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Ridiculous human behaviour.  Even an animal would know better. 🤨

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2019 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:33:11 PM »
What day can we bring up Vlad to Impale the opposition? I can't wait to see this kid on the team. Bo as well. Its time for the New Jays, not the Blue Jays


It will happen sometime this year.  No timetable yet for Vlad at least.

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MotM:  Matthews
Hm:     Moore

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Here’s a little factoid that won’t lessen the hurt for Tampa followers:

Not since the expansion era has a team who has led the league all season lost in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.  Sorry Tampa fans, little solace for you.

What do you mean by this? Lots of Presidents Trophy winners have lost in the 1st round.


I should have added “been swept” not “lost”.

The actual statement is here:  via Sportsnet

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Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season.

Also this:

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Here’s a little factoid that won’t lessen the hurt for Tampa followers:

Not since the expansion era has a team who has led the league all season lost in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.  Sorry Tampa fans, little solace for you.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Science Thread
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:23:27 AM »
“Proshchay Canada, Privyet Russia”...how the magnetic North Pole is shifting towards Siberian territory and away from it’s place on the Canadian geo map:
(Don’t worry, Santa’s still a Canadian citizen).



https://www.macleans.ca/society/science/say-goodbye-canada-the-north-pole-is-moving-to-russia/

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SportsNet!

Tampa has a great season and this ending will mar that story in the minds of many.  Let’s remember that the Lightning won many games by virtue of slightly unsustainable things going very well during the season: PowerPlay success (single opponent tactics generally neutralizes this), one goal/OT/shootout games (tantamount to coin flips season to season, see the year Chicago got wiped out in round 1), above average but not overwhelmingly superior goaltending masked by a very strong team defense, and said defense that was crippled at the end of the season when 1D Hedman was concussed.

I still thought they’d make a series of it, but that first game blown lead must have really rattled them.

Columbus still had to do their thing with a side of luck, and they did, so all the credit to them for putting it all on the line and pulling it off.


Explain that to a certain poster around here.  (You know who he is).

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2019 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: April 17, 2019, 07:57:55 AM »
Another big night for Hernandez & co. last night.

The Jays scored four runs in the sixth only to have Minny tie it at the bottom of the same inning.  Then the fun began with Teoscar Henrandez’s rBI double that gave the Jays the lead at 6-4.  The Twins tried a quick comeback and were thwarted right at the plate by a throw from Hernandez to Galvis to Jansen.  Gotcha for the final out! (Check out video for that one).

https://www.mlb.com/video/must-c-jays-relay-to-end-it?t=must-c

Jays starter Aaron Sanchez with the win, along with some solid relief pitching from Hudson, Pannone, & Biagini.  Closer Giles gets the save.


Hi-lites:
https://www.mlb.com/gameday/blue-jays-vs-twins/2019/04/16/566969#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=566969

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Never would I have believed that such a thing to be the case.  Okay maybe Columbus winning it 4 games to 2, or in 7 perhaps.  But not 4 straight.  No.

See, this just makes absolutely no sense. So you could imagine if two teams played seven games that either team could win four of those seven, but somehow the idea that one of those teams would win four of those games in a row is beyond the realm of possibility? Why? How is a second game different because of who won the first one? Isn't a team more likely to lose the fourth game if they've lost the first three?


It oftentimes depends on who the team is.  Why is this a surprise?  Because of the simple fact that Tampa Bay was the best team in the league this year.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/sports/nhl-playoffs-tampa-bay-lightning.html

The playoffs are a second season.  Amything can transpire, as we've seen.

Still, to lose four in-a-row after having acheived so much does not resonate too well.

Again, I'll repeat, Columbus winning is not the surprise here, it's how it was done that is.[/b]

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I'm with Guilt Trip on this one. Looks to me like he simply fell on top of him. I'm guessing the commentator here has never been in a fight. He most certainly did not intentionally ram his head into the ice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcamX6oRvmg

Btw, this is a great exhibit of how stupid it is to allow fighting in hockey.

Looked to me like Ovie let up on that last punch as the guy was going down, but in any case he certainly didn't ram the
guy's head into the ice.


Thank goodness Svechnikov had his helmet still on when he landed on the ice.  If he hadn't... (*shudders*)

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What's shocking to many is that Columbus won...in four straight.

Never would I have believed that such a thing to be the case.  Okay maybe Columbus winning it 4 games to 2, or in 7 perhaps.  But not 4 straight.  No.

So, does Jon Cooper get fired?

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Raptors victorious!

Defeat the Magic 111-82 to tie the series at one apiece.

Big performance by Kawhi Leonard who contributed 37 points and received a  standing ovation from the faithful.

This time saw a much better Kyle Lowry, who rebounded from that disastrous Game 1 performance, and contributed 22 pts. on the night.  Siakam with 19 and Ibaka with 13 were the other point getters.

Of course, it wouldn' t have been complete without guys like Marc Gasol who helped nab some steals & forced turnovers, particularly from the Magic's best Augustin and Vučević

Smart defense, aggressive in the paint, sharp at the rim, all qualities that were akin to the Raptors success during the year came to the fore in Game 2.  In other words, the Toronto Raptors are back!

Game 3 goes Friday in Orlando.

Hi-lites:
https://www.nba.com/raptors/video/teams/raptors/2019/04/17/2568702/1555469214175-nba-web-041619-highlights-tor-vs-orldigital

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Isles coach Barry Trotz has done an incredible job getting the team to buy into his system.  It not only showed during the regular season, but in these playoffs as well.

Happy for the Islanders.  Not since the 1980's (during their Cup winning years) have they swept an opponent.  Something here sounds good.

GO ISLES GO!

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