Recent Comments by mkn

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can we talk about the NHL Hall of Fame class? Chris Chelios and a bunch of other guys.

posted by mkn at 10:31 AM on July 09

NHL hockey returns to the 'Peg!

Finally something to do in Winnipeg besides drink!

posted by mkn at 01:58 PM on May 31

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: The Final Chapter

Vancouver 6, H. Sedin (I was gonna pick Thomas too but having the same picks as owlhouse, whom I'm tied with, seemed like I wouldn't make much progress)

posted by mkn at 12:08 PM on May 31

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem, Conference Finals Edition

I don't know if it's too late -- I've been so very, very busy -- now that Game 1 of the East has been played (I was gonna pick Boston anyway : ). But here are my picks before the West starts (and what I was gonna pick for the east):

Boston 6 San Jose 6

posted by mkn at 10:02 AM on May 15

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: Part Deux!

Washington in 6 Philly in 7 Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 6

posted by mkn at 03:27 AM on April 28

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Pickem is here!

Washington vs. NY Rangers in 5
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo in 6
Boston Vs. Montreal in 7
Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay in 6
Vancouver vs. Chicago in 6
San Jose vs. Los Angeles in 4
Detroit vs. Phoenix in 7
Anaheim vs. Nashville in 6

posted by mkn at 01:01 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two stupid hand balls lead to the results in both of the early games (although it is worth noting that the red card for Serbia a few minutes earlier seemed to inspire them to their most lively play of the day). Will Germany or Australia continue the trend?

YES! But the damn refs didn't call it. And that red card was bullshit. And the diving from the German non-German players was annoying, glad they got carded. And as a Pole, I'm conflicted about the first two opening German goals being scored by, er, Polish born players.

posted by mkn at 06:18 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Water Consumption in Edmonton during the Olympic hockey gold medal game.

posted by mkn at 05:32 PM on March 08

Canada captures gold

Man, I keep seeing everyone saying that this is the new 72 Summit Series. That this will be remembered by the generation for the rest of their lives. A great day for Canada. Yadda yadda... and it seems as though everyone has already forgotten 2002. Fuck, 02 was the BIG win for me with a far more legendary team (Lemieux, Yzerman, Sakic.) The first Canadian win with a pro team at the Olympics. The first gold. The loony in the ice.

This is just a repeat.

posted by mkn at 06:23 PM on March 02

US Sets Record for Most Medals at Winter Olympics

By official Olympic tallies, and indeed most worldwide tallies, total medals is meaningless. What you count is total golds -- champions -- rather than runner-ups. The US and Canada are mostly unique in the world in that they tally totals. I can't remember exactly when this started but I think it came as a response to constant Soviet domination.

And as an insecure Canadian used to constant Olympic disappointment, once in my life I want to say: congrats USA on being the first place and second loser more often!

posted by mkn at 06:15 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Olympic half pipe: go big or go home. Olympic figure skating: play safe and win gold.

posted by mkn at 07:08 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just a general observation, but I'm in France at the moment and I'm watching the Olympics on French TV and despite some of their lack of knowledge about certain sports (curling, hockey) and the language barrier (my French isn't all that great) and obvious French bias (duh), the whole experience is making me never want to watch the Olympics in North America again. I hate NBC broadcasts. I enjoyed CBC. No idea how CTV is handling it. But, compared to French TV, those are all shit. And they're all shit for one reason and one reason only:

NOT A SINGLE FUCKING COMMERCIAL. EVER. The only time I see a commercial is when they end the broadcast on one channel and I don't switch to the continuing channel fast enough. Let me tell you, watching coverage like this gives the games a kind of flow that I never saw before. It becomes such a time sink.

posted by mkn at 12:49 PM on February 18

Japanese-Born Skater Can't Continue Russian Dynasty

Its one thing if it's by birth.

And even if what you say is true Owlhouse, it's bullshit, as if they HAD we've then have a fucking Russian skating for Japan which is equally stupid.

Why is that stupid? Are people not allowed to move around the world? Are we tied to the conditions we are born with? Would I never be able to compete for the Canadian Internet team since I am a Canadian immigrant? Why is it ok to move to a country for the betterment of one's standard of living or for a new job, but all of a sudden unacceptable to do so for sport, especially when particular countries, and their programs, obviously allow the individual to follow their dreams?

posted by mkn at 03:18 PM on February 17

Very sloppy indeed

Six day suspension for making a crude comment about his ex.

Meanwhile, boarding somebody head first and causing them to be injured for months? That's three.

Way to prioritize, NHL!

posted by mkn at 12:57 PM on December 06

Cito Gaston's coming back!

Cito Gaston with the Jays. Cliff Fletcher with the Leafs. Did I travel back to 1993?

posted by mkn at 11:24 PM on June 20

Robert Kubica wins the Canadian Grand Prix.

It was a good win. Made up for the disappointment at the Euros right after the race.

posted by mkn at 05:55 PM on June 08

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

ehhh. At least I picked the winner.

posted by mkn at 10:15 AM on June 07

CBC fumbles negotiations on Hockey Night theme

I say just stick with the classic CBC Sports intro and leave it at that. I'd rather have that than an open contest for people to submit their shit -- knowing HNIC's love affair with super-rural Canada, you're going to get nothing but shitty wannabe rockbands from places like Wawa or Moosomin, Saskatchewan.

posted by mkn at 12:18 AM on June 07

Fines will be imposed for clear cases of flopping:

There wouldn't be so much flopping around if the refs actually called offensive fouls. Which they rarely do. Especially with marquee players, which is total bullshit. I dunno. I've watched a lot of playoff games this season and a bunch of games down the regular season stretch and the thing that most bugs me about the NBA is the totally inconsistent refereeing.

posted by mkn at 01:34 AM on May 31

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Conference Finals round results.: Plus Finals round rules inside.

So, like, if no one for Pittsburgh scores a goal do we all get one point?

posted by mkn at 10:49 PM on May 26

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Conference Finals round results.: Plus Finals round rules inside.

Oh nice. I jumped up into contention for a medal. Doubt I can win this with that point disadvantage, but here goes: DET in SEVEN Datsyuk and Malkin Osgood for MVP (Though it's a tough one. I'd say Osgood would win it if the series lasts no longer than 5. Otherwise, who knows. A similar case can be made for Fleury -- who'd have ever imagined that?) Is Franzen expected to be back for Game 1? One more prediction: this is going to be a great series, even if the potential for a 4,5 game blow out is there.

posted by mkn at 01:35 PM on May 20

Russia beats Canada in World Hockey Championships

It's like that in the NHL. It's 4 on 4 followed by shoot-out... until you hit the playoffs where the games really matter and it's "play to win". Period. Of course, historically with the IIHF they never did the full intermission and full OT period anyway... just 10 minutes and a shootout. Whatever. I'd rather the game be settled in a weird 4-3 powerplay than a shootout. Great game though.

posted by mkn at 12:19 AM on May 20

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

And here's the (not up to date) Confidence Pool leaderboard, since it's been bumped off the front page.

posted by mkn at 09:05 PM on May 05

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

Detroit in 5 Zetterberg, Morrow Pittsburgh in 7 Hossa, Briere (though I'm tempted to go with Umberger, but I think that was just a total fluke)

posted by mkn at 09:02 PM on May 05

NBA Playoffs Pool, anyone?

siiigh

posted by mkn at 10:21 PM on April 28

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 1 results.

DET: Datsyuk COL: Wolski SJ: Cheechoo DAL: Morrow MON: Koivu PHI: Prospal PIT: Malkin NYR: Gomez

posted by mkn at 05:03 PM on April 24

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 1 results.

DET in 6 SJ in 6 MON in 5 PIT in 7 I'll have player picks later tonight.

posted by mkn at 02:54 PM on April 24

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

My only hope is if Dallas gets swept in the second round. That DAL 4 is really bringing me down. ugh.

posted by mkn at 08:52 AM on April 22

NBA Playoffs Pool, anyone?

East Boston (4) vs. Atlanta Detroit (6)vs. Philadelphia Orlando vs. Toronto (6) Cleveland (6) vs. Washington James West LA Lakers (6) vs. Denver New Orleans vs. Dallas (7) (only to be contrarian; NO could easily win) San Antonio vs. Phoenix (6) Utah (7)vs. Houston Kobe (This is one thing I like about NHL picks. There's so much more variance, especially when it comes to individual performances.)

posted by mkn at 05:34 PM on April 18

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

Ctrl+F "Ryane Clowe" Phrase not found

posted by mkn at 05:29 PM on April 18

2008 NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool

Anaheim is bringing me down. Stupid Turco, you're supposed to suck in playoffs.

posted by mkn at 08:27 AM on April 14

Rushin' to the Olympics:

It kind of does feel like you betrayed your country. Nationalism is stupid. What the Olympics should be about is athletes and sports and co-operation and fair play; not this nationalist bullshit and corporate sponsorship and politics (I'm looking at you Beijing). Yet there are people that think that athletes pursuing their dreams to play in the Olympics, even if it means going to another country, is what's wrong with the Olympics? THIS out of all things? No, to me that's what's right.

posted by mkn at 10:17 AM on April 10

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

BTW, what if there's a tie for who scores the most goals? What if there are three guys that score, say, two goals in a series? What happens then?

posted by mkn at 09:12 AM on April 10

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

I think this was my least watched NHL season in years so I'm going with my gut more than my mind (but then again, my mind mostly failed me before so whatever): MON in 5 (Kovalev/Sturm) PIT in 6 (Malkin/Heatley) WAS in 7 (Ovechkin/Prospal) NJ in 7 (Parise/Shanahan) DET in 6 (Zetterberg/Dumont) COL in 6 (Hejduk/Gaborik) ANA in 4 (Bertuzzi/Morrow) SJ in 7 (Iginla/Cheechoooooo) Goalies: Giguere, Price

posted by mkn at 02:17 PM on April 09

Liverpool Co-Owner: Fans Hate Tom Hicks

Americans have no business sticking their noses in English football. It's a sport they do not understand. Blah blah blah. Canadians said the same thing about hockey when he purchased the Montreal Canadiens -- yet now they are one of the best teams in the league. You don't have to understand the nuances of the sport to own a team, you just hire people that do.

posted by mkn at 11:07 PM on March 29

Critics Go Ape Over LeBron James Magazine Cover

I don't see it and I didn't see it in any of the other photos from the shoot. What do you think is the meaning of LeBron James looking angry on that cover? I didn't see the anger as well. I thought it was just intensity. You know, as happens in sport? Besides, if you see King Kong in this photo why is everyone trumping the fact that it's "racist" but nobody is saying that it's "sexist" in its portrayal of the female model as a helpless victim? Oh right, it's a FASHION MAGAZINE.

posted by mkn at 02:24 PM on March 27

Top 10: Sports Superstitions.

Henrik Lundqvist logged a record six shut outs in a season Wha? Record? *ahem* 22-George Hainsworth, 1928-29 15-Alex Connell, 1925-26 15-Alex Connell, 1927-28 15-Hal Winkler, 1927-28 15-Tony Esposito, 1969-70 14-George Hainsworth, 1926-27

posted by mkn at 04:04 PM on March 05

No Jokinen, Zednick's Throat Slashed During Hockey Game.

So if you mandate that hockey players should wear neck protection because of two freak incidents in over twenty years, does that mean that javelin judges should wear steel toed boots all the time?

posted by mkn at 01:27 PM on February 12

No Jokinen, Zednick's Throat Slashed During Hockey Game.

In panning across the benches, all the players did look a little green afterward. They weren't the only ones.

posted by mkn at 12:13 PM on February 11

No Jokinen, Zednick's Throat Slashed During Hockey Game.

Fan photos showing the extent of the blood loss. (by that way, that's a really lousy pun there!)

posted by mkn at 10:52 AM on February 11

What does $9,999 get you?

He's from Ontario, and I think it's a sin in Canada to not acknowledge the creative genius that is Wayne Gretzky. I think it depends on whether you have or have not seen his Saturday Night Live appearance.

posted by mkn at 08:12 AM on February 11

Leafs fire G.M. Ferguson

Doesn't exactly seem like a congruent business with the NHL. But it does explain a lot about the state of the Leafs today. Ownership-by-committee is rarely a winning proposition. The Leafs make money hand over fist despite their shitty management and lousy on-ice product. It makes the pensioners a lot of money. The ownership has been the biggest problem with the Leafs over the last forty years.

posted by mkn at 04:36 PM on January 22

Lacrosse: Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares tops all-time NLL record.

The amazing thing about Lacrosse players is that they really do it for the love of the sport. Their salaries are poor and often they need "real" jobs on the side to pay their bills. John Tavares, for example, was a math teacher at my high school (as well as coach for its lacrosse team, naturally). I never had him but some of my friends say he was a good teacher. Now, also an NLL record holder. Oh yeah, his nephew's a pretty good hockey player too.

posted by mkn at 04:44 PM on January 20

Rick Nash. Goal of the year.

This remains my favourite Rick Nash goal.

posted by mkn at 05:37 PM on January 19

Chris Bosh

All-Star Games have always been, especially the fan voting parts, popularity contests. Only reason Yao Ming gets as many votes as he does is because half of China is voting for it. So things like this, clever little things that he obviously had fun making, are more than welcome. Save the debates for who's numbers are better and who's contributed more for the end of the season when the games actually matter.

posted by mkn at 03:42 PM on January 03

Fantasy Hockey anyone?

I'm in. 40 Years Futile in honour of the local team's futility and mine own with fantasy leagues (save for some pick'ems). Too bad I don't use my old username anymore, mostly because of the Flickr forced yahoo-id BS, so I can't see my old stats. Maybe it's for the best.

posted by mkn at 06:13 PM on September 12

The NHL's new, edgy marketing campaing?

I think that's a bit of a misnomer. You have to realize that "THE TRAP" and all those defensive systems that we hate and despise all pretty much originated on the bigger ice surfaces and they make use of the bigger ice surfaces. Bigger ice does not mean more scoring. It seems counter intuitive, but the smaller surface actually makes for a FASTER game since there's less room to cover and a shorter distance to the net. A lot of the European grew-up-on-large-surface players prefer the smaller ice sheet.

posted by mkn at 10:19 AM on September 05

The NHL's new, edgy marketing campaing?

Seeing that Dallas ad made me wonder if the Phoenix Suns would use a similar tactic making fun of the whole Tocchet thing (you'd think that an assistant head coach running a gambling operation would get equal press), but then I realized: nobody cares about the Coyotes.

posted by mkn at 02:40 PM on September 04

Eric Staal's bachelor party nets fourteen arrests.

The one thing that's stupid and I can't figure out is why, with Jordan Staal being under 21, did they not party north of the border (they weren't far as it was) where the drinking age is 19. Do they hate Thunder Bay that much? I can't blame them.

posted by mkn at 04:05 PM on July 26

Bettman Buggers Up Balsillie's Bid

Canada is useless to the NHL as a moneymaking operation. At the very least, it takes care of itself with the TSN and CBC dollars. And that's why they would much rather have a team in KC than Hamilton. The NHL got more money from TSN and CBC, because of the demand in the market here, than they got from NBC (zero dollars). Everything that Bettman does in trying to "expand the market" doesn't add up.

posted by mkn at 09:50 PM on July 21

A Day in the Life of Curt Schilling

Needs more mention of Curt Shilling's new... MMO!?

posted by mkn at 10:53 AM on July 18

CONMEBOL not pleased with U.S.

This is a tourney that doesn't count, so why not give the younger players a shot at getting a cap and some experience? Well, the other thing to consider is that some of their star young players are currently playing in the U-20 World Cup, close to home in Canada.

posted by mkn at 01:55 PM on July 05

World Cup of American Football

Six team tournament and not one of those teams is Canada? I can't figure that one out. Or is that Canada doesn't play American Football but, instead, plays Canadian Football?

posted by mkn at 05:38 PM on July 03

Will the Blackhawks raise Kane?

Not sure if you dicks know, but Raycroft used to tend goal for the Bruins. Ergo, he's awesome. Jim Carey awesome?

posted by mkn at 10:10 PM on June 22

Will the Blackhawks raise Kane?

Yeah, I'm with Weedy. Raycroft was definitely a problem. He had a good stretch in January, but was shaky for most of the rest of the year. As was linked in the locker room before (by grum?), Leafs Defence Doesn’t Suck. I wonder though. If a pretty good backup like Toskala is traded, what will happen to Bryzgalov? Giguere has been resigned and that's a team that can continue to be really good through next year and with Ilya, a pretty good goalie in his own right, they have trade bait that can make them even better. Kinda scary.

posted by mkn at 08:43 PM on June 22

Stanley Cup Pick 'Em Results

Well, at least I picked the all important winner in the end. At least I'm in the upper half. Barely. *sigh* I did so much better last year when there were upsets galore. Although... is this tally correct? boredom picked ANA, but isn't credited for 1 point and rumple has ANA in 5, but only gets 1?

posted by mkn at 11:56 PM on June 06

London unveils logo of 2012 Games

I think this mock up sums it up best (courtesy of some nameless site).

posted by mkn at 07:28 PM on June 04

Pronger elbows way to Game Four suspension

If the Ducks hold on and win the series, it will be a sad indictment of how little control the league has over it's image as a "dirty" league. I don't know about that, but it will certainly cause a trend to build "grittier" teams. Speedy, talented teams were successful in the regular season and, of course, success is emulated. If Anaheim wins the Cup, then it will give the impression that big and tough and a lot of fights is what gets you to the top. Then again, if Ottawa wins I'd never hear the end of it.

posted by mkn at 12:23 PM on June 04

Cuban Plots Friday-Night United Football League

CFL will never go bye bye. You honestly think the Canadian government would allow that? Is that a rhetorical question, because my answer is "yes".

posted by mkn at 08:29 PM on May 31

Stanley Cup Finals: Ten things to know about Anaheim

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=209227&hubname=

posted by mkn at 01:44 PM on May 29