Going into last night’s hockey game I had a thought in my mind – whoever won this game was going to win the Cup. After having watched the game off and on tonight I am feeling much better about that thought. Pittsburgh looked like they were having trouble early, but in the second period they flipped a switch and displayed a scary level of domination. This is a team that has learned an awful lot from getting booted unceremoniously last year, and they clearly have no interest in a repeat performance. I am in no way underestimating the Red Wings, of course. I just was very impressed by how Pittsburgh was able to find another gear – or six – when their backs were against the ropes last night.
What the heck happened to Orlando? I watched a bit of the game early on and it looked like Orlando was going to be able to compete. It was back and forth, but it looked like it was going to be close. Then when I turned back a while later the floor had completed fallen out of Orlando’s truck. Ridiculous. Now the trick is to figure out if that’s just the way it is going to be, or if Orlando just needed to get that mess out of their system. The one thing they definitely need to do is figure out a point guard plan and stick with it. The only thing their two-way platoon did tonight is keep both Nelson and Alston out of rhythm and less than effective.
It was exciting to watch Randy Johnson earn his 300th win yesterday. His has been one amazing career to watch, so he deserves this milestone. He was impressive, too. He allowed just two hits in six innings, and he looked as good as he has in a year or more. It helped that he was up against the Nationals, of course, but it was good to see. I like that Johnson is such an unlikable guy, and that that hasn’t really changed over his entire career. He’s no prettier, either. It was especially interesting watching this game yesterday because there is at least a decent chance that we won’t see another one in our lifetimes. Sabathia is the only established guy who I give much of a chance to, and I’m not convinced that he has the body type to hold up long enough to get it done.
I was reading about the NBA draft combine which took place on Wednesday, and t made me a little ill. It turns out that the shining star of the thing was none other then Psycho T. Tyler Hansbrough measured up well in most categories, and was outstanding in some. Now, top players don’t participate, but this is still expected to rocket Hansbrough up the draft boards of the league. I was really hoping that he wouldn’t. I was actually really hoping that he’d fall to the second round and he’d wind up playing out of sight in Europe. I can’t put a finger on what it is that bothers me so about the guy, but I just can’t handle him and I really don’t look forward to having to watch him for years to come. Of course, I feel the exact same way about Blake Griffin, so I’m doomed no matter what.