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Habs Watch

March 13, 2009 @ 08:23

Oh Oh. The greatest team in the history of sports since the beginning of time (just ask any Hab fan) hit another bump in the road last night.

The were beaten 3-2 in overtime at home by the absolute worst team in the NHL, the New York Islanders.

Not a very good way to prepare for the inevitable Stanley Cup celebration in June. (just ask any Hab fan)

The Habs remain fifth in the East this morning, but only a delicious three points ahead of the ninth place Florida Panthers, and only five points ahead of the tenth place Buffalo Sabres.

With upcoming games against Jersey, the Rangers and Ottawa, with any luck, by this time next week Le Bloog, Blank, Wreck could be sitting on the outside looking in.

We can only hope.

Islanders stun Habs in overtime.

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March 9, 2009 @ 18:56

The Habs got a little desperate this afternoon. They fired coach Guy Carbonneau.

I've got to tell you people, I think this sucks but it also concerns me.

I actually think Carbonneau deserves credit for what he did with this hockey team. When Alex Kovalev is your captain, your sophomore goalie is full of holes and you lose your top pointer getter in Robert Lang you can't expect miracles.

I've said from the outset, I think this team was an over-rated so give Carbonneau credit for keeping them in lofty position for most of the season. This team didn't really crumble, what it did was come back to earth and find its level.

I really think Carbonneau got a raw deal.

On the other hand, I'm concerned that General Manager Bob Gainey will take over on an interim basis because more often than not, teams tend to respond positively to a coaching change.

For the short team anyway, and the problem is, for a Hab hater that's what the rest of the season is, short team. It will be ugly if the Canadiens get on a roll and grab a playoff spot.

From my perspective, it would have been a lot more fun to watch they drop out of the playoffs and then watch the likes of Freeway Frank throw themselves off the top floor of the Place Ville Marie.

I guess is got to be a bit too much for Gainey on Sunday afternoon when the Canadiens actually dropped to eighth place in the east for a few hours.

Then they go out and beat Dallas 3-1. But it wasn't enough to save Carbonneau.

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March 7, 2009 @ 09:56

Anyone in the vicinity of the Phillips Arena in Atlanta last night must have wondered what that horrible stench was.

It must have oozed from the arena and out on the streets of Atlanta forcing Georgians to cover their noses and run for the peach groves.

Atlanta fans are used to their own team stinkin' the place out, 'cause they're one of the weakest teams in the NHL, but what can you say about the opposition last night.

The Mighty Montrealers are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders in the eyes of their dorky fans, so yes indeedee they must have stunk like a month old cadaver last night in losing to the lowly Thrashers 2-0.

Are you kidding me?

Habs fans actually think they have a shot at the Cup, but to win the Cup you have to win the odd game on the road and right now God's team doesn't seem to be able to do that.

They've lost twelve of their last fifteen away from the dumbBell Centre.

While Hab fans focus on Leaf fans and fling all sorts of nastys at them, they're missing the real drama to this NHL season. Their team is going down faster than a hog washin' floozy.

Let's review the juicy details. Both Buffalo and Carolina conveniently won last night so here's how the Eastern Conference looks.

5. Montreal - 75 points
6. Florida - 74 points
7. Rangers - 74 points
8. Pittsburgh - 74 points
9. Buffalo - 73 points
10. Carolina - 73 points

If I'm not mistaken, the Habs are only two points out of tenth place.

But not to worry Hab fans. You're team is so awesome it doesn't matter if they finish ninth or tenth, they'll still win the Stanley Cup because they're the most wonderful team in the world.

Thrashers blank Canadiens

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March 5, 2009 @ 08:38

Looks like Freddie will be posting about the Habs again.

After two periods
Sabres 3
Canadiens 0

If Montreal doesn't have a great 3rd period Buffalo will be tied for
9th with The Hurricanes with still one game less played than Carolina.

After tonight's game only 4 points between the 5th place Canadiens with
75 points and Buffalo/Carolina tied for 9th with 71 points.


*Editors note - Final Score - Buffalo 5 Montreal 1 - ouch! The Habs have lost eleven of their last 13 road games.

Sabres slice up Canadiens 5-1

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Comments We Like - Bruce Arthur

March 3, 2009 @ 08:46

Cherry's act beginning to show its age.

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March 2, 2009 @ 08:43

Pick the date of the Montreal Canadiens final game of the season / playoffs and win a T-shirt.

Even though I can't win a T-shirt, I'll start it off - Saturday, April 11th.

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February 25, 2009 @ 08:53

It's only fun when they lose.

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What Recession?

February 24, 2009 @ 18:10

Here's another reason professional sports sucks and it hits close to home. The Toronto Maple Leafs will raise ticket prices next season to the tune of 3.5 percent.

It doesn't sound like much, but any increase at this time shows that MLSE believes Leaf fans are not only loyal, but extremely stupid as well.

Can you imagine having the audacity to raise ticket prices when it's already been determined that you're not going to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row?

Not only that, but given the current economic climate you'd think MLSE would show a little more class and hold off. The Leafs make huge profits and they pay their players millions of dollars, things the average sports fan can't relate to.

But that doesn't matter because it's all about gouging and greed.

The official statement from MLSE claims rising costs and inflation has forced them into this. They don't want to do it, but they just have to.

They also claim that over the past four years ticket prices have risen just one percent, but the obvious reply to that, is this. Why would ticket prices rise over the past four years, you've done nothing to justify it. You've delivered nothing but a shitty product.

And there's more.

Next season the NHL salary cap is expected to fall which plays right into the hands of the Maple Leafs. Once again, their revenues will go up while their costs go down, but they fail to mention this as they lay out their plans to increase the price of a ticket.

Listen, at the end of the day it's all up to fans, from the average guy sitting in the purples, to the rich bastards sitting in the platinums. Nothing is going to change until the you stop buying tickets and stop giving in to an organization that takes you for granted and gives you nothing in return.

I still can't believe it. We're in the midst of a super serious economic crisis, where virtually everyone is pulling back and doing without.

But not the Maple Leafs.

They're special?

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Misdirected Love

February 22, 2009 @ 11:59

I have to laugh at Rosie Dimanno's column in this morning's Toronto Star. Somehow it just doesn't fit.

Rosie likes to the leave the impression she's tough broad who can stand back from any situation and call it for what it is. She's a man's woman so to speak.

Well that sure as hell went out the window in todays's column. Her fawning of Mats Sundin borders on sickening and adds to what nauseates me about professional sports.

For the past week, the city has been gripped with the anticipation of Sundin's return to the ACC and how the crowd would react. It's all that mattered to some people.

Well now we know. It was generally positive as Sundin received an extended standing ovation about six minutes into the game after a short "thank you Mats" video was shown on the scoreboard.

Rosie describes it this way. "Bless that crowd for not holding it against him. For, rather, giving Sundin one of the sweetest tributes in the history of the franchise - a two-minute standing O that did, indeed, bring tears to the big Swede's eyes."

She goes on about a whole bunch of other stuff, including Sundin not measuring up to comparisons of Darryl, Dougie and Wendel and ironically blaming "self absorbed media cranks."

It drips with athlete worship, something, as I've stated on this blog many times, I'm not comfortable with because when you get right down to it, they don't deserve it when compared to so many other contributors to our society.

Granted, it's difficult to give a standing ovation to a brain surgeon who has just saved a child's life because he doesn't get to stand in front of a crowd of 20 thousand people and wave his scalpel.

However, last night something very telling happened at the game that really made it hit home for me.

Thanks to my good friend Darren, I got to attend last night's game following a fine steak diinner at Barbarian's. It started with martini's, and ended with cappuccinos. In between was a fine bottle of wine and a magnificent Caesar salad.

Anyway, the Sundin worship took place about six minutes into the first period and the place went nuts for the guy. A hockey player. A hockey player who last spring, screwed the very fans who were cheering him last night.

Then, a few minutes into the second period another announcement was made.

They call it "Luke's Troops." At every Leaf game from now until the end of the season, Leaf defenseman Luke Schenn hosts a member of the Canadian Armed Forces in choice seats.

Last night they introduced a soldier who had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan and they put his picture up on the big screen just like they did Sundin.

But he didn't receive a standing ovation. He received an ovation, but way more people didn't stand than did stand. I stood for the guy, and so did Darren, but most of the people around us didn't.

No, they reserve their standing ovations for hockey players. Not young men who go overseas and risk their lives for our day to day safety.

That my friends, just like Rosie's column, is misdirected love.

And so is this. When the three stars were announced Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph had decided to make Sundin the first star.

Sorry, prior to scoring that goal in the shootout he was hardly noticeable.

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Habs Watch

February 20, 2009 @ 08:50

Montreal Sopranos.

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