Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NHL Playoffs Preview

The National Hockey League (after playing a shortened 48-game schedule due to the owner imposed lockout) will begin the playoffs tonight and the Chicago Blackhawks, who won it all three years ago, are the
favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks dominated the Western Conference from game one this season and haven't let up as they had an incredible unbeaten streak to start the season.
The overall points leaders (36-7-5 for 77 points) will face off tonight in Chicago against the Minnesota Wild. 
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorites to advance from the Eastern Conference and face the Hawks in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins finished the regular season with 72 points by compiling a 36-12-0 record.
Pittsburgh lead the NHL in goals scored while the Hawks led the league in defense, allowing the fewest goals this season.
But one thing to remember is to expect the unexpected when it comes to playoff hockey.
Last season's Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, were the bottom seed entering the Western Conference playoffs and they wound up winning it all beyond solid defense, consistent scoring and the emergence of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was outstanding last spring.
With all that said, here goes nothing as Heftyinfo attempts to pick this year's Stanley Cup champions.


(1) Chicago Blackhawks over (8) Minnesota Wild, 4-1
(2) Anaheim Ducks over (7) Detroit Red Wings, 4-2
(6) San Jose Sharks over (3) Vancouver Canucks, 4-3
(5) Los Angeles Kings over (4) St. Louis Blues, 4-3


(1) Pittsburgh Penguins over (8) New York Islanders, 4-2
(2) Montreal Canadiens over (7) Ottawa Senators, 4-1
(6) New York Rangers over (3) Washington Capitals, 4-3
(4) Boston Bruins over (5) Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2

The NHL re-seeds the playoffs following the opening round, so if the first round picks hold true, here are the rest of the picks ...


(1) Chicago over (6) San Jose, 4-0
(5) Los Angeles over (2) Anaheim, 4-3


(1) Pittsburgh over (6) NY Rangers, 4-2
(2) Montreal over (4) Boston, 4-3


Chicago over Los Angeles, 4-2


Montreal over Pittsburgh, 4-2

                                        STANLEY CUP FINALS

                                        Chicago over Montreal, 4-3



Monday, April 29, 2013

He Gone!

The New York Jets cut quarterback Tim Tebow from their roster today .... Tebow time no more.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NBA Playoffs Preview

The 2012-13 NBA Playoffs get started this weekend and the thinking seems to favor a re-match of last
year's NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are prohibitive favorites to roll to another championship in June.
Miami (66-16 in regular season) has the home court advantage throughout the playoffs and also had that infamous 27-game winning streak, which was ended in late March by the Chicago Bulls, who have been without superstar Derrick Rose all season.
Meanwhile, the OKC Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook, are looking to get back to the NBA Finals and gain redemption after being blown out by the Heat last summer. The Thunder finished strong, going 60-22 and over taking the San Antonio Spurs down the stretch to gain home court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs.
Here is a capsule style preview of the first round for the playoffs along with predictions on which two teams will meet in June in the NBA Finals.


 The Heat should roll in this series without a doubt.  Pick - Heat wins, 4-0

Two old NBA rivals go at in the first round of the playoffs.  Pick - Knicks win, 4-3

This series could be a surprise the way Pacers have been slumping down the stretch. Pick - Pacers win, 4-3

The Bulls, without Derrick Rose, dominated the Nets in the regular season meetings. Pick - Bulls win, 4-2


The Thunder will not be denied in this series.   Pick - Thunder wins, 4-1

The Spurs are banged up entering the playoffs, but the Lakers are without Kobe Bryant. Pick - Spurs win, 4-2

This could be a very entertaining (and high scoring) series.  Pick - Nuggets win, 4-2

Which ever team wins this series will face OKC and be eliminated in the West Semi-Finals.  Pick - Clippers win, 4-3

The rest of the picks (if the first round comes out correct) follows ...

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat over Chicago Bulls, 4-1  New York Knicks over Indiana Pacers, 4-1

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder over Los Angeles Clippers, 4-2  Denver Nuggets over San Antonio Spurs, 4-2


Miami Heat over New York Knicks, 4-2


Oklahoma City Thunder over Denver Nuggets, 4-3


Miami Heat over Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-2

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tragedy In Boston

With hundreds injured and three people reported killed, including an eight-year-old child, from two massive
Explosions rocked the city of Boston, killing at least three people.
explosions at the Boston Marathon, this indeed is a tragic day in the United States of America as another senseless act of violence occurs.
Today is "Patriots Day" in Boston, a tradition which has taken place for decades and the people in that city were just celebrating the city's heritage with the race and the Boston Red Sox playing their annual home baseball game at Fenway Park.
In the days to come, there will be (and already is) speculation as to who did this and why... but the fact remains it is a sheer act of violence.
Whether it is gun violence, bombings, stabbings, etc. the fact is something has to be done to thwart these hideous and cowardly acts.
God forbid the people who perpetrated this heinous act were doing it for political statements or something similar to promote a sick and twisted agenda.
Here is hoping that this is solved and justice is swiftly served.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sing It Loud And Proud Saint Ronny

So to all those who still think Social Security is the cause of the budget deficit ... here's another one from Ronald Reagan.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thirty Years Ago?

This was the top song in the land 30 years ago when the late Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album topped the charts across the United States of America.  Where has the time gone?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Louisville Wins National Championship

The Louisville Cardinals, led by the sharp shooting of  Luke Hancock, roared back from a double digit first half deficit, to beat the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76 on Monday night in Atlanta to win the 2012-13 NCAA
Men's Basketball Championship.
Cardinals' Head Coach Rick Pitino became the first Division One College Basketball Coach to win a national title with two different schools. His first title came with the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1995-96 season.
The title was the third overall for Louisville and the school's first championship since 1986. Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Final Four as he scored 22 points (including 5-for-5 from three point range) to lead the way. The Cardinals rode the emotion of losing Kevin Ware last week to a broken leg suffered in the Regional Final against Duke.
Michigan was led in scoring by Trey Burke with 24 points, despite sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. Spike Albrecht tallied 17 points in the losing effort and singlehandedly gave the Wolverines the big first half lead with Burke on the bench by drilling four three-point field goals.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tell Us The Whole Story

It seems the corporate controlled "mainstream" media is rolling out the "facts" about the cutbacks to Social
Security and possibly Medicare as part of the Obama budget plan to help reduce the deficit.
Newsflash people ...
The part the media left out was the FACT the Obama budget proposal plan also calls for 660 BILLION DOLLARS in tax increases for the top income earners, you know them ...  the top one or two percent of the U.S. population who seem to control the right wing messaging in the D.C. political scene these days.
Seems the "mainstream" media forgot that part of the story. Just hammer out to the masses that President Obama wants to CUT Social Security benefits for people, but don't let the masses know the proposal also includes the tax increases to make the wealthiest pay their fair share.
Obama is simply calling their bluff, that is the GOP budget plan, because he knows they will never pass it out of the House, what with the 660 BILLION DOLLAR TAX INCREASE on the TOP TWO PERCENT included.
House Speaker John Boehner would never let that happen, so stop already with all the panic on the TV talking head political shows and radio gabfests across the land.
Nothing is going to happen in Congress because it's split between the powers of the republicans (control of the House) and democrats (control in the Senate) and until the 2014 mid-term elections, and a possible shift of power in either or both chambers of Congress, NOTHING is going to happen regarding the budget.
In the meantime, keep your ears and eyes open.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Orioles' Chris Davis Ties MLB Home Run Record To Start Season

Baltimore Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis slugged a grand slam to help the O's beat the visiting Minnesota
Twins, 9-5 on Friday.
Davis' home run was his fourth in the first four games this season (one in each game) and tied a Major
Baltimore's Chris Davis celebrates his big grand slam with teammates.
League Baseball record with three other players, including Wilie Mays and Mark McGwire.
Davis has four home runs along with 16 RBI and is batting .600 through the first four games in the 2013 season.