The Leafs will play playoffs games in HD for the first time in franchise history.
Well, on the bright side, Stephen Strasburg will be nice and fresh for the 2013 season.
"Get in here, everyone get in here… Look into each other eyes, now! Look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on, and no matter what happens we must not give in. We owe it to each other, play for each other. I need one more day with you guys. I need to see what Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs. Play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left."
— Reverand Hunter Pence
Folks, this is playoff baseball.
"It was all part of the plan."
— Billy Beane
And on the final day of the 2012 season the Oakland A’s rally from a 5-1 deficit to sweep the Texas Rangers and capture the AL West title. A team full of rookies out playing the best team of the regular season. If you squint a little bit and back away from your screen you could convince yourself Yoenis Cespedes is a right handed Mr. October.
Called up the homies and I’m askin’ y’all
Which park, are y’all playin’ basketball?
Get me on the court and I’m trouble
Last week messed around and got a triple double.
Freakin’ brothers every way like M.J.
I can’t believe, today was a good day.
— Ice Cube, It Was A Good Day (Remix)
"I didn’t think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us. He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan."
— Larry Bird
Michael Jordan looked to capitalize on his Rookie of the Year campaign during the 1985-86 season. Things started off swimmingly with a wins over the Cavaliers and Pistons. In the third game of the season at Golden State Jordan broke his foot. The second year star would be sidelined for months.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics were fielding the greatest team ever. Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Walton off the bench. They were a dominant team that tallied an incredible 67-15 regular season record and an even more remarkable 40-1 record in the Boston Garden.
After his injury Michael was encouraged to sit out the rest of the season but against doctors wishes he decided to test his foot. At the tail end of the season the Bulls gave him limited playing minutes and he played in the final 15 games of the season. Chicago squeaked into the playoffs with a 30-52 record. Their first round opponent, the Boston Celtics.
In the first game of the series Michael scored 49 but Boston’s team was too much and C’s won 123-104. This was only the appetizer. For Game 2 the Bulls returned to the Garden and MJ put on a show. He set a playoff record by scoring a dizzying 63 points against the team. It took two overtimes but Boston would pull out the victory 135-131.
"Michael was doing so much and so well, I found myself just wanting to stop and watch him — and I was playing."
— John Paxson
(Source: Sports Illustrated)
It’s finally here, the NBA playoffs. Seems funny to say “finally” after a lockout shortened season but these past few weeks of the regular season seemed to drag a bit. But now we’re onto the second season and to celebrate Nike is rollong out a special line of elite footwear. Nike always sweats the details and this is no exception.
Home and Away colors are the inspiration for the elegant white and black base of the shoes; as the trophy is the inspiration behind the gold details spread throughout the series. Each style of the Nike Basketball Elite Series worn on court will initially display a Swoosh design in team colors. As the playoffs evolve, Nike will replace the team-colored Swoosh with a gold one for the Finals.
We are so ready for the playoffs.
A lot can change in two decades. 21 years ago the Soviet Union broke up and the United States was led by President George H. W. Bush. Microsoft released MS Dos 5.0 and Tim Berners-Lee introduced the web browser. It was also the year of Rodney King, Nirvana Nevermind and The Silence of the Lambs. Do you know what hasn’t changed in the past two decades? The Detroit Red Wings in the NHL playoffs.
For 21 consecutive years the Red Wings have earned a chance to compete in the playoffs. The pinnacle of consistency. The next-longest active streak in the NHL belongs to the Shark’s string of seven years. How about when compared to the other major sports. In the NBA the Spurs have been to the playoffs for the past 14 years. In the MLB the Phillies are tops with five years in a row. And in the NFL where parity is king the Baltimore Ravens own the longest streak with four trips to the post season.
It’s amazing to consider — 21 straight playoff berths. Detroit has been dominant. During this run the Red Wings have won 14 division titles, six Presidents’ Trophies, six conference championships and four Stanley Cups.
I’m not sure who is officially responsible for the Brewer’s “Beast Mode" celebration but consider me a fan. Who would be surprised if it were a Nyjer Morgan creation? It just seems like something Tony Plush would be behind. I may even prefer the Beast to the Cardinal’s rally squirrel. Even Aaron Rodgers has fallen prey to the Brew Crew’s charm. He was caught pulling mini Beast Mode of his own on Sunday Night Football.
Roy Halladay, respectfully, when asked about the Cardinals: “I came here to bury Caesar, not praise him.”
I don’t know how but I completely forgot about this Matt Hasselbeck moment until Bobby Bernethy brought back this reminder. From 1998 to 2000 Matt Hasselbeck served as Brett Favre’s backup. So when the Seahawks went to Lambeau field for a 2004 wild-card game there was a lot of familiarity between the two teams.
The game went into overtime and a giddy Matt Hasselbeck jogged out to midfield for the coin toss. Seattle won the flip and Matt Hasselbeck, brimming with confidence, yelled out “We want the ball and we’re gonna score.” Microphones picked up his words making sure that everyone in the stadium and at home heard the proclamation.
During Seattle’s second overtime possession Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception to the Packers’ Al Harris. He returned the pick 52 yards for a touchdown and the Packers won 33-27. Here’s a piece of Hasselbeck’s post game press conference.
Here’s your Stanley Cup Final stat of the night. Game four of this series was Bobby Orr Night at TD Garden. Bobby Orr wore number four on his sweater and the Bruins wound up beating the Canucks 4-0.
Game three just happened to be Cam Neely night, who wore number eight. The Bruins cruised by the Canucks with a massive 8-1 victory. Tonight is Milt Schmidt night. Do you know what number he wore? 15. Yup, fifteen. And after only one period Boston leads 4-0. If history is any indication it’s going to be a long night for Vancouver.
Kendrick Perkins does not celebrate three-pointers. Look at all those smiling happy faces. And then look at Perk.
Perk is 26 going on 76. He’s Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino” – the old man sitting on the front porch, glaring at the neighbor kids every time they wander too close to his flower bed, the aging patriarch who polices the block and protects his own.
— Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
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