Monday, May 26, 2008

Finals Prediction

Editor's Note: Super Sorry that this is late, but I SWEAR that these were written before the finals started, and since my prediction is downright impossible now after Game 2, it shows that I'm honest....or stupid....

Stuck in third place having earned one of a possible four points, to leave his record at 8-6, with 12 total points is the writer of this very blog, Glen...

Well another round another disappointment for me. I guess I was a little late going for Dallas, as Detroit continues to dominate. When they won games 4 and 5, I really had this feeling that the Destiny in D would continue, but I guess I'm wrong. However, they shouldn't worry as they look to be poised for some pretty great things. This year however, it was all Detroit, as the team proved to be just too good for words.

On the other end of the continent, the battle for the next generation went for the Penguins. I was actually surprised at how badly they outplayed the Flyers throughout that series, but I suppose having your two best defensemen out will do that to you. The Flyers are another team that look to be deep, as they have a ton of young talent, wit ha core group of veterans, and some pretty great players in their system to bring up, watch for these guys in the next few years.

As for the MVP, it's a tough call between Pittsburgh's two players drafted first overall, Crosby and Fleury have been unreal at opposite ends of the ice, but I think that I'm going to have to go with my boy Sid. He seems to bring more intangibles this time around.

Going 2-0, and earning a bonus point on Detroit's 6 game win, bringing his record to 13-1 with a startling 15 points is none other than Mr. Coin

Don't wake me, it's nap time!

And once more going 2-0, and earning an extra point on Detroit's win, is the biggest talker around...Jeff....

Once again, a immaculate 3rd round for your truly. I have so got this down to a science. Leaving Glen in my dust in this playoff pool is about as sweet as leaving him in my dust in the Kodiak Hockey pool. Like, how many times can one beat another? Well counting the past 2 examples, that makes two, add in the Kodiak Football pool, and that makes 3. I guess you can add in last years Kodiak football pool to make 4. Can one mans failure lead to better self esteem for another............stay tuned to find out.

In other news.....lets take a look at the 3rd round.

Pittsburgh vs Phili

Good series, same formula as the previous one for Pittsburgh, 5 games with a loss in game 4. Do they just want to win it at home? Anyways, aside from the forth game, they played great. Fleury was solid, all be it a little shaky in game one at the start, but some players really stepped up their game. Namely one Sidney Crosby. It seemed as though the Flyers put their attention into Malkin after game 1 and left Crosby to run the show, which he did. Two players that i need to mention are, 1) Staal, who once again played great and gave a valiant effort on the powerplay, which Pittsburgh seemed to be good at not giving to the Flyers to often, and 2) Hossa, who can tell Senators fans to shove it now. A man who was said to be a choke artist in the playoffs has done great for Pittsburgh. Maybe it is the lack of pressure he gets playing with Malkin or Crosby, but he honestly could end up with the Conn Smythe if he becomes a major player for them against Detroit. How fitting would that be, to have him win mvp of the playoffs after being branded a choke artist. Looks like he is working for a pretty sweet paycheck in the offseason. Having said that, Hossa is not someone you build a team around. But he is a very very good supporting character. Phili played with heart, and will most likely be ready next year. Richards grew a lot this year and is going to be a major player in the future. Give him the "C" and let him role with it for the next 11 years.

Detroit vs Dallas

All you ban wagon jumpers got on at the wrong time. I gladly gave up my seat to Glen :) Dallas played great in the first two rounds, but what can you do when you already had to beat 2 of the most heavily favoured teams? Dallas was no questions asked, out of gas come this series. Good for them to take it to six games. Dallas has a good formula to build from, and with excellence like Brett Hull up top, no doubt they will be a major player next season. Detroit is simply a solid team. They do have their weaknesses, but they are few and far between. If they get secondary scoring they are almost unbeatable.

MVP of the 3rd round: Crosby and Zetterburg. Does it really matter? :)

Now let's look to the finals...



Glen Says: Whacky Fact about this Series: Wayne Gretzky won his first Cup in his fifth season, Mario Lemieux won his in his seventh, this is Crosby's seventh.

The age of Crosby begins now, long live the Kid.

I just don't think that Detroit has it right now. I know that they are great, I know that the are amazing, but Crosby is Crosby, Malkin is Malkin, and there really isn't more to say than that.

Prediction: Pittsburgh in five.

Mr. Coin Says: I know that I went with Pittsburgh over Detroit before, but I think that I have flip flopped once more...

Prediction: Detroit in five.

Jeff Says: Now, this is a hard one for me. On one end I have Pittsburgh, who I chose to beat Detroit in the finals before the playoffs even started (yah that's right, that's how good I am). So how can I back pedal now. On the other hand I have Detroit who is just soooo good. How can I bet against them. Well ego weighs in a lot here, and I figure why not go for the glory and try for that absolute perfect predicting record. Imagine if Malkin steps up and gets Conn Smythe, that would be unheard of. Yesterday I thought to myself, why just go and say Pittsburgh all the while feeling like they'll probably lose. So screw that. I totally think Pittsburgh is going to beat Detroit. Pittsburgh has just as many weapons, these two teams matchup quite well. They hardly play each other so you don't have much of a comparison to make in terms of previous games played against each other, so whatever. I am totally behind Pittsburgh. I think they can beat Detroit, and I know they are going to beat Detroit. Whether it is Crosby or Malkin, or Staal that has to step up, one of them will. Detroit has 1 very dangerous line, and with Franzen coming back they'll have 2, but Pittsburgh has the same thing, all be it a better one two punch. It comes down to goaltending, Fleury needs to step up, and that is why I think he will end up with Conn Smythe if or when Pittsburgh wins the cup. Let's go PENS!

Stanley Cup Winner: Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games. Evgeni Malkin Conn Smythe winner.

100% perfect record: Jeff

Jeff's Bitch: Glen

Let's see how this turns out....

Until next time,


Saturday, May 24, 2008

This Just Needs to be Watched...

My man crush on Keith Olbermann this...

Unreal eh?

I really have nothing else to add here, he explains it all. Hillary really will stop at nothing to win, to vaguely reference assassination in respect to Obama is startling. People have been long convinced that he would be walking the line between life and death by a) running as a black man and b) taking on the political lobbyists.

As HORRIBLE and terrible as this was, she really has gone farther to hurt herself, say (God forbid) something bad does happen to Obama, don't you think that conspiracies will start to roll?

I have had a certain respect for Clinton, but right now it's gone. After Sniper-gate, the racial remarks, the Florida-Michigan hissy fit, the attacks from bitter gate, the all but endorsment of McCain over Obama, and so much more, I really don't understand how people could support Hillary Clinton after this one. These are NOT the actions of anyone that should hold the highest office in the world.

So if by any chance Hillary or any of her advisors are reading this, I would like to offer you some advice.


Until next time,


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wishing you a Happy Earth Day!!!!

Yes, yes, yes, I know what many of you are thinking, Earth Day is not today, but rather it was way back on April 22nd. Well, to some extent you are right, but there are a few things that are worth considering. For starters, I am a firm believer that every day is in fact Earth Day (so I may wish you a Happy Earth Day later on) but my timing was planned. Since today is of course, Mother's Day.

Since I am writing this post very late at night, it may in fact be too late for you to call your mother. However, you can't forget your other mother, the Earth, on this very special day, and since she is all around you, you can always show her that you love her.

I have recently been leading an Environmental Service group at school, and one of the many things that we do is send out weekly e-mails with Eco facts. Here are some of the more interesting ones that we have found:

- During the March 29th, Earth Hour the city of Toronto saved 264 000 000 watts of electricity. That’s enough to run a lap top computer 17 600 000 days or around 48,219 years!!!! (Info courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund and Solar Wind Canada)

- In Canada alone there are over 8 billion disposable cups sent to landfills every year!!!That translates to 15, 220 every MINUTE (that’s not a type-o!!!) (Credit: Go Green Tips in the Toronto Star)

- In the United States approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year (Student Environmental Advisory Counsel)

- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours (Ibid)

So if you are looking for something to do to help out your Mother on her special day (i.e. every day), it really does not take much effort. Little things like turning off the lights when you aren't using them, walking instead of driving, buying a travel mug, reusing, recycling, and (most importantly) reducing go a long way to helping.

If your biological Mother was sick, and crying out for help, would you ignore her? What if you knew your actions made her this way, would you continue?

Certainly I hope not.

So why is it different for your Earth Mother?

Until next time,


P.S. I found this GREAT video on with Al Gore discussing Climate Change in further detail. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

3rd Round Playoff Predictions

The second round appeared to be heading to end with a whimper, but the Sharks sure made it interesting with their gutsy quadruple-overtime do-or-die game against the Stars. But none the less when the dust was settled, only the Stars, the Red Wings, the Flyers, and the Penguins were left standing. Two were a shock, two were to be expected.

Here's what our experts had to say...

Sadly, joining his faithful Habs, Troy has dropped out of the race, after a disappointing (and surprising) 0-4 prediction last round, he was stuck with only 6 points, and unable to make up ground against the Juggernaut at the top.

No comment.

In third place with a 2-2 record and no correct series lengths, bringing his total to 11 is the writer of this very blog, yours truly...

After the first round, I complained about the predictability of it all, now I am in awe of the amount of surprises that came in the second round.

I have to say a lot of things surprised me this past round. I was completely shocked at just how poorly Montreal and Colorado played. Wow they really were lousy! I'm not really that shocked that the Habs lost, but I thought they would at least make a series out of it. As for the Avs, I knew that they were in over their head, but that series wasn't even close. The mighty Red Wings never looked to be in trouble, and if there was a way for them to have won that series in 3 games, I'm sure they would have found a way to do it.

On the other hand, I am really shocked at just how well the Stars did. Every game of that series was tight, and looked like it could have gone either way. I know that Jeff is going to say that he knew it all along, but I'm sure that even he didn't think that the Stars would go up 3-0. But the part that surprises me is that I never felt like San Jose was in trouble even after being down so hard. I really wouldn't have been THAT surprised if we had witnessed a miracle.

In actual fact I while I was watching the sixth game of that series in the first overtime, I was on MSN with Troy and I actually said "SAN JOSE IS WINNING THIS SHIT FOR SURE" after witnessing Nabokov's save (which may be the greatest save I have ever seen). Which I said that I would include in this blog no matter what. So here we are, I was wrong...dang it all..

In the last series, I was surprised at the fact that it went in five games. The Penguins never really dominated the Rangers, and it seemed like they won every game just barely, with the last game even going into overtime. Even though the Penguins only lost one game, I think that they faced their fair share of adversity throughout the series, which should only benefit them in the long run.

As for the MVP of the playoffs so far, with all due respect to R.J. Umberger, Brendan Morrow, and Johan Franzen, I've got to give it to someone who I thought was a total chocker, Marty Turco. He's proven that he is the real thing so far, as he out played both J.S. Gigure and Evgeni Nabokov in the first two rounds, and faced an insane amount of shots throughout. He is the reason that Dallas is where they are, and their continued success begins and ends with him.

But without spoiling my predictions, I think that Mr. Crosby will indeed be the Conn Smythe when it's all said and done.

How is that for clever foreshadowing?

In second place with 12 points, after going 3-1, while correctly predicting the length of the Flyers series, allowing him to leapfrog Glen, is the oldest member of our panel, Mr. Coin...

I bet you didn't see that coming?

Nobody gives the old guy any credit at all! In terms of raw scoring I have only made one mistake, and that was because that Pat Falloon kid didn't show up. How was I to know that he retired? I'd like to point out in the first round I said "Don't mess with Texas", I must have meant that for the second round.

Glen talks about how exciting that long game was, but what does that young whippersnapper know? I remember watching Mud Bruneteau's quintuple overtime goal in 1936. We loved it so much, that when the next game ended in regulation, we demanded our nickel back!

In first, still, after once again going perfect, and predicting the correct length of the Penguins series is once again Jeff.

Well, once again I was solid gold. My predictions seem to be a blessing for some, (Dallas) and a curse for others (Montreal). Glen has expressed to me how he worships my genius. I believe they are currently erecting a statue of me at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Now imagine for a second the thought of someone going perfect throughout the playoffs. I still have a chance to not only go perfect, but to also have my pre playoffs Stanley Cup match up and my Conn Smyth pick has being playing great! This is something big and should be headline news in all the major newpapers. If Glen’s blog was widely popular I would be famous by now. Unfortunately, “blogging ain’t easy” and not everyone can become famous. If only I was willing to sell myself out on Youtube in the search for fame and “internet money”. I could be bigger then Sneezing Panda………or even Laughing Baby. For reference, feel free to refer to the previous video I made for the last round.

Great second round. All be it, a rather quick one in most cases. I guess I gave to much respect to a couple teams, namely Colorado. I’m going to change things up. Since I did not pick an MVP of the first round, I am going to pick an MVP of each series instead.

Montreal vs Philadelphia

Pretty much what I expected. After all, I am a genius. Phili just out played them. Umberger stepped up in a big way giving the Flyers some secondary scoring that was only matched by Detroit. Montreal is a good team, but Price is young, and they are small. Just watching them shake hands was an eye opener. Hopefully Montreal can add a piece or two in the offseason and have a good year next year.

MVP of the series: R.J. Umberger (As if there was a doubt)

Pittsburgh vs New York

Again, I was expecting this. I was surprised it went to a game 5 after the Pens jumped ahead 3-0 though. The first game was awesome, although I did not see much of it. I did however, catch the last part of it, which was enough. The Rangers proved to me that they are a great defensive team. I honestly did not give them much respect in that department. Mark Staal is going to be a solid D-Man and it would not surprise me to see him on Team Canada with his brothers in 2 years. Speaking of the Staal’s, Jordan Staal came to play this series. The amount of penalty killing this kid does is crazy. Simply an amazing series for this, and crazy to think, 3rd line center/super star.

MVP of the series: Jordan Staal

Detroit vs Colorado

Anyone who thought Colorado was going to win this series must have been taking their chances on winning big in Vegas, because there was little to no chance that was going to happen. I honestly wish I wouldn’t have felt bad for them and given them the 1 victory salute. I should have predicted a sweep. After all, Osgood is in net now, so as it stands right now, they are fine in that department. If Colorado stays healthy next year, they will be a decent team in the West. Detroit is simply a solid team. Not to many weak points there. Johan Franzen is a beast, and will be a tough opponent in the 3rd round, commanding the Stars attention and causing trouble in front of the net.

MVP of the series: Like there was any doubt, Johan Franzen and his Gordie Howe smashing 9 goals in 4 games.

Brett Hull, I mean Dallas vs San Jose

This is what I call, my feel good series of the second round. Once again I picked Dallas while everyone else picked San Jose. It’s science. The Brett Hull factor is strong in this team. What can you say about them? They played hard, although things got scary once San Jose got desperate. I wish I hadn’t had to have worked Monday, I would have loved to watch the whole of game 6. None the less, Dallas played great, San Jose will have to go back to the drawing board. Dallas wipes out 2 power houses from the West due to Brett Hull’s awesomeness.

MVP of the series: Brett Hull, honourable mention goes to a “should be/better be member of Team Canada in 2010” Brendan Morrow.

So here we go, Round 3. This is where we separate the men from the boys. Two teams will punch their ticket to the Big Dance, two will walk away full of shame and embarrassment after having failed before me. All of these teams have called to ask for my blessing, some throwing massive amounts of money and gold at my feet. They know that I am the hockey Guru and I only pick winners, so it should come as no surprise that I am being showered with riches, while Glen sits there and scratches his head, wondering if he should simply copy my picks. Let’s get to it....


#2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #6 Philadelphia Flyers

Glen Says:
Whacky Playoff Fact about this Series: The 1998 Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win a Stanley Cup without defeating a Canadian team on the way to victory. These are the only two remaining teams that have gone through a Canadian team.

Now this is a clash of styles if there ever was one! On one hand you have a rough and ready team known for its ability to lay the body, and on the other hand you have a dynamic young team, poised for great things. I think that this one just may surpass San Jose-Dallas and San Jose-Calgary for best series of the playoffs! I expect this to be a long series with a lot of energy and hate between these two.

This series has a lot more at stake than just a berth in the Stanley Cup finals or bragging rights for two cross-state rivals. I think that whichever team wins this one will be emulated by many, many other teams in the league. Everyone tried the Neutral Zone Trap after Jersey won in 1995, and then they tried the rental player approach that worked for Carolina in 2006, and people then tried to toughen up after Anaheim won last year. If either of these teams go on and win the Cup, I think that we will see a few more teams try and be just like them.

For that reason, I'm cheering for the 80s run and gun Penguins over the 70s bruiers. It should be a great one though.

The Age of Crosby is upon us, all hail the face of the new NHL!

Prediction: Pittsburgh in 7

Mr. Coin Says: Glen copied me! He flips me, so of course he can see my predictions before hand...

Prediction: Pittsburgh in 7

Jeff Says: Both teams come in playing well, and having faced adversity at some point in there playoff run. Pittsburgh had an easy first round, but the Rangers made them earn it a couple times in the second. Philly played two tough series’ but battled through it on the back on solid goaltending and a surprise offensive hero. These two teams had some epic battles this season, except that last game which was terrible, and only serves to set up this match-up now since many speculated that the Pens purposely lost the game to avoid the Flyers in the first round (makes sense to me). I do think that we have yet to see the best of Malkin and Crosby (hard to believe but if they are going to beat Phili they need to be stellar). And Hossa has proven to be a good deadline deal (what a relief to management). If Pittsburgh can keep up with the physical play of Phili they should be able to win out. Phili will need all hands on deck for this one. They have two powerful lines to defend against and a third coming off the bench that can produce just as much energy. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh defends against the likes of Briere and Umberger. Staal’s line will no doubt be expected to work overtime this series to shut down Phili’s top scorers.

Key’s to the series: Staying out of the penalty box. Both teams have incredibly powerful power plays. Too much of the dirty stuff will leave one of these teams wondering what could have been.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins in 6


#1 Detroit Red Wings vs. #5 Dallas Stars

Glen Says:
Whacky Playoff Fact about this Series: Not only has no team with a European Captain ever won the Stanley Cup, but no team with more than eight Europeans have ever hoisted the Holy Grail. Detroit has ten players born on the Eastern side of the Atlantic, including Captain Niklas Lidstrom.

This series really gets me excited for a few reasons. For starters, I know just how awesome the hockey is going to be, but also because neither of these teams are on the West Coast, so I'll actually be able to watch it. I have been so insanely impressed with Dallas it is unreal. With their hard work, spectacular goaltending, and clutch Captain, they remind me a lot of the 2004 Calgary Flames that went all the way to the Cup Finals. It should be worth noting that those Flames defeated the three favourites in the West on their way, and the three favoured teams in the West this year going into the playoffs were Anaheim, San Jose, and Detroit.

As amazing as Detroit has been in the playoffs, they really haven't faced any major challenges. Nashville and Colorado really were the two teams in the West who didn't seem like Stanley Cup contenders, and Detroit's victory was never really in doubt, even when Nashville won those two games. Dallas on the other hand went into each series as extreme underdogs and managed to fight through two great teams and bring out victory both times. I think that the first two rounds of the playoffs are meant to give you adversity so that you can handle the last two, and in that respect, Dallas wins handily.

Prediction: Dallas in 6

Mr. Coin Says: I've been saying Detroit out of the West all along, and I'll be damned if I'm going to change my mind again, I only do that in the Eastern Conference. This Brenden Morrow kid is clutch, but he's no Mud Bruneteau.

Prediction: Detroit in 6.

Jeff Says: So, few would have predicted Dallas to be in this position right now. I on the other hand knew what I was looking at right from the start, that being a solid hard working hockey team out to prove to everybody they belong. Detroit has had it relatively easy thus far while Dallas has knocked off two of the most favoured teams in this years postseason. That makes them very dangerous. Detroit must be mindful of how hard they are going to have to play; otherwise, they will find themselves in a lot of trouble. If Dallas takes game one look out. Detroit must win game 1 to slow down the Stars momentum. Detroit must also be aware that Brett Hull is up in the press box and his power is immense, able to turn simple hockey players into gods on skates.

Having said that, I predicted Detroit to come out of the west, and I really do think they are the best team in the league this year. They still won the Presidents Trophy after having gone 10 loses in 11 games in February/March. They are built strong, and have Franzen on fire. Their power play is wicked and Dallas seems to get into penalty trouble often. If Osgood plays up to par then they should be able to battle this one out.

Prediction: Detroit Red Wings in 6

Well that does it for this round. Keep watching the hockey to see if I can leap frog the coin again, and maybe catch Jeff!

Until next time,


Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Video That Needs to Be Shared

After realizing that today is also Star Wars Day, I learn another important fact about May 4. Today is the 38th Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. I found this amazing video tribute to those events, played (of course) with Neil Young's classic "Ohio".

Amazing, eh?

Until next time,


Why I Love Star Wars

So I'm a little embarrassed to write this right now. I was just researching for a post on Hilary Clinton when my MSN pops up. It was my friend Ryan saying "Happy Star Wars Day!". It sneaks up on me every year, dang it all! I couldn't believe that I almost forgot.

As such, I'd like to apologize to everyone out there, I am hastily preparing this blog post, about my favourite of nerdy loves. I know that I won't encapsulate everything that I love about Star Wars, but I hope that it suffices.

1. " Jedi Masters don't go crazy -- they just get eccentric." -- Simply put, Jedis are awesome. They can wield light sabres with the best of them, play mind tricks on lesser beings, and be all around ass kickers. Best of all, they expect nothing in return at all, just knowing that they are doing the right thing.

They are like kung-fu-fighting Buddhist Monks, Knights of the Round Table, and the entire cast of Heroes rolled into one futuristic ass-kicking package. What's not to love about them really?

2. "These are not the droids you're looking for" -- While they are sometimes obnoxious, C3PO and R2D2 add a great deal to the films. They are the closest thing that the series has to narrators.

Along with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, they are the only two characters to be featured in all six movies. However, the other two changed drastically with one being covered in metal, and the other getting old and dying. The two droids do a great deal to provide a link between the two trilogies, especially with R2 having a memory of the whole ordeal.

3. “Don't you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!” --

Is the fall and return of the Jedis an allegory for the fall of the church in our hectic modern life? Was the destruction of the Death Star (twice) meant to speak to the inevitable failures of the Soviet-American Arms Race? Is Palpatine's Machiavellian scheme to seize power from the elected officials, eerie foreshadowing of Bush's PATRIOT Act? Is the initially-incestuous relationship between Luke and Leia meant to echo Greek and Roman Mythology?

How the hell should I know? I'm not George Lucas! But all those sound totally plausible to me, especially if there is a solid argument behind any of them. My point, is that more than many other films, this has an amazing potential to be dug deep into, and create some pretty interesting connections with deep topics.

4. "Boba sure fooled the rest of us" -- Boba Fett is EASILY the biggest bad ass to ever be portrayed on film. Don't believe me? Well here is a thousand words to persuade you...

...thought so.

P.S. Eleventy Nerd Points for whoever knows where that quote is from (without Googling it)

5. "Adventure? Excitement? A Jedi craves not such things." -- Well I sure do! And this series is able to deliver it in spades.

From the first shot of A New Hope when the droids are running away to the final scene in Revenge of the Sith, there is a definite feeling of adventure. While some of them (i.e. Phantom Menace) are not so good, there is always a feeling of adventure and excitement, that is hard not to get caught up in.

Whenever a light sabre begins to buzz, my heart starts to race as I know that something awesome is going to happen. Sure I've seen the battles before, but the sheer childish joy and reminiscence is hard not to get caught up in.

6. "Do or do not, there is no try" -- So I mostly just wanted to use that, my favourite of Star Wars quotes to say something important about these movies. They are FULL of deep and very meaningful quotes that provide a tremendous amount of insight.

There are such amazing gems as "
If money is all you love, then that's what you'll receive.", and "All who gain power are afraid to lose it". Impressive ones eh? There are a bunch more here, and many other places on the information hyperspace highway.

"If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short circuit." -- The opening scene in Return of the Jedi in Jabba's palace is the greatest scene in the history of cinema. Really where else will you find psychic powers, the Leia bikini, an obnoxious laughing bat, a robot waiter, bantha battles, the Leia bikini, flame throwers, the Leia bikini, sand monsters, girl power, and the Leia bikini?

I may have forgotten to mention something...

How could I dare top that?

Until next time,