WINTER BIRDS HOT ON ICE

October 17, 2009 Leave a comment

 

           3290570935_3bcf3fcb7eNO STANLEY CUP HANGOVER HERE! The Pittsburgh Penguins have made the game of hockey look easy. The pens have won 7 out of 8 games and their 5th game straight by defeating the Lightning tonight, 4-1. This is a game that displayed what the penguins have been all about this year: SOLID PLAY IN EVERY AREA OF THE GAME.

        The defense has been solid and is probably the brightest spot thus far for the Penguins. Newcomer, Jay Mckee, has been a great addition. McKee is notorious for being one of the best shot blockers in the league and has lived up to that title so far. In a post game article by espn.com, Mckee said, “There are a lot of things clicking for us right now, especially defensively.” Sergei Gonchar is business as usual for the Pens, playing great at the blue-line on the power play and setting up plays in the neutral zone. 

       Marc-Andre Fleury has been superb, displaying a .922 save percentage and allowing an average of 2.09 goals a game. In past season, Fleury occasionally  acted nervous while in goal and made a number of “dumb” mistakes, especially late in the game. However, so far this season, he seems focused and poised. Defenseman, Jay Mckee also said: “Marc-Andre’s been our best player every night, but we’re all out there frustrating the other team.”

        While not displaying earth-shattering numbers, Malkin and Crosby have played very consistent and have shown great athleticism on the power play. Expected, but unexpected(if that makes sense),  production has come from 3rd liner, Tyler Kennedy, and 4th liner, Michael Rupp, chalking up 6 goals collectively. Rupp was added to the Pens’ already stunning lineup in the offseason because of a lack of toughness on the team.

         With all of the pieces of the puzzle in place and everything clicking, the Penguins look like they have a great chance to repeat. Staying healthy and motivated will be a key for them this year.

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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF…….

October 6, 2009 1 comment

n1429830046_96870_5116640For those interested and would like to know a little about me before they start reading…..

        MY name is Charles Dickey and of course I mainly go by “Charlie.” I love my plain and simple life. It does not take much to make me happy, but I have recieved a lot and am very lucky. I enjoy spending time with the love of my life and fiance, Michelle Marie McGuire. I have a very supportive and loving family who is very important to me! ” I don’t care how poor a man is, if he has family, he is rich.” ( Dan Wilcox)

         I was born, raised, still live, and probably always live in the small town of Mingo Junction, Ohio < a place where there are more bars than stop lights. I am attending Franciscan University of Steubenville (OHIO) for a degree in journalism. I love Pittsburgh Sports and I am in love with the sport of Hockey. 

          I hope you find my topics and writing entertaining. Feel free to provide me with a lot of feedback. It would be greatly appreciated.

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FANTASY CALAMITY

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

FT             Remember the old way we enjoyed football? Remember flocking to the your TV with your dad or maybe a couple of friends, hoping for a smash-mouth, comeback, or maybe shootout football game? Remember a time when were carefree about what player scored? or how many times he scored? or maybe not even caring who won the game at all? How about a time where fans were happy just as long as football was played and the sport was entertaining? This time existed not so long ago…..in a land not so far away.

American football is consumed by a disease that has destroyed the way we watch and enjoy football today, a disease called FANTASY FOOTBALL.

Personally, I have become the poster boy for the “disease” and spend many hours a week editing my roster and doing research on the week’s sleepers and busts. FSN and ESPN fill a couple time slots a week with shows that help me attain my expected weekly victory. Online articles are plastered everywhere on sports websites, also providing me with crucial fantasy information. I know more about my starting running back’s injury than he does.

Sunday morning has come, my roster is final, and a check of the weather of the games my players are involved in is complete. With the laptop in front of me, and remote by my side, I am prepared to watch my players collect my much deserved points.

Its 11 o’clock Sunday night and my destiny has been determined (minus the occasional player still playing on Monday night). All of the time spent during the week and on Sunday is rendered pointless or time well spent.

Yes, I know what your thinking, “this guy is sad, he has no life, Its just a game.” You are correct, but this disease not only affects me, but many males and females-young and old-across the American football loving kingdom.

My point is that many fans, like myself, are watching football for the wrong reason. It’s not about the stories, It’s not about the underdog, It’s not about the beauty of the game, It’s about STATS STATS STATS, but that hasn’t stopped me and never will.

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