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CM Punk & Hulk Hogan Are Naturally Feuding Over The Stanley Cup Finals

Well then. Business has certaintly picked up between CM Punk and Hulk Hogan, who naturally are arguing over the Stanley Cup playoffs. If you told me 10 years ago that Hulk Hogan and CM Punk would be in a promo war over the Stanley Cup Finals I’d probably call you a liar, but here we are. CM Punk is retired and Hulk Hogan is lobbying to wrestle at WrestleMania 32. We live in a weird world sometimes. While the video was pretty tame from a verbiage standpoint, the tweets between the two have been a little intense:

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– Ryan

– via CSN

Your Average 2015 #StanleyCupFinal Preview By @adam_barnardino


Last summer I told a few hockey fan friends of mine that I wanted to put money on the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Eastern Conference, but as a Boston Bruins fan, I simply couldn’t do it.  Had I known that the Bruins would break my heart all season and miss the playoffs, I would have done this and been a rich (not really) man.  The Chicago Blackhawks are a constant contender for the Cup every season, so it’s not really a surprise to see them here again.  Let’s take a look at each team and see how they stack up, shall we?


Chicago Blackhawks

Led by Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, this team has the experience and championship pedigree to reach the mountain top for the third time in six seasons.  Their strengths far outweigh their weaknesses.  They have superstar players like Toews and Patrick Kane on offense, as well as one of the best all-around defenseman in the league in Duncan Keith.  When you couple those players with their “role players” such as Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, and Andrew Shaw, there is no reason the Hawks should see a lack of scoring in this best of seven series.  I put “role players” in quotes because almost any other team in the NHL would see these guys as valuable bodies that know how to win and defend in their own zone, & it’s astonishing how Chicago has been able to keep this core group of players together for years as they continue to produce positive results.  Backstopped by Corey “Crow” Crawford, the Blackhawks have a strong defense that has a proven track record in the playoffs.  The only weakness I see in Chicago is their lack of defenseman.  The loss of Michael Rozsival earlier in the playoffs was a blow to their defense and an aging Kimmo Timmonen has not been able to pick up the slack.  I can see the speed of the Tampa Bay Lightning forwards exposing this slight flaw and using it to their advantage. If the Blackhawks do win the Cup, that would be 3 titles in 6 years, with 5 conference finals appearances mixed in. It’d be hard to argue that if they win, they’d join hockey royalty as a legitimate dynasty.


Tampa Bay Lightning

At the start of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs the leader of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos, found himself in a rare scoring drought.  As the playoffs have worn on, Stammer has found his scoring touch which is a bad sign for Blackhawks fan.  Arguably the best scorer in the league, Stamkos can take over a series and drive his teammates to victory.  During this drought Tampa was picked up by the Triplets line of Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej Palat.  Three young forwards who have taken the playoffs by storm, combining for more points than any trio of forwards this postseason.  Look for them to show their speed against a depleted Chicago defense.  Their role players mirror that of Chicago with guys like Ryan Callahan, Valteri Fillpula, Alex Kilorn, and Brian Boyle.  Unlike the Hawks, Tampa has seen a recent boost in their defensive core with the return of the hard hitting Matt Carle.  Their top D-man is Victor Hedman who has quietly become a top 10 defenseman in the NHL with the ability to jump up on an offensive rush.  Their goaltender Ben Bishop has seen great success since becoming the starter for the Lighting, but has been slightly inconsistent looking back at the Eastern Conference Finals.  However, he does seem to step up in big games.  A weakness I see in Tampa is a lack of playoff experience when compared to Chicago, but they continue to prove their doubters wrong and defeat high quality teams.


This will be a lengthy series with big hits and a lot of scoring.  I expect it to be a very exciting one because both of these teams have a blueprint for success.  We could very well see the Lightning turn into Chicago in the next few seasons as far as producing success on a consistent basis.  They have a fearless leader in Stamkos and have built an incredible supporting cast around him with a goaltender that could likely see a Vezina Trophy in his future.  However, it is difficult to bet against the Blackhawks because all they do is win.  The real winners will be everyone who watches these games, because mark my words this Cup final will be one for the ages.

Heart says: Tampa in 7

Head says: Chicago in 6

– Adam

Coach Bombay Is Rooting For The Anaheim Ducks On Twitter & The Blackhawks Are Officially Toast

Anaheim leads their series over Chicago 3-2, and to make things worse, the greatest fictional hockey coach in history is now rooting them on. I don’t want to say that Emilio Estevez rooting for the Ducks on Twitter had anything to do with them winning last night, but it had everything to do with them winning. Sometimes you just need certain people rooting you on and that’s all the motivation it takes to win. Gordon Bombay rooting on the Ducks, making ‘Ducks Fly Together’ references? If I were the Blackhawks I’d be upset they even made them play that game. I wouldn’t want Gordon Bombay rooting against me, ESPECIALLY when any kind of ducks are involved. That’s just unfair.

– Ryan

P.S. Emilio Estevez only having 184K followers is one of the biggest travesties of all time.

Stanley Cup Wrap Up

Last night we saw the Chicago Blackhawks capture their second Stanley Cup in four years. As a Boston Bruins fan, I say congratulations. Like I said a few weeks ago Im a fan of theirs too, but I was rooting for the Bruins on this one.

Chicago was the clear cut best team all season and they finished the only way they could. The Bruins have nothing to be ashamed of. In a game that had a little over a minute left to push it to a seventh contest Chicago never gave up and beat Boston fair and square. Boston shouldn’t hang their heads on a fantastic run. It’s depressing to go down like that but at the end of the day it was a war that will go down as one of the best in the history books.

Next season should be interesting and I’m a firm believer that in hockey it’s any teams game all season. It would be something to see a finals repeat though. Have a great summer everyone!


Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Tonight marks game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between two original 6 teams, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

I for one cannot be more excited for this series. I’m a die hard Bruins fan, my old man took me to the old garden to see them play, I have a Terry O’Reilly jersey, and Pie McKenzies’s autograph. So naturally that’s who I’m rooting for here. I also have a special place in my tiny heart for the Blackhawks. Keith Carney is a family friend, I reffed Tony Amonte’s son, and I consider Chris Chelios an American hero. So this series will be very fun for me to watch personally.

As far as hockey goes we’ve got 2 hard nosed, skilled teams with absolute walls in net. It will no doubt be a grind. The teams match up pretty equally from top to bottom. The winner here will be dependent on who’s more headstrong and which goalie doesn’t get rattled. I’m going with Boston in 6.

However, one thing I look forward to after every NHL playoff series is the handshake. Pure respect after beating the shit out of each other for 4-7 games. These are two great hockey towns so I expect if one team should win the cup on enemy ice there will be an applause. But you have to account for the boo’s of that Antichrist, Gary Bettman.

Words cannot describe how psyched the home crowds will be. The fact that no team from the east has played a team from the west even adds an element of mystery. RL Stine couldn’t have written a better script. Anyways, I hope this got at least 3 people pumped for the series and if you wanna talk hockey hit me up.


PS last time the Bruins won the cup I got black out drunk at the parade and was 4 hours late for my own college graduation party, boom.

My Biased Opinion On Why Hockey Players Are The Toughest Athletes In Sports

Last night the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime to take a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was a great team effort, top to bottom, Tuukka Rask was outstanding for Boston, but the real hero here is Bruins forward Gregory Campbell.

On a penalty kill in the 2nd period Campbell took a slap shot to the leg as he blocked a shot toward the Boston net. He went down for about 10 seconds and hobbled around for another 60, giving his team everything he had in what would be his last minute of the 2013 season. Campbell broke his leg on the play.

Which brings me to my point, hockey players are the toughest athletes in sports. Any other event, NFL, NBA, or MLB there would’ve been an immediate stoppage with everyone and their brother from the medical staff out there to carry him off the field of play. But not in hockey. Campbell got back to his feet, played another 60, and skated off on his own power. That. Takes. Balls. A similar incident happened to Nicholas Hjalmersson of the Chicago Blackhawks the other night, same heart to stay out and finish your shift. Fortunately for him no serious injury occurred.

Baseball players miss weeks or months with a broken finger. Hockey players don’t miss practice. Basketball players can’t bump each other. Hockey players level each other. If there’s a fight in football, call the federal government. You’re allowed to fight in hockey.

To wrap this up, if you’re not a fan of hockey, watch these playoffs and you’ll be hooked. Hop on a teams bandwagon and see where it takes you because the respect you develop for these guys night in and night out is more than enough to grow the fan base of the NHL and hockey everywhere.


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