Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
Copyright 2005-10 Randy Charles Morin
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|1||Tim Tebow||Tony Stewart||Sidney Crosby||Derek Jeter||Derrick Rose|
|2||JJ Watt||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Jonathan Toews||Matt Kemp||Kevin Durant|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Joffrey Lupul||Tim Lincecum||Zach Randolph|
|4||Clay Matthews||Denny Hamlin||Patrick Kane||Justin Verlander||Paul George|
|5||Colin Kaepernick||Michael Waltrip||Brooks Laich||Brian Wilson||Dirk Nowitzki|
|6||Jimmy Graham||Brad Keselowski||Brad Richards||George Kontos||Chandler Parsons|
|7||Cam Newton||Jimmie Johnson||Paul Martin||Eric Hosmer||OJ Mayo|
|8||Rob Gronkowski||Kasey Kahne||Tyler Seguin||Hunter Pence||Chris Andersen|
|9||Earl Thomas||Clint Bowyer||Scott Hartnell||Alex Rodriguez||Dwight Howard|
|10||Luke Kuechly||Austin Dillon||Corey Crawford||Matt Adams||Tristan Thompson|
Here are my choices with a couple games left in the NHL season for the individual award winners. In a couple cases, my choice is partial based on the assumption that the team will or will not make the playoffs and if that changed, then my opinion would change. But I doubt it. You'll find my choices a little different that the conventional people who think they know hockey.
Had Craig Anderson not been injurred, his sneeking the Senators in the playoffs with a 1.71 GAA and .941 SV% would've won him the Hart, but I can't give it to a goalie that only played half the season? Can I? Without Anderson's heroics early in the season, this injury riddled team could very well be competing for the 1st overall pick in this summers entry draft instead of being in the playoff race. Still, I can't believe
How about a forward that played only 3 quarters of the season? Sidney Crosby was still leading the NHL in scoring and 2nd in assists with 3 games left in the season. His linemates are #1 and #2 in the plus-minus leaders (he's currently 4th) and he's in the top 15 in faceoff wins.
Can you give it to two forwards, Martin St Louis and Steve Stamkos, who may win the Art Ross for most points while leading their team to a lottery pick instead of a playoff spot? These two players rank last and 2nd last on their team in plus-minus for forwards. This isn't new territory for this pair. These are two players that I would absolutely not consider for the Hart. In fact, I doubt this team will ever make the playoffs until they break up their core group of offensive players who don't skate in their defensive zone.
Alex Ovechkin is by far the Hart winner in the 2nd half of the season, but is that enough to overcome a very bad start? Remember 2 months ago when everybody was saying OV was washed up? Now he's gonna win yet another Rocket Richard trophy and is a prime candidate for the Hart as well.
Other players I would consider voting for are Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares. All four elevated their teams to new heights this season, but none stood out as much as Crosby or Ovechkin.
Winner: Sidney Crosby
Let me start by repeating the same argument that Craig Anderson would've won here too had he not been injured.
That said, people are starting to talk about Sergei Bobrovsky as the prime candidate for the Vezina. And I agree. Without Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets would not be in the playoff picture.
I'm also gonna make a case for another goalie that took a team that hasn't made the playoffs in a decade into the playoffs this season; James Reimer. In the game that clinched the playoffs for the Leafs, they were outshot 50 to 22 by the Senators, yet won the game 4-1 on 49 saves by Reimer. Getting outshot isn't a rarity in Toronto these days (years).
Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky.
He's hated, just as much as he's loved, but this year he became a true all-star and Norris candidate; P.K. Subban. He hits hard, he leads all d-men in goals and points and has a nice plus-minus to boot.
How about Brooks Orpik? If he could only score. But how about 10th in hits and 6th in blocked shots? This guy is a true unsung warrior.
And then there's Dion Phaneuf. Twenty-sixth in blocked shots, 6th in hits, 6th in points, 3rd in goals, 5th in ice-time. Now those are some impressive numbers.
Ryan Suter is another possibility, but his team has under-performed even with Ryan playing his best season yet and they don't look playoff bound.
My finalist are Phaneuf and Subban.
Winner: P.K. Subban.
Jonathan Huberdeau leads all rookies in goals and points and he's nearly leading a bad Florida offense in both categories as well.
Justin Schultz leads all rookie defensemen in goals, assists and points, but he does have a lot of offensive help on a very talented Oilers team.
Cory Conacher is a nice story and does lead all rookies in assists and points. That said, he accumulated most of those points playing along side the offensive-minded Lightning.
I'm deciding between Huberdeau and Schultz.
Winner: Justin Schultz.
I don't really care.
This is by far my favorite award. Mostly because I think it's histerical that the most recent winner of the award doesn't even play much on his teams short hand unit. Pavel Datsyuk may very well win this award again, but in my opinion he isn't even in the top 20 best defensive players in the NHL. If he's so good defensive, then how come he only ranks 3rd on his team in short-handed ice-time per game for forwards? And how can you even give the award to a player that isn't played much in defensive situations like power plays?
Let's look are real defensive players, not just great offensive players who are reasonable defensively. The real great defensive players are those that hog most of the short-handed ice-time and are on the ice in the last minute when your team is winning by a goal.
This guy should've won the Frank J Selke most every year he's been in the NHL. No other player even needs to be named. He leads the league in short-handed ice-time by a forward with 163 minutes. No other player has more than 131. In those 163 minutes, the power-play has only 11 goals. His new team joined this season had their penalty kill go from 24th last year to 3rd best this year. He plays every shift against the other teams best offensive players and maintained an even plus-minus. And does he play in the final minute in one goal games? He must. He has 3 empty net goals this season. No player since Michael Peca has scored such a high percentage of his games into empty nets (just saying, didn't double check that stat).
Winner: Jay McClement.
The Ottawa Senators have been devastated with key injuries, yet the team still managed to stay in the playoff hunt. Paul MacLean deserves consideration for the Adams for holding this team together all season.
John Capuano deserves a gold medal for managing to put the worst managed hockey organization in the NHL into the playoffs. His team has Tim Thomas, Alexei Yashin and Rick Dipietro accounting for $11-12 million of the cap space. Without these players, who aren't even on the team, they wouldn't meet the CBA team salary floor for 2012-13.
The Columbus Blue Jackets suck. If they make the playoffs then Todd Richards is another candidate for coach of the year. This team is made up almost entirely from players unwanted otherwhere in the NHL.
All three coaches have taken a bad team to the promised land.
Winner: Paul MacLean.
The Penguins added Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow to an already stacked team. Ray Shero must be using a different math then the other General Managers in order to fit so many stars into the same salary cap every other team struggles with. Their backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is better than most NHL starting goalies and he signed him for next to nothing.
Not as impressive as the Penguins, but the Bruins added Jaromir Jagr and Wade Redden at the deadline. Peter Chiarelli also managed a very skillful trade to free up salary room by trading Tim Thomas to the Islanders. The trade was clearly made to circumvent the salary cap for both teams, as the Islanders were under the salary floor and the Bruins needed some room to work with.
I can't put my finger on a 3rd GM that stood out as much as these two.
Winner: Peter Chiarelli
Sometimes, it's really hard to take a TV commercial seriously. Like the new Dwyane Wade father-of-the-year Dove commercial.
Did Unilever do any research on this one? It's hard to take a role model dad commercial like this seriously while knowing that a little research will tell me why he is divorced. I mean seriously, he plays in the NBA. They call them NBA "players" for a reason and it's not because they play basketball.
I'll do some research for Unilevel. Go to google and try the following search terms...
Today we selected the Talk-Sports NFL all-star team starters and replacements. The players were selected by the number of pageviews each player generates on Talk-Sports and not their actual performance on the field.
Even the NHL agrees the hit was not worthy of punishment beyond the game penalty he received. This isn't even in the same league as the Bertuzzi incident.
These police, IMHO, see an opportunity for them to be on national and american television and are whoring themselves out for their 15 minutes of fame.
I also had a recent incident with the provincial Quebec police. They drove and flew down from Montreal to serve me a warrant for the servers at my business address. What a fkn waste of my tax money. Just another reason why ur Canadian taxes are too high.
Let's talk about the waste. The warrant was for data on servers at my business address. Any idiot with a brain could've figured out that my business address was a fkn mailbox. So the subpoena was for servers I store in my fkn mailbox. Trust me, I laugh about this almost daily. Do you need a high school education to join the police force?
After driving down from Montreal to find out that I don't actually store servers in my mailbox, they contacted the local police to find my home address. That must've been embarrassing and they pulled in the local police to waste their fkn time too. WOOT! Hear ur taxes flushing down the toilet.
They knocked at my door and asked "politely" if they could talk, or else, they would get a subpoena for my house. Hehe! Should called them on it. Made them drive back to Montreal for the subpoena for my house. And when they returned, I could'a told 'em I don't host any servers in my house either. Try a little detective work b4 u waste my tax money further. A simple whois query could saved them a lot of time and our money.
I gave them what they wanted. I didn't want them wasting anymore of my tax money. They don't think they have enough evidence to proceed. Convenient waste. Thanks!
So why r they doing this? Because it involves Sidney Crosby and they might get their picture in the paper. Meanwhile, some real crime is taking place in Montreal and the cops are too busy to respond. Thanks!
We live in a fkd up world. Chara pushed a guy at a bad time into a badly misplaced hard spot. Some cops are gonna take advantage of this and get their name on TV and in the paper. The fkd up part isn't the incident, its the attention whores taking advantage of it.
I updated all the WHL rosters on Talk-Sports.
The American National Anthem and flyover at the Nationwide race in Michigan (August).
They also did the Canadian National Anthem.
I just updated all the Mexican League player rosters.
I took some pics from the outside before I realized I could drive the RV thru tunnel into the middle of the track.
Then I took pictures from the inside until someone told me I could drive right up to the pits.
I drove up to the pits and took some more pictures until someone told me I could ride passenger in one of the cars.
Then I was going 165 mph around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway inside a stock car. WOOT! Next time I'm thinking I'll drive, instead of sitting passenger.
Richard Petty Racing Experience runs at 18 tracks across North America. For 109 dollars, you get to experience speed first hand.
Before the game, I also visited the JFK assassination site which is slightly south of the American Airlines Center on the same street.
Immediately before the game we hung out in front of the arena and at the attached Chilis restaurant. Great restaurant. The restaurant and event had games out front, like NHL 09 for PS3, remote cars, air hockey and target shooting. We got 10 in free credits at Chilis. Unfortunately, we had already eaten at Chilis. Also infront were two large moving screens (20 feet tall) playing highlights and ads.
The arena is spectacular. The seats were great and included a free program, which unknowingly we had already purchased. The roaming beer vendor had a bock beer (I think it was Steiner Bock). Very good!
The game was great. Chris Mason stoned the Stars and Marty Turco played subpar, including an assist on the first Blues goal.
My son really enjoyed the game. It was a 55 dollar cab ride each way to and from the campground in Arlington.
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