The Red Wings are flying high against the Phoenix Coyotes in round one of the NHL playoffs. The Wings are one game away (Wednesday night) from getting out the brooms and sweeping the boys from Phoenix under the ice.
Detroit has dominated all three games except for period number one in game one and period number three in game two. Detroit had a 4-0 lead in game two, but had to hold on for a 4- 3 victory. It is nice to see the “MULE” Johan Franzen on another playoff roll. He has the magic touch come playoff time.
The goaltending situation looks to be a little more steady here in 2011. Jimmy Jeff Day — Sports Howard looks more comfortable and more confident between the pipes. He must have a nice April, May and June if the Wings are to hoist Lord Stanley. How about the brilliance of Pavel Datsyuk? What a heck of a hockey player he is for the men of the Winged Wheels. He is Houdini with the hockey puck, and his hockey stick. Pavel is carrying the load for Henrik Zetterberrg while he is out with a lower body injury (hockey injury playoff talk). The whole NHL knows it’s his knee for Cripes sake.
The NHL can kiss my tail about this octopie tossing fine, too! It’s hockey tradition in Hockeytown and always will be. I love the fact the players offered to pay the fines. I say toss one right at commissioner Gary Bettman, right in the mouth. Red Wings fans, keep on tossing the octopie! Go Wings.
The Tigers have headed out West and held their own between the chalk lines with a series split two games apiece in Oakland and then won game one in Seattle. I would love to see a sweep of the Mariners, but winning two of three would suffice. I like what I am seeing from Max Scherzer on the bump so far. He is a solid 3-0 and pitching well. The same can be said for Justin Verlander. The bullpen is holding its own, so no complaints there. Alex Avilia is also swinging a good bat at the catcher’s position. Let’s all hope Victor Martinez’s groin injury isn’t to serious. Victor is an important piece in this Tigers’ lineup. He needs to protect Miguel from being pitched around by the opposing teams. The Tigers’ season is so far so good in my opinion, but it’s still early.
The NFL football regular season schedule was released Tuesday night. That is if there is an NFL season, so let’s just assume there will be one. I believe no games will be missed here in 2011. The players want to play and the owners need them to play in order to make money. The Lions open on the road against the Tampa Bay Bucs in game one. Hey, the Lions won there last season on the road. Wow, it will be hot in Tampa; they better be in good shape. The first home game is the Kansas City Chiefs on September 18.
Monday Night Football comes a calling to Motown in week five! Yes, I said a Monday Night football game with the Detroit Lions participating. The opponent will be the Chicago Bears and Ford Field will be absolutely rocking and the Fat Guy will be there in his seat, guaranteed. I can’t wait.
The next big day is Turkey Day and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers bring their cheese to Ford Field. One problem I see, is the NFL has games on Christmas Eve. That game will create some family problems and dilemmas in all NFL towns. Trust me on that one.
The San Diego Chargers will spend Christmas Eve in Motown. I’ve got to figure out how to pull that one off myself. The season-ender will be played in cold, cold Lambeau Field against the Packers. That’s a place Detroit hasn’t won since I weighed 175 pounds. The Lions supposedly have the eighth toughest schedule in the NFL. If Detroit is to make a playoff run, they will have to earn it. I am sorry, Jim Mora is yelling at me “Playoffs, Playoffs?” Say it in your best Jim Mora voice, please.
The NFL season seems like light years away, but I am fired up already! Are you ready for some football? I must say I’m glad Matt Millen got the ziggy from the NFL Network; it couldn’t have happened to a better schmuck!