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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: Yesterday at 07:55:15 AM »
Last night's game between the Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire at BMO Field featured Chicago's German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger who was making his debut in Toronto.

One might have asked, so big deal.  It surely was a big deal to the TFC's Sebastian Giovinco whose two goals put the TFC up on the scoreboard, in an eventual 3-1 win, thanks to Victor Vasquez' deft passing.
The Spanish native has been nothing short of brilliant  for the TFC offence, setting up goals every here and there.


Blue Jays  8   LA Angels  7     13th

Bautista!  That's right.  Joey Bats came out of his slumber belting a three-run homer in the top of the 13th inning that gave the Jays a three-run lead, which they nearly squandered but hung on to win the game.

These two teams exchanged lead after lead, run after run and hit after hit all night long.  It took extra innings but not before a plethora of relief pitchers took turns for both squads, respectively.

Well, enough.  The desperately-seeking-for-wins-Jays won it and that is all that counts, no matter how they accomplished it. 


Fun fact:

Not since 1951 have the Leafs gone through four overtimes in one playoff series.

Great game!  The OT...drats!  As for Kadri's hit on Ovechkin, it was reminiscent of those old-fashioned open-ice hip-check hits of eras past, only difference being that Kadri's below the knee hit can't be termed as a completely clean hit.  Glad that Ovi wasn't out for keeps and that no one tried to take Kadri's head off on account of it.

Looking forward to Game 6.  C'mon boys, let's get 'em!


MotM:    Andersen
Hm:        Matthews

Mentions to Nylander, Hyman, Gardiner, Kadri, JVR, Komarov.

The Blue Jays come away from a woeful homestand into a four-game series  against league leader Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels.

Neither the Blue Jays nor the Angels are at the .500 mark this early in the season, but certainly the Angels sport a better record (7-10) than the Jays (3-12). 

The Blue Jays are keenly aware of how bad things have been for this club and with none of the injured returning for this road trip, it'll take a solid effort from the roster to achieve a more respectable outcome.

The Jays' best producer is Kevin "Superman" Pillar, no not for ball snatching superiority (which he continues to demonstrate in the outfield) but for his offensive contributions batting leadoff in the order.  Kendrys Morales has provided the homers but other Jays need to come alive and soon too.  With the Jays carrying baseball's worst w/l record, this road stand provides the Jays with the opportunity to gain greater ground in the win column.




Place:            Angel Stadium   Anaheim, CA

Fri .April 21
Starting Pitchers:.           Mat Latos RH   (Jays)
                                      Alex Mayer RH (Angels)
Time:                              10PM
TV/Radio:                        SN, The FAN 590

Sat.April 22
Starting Pitchers:             Casey Lawrence RH (Jays)      0-1 13.50 ERA
                                       Tyler Skaggs  LH     (Angels)   0-1  5.19  ERA
Time:                               9PM
TV/Radio:                         SN, The FAN 590

Sun. April 23
Starting Pitchers:              Marcus Stroman RH  (Jays)     1-2  4.05 ERA
                                        Jesse Chavez  RH      (Angels)  1-2  3.71 ERA
Time:                               3:30PM
TV/Radio:                         SN, The FAN 590

Mon. April 24
Starting Pitchers:              Francisco Liriano LH  (Jays)     1-1  5.11 ERA
                                        Ricky Nolasco  RH      (Angels) 1-2  4.76 ERA
Time:                               10PM
TV/Radio:                          SN,  The FAN 590

Source:,  Sportsnet

Red Sox  4    Blue Jays  1

The Jays closed out their current home stand on a losing note, seemingly unable to solve Boston starter Chris Sale. 
The Jays' starter Marco Estrada was his steady self, and seems back in form.  However, nothing Estrada or Kendry Morales did on the field could translate into a win.  The Jays record of 3-12 (worst in the league) is not lost on the players:

“It’d be understandable if we were on a different team with different names on that team,” starter Marco Estrada said. “But you look at the names we have here and you start thinking ‘how is this happening with a lineup like that and a staff like what we have and a good bullpen.’ It’s weird. It’s hard to explain right now. We really don’t know what’s going on.”

Hope they figure it out.  And soon, too.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2016-2017 Raptors Thread: We Know No King
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:01:53 AM »
Raptors  77   Bucks  104    Milwaukee leads series 2 games to 1.

Ridiculous.  Inept.  Dumbfounded.  Soulless.  Confused.  Whatever bad description it is, it fits.  The Toronto Raptors  just played their worst game in franchise playoff history.  All to a seemingly young and inexperienced Milwaukee team.  Rapacious is more like it.

If anything it was the Raptors who looked intimidated,  exhibiting mental & physical lapses out on the court.  They couldn't seem to solve the Bucks tenacious trap defence system.  It was essentially a repeatt of Game 1 but by a vastly different score that did not lie.  Every Raptor player including coach Casey is to be blamed for the woefully unprepared performance.

The only way to look at this would be for coach Casey to resolve and come up with a better game plan.  If not,  the tearn's fate will most likely be doomed to the whims of the opposition.

Wake up, Raptors!

2017 NHL Playoffs / Re: Series Thread: Pittsburgh vs Columbus
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:38:56 AM »
The playoffs are like a second season where unexpected results abound.   Sometimes they are two completely different seasons with clearly different results than usual.

2017 NHL Playoffs / Re: Series Thread: Chicago vs Nashville
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:33:06 AM »
Whoa baby,  never expected a sweep!   No, not Chicago.  Not a sweep, nope, no one could foresee this coming. 

Congrats to the Preds.  Great franchise-boosting victory.

2017 NHL Playoffs / Re: Series Thread: Anaheim vs Calgary
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:21:29 AM »
Anaheim  3     Calgary  1    Ducks win series 4 games to 0.

There wasn't much the Calgary Flames could do in any of these games in this playoff series against a much more agile opponent.  Add to the fact that Calgary found it impossible to hang on to a lead never mind blowing them made the endeavour to beat the Ducks at their game much more difficult.

The fact of the matter is that Anaheim outscored the Flames at even strength in this series.  Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau was kept of the scoresheet the whole time, while the Flames' goaltending certainly was at times sub-par, with starter Brian Elliott being yanked in Game 4.

Everything that could go right did for the Ducks, while it was nothing but downhill for the Flames.  That pretty well sums it all up.


2017 NHL Playoffs / Re: Series Thread: Minnesota vs St.Louis
« on: April 20, 2017, 09:58:46 AM »
Minnesota  2   St. Louis  0    Blues lead series 3 games to 1.

The Minnesota Wild solved the riddle that was St- Louis' goaltender Jake Allen and kept their playoff hopes alive in this potential Game 4 elimination  game.

Of course, not without some much-needed luck in the form of a miscue by Allen.  That would be the first of two on the night. 
On the other side of the ice,  Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk played to a well-earned shutout.

Game story:

2017 NHL Playoffs / Re: Series Thread: Boston vs Ottawa
« on: April 20, 2017, 09:44:29 AM »
Ottawa  1  Boston 0     Senators lead series 3 games to 1. 

Yawn.  For the fans at TD Garden, there was nothing much to cheer for as the Bruins got shutout by the sharp Ottawa netminder that was Craig Anderson.

It was  Bobby Ryan the hero again, who scored with just a little over four minutes remaining in the third period, the only goal the Senators would need on the night.  Ryan also scored the overtime winner in Game 3.

Not a very exciting game but it's the win that counts.


Compete... compete...compete...that was the question...

“For sure, it is a lost opportunity,” said head coach Mike Babcock. “It doesn’t feel like it – it is. I think Game 1 in their building you could say that, but I didn’t feel like that, I just felt that was a confidence builder for our team. You’re playing a team, they’re the best team in hockey and here you are.

“I thought today was the first time that maybe we weren't scared enough of them and it looked like it because our competition level wasn’t good enough.”

MotM:    Gardiner
Hm:        Nylander

Mentions to  Hyman,  JVR,  Bozak,  Matthews, Marner, Kadri, Brown, Reilly, Hunwick.

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