Saturday, May 19, 2012

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1979-80

At the end of the 1978-79 season Harold Ballard dismissed general manager Jim Gregory after 10 years of competent management despite owner interference. Well Ballard never actually told him he was fired. Gregory was up at his cottage that summer when he got a call from Bryan O'Neill who told him that the Commissioner, John Ziegler, wants to talk to you about a job. O'Neill asked, 'You're not working for the Leafs anymore, are you?' That's how he found out he had been fired. When he drove into the city he found Punch Imlach had already moved into his office. Imlach's crony ,Floyd Smith was hired to coach.

Imlach second stint with the Leafs was very contentious. He implemented a dress code which required that all players wear a jacket and tie when in the Leafs' offices. Tiger Williams was fined $250 for not wearing a tie, and the fine would have doubled for a second offence. Players were no longer allowed to drink beer on plane and bus rides back from road games.

Imlach quickly butted heads with Leafs captain Darryl Sittler, using confrontational tactics to try to undermine his influence on the team. Imlach also disliked Sittler's prominent role in the NHL Players Association; during Imlach's first stint with the Leafs, he was well known as an ardent foe of the union and its executive director, Alan Eagleson.

In September, Imlach went to court in an unsuccessful attempt to get an injunction to stop Sittler and teammate Mike Palmateer from appearing on the TV show Showdown. Sittler had a no-trade clause in his contract and, through his agent, had insisted on $500,000 to waive it. With Sittler apparently untouchable, Imlach traded Sittler's best friend Lanny McDonald (#6 on my list of worst Leafs trades) to the pathetic Colorado Rockies on December 29, 1979 for Pat Hickey and Wilf Paiement. In response, Sittler ripped the captain's C off his sweater, later commenting that a captain had to be the go-between with players and management, and he no longer had any communication with management. An anonymous player told the Toronto Star that Ballard and Imlach made the trade specifically to undermine Sittler's influence on the team. Tiger Williams was traded to the Canucks for Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive. Pat Boutette was shipped off th Harford and Mike Palmateer was sent to Washington.

Imlach also reached into the past signing one time nemesis 39-year old Carl Brewer in a move that infuriated the players and raised eyebrows around the league. Brewer returned to the Maple Leafs on December 26, 1979. Many players on the Leafs felt that Brewer was a spy for Imlach. In Brewer's first game, many of his teammates were openly hostile to him. Brewer's defense partner was Borje Salming, and Salming refused to pass Brewer the puck.

In March 1980, after Floyd Smith was injured in a car accident and acting coach Dick Duff led the team to two lopsided defeats, Imlach named himself as coach. Imlach was able to get the Leafs to squeak into the playoffs, albeit with a record five games under .500—the first of 13 straight seasons without a winning record. The WHA had collapsed going into that season and the absorption of the four surviving teams ensured the Leafs would still limp into the playoffs.

Imlach named assistant Joe Crozier as his successor as coach after the season.

Sign of the day

Exposed guy ties himself to tree to wait for anonymous sex

What does a guy have to do to get some anonymous sex these days?

Last week, Ramsey, Minn. police say, Alan Petrusson tied himself to a tree, put a blindfold on, exposed his genitals and waited for anonymous sex near a public park, according to CBS Minnesota.

Petrusson claims he was just sleeping but police are skeptical.

Petrusson faces charges of indecent exposure, lewd conduct and trespassing, since the tree he was allegedly tied to was not on park property.

Park visitors are none too pleased to hear that the park is being used for public sex.

Just like you I'm trying to figure out why he had to tie himself to a tree. Maybe it has something to do with a bondage fetish?


Video of the week

I just love the video of this asshole Lamborghini owner losing control of his car and wedging it between two other vehicles. Hey buddy get yourself a Honda Civic!

Naked lady in aisle 4...

A nude woman who calmly walked into two New York businesses this week shocked employees and attracted the gaze of more than one startled shopper.

Temperatures may have only been in the 60s in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, but that did not stop 49-year-old Barbara Lafleur from stripping down to her birthday suit while she went shopping along Route 67, authorities said.

Lafleur's first stop was Curtis Lumber, where surveillance cameras captured her strolling casually through the store. Lafleur asked a couple of employees what time it was, told them to "Have a good day," and then walked out.

After leaving the lumber yard, Lafleur allegedly walked a short distance to a Stewart's Shops convenience store, where police say she again did little to protect the modesty of the shopping public.

The clerk said, 'Excuse me, ma'am, did you know you have no clothes on?' and she said, 'Oh yeah I'm totally fine with that.'


People who look like their pet week

Friday, May 18, 2012

Brett Lawrie helmet slam dance


Woman fears her car is cursed after mechanic leaves it with 'satanic symbol'

Bad signs: A woman found these 'satanic symbols' underneath her car and they had been done with a blue sealant regularly used at Walmart

A woman got more than she paid for when she had her car's oil changed at a Fort Worth Walmart.

The 25-year-old woman, who will only reveal her name as Jessica out of fear, discovered that a mechanic had written 'satanic symbols' beneath her car's engine.

When she took her 2002 Mustang to get a tune up, the latest technician came and told her that he found that the markings had been left on her previous visit.

They saw three 6s, an upside-down cross and a pentagram all drawn in blue sealant on the car's crossmember.

Jessica is particularly upset given the association that the three symbols have with devil worship.

'It just kind of puts a bad vibe on it,' she said.

Sign of the day

Teenager told to be a Jew in Holocaust role-play sues school over injury when 'Nazis' jumped on him

A picture taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January, 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Oswiecim (Auschwitz) nazi concentration camp

A Perryton High School role-playing lesson on the Holocaust that pit classmates against each other as Jews and Nazis has sparked a federal civil rights lawsuit against the district.

Andrew Yara, now 19, filed the suit Monday against the Perryton Independent School District, alleging he was injured when he was forced during a world history class to play the part of a Jew following the orders of classmates playing the roles of Nazis, the suit said.

During the two-day lesson, students who wore red ribbons played Jews who had to obey classmates without red ribbons, who played Nazis, the suit said.

“(The Jews) must do everything school faculty or other students tell them to, including picking up other students’ trash, being taken outside and sprayed with water hoses, bear-crawling across the hot track, carrying other students’ books and even carrying other students,” Yara’s complaint said.

The lesson made up 60 percent of a major test grade in the class, “and any student who did not do everything they were told were to receive a failing grade,” the suit said.

On one occasion, the suit said, the 100-pound Yara was ordered to carry on his back a classmate who outweighed him by 70 pounds. As he carried the heavier student, another jumped on his back and Yara fell backward, the suit said.

Yara subsequently suffered from a series of medical conditions, the suit said. His doctor told him he had a partially dislocated hip. He passed out from dehydration at work and endured what the suit described as seizure-like activity while at a Pampa church, the complaint said.

Hey at least there is one kid in Texas that knows what it's like to be a Jew. Well accept real Nazis did more than just jump on your back. Luckily the role playing didn't include gas and ovens.


Angry ex-wife puts hate for husband on display

It's not unusual for a divorce to end in anger.

But a woman who lives in Superior, Wisconsin took things to a new level this week with a traffic-stopping gesture that was carried out at the expense of her ex-husband.

The angry former spouse put all her ex-mate's belongings out on the front lawn with signs reading "Free" and "X-Husband Sale."

As if that wasn't enough, she flatted the tires of the man's SUV and spray painted the truck with the word "Cheater" in block letters.

The spectacle triggered enough buzz that it became a must-see stop for motorists to check it out, and even stop for pictures. It created enough of a traffic hazard that Superior police decided to tow the GMC Yukon away.

Superior Police Sgt. William Lear told the newspaper there's no law against spray painting a vehicle in one's own yard.

"If it's a running vehicle and someone wants to paint their own car, they can do it," he said.

Nothing more scary than a scorned woman.


Flashback Friday - Billy Joel

Pseudo and Mrs. Pseudo's first song...

People who look like their pet week

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What is wrong with Adam Lind?

I was going to do a post on what the Jays should do with Adam Lind and then today they decided. He was optioned to Las Vegas. I was going to suggest demoting him to platoon DH.

Unfortunately he can't hit lefties. In fact he's not doing so good against right handed pitching either. So I thought a platoon at DH would allow him to work his way back. Looks like he will have to work his way from a little farther back now.

You can't be an everyday player at first base if you can't right and left handed pitching and you have no power. Despite what everyone says about his defense, it's alright but he's no Gold Glove candidate so it's not like his defense will be missed.

This is the third young hitting star that has burnt out on the Jays. Both Lind and Aaron Hill won Silver Slugger awards in 2009. Hill won it at second base with 36 homers, 108 RBIs and a .286 average. Lind won it a DH with 25 homers, 114 RBIs and a .308 average. These two guys were supposed to anchor the Jays offense for the next decade but both crashed and burned over the following two seasons. Hill was flipped for Kelly Johnson which appears to be working out a little better. Hill is batting just .241 for Arizona with 5 homers and 14 RBIs. Not the kind of numbers if was producing earlier in his career.

Then there was Vernon Wells who won a Silver Slugger in 2003 with 33 homers, 117 RBIs and a .317 average. The Jays awarded him with a mega contract and Wells slowly fell off the charts. The Jays were fortunate to peddle off his contract in 2011 where he hit just .218 with 25 homers and 66 RBIs. Not quite good value for the money Since Wells is earning $20 million per season.

The Jays are on the hook for Lind at about $4.5 million per season until 2012 when he becomes a free agent unless the Jays pick up a team option which carries until 2016. That's not going to happen.

I don't really have an answer to my own question but then no one else does either. It's a disturbing trend that the Jays need to figure out. You don't want the same thing happening to J.P or Lawrie.

Donna Summer: 1948 - 2012

The Disco Queen is gone.

Keeping up with the "John Travolta is gay" stories

It's getting hard to keep track of all the guys John Travolta has supposedly blown. This beginning to look like a gay version of the Tiger Woods scandal.

The latest claim is that he once tried to perform a sex act on his Grease co-star, Jeff Conaway. Conaway’s former fiancĂ©e tells the National Enquirer that Conaway was asleep at home in the 1990s, and woke up to Travolta giving him oral sex. You have to believe it when it's coming from the Enquirer.

More recent developments:
  • Yet another massage therapist tells the Enquirer he had sex with Travolta in 1997 after a massage at the Ritz-Carlton, and that the actor is "experienced" at sex with men.
  • And accuser No. 4 emerges, a gym employee who claims Travolta "groped and fondled him against his will."
  • Meanwhile, accuser No. 1 may have been dropped his first attorney, but he’s now hired Gloria Allred.

It's going to take a lot of money for all these people to disappear. So if you are short of cash just let the Enquirer know Travolta tried to grab your pecker.

I want these wheels

Some Chinese guy with a motorized La-Z-boy. Talk about a relaxing ride.

Lamborghini owner can't handle car ,wrecks it driving fast and furious

I am not a car guy at all. But if you have a Lamborghini, no need to drive it like a douchebag. You don’t need to peel out in the suburbs and wreck it. You know what I mean. Act like you’ve been there before so you don’t have guy filming you and putting your crash all over YouTube.

My candidate for Parent of the Year

Ohio State linebacker chooses law school over the NFL because of concussion fears

Given today's economy, any recent college grad would consider themselves lucky to have two viable options. Andrew Sweat, former linebacker at Ohio State, does have two options, and he's choosing to be a 1L instead of an LB.

He had a chance to make the Cleveland Browns roster as an undrafted free agent, but instead declared on Twitter that he was heading to law school.

Fair enough. Sweat did sustain a concussion in college and if that, plus the ongoing concern surrounding football-related head injuries, has persuaded him that the NFL isn't a good option, then it doesn't seem like it's an unreasonable decision. Not that it would be my place to call it reasonable or unreasonable.


Prank of the year

At his bachelor party this Frenchman was blindfolded and told he was about to make a 50-foot bungee jump.

People who look like their pet week

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

67 year-old man dies while getting lap dances in a strip

El Paso County sheriff's officials said a 67-year-old man died at an El Paso County strip club Friday night.The manager at the Red Parrot strip club said that the man, identified by sheriff's officials as Robert Gene White, was getting lap dances, but when it came time to pay the dancers, he was unresponsive.Employees tried to perform CPR on White and when that didn't work they called emergency responders.was transported to an area hospital and appears to have died from natural causes.

Say what you want about Robert Gene White, but the man died doing what he loved and that’s all anybody could ever really ask. RIP Bobby White.


Man protests All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry for cutting him ff

Say hello to Bill Wisth, America’s new champion of consumer rights. Bill here has taken to protesting against a local fish fry, Chuck’s Place, after the all-you-can-eat restaurant refused to provide all-Bill-can-eat quantities of food.

The Wisconsin establishment holds an all-you-can-eat evening every Friday, and Bill is a regular. Yet trouble arose at one recent evening when Chuck’s Place decided to cut Bill off at 12 pieces of fish. For Bill that's a warm up.

The fish fry offered Bill an additional 8 pieces of fish to take home, but Bill isn't having any of that. Instead, he has now pledged to picket the restaurant every Sunday.

Hey I agree, Chuck you run an "all-you-can-eat". You can't discriminate against 350-lb. customers.

This is why you have to be careful what you say in front of kids

Sign of the day

Man arrested for leaving 17-year-old son alone in car

Police say a Shepherdsville man is facing a misdemeanor charge after he left his 17-year-old son alone in a vehicle while he went inside a bar to drink.

According to an arrest report, 59-year-old James L. Osborne was seen walking into The Electric Cowboy, a bar on Dixie Highway, near Oak Park Drive, early Saturday morning, shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Witnesses say he left a young boy inside his vehicle.

When police arrived, they approached the boy and asked him his age. It was determined that the boy was 17.

Police say they met with Osborne and he told them he had consumed two alcoholic beverages.

"The subject stated he didn't see anything wrong with leaving his son in the car while he drank in the night club," police say. "In his words, 'they were bonding.'"

So this guy is a jerk but how can you seriously arrest him for abandoning a 17 year old?


People who look like their pet week

Hump day hottie

Eva Amuri

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1978-79

Although the Leafs on the ice were a close-knit and talented team led by captain Darryl Sittler, the off-ice escapades of owner Harold Ballard unfortunately continued. Late in the 1978-79 season Roger Neilson was actually fired as head coach by Ballard. There was outrage throughout the players, media, and general public. Ballard then relented partly because he couldn't find a replacement. Ballard wanted Neilson to enter the next game with a paper bag over his head (to be "the mystery coach") but Neilson refused and coached the next game as if nothing had happened.

The Maple Leafs had hit a wall even under Neilson. The team once again finished 3rd in the Adams Division and 5th in the Prince of Wales Conference. After defeating the Atlanta Flames in the Preliminary Round of the playoffs, the Leafs were swept by the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Montreal Canadiens, in the Quarterfinal Round.

After the 1978-79 season, Roger Neilson was again fired and this time Ballard dismissed general manager Jim Gregory as well in a surprising but ill-advised move. Gregory had built a very competitive team despite the meddling of his owner but could not get the Leafs into the Cup finals. During the Gregory era the Leafs qualified for the playoffs eight out of ten years but only advanced beyond the Quarterfinals once.

Sara Eisen of Bloomberg TV caught on air with skirt up (NSFW?)

There has been a lot of speculation around what Sara was doing. I'm sure it's not as bizarre as it appears.

skirtup blooper by zombyguruix

Time for Toronto to get behind the Marlies

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The Toronto Marlies open up the AHL West Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Barons on Thursday. For a city that is starving for a winner and hockey capital of the world, you would think the games in Toronto are sold out.

They are not. I went online and got very good corner seats today. About the same seats I picked up for a game in round 2 against Abbotsford. That game had less than 5,000 people in attendance.

The Marlies are truly Calder Cup contenders. They have won 7 out of 8 playoff games and the only game they lost was more due to rust after eliminating the Rochester Americans so quickly. Ben Scrivens leads all goalies in the playoffs with a 1.66 GAA and .944 SAV%. Jerry D'Amigo is tied for the league lead in goals with 6 in just 8 games. Jake Gardner and Matt Frattin have played big minutes for the Marlies.

Although many names will be recognizable for Leafs fans, they aren't Maple Leafs which is all that matters. I've always said that Toronto has more hockey fans than any city but they are fans of the Leafs. Junior teams and minor league teams based in Toronto have always played in empty arenas. Leafs fans have so much love for their team but none to share.

I can't believe no one in the Blue Jays knew what Roger Clemens was doing

Brian McNamee testimony is critical to the government's perjury case against Roger Clemens. But not just his testimony, he also has physical evidence in the form of a used needle, syringe and steroid ampule he took from ex-pitcher's trash. Whether Clemens is found guilty or not doesn't matter so much. His reputation is tarnished, probably permanently.

McNamee said that he injected Clemens with steroids 8 to 10 times when they were with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, McNamee was the team's strength and conditioning coach and Clemens was collecting Cy Young awards. McNamee said he injected him on multiples occasions when the two men were reunited with the New York Yankees in 2000 and 2001.

Through all this Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays have been pretty quiet. Can you believe that no one knew what these two guys were doing? No one questioned why the pitcher who had been fading was suddenly throwing harder than ever? Likely no one wanted to know.

It doesn't matter that everyone was doing. By looking the other way the Jays were condoning and perhaps enabling cheating. It's disgusting.

Separated couple running against each other for NY Assembly seat

The War of the Roses is erupting on Long Island, where a Nassau County man is set to challenge his estranged wife for state Assembly.

Democrat Michelle Schimel, who currently represents the 16th Assembly district and is running for her fourth term, will face her estranged husband Mark Schimel in the upcoming race this fall.

Married for 32 years, the Schimels have two children, but separated a year ago. They have yet to formally divorce.

Mark Schimel contacted the Nassau County GOP about seeking the Republican nomination to campaign for his wife’s seat several months ago, and the county committee selected him for the Republican nomination last Thursday over two other candidates.

Frank Moroney, chairman of the North Hempstead Republican Committee, told ABC News Mark Schimel assured them he wasn’t running with an agenda to hurt his estranged wife.

Moroney said Mark Schimel was formerly a Republican, registered as a Democrat when his wife sought elected office, and recently returned to the Republican Party. Mark Schimel, who Moroney says is an information technology consultant and also is involved in the collection of rare coins, is currently assembling a campaign team.

“This is a very painful and personal family matter. The Republican Party is taking advantage of it and manipulating the political process. They are using it as an opportunity to drag my personal life into the public. This Assembly seat is a serious office. I will run this campaign as I have every campaign: on the issues, on my record, and on my values. I look forward to continuing to represent the people of New York State,” Michelle Schimel said in a statement.


Man shot by friend while breaking into his house as a prank

A man is recovering after being shot by his best friend in a prank that went wrong.

Cecil County spokesperson Lt. Michael Holmes says the victim in this case was a recent victim of a home burglary and was telling his friend about it and saying that he could easily be a victim as well and that he needed to better secure his home.

The victim went to his friends home early that morning to pull a prank on him, just to show him how unsafe his home was. The victim wiggled a door handle that lead to where his friend and his 9-year-old child were sitting inside.

The shooter quickly grabbed his 9-millimeter handgun and opened the door. The victim rushed inside the home and growled at his friend, at tLinkhat point, the shooter shot his friend in the chest.

Once the shooter realized that he had accidently shot his best friend, he quickly rushed him to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim remains hospitalized.

Holmes say the shooter isn't facing any charges at this time.


Man shoots friend in leg at his request

Authorities say a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it feels like to be shot.

State police in St. Lawrence County say the shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday in the rural town of Stockholm when 25-year-old Shawn Mossow of neighboring Norfolk relented to his friend's repeated requests and shot him once in the right leg with a .22-caliber rifle.

The 24-year-old man from Norfolk is expected to make a full recovery. Police haven't released his name.

Mossow was charged with reckless endangerment. He's being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail. It could not be immediately determined if he had a lawyer.


You got to love John Tortorella press conferences

Woman arrested for trying to burn down boyfriend's house while on bail for trying to burn down boyfriend's house


Christina Beasley, a 23-year-old North Carolina woman was jailed for allegedly trying to burn down her boyfriend's house....a second time.

According to police, Beasley attempted to burn down her boyfriend's home after she had bailed out of jail for the exact same crime.

Investigators say Beasley had been charged in December with second-degree arson and burning personal property after she allegedly tried to set her boyfriend's home on fire. The damage was estimated to be $10,000.

When Beasley was released on bail, her boyfriend reportedly invited her to return to his home. On Tuesday, the boyfriend asked Beasley to leave his home following an argument.

In retaliation, Beasley piled firewood up against the boyfriend's home and tried to ignite it.

Beasley was booked into jail and charged with first-degree arson and injury to real property.

You have to give Christina an "A" for persistence. But if I was the boyfriend's insurer, I'd be couriering over a policy cancellation ASAP.


People who look like their pet week

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dougie Hamilton will make the Kessel trade look worse

Tim Fraser for National Post

Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs was named the Ontario Hockey League's defenceman of the year Tuesday.

Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37.

The Boston Bruins' first-round draft pick scored 17 goals and finished tied for third overall in the league with 55 assists, which included a league-high 30 assists recorded on the power play.

The 18-year-old from Toronto was taken ninth overall by the Bruins at the 2011 NHL draft and earned a bronze for Canada at the 2012 world junior hockey championship. Hamilton was the other first round pick traded by the Leafs for Phil Kessell. The other first rounder was Tyler Seguin. The Bruins also got a second round pick, Jared Knight.

It doesn't really matter how well Kessel plays, he is not going to be able to outplay three blue chip prospects. It's the trade that keeps on giving.

That's racist all right

Black magic causes man to be stuck inside another man's wife

A Kenyan man was recently caught with his manhood stucked inside another man’s wife.

Apparently, the two having been having regular affairs for a while.

The woman’s husband who got to know about the ongoing affair used black magic (charms) on her in order to exposure their evil act.

The woman’s husband had suspected she was cheating on him, so he visited a witchdoctor who applied black magic on the wife, causing the cheating man to get stuck inside her during the act.

On a fateful day which will mark the beginning of their shame, the two got stucked into each other for several hours.

The police could not rescue the man from the black magic, and the husband in blue jeans and white T-Shirt refused to be persuaded.

A large crowd swelled outside to witness the drama, as police ran out of options on how to help the two. The cheating man finally agreed to pay the husband Sh20,000 in compensation. Then a local pastor was called in to pray and the two were finally separated.

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Being blonde and drunk are a deadly combination

This drunk blonde girl decided that the best place to continue drinking was on a flimsy window awning that looks like it could barely support the weight of her beer can let alone all of her.

After attempting to advise her against it, the girl's drinking buddy gives up and pulls out a cellphone camera, declaring that he plans to keep filming until she drops, "'cause it's only a matter o' time."

Shortly after countering with confidence that "it's not gonna drop," his words came true. Ouch!

This ain't Yu Darvish's sister

I get the point of parading out hot women at sporting events. But why bother handing them a ball and glove. It would be like asking me to sing - a total disaster. She wasn't even throwing from the mound. She must have been 20 feet from the plate.

Pseudo's third round Stanley Cup playoff predictions

Well I was only 1-3 in the second round and 6-6 overall in my predictions. A typical playoff year for me. By round three it gets difficult to watch games unless one of your favourite teams is still alive. The weather gets too nice and the calibre of the hockey begins to deteriorate. Defensive teams often go deeper in the playoffs and the teams are so banged up that there is little entertainment value left. In fact that's what happened in the second round. The New York - Washington series was more of a shot blocking clinic.

After watching so many major markets drop out early in the playoffs, there must have been a sigh of relief in the NHL offices to see New York and Los Angeles survive this fall. In fact they would have to be favoured to make it to the finals. I had originally picked Nashville to win the Cup. Looking at the current group of survivors I would have to go with the Kings. They've only lost one game in two rounds so not only are they on a roll but well rested. They may not be the best team in the NHL but right now they are playing like the best team and that's all the matters.

NY Rangers (1) vs. New Jersey (6)

The Rangers have squeaked by two lower seeded opponents (8th place Ottawa and 7th place Washington) having to go the full 7 games in both series. There hasn't been much offense there and the Rangers have had to rely on Henrik Lundqvist to get them there. But to be honest championships are built on outstanding goaltending. In round 2 Brad Richards came to life and was often the difference. The same cannot be said for Marian Gaborik. Meanwhile Martin Brodeur at 40 is right now looking like Martin Brodeur at 25. But the Devils are not just relying on goaltending but some pretty potent scorers. This is not the same Devils teams of 10 years ago. With Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise there is a lot of firepower. Right now Kovalchuk is a leading contender for the Conn Smythe trophy and a lock if the Devils move on,

Rangers in 7.

Phoenix (3) vs. Los Angeles (8)

You don't see 8th seeded teams go this deep very often but the Kings are not an ordinary 8th place team. This was supposed to be a Cup contender but struggled for the first half of the season. They are now playing to their full potential. They finished the regular season 9-2-3 and rolled over the top two seeds in the West Dustin Brown has emerged as the type of dynamo needed to go all the way. Another Conn Smythe candidate. The Kings are getting great goaltending, scoring and defense. This is not a team that is overachieving. On the other hand, it could be argued that the Coyotes are the Cinderella team of the 2012 playoffs. Certainly there is a lot of team chemistry, grit and some great goaltending from Mike Smith. In games the Coyotes are bent but do not break. Funny how the Coyotes have gotten their last two goalies on waivers and both Smith and Ilya Bryzgalov have carried the Coyotes into the playoffs for 3 straight seasons. Meanwhile the Leafs can't buy a decent goalie and haven't been in the playoffs in 8 years.

Kings in 5.

People who look like their pet week

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Great commercial

Blind man wins legal battle to shoot guns

A blind New Jersey man is declaring victory in a legal battle over his gun collection.

A blind gun collector can keep his gun permit and will have the weapons previously seized from his house by police returned to him, following a judge’s order handed down Friday in Superior Court in Morristown.

Steven Hopler, 49, of Rockaway Township won the latest battle in an ongoing war over his Second Amendment rights. The Morris County Prosecutor's office had asked Judge Thomas Manahan to revoke Hopler’s firearms ID card and seize all guns in his possession, arguing Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others by being a gun owner.

Hopler's attorney, Gregg Trautmann, said, "First it was, ‘He can’t own guns because he’s blind.’ Now they tried, ‘you’re a habitual drunkard and we think it’s improper because you’re a habitual drunkard.’" .

Hopler testified last month he drinks no more than two beers a day, countering the testimony of his ex-tenant, Kenneth Struck, an admitted burglar, who claimed Hopler would sometimes drink a 30-pack in one night.

The most recent legal scuffle began in 2008 when Hopler, who became legally blind as a result of diabetes in 1991, shot himself in the shin while cleaning one of his guns.

Police responded to his home and seized numerous guns in plain view, leaving behind those guns stored in Hopler’s safe.


Sign of the day

Happy Mother's Day

Hot Jewish women my mother would have approved of week

Bar Refaeli was born into an Israeli Jewish family in Hod HaSharon, Israel. She is an Israeli icon although she comes under some criticism for having avoided military service.