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New York Hockey Team Wins Big Game

Well folks, it happened. The Rangers (team that beat Canucks in 1994) are in the Stanley Cup Final with Alain Vigneault as their coach (Canucks fired him a year ago). Let that sit for a second…i’ll wait.
The New York Rangers are back in the big dance. Henrik Lundqvist has a chance to prove he is all powerful.

The Big Apple will be celebrating for a few more days and if they do it right, a few more after that. Gary Bettman has to be just going bonkers right now hoping that the Kings somehow finish off the Blackhawks. A NY/LA Final? Could it really be? There is a chance it will but tomorrow night has to happen first.

Canada now has zero teams left in the NHL Playoffs with the Canadiens losing to the Rangers on Thursday evening. It was a good run but we only had the one team, so that was basically what kept a lot of Canada’s faithful interested. Now, you have to pick a team that most likely you hate.

Do you pick the freshly minted Rangers? AV is behind the bench, back in the Final and running hot with equal contributions up and down the lineup, sound familiar? Or maybe its the Kings? The team that simply has decided not to listen to the critics and is still in the driver’s seat against Chicago. How about the Blackhawks? If the Hawks somehow go all the way and win, they will be a modern day dynasty.

Chicago would have 3 Cups inside of 5 years if they pull it all off and have kept a large part of their original group intact. Just shows that you can fully rebuild and make it work. I would love it if the Canucks were able to pull something like that off. Time will tell.

So hats off to the New York Rangers, Alain Vigneault and hopefully future Canuck Rick Nash. You earned a spot in the toughest competition in sports, go get it!

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The NFL Draft, Montreal Canadiens and Lint Rollers

It really is a shame I wasn’t able to see the NFL draft live this year. My cohorts and I had baseball and we won, so that evening I did resort to checking out the twitter machine to find out who got better and who made a regrettable pick. The Houston Texans added freak show athlete Jadeveon Clowney to the already lethal J.J. Watt and believe you me, them Texans will be a force to be reckoned with.

THE #1 pick in 2014 Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

THE #1 pick in 2014
Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

In a surprise move, the Buffalo Bills moved up and took top wide out Sammy Watkins, which pretty much killed any hype I had for him in fantasy football. Ask yourself this: why would you get hyped on the Bills? Thankfully the next best receiver, Mike Evans, went to Tampa and should do just fine in their offense….and mine.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to watch the mind numbing footage of Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football pick after pick waiting to hear his name get called. He was finally called at pick 22 by the Cleveland “you better BELIEVELAND” Browns. A great pick by the Browns and they will be the latest team to add a read option QB to their arsenal. Johnny is an electric player to watch and when you are a true freshman and you lock down the Heisman, you are good.

There was another QB that had to wait awhile to hear his name called, you might have heard of him: Aaron Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers waited for someone to come to his neighbourhood for many a pick until the Green Bay Packers came calling. Last time I checked, that worked out ok for them. Don’t worry Mr. Football, things are going to be ok.

On to hockey; how about those Montreal Canadiens? WOW! Just when you thought the Bruins were going to finish things up, the bleu, blanc and red show up huge in game 6 and post a shutout. The trip to Boston will be an antsy one but game 7’s are the best and heroes are made all the time. Will PK Subban raise his game to the next level and put himself in a new realm? If I was a betting man, I’d say there is a good chance.

The Habs are the only Canadian team even in the playoffs this year so obviously, we are all keeping a closer eye on the action in Quebec. It sure would be nice to see the Cup come home but when it’s all said and done, the new Habs generation is sure cocky. Ya, we get it, they’re good. Move on.

Now I know this is old news and by old news I mean about a week and a half ago but lets revisit a very odd/cool moment in the NBA playoffs. After a Raptors win against the Nets, Canada’s own Drake brought out a lint roller and proceeded to “get…that…dirt off yo shoulder”. Never seen something like that before but Bounce was more than happy to hand them out the next game. Good fit too; clean fans and COMPLETELY RANDOM product placement.

Yup, lint rollers folks Photo courtesy of ca.eoline.com

Yup, lint rollers folks
Photo courtesy of ca.eoline.com

I’m beginning to believe Drake IS marketing.

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