back up a truck of money to a...

NHL Playoffs 2017: Stanley Cup Final prediction

Two teams left. Seven games maximum. Everything since October has led to this. Nashville is in the finals for the first time. Pittsburgh is attempting to repeat as winner, which hasn't happened in 20 years. Both are great teams. Both are full of great stories. This...

2017 Playoffs Predictions: 2nd round

The first round of the playoffs had some amazing hockey. It also had 18 overtime games showing a parity in the league that is crazy in a good way. And the Sharks lost to Edmonton, deserved to, and I was really impressed by the Oilers team and their ability to adapt...

Thoughts on the next Shark head coach

So Babcock ended up in Toronto, which surprised me a bit at the time but in hindsight, not really. And McClellan ended up in Edmonton, which didn't surprise me at all. Now that Babcock has settled into his new challenge, I expect the rest of the coaching positions to...

2015 Playoff Predictions

The Final Tally About ten days ago I did some napkin scribbling and ended up predicting the following finish to the season for the teams fighting for the western playoffs: Calgary: 97 points and third seed in the Pacific Winnipeg: 96 points and 2nd Wildcard seed Los...

2014-2015 Sharks in Review

With a whimper and a sigh And so the Sharks end the 2014-2015 season as it played most of it with a game that was partly a solid effort, and partly one of "why am I here?", leading to a 4-1 loss to the Kings. And now the offseason begins, full of more questions and...

Can the Sharks Make the Playoffs?

Most rational people look at the Sharks record and go schedule their tee times -- in fact, I called it for the fat lady a while ago. And yet, Laurie and I were talking about the schedules the other night, and it was clear that Dallas's schedule is an absolute disaster...

Dear Doug Wilson: WTF?

If you check down in the quicklinks area you'll find the links to the current brouhaha, but in quick summary, in the last ten days or so, Doug Wilson went in front of the season ticket holders like he does every year, and this year, for reasons that nobody can explain...

Put a fork in it (and other topics)

So the Sharks came off the loss at the outdoor game with a few days off to rest and regroup, looking like a team that desperately needed both. The team gave the players a couple of days off, then went back into practice with what Coach McClellan called a "mini...

The Sharks are not a Playoff Team

Yesterday the Sharks held their outdoor game at Levi stadium about five miles from here. Laurie and I decided not to try for tickets and instead watched from the comfort of the couch. David Pollack of the Merc has good overall coverage of the event. The Sharks were...

Nabby! Nabby!

As I write this it's a couple of hours after Evgeni Nabokov officially ended his 14 year career. Much of that was spent as a Shark, which was the team that drafted him -- and in many ways, Nabby (as he was fondly known) defined an era of Sharks hockey. The history of...

2014 NHL Playoffs, round 3

Time for the conference finals, and time for me to sneak in my picks -- as I write this the Rangers/Habs game has just dropped the puck. Summary so far: First round: 6-2, and my cup final picks made it through. Second round: 3-1, but my eastern pick to make the finals...

So….. Now what?

The Sharks go up against the LA kings again in the first round of the playoffs, and once again lose and end their season too early. This time, however, they were up in the series 3-0, only to lose 4 straight. The fans are pissed. With good reason. The team is pissed....

2014 NHL playoffs, round 2

Just a quick note to get my predictions in before too many games get played... Amazingly enough, I went 6-2 in the first round, missing Colorado and St. Louis. Congrats to the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks for not caring what I think.  I will say this first...

2014 NHL Playoff Predictions

It's a tradition. Even thought I don't talk hockey that much these days, I still want to put my playoff predictions out there for all to see and laugh at. Annual warning: if you use these predictions to do any betting, you are an idiot. Note that I'm not. My track...

NHL Season Predictions 2013

Time for my annual comedy piece, in which I make predictions about which teams will do well and which ones won't in the upcoming hockey season. I have been doing this for more than 20 years, lockouts being the exception, and I'll keep doing it until I actually get one...

Is the end of fighting in hockey near?

All of a sudden there is a groundswell of opinion among people within hockey -- people who can make the change happen -- that it's time for fighting to stop. This decision is overdue, frankly. It's hard to take seriously a league that is trying to stop players from...

2013 Playoffs, stanley cup finals edition

So here we are, June 9. It's down to two teams. Depending on how the finals go, it may be almost July before before the cup is awarded. this bothers me. I'm frankly ready for something other than hockey, as good as the playoffs are. And it's a reminder that this...

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