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Red Wings v. Penguins Game 3 Recap

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If you had told me that the Detroit Red Wings would play better defensively in game 3 than they did in games 1 and 2, I would have predicted a victory.  As it turns out, they did play better defensively.  But they didn’t win, and they allowed Pittsburgh a chance to tie up the series in Game 4 tomorrow.  What were the determining factors last night?

First, the officiating a major factor.  I could write a whole post on this alone.  Officiating has been brutal on the Wings in game 3 of the last 3 series.  Against Anaheim, the Wings had their game tying goal disallowed because the referee lost sight of the puck, which happened to be sitting out in the open in the goal crease.  Against Chicago, the Blackhawks were given 11 minutes of power play time in the first period and Niklas Kronwall was ejected from the game for a hit that should not have even gotten him a minor penalty.  Last night, the Penguins had six men on the ice for over twenty seconds with no penalty assessed. Additionally, Jonathan Ericsson was given a penalty for interference at a key point in the game while more egregious interference had been committed by the Pens all night long without being called.  On the ensuing power play, Pittsburgh was able to score what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

However, the officials alone were not the difference.  Chris Osgood has been glorious throughout the entire playoffs.  But last night, the second goal that he allowed should have been stopped.  It was a simple shot and he was not screened.  Had Osgood made that save, we could be talking about a Wings victory.

Last night, for the first time, the absence of Pavel Datsyuk could have affected the outcome of the game.  In the third period, when the Wings were trailing by a goal, his ability to create chances in the offensive zone probably would have lead to at least a couple of scoring chances.  A healthy Pavel would have been quite a boost.

Had even one of these three factors had been different, I think the Red Wings would have prevailed.  That being said, it was still a decently entertaining hockey game.  In the last two series, the Wings have bounced back from tough game 3 loses to trounce their opponents in game 4.  Will the same thing happen tomorrow night?  Stay tuned.

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Written by bckersey

June 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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Today is Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers

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The baseball off-season seemed especially long this year.  Perhaps it was everything that was going on in the background that made the time pass so slowly.  Elections, wars, national disasters and an economic collapse.  Needless to say, the state of Michigan needs a distraction from all of the nonsense.  Sure, the Spartans are playing for a national championship tonight.  But that distraction will be short lived.  The Tigers will be playing all summer long.  There’s only one problem.  In order for the Tigers to be an effective stress reliever, they will have to win games.  Watching Fernando Rodney blow saves is not going to put Michiganders into a good mood.

In 1968 the Tigers won the World Series.  This wasn’t simply a typical championship season.  There had been race riots and chaos in the city of Detroit.  The success of the Tigers helped the city forget about its troubles and played a role in uniting citizens.  My hope is that the 2009 Tigers are going to be able to accomplish some of the same things.

I know that a good baseball season will hardly fix the problems that the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan and the entire nation are facing.  But if baseball can add a little joy to people’s lives, isn’t that good enough?

My season prediction, probably greatly skewed by the thoughts of what I just written about, is as follows:  The Tigers will win the AL Wild Card and make the playoffs.  From there, who knows?  Let’s go Tigers.  Michigan needs you.

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April 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

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Why I No Longer Watch the NBA

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I haven’t watched a single NBA game in over a year.  Not by chance, but because I refuse to.  There are two reasons for this, which I will explain below.

The Star Treatment: NBA officials favor star players and rarely call a game fairly. To best understand this, watch any game in which LeBron James plays.  If an opposing player lays a finger on LeBron, he is quickly whistled for a foul.  Yet James can do just about anything that he wants to.  An example of this can be seen in last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.  Lebron played over 40 minutes and had exactly zero fouls called against him.  What are the chances?  Apparently he doesn’t have to dribble the ball either.  This morning, on ESPN, a “highlight” was shown in which LeBron clearly traveled en route to a “spectacular” basket.  This happens all the time in the NBA.  Player are commonly seen taking three steps on their way to the rim.  Lebron however, took FIVE.  If the NBA cannot enforce its most basic rule, how can the integrity of the officiating be trusted in any situation?

Laziness:  I’ve never seen another sport in which players can simply stand around while their teammates are working so hard.  It’s particularly bad during the first half of the season.  Players will simply be standing around while a teammate is attempting to make a play.  It’s very aggravating, especially when your team is being lazy.  As early as the 5th grade, basketball coaches tell their players to move without the ball.  For some reason, this idea is lost on NBA players.

I watch hockey, football and baseball.  I even watch college basketball.  But you won’t see me supporting this corrupt league full of lazy millionaires.

Written by bckersey

April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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With Sheffield Gone, The Tigers Need a New Gameplan

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Gary Sheffield has been released by the Detroit Tigers.  This move is surprising because it means that the Tigers will have to pay him $14 million in salary this season and obviously will get absolutely nothing in return.  At the same time, the news is not surprising because Sheffield is rarely good anymore.  This is a great move because it will allow the Tigers to have much more flexibility in the field.  Specifically, the move allows improvement at first base, designated hitter and in left field.  Here’s what the Tigers need to do:

Carlos Guillen: The plan was to start Guillen in left field this season.  However, he’s been an infielder his whole major league career.  Why make a change now?  Guillen is comfortable in the infield and has had success in the past at first base.  That’s where he needs to be this season.

Miguel Cabrera: Miguel is one of the worst defensive players on the entire roster.  He’s also one of the best offensive players on the roster.  The Tigers can utilize his strength while not suffering from his weaknesses if they use him as a DH.

Josh Anderson: The Tigers acquired Josh Anderson from the Atlanta Braves yesterday.  He’s a speedy outfielder with decent hitting skills.  The Tigers need to start him in left field.

Marcus Thames:  Marcus has been a backup for the duration of his career in Detroit.  That probably won’t change this season.  Thames could sub for any of these three players at any of the three positions.  He has playing experience in the outfield as well as at first base. By rotating Thames between LF, 1B and DH the Tigers can keep everyone well rested while keeping offensive and defensive production high.

I hope Jim Leyland is reading this…

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March 31, 2009 at 4:22 pm

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The Detroit Lions Have A New Logo

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Logo courtesy of mlive.com

Logo courtesy of mlive.com

The Detroit Lions have been a sad, pathetic franchise for decades.  Last season they managed to lose every single game, setting a record for NFL futility.  You might assume that following such a treacherous season, the team would be pouring as much effort as possible into rebuilding the team, acquiring new talent and working towards respectability.  And you’d be wrong.  Apparently, the team decided that creating a new logo would be a good first step.

This logo change had been rumored for quite a while, but the team has remained tight-lipped regarding their new Leo.  My guess is that they were saving the reveal for the NFL Draft in April.  However, NFL.com apparently spilled the beans by putting a toy truck up for sale that contains the team’s new image.

While the logo is technically an improvement over the old one, it doesn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of opponents.  I’d like to some teeth on that thing.  No blood?  No drool?  And why is it still blue?  In case you were wondering, the name of this Lion: Bubbles.  You have got to be kidding me.

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March 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm

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Welcome!  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I’ll be using it as a place to record my thoughts, ideas and opinions on a wide variety of subjects.  Please be sure to check back each day, as I am going to make daily posts a priority.

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March 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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