Wednesday, May 23, 2007


I watched the end of the Ducks/Red Wings what a wild ending as the Ducks held on to win 4-3. Chris "Wily Veteran" Chelios even craftily squeezed a stick under his armpit to draw a hooking call in the final few minutes, but Giggy was able to stop all incoming shots to once again send his team to the finals.

I also got to see this game in glorious HD last night and it looked great (though not as good as MSGHD). For some reason VersusHD is not even listed on Cablevision's channel lineup (and for some reason the douche bags that run the cable company will never tell you), so I had to hear through various forums that Versus/Golf Channel HD was going to be added Channel 719 sometime this week. So we get it just in time for the end of the hockey season, not in time for the NBC debacle on Saturday, and for most of the golf season. Why does CV keep these channel additions a secret? Don't you think they'd put it on the website somewhere that they've added new HD channels, with more on the way? Are they making so much money that they don't even care if they get new subscribers? Never mind, I think I answered my own question.

The Stanley Cup finals start Monday night, and I'm going to make my blognostication right now. Since these are two pretty evenly matched teams, both with 48 wins in the regular season, one with the scoring edge (Sens) and the other with the goaltending edge (Ducks), it's very hard to decide. Therefore I will base my pick on one simple observation: some team captains are so superstitous that they refuse to touch the trophy awarded to them when they win their conference. Take a look at these pictures of captains Daniel Alfredsson and Scott Niedermeyer with their respective awards:

Ottawa+Senators+captain+Daniel+Alfredsson+touches+Prince+of+Wales+trophy+after+beating+the+Buffalo+Sabres+in+Game+5+in+overtime+5-19-07+at+HSBC+Arena+in+Buffalo,+NY+(AP+Photo-David+Duprey) Scott+Niedermayer+stands+next+to+the+Clarence+Campbell+Trophy+after+defeating+Detroit+Red+Wings+Anaheim,+CA+on+5-22-2007+REUTERS-Mike+Blake+(US)

Since Alfie touched it, and Nieds steadfastly refused to (an approach that has worked for him not once, not twice, but THRICE), I'm going to give the nod to the Los Angeles Flightless Waterfowl of Anaheim.
Ducks in 6.