The Bruins threw a couple of big, dangerous and illegal hits in Game 5, on Steen and Tarasenko. Neither penalty was called. I will say that the Barbashev hit should have been called and that his likely suspension was earned.
There is less and less action in baseball these days and more guys hacking away like its a home-run derby. There is a pace-of-play challenge as well as a style-of-play problem.
I don't see enough of the NBA to do a ranking, but I do like the fact those officials are the most openly communicative with players and coaches. Baseball has gone a long way to clean up umpiring and the review challenges help that. The NHL is way better than it was, despite the issues we've seen in the playoffs. The NFL has gotten better too, but it could improve by bucking up to employ full-time officials. That would take a big commitment, but all of these sports will see officials under more scrutiny as legalized gambling takes hold. So all of these sports need to keep improving and fine-tuning replay rules.
I'm sorry that Hitchcock couldn't work his magic in Edmonton. He just didn't have enough there. And, yes, he would like this team. Berube comes from his coaching tree and I am sure Hitch is proud of how guys like Pietrangelo and Tarasenko have stepped up. He can take some ownership of their growth.
The Cardinals? They are just so-so. As for the Blues, I've always said this could happen if they find the right goaltender. And they finally did.
Of course the Super Bowl was a big deal at the time. But the NFL is long gone and it's not coming back. It's 2019 and this Blues team winning would be bigger, given the unlikely nature of this run and the decades-long emotional ties fans have to the franchise.
We'lll see if Cassidy's tantrum works for him or against him. If you see his players barking at officials throughout Game 6, then you know that it backfired. We know that Berube's approach worked for his team. It kept his team focused and helped rally it past the Sharks.
Goodell looks good in a suit and that's about it. As much as I used to mock Gary Bettman, it's hard to argue against his body of work since the last work stoppage. The product is better and business is generally good, with the possible exception of Florida and Arizona. Expansion has been a hyge success.
Wong is hitting eighth in today's configuration. Bader is hitting sixth with Molina out, so that is injury-related. Even at his best Bader is more of a No. 2/No. 7 hitter. While I get wanting Fowler in Wrigley Field with tricky outfield conditions, if this turns into a slugfest don't you want Martinez in there trying to get back on track?
Yeah, but that team had Sidney Crosby, a generational talent. This team is a win-by-committee bunch. If it can finish the job, it will be one of those Cup winners teams talk about for a long time.
Not at Wrigley. And the whole "win two of three" thing is not off to a good start.
Well, it's a best-of-seven series. The Blues overcame an egregious officiating mistake to win in the previous round and the Bruins have every chance to do the same.
The bigger deal is Kimbrel landing in Chicago as a midseason free agent. If he can get the job done for the Cubs, that could decide the division.
Milbury might have been the worst general manager in modern NHL times. And yet he really, really believes in his own brilliance.
That's optimistic. One thing at a time. If the Blues can find a way to finish off this run it will stand alone as an epic breakthrough. But the Cardinals could easily miss the playoffs again and Mizzou football has its NCAA issue.
This team has not won the Cup yet, so there has been no payback from the umpire/officiating gods. As for the Denkinger call, the Cardinals were so preoccupied with that they forgot to play well in Game 7. Will the Bruins make a similar mistake in Game 6.
Am I surprised that the Cardinals didn't outbid a team for a free agent? No, never. I would be greatly surprised the other way around.
I am not holding my breath. The Bills have a stadium issue, but so does St. Louis. Why would that team move here?