Posted on: March 31, 2010 9:06 pm

Hawks slump

It has been awhile since I've posted a blog entry. The Blackhawks are going through a real rough stretch since the Olympic break. This has a lot of fans really worried about this team. I completely understand that. What I don't understand is some fans lashing out at the team. This team has given Hawks fans the most excitement in many, many years. I've been a fan of this team through all the rough times, and am extremely excited that the Blackhawks are relevant in the NHL again. It's an awesome ride this young squad has taken me on over the last two years. 

Last year the team had similar issues in March. They went 6-7-2 in March last year and weren't playing well, but once the playoffs started they turned into a well oiled machine. I'm excited to see this team in the playoffs. This is one of the best teams in the NHL and they have a serious shot at the Stanley Cup. I just wish fans wouldn't take it so seriously sometimes. Just sit back and enjoy this team.

Category: NHL
Posted on: November 14, 2008 10:22 am

Big Joke in the AL Cy Young

I find it kind of funny how a pitcher can only lead in two categories over his rival and win the CY Young IN A LAND SLIDE because of it. Here's a comparison of stats this year for both pitchers. I'm not saying Lee didn't deserve the award, I'm saying 24 to 4 in first place votes is a complete joke, especially given how close they actually were.

Wins - Lee(22) Halladay(20)
ERA - Lee(2.54) Halladay(2.78)
Innings pitched - Halladay(246) Lee(223)
Strikeouts - Halladay(206) Lee(170)
WHIP - Halladay(1.05) Lee(1.11)
Opponents Avg - Halladay(.237) Lee(.253)

This vote should have been closer than it was and Halladay should have won it(in my biased Blue Jays opinion). I'm sorry to all you Lee lovers out there, but I'd take Roy Halladay over Cliff Lee any day of the week.

Cliff Lee was great this year. Roy Halladay was better this year. If Halladay got any type of run support the guy would have went 26-5. Funny how 90% of those experts would have voted him if he had more than 22 wins, eh?

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:11 am

Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

The argument here should be non-existent. Fisher holds a career 123-99(.554) record while Coughlin holds a career 110-90(.550) record. Coughlin has made the playoffs 7 times to Fisher's 5(Going to be 8 to 6) They have both made one Super Bowl as head coaches, Coughlin winning his and Fisher inches away from forcing overtime in his.

Fun fact: In 1999 Coughlin's Jaguars were 14-2 and Fisher's Titans 13-3. They met in the AFC Championship game where the Titans destroyed the Jags 33-14. As well as the Jags two losses coming both at the hands of Fisher's Titans. Basically, Fisher knew exactly how to outcoach Coughlin's Jaguars, and he was the only coach in the NFL who did in 1999. I think that speaks volumes about how good Fisher is.

I would prefer Jeff Fisher over Tom Coughlin for a coach on my team just because I absolutely love the guy. Tom Coughlin has a slightly better track record. He got the job done against the legendary Patriots last year, and that was no easy task.

We can only hope that these two teams meet in the Super Bowl because these two coaches will be more than ready and the game would be a classic chess match between the two. They are and have been two of the best coaches in the NFL for years. It's hard to keep churning out winning teams in the NFL, there's too many changes that go on. But these two guys have managed to do it.

I would like to take time to mention another coach I think should be in the discussion. John Fox. John Fox's worst season as a head coach was his first.... at 7-9, in 2002(With Rodney Peete starting).
In 2003 the Panthers finished 11-5 and made it to the Super Bowl, losing to the Patriots by a field goal in what was one of the best Super Bowls I have seen.
In 2004 they finished 7-9, while their running game had to be led by that of Nick Goings(a third string RB to start the season), and Steve Smith sat out the season with injury.
In 2005, The Panthers regained their smashmouth form and finished 11-5. All without a solid 2nd receiver. Oh.. the Panthers also slaughtered Coughlin's Giants 23-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Eventually the Panthers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
In 2006 they were mediocre, finishing 8-8. Delhomme was injured for three games and they really never looked good all season.
Then in 2007 Delhomme went down for the year after an injury in week 3. They were 2-1 with him in there and never got in a consistent groove after he got injured, finishing 5-8 without him and starting 3 different QBs in his place, none of whom held a QB rating higher than 67.0. Another stat that really shows the major downswing was that in those 13 games Testaverde, Carr, and Moore combined for 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. In three games Jake Delhomme had 8 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Panthers brought back Muhsin Muhammed to step back in as the #2 receiver behind Steve Smith. With Delhomme healthy and the running game back, the Panthers are a serious threat in the NFC again and are definitely a scary team heading towards the second half of the season.

All three of these men are amazing coaches and I enjoy the style of play they coach over fancy offensive teams. I love smashmouth football and these guys do it better than anyone out there. Except Bill Cowher. Obviously.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 17, 2008 10:44 am

Savard gets the shaft

With very short notice and barely into this young season, the Chicago Black Hawks chose to fire Denis Savard. While I think Quineville will do a fine job, I think this should have been done in the off-season if anything. Either way, the guy just got screwed out of his job. They overachieved last year and barely missed the playoffs.

According to Tallon they had a flat camp..... interesting, because I saw a lot of great things from the Hawks in camp, and not that wins and losses mean anything in pre-season but the team was 5-1-1 and played extremely well. Slow starts are pretty much inevitable with that much pressure on a young team. Four games guys? Four games? Are you kidding me? He obviously stood no chance of keeping his job and I'm disgusted. I don't even feel like watching the team right now. I'm questioning whether I want to be involved with an organization that pulls classless garbage like this.

We love you Denis Savard! You did a great job with these kids and started them off on the right path. It's too bad you weren't given a chance.
Category: NHL
Posted on: September 20, 2008 11:17 pm

Black Hawks Camp Opens

Black Loses To Red, Bests White In First Scrimmages Brad Boron | Sep 20, 2008, 4:19 PM EDT
<nobr>Campbell </nobr> In the first day of training camp, Red defeated Black 5-2 in the first scrimmage of the day, behind three points (1 G, 2 A) from defenseman Brian Campbell, as well as a goal and assist from forward Patrick Kane.

In the second scrimmage, Black avenged its loss by defeating White 9-3. Dustin Byfuglien scored two early goals in the first half, and Dave Bolland had four points (2 G, 2 A) in the win. The second scrimmage also featured three penalty shots. Free agent signee Cristobal Huet allowed three goals in his first scrimmage with his new team.

Both games consisted of two 30-minute periods.

This was just a way of kicking it off in a fun style. Getting the guys loose and ready for the work ahead. The Black Hawks are well on their way to bringing this storied franchise back to where it belongs. Dale Tallon has done a great job building and with Denis Savard behind the bench they have the perfect coach for these young kids.

Denis Savard has already said that last year was a disappointment. They finished with 88 points but ultimately missed the playoffs.

Denis Savard "The fans believe in us. We just need to believe in ourselves"

I have no doubt that will happen as the season goes on. I'm very excited for the upcoming season.
Category: NHL
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