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: Second Round Recap, Conference Final Predictions

Yes, he has been playing since the original Jets existed.

Yes, he has been playing since the original Jets existed.

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 must admit I didn’t watch nearly as much of this round as I did the first, after the Blues’ elimination and the escalation of the NBA playoffs. But that won’t stop me from grading my previous predictions, making some more, and taking a few more potshots at the failures of my hometown Blues. Continue reading

Organized Sports Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: First Round Recap, Second Round Predictions

In Canada, you can say this and be absolved of murder charges.

In Canada, you can say this and be absolved of murder charges.

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. 

As soon as the first round ends, the second has already begun. I made some predictions, some right and some wrong. Let’s review and hit the new, after the jump.

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Organized Sports: Stanley Cup Layoffs – Round One

Someone had already thought of my joke.

Someone had already thought of my joke.

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.

Organized Sports makes its long-awaited, triumphant return with everything you need to know about who will (possibly, maybe, probably not?) be victorious in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the best postseason in sports. Said playoffs begin tonight in earnest (well, they actually begin in the hockey hotbed of Tampa, Florida, but who’s counting?), so here are the Fully Reconditioned predictions.

This year is the debut of a new format, with divisional playoffs before the conference finals, with the top three teams in each division, and then two “Wild Card” teams making the playoffs rather than the top eight from each conference. It’s a slight return to the way things used to be, but with a modern twist, which also results in one of the divisions being named the Metropolitan Division. Said division contains such gleaming metropolises as Columbus and wherever the fuck the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils play. One day I will view their shimmering spires.

It also means that there was an actual incentive to win the divisions, keeping the regular season slightly more meaningful than it has been in the past. That being said, the real season begins here. Predictions and sour feelings about the author’s hometown St. Louis Blues after the jump.

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Organized Sports: 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions – The First Round

Stanley Cup

This is how I’m livin’, dog.

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 lockout-shortened hockey season resulted in a race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs that extended even beyond the planned final day of the regular season, as the marathon bombing and its aftermath in Boston pushed a game to the Sunday after the season was supposed to end, with the result giving us the seeding we have for the first round matchups in the East.

The lockout-shortened hockey season also resulted in this die-hard hockey fan watching the least hockey he has since getting back into the sport after a loss of interest following the previous lockout, which wiped out an entire season. As a St. Louis Blues fan, I didn’t watch an entire hockey game that didn’t involve my home team, and because of the scheduling this year, that means my Eastern Conference predictions (Western teams only played Western opponents, same with the East, due to the lesser number of games) will be even less informed than usual. Perhaps that means I’ll actually get them right for once.

Hockey playoff pixies after the jump.

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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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Organized Sports: NHL Playoff Predictions – The First Round

Stanley Cup

Lord Stanley's Cup stirs a bit upon receiving a little kiss. Yes, I am 12.

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.

Like Terrell Owens once rapped terribly, I’m back. Organized Sports returns from the hinterlands just in time for one of the best sports months of the year. In April, Major League Baseball returns, causing thousands of terrible sportswriters to wistfully remember fictionalized accounts of their dads pulling them out of school for a day to attend an afternoon game in which Old Willie Juicebox gutted out a game-changing triple against the Rochester Housecats. But while, outside of all the sentimental garbage, the opening of baseball season is undoubtedly great, the true excitement around these parts comes with the beginning of the playoffs in two of the four major team sports. The NBA playoffs won’t start as early as usual due to the lockout-augmented season, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the NHL begin today, which means, if you haven’t been paying attention, it’s time to watch hockey again!

Organized Sports will be making predictions throughout both the NHL and NBA playoff seasons, starting now. Unlike the hockey broadcast media (NHL on NBC, NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and NHL Network, we will be acknowledging that teams besides the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins actually exist by beginning with the Western Conference, after the jump!

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