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« Reply #135 on: March 09, 2007, 04:18:53 PM »

It's a little known fact that Hockey was invented by Norwegian scientists as a war time (a war, don't ask which one) experiment to alter and control human behavior.  It was seen by Canadian government officials almost immediately as a way to provide an outlet for the pervasive trait of passive-aggressive behavior that exists in Canadian society (predominantly among Canadian men).  It was also seen as a way to sell hats and ugly shirts.

The rest as they say, is history.
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« Reply #136 on: March 12, 2007, 03:03:33 PM »

I'm assuming you mean that powerhouse Argos team that plays in the beloved CFL? I can't say that I'm a fan of the CFL, with all due respect, I just grew up watching the NFL and watching the Niners dominate with Young, Rice, Waters, etc. Been a fan ever since. Or maybe you meant the Cowboys? In which in return I say, aha-aha, I'm not a traitor, never. Convince me? Come on....

I love my Toronto sports teams, but my heart goes with the Toronto Raptors, I used to be a die hard Leafs fan, but I've grown a little sour on them over the years, I'm not liking JFJ calling the shots, they're going to be a perennial treadmill team like they have been the last decade. Time to blow it up and rebuild,  at least they got a good coach in Maurice now.

As for the Raps, that's my heart and passion, basketball, they finally got a team worth watching, Andrea Bargnani, Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, T.J Ford, Jorge Garbajosa, my personal favorite Euroleague MVP Anthony Parker. They know how to flat out ball.

Go Raps Go..Baby...

I was born and raised in Toronto, but have lived in the NYC area for the last 10 years.  I bleed blue and white (that means the Leafs in Hockey and the Cowboys in football - lol).

So, while I admire you hockey taste, I'm left gagging at your bit about the niners.  Tongue

Your assessment of the Leafs is spot on.  Thumbs up to Maurice, thumbs down to JFJ.   Blow it up and start from scratch PLUS you have to build a farm system that produced quality NHL players.  When is the last time our farm system has created a bonafide NHL star?

Stajan?  No.

Steen? No.

Maybe Justin Pogge will be the answer.  I don't know.
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« Reply #137 on: March 12, 2007, 03:04:14 PM »

It's a little known fact that Hockey was invented by Norwegian scientists as a war time (a war, don't ask which one) experiment to alter and control human behavior.  It was seen by Canadian government officials almost immediately as a way to provide an outlet for the pervasive trait of passive-aggressive behavior that exists in Canadian society (predominantly among Canadian men).  It was also seen as a way to sell hats and ugly shirts.

The rest as they say, is history.

I think in the modern vernacular, you are what they kids call "a hater". LOL  Tongue
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« Reply #138 on: March 27, 2007, 01:48:41 AM »

Kind of back to the beginning of the thread when we were naming our favorite teams. I don't do pro sports so much, so I'll stick to college. I have a main team, and then supporting teams I follow and cheer for from other conferences.

1. Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC. I was born and raised in Arkansas and always followed them.
2. Texas Longhorns from the Big 12. My adopted state's home team and I live in Austin.
3. Wisconsin Badgers from the Big 10. Just always liked them.
4. USC Trojans. It would be easy to hate them because of their success, but they are too fun to watch.
5. Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC. Just a classy school and underdog at most sports.
6. BYU from the Mountain West. This lingers from my old Mormon days.
7. Louisville from the Big East.
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« Reply #139 on: March 27, 2007, 10:08:08 PM »

The PENGUINS clinched a playoff spot tonight (March 27)
hoooray!
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« Reply #140 on: April 10, 2007, 10:53:42 AM »

I'm not going to even discuss the highs and LOWS of this past weekend, but suffice it to say, I will be rooting for the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup.

I made a promise to a friend (after some wonderful hospitality) that I would heretofore be a Pens fan after the Leafs.

Making this even easier, is that the Pens are playing the Ottawa Senators.

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« Reply #141 on: April 13, 2007, 07:47:18 PM »

outstanding youtube clips LOL
well the boys got off to a real rough start. Let's how the learning curve is sharp and quick!
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« Reply #142 on: December 19, 2007, 07:19:56 PM »

Hey, cool! I totally missed this one for some time.

My favourite teams:
Major League Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals
Minor League Baseball: Springfield Cardinals
Football: Kansas City Wizards
Hockey: St. Louis Blues

There are no other sports.
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« Reply #143 on: December 19, 2007, 07:59:37 PM »

I missed this one too and with condolences to ytterbiumanalyst (you'll see why in just a sec) I'll list mine:

BASEBALL: The Reigning World Champion BOSTON RED SOX  (Sorry about '04 ytt)

With a 162 game schedule and a pre- and post-season that runs from mid-February to November I don't have the time or the energy for other sports. I have to watch or listen to EVERY Red Sox game...

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« Reply #144 on: December 19, 2007, 09:00:22 PM »

Baseball: Couldn't give a crud.  But if the Astros are playing, I might watch an inning.

Football:  Well, that's a sore subject with me.  Lets just say I hate the Titans and until the Texans get any better, I'm a Green Bay fan.

Basketball:  Houston Rockets.  Though they constantly make me constantly pull my hair out.

Soccer:  Cruz Azul (Mexico) and Real Madrid.  Manchester United if I can ever get the games over Basic Cable.

Hockey: Dallas Stars or the Minnesota Wild

College:  Yawn. 

Worlds Strongest Man: Marius Pujanowsky or Magnus Ver Magunuson

Midget Tossing: Sean "The Human Bullet" McCray

UFC: Dan "The Beast" Severn

Pancrase: Bas Rutten

Tennis:  Sereena Williams  Grin
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« Reply #145 on: December 20, 2007, 10:53:41 AM »

I missed this one too and with condolences to ytterbiumanalyst (you'll see why in just a sec) I'll list mine:

BASEBALL: The Reigning World Champion BOSTON RED SOX  (Sorry about '04 ytt)

With a 162 game schedule and a pre- and post-season that runs from mid-February to November I don't have the time or the energy for other sports. I have to watch or listen to EVERY Red Sox game...

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Ah, we got our World Championship a couple of years later (yeah, you got two, big deal). True about the listening/watching. I don't get Fox Sports, which carries most of the Cardinals games, but I do get to listen on mlb.com (I'm in a blackout zone for MLB.TV, but I can listen). $15 a year; it's totally worth it.
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« Reply #146 on: December 20, 2007, 11:08:37 AM »

Aaaarrrggghh! My wound! My wound! Grin laugh

Ah, we got our World Championship a couple of years later

Yeah, but then we unseated you as the reigning World Champs in October Smiley
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« Reply #147 on: December 20, 2007, 12:56:14 PM »

Shall I bring up all the world championships we've had since you lost Babe Ruth? Wink
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« Reply #148 on: December 20, 2007, 05:06:22 PM »

Fukodome!
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« Reply #149 on: December 20, 2007, 05:31:12 PM »

^

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« Reply #150 on: December 20, 2007, 08:44:45 PM »

Sweet Caroline, good times...

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« Reply #151 on: December 21, 2007, 09:40:39 AM »

Sweet Caroline, good times...

Ahhh, my brother Smiley
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« Reply #152 on: December 21, 2007, 09:41:40 AM »

Shall I bring up all the world championships we've had since you lost Babe Ruth? Wink

Awww, I'll just tell you what I tell all the Yankees fans who whine about the same thing:

"Yeah, and France was once a great nation so what's your point?" Smiley
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« Reply #153 on: February 22, 2008, 10:20:17 AM »

College Football (the absolute best sport in the world  Wink ):  The University of Alabama Crimson Tide!  Roll Tide, Roll!
College Basketball:  Also, the U of A.
NBA:  couldn't care any less than I already do
NFL:  Miami Dolphins (but not a big NFL fan)
MLB:  Atlanta Braves
Hockey:  I'm COLD to that sport
Soccer:  Do they play soccer in America?  (Just kidding.  I grew up in a location and time when soccer was something we heard about on the news about once or twice a year.  There were no kids leagues, no high school soccer teams.  So, I don't know much about it and am not really interested.)
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« Reply #154 on: February 22, 2008, 12:26:33 PM »

Football (Real Football that is - Aussie Rules) St Kilda FC
Rugby League - Penrith Panthers/Melbourne Storm.

Gridiron (US Football) Minnesota Vikings (I saw them for the first time in '85 on tv when I was in Hawaii and they were playing SF. The commentators were going on and on about how much SF would win by, so I thought, stuff it, I'll go for the Vikings, and they won. Followed then ever since).

Cricket - Tasmania
College (Gridiron) Football - A soft spot for U.Sth Carolina (went to Uni in Columbia, SC).
Baseball - Anyone who plays New York!! (Ha Ha - was in the US long enough to dislike the NY baseball teams). Montreal Expos otherwise - beautiful city that stole my heart!! (If they are still about - the team that is).

Soccer - Yawn. Who could follow a sport when everyone gets excited when the score is 0-0??



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« Reply #155 on: March 28, 2008, 02:36:32 PM »

Baseball - Detroit Tigers
Hockey - Detroit Red Wings
Basketball - Detroit Pistons
Rugby - New Zealand All Blacks
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« Reply #156 on: March 28, 2008, 04:26:43 PM »

Montreal Expos otherwise - beautiful city that stole my heart!! (If they are still about - the team that is).

Soccer - Yawn. Who could follow a sport when everyone gets excited when the score is 0-0??

They aren't. By the way its Footie, not soccer. Tongue
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« Reply #157 on: March 28, 2008, 05:18:45 PM »

Baseball - Anyone who plays New York!! (Ha Ha - was in the US long enough to dislike the NY baseball teams). Montreal

Well, they're around, but not in Montreal anymore - they've moved to Washington, D.C.
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« Reply #158 on: May 07, 2009, 05:03:43 PM »

Just Manny being Manny.  Wink


NEW YORK - Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile player ensnared in the sport's drug scandals.


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« Reply #159 on: May 07, 2009, 05:21:17 PM »

I don't know if anyone is interested but my Royals are doing pretty well right now.  Zach Greinke is a stud!

Royals are HOT right now!  And they've been winning some games too!  Wink  Watch out come September/October.
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« Reply #160 on: May 07, 2009, 05:35:15 PM »

Zack Greinke is quite a story, you're right!  He has allowed 2 earned runs in 6 starts.....crazy!  I'm sure the hitters will catch on somewhat after seeing him over 2 or 3 games, but I still think he'll have a ludicrously low ERA at the end of the year and an insane number of wins.
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« Reply #161 on: May 07, 2009, 05:45:57 PM »

^Actually, Pravoslavbob, Greinke's ERA after a 6-0 start is 0.40.  That's been done by only two other people.  One of them was Fernando Venenzuela back in 1980, I think.  Can't remember the other guy.  Either way, it's damn impressive.
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« Reply #162 on: May 07, 2009, 07:51:15 PM »

I know that that is what his earned run average is, but in order to compile numbers like that, he has allowed only 2 earned runs over a 6 game span and however many innings he worked in those games.  Those runs were scored against him by the Blue Jays in one game.  The Tigers garnered another unearned run against him in another game, and that's it!
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« Reply #163 on: May 07, 2009, 07:54:15 PM »

They are indeed impressive at the moment.  But the Central is tough.... We'll see how they stand up to the mid-season grind.

Meanwhile... CAVS and Hawks are about to tip-off (less than 15 minutes).  Playoffs trump regular season in my attention span.
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« Reply #164 on: May 07, 2009, 08:56:16 PM »

Not much of a game... CAVS up by 19 with just under 6 min left in the first half.
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« Reply #165 on: May 07, 2009, 10:39:31 PM »

I know I've got some Penguin fans on here -- gotta say I'm pleased that the Caps are up 2-1.  Who's everybody like for a Stanley Cup semifinals and finals series?

I like:

EAST: Caps and Boston (if they can get it together v. Carolina), with Caps moving on.  I'm a sucker for the underdog.

WEST: Canucks (c'mon, Luongo!) and Detroit, with Canucks moving on (because I hate Detroit).

Anyways.  Thoughts?
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« Reply #166 on: May 07, 2009, 10:49:48 PM »

Caps vs. Carolina, Caps win
Vancouver vs. Anaheim, Vancouver Win
Vancouver wins the Cup
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« Reply #167 on: May 07, 2009, 11:04:19 PM »

The Cup ain't going to Canada...it's going to Beantown
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« Reply #168 on: May 08, 2009, 01:12:37 AM »

How about that come-from-behind Blackhawks win over the Canucks tonight? 

I agree that I think it will be the Canucks and the Red Wings in the western conference final, but I think that Detroit will prevail and repeat as cup winners against the Hurricanes.

Did I mention that I absolutely loathe Anaheim?  Hopefully the Wings will prevail in that series despite the refs handing the last game to Anaheim on a platter because of the disallowed tying goal.  What a joke the officiating can be in the NHL.  (I note with some satisfaction that Detroit has just scored an empty-net goal to make it 6-3 in the third.....looks like this series is tied at 2.)  By the way DavidBryan, I am not a Detroit fan, I just dislike them less than Anaheim.  Wink  How did all those Wing fans get tickets tonight?  A lot of octopi on the ice in Anaheim.  lol.
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« Reply #169 on: May 08, 2009, 02:07:01 AM »

How about that come-from-behind Blackhawks win over the Canucks tonight? 

I agree that I think it will be the Canucks and the Red Wings in the western conference final, but I think that Detroit will prevail and repeat as cup winners against the Hurricanes.

Did I mention that I absolutely loathe Anaheim?  Hopefully the Wings will prevail in that series despite the refs handing the last game to Anaheim on a platter because of the disallowed tying goal.  What a joke the officiating can be in the NHL.  (I note with some satisfaction that Detroit has just scored an empty-net goal to make it 6-3 in the third.....looks like this series is tied at 2.)  By the way DavidBryan, I am not a Detroit fan, I just dislike them less than Anaheim.  Wink  How did all those Wing fans get tickets tonight?  A lot of octopi on the ice in Anaheim.  lol.

Ugh.  Well, I'm not surprised that Detroit won.  I'm surprised that it's not already over.  They'll pull it out over Anaheim, to be sure.  Luongo is doing everything he can (and that's a lot), but when your best scorers in the series aren't well known players and your defense is letting shot after shot go on your goalie, something's gonna give.  Sigh.  I think this series (Hawks/'Nucks) is going to be the one to watch. 

Mmm.  I hope the Canucks win, because Chicago just doesn't have the defense nor the goaltender to deal w/Detroit's offense.

Not that I have any love for the Ducks, Bob, but what's with the hatred for Anaheim?  Cheesy

I just realized I never made a call on the Cup.  My call's the same as Ukie re: the teams, but...I dunno.  Both Luongo and Varlamov are the hinges on which their teams turn.  That would be one series where it would absolutely be won by whichever offense happened to show up four times.
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« Reply #170 on: May 08, 2009, 02:37:51 PM »

Caps vs. Carolina, Caps win
Vancouver vs. Anaheim, Vancouver Win
Vancouver wins the Cup
Blues suck for most of the year, then rally at the end to make the playoffs.
Blues lose to the first team they play.
I stop watching hockey until next year.
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« Reply #171 on: May 08, 2009, 02:41:17 PM »

I hate sports....that is all.
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« Reply #172 on: May 08, 2009, 03:29:16 PM »

Caps vs. Carolina, Caps win
Vancouver vs. Anaheim, Vancouver Win
Vancouver wins the Cup
Blues suck for most of the year, then rally at the end to make the playoffs.
Blues lose to the first team they play.
I stop watching hockey until next year.

Ditto Stars, except I watch whatever hockey I can.  Channel 5.3 on the digital network TV is broadcasting the IIHL games; fun stuff.
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« Reply #173 on: May 08, 2009, 06:51:54 PM »

I hate sports....that is all.

I'm sorry.  Sucks to be you.
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« Reply #174 on: May 08, 2009, 08:20:03 PM »

^Actually, Pravoslavbob, Greinke's ERA after a 6-0 start is 0.40.  That's been done by only two other people.  One of them was Fernando Venenzuela back in 1980, I think.  Can't remember the other guy.  Either way, it's damn impressive.
I think Randy Johnson did something like that once.
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« Reply #175 on: May 08, 2009, 09:37:48 PM »

^Actually, Pravoslavbob, Greinke's ERA after a 6-0 start is 0.40.  That's been done by only two other people.  One of them was Fernando Venenzuela back in 1980, I think.  Can't remember the other guy.  Either way, it's damn impressive.
I think Randy Johnson did something like that once.

Not according to ESPN who compiled the stats of starting pitchers who went 6-0 with an ERA under .50.  There were only the three--Greinke, Venenzuela and some other guy.  I'm not going to argue with those guys.

BTW, how close is Johnson to winning #300?  Now that is far more impressive than a .50 ERA.
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« Reply #176 on: May 08, 2009, 09:42:24 PM »

The Ecumenical Patriarch sucks.
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« Reply #177 on: May 08, 2009, 09:52:43 PM »

The Ecumenical Patriarch sucks.

Whoa, dude!  Where'd this statement come from?
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« Reply #178 on: May 08, 2009, 11:08:30 PM »

^^He's just riffing on how the EP takes flak in all kinds of threads that may or may not have ANYTHING to do with him.  Random, but funny.   Cheesy

Anyway...jiminy...alls I can say is that if the Caps are gonna hang Varly out to dry like that again they deserve to go down to the Pens.  Seriously: WHERE was the defense when Federov was down there??

Crazy.  Everyone's tied 2-2 now except for (!) Carolina over Boston!  Careful, Jakub...!
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« Reply #179 on: May 09, 2009, 12:42:03 AM »

I find the EP comment is totally uncalled for...on this thread or any other

Heck, I almost spit out a mouthful of precious Dos Equis on the old lap top...



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