Wally’s Wednesday (a bit early)


by Wally

I know it’s still Tuesday, but I couldn’t find anything catchy that contains “Wally” and “Tuesday”, okay?

Man, it kinda sucked going without a playoff game in either hockey or hoops last night.    But, no worries, we’re back at it tonight with the Oklahoma City Thunder opening the Western Conference Finals in Dallas versus the Mavwrecks. So what do YOU think we’ll see in this series???   Personally, I gotta go with Dallas.   I think Dirk & Co will win a hard-fought series … it’ll take 6 or 7 games.   And it’s a good thing they have home court advantage.

For some reason, I have trouble taking the OKC Thunder seriously.   Maybe it’s because they just seem like they were created as part of a comic strip or something.   Flash of lightning is their logo … then why aren’t they called the Lightning?   Or the T-bolts?   Feels like we’re in the middle of a Shazam! episode (remember that one?)   I suppose if we changed their name back to the Seattle SuperSonics, I might even pick ’em to win the series.   But seriously … they’re just a little wet behind the ears to win this series right now.  Next year … yes.  This time, Dallas gets it done and goes to the Finals.   Dirk has never been better, they have seasoned vets, they have Tyson Chandler being somewhat of a force in the paint.

Heat vs Bulls: starts up again with Game 2 tomorrow night, then they wait til Sunday for Game 3.   This is driving me nuts!   C’mon, David Stern … there should NEVER be 3 days between games!!!   Two off days already feels stretchy.    Anyway, Bulls are up 1-0 after playing REALLY well for the last 17 minutes of Game 1  to pull away convincingly for a 21 point win.   Certainly not shocked by a Bulls win, but a little surprised they blew the doors of the Heat down the stretch.  Miami had been playing very well in the 4th quarter of their games vs Boston.   Okay, it’s only one game.    I will be shocked (pleasantly), though, if the Bulls do it again Wednesday.   As of now, I’m sticking with the Heat to win the series (brain talking here) … and they’ll have to win a game in Chicago to make that a reality.     But I obviously hope the Bulls sweep in 4 (heart talking here), but that won’t happen.

Don’t believe the fibby, bench Mike Bibby!    Mario Chalmers should be playing A LOT more than Bibby … I cannot believe Spoolstra can’t figure this out.   But i’m glad.   How is it that Eric Spoolstra is the head coach of an NBA team??   How is that possible??

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins: Simple as this … I’m rooting for the Buins to go all the way … Stanley Cup and all.   So they simply MUST win tonight since they’re already down 1-0.   No small task … the Lightning are the hottest team in all of pro sports.    They’ve won their last 8 games … 8 PLAYOFF games.    Holy crap!

San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Cashmucks: Okay … it’s obvious … I’m rooting for the Sharks.   Why?    It’s Roberto Luongo … something creepy and unlikable about him.   The Sedin twins … ANNOYING!   City of Vancouver just has this nose-in-the-air feel about it … and the team has never had a good logo … NEVER!

What’s with that rectangle with a hockey stick in it???   Then there’s the Flying Skate Era.   Now, it’s a whale shaped like a “C”.    Puh … lease!    They might as well have a lightning bolt as their logo.   But, dangit … the Cashmucks are already up 1-0 cuz San Jose just has trouble holding leads.     Sharks win in 7 games … just a gut feel.

Pinesters … let us know what YOU see going on in the playoff games coming up!

7 Responses to "Wally’s Wednesday (a bit early)"

  1. bill ribas   May 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I think if Tampa comes out of the gate hard tonight, they could really put the screws on Boston. It’s 2-1 at the end of the first now, and its looking it might go that way.

    And San Jose over Vancouver. But that’s just going on my gut.

    Finally, a tip of the hat to the late Harmon Killebrew.

  2. Wally   May 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Bruins win a barnburner with a 5 goal 2nd period. Wow, what a game. Tampa is relentless. We’ve got a series now.

    Great acknowledgment of Harmon Killebrew, Bill. One of the all time great, legendary pure power hitters. A true Hall of Famer in every sense, a man of great character.

    James Harden of OKC … Why do some guys sport a really bad looking beard that makes ’em look 20 years older than they really are??? Do chicks dig that or something? Is he trying to look like the black Moses??

    NBA refs have been watching too much soccer. They are really falling for all these flops and awarding good actors. Pathetic. One thing to despise about the NBA.

  3. bill ribas   May 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Good to see the Bruins back in it. Should be a wild ride.

    As for Killebrew, when I was a kid, he was one guy whose card you wanted. A monster with the bat. Probably one of the most overlooked hitters there is.

    Just saw this article and picture in the ny times. You can feel the torque in his swing.


  4. Chas   May 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Why is Dallas the Mavwrecks? Because they’re a wrecking crew, because they certainly aren’t a wreck?

    Cashmucks? What does that even mean? At least I get Yankmees and Disastros?

    Do we need to have an intervention for Wally about his team nicknames? 😉

  5. Wally   May 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    No … Dallas is not a wreck this year (yet), but they have typically crashed and burned in the playoffs much earlier than their talent level would suggest … so really a comment on the past. They (esp Dirk) looked good last night … expect they will win that series. Seeing that game makes one wonder if the tough defense in the East will trump the offensive minded West in the Finals?

    Cashmucks rhymes with Canucks and has “shmucks” embedded … doesn’t work for you, huh?

    Just havin’ some fun 🙂

  6. Chas   May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I guess I was reading it as Cash-mucks. Didn’t grasp the schmucks reference. Makes sense now.

    I’m still not ruling out that intervention. 🙂

  7. Wally   May 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Bulls! My goodness, you couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat! Had to be the second worst shooting performance I’ve ever seen. (The worst was Butler in this years NCAA title game). At HOME, the Bulls shot 34 percent, 16 of 26 from the FT line, a I think 3 of 20 from three land. This game was tied with 4 mins left!! In a series like this, you cannot gag it away at home like they did tonight.

    Where is Boozer … where is Boozer??? Not a very good sign when your $80M free agent starter sits on the bench for the ENTIRE 4th quarter of playoff games. If the Bulls lose, I’m sure the lack of production from Loozer will be one of the main reasons. This simply cannot happen in the late stages of the playoffs. Kyle Korver has also disappeared. He had 4-5 huge chances to give the Bulls huge momentum and CLANK! These two things must change if Bulls are to advance.

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