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I haven’t been around here much.  I think in part that’s due to the fact that I need to find a better organization for the tags and categories, partly because I’m still a bit hazy on what exactly I want this blog to be, and partly because I don’t have a loyal fan base.

I do come baring a new article though: NHL: Brendan Shanahan as Disciplinarian Bodes Well for Consistency in the NHL.

I’m interested to see how this pans out.  Obviously I’m a fan of Shanny, and I trust him to do well in the higher roles of the NHL.  What I like though, is that by putting him in this position, there will be someone who understands the marriage between fighting and hockey, someone who in the past has been disciplined by the NHL in the role.  Normally this role seems to be given to someone who has never played the game, someone who just doesn’t seem to “get it”.  Hopefully Shanny will be able to bring his NHL experiences with him to the job, to help him determine which actions should be punished and whicht shouldn’t.

The Tigers won’t be setting a new club record for consecutive wins this season.  But, that doesn’t mean that they are over or bad or anything.  I think this team has fought to get where they are, and should be congratulated, not ridiculed, for what they have done.  I just wish the media would stop trying to make something out of nothing, and realize the Tigers are a competent competitor in the post season, and quite often a team has to beat up their own division to be able to go very far.  It happens in the NHL quite often; even with 8 teams making it out of 4 divisions, the teams are not evenly divided.  For example, in the 2010-2011 season, in the Eastern Conference, the teams which made it were as follows: Washington (Southeast – 107 pts), Philadelphia (Atlantic – 106 pts), Boston (Northeast – 103 pts), Pittsburgh (Atlantic – 106 pts), Tampa (Southeast – 103), Montreal (Northeast – 96 pts), Buffalo (Northeast – 96 pts), New York (Atlantic – 93 pts).  Each division had 1-2 teams with 100+ points, and one team with 70+ points.  Teams don’t make the playoffs without beating up on at least one team in their division.  You have to be able to beat your division to be able to advance, because in both hockey and baseball, that ‘s who you play the most.  And in baseball, if you  have dominant team in your division, chances are the rest will be around if not below .500.  That’s how it works.  Still don’t believe me?  Vancouver made it the last round last year (hockey).  They had 117 points, making them the top team of the league.  The rest of the their division had points ranking 94-62 (the worst team in the league).  Did they beat up Edmonton to get them to the top?  Of course they did.  And did they have troubles in the playoffs?  Not in the grand scheme (which is what people are saying will happen to the Tigers; they argue they have so many wins playing against below .500 teams and the playoffs will be their first time playing above .500 teams).

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Country Music in Sports

I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys seeing two of my loves come together. The 2011 NHL Awards, which aired June 24th, featured country musician Dierks Bentley. Bentley not only watches hockey (keep an eye out for him and other country musicians at Nashville Predator games), but also plays for the Nashville Iceholes.

While watching CMT, I also learned that this year’s MLB All-Star Game’s celebrity softball feature will include Jason Aldean!

Others who will play in the celebrity game include:
Nick Jonas
Jordin Sparks
Chord Overstreet
Tim DeKay
Jesse Williams
Paul Dimeo
Tom Papa
Larry Fitzgerald
Jennie Finch

Source: All-Star celebrity softball rosters taking shape

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Detroit Red Wings v. Chicago Blackhawks (1/22/2011)

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I know I’ve been slacking with pre/post game updates.  However, this is something I’ve been meaning to try: updating during the game.

Pregame:
-New York Islanders got Evgeni Nabokov off waivers.
NHL.com article
-Danny Cleary said that he watches a lot of games on TV due to his injury, and said he texts his teammates and tells them how awful they were.
-John Keating said if there is any more hand holding on the bench there will be hostages.  (Referring to checking for broken hands after the Niklas Kronwall scare).
-Red Wings called up Jordan Pearce (goalie) from Grand Rapids.
-Valtteri Filppula is out with the flu.  Cory Emmerton is called up to replace him.
-Starting goalies are Jimmy Howard (Detroit) and Corey Crawford (Chicago).

First Period:
-Detroit is wearing their white jerseys at home, and Chicago is in their red.
-Emmerton’s profile: Worked out on Aaron Downey’s potato farm during the summer.  Hockey idols are Mario Lemieux & Jamie Macoun.  Favorite author is Stephen King.  Once met Tiger’s great Willie Horton.
-Cory Emmerton gets his 1st NHL goal, assisted by Brian Rafalski (Chi 0, Det 1)
-Marian Hossa is being booed (just like in Pittsburgh, Atlanta. . .)
-Todd Bertuzzi gets 2 minutes for tripping.
-Dave Bolland gets his 51st NHL goal, assisted by Troy Bouwer and Duncan Keith (Chi 1, Det 1)
-Jake Dowell gets 2 minutes for delay of game (puck over glass).

Second Period:
-Detroit got their first franchise win as the Cougars in the old Chicago Stadium.
-Justin Abdelkader gets 2 minutes for roughing.
-Tomas Kopecky get his 35th NHL goal, assisted by Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith (Chi 2, Det 1)
-As the All-Star teams are being chosen, the question is being raised: will the Sedins play together or be separated?
-(For Chicago) On ice referee is saying the puck went in.  Play is under review.  Puck seems to have hit the crossbar.  Goal was disallowed.  Patrick Kane knew the puck hadn’t gone in; only the referee thought it was in.
-(For Detroit) On ice referee is saying no goal.  There was a whistle blown.  Non-replay play.
-Tomas Kopecky gets his 36th NHL goal, assisted by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp (Chi 3, Det 1).

Third Period:
-Peter Forsberg is going to attempt a comeback with Colorado.  He last played in the NHL during the 2007-2008 season.
-Jarome Iginla has had 20+ goal seasons for the past 12 seasons.
-Troy Brouwer get his 50th NHL goal, assisted by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (Chi 4, Det 1).
-Kris Draper gets 2 minutes for roughing (weak call).
-Niklas Hjalmarsson gets 2 minutes for hooking.  (He’s lucky he didn’t get the extra two for arguing).

Chicago wins 4-1.
Detroit’s record is now 29-13-6.

Around the league:
*New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Final)
*Boston Bruins 4, Colorado Avalanche 1 (Second intermission)
*Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00pm ET start)
*Anaheim Ducks @ Montreal Canadiens (7:00pm ET start)
*Carolina Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00pm ET start)
*New York Rangers @ Atlanta Thrashers (7:00pm ET start)
*Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues (8:00pm ET start)
*Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes (8:00pm ET start)
*Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks (10:00pm ET start)
*Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks (10:30pm ET start)

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Detroit Red Wings: October 18-24 (5-1-1)

About the Detroit/Anaheim game on 10/23: As a Detroit fan, I’ll say I thought the Ducks got the shortend of the stick.  I think it was right not to call Kronwall (it looked like he hit him from the front, and there are only supposed to be calls from the back), but the first two penalties on Anaheim shouldn’t have been called at all.

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Detroit Red Wings: October 8-17 (3-1-1)

 

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  • Congrats Howie on the shutout.  Each shutout is another since I saw his first.
  • Congrats Mike on your first Red Wings goal.
  • Congrats Ozzie on your 397th win.
  • The Wings are looking good.  So far.  Here’s to hoping they continue.

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Teams: Detroit Tigers (66-68) @ Kansas City Royals (56-77)
Pitchers: Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) v. Zack Greinke (8-11)
Time: 8:10PM
Stations: TV – FS-D HD (Detroit), FSKC-HD (Kansas City), Radio – WXYT 97.1 FM / 1270 AM (Detroit), KCSP 610 AM

The Tigers are coming off a long night (13 innings), while the Royals are coming off a day of rest (they lost their last game 4-3 to Texas two days ago).  Statistically, it looks like a series with Kansas City is just what the Tigers need to boost themselves over .500.  However, Kansas has won 56 games against someone.  Therefore, the Tigers cannot sit back assuming they already have this series in the bag.

Source(s): MLB Game Day Preview

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The 13th Inning (Tigers 10, Twins 9)

Did you remember how to breathe again?

Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the ninth inning.  Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the tenth inning.  Sometimes it comes down to the 13th inning.

The one thing you have to say for both sides: the fans got their money’s worth.

Games like this make you thankful that the Internet exists: at least for those who went to bed before the game ended.  Newspapers have deadlines, and the late night scores cannot appear in the next day’s paper.  However, the Internet has no deadline.

I said that this game would be a one run game; I also dared to hope that the Tigers might actually take this one.  I, however, incorrectly assume it would come down to the extra inning in which one team got two runs.

The game ended on a homerun by Gerald Laird; and by the enthusiasm by Mario Impemba and Rod Allen on the hit, you would think the game had literally ended then, instead of five outs later.

It was by no means a pretty game (Hits: 19-15 (Detroit), Errors: 2-2, Detroit team RISP: 4-for-18, Detroit team LOB: 15, Minnesota team RISP: 5-for-17, Minnesota team LOB: 10, 1 double play, 1 passed ball).  But in the end, a win is a win and a loss is a loss (depending on which side you’re on determines if you breathe a sigh of relief or think “Not another”.)

I think this win was long deserved by the Tigers in this series; their previous two losses had been too close for them not to come out on top eventually.  It wasn’t like they were losing as big as the statistics would have it seem like they should.

Congrats to the Tigers and Twins on another hard-fought, albeit sloppy, game.

Complete Box Score
MLB Wrap

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The follow up

It’s too bad that in the stats a loss is a loss.  I think the Tigers have been playing hard, and the final scores echo that: twice they’ve taken a team that is by far their statistic superior (Minnesota) to one run games, one of which went to extra innings.

Articles:
MLB Wrap
-Detroit Free Press: Tigers’ Max Scherzer masterful — but unlucky in extra-inning loss, Perseverance pays off for Tigers catcher Max St. Pierre, Jackson’s approach helping in late innings, Tigers notes, quotes from Wednesday’s loss to Twins
-Detroit News: Max Scherzer marvelous, but Twins still beat Tigers
-Star Tribune: Valencia’s RBI single was worth the wait
-Pioneer Press: Danny Valencia’s walk-off, RBI single in 10th gives Twins a playoff-like win over Tigers, Minnesota Twins earn a painstaking victory over Detroit

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Pregame: Tigers @ Twins

Teams: Detroit Tigers (65-67) at Minnesota Twins (76-56)
Pitchers: Max Scherzer (10-9) versus Francisco Liriano (12-7)
Time: 8:10 PM
TV: FS-D HD (Detroit), FS-N (Minnesota)
Radio: WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (Detroit), 1500 ESPN (Minnesota), BOB FM (Minnesota), KBGY 107.5 (Minnesota – Spanish)

MLB.com preview of the game

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The Morning After: Postgame Articles

I was able to watch a majority of the game, but I’m trying to avoid blogging during the game if I’m not watching the whole thing/in one sitting (versus, the TV being flipped during the game).

I think that while the Tigers did wind up losing 4-3, it was as close as the score lets on (after all, how many one run games are there in baseball?) The Tigers had a 2-0 lead at the middle of the first, and a 3-0 lead at the middle of the second. They held this lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Minnesota got two runs making the score 3-2, and then the bottom of the seventh Minnesota got two more runs, making the final score 4-3.

Other stats of interest:
Hits: 10 each
Errors: Detroit 0, Minnesota 2
Team RISP: Detroit 2-for-12, Minnesota 3-for-10
Team LOB: Detroit 11, Minnesota 8

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