Raw Results with Analysis 8/10/20

Seth Rollins vs. Humberto Carrillo

The show began with Samoa Joe hosting the contract signing between Seth Rollins and Dominik Mysterio for their match at SummerSlam. Both Joe and Dominik went off on Rollins. Rollins said Dominik is ungrateful because without him, Dominik would not be a WWE Superstar. Rollins made relatively quick work of the Mexican Superstar after a superkick into a powerbomb and the Stomp. Afterward, Murphy attacked Dominik, and the two trapped the son of Mysterio in the ropes before smacking him with kendo sticks repeatedly. They left welts all over Dominik’s body.

Results: Seth Rollins defeats Humberto Carrillo via pinfall

Grade: B

Andrade vs. Angelo Dawkins; Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega

Angelo Dawkins battered El Idolo early with right hands, but Andrade’s singles experience allowed him to quickly grind down the larger man. Zelina Vega tried to interfere, but Bianca Belair attacked her. The distraction allowed Dawkins to hit the Cash Out for the three-count. This quickly transitioned into a match between Belair and Vega. The manager used her speed and ingenuity to get the upper hand on The EST. She did not account for Belair’s stamina, as The EST got back up again and again. A powerbomb from The EST set up the K.O.D. for a dominant win.

Results: Angelo Dawkins defeats Andrade via pinfall; Bianca Belair defeats Zelina Vega via pinfall

Grade: B+

Apollo Crews vs. Shelton Benjamin

MVP called out Apollo Crews on “The VIP Lounge,” demanding an admission that he caused the lights to flicker. The United States champion laughed at the accusation. He rushed the ring and fought off The Hurt Business enough to set up an impromptu match with Shelton Benjamin. Bobby Lashley distracted Crews, allowing Benjamin to get a surprise roll-up to pick up a huge victory.

Results: Shelton Benjamin defeats Apollo Crews via pinfall

Grade: C

The Viking Raiders, Ricochet, Cedric Alexander vs. Akira Tozawa and His Ninjas

Akira Tozawa demanded all his ninjas get into the action instead of him. One of the ninjas refused, and Tozawa decided to bail instead of fight. The Viking Raiders hit the Viking Experience on a ninja for the win. R-Truth rolled up Tozawa on the ramp to take the 24/7 Championship.

Results: The Viking Raiders, Ricochet, and Cedric Alexander defeat Akira Tozawa and his ninjas via pinfall

Grade: D

Liv Morgan (w/ Ruby Riott) vs. Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay)

Peyton Royce planted Liv Morgan early with a spin kick. Ruby Riott tried to stop Billie Kay from interfering, but the referee caught only Riott on the apron. The distraction allowed Royce to catch Morgan with the Deja Vu for the victory.

Results: Peyton Royce defeats Liv Morgan via pinfall

Grade: D

Bayley vs. Asuka

Asuka attacked Bayley at the bell, but The Role Model fought back. As the lights flickered, the action raged back and forth. Both women were willing to batter the other for this victory. Sasha Banks distracted the referee to help her best friend and also took cheap shots at The Empress of Tomorrow when she could. The Role Model used every opening to target the legs of Asuka, using a variety of impressive submission transitions. After a sunset bomb into the corner, Bayley mocked Kairi Sane, taking too long. As The Role Model charged at The Empress, she got rolled into the Asuka Lock and quickly tapped out.

Results: Asuka defeats Bayley via submission to earnt he right to face Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam

Grade: A

Randy Orton (w/ Ric Flair) vs. Kevin Owens

The Viper escaped the early onslaught with a thumb to the eye. The two blocked the other’s finisher early and focused on battering each other inside and outside the ring. Orton injured KO badly after throwing him onto the announce table. Owens refused to give up and headbutted The Viper off the top rope to set up a senton bomb. KO was in position for a stunner, but The Viper turned it around into an RKO for the win. Afterward, Orton told Flair to stick around as The Viper had something to say. Orton called out The Nature Boy as a liability. He had forced The Viper into a match because of his ego. He labeled his former friend washed-up and a junkie for the spotlight. Flair told The Viper that he took those words personally. He wanted Orton to know how much he respected his ability and wanted him to break his 16-time world title record. They hugged, but Orton followed through by catching his mentor with a low blow. The Viper punt-kicked The Nature Boy and whispered a final farewell to his friend. Drew McIntyre ran down to make the save. The WWE champion told Orton he would pay for his actions.

Results: Randy Orton defeats Kevin Owens via pinfall

Grade: A+

Analysis: This weeks episode of Raw was good with the exception of the Raw Underground segment and the Liv Morgan-Peyton Royce match. However, the last two matches were very good and well booked. I would give this weeks episode of Raw a B-.

2020 NHL Playoffs Week 2 Recap

After the Qualifying Round ended, there is now a new bracket full of teams.

Eastern Conference:

#8 Montreal Canadiens vs. #1 Philadelphia Flyers

The Canadiens advanced by upsetting the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games. The Flyers claimed the one seed after beating every team in the Round Robin. This should be a good series featuring two great goalies.

#7 Columbus Blue Jackets vs. #2 Tampa Bay Lightning

The Blue Jackets advanced after eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs in 5 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed the two seed after defeating the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals in the Round Robin. This will be a great and physical series.

#6 New York Islanders vs. #3 Washington Capitals

The New York Islanders advanced after defeating the Florida Panthers in 4 games. The Washington Capitals claimed the three seed after defeating the Boston Bruins in the Round Robin. This will be an interesting series as Barry Trotz gets to coach against his former team.

#5 Carolina Hurricanes vs. #4 Boston Bruins

The Carolina Hurricanes advanced after sweeping the New York Rangers. The Boston Bruins got the fourth seed after going winless in the Round Robin. I am looking forward to watching this series as well as every other one.

Western Conference:

#8 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #1 Vegas Golden Knights

The Blackhawks advanced after upsetting the Edmonton Oilers in four games. Vegas earned the one seed after going undefeated in the round robin.

#7 Arizona Coyotes vs. #2 Colorado Avalanche

The Coyotes advanced after upsetting the Nashville Predators in four games. The Avalanche claimed the two seed after going 2-1 in the Round Robin.

#6 Calgary Flames vs. #3 Dallas Stars

The Flames advanced after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in four games. The Stars earned the three seed after going 1-2 in the Round Robin.

#5 Vancouver Canucks vs. #4 St. Louis Blues

The Canucks advanced after eliminating the Minnesota Wild in four games. The Blues earned the four seed after going winless in the Round Robin.

I am looking forward to watching every series as playoff hockey continues.

2020 NFL New York Giants Record Prediction

The Giants finished the 2019 season 4-12 and took Andrew Thomas 4th overall. The Giants made many other moves in the offseason such as signing James Bradberry, Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Dion Lewis, Cooper Rush, Colt McCoy, and drafted Xavier McKinney and Matt Peart.

I expect Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton to also breakout and have a great sophomore season.

The Giants also hired a new coaching staff as they brought in Joe Judge to be the head coach, Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator, Patrick Graham as the defensive coordinator, Marc Colombo as the offensive line coach, and Freddie Kitchens as the tight ends coach.

I expect the Giants to play a lot better than the previous year but still make the playoffs.

Wins: Bears, Washington, Washington, Cowboys, Bengals, Browns

Losses: Steelers, 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Cowboys, Eagles, Eagles, Buccaneers, Ravens

I expect the Giants to finish 6-10 next year. However, I think the Giants could potentially beat the Steelers and the Cardinals. In my opinion, I feel like the Giants can win anywhere from 6-8 games next year. This will be an improvement from last year. The Giants are surely but slowly progressing and completing their rebuild.

Smackdown Results with Analysis 8/7/20

Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus

The Celtic Warrior asserted his dominance early by forcing The Barefoot Bro to the corner and wrestling him down to the mat in a side headlock. The MMA practitioner found his way out and began relying on his striking ability to combat Sheamus’ raw power. Riddle tried to employ a few submissions before the former world champion powerbombed him to stop him in his tracks. We returned from a commercial break to see Riddle kick out after taking three consecutive backbreakers. The Bro started to make a comeback and hit several signature moves before one White Noise put him down for a near fall. As Riddle struggled to get up at ringside, Chad Gable attacked him out of nowhere to cause a disqualification. Sheamus watched as Riddle rebounded and beat down the former Olympian. The Celtic Warrior was angry when he found out he lost and made Shorty G pay with a Brogue Kick.

Results: Matt Riddle defeats Sheamus via disqualification

Grade: B-

Cesaro vs. Lince Dorado

Gran Metalik and Shinsuke Nakamura watched the match at ringside cheering on their respective partners. As expected, The Swiss Superman used his significant power advantage to bully the high-flyer as much as he could. It took some creative use of the plexiglass barrier for Dorado to take him down with a hurricanrana. After some back and forth action, Cesaro scored the win with The Gotch Neutralizer.

Results: Cesaro defeated Lince Dorado via pinfall

Grade: C+

King Corbin vs. Jeff Hardy and King Corbin vs. Sheamus

Hardy and Corbin met for a match after The King interrupted Hardy last week. As soon as they locked up, The Charismatic Enigma started unloading with punches to the head. The painted warrior hit a few quick moves for a two-count before the former Golden Gloves fighter drilled him with a right hand of his own. Hardy spent the next few minutes on defense. He was able to make a brief comeback, but Corbin planted him with Deep Six for another two-count. Sheamus ran down and delivered a Brogue Kick to Hardy to cause a disqualification in retaliation for his own loss earlier in the evening. This led to an impromptu match between Sheamus and Corbin after the commercial break. Riddle showed up to cause a distraction that allowed Sheamus to hit his Brogue Kick for the win. The Bro even applauded Sheamus after it was over. 

Results: Jeff Hardy defeats King Corbin via disqualification and Sheamus defeats King Corbin via pinfall

Grade: B

The Miz and John Morrison vs. Heavy Machinery

Tucker and JoMo started for their teams. Tucky took The Friday Night Delight down a few times with a waistlock slam before he laid him out with a straight right hand. He spent a long time in the ring, and it led to The Miz and Morrison taking control for a long period of time. Deville cheered them on while Otis waited for his partner to tag him in. Mr. Money in the Bank was unable to help his partner get the upper hand, but Rose ran down and attacked her former best friend. The ref called for the bell as Otis and Tucker tried to hold Rose back. The two tag teams tried playing peacemakers, but the women would not be held back. They kept breaking free until the show went to a commercial. After the break, everyone could be seen arguing backstage until the lights started flickering. When we went back to the announcers, several people in black hoodies rushed the ring with weapons and started causing mayhem. Retribution sent the crew running before going into the crowd and attacking any wrestlers they could get their hands on.

Results: The match ended in no contest

Grade: C+

Analysis: This weeks episode of Smackdown was alright. It was much better than Raw in my opinion however. I would give this weeks episode of Smackdown a B-.

Best NBA Dynamic Duo

The NBA is no longer in the super team era. Now most of the good teams have two superstars otherwise known as a dynamic duo. There are many good dynamic duos in the NBA. Some of the best in my opinion are Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Also, John Wall and Bradley Beal, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Also, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. There are also many more as well as some in the making.

However, I feel the best dynamic duo currently is LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

In his first season with Anthony Davis, LeBron James is having an amazing season. James averaged 25.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 10.3 APG, and 1.2 SPG during the regular season. This season from James made him an MVP candidate. This duo has been exciting to watch and they clicked and have made exciting plays. These two have also led the Lakers to a 51-18 record which is the second best in the league.

In his first season with the Lakers and LeBron, Davis also had a great season. Davis averaged 26.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 2.3 BPG. AD is also a defensive player of the year candidate. These two superstars have worked well together and are looking to bring home a championship to Los Angeles for the Purple and Gold.

AEW Dynamite Results with Analysis 8/5/20

12-Man Tag Team Match: The Elite and FTR vs. The Dark Order

A hot start by The Elite and FTR came to a screeching halt, courtesy of a big superkick by Lee that stunned Omega and led to isolation from his tag team partners. A tag to Dax Harwood turned the tide back in the babyfaces’ favor. The action continued, back-and-forth, neither man gaining a considerable advantage. As expected, The Elite showed the best tag team chemistry, the group’s history of partnering together evident. At one point, FTR delivered the Demolition Decapitation to Grayson, but Harwood appeared to injure his knee. The ringside trainer, Cash Wheeler and Hangman Page helped Harwood to the back, leaving their teammates to fend for themselves against the driven and determined Dark Order unit. The commentary team shined a light on the peculiar actions of Page, questioning why he wouldn’t allow Wheeler to accompany Harwood on his own. Cabana delivered a big splash at one point and nearly scored the pinfall victory over Matt Jackson. Matt fended off the onslaught of his competition, dropped 5 with a cutter and inched closer to his partners. Uno, though, pulled Nick to the floor and delivered a belly-to-belly that took him out of the equation. Page returned just in time to receive the hot tag from Matt and exploded into the match, laying waste to any and everyone around him. His run came to a crashing halt when Lee exploded through the ropes with a tope suicida and wiped him out on the floor. Cabana tagged in and nearly earned the win over Page, but Omega broke up the fall. The 450 splash/corner cannonball by Grayson and Uno failed to put Page down for the count, too. The Bucks returned to the match and uncorked a series of superkicks, including one to Lee, right into a snapdragon by Omega. Lee recovered, delivered a big clothesline and scored the win for his team.

Results: The Dark Order defeated FTR and The Elite via pinfall

Grade: A+

Best Friends vs. Santana and Ortiz

Trent scored a near-fall for himself and partner Chuck Taylor with a bridging Northern Lights suplex on Santana early. Heading into the break, Trent and Taylor delivered stereo clotheslines and then followed with a tornado DDT to Ortiz before engaging in the fan-favorite hug. During the break, the babyfaces continued their roll until Santana grounded Trent and applied a single-leg Boston Crab. Back from the commercial, Trent looked to fight back, but Santana sent him crashing into the guardrail. After several moments of a focused attack on his back, Trent created separation and tagged Taylor into the match. Taylor hoisted Trent onto his shoulders, and in an electric chair spot, Best Friends brought Ortiz crashing to the mat with a superplex. Later, as it appeared Santana and Ortiz were setting up for the Street Sweeper, Taylor blasted the former and Trent scored a roll-up for the win.

Results: Best Friends defeat Santana & Ortiz via pinfall

Grade: B

Cody and Matt Cardona vs. John Silver and Alex Reynolds

Cardona and Cody rolled early, but a miscalculation on the champion’s part left him nursing a rib injury while isolated from his partner. Silver and Reynolds picked away at Cody, hoping to cut the ring off from him and pick up the win without having to deal with Cardona. The Dark Order tandem’s control of the match continued throughout the break as Cody struggled to break free of their grasp. Silver teed off on Cody with a barrage of kicks before The American Nightmare flattened him with a snap powerslam. Cardona finally received the hot tag and unloaded on the competition in what was his first in-ring action since his release from WWE in April. He downed Reynolds with a double under-hook powerbomb for two. With Cody hurt, Dark Order momentarily regained the upper hand. Silver and Cody fell over the top rope and to the arena floor, leaving Cardona to deliver Radio Silence on Reynolds for the win.

Results: Cody and Matt Cardona defeat John Silver and Alex Reynolds via pinfall

Grade: B

Big Swole vs. ‘Reba’

In order to get her much-desired match with Dr. Britt Baker, Big Swole would have to take on an opponent of her rival’s choice. That opponent: “Reba,” known to literally everyone but Baker as former TNA Knockout Rebel. The right-hand woman of Baker struggled to rediscover her in-ring skills, succumbing to Dirty Dancing as Swole rolled to victory.

Results: Big Swole defeated ‘Reba’ via pinfall

Grade: C-

Jon Moxley vs. Darby Allin for the AEW World Championship

An intense, physical start to the AEW Championship match between Jon Moxley and Darby Allin saw the champion manhandle the face-painted enigma, bloodying his mouth and driving his elbow into Allin’s chest. The challenger answered with an arm drag off the top rope and a dropkick but ate the steel post heading into the break, leaving the champion standing tall. During the break, Moxley wore Allin down in the ring, working a single-leg Boston Crab before floating over into a Regal Stretch, undoubtedly an ode to the man who had a major influence on him during his time in WWE developmental. Allin answered by flipping his opponent the bird, almost stunning the champion with his brashness. Allin caught Moxley and speared him through the ropes. A sliding tope suicida through the bottom ropes wiped out Mox. Allin targeted the right hand of Moxley, taking away his striking advantage, and launched himself off the top rope with a plancha. Allin followed up with a Code Red for a near-fall. Moments later, Wardlow appeared, hopping up on the apron in an attempt to distract the official. MJF rolled into the ring, blasted Moxley with the AEW title and escaped. Allin, unaware of what happened, launched himself off the top rope with a Coffin Drop, but the champion kicked out. His face painted with the crimson of his own blood following the belt shot, Moxley struggled to regain his fighting form as Allin attacked from all angles. Another Coffin Drop proved ill-advised, though, as Moxley caught him and looked to put him to sleep with a choke. Allin again flipped him off, and Moxley delivered a piledriver. Moxley, frustrated, reluctantly delivered the Paradigm Shift for the win.

Results: Jon Moxley defeated Darby Allin via pinfall to retain the AEW World Championship

Grade: A+

Analysis: This was a great card on this weeks episode of AEW. My two favorite matches was the 12-man tag and the main event. I would give this weeks episode of AEW a B+.

Why Aaron Judge is an early MVP Favorite

Aaron Judge has started off the 2020 campaign hot. The Yankees are first in their division with a 10-6 record. Part of the reason the Yankees are so good is because of Judge.

Judge is currently hitting .272 which is not amazing but also not terrible. However Aaron Judge is tied with Fernando Tatis Jr. for most homeruns with 8 and leads the MLB in RBI’s with 19. Judge has been one of the most best players in the league so far. Most of his homeruns and RBI’s have come when the Yankees were trailing. If he continue to dominate on offense he should be an MVP candidate.

RAW Results with Analysis 8/3/20

MVP vs. Apollo Crews for the United States Championship

MVP dropped a promo on the WWE Universe, referring to himself as the real United States Champion and claiming the beef he has with Crews is over when the referee counts three. MVP gained an upper hand of the match until once again the lights flickered. Crews took his opponent down with a snap suplex and worked the arm. The challenger escaped and blasted Crews with a straight kick to the face. The champion answered with a barrage of forearms to the face. The Hurt Business’ Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin pulled their mouthpiece to safety, but Crews launched himself over the top rope with a plancha as the show headed to break. Back from the break, MVP worked over Crews with a cravat then turned him inside out with a big clothesline. Crews finally fought back, unloading on MVP and downing him with a spinebuster for two. He followed up with the toss powerbomb for the win and successful title defense.

Results: Apollo Crews defeats MVP via pinfall to retain the United States Championship

Grade: C

Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan vs. The IIconics

The IIconics worked over Riott until a hot tag to Morgan sparked the comeback. The New Jersey native fended off her opponents and rolled Royce up for the win. After the match, Riott and Morgan worked together to take out Kay before leaving together, reunited despite some obvious hesitance.

Results: Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan defeat The IIconics via pinfall

Grade: B-

Shelton Benjamin vs. R-Truth vs. Akira Tozawa for the 24/7 Championship

Benjamin pummeled Tozawa and the ninjas that tried to interfere before joining Lashley at ringside for a beatdown of the black-clad martial artists. The distraction allowed Tozawa to capitalize on a fallen Truth, deliver his senton and pick up the win and title.

Results: Akira Tozawa defeated Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth via pinfall to retain the 24/7 Championship.

Grade: F

Shayna Baszler vs. Sasha Banks

Baszler frustrated Banks early, but The Blueprint responded, taking advantage of a distraction by Bayley. The Queen of Spades fought through, though, and trapped Banks in the sleeper. Banks fought out and applied the Bank Statement, but Asuka attacked Bayley at ringside, drawing a disqualification. The Empress cleared the ring heading into the break.

Results: Match ended in no contest

Grade: C-

RAW Underground

Shane McMahon returned to Raw to debut RAW Underground. There would be a series of matches in a ring underground with no ropes. I am not a fan of this and I felt like it is a waste of TV time.

Results: Incomplete

Grade: F

Angelo Dawkins vs. Angel Garza

Dawkins rolled over Garza early in their match, but Ford inexplicably collapsed during the match, inadvertently distracting Dawkins and allowing Garza to pick up the win.

Results: Angel Garza defeats Angelo Dawkins via pinfall

Grade: F

Montez Ford vs. Andrade

Back from the break and apparently cleared to compete, Ford battled the former United States Champion, Andrade. Ford sported a glazed-over look for much of the match, especially after El Idolo blasted him with a hard right hand. Running on pure adrenaline, Ford exploded back into the match, using his raw athleticism and a fury that caught his opponent off-guard. Just as Ford fired up, he again collapsed, forcing the referee to call for the bell.

Results: This match ended in a no contest

Grade: F

Analysis: This weeks episode of Raw was terrible. The action in the matches and most of the promos were not good. I am also not a fan of RAW Underground. I would give this show a D.

Recap of 2020 NHL Playoffs So Far

This season due to the current pandemic has given us a weird playoff format for hockey. This year 24 teams made the playoffs. I will not complain as my team the Pittsburgh Penguins made the playoffs as a higher seed and that is a lot of hockey to watch. So far there has only been two days of playoff game and the action has been jammed packed.

Game 1: #11 New York Rangers vs. the #6 Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes won by a score of 3-2. The Hurricanes looked really good as they had a lot of heart and were the much faster and better team. Igor Shestyorkin was supposed to start for the Rangers but due to being “unfit” to play Henrik Lundqvist was the starter. Lundqvist did not even have a bad game either just the Hurricanes outplayed the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad and Marc Staal scored for the Rangers as Sebastian Aho, Jaccob Slavin, and Martin Necas scored for the Hurricanes.

Game #1: #12 Chicago Blackhawks vs. the #5 Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers scored quickly as Connor McDavid nets a Powerplay goal. However, the Chicago Blackhawks controlled the game after that scoring 4 goals in the first period. The Blackhawks won the game 6-4. They were the better team as rookie sensation Dominik Kubalik had five points. Kubalik had two goals as well as Jonathan Toews, and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blackhawks. For the Oilers, McDavid scored as well as Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal. If the Blackhawks can continue to score at well they will not only pull off the upset but can be a dark-horse team to make it to the Stanley Cup.

Game #1: #10 Florida Panthers vs. #7 New York Islanders

This game was one of the better defensive games of the weekend. The Panthers and Islanders are both very good teams defensively. The Islanders took a lead in the first period and won 2-1. The lone goal from the Panthers came from Jonathan Huberdeau in the third period. Anthony Beauvillier and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders.

Game #1: #12 Montreal Canadiens vs. the #5 Pittsburgh Penguins

As a Penguins fan, I was very excited for this game. The Penguins came out of the gate strong as they were the faster and better team. They got a lot of shots up but could not convert against the great Carey Price. The Montreal Canadiens were able to convert in the first period and score. In the second period the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead. However, the Penguins would not go down without a fight and tied it up. The game was physical, fast, and back-and-forth. The Canadiens were able to win the game in overtime. The Penguins played pretty well including Matt Murray. The Penguins lost this game due to missed chances including a penalty shot from Connor Sheary late in the third period, and poor front and back checking. Hopefully in Game 2 the Penguins can wake up. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Nick Suzuki, and Jeff Petry scored for the Canadiens while Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins.

Game #1: #9 Winnipeg Jets vs. #8 Calgary Flames

This game featured two good teams very close in record. The game started off physical as Matthew Tkachuk cleanly hit Jets captain Mark Scheifele against the boards and Scheifele turned his body and took an awkward fall and could not get up. Scheifele went straight to the locker room and did not return. If this is long-term the Jets are in trouble as they lost their captain and a huge part of their offense. The Jets took a lead in the first period until the Flames scored 3 goals in the second period. The Flames ended up winning 4-1. The lone goal for the Jets was scored by Andrew Copp. The Flames goals came from Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, and Tobias Rieder.

Game #1: #11 Arizona Coyotes vs. #6 Nashville Predators

This game was very fun to watch. The Coyotes controlled the first period as they scored 3 goals to the Predators one. However, in the third period Nashville started to comeback as they scored two goals. However, the late comeback was too little too late as the Coyotes won 4-3. The goals from Arizona came from Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Michael Grabner, and Clayton Keller. The goals from Nashville came from Ryan Ellis and two from Filip Forsberg.

Game #1 Round Robin: #4 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #1 Boston Bruins

In the first Round Robin game of the playoffs we saw the Flyers take on the Bruins. Due to Tuuka Rask being “unfit” to start we saw Jaroslav Halak in between the pipes for Boston. The Bruins struggled mightily as they lost 4-1. The lone goal from the Bruins came from Chris Wagner. For the Flyers, Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton, Philippe Myers, and Nate Thompson all scored.

Game #1 Round Robin: #2 Colorado Avalanche vs. #1 St. Louis Blues

This game was also very good on the defensive end. The Blues were looking to defend their historic championship run last year and go back this year. David Perron scored in the first period to take the lead. The second period was scoreless however. In the third period Ryan Graves scored to tie the game. The Blues late in regulation commit a costly penalty where Nazem Kadri scored a game ending Powerplay goal with 0.1 seconds left as the Avalanche won 2-1.

Game #1: #9 Columbus Blue Jackets vs. #8 Toronto Maple Leafs

This game was back-and-forth as well. The Maple Leafs got a lot of good looks but could not convert. The first two periods nobody scored. Both goaltenders played very well. However, in the third period Cam Atkinson scored to put the Blue Jackets on top. Alexander Wennberg scored on an empty net to put the dagger. Joonas Korpisalo had a 28 save shutout.

Game #1: #10 Minnesota Wild vs. #7 Vancouver Canucks

The Minnesota Wild are playing a very good game. Kevin Fiala scored in the first period and Jared Spurgeon scored in the 2nd period. Jared Spurgeon scores again as he gets an empty net goal. The Wild win 3-0 thanks to a 28 save shutout by Alex Stalock.

Why the Knicks Hired the Wrong Coach

On July 25th, the New York Knicks hired Tom Thibodeau to be their next head coach. The deal was a five year deal with the money currently being undisclosed.

The Knicks interviewed numerous coaches including Jason Kidd, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Woodson, and many more. Out of the candidates the Knicks interviewed, I wanted any of the three I just mentioned. In total the Knicks interviewed over eleven candidates.

Jason Kidd is a former Knicks player and he is a good coach as he coached LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Knicks could have used Kidd to attract stars to New York and make the Knicks a better franchise.

Kenny Atkinson is a very good coach and probably the person I wanted the most. He previously coached the Nets and turned them into a successful franchise. Atkinson turned Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and Caris Levert into successful players. Atkinson could have brought over his success from Brooklyn to New York.

Mike Woodson was another coaching candidate I liked. Mike Woodson was the last coach to take the Knicks to the playoffs and lose less than 50 games. Even though the Knicks did not hire him as a head coach, Woodson was hired as an assistant on the coaching staff.

Why Tom Thibodeau won’t work in New York?

As successful as Thibodeau is as a coach, he is not a rebuilding coach. The Knicks have been rebuilding since 2013. Thibodeau is only good with teams that can contend in the playoffs or for a championship. The Knicks are nowhere near contending. Tom succeeded with his strong team in Chicago but struggled in Minnesota.

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