NY Rangers (51-24-7) vs. Ottawa Senators (41-31-10)
There’s no reason the Rangers shouldn’t win this series, unless they have a major injury to someone who happens to reside between the iron during the games. While Lundqvist has been a little dinged up lately and Ottawa won the regular season series 3-1 including shootout victory, I still don’t see it happening. The Rangers aren’t going to blow you away with scoring, although Gaborik and Richards have been solid scoring threats all year, they are dominate defensively and will grind away softer teams like the Senators. It has been a feel good year for 39-year-old Daniel Alfredsson, emerging superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson and some of the non-Swedes on the team but Ottawa lost it’s divisional battle with the Bruins and therefore have to face the mighty Rangers. If it wasn’t for John Tortorella behind the Rangers bench you might give the Sens a punchers chance in the series but there is no way that Torts lets his team look past Ottawa and he will have them focused as they need be.
The lockout is over! The Lockout is Over! THE LOCKOUT IS OVER!!!!
Although rumors of a done deal have been pending for what seems like weeks, negotiators and lawyers for the NFL and the NFLPA finally reached the actual agreement at 3:00am this morning. The deal is just waiting for final voting from the players, and a sign off from the litigants of the individual players’ suits against the league which is all expected to come later this afternoon.
What this all means is that team facilities could open as soon as today, with teams being allowed to talk with their own draft picks and restricted free agents, as well as unrestricted free agents. They can also discuss trades, but these won’t get final approval until Saturday. Beginning Tuesday, unrestricted free agents can begin to be signed. Then on Wednesday through Saturday, the teams will begin a truncated training camp schedule. There will be no missed games, even though I wouldn’t have minded some missed preseason games. Continue reading THE NFL LOCKOUT IS OVER!!!→
Yesterday I was perusing a colleague’s blog and noticed a video she had posted that was simply titled “Top Spin 4“. It had a screen shot of an attractive woman’s behind with the play button overlaying it. Me being a typical guy instantly clicked the video to watch. (What guy wouldn’t?)
It took me a minute to realize the woman starring in it was Serena Williams, because I’ve never thought she was very attractive to begin with; or maybe that was her sister Venus. Either way Serena was looking good in this now controversial video, so take a minute to check it out. Seriously though, the video is one minute long:
Here is Yahoo Sport’s take on it:
The 60-second spot for “Top Spin 4″ features a scantily-clad Serena playing the new video game against an actress wearing even less clothing. The matchup is billed as “the world’s sexiest tennis player” against “the world’s sexiest tennis gamer.” There are shots of nearly bare bottoms, unseemly facial expressions and lots of cleavage, accompanied by a thumping techno beat and suggestive moaning. At the end of the ad, Williams asks breathily, “You realize this is a fantasy, right?”
Was the video super sexy? Yes. Was I offended by anything in it? No. Was their outrage over this commercial? Apparently there was, but that depends on your point of view. I’m not sure who out there was complaining about it, or who deemed it too sexy, but I would assume a lot of women see it as objectifying them. There were probably groups with no stake in it complaining like the NAACP or the NRA. Maybe PETA was offended by the leather booty shorts she was wearing, or that her fishnet stockings were offensive to fish.
I did enjoy the irony of the ‘E for Everyone’ rating that showed up before the sex charged commercial.
2k sports has come out to say:
“As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues, this video is not part of the title’s final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.”
But one has to wonder if that’s the truth. A lot of time and money obviously went into making the commercial, and it looked pretty final to me. Even amidst the flurry of “outrage” Serena Williams has twittered how she is proud of the video, and how it turned out. I say more power to her.
I can’t figure out why people in this great country of ours get so offended by things like this. If it was Derek Jeter swinging a bat in his underwear and grunting suggestively, would there be an uproar? (Hoepfully that never happens.) What was 2k sports going for with this ad? Was it intended to be leaked like some sort of celebrity sex tape to garner a viral buzz about their new tennis game? Maybe, and if it was then mission accomplished. What the hell, I might even watch a little tennis this summer.
And by the way, Serena Williams is not the sexiest tennis player in the world. This is:
So the Lions appear to have finally done something right. Last year’s 1st round pick, DT Ndamukong Suh exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. He plays old school, punch ’em in the mouth football. And the maturity he’s shown so far in his early career has been impressive to say the least.
Suh has become the first Lions’ rookie since Barry Sanders in 1989 to make the Pro Bowl. And he didn’t just make it, but was voted in as a starter by an overwhelming margin. However, he has opted to instead skip the week in Hawaii and get minor shoulder surgery now so he is sure to be ready for training camp. He is not star struck by all the future Hall of Famers that will be there. He is instead only concerned with doing what is best for the future of the team.
Suh has been as involved as they’ll let him, as it’s been said he has become a Jr. GM. Following around Martin Mayhew with suggestions of players he thinks will better the team. This is quite the stark contrast from the last Pro Bowl d-linemen to play here, Shaun Rodgers. Rodgers could not have been less involved off the field. Hell, half the time he wasn’t involved on the field. Taking plays off and refusing to take on a leadership role, despite everyone looking at him to. He was clearly the most talented player on those Detroit Defenses, as Suh is now. But Suh has something Rodgers doesn’t, a clue. Suh wants to win, and appears willing to do what ever it takes to make sure that happens.
Steve Yzerman has always been my favorite Detroit athlete, but with some time, given his attitude and style of play Ndamukong Suh could find himself as beloved as the Captain here.
So here’s wishing Mr. Suh a long and fruitful career here, and here’s to hoping he can finally be the player to take the Lions to the next level.