Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Over on my Twitter account I made my NHL Playoff predictions.  This year has a lot of really good teams, and young stars and hopefully enough Olympic hype to keep the momentum going. 

1. Phil Mickelson:  Nice Guy Phil won the Masters this last weekend, shooting an incredible 16 under.  The tournament was overshadowed by Tiger's return, but was actually some great golf too.  How about that?  Mickelson's mother and wife both have been battling breast cancer and Phil even took some time off for it.  Meeting his wife on the 18th green after winning was a great image, something to remember the tourney by, not just the continuation of the Tiger Woods drama.

2. Trades In the NFL:  I remember the days when trading in the NFL didn't exist.  Not this season.  Now that the asking price for many players have gone down, trading has become very popular this season.  The Lions have pulled a ton of trades in Mayhew's tenure.  Roy Williams, Donovan McNabb, Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Antonio Cromartie have all changed teams.  Prospects get moved like baseball, when Charlie Whitehurst went to Seattle.  He has thrown as many NFL passes as I have.  Its cool to see the market expand like this.  Trades are a great part of every sport.  Now, Pro football joins in the fun.

3.  Steve Stamkos:  This poor guy never gets any recognition outside of hockey addicts.  Most people probably don't know who he is.  For those who don't, hes a former first overall pick.  He plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, not exactly a hockey hotbed.  He plays on a terrible team, with bad management, and ownership change coming.  He was even buried on the bench by Barry Melrose his first season.  But Steve has shaken all this off to tie (with Crosby) for the Rocket Richard trophy (most goals in the NHL Regular season) with 51 goals.  He is a great young player and I really hope he gets out of Tampa Bay soon so he can matter in the league.

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