The Curse of Buffalita’s Teams

Fly Roscoe, Fly!

It’s no secret: I love Buffalo sports. But that also means that I’m no stranger with disappointment. After what looked like an amazing start last year in winning five of their first six games, the Bills managed to end in disappointment with a 7-9 record overall. It’s way too early to tell now obviously, but after yesterday’s disappointment (with my fantasy league QB against them not to mention, which creates a whole other moral dilemma by itself) it’s hard not to look back to the last three years of 7-9. And after the Sabres building me up just to let me down last year and the Mets breaking my heart year after year lately, you can’t really blame me in my losing of hope. What’s a poor fan to do? Continue reading

Your 2009-10 NHL Hotness Preview: Central Division

By far my favorite storyline of the 2009 offseason. 20 cent is truly sorry!

By far my favorite storyline of the 2009 offseason. 20 cent is truly sorry!

Today we’ve got the preview for the Central Division, by far the strongest division in the West.  Ladies, the countdown to the regular season is on!  Is it Thursday yet?

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Your 2009-10 NHL Hotness Preview: Atlantic Division

Even hockey players watch football to pass the time. Sadly, you wont be seeing this trio of hotties at any Eagles games anytime soon.

Even hockey players watch football to pass the time. Sadly, you won't be seeing this trio of hotties at any Eagles games anytime soon.

As Lady Bee told you yesterday, we here at Ladies… can’t wait for the NHL season to finally start, so we’re doing some previews for those of you who feel our pain!

Today I’ll be previewing the Atlantic Division.

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Your 2009-10 NHL Hotness Preview: Northeast Division

Phil Kessel

Phil is happy here, but just wait until November when his Leafs are in 11th place.

NHL preseason hockey has us hot for the coming season (starting October 1st!) Over the next several days, Raven and I will be previewing the teams division by division. Today we kick it off with the Northeast. Continue reading

Ladies… Linkups: It IS Friday, right?

Yeah, we miss hockey. So much that we’re reading debates like this: does advertising belong on unis? [Four Habs Fans]

Who the Farnsworth would go a year without sports?! This guy. [Waittillnextyear.com]

Props to Miss Minda for alerting me to the kitty cat at Kaufmann. Did you not see it yet? Mrow! [MLB]

Doc Holliday’s thoughts on the ever problematic fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation. Amen, dude. [3:10 To Joba]

Finally, do yourself a favour this weekend and rent “Pretty In Pink”, or “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, or gosh, the brilliant “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. Kevin Smith said it best on Twitter Thursday when he called John Hughes “the man who spoke for geeks way before anyone else did”.

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Remember, in the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Theme Thursday: Is it Hockey Season Yet?

Since Games Mistress is busy gallivanting around Europe (lucky bum!), I have taken over her Theme Thursday duties.  Since we didn’t have a winner the last go-round, I took it upon myself to do a little research and come up with my own.  Since I’m missing hockey like whoa, I thought I would bring some NHL love back to the site.

Take a guess as to what these three NHLers have in common after the jump!

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Friday Fellow: Joe Sakic

How can you smile at a time like this, Joe? *sniff* (Getty Images)

How can you smile at a time like this, Joe? *sniff* (Getty Images)

Yesterday we said “Happy trails!” to one of the classiest guys to ever lace up skates. After 20 seasons in the NHL (with the same franchise, no less), Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche called it a day. Sadness!

A native of Burnaby, BC, Sakic was chosen 15th overall by Quebec (NORDS!) in the 1987 NHL draft and made his debut with the team in October of 1988. The list of accomplishments over the next two decades would describe any hockey player’s dream career: two Stanley Cups with Colorado (1996 and 2001), Conn Smythe and Lady Byng winner, member of Canada’s Gold-winning men’s hockey team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, 16 straight seasons as captain for Quebec/Colorado, 8th all-time in NHL points scored (1,641)

It’s a shame that Joe couldn’t call it a career under better circumstances. His final season was plagued with nasty injuries and the Avalanche crumbled. We probably won’t see him on the ice for the 2010 Vancouver Games. I’m keeping my fingers crossed hoping he’ll be there in another capacity, and I don’t mean ticket holder.

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Misery Loves Company… In Our Nation’s Capital

There is an understanding in my home state of Maryland, you either root for the Redskins, or you root for everyone else but the Skins. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I became a sad sap of a human, full equipped with Skins Starter jacket and a love of Joe Gibbs.  Follow me this week as we travel through the capital city of this great land, and the teams that almost seem like afterthoughts to professional sports.

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The 2009 NHL Awards Preview: Who Ya Got?

If there were an NHL Award for Best Looking, Steckel would be my pick!

If there were an NHL Award for "Best Looking," Steckel would be my pick!

UPDATED:  I’m watching the Awards Show, so I’ll be updating the winners as they’re announced.  See how you did in your predicitions!

Award season is upon us.  Well, at least the NHL Award season.  The Stanley Cup has been awarded, so the NHL Award Show is our mini hockey fix until September rolls around.  This year there is some excitement surrounding the nominees.  Some new faces have popped up in unexpected places, and some old faces have fallen out of contention.  I’ve always viewed the NHL Awards as some type of high school awards assembly only with nicer threads.  Some awards sound like a superlative right out of your high school yearbook, while others are pretty standard.

I thought I would give you a little blurb on each nominee and my pick.  I’ve even let you all get in on the action!  I’ll tell ya who I got if you tell me who ya got after the jump.

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Game 7 – Who y’a got?

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Omigodyouguys it’s Game 7 tonight! Really, is there anything more exciting than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final?

(Perhaps Game 7 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium? Okay, I’ll leave my bias aside for this post and I’ll thank you in advance for not discussing A.J. Burnett.)

Kudos to the Pens for a rousing Game 6 on Tuesday night to bring us to this point. And by the way, nice to see my theory of Crosby’s beard jinxing the series getting totally shot to hell. Would you believe I’m actually getting used to seeing him with…that? I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it if he shows up clean-shaven at the NHL Awards.

But enough about facial hair. I canvassed some of the Ladies to get their thoughts and predictions on who will hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup:

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Theme Thursday: Hopefully More Difficult This Time

Todays image is NOT: monkeys, stuffed animals, or things I might buy as a baby gift.

Today's theme is NOT: monkeys, stuffed animals, or things I might buy as a baby gift.

Congratulations to MJ28, who not only won last week’s Theme Thursday, but set a new world record in doing so.   You all are getting entirely too good at this game.  I’m hoping this week will be more of a challenge.  Only the exact answer will be given bragging rights; getting only the easy part doesn’t count.  If someone gets this one in less than an hour I’m going to have to start consulting Elias or something.  Good luck!

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Misery Loves Company… In The Land of Lincoln!

In my latest installment of “Misery Loves Company,” we head west from Ohio and land in the lovely state of Illinois.  Home of the first McDonald’s, Blagojevich, and Wayne and Garth, would more could these fine people want… how bout a few more rings!

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Hometown Pride: Patrick Kane

Kane vs. Buffalo

This is somewhat of an extension of the original old favorite regular from the Ladies…: Homer Hotties but with a bit of a twist. I instead chose someone who doesn’t play for my hometown team, but is from my hometown. And with this season of NHL coming to a close, why not highlight someone that if I’m visiting back home upstate, I can’t not hear about.  Please direct your attention to Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Misery Loves Company

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With the exception of very few major league teams, more likely than not your season consistently ends in tears.  Sitting in a bar this past Saturday, looking at the faces of those around me wearing Cavs jerseys, I was reminded once again of the ultimate reality of Ohio teams in the post season, and the heart break that lies therein.

The more I thought about it, we are not alone. You know who you are, kings and queens of “there’s always next year,” or preseason shouters of, “this is our year!”  And you can be found across this great nation.

So here begins my little journey across country, to highlight our defeats, but most importantly, the beauty that comes from being a fan, and the hope that maybe, just maybe, this really is our year!

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The Weekend Of Great Disappointment

Poor kid.

I suppose if you’re a Red Wings, Magic, Lakers, or Serena Williams fan, then it really wasn’t a disappointment of a weekend at all. But over all, this weekend seemed to be filled with disappointment from all over the world of sports – from a 25 inning game 1 showdown to missing the mark in the NBA finals.

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Hit and Run: There is Still Hope in Cleveland Today

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Things got a little scary for Cleveland this week. Their series against the Magic took an ugly turn when they fell 3 games to 1. The Nuggets gave the Lakers a run for their money but with a 3-2 lead, it looks like LA will find themselves in the finals once again. It is déjà-vu all over again for the Stanley Cup Finals as the Penguins and Red Wings face off for the second time in as many years. And amidst all the playoff fun this week, there was some baseball thrown in there as well.

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Thanks, Pete!

Sad news in Leafs Nation this week…

PhotobucketPeter Zezel, who played in Toronto in the early 90′s and was instrumental in those memorable Stanley Cup runs, died this week of a rare blood disorder he had battled for a decade. He was 44.

He broke into the league in 1984 with the Philadelphia Flyers, settling a rookie record that year for assists (46) and making it to the Stanley Cup Final that year. While his hottest years offensively were with the Flyers and Blues, he was a favorite in Toronto. He retired in 1999 – 873 games played with seven NHL teams, 219 career goals, 388 assists. Zezel also ran a hockey camp for a number of years and coached minor league hockey. You can read more about his life here. There’s a few pics in that Star article that will put a smile on any Leaf, Flyer, Blues or Canuck fans’ face. If you have any favorite memories, please share them below.

Our thoughts go out to Peter’s family.

The Playoff Beard Awards

Marc-Andre Fleury may have beat Cam Ward on the ice, but his beard doesnt hold a candle to Cams.

Marc-Andre Fleury may have beat Cam Ward on the ice, but his beard doesn't hold a candle to Cam's.

Now that we are getting closer to the Stanley Cup Finals, I figured it was time we took a look at the one tradition that all teams seem to have: playoff beards.  The playoff beard has grown from a traditional hockey practice to now a charitable cause, but that won’t stop us from critiquing how they look on the guys.  As you’ll see, some of the boys (emphasis definitely on boys) should probably try to avoid the tradition, while others take it to a whole new level.

After the jump, help me hand out a different kind of postseason hardware.

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In 50 words: Sunday stuff

After this paragraph, I’ve got just 50 words to fill you in on the big sports stories from Sunday. For the record, I’ll count a game’s score as one word (so “2-1″ is one word). Since there are lots of photos, I made them small, but you can click each photo to see the full-size version. Here we go!
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Heat on the Ice: les beaux gars

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So we’re headed into Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, where we celebrate the birthday of our current reigning sovereign  by opening up our cottages and drinking mass quantities of beer. As for me, I’m spending a long weekend WITHOUT MR. BEE AND THE KIDS in beautiful Montreal visiting family. Hello, H&M. Bonjour, poutine (above).

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So Long, Farewell…

 Well it’s time to say goodbye to the 2008-09 Washington Capitals.  It was a disappointing end to an exciting season.  After an insane circus of a series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Caps blew it in Game 7 with a 6-2 loss at home.  I was there and still am getting over the crushing loss. So I was thinking, what’s a good way to get over a great season that ended in a not-so-great way?  So I thought, I want to celebrate this team with a tribute…to their hotness!!  I’ve been told by some of our ladies that’s it’s totally unfair that my Caps are so hot!  So I’m sharing their hotness with you!

Your hot 2008-09 Washington Capitals…

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Weekend Roundup: Cutie Clutch Plays Edition

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This weekend surely proved to be a very exciting one in sports, what with all of the finals going on and some serious slugging. One major note to make is that BRETT FAVRE IS REMAINING RETIRED even though the Vikings are still interested, and of course, Manny has apologized to owner of the Dodgers Frank McCourt (next step: apologize to team mates). Here is a quick roundup of this weekend’s big plays, accompanied with the gorgey gents that made things possible… Continue reading

Stanley Cup Western Conference Semifinals Preview

Patrick Sharp.  Happy now?

Patrick Sharp. Happy now?

Theme Thursday’s taking the week off  (gretchenarchangel, next week you’re up, I swear) so I can help Raven preview the other NHL conference semi.  Of course, I don’t know that much about hockey, so my guesses about who is going to win won’t be worth much, but we have plenty of evidence that my picks aren’t usually worth much anyway.

What I do know about hockey is that the last time I happened to mention the Blackhawks in a post, people demanded pictures of Patrick Sharp.  So let’s get that out of the way right now. (And my apologies.  I really need to pay more attention to hockey.)

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