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The Blue and White Blog Game 2: Toronto Looks to Run the C Bus off the Road

Game One sure was a beauty. Sure, letting in the first shot of the season isn’t ideal. I for one wasn’t too nervous. Would I have liked for Cody Ceci to have cleared Tkachuk from away from the front of the net? No question. But 441 games into his career, the book is out on Ceci. Would you get angry at angry at a donkey for being livestock? I would if I was paying that donkey $4.3 mil.

But by the second period we were rocking and rolling. Matthews got on the board not once, but twice to become the franchise’s all-time leader for goals in opening-night games with nine. His two goals helped the Leafs cruise to a 5-3 win (they outshot Ottawa 42 to 26 so as much as you can cruise in a two goal game). Freddy didn’t play great, but he usually starts the season out slow so there’s no need to panic. Read more

Jersday Blog March 14, 2019

The Round-Up

John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs St. Pats

Any other week this would’ve won Jersey of the Week. This is by far the strongest field of submissions that I’ve had so  unfortunately it falls into the category of the “also ran”. If I was a complete Leafs homer I would’ve named it the winner, but I don’t let bias taint the jersey game. Big integrity move on my part.

For my money the Leafs have the best St. Patrick’s day set-up in sports. Every other team just falls back on the “make our regular jerseys green” play but the Leafs can just dust off the retro Toronto St. Pats out of the closet and print some money. Toronto St. Pat’s gear is on another tier with Boston Celtics and Notre Dame Fighting Irish apparel for St. Patty’s day outfits.

While we’re on the subject of St. Patrick’s Day, the viral video that my buddy took on St. Paddy’s Day two years ago ended up on Ellen this week. Shout out to Blake the man behind the camera. Shout out to the guy that got hit by the door. Apparently he was fine. Shout out to my hair cut seeing as the top of my head takes up 1/4 of the screen. Shout to Adam “Charlie Conway” Cooke.

Michigan Wolverines Baseball Starter Brand

You can tell that this puppy came straight from the thrift shop and it is fantastic. This jersey is pure grit. I’m always a big proponent of pinstripes on a baseball jersey and there is no exception here.

Go Blue.

Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues 2008-2016 Alternate

The Original 6 teams get a lot of lip service in the “best jerseys in hockey” conversation. Everybody’s favourite looks seem the be the classics or the ugly 90’s throwbacks. The St. Louis Blues sneaky have one of the sharpest set-ups in hockey with some great names that you can throw on the back of the jerseys. Chris Pronger, Adam Oates, Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Keith Tkachuk, Curtis Joseph, Vladimir Tarasenko. This Pietrangelo 3rd jersey hits the right notes.

Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers 2015-2017 Reebok Alternate

Remember when the Oilers traded Eberle for Ryan Strome? Remember when the Oilers traded the first round pick that would become Matthew Barzal for Griffin Reinhart? Remember when the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson.

These trades are the result of Chiarelli making a deal with the devil to win 2015’s McDavid lottery. How in the world can you ice a team that currently sits 22nd in goals for per game in spite of McDavid’s 100 points in 66 games? What a mess. They have the best player in the world, all of those Stanley Cups, a new arena and sweet jerseys so at least they’re a hot mess.

Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets

The pride of Kitchener, Ontario. You know, growing up within a stone’s throw of KW, I know people that played against Jamal Murray in highschool. He’s lucky that Grand River High School didn’t make a trip down to the Falcon’s Nest in Fergus during my reign as chief towel waver and high fiver. He may not have made the NBA after I was through with him. I have derailed a few careers with my relentless “D What?” “Defense!” chants.

Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls 

I believe it is fair to assume that Dennis Rodman is the only person on this planet to date Madonna, brunch with Kim Jong Un and lead the NBA in rebounds per game for seven straight seasons. This guy was/is legitimately a complete psychopath. Hell of a basketball player though.

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Christian Laettner Duke Blue Devils

March Madness is just around the corner so this jersey is perfect. Everybody hates Christian Laettner! This guy was the original Duke villain that blazed the trail for the likes of Grayson Allen and JJ Reddick. This guy was known for stomping on your hearts with big shots and… literally stomping on people.

Hate him if you will, but sports needs villains and Christian Laettner was one of the best college players of all-time and one of the biggest tools. Also, Christian Laettner also holds the rare distinction as the worst player on the 1992 Dream Team. The US men’s Olympic team was only going to take one college player and Chuck Daly and his coaching staff (Coach K) the Duke phenom over LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal (ever heard of him?). Unbelievable.

Jersey of the Week

Claude Giroux Berlin Polar Bears

I was ready to hand jersey of the week to Christian Laettner until this one hit my timeline. This is the first Deutsche Eishockey Liga jersey we’ve seen and it’s a beauty. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout Giroux racked up 19 points in 9 games with the Polar Bears on a team that also featured Flyers teammate Danny Briere. Any jersey of a North American All-Star on an overseas team’s jersey is a contender for Jersey of the Week. If someone hits me with a Davos HC Joe Thornton jersey that will be an automatic win.

Jersey of the Week Scoreboard:

1. @Acooksy19: 5
T2. @beamerr9: 2
T2. @wilsondrew17: 2
T3. @jefftrahan13: 1
T3. @phillydip4: 1

The Weekly Jersey Dump

 

These jerseys are kind of awesome. The overall look would look better with white pants but the jerseys themselves are a huge look.

 

Even the Raptors practice jerseys are hot. I’ll take a Spicy P Siakam OVO practice jersey please.

These are the perfect kind of ugly. This hits the Shane Doan-Randy Johnson sweet spot.

Whoever greenlit this must be a “fun” math teacher. Quit trying to make pi day happen. You can’t make me care about math.

 

 

Burning jerseys is so passe. I like that people are starting to get more creative in disgruntled jersey destruction.

Oof. As someone that owns a Colby Rasmus, Luke Schenn and Cory Joseph jersey this tweet hits home.

Jersday Blog January 24, 2019

The Round-Up

Milan Lucic Winter Classic Boston Bruins Jersey

How many Bruins jerseys does this guy have? Each week Burgess pumps out a new one out of the vault that Tim Thomas built.

Despite the $42 million albatross of a contact Lucic currently carries and his lowly 5 goals in 50 games, there was a time he was one of the games premier power forwards. From 2011 to 2015 Lucic scored 105 goals with 253 points, 503 PIMs and 1006 hits in 367 games for the Bruins. The guy hit hard (and illegally), was always ready to throw off the gloves and knew how to plant himself in front of the net.

In his prime Lucic was one of the league’s most hateable players. I can see why Bruins players would like him. It’s the same reason they’ll defend Marchand to the death. They’re all morons.

Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals Jersey

Another example of an albatross contract that overshadows a player’s former greatness. Sure a lot of people remember him as an all-star. But there’s a whole generation of baseball young fans that don’t necessarily remember him as one of the best first basemen of all-time and the third-best hitters of the 2000’s (I’d put him behind A-Rod and Barry Bonds). From 2000 to 2010 Pujols was second in the MLB in fWAR with 77.5, second in wRC+ with 169, second in home runs with 408, first in batting average with .331, third in OBP with .426 and second in slugging with .624.

To sum it up, Fat Albert was a stud. When he does retire Pujols should follow suit with Mariano Rivera and get in unanimously.

This is a great jersey. The St. Louis Cardinals have a classic, timeless look that still plays in 2019. And of all of the greats to suit up for the Cardinals, Albert is at the top for me when it comes to jerseys.

 

John Tavares New York Islanders Jerseys

This guy must’ve been hit hard in July. Well for anyone keeping track at home, the Islanders are going into the All-Star break in first in the Metropolitan with 63 points while the Leafs are second in the Atlantic with 62 points. Anyone that thought the Islanders were dead in the water without Tavares (hand up I thought they were toast) can go eat crow. The Islanders have the least goals against with 118 due to surprisingly one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL (where the hell did Lehner and Greiss come from?!) and a sturdy system put in place by Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz.

But at the end of the day…

Suck it.

Jersey of the Week

Larry Bird Boston Celtics Jersey

Larry Legend. The Hick from French Lick. This jersey gets a tonne of appreciation from Celtics fans, middle-aged white dudes, and college kids on St. Patties days alike.

This jersey gives me visions of championships, mullets, step-back jumpers, no-look passes, Converse sneakers and short shorts. The white, gangly assassin is unintentionally one of the most gifable basketball players of all-time.

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Slow, methodical and elegant. The Larry Bird way.

The Weekly News Dump

 

 

I give the early advantage to the Rams on this one.

The mashup nobody asked for. I’d rock a Ryan Getzlaf Angels hockey jersey.

I’m in on these as long as Rougned Odor isn’t involved. I hate that guy.

Early impressions… these are solid… but kind of boring… kind of like the Twins.

 

The 80’s were a wild time for basketball. Everyone was on coke and sometimes jerseys went missing. What a time.

This year’s Hall of Fame class is awesome. Mussina was one of the American League’s best starters throughout the 90’s. Edgar Martinez is arguably the best DH of all-time (all of the Ortiz stans need to drop the pitch forks already). The best closer of all-time is the first unanimous vote-in in Hall of Fame history.

And my boy Doc Halladay rightfully got in on his first try. Now I wish he was going in as a Blue Jay, it doesn’t change the fact that he is the best pitcher in franchise history, one of the best pitchers in the league for over a decade and a universally beloved player in both Toronto and Philadelphia.

Quack quack Mr. Ducksworth.

That settles it. I need an O’Dog jersey.

So much respect between these two. Great for the game.

2017-18 Bench Life NHL Previews: 23. New York Islanders

Part 9 of 31 in our NHL previews where Waind, Burgess and I rank each NHL team 1 through 31 and give you an outlook on their season. Starting from the worst, we’ll be giving you the reasons why we ranked each team where we did.

Check out the other parts to this series: #31. Colorado Avalanche#30. Vegas Golden Knights, #29. Vancouver Canucks, #28. Detroit Red Wings, #27. New Jersey Devils, #26. Arizona Coyotes, #25. Buffalo Sabres, #24. Winnipeg Jets

2016-17 Recap

Record: 41-29-12 (94 Points) 5th in the Metropolitan Division (17th Overall)
GFPG: 2.94 (10th)
GAPG: 2.95 (22nd)
PP%: 14.96 (28th)
PK%: 82.38 (11th)
Corsi For %: 47.5 (27th)

The New York Islanders of 2016/17 had aspirations for another playoff run after coming off of a 2015/16 season that saw them win their first playoff series since 1993. But those aspirations quickly proved unattainable after poor performance in the early going that ultimately did them in. Despite the losses of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin in the offseason, they believed the additions of Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera would sufficiently replace their production. Read more