Conference Championship Preview and Predictions

Wild Card Weekend was definitely wild, but the Divisional Round was much more predictable. As is usually the case, the top seeds came out on top, and now the #1 and #2 seeds from each conference will face off in the Conference Championships.

The best teams in the NFL this year are set to clash in the Super Bowl, something NFL fans can only be happy about. Before diving into why I think the Patriots and Saints are going to be playing in the Super Bowl this year, let’s look back at how we got here. Read more

The Jersday Blog January 17, 2019

The Round-Up

Pavel Datsyuk 2013-14 Winter Classic Detroit Red Wings Jersey

Since the lockout, Crosby has undoubtedly been the best player in the NHL. Ovechkin the best goal-scorer, Joe Thornton the best set-up man and Cal Clutterbuck the most-hitting player. But in my mind, Datsyuk was easily the most fun to watch. Lock the door, put a sock on the door knob and and feast your eyes on this puck wizardry:

This guy was pure electricity. Not to mention he also won faceoffs! And actually back checked! And won 2 Stanley Cups! His 2007-08 season where he won a Selke for league’s best 2-way forward, scored 31 goals and 97 AND won a Stanley Cup has to be one of the most impressive seasons in the modern era. What a stud.

Auston Matthews Centennial Classic Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

Auston Matthews Jersday Count: 3

Let’s take a look in at how Matthews has been doing lately.

Not a hot start to 2019 but there’s a reason the season is 82 games long and not 2 weeks. Anyone panicking about the Leafs current slide are the same ones who kept projecting Matthews’ scoring totals back when he was on pace for like 100. But that’s the Toronto sports scene for ya. The sky is always falling.

Just remember… the Leafs have Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Reilly and Andersen. LFG.

Travis Konecny Philadelphia Flyers Jersey

I’m a big fan of the Flyers’ oranges. They look a lot better than their mid-2000’s black primary jerseys from the Robert Esche era.

As for Konecny, he’s a cool pleyer to root for. The former Chatham-Kent Cyclone and Ottawa 67 has been a real player for the Philadelphia Flyers. The speedster was taken 24th overall in 2015 but is ninth in scoring from his draft class (ahead of him are McDavid, Eichel, Rantanen, Marner, Aho, Barzal, Werenski and Hanifin (holy shit this was an awesome draft year)). While he’s have a slow year compared to his 24 goal 2017-18, Konecny has a lot in the tank.

Cam Neely Boston Bruins Jersey

Greatest power forward of all-time is a bit of a stretch. Then again guys who average a point-per-game and around 100 PIMs a season don’t grow on trees. Fighting is a bit of a lost art form these days and anytime a guy can effectively chuck knucks and score goals I do take notice.

Some people think that I hate the Bruins and that… well that is true. But that’s only been a recent thing. Pre lock-out 2005 the Bruins and Leafs never seemed to be good at the same time so I could appreciate the Joe Thorntons, Sergei Samsonovs, Cam Neelys and  and Ray Bourques or what have you. But that ship has unfortunately sailed. Kick rocks Burgess. I have no time for your irrational Matthews-hating ways.

Steve Nash 1st stint Phoenix Suns Jersey

Heavens to Bettsy I’m blushing. What a jersey. This era of Suns jersey was before the long hair and MVP trophies.

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Full disclosure. Steve Nash is my favourite basketball player of all-time.

But any Canadian and/or basketball with a beating heart can appreciate MVSteve. He’s the only Canadian to win NBA MVP and is the 11th player to ever win back-to-back MVP’s.

Here’s a fair warning, I’m about to hit you with a Datsyuk montage and a Nash highlight reel in the same blog. Buckle up.

Jersey of the Week

Jaromir Jagr Czech Republic National Team Jersey

The man, the myth, the mullet. The jersey speaks for itself.

Jagr has officially suited up for the Czech Republic for 133 games internationally in his career. That’s more than his time in Philly, Boston, Dallas and Calgary.

1921 points in 1733 career NHL games. He left the NHL last year at age 45 to play in the Czech Republic. The guy was an absolute legend. I doubt we’ll see him in the NHL again but don’t be shocked if it happens.

 

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Divisional Round Preview and Predictions

Wild Card Weekend lived up to the “wild” part for sure, with everything from injured kickers, both #6 seeds winning, and a double doink to end the playoff hopes of the Chicago Bears.

Before we dive into the Divisional Round games, let’s take a quick look back at what happened during the first weekend of the playoffs.

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The Jersday Blog January 10, 2019

The Round-Up

German National Hockey Jersey

In the 2020 World Junior’s Germany is back in and Denmark’s gonna be watching from home. I can’t imagine the German’s tournament will last long considering this year’s backwards results has left Germany in the group of death:

Yeah definitely not ideal.

In honour of a sweet jersey and an 2020 elimination in advance, here’s the best of what the German hockey machine has churned out.

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Sure you can have your Draisaitls and Kolzigs. The Uwe Krupps and Korbinian Holzers are what German hockey is all about.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alternate Reebok Ottawa Senators Jersey

These are by far the best jerseys that have been in Ottawa’s rotation. The striped look is one of my favourite looks. It makes any team, even a 90’s Senators expansion team, look like a classic. Also I’ve never been sold on the roman centurion logo. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a member of the Canadian senate but they certainly aren’t leading hundreds of legionnaires into battle.

As for JG Pageau, I always appreciate an off-the-board jersey selection. On most good teams Pageau would be an effective middle six forward. On a bad team Pageau is the lead penalty killer, the go-to faceoff man and scores in bunches.

Rick Nash 2003-07 Era Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

The classic Koho jersey with the neon green still mixed into the Blue Jackets colour scheme. Kind of ugly yet sublime.

For over a decade Rick Nash was the only reason to scoop up a hockey ticket in the state of Ohio. The 6 time all-star and 2004 Rocket Richard winner did nothing but put the puck in the net for the hapless Blue Jackets. Here’s a taste of his supporting cast for his time (2002-2012) in the Buckeye state.

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Too many people remember recent Nash years as a washed-up goal scorer on the Rangers (save for his 42 goal 2014-15 season). But with the Blue Jackets he was one of the best scorers on the planet despite being flanked by elite teammates like David Vyborny, Christian Huselius and Geoff Sanderson. While he hasn’t officially announced it yet, it looks like 34 year-old Nash is likely done in the NHL. Pour one out for Columbus’s first real star in franchise history.

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Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Sooners Jersey

This is a huge jersey. Mayfield is one of the best young talents in the game and also one of the most popular players. I’m a huge fan of any pro athletes’ college/junior/minor league jersey. Cleveland Baker will probably win offensive rookie of the year. But Oklahoma Baker rode bunches of touchdowns, passing yards, wins and big time cellies to a Heisman.

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Meh. Not the best. Not the worst.

We get it. People like PK Subban. Josi and Rinne have both made all star teams before so I don’t really understand the ceremony or point of this video. This isn’t Subban giving a jersey to some Make-A-Wish kids. Nice Adidas infomercial.

I’d make these the permanent 3rd jerseys.

Happy Halloween.

These jerseys are unreal. The throwback look conjures up images of Kurt Warner fresh out of the Arena Football League as the front man for The Greatest Show on Turf.

I though Dallas had a chance before I saw this tweet. Rams by 21.

NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview and Predictions

Well, the NFL regular season has come and gone, and now only 12 teams will be continuing to play into January. As always, the playoff lives of some teams came down to the final games of the season, and this year it was the Steelers who were left on the outside looking in.

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The Jersday Blog January 3, 2019

The Round-Up

Boston Bruins Winter Classic Jersey

I can’t get over how nice these jerseys are. I’m a sucker for outdoor games but missed this year’s for driving home from my cottage for four hours. If anyone on Redstone Lake in Haliburton took a peak at the lake on New Years Eve they would’ve been treated to a real outdoor game. Matt Duchene must’ve heard the Waind brothers were tearing up some outdoor puck on the lake and hurried back to Ottawa.

Tremaine Edmunds Buffalo Bills Jersey

The 16th overall pick in 2018, Edmunds was one of the lone bright spots for the Bills in 2018. The rookie linebacker finished off the season strong and ended up locking down December’s Defensive Rookie of the Month.

There aren’t a tonne of guys worth getting a jersey of in Bills Mafia these days. LeSean McCoy is now a dangerous combination of washed-up and controversial and there’s really no other impactful playmakers. This leaves a handful of young guys like Shaq Lawson, Edmunds and Josh Allen who I’d be willing to shell out some jersey money on.

Khalil Mack Chicago Bears Jersey

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This jersey gets the blood pumping. The Bears are an absolute wagon this year and Mack’s the one pulling it. While you can’t credit Mack for all of Chicago’s turnaround, he certainly deserves his fair share of praise. With Trubisky in year two of a four year contract, the Bears have a window to surround a QB on a rookie contract with an elite supporting cast. Call it the anti-Packers model or the bizarro Jaguars reality where Bortles (bless his soul) doesn’t completely wet the bed. Regardless of where the Bears end up, Chicago fans should be pumped that they get a front row seat to the game’s best pass-rusher. Smell ya Jon Gruden.

Deanna Nolan Tulsa Shock Jersey

Credit to my brother for the off-the-board jersey selection. As he recalls it, he saw this WNBA jersey at a thrift shop for $10 and “had to pop on it.” A quick Wikipedia look tells me that apparently Deanna Nolan was actually pretty good.

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Well I’ll be.

Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Adidas Hard Court Classic Jersey

Pour one out for the lanky German. As Dirk’s career winds down I can’t help but get choked up. Dirk and Vince are the only two players left who have been in the league since I’ve started watching hoops. Every fadeaway I hit in beer pong or in the driveway will be in the name of Dirk.

This era of Mavs jerseys are easily their best. Way better than the blue and grey on navy blue that they’ve been rocking for the past 15ish years. Check out this picture:

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Yup that’s the good stuff.

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I don’t know how accurate this list could be. I’m not seeing Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles or Kyle Williams.

What a weird turn the Antonio Brown saga made. No Le’Veon Bell, soon to be no Brown and Big Ben is a couple years away from retirement. The Steelers are (finally) almost done.

Huge fan of this logo. Almost bought one of these bad boys on a hat a couple of years ago only to back out to save money… Only to buy 3 hats a month later.

These Winter Classics jerseys were some of the best of any of the games. Right up there with 2011’s Pittsburgh blues and Washington’s star-spangled throwbacks.

I once wore a hoodie under my baseball jersey while playing in a game in -5 degree celsius weather. That’s Canada for you. I was a combination of visionary and complete duster.

I respect the move.

The Big Aristotle puts asses in the seats.

TBH these two don’t look that alike. Maybe if enough people say that I look like Boban Marjanovic he’ll give me a game-worn jersey.

The Jersday Blog December 27th, 2018

The Round Up

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Zion Williamson Black Nike Duke Jersey
RJ Barrett Black Nike Duke Jersey

Barrett’s ceiling is that of an elite playmaking small forward in the NBA and Williamson is a 285 pound wrecking ball that demolishes every rim in sight. Zion and RJ are projected to go 1-2 in the 2019 NBA draft and could be right up there with Hill-Laettner era Duke, Anthony Davis-MKG Kentucky team and the Michigan Fab Five for best combos in college basketball history.

 

Christian Yelich Pinstripes Majestic Milwaukee Brewers Jersey

2018 was quite a year for Yelich. 36 dingers, a triple slash line of .326/.402/.598 and a National League MVP. Yelich is so hot right now. Baker Mayfield certainly thinks so.

The throwback Brewers look is the only way to go and pinstripes always play. This jersey is an overall win.

Karl Malone Purple Adidas Classics Utah Jazz Jersey

The 90’s were jam-packed with stars and the Mail Man can often times get lost in the shuffle. He’s a two-time MVP, he’s made the All-NBA First team 11 times and is second all-time in NBA scoring with 36,928 points (25 PPG). But in a decade with all-time greats like Jordan, Hakeem, Robinson, Barkley, Pippen, Drexler, Ewing, Miller, Stockton and Shaq it can be tough to stand out. Nothing screams 90s like a purple Malone or Stockton jersey, even if they couldn’t get over the hump and beat MJ for a championship.

Tom Brady Red Alternate Nike New England Patriots Jersey

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the red Patriots jerseys are so much cooler than the grey on navy look that they insist on. And yeah I guess Brady is the GOAT…

Auston Matthews Blue Adidas Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

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This is the second Matthews jersey posted this year and I want them to keep on coming! He has 19 goals in 23 games… This guy is unreal.

Remember when the 2016 Draft was framed as “will the Leafs choose the elite center or the elite goal-scorer?” Well Matthews ended up being both. At 21 years-old Matthews is already one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. For once it’s a good time to be a Leafs fan.

Deron Williams Black Adidas Brooklyn Nets Jersey

The end of D-Will’s NBA career took a bit of a hit with the mediocre last few seasons of his career. In his prime he was a top five point guard in the league. He was a notch below Chris Paul and Steve Nash.

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I’d rock a Williams jersey, although a Utah Jazz or a New Jersey Nets jersey would bring a bit more punch than a Brooklyn one.

Arizona State Hockey Jersey

After years of club hockey in the ACHA, the Arizona State Sun Devils have been a Division 1 NCAA program since 2015. While they are Independent and don’t belong to a conference, the 12-6 Sun Devils are the 15th ranked team in college hockey with what is already their highest win total since joining the NCAA. Undrafted 22 year-old forward Johnny Walker leads the nation in goals with 17 in 19 games. Walker and teammateTyler Busch were on the Spittin Chiclets podcast last month and talked all things Sun Devils hockey. It’s a good listen so check it out if you haven’t already:

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Week 17 is coming in hot and everyone is scoreboard watching. I for one don’t want to see the Steelers and that moron Ben Roethlisberger make it. I just want a playoff spot come down to a hail Mary or some sort of play that includes 8 laterals. Bring on the madness.

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I kind of want a Kalil Mack Bulls jersey now.

Young Sheldon over here oversold this collision. As someone who couldn’t be further from courtside lifestyle, sorry if I don’t feel sorry for this little punk.

 

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