The best example is each of the clinching games at home. The Blues played some rather dull home games earlier in each series, but they responded when they had to in Game 6 against the Jets, Game 7 against the Stars and Game 6 against the Sharks. In each case, you saw the Blues really title the ice against their opponent and sustain pressure. That takes all four lines, all three defensive pairings, shift after shift. Obviously Ben Bishop withstood that push in goal and kept Dallas alive, but that was a one-sided game.
Does Bradford still have two legs?
Actually Mike had a cancer battle and we're decades past the bad old days. Also, he had a shaved head last I saw so the old :"oily-haired despot" line no longer works.
I agree that baseball has work to do to create a more compelling product. I agree that this team has disappointed to this point of the season. But to go all the way to "nobody cares" is ridiculous. The team still draws massive crowds. If you want to push this storyline, go to Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
Fair point. The injury depletion of the poor Nationals is helping the Phillies and Braves as well. Washington is a wreck.
Rask can have a bad game here or there. And for stretches of recent seasons he has been ordinary, which is why Boston upgraded to Halak as the No. 2. The Bruins opted to pace Rask this season and that worked very well. Rask got locked in as the playoffs got rolling.
The only time I think about the NBA is during this chat, because people keep bringing it, or when I go see the grandkid in K.C. and the NBA is on. A hundred years ago I covered the league, the K.C. Kings (Scott Wedman!) and the old Washington Bullets (Jeff Ruland!). But it's been a while since I paid much attention. One thing I'll say: One basketball player can make more impact that one player in another other sport, so divas like Kevin Durant are a much bigger story.
As I know first hand from my P-D colleague David Carson -- one the elite news photographers in the business -- Boston fans can be a bit overbearing. Also, brace yourself for big market pricing if you're not used to that.
Well, yeah, he has to do it at this level. But independent analysts all loved this guy before the injuries hit. He has a nice pitch arsenal if he scrape off all the rust and make his pitches.
OK, that's it for today. I'm a bit punchy. My quick little one day business trip extended to two days thanks to cancelled flights and I barely escaped Travelers Hell in one piece. See you next time. Keep an eye out for a ton of extra Blues coverage here on STLToday,com. Jim Thomas, Tom Timmermann and the Two Bens are already on it 24/7.