Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Who's Up and Who's Down

After a one-week hiatus, we're back with more ups and downs in the world of sports.
Who's Up? :)

1. Dany Heatley, who is playing great hockey for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Halifax. Through three games in the first round, Heatley has 6 goals and 4 assists, and scored a crucial last-minute goal yesterday afternoon to defeat the team from the United States. That all being well and good, if I was Brian Murray, coach and general manager of the Ottawa Senators, I would be wondering what changed between the end of the NHL season, for which the Sens offense disappeared, and this tournament?

2. Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov, the goalies for the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, respectively, who combined for an unbelievable pair of performances in Dallas's quadruple overtime win in game 6 of the 2nd round of the NHL Playoffs. Hunt the highlights down on YouTube if you can; they are worth seeing.

3. Sportsmanship, which was in ample display at a women's softball game between Central Washington and Western Oregon last week. You can read about it here, and thanks to Towanda for drawing my attention to this fantastic story.

Who's Down? :(

1. The Chicago White Sox: Swept by the Blue Jays to extend a dreadful losing streak. A profanity-laced tirade from the manager, whining about lack of respect. A clubhouse display built of blow-up dolls and questionably placed... um... bats. I COULD NOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP IF I TRIED!!

2. Hot off the presses, Paul Maurice, who has been fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. I've always liked Maurice, and I've always thought that he was doing the best he could with what he had, but realistically, the team is a mess, and needs a fresh approach. I would be surprised if he doesn't get picked up by someone else soon though.

3. Roger Clemens. I just wish he would shut up and go away.


Crimson Rambler said...

poor Rocket Man...he has NOT behaved well but to me he looks like a man for whom it had all JUST BECOME TOO MUCH ENTIRELY...or who had just figured out that somewhere along the way it had become too much entirely...or perhaps it always was...sigh.

Towanda said...

the white sox thing is revolting beyond words. I hope they never win another game this year. ozzie said it wasn't meant to hurt anyone, but wtf???

Oh, and YES to #3 down...

Chorus said...

Entirely in agreement about the revoltingness Towanda. Morons, the lot of them.

Shalom said...

Also down: my beloved Seattle Mariners. Sigh. October, we never knew ye (and maybe we never will).

How's the TV?

Chorus said...

I'm sorry about the Mariners, Shalom... sigh, indeed.

And the TV is... AWESOME.