How in the world are the Padres doing what they are doing?!? I look up and down that roster and I see very little that stands out as impressive – a couple of pitchers and a position player or two. Not only that, but they have no payroll, and they are looking to dump much of what they have. That’s a recipe for disaster. Or at least it should be. Instead, they have won 10 in a row, and they do it by fighting and clawing and showing so many things that they shouldn’t really be able to show. One of the amazing things about sports is the continuous ability to shock and surprise, and this is a perfect example of that. Tonight San Diego scored five runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth to tie the game, and then scored two in the 10th to take the win. Even more incredible, they had lost six in a row and 16 of 19 before this streak. If you tell me that you saw this coming then I’ll call you a liar.
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is ridiculous. At the end of the first period one his players was given a penalty for his actions in a scrum. Quenneville didn’t notice at the time. After the intermission he put five players on the ice, and the officials promptly made him put a guy in the box. He was livid. He yelled and screamed and generally threw a tantrum. It was his fault fornot paying attention in the first place. He didn’t cool down, and it acted as a serious distraction for his young team that is already over their collective heads in this series. They didn’t focus, Detroit scored on the power play, it was 3-0, and the rout was on.Quenneville should be smarter than that, and he can’t be doing that with his team. The NHL wasn’t happy with his actions, or with his words after the game (he was still fuming after the game, and he went on a tirade in his post-game press conference). They fined him $10,000. It’s notQuenneville’s fault that the team is going to lose this series, but he certainly isn’t helping.