Organized Sports Stanley Cup Finals Recap: We Goin’ to See the Kangs

Dustin Brown.

The Los Angeles Kings have an American-born captain who is a defensive power forward. Sounds familiar, Blues fans.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

It is mid-June, and the National Hockey League is done until October. Let’s re some cap after the jump. Continue reading

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Organized Sports Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Conference Finals Recap, Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

Potential Stanley Cup winning goaltender and handsome dude, Henrik Lundqvist

Potential Stanley Cup winning goaltender and handsome dude, Henrik Lundqvist

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

Welcome, sports journalists and pundits who only pay attention to hockey once a year, then tout how the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the best sports has to offer. As you jump on the bandwagon, I happily jump off. But not before I make my prediction, after the jump. Continue reading

Organized Sports 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Grading the Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

Joel Quenneville

The only man who can stop the Blackhawks from a second Cup in four years.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. I thought the Blackhawks would choke it off and Jonathan Quick would steal another one, and I thought the star-laden Penguins would steamroll their way through the Boston Bruins. Oh well. Likely inaccurate Finals pick and recaps after the jump.

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Organized Sports: Grading the Stanley Cup Finals and Additional Thoughts

Kings Stanley Cup Finals

Get used to it, Los Angeles. You’re apparently a hockey town now!

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

Nearly halfway into June and it’s over. The Los Angeles Kings are the Stanley Cup champions, the first eight-seed to ever hold that honor. A team that barely made the postseason dominated the opposition without a single bit of trouble until up three games in the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost two straight for the first time before finally closing it out. Thoughts after the jump.

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Organized Sports: Nobody in America Watches the NHL and I Understand Why

devils fans

These guys like hockey.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

I get it. For a long time, as a diehard hockey fan, someone who went to games as far back as I can remember, who played the sport as a kid and a teenager, who even had a falling out with the sport and was successfully won back with the high quality of post-lockout play, I finally understand why no one watches hockey on television. What made me have this bold epiphany? What gave me this new insight into the viewing habits of sports fans in America?

I hate soccer.

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Organized Sports: The Stanley Cup Finals, Berman Style

Chris Berman

“Back back back back back back back back back….”

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

In honor of the beginning of the Stanley Cup Finals, and the complete lack of coverage of hockey by ESPN, I will now bag on ESPN’s favorite son, Chris Berman, by making Chris Berman nicknames for all of the players participating in the Stanley Cup Finals for each team. Here goes.

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Organized Sports NHL Playoff Predictions: Grading the Conference Finals, Predicting the Stanley Cup Finals

Stanley Cup bikini girl

A scene a few weeks into the future, when the Kings win the Stanley Cup.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

The Western and Eastern Conference Champions have been determined, and if at the beginning of the playoffs you had the Kings and the Devils vying for the Cup, you were probably insane. If you had the matchup at the beginning of the season, maybe less so—the Kings were expected to make a push after the addition of Mike Richards, and the Devils have the mix of young stars and experience that makes a good blueprint for a championship hockey club. The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight. Let’s see how it’ll shake out, after the jump.

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