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: January 16, 2010 1:03 am

11 Minute Football Games

While watching the NFL's divisional playoff games this weekend, you may have more time to go to the refrigerator than you think.

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four games from week 16, the average NFL game features just 10 minutes 43 seconds of action. Commercials account for nearly 60 minutes of the three hour affairs. And when the networks are showing the game, the bulk of the time is spent either on replays or shots of players huddling, in pre-snap formations or "milling about."

The beauty of football is in the controlled chaos of those 120 or so snaps. Eleven men on one side trying to advance the ball while 11 men on the other try to stop it. That's the appeal of the game. 

Plus, in dramatic contests, the inaction is sometimes as exciting as the action. Football can maintain the drama throughout that 164 minutes of inactivity. Some of the best moments are in the build-up to the 4th and short or as the clock ticks down when a quarterback marches his team down the field. The 10 minutes and 43 seconds are what we watch for, but without the other time there'd be no context with which to enjoy it.

Some other highlights from the piece:

-- No, you're not just imagining things: Networks do show Brett Favre more often. In the Monday Night Football game studies by the WSJ's researchers, ESPN showed 41 percent more replays than other networks. A producer said it was because Favre is a "move the meter guy."

-- FOX shows the fewest replays and most shots of the sidelines.

-- Some producers only care about the cheerleaders if they're from the Dallas Cowboys.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, playoffs
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