The NHL Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will feature a couple of retired Detroit Red Wings. Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov will both go in to hockey’s Hall of Fame. We, as hockey fans, knew that Nicklas Lidstrom was a no brainer first ballot Hall of Famer. I mean, he won seven Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman and four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings.
He was the best defenseman I ever watched on the ice for all of the hockey I watched. Lidstrom never made many mistakes when he was back on the blue line. Sergei Fedorov was Nick’s longtime teammate and he also made it on his first try on the ballot. I have to believe to some hockey fans that is a mild surprise. However, when you look at Sergei’s hockey numbers of 483 goals and 969 assists in 1,248 career hockey games, you can see why he is going into the Hall of Fame. Remember, Red Wings fans, all that speed Fedorov could skate with on the ice and his awesome puck handling skills?
It’s a down-right shame he couldn’t stand being in Steve Yzerman’s shadow here in Detroit and that is why he left the Motor City to play elsewhere. The other Hall of Famers going in are Phil Housley, Chris Pronger, Bill Hay, Angela Ruggiero, and Peter Karmanos Jr.
A win is a win
The Women’s 2015 World Cup semifinals started Tuesday as the USA took on Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The USA has not been that impressive in these World Cup games, however, they have managed to keep winning and that is the bottom line; winning and moving on. The USA had its feet full (get it…instead of hands) to defeat the Germans, but got the job done 2-0 to move on to the finals on Sunday. The other semifinal was between Japan and England yesterday after this column went to press. The World Cup finals will be played on Sunday July 5. Let’s hope the US can win it all!
Motor City Kitties struggle
The Detroit Tigers continue to struggle on the ball diamond. They just don’t seem like they can put all the pieces together and develop a nice long winning streak.
There are nights the pitching lets them down like the performance of Annibal Sanchez the other night. The offense seems to struggle way too much for my liking with all that power in the middle of their lineup. Then, throw in the Kansas City Royals, who just keep winning baseball games every time I look at the standings. I know many baseball fans thought the Kansas City Royals were going to be a flash in the pan after making the World Series last season.
They lost pitcher James “Big Game” Shields and Kansas City doesn’t even need him to be brutally honest. The fact that the bullpen is so darned solid is why the Royals continue to stay on top of the American League Central Division lead. I really don’t think the Detroit Tigers will catch them, either. Is it total reality that the Tigers are playing for a wildcard spot here in 2015? My answer is, yes.
I believe they can win the wildcard spot. The division winner will be the Kansas City Royals, however. I think that Justin Verlander is going to be a total waste of a season on the mound here in 2015. I really hope I am wrong, but I don’t think I will be.
A King’s ransom
The LeBron James saga continues in Cleveland as he opts out of his contract in Cleveland. I say, don’t worry Cleveland fans, he is not going anywhere. He knows the salary cap next season is being increased so it’s totally a financial move by LeBron James.
And the winner is…
Congratulations to Bubba Watson, who won the Traveler’s Championship on the second playoff hole. Watson had a three-shot lead, but blinked and had to play Paul Casey, who crumbled under the pressure sending his bunker shot across the green. Watson needed to hit his eight-foot putt for the win as he watched Casey burst into flames under the pressure. That’s golf for you, folks! firstname.lastname@example.org