Skip down if you don’t like hockey. Or if you hate America.
There is a big matchup in the gold medal game of the World Juniors tonight. Team USA plays Canada at 7 p.m. on NHL Network. This is a terrific tournament. Canadians especially are into it. I happen to live with a Canadian, so I too have become a big fan.
(It is going to get damned tense in the Falcon household tonight. Someone will be sleeping on the couch).
It is a great chance to see the NHL stars of tomorrow, root for your country and also see some high quality hockey. Team USA has already beaten Canada once on Dec. 31 but the Canadians have improved every game. The US has been very good in this tournament every year but has not been able to beat Russia until this year (suck it, Putin) and has not won gold since Flames star Johnny Gaudreau led them to the title in 2013.
This year’s team lacks the superstar type player like Johnny Hockey or Auston Mathews, who led last year’s group to bronze. (They might have been the best team in the tournament. Completely outplayed those damned Russians in the semis but lost) but there are some seriously good players, including future Minnesota Wild star Jordan Greenway and future Maple Leaf Jeremy Bracco (Yes, I had to make it about the Leafs). Plus, the US continues to crank out terrific goalies. This will be a lot of fun to watch and since there is not much else going on in the sports world…If you love America, tune in and check it out. If you hate America? I am sure there is some Communist sport on somewhere you can watch.
By the way, if you want to watch the game at a place where people know and love hockey and want to be in a great atmosphere, check out The Maple Leaf Pub tonight. It will be rocking.
Here he goes again: I have to admit, Bill O’Brien does something every day that makes me dislike him even more. O’Brien is arrogant, smug, narcissistic and acts like he is the smartest person to ever live. He constantly either lies or tries to downplay issues, like Sunday’s blowup with Brock Osweiler. If O’Brien were in any other industry, he would be fired for his actions and attitude. (Not to mention his job performance. Finally, the rest of the world realizes he is not some offensive guru).
O’Brien thinks the rest of us are stupid. When he got into it on the sideline with Larry Izzo on national TV, he lied about it then said it was just a disagreement. Most football coaches are arrogant A holes, so that’s to be expected. But O’Brien is a megalomaniac with borderline anger management issues.
A lot of coaches are that way. But his biggest flaw is stubbornness. He refuses to admit mistakes and make changes. That comes from believing you are infallible. Until O’Brien realizes that and starts self evaluating, this team will never reach its potential.
In case you missed it…A really good piece from Lamont Mann on Houston fans and their weird love for individual trophies. Judging from Twitter he struck a nerve. Houston has had three MVP candidates in the past few years — James Harden, J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve — and the fan base seems more interested in those somewhat meaningless races than team success.
Also Chris Campese debuted on the site with a nice off-season rundown of the Astros.
Speaking of individuals…Jeff Bagwell appears poised to make the baseball Hall of Fame. It’s weird that Craig Biggio got in before him — Bagwell was always the better player — but it looks like it is going to happen. It also appears Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are making strides as the anti-PED crew starts to come to its senses…
UH update: Kelvin Sampson has the Cougars playing really good basketball. Missing one of their best players, they got past Tulsa last night. The Coogs are 12-3, 3-0 in conference and have a monster game with Cincinnati on Saturday at Hofheinz/the future Fertitta Center. Worth your time if you are looking for something to do.
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A Catholic priest walks into an orgy…: I can’t decide if this guy is a player or a terrible human being. I will let you decide. (I’m leaning to the latter). But if you are a Priest, banging your parishioners, holding orgies and pimping out said parishioners…Hey, at least it wasn’t little boys. (Too soon?).
QUOTE OF THE DAY
In honor of Bill O’Brien…
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
— Friedrich Nietzsche (I call him “Freddy”)
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