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Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Rangers vs Caps Round 1

*This is all coming from a Rangers fan*

Why The Rangers Will Win: There is 2 reason why the Rangers will win. First off, its the King, Henrik Lundqvist. He has been a top goalie all year and even career long. He has also had postseason and Olympic success. He works well under pressure and can shutout any opponent (he has 2 SO against the Capitals already). The other reason is the teams ability to overcome adversity and play as a team. This team is a very physical team and there "big guy" Brandon Prust will go up against anyone if it helps spark the team. The Rangers penalty killing isn't only good but they also have the ability to score the short-handed goal. 

Why The Capitals Will Win: This team can lit up the scoreboard on any given night and with Mike Green coming back, it just makes them more lethal. He doesn't help the team too much defensively, but offensively, he really adds another aspect. 

Why The Rangers Will Lose: They just won't score enough and there young defensive corps will falter. The King will also struggle due to fatigue after playing 26 straight games. 

Why The Capitals Will Lose: The pressure. This team was the best team in the East again. last year they succumbed and lost to the Canadiens after leading 3 games to 1. Another reason is that Ovi will continue to struggle to score vs. the Rangers as he has no goals in the 4 games that have happened in the regular season. 

My Prediction: I think the regular season told a lot. I'll give this to the Rangers in 4 games. (Before you all attack me read the note on the top of this post). I think they have enough to win and the fact the Capitals haven't shown any good success against the Rangers this year. Also on a side note, the Rangers were up 3 games to 1 in 2009 but that was a long time ago. Neither team is the same. 

Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:05 pm
 

The Pretty Boys

Has it ever occurred to you when watching a football game that the refs call roughing the passer for no reason? or they miss a call on the QB? Has it ever occurred to you when watching a hockey game, why there was no penalty on that hook/trip? or why there was a penalty? Has it ever occurred to you why there was no call on that strike 3 or why that runner was safe during a baseball game? Has it ever occurred to you while watching a basketball game why there was no travel call or why there was a foul? These days there are certain athletes which are considered the best by reputation and refs/umps tend to give them a edge in the calls. I call these players "The Pretty Boys".


MLB: I know many guys would disagree including every Cardinals fan out there but its got to be Albert Pujols. I could have easily gone with 2 Yankees in Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez or even Joe Mauer but he is MY choice. This guy has the potential to be the greatest first basemen by the time he retires and deservingly so. He excels both offensively and defensively. Umpires during games almost become fans of him whe it comes to those borderline pitchers are those close plays at first. For the majority of the time, the call goes his way. He doesn't strike out often as he has a "fear factor" but when he does it is hardly because he struck out looking. 


NBA: This title will also go to the King of the NBA in Lebron James. Again almost everyone will disagree including every Cavaliers fan out there but he does get his way. He has gotten away with more travels than I can recall. He drives to the hope with such strength and beauty than any contact made in there is almost called a foul which results in a 3-point play. He did one technical this year but that can from ranting about not getting a call. He normally gets his way and since I am a Knicks fan (sadly right now), I hope he comes to the Big Apple. 


NHL: I don't know if he is the king of the NHL but its Sidney Crosby. I will have the entire Penguins team on my trail now since I am a Rangers fan and I am picking on their best player. He will get away with penalties and he will force non-penalties. Its almost as if the refs try to protect him too much. I could have gone with Alex Ovechkin but Ovi fights his battles and he is a much more physical player than Crosby. I rarely see Crosby checking a player hard into the boards or dropping the gloves. 


NFL: Again I will attract plenty of haters since I am a Jets fan and I am attacking the Patriots but I'm saying Tom Brady. Ever since that knee injury, he is being treated like a king back there. Any contact late by a split second is being called as a roughing the passer. Any hit which can be considered slightly low is being called. When he complains about a pass interference call, he gets it. Now there might be people saying its Peyton Manning but it can't be him since he hardly gets hit! 


So there you have it. The 4 big "Pretty Boys" in Albert Pujols, Lebron James, Sidney Crosby and Tom Brady. This isn't anything against how they play on the field since these are 4 great players in their sports. This has nothing to do with how they perform off the field, this is just my personal opinion.
 
 
 
 
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