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The Leafs get rid of one of 2 pillars of their defensive problems, clear some salary cap, and create an opening for a younger player to develop.
Penguins get a talented guy who shoots the puck as good as anyone to mix in with an already offensively talented lineup. Penguins won a cup in a year when they essentially played with complete disregard for defense. A great fit for Kessel and I'd expect a lot of 6-5 type final tallies in Pittsburgh games next season.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:39 PM on July 02
Hamilton by 7
Calgary by 7
BC by 7
Toronto by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 PM on June 29
And the Jays have been awesome this year.
But he is Mike Trout, a guy with more "no way" defensive plays than anyone I've seen for years (my Willie Mays bobblehead nods in agreement).
posted by cixelsyd at 01:48 AM on June 27
great cap, rcade
posted by cixelsyd at 01:31 AM on June 27
Thanks for the thanks ..
And thanks to rcade for organizing the pool.
(Noticing that my round scores are almost exactly like the first 4 holes of my normal golf game)
posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 AM on June 25
Um, there's this guy named Mike Trout ...
posted by cixelsyd at 09:40 PM on June 24
Montreal by 10
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 7
Winnipeg by 3
posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 AM on June 23
Iguodala (like Kawhi Leonard last year) kept the best player in the game from winning the championship.
Iguodala was key both defensively and offensively. He enabled the Warriors to completely blow up the Cavs scheme of double teaming Curry every time Seth got the ball. Iggy served as a double team outlet option then essentially ran 4 on 3 drills as a second 1 (point guard).
The Cavs only success came earlier in the series when the Warriors played a lineup where Draymond Green was the outlet. Draymond can handle the ball well for a big but he is certainly no comparison to Iggy in the position.
Curry merits consideration for his unbelievable ability to draw the double and make great passes out of it. He had more turnovers than usual but was battling 2 taller and usually pretty decent defensive players.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:14 PM on June 17
the obvious most valuable player in the Finals (James)
James is the best player in the world and had great numbers in the series but I don't disagree with the Iguodala selection. Don't know if it was fatigue or just a sense of hopelessness but James appeared to shut it down early in games 5 and 6.
If James had some support such as a partially healthy Irving the outcome may have been different. Interestingly this is always the discussion when he doesn't win.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:49 AM on June 17
Kerr appears to have found a lineup that can overcome the Cavs emphasis of constant physical contact on Curry and Thompson even though the Cavs are dictating the style of play and flow of the game.
The Cavs need to find a way to get LeBron a 5 or so minute blow (elapsed, not game clock time) early in 2nd and 4th quarters . Problem is they don't have anyone on the bench who can buy minutes against the warriors second string. James and Thompson have been solid throughout, Mozgov and Delladova are playing way above their normal levels of play and are contributing.
Shumpert and JR Smith have been horrible.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:25 PM on June 12
After bashing Toronto late last week for it's frequently questionable air quality I awoke this morning of the opening Women's World Cup matches in Winnipeg to an air quality statement.
The smoke isn't heavy here but it is noticeable without much breeze to speak of.
Not great conditions to be sprinting around a pitch regardless.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:07 PM on June 08
Sharp (?) also gets the bottom foot.
That sequence looks like it was a set play.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:10 AM on June 07
There was a total of one "smog alert" (for two days) for all of 2013 and 2014
Must be improving ... or the criteria has changed.
I'm an old timer, and I'm referring to to the mid 2000's where 20 - 50+ days of alerts were the norm.
Hell, just watching a sport in those conditions today would do me major harm.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 PM on June 05
Toronto media trolls the rest of the country
I'd have to imagine the author has never left Toronto in his entire life and has no perspective on the rest of the country. Sucks to be him.
Possibly Toronto sportswriters just need to find something, anything, to write about with all the downtime they have covering their local teams when writers in other cities are covering the playoffs.
I'll admit Edmonton isn't my favorite Canadian city. But on my trips to Edmonton I haven't ever had to think about scheduling my golf or tennis around the smog index as I do in the "big smoke".
Good God - the Pan Am games are in Toronto? I certainly hope not during the summer/smog months. Made the mistake of playing through an alert there in a tournament and had trouble breathing for weeks afterwards. Can't imagine what it would be like to play a match or 2 of soccer in that environment.
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