Hello another Thursday has come and gone and so has 25% of the NFL Season.
Are there any surprises in the first four weeks? I have a few the Steelers being 0-4 is one and the Chiefs being 4-0 another. The Browns showing something at 2-2 lets see if they can maintain it. Iím surprised by the Patriots at 4-0 but they hung tough against at Atlanta. The Giants are also a surprise seemingly not getting out of their own way. Interesting stat I heard this past week that since Rex Ryan took over the Jets in 2009 he and Tom Coughlin have identical records in both the regular season and the playoffs the only difference is Coughlin won a Superbowl. The other surprise is the NFC East with the Redskins, Eagles, and Giants are just paving the way for the Cowboys to win the division out of those 4 teams it seems that the Cowboys are the class off the division maybe Tony Romo shines this year. The guy is great for your Fantasy Team admit it. He just isnít the guy I want in the real world to lead my team to the promised land.
The MLB playoffs are heating up admit it you canít help routing for the Pirates and the Indians. Unfortunately the Indians where elminated last night by the Rays. As a Red Sox fan I wanted the Indians, The Rays and Sox always battle . Sure Iím a Red Sox guy ,Yeah I want them to win it all but if they get knocked out why not the Pirates or the Indians or even the Aís for that matter. I like when the so called small market teams (which means they donít have an endless stream of revenue coming in) do well just proving you have a bunch guys that just want to play you donít need overrated and over paid talent. I like the Tigers over the A's,The braves over the Dodgers† as well. Reality check I think the Pirates will struggle with the Cardinals but they are divison rivals and have had some intense games this season. So anything could happen.
They played more games that didnít count
They played some games that did count
I think the East will be battle with the Bruins , Penguins, Rangers and the addition of the Red Wings in the mix itís anybodyís game. The Bruins celebrating their 90th NHL season and this one will shock you guys their 18th season in the New Garden. Losing Tyler Seguin wasnít a huge loss with the additions of both Louie Ericson and Jerome Iginla. Jamir Jagr is gone as is Andrew Ferrenance the core remains the same and if Tukka Rask plays like he did last season the Bruins will be there at the end.
Penguins will remain strong and again are probably the odds on favorite according to several polls.Letís face it they had the best chance to win the cup in the East† last season. The Bruins out skated them and found their scoring touch. The Bruins also beat them in the physical game I never count them out because they are just too good but I think with the Bruins wanting another shot the Rangers with a new coach and the Red Wings in a new conference the Penguins have some stiff competition.
The Rangers with new coach Alain Vigneault who is more of a players coach than the dictatorship of John Tortorella. A more relaxed atmosphere with the players not laying down on Vigneault as they did on Tortorella. There were ramblings and not a lot of tears in the locker with Torts† Departure. The key as always is goaltending Henrik Leinquest is among the very best. Rangers have a wealth of talent will Vigneault bring it out
The Red Wings in the east that puts 5 of the orginal 6. Itís a lot better than moving the Astros to the American League. It was move that made sense the New Winipeg Jets should be in the West and either Chicago or Detroit needed to move east. The Wings are always good East, West it just doesnít matter they will be in the mix.
Dark Horse in the East The Islanders to me they have gotten better and you can see them improve like the Black Hawks have over the past several years.
The Chicago Black Hawks are the class of the Conference and they will be the hunted this year. I expect them to win the west with some stiff competition from the Usual suspects the Kings and the Sharks. I think these three teams fight it out for dominance. I think the Black Hawks will prevail in the end. Sharks just seem to fall short and The Kings always battle they ranked 10th in overall all scoring last season.
LIL Warrior Report
I have coached youth sports for many years and many sports baseball, basketball and hockey(which I miss not coaching this year). Last Sunday Night Lil Lanz asked me if I would take him to see some the kids he played with last year they were playing at a rink in the next town about 10 minutes from my house. I said sure. We went and watched the game. I was standing there and a kid who moved to a different town a few years ago who I had coached in summer league baseball a few years ago. He walks in the rink sees me on his way to the locker room stops and with a big smile says hi coach how you doing. That just made my night Tage Rache talks about the kids he has coached often and what a great feeling it is when a kid does well or acknowledges you. Just an awesome feeling this kid is just a nice kid from an awesome family.
On to the lil Warriors† lil Lanzís team outskated out hustled this weeks opponent and couldnít get it done losing 4-3. They had chance after chance just couldnít get the puck in the night. Lil lanz had a chance to tie the game up. He hustled in from left wing side to get a rebound had the net got off a good shot and the goalie just dived across the crease and got his stick on it. So be it he is playing well.
On the way back from lil Lanzís game which was in Boston proper we stopped to watch middle Lanz play. His team won 7-0 . he too got robbed good pass and shot at point blank range a few feet from the right side of the net and put in the goalies chest. Lil Lanzís team has not won Middle Lanzís team has not lost.
Incidentally while we ran around crazy the other Middle lanz got invited to the BC and FSU game. His best friends sister goes to BC so he went with that family. He had a blast. We survived two Football games officiated a JV and a Varsity two different locations two different times still got to both Hockey Games and Middle Lanzís baseball game after his hockey game.
I had to take the day off yesterday spent the day with the plumber some problems cropped up around the house that needed immediate attention. It was 81 in Boston yesterday so I dropped the three boys off at school and Iím watching them walk in all with shorts on they are walking straight across the sidewalk and I noticed their legs Twin lanz 1 has really skinny legs, twin lanz 2 or aka Middle Lanz legs are slightly thicker and lil lanz who is solid and in great shape has tree trunks that I just contribute to all the skating.