Non-Football Notes

I’m about to watch my Calgary Flames play at Dallas. It’s with a sense of doom, though – Dallas is red hot, and Calgary played last night. The Flames have played back to back games seven times this year, and have won just one. Expecting to lose is not a good feeling for a fan. Hedging my loyalty with a bet on the Stars is probably the best solution.

The Senators are unveiling their new coach tonight. The game against the Kings is scoreless after one as I write this. I don’t now what will happen in this game, but over the rest of this year I am very bearish about this team. They weren’t listening to their last coach, and this is their fourth coach in two years, so he desperately needs to get the players’ attention. The new guy has never played or coached in the NHL, though. That will give him zero credibility, and no more chance of success. These guys are disastrous.

I have to admit that I made a mistake in assessing UConn. I haven’t really bought into them at any point this year. I also have bought into Louisville in a big way. The Huskies went to Louisville last night, though, and they absolutely decimated the Cardinals. My hats off – maybe they are truly the best team in the country right now as their record indicates. The only thing I think I know right now is that none of the ACC teams are the best there is right now.

Manny Ramirez reportedly turned down a one year, $25 million deal from the Dodgers today. I can’t say I get that – I don’t see the offers geting any better than that. The Giants may offer a bit more money, but is it worth getting paid more to play for a lesser team?

Huge loss for Orlando with the potentially season-ending injury to Jameer Nelson. Dwight Howard is obviously the best player on the team, but Nelson is the engine. I’m not going to overreact just yet, but I will be closely watching to see both how the team reacts, and how the betting public does.

It’s signing day in college football tomorrow, and I am nervous. My beloved Michigan appears to be on track to land a top ten class. That’s impressive given the debacle that was last season, but I won’t trust it until all of the ink is dry. So much can happen on signing day. It’s crazy the impact that 18 year old kids can have on your life.

One last hockey note – Columbus goalie Steve Mason has the best goals against average in the league, and he is starting his 19th straight game tonight. He’s the biggest reason why his team is in the heart of the playoff race. That’s particularly remarkable because the guy has been struggling with mono for more than a month. I can’t help but wonder what the guy would be doing if he were totally healthy. I also wonder what the future holds for this guy – he’s a rookie who is just 20, and he didn’t even start the season in the NHL. He has an impressive background, and he looks like he is the real deal, but there are all sorts of guys who have burned bright early on only to burn out quickly.

I lied – one more hockey note. Pittsburgh left winger Luca Caputi just scored a goal in his first ever NHL shift tonight. I have nothing to say about that in particular – I just thought that it was pretty cool.

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