Well folks it's been a while. I will be checking back in more regularly now that things in my life have settled in some what.
First off, my wife, daughter and I welcomed our newest addition 2 weeks ago today. She and Mom are doing very well, and really the only thing that has changed is our sleep schedule!
What is great about October babies is the wealth of sports on late at night. The MLB playoffs and the start of the NHL and NFL seasons give me plenty to keep me occupied for the late night feeds.
As far as the MLB playoffs go, again they didn't disappoint. Call me what you want, but as soon as my Tigers are eliminated I like to find someone to cheer for down the stretch. That team this year was the Giants. I loved their blue collar, underdog mentality. I found them easy to cheer for, no doubt about it. It really goes to show, yet again how far pitching and coaching can take you in baseball. It is like defense in any other team sport, winners have pitching. And WOW did they have pitching. That staff was awesome, and should be a force to reckon with like the Braves of the 90's! Congrats to the Giants on their achievement....well deserved. My hat goes off to a team led by washed up vets, a gutsy coach, fearless pitching and a real gem behind the dish!
On to the NHL and NFL. I like how my Habs are shaping up. They are fun to watch and are being led by the goaltending of my boy, Carey Price. I have liked him since day one. I saw him play during his Calder Cup run 2 or three years ago and told myself then that this kid was going to be good. I have stood by him ever since and am really hoping he can turn all the naysayers in to beleivers this season! So far so good. By no means am I planning the Stanely Cup parade, like those Leafs fans out there, but I do think with an addition or two they can compete this year when it counts!
The NFL, as it alway does, seems to be a complete crapshoot! Every week it gets harder and harder to pick winners. It is even harder to decide who my Super Bowl pick is going to be. My Lions have been impressive and aside from getting robbed in week one, could be in the hunt in their devision. I will go on a limb and say we can expect a Packers/TItans Super Bowl with my boy Charles Woodson leading the Pack to a Championship...that is of course if they keep my Lions out of the playoff mix! Stories so far that have shocked me are the ongoing Brett Favre saga and what he is doing to his legacy, the surge of the Raiders and the mess of a story following the once un-coverable Randy Moss. That is what is great about the NFL....You are really on as good as your last game. It is a dog eat dog league where you need to perform to get paid! I love it!
On to lacrosse. All I do with my time now, aside from teaching and being a father is try and train to be prepared for what should be a very exciting year in the NLL. Last year no one expected anything from us. This year will be different. Expectations will be high, from the organization on out. We were good last year and were one quarter away from winning it all. This year, with the additions of guys like Merrill, Maddelena, Ross, my man "Hambone" Tim O'Brien and a slue of young talent we have the makings of a great team. Camp is set to start in late November and it can't some soon enough! I am really excited to get things going. The hunger still looms to say the least.
Oh yeah...I am also waiting to see what the status of Bobby Watson will be for this year. I guess we'll see in just under two weeks! Here is to hoping I get one more shot at a championship with my man Whip!
I'll be back in week or so to check back in. Until then,