Posted on: May 22, 2008 9:19 am
Last night was one of those nights where I remembered how wonderful the summer is. My brother and I got (really really good) tickets to the Tigers game, and we had an awesome time down at the ballpark. It rained all over us, and we couldn'tve cared less. We stuck it out to the end, yelling and screaming until the final out was recorded. I taught him how to keep score with a pen and paper, and we bantered with all the fans that were able to stick it out through the rain until the end. Marcus Thames had a grand slam (which was the first I had ever seen) and we were going insane. We sang take me out to the ballgame as loud as we could, it was just an awesome night. With all of the Tigers' recent woes and the economy doing so poorly, but for one night last night, nothing really mattered except for that game.
Posted on: April 25, 2008 1:46 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 12:37 am
- So THERE'S the offense: 30 runs in 3 games? Apparently that's all the Tigers need to sweep a team in a 3 game series. Welcome back Curtis Granderson, we missed you. The offense obliterated the Rangers, putting up a lot of points in a hurry. A 5 run deficit apparently means nothing to these guys, an 11 run inning will cure that but quick. I'm glad to see the bats booming downtown, hopefully they don't get cold by the time I'm out there on Sunday.
- Pistons prove they can play when they care: Turns out, Philly has no chance of winning this series if the Pistons actually put their minds to beating the 76ers. A near 30 point blowout in Detroit proved that. Hopefully this momentum continues into the road games at Philly. I'm sticking to my prediction of Pistons in 6.
- Renewed Rivalry?: The Wings and Avalanche meet for the first time in the playoffs since 2002 when the Wings won the Stanley Cup, with the Wings taking Game 1 with a 4-3 victory. While many of the old time hockey (see: pre-lockout) fans want this to be the same as the old wars these two teams waged on each other, it just feels slightly forced to me. Yes, I do direly wish that this was the days when Patrick Roy battled Claude Lemieux for the title of "Detroit's Most Hated Rival", but these aren't the same Avs, and they really aren't the same Wings. I'm going to enjoy this series for what it is, a good Conference Semi-Final, and most likely a fun series to watch if all the games follow like this one (Osgood's save with 8 seconds left, amazing), but I'm not going to turn it into what it is not, and that's part of that 6 years where these two teams waged war on the ice for 7 games and by the end you would have thought they won the Stanley Cup with the way these cities rejoiced from downing their hated rivals. Granted, it may turn into that, but I won't put that pressure on this series until then.
- Michigan Man goes #1: Congratulations are in order to my fellow schoolmate, Jake Long. He's fought for 4 years to earn the right to be the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, and I hope that he and the Dolphins find success with each other.
- Pacman gobbled up by Dallas: Jerry Jones is going to officially announce the new name for his team, the Dallas Rehabbers. They work wonders for troubled athletes, bringing them in, and turning them into semi-respectable pro athletes. I'd bash them for this move, but its worked in the past (Terrelle Owens doesn't annoy me half as much as he used to) so kudos to Dallas, you got a damn good corner for next to nothing. It makes me hate you even more, but props are deserved.
Posted on: April 22, 2008 1:03 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2008 1:53 pm
All sorts of sports things going on in Detroit right now:
- The Red Wings close out the Predators: What a difference a new goalie makes. Dominik Hasek played fairly well in the first couple of games, but in Nashville he really fell apart. Chris Osgood looked near unbeatable once he got in, and he only let up one goal in 2 and 2/3 games. Nick Lidstrom's goal from center ice was nothing short of amazing (and I still haven't decided whether that was his intent or was just trying to waste time...). It was a fun series, no doubt, but I'm nervous about the potential next round match ups. I want no part of the Calgary Flames, which is why I'll be rooting for the Sharks to close them out soon. Miikka Kiprusoff and Jerome Iginla scare me, especially because they have eliminated us in the past. There is nothing more that I would like to see than a renewal of the Colorado - Detroit rivalry that was so great during the 90's. Either way, its good to see that the Wings have gotten over their recent trend of losing in the first round to a hot goalie, especially because Ellis played so great for the Predators.
- The Lions and the NFL Draft: I'm not much of a Lions fan, to be honest, they're more of a punchline to me, but, I still follow with some sort of morbid curiosity that I can't expel. I blame my father for raising me a Lions fan. Either way, I think that this draft could potentially be something that would get me back and interested in the Lions. There seems to be a lot of talk in Detroit now of the Lions trading Roy Williams. There is speculation that Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington are all interested in the man who is best known for celebrating a first down while getting pummeled. However, the one that intrigues me the most is the Buffalo Bills. They have the 11th spot and they are reportedly interested in Devin Thomas, out of Michigan State. If Ryan Clady (from Boise State) is available, I would swap Roy Williams for him and then pick up a running back, which would also play into the Lions new offensive strategy of running the ball (which somehow they plan on doing without improving any aspect of the running game yet). If they don't do a good job in this draft, I think they will only be 4-12 this year.
- Where is the Offense?: Its interesting that the Tigers have one of the highest payrolls in the country and invested all this money into offense, and yet they have probably the most inconsistent offense in the country. 13, 1, 8, 2, 3, 5. That is the run totals of their last 5 games. It is incredibly frustrating watching this team play and wondering which offense you're going to see. There is a chance I'm going to be at the game on Sunday, but who knows which offense will show up. However, the recent pitching of Galarraga has been something to behold. Hopefully he doesn't get the Zach Miner syndrome and start to fall off once teams have seen him more than once. I can't wait for the pitching to get out of this slump, I think this team can be really amazing once they finally pick it up. Bandwagon fans around here are incredibly frustrating, freaking out because the Tigers have started off so slowly. Relax folks, its a long summer. The Tigers will be fine. They might not win 110 games, but they will be fine.
- The NBA Playoffs are here: Tim Duncan and Steve Nash gave us a show in their first round game last weekend. Is there anyone who can will their team to victory like Tim Duncan? 0-4 all season on 3's? Doesn't matter. I think the Spurs will win that series, but its definitely going to go all 7 games. Other series that intrigue me are the Mavs and Hornets. I personally can't stand the Mavericks, but I really am starting to fall in love with the Hornets. Maybe its the Katrina sympathy vibe, or maybe its just the fact that I love watching Chris Paul dominate defenses night in and night out. Either way, these teams match up pretty well, and it should be fun to watch. The Pistons did drop game one to Philly, but I don't expect that to be a trend in this series. The loss was probably the best thing that could happen to them, as they tend to get complacent when they blow out opening teams. I say Pistons in 6.