NHL UPDATE & NEW POLL UP:
Besides the new links I put up, I also have a new poll up speculating on where the 2011 NHL Winter Classic will take place. Feel free to vote and add to some of the speculation yourself.
[Thanks to design czar and Pi Guy over at Correspondence Committee for walking me through some of the blogspot features and how to use them. I told them at the time they'd probably have an easier time into talking a border collie into landing a 767 with jammed landing gear- NANESB!]
The Bruins in the last 10 days:
@ Los Angeles- 3-4 L(SO)
Ottawa- 1-5 L
Columbus- 2-3 L
Ottawa- 1-2 L
@ Carolina- 1-5 L
In that span of time, the Bruins have dropped from 2nd to 4th place in the Division, being overtaken by Ottawa and Montreal and are now 13 points behind division leader Buffalo. This includes getting hammered by the last place teams in the Central and Southeastern Divisions (Carolina and Columbus). The Bruins don't play again until Friday when they travel to the HSBC Arena to take on division-leading Buffalo Sabres.
So....yeah. The last week plus has pretty much sucked as far as that was concerned, but I'll try not to distract myself with more ocular sweetness.
OK- that didn't last long.
On the other hand, the NFL Conference Championship weekend turned out to be pretty good. Despite all the bold predictions from Rex Ryan and despite the early 17-6 lead, the Indianapolis Colts came from behind and shut the Jets out in the second half to win 27-17 and advance to their second Superbowl in three seasons.
However, the instant classic was the showdown in New Orleans with Drew Brees and the Saints hosting Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. The game was knotted at 28-28 with the clock ticking down in regulation, the Vikings had the ball at the first and ten on the Saints' 33 yard line. However, the ball was handed off to Adrian Petersen and Chester Taylor for no gain, then the Vikings were flagged for 12 men on the field, putting the ball on the 38 yard line, putting the potential game-winning filed goal out of Ryan Longwell's range. However it was all academic as Brett Farve desperately chucked the ball with a sidearm throw that wound up intercepted by Saints DB Tracy Porter, sending the game into overtime. The Saints won the coin toss and methodically marched down the field after the kickoff return started them on their own 39 yard line, including a 4th down conversion that drew a lengthy review from officials in the booth. Replacing long-time veteran John Carney earlier in the season, Garret Hartley came on for the Saints' 40 yard FG attempt, which connected and catapulted New Orleans to its first ever Superbowl.
So there you have it- most of the teams that got bounced out earlier in the playoffs left with a whimper and we now have a New Orleans/Indianapolis Superbowl. Seems like this was the way it should be when both teams were making their undefeated runs earlier in the season.
OTHER NFL NEWS: Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger have declined invitations to this years Pro Bowl. The game will be played January 31, 2010 in Miami, FL. This marks the first time the NFL's All Star game hasn't taken place in Hawaii.
A group calling itself the Women's Media Center is demanding CBS pull an ad featuring Florida quarterback Tim Tiebow and his mother that is slated to air during the Super Bowl. The ad is paid for by Focus on the Family which the National Association of Women and Feminist Majority complain will likely carry an anti-abortion message.
NBA: The Celtics are doing considerably better than the Bruins, although that's not saying much at this point. Still, as of today, they're riding a 2-game winning streak coming off home wins against the Portland Trailblazers and LA Clippers, beating LA 95-89
Archie Andrews is expected to return from Riverdale after missing the last two games with a separated shoulder....oh wait...that's Brian Scalabrine. Anywhoo, Scalabrine is slated to be in the lineup for Thursday night's game at Orlando.