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The Jersday Blog December 13, 2018

The Jersey Round-Up

Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies Jersey

This one hurts. Just a week ago I professed my disappointment with Tulo’s Blue Jay era and now, with the snap of a finger, he’s gone. Paid $38 million to stay out of Toronto. Well pull up a chair. Back in my day Tulowitzki, Matt Holiday and Jeff Francis were the best players on the 2007 World Series runner-up Colorado Rockies. From 2007 to 2014 here are the top 5 shortstops based on Fangraphs WAR:

1. Hanley Ramirez 36.5
2. Troy Tulowitzki 33.4
3. Jose Reyes 30.6
4. Jimmy Rollins 30.2
5.  JJ Hardy 24.0

Believe it or not Tulowitzki used to not stink. In fact he was actually awesome. Good luck with your future endeavours Tulo. I hope you find your peace playing second base for the Oakland A’s.

Joffrey Lupul 2014 Winter Classic Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey

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Say what you will about Brian Burkes tenure as Toronto’s GM, but the guy made some shrewd trades. Feast your eyes on this home run:

2011-Feb-09  Anaheim Ducks trades Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and round 4 pick in the 2013 draft (Fredrik Bergvik) to Toronto Maple Leafs for Francois Beauchemin

For the price of a 30 year old Beauchemin the Leafs got 2 solid seasons out of Lupul–67 points in 66 games in an All Star 2011-12 season and a 22 goal 2013-14 season–and many good seasons out of Jake Gardiner (he may throw the odd pizza up the middle but more often than not Gardiner is very effective).

The Winter Classic game was one of the few highlights of the 2013-14 season. A 3-2 shootout win over the Red Wings on January 1st at the Big House in Ann Arbour really kicked off 2014 with a bang. The Leafs would finish the season 38-36-8 missing the playoffs altogether which was pretty par for the course.

In terms of Winter Classic jerseys the 2014 look was alright. There are too many stripes for my liking. But Toronto bias aside any Leafs jersey has looked like a classic and this jersey is no exception. At the time I almost sprung for a Jonathan Bernier Winter Classic jersey which would’ve been par for the course for me.

Alex Barkov Florida Panthers Jersey

Barkov is quietly one of the best centres in the NHL and it’s crazy that there’s not more buzz around the guy. He had 78 points in 77 games last year and he is on a point per game pace once again this year. MacKinnon and Seth Jones get more of the buzz from the 2013 draft and deservedly so. But Barkov is not far behind at all.

Also shout out to Florida’s newest look as the only jersey in franchise history to not look like a Walmart special. The Canadiens-esque stripe down the middle that most teams are using looks sharp. The switch from yellow to gold and emphasizing red over the navy has been a great call.

Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Jersey

Here’s a brief synopsis of OBJ’s young career so far:

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Say what you will about Odell, nobody can deny that he is a fun and talented player. Love him or hate him the guy puts asses in the seats. Off the top of my head here’s a quick top five Giants I would get a jersey of:
1. Saquon Barkley
2. Strahan
3. Lawrence Taylor
4. Odell
5. Victor Cruz

1997 NHL Eastern Conference All Star Jersey

A lot of NHL 90’s jerseys went from cool to ugly and tacky and now they’re just cool. The San Jose themed ’97 All Star jersey is a cool get. This one doesn’t have a name and number on it so here’s a list of guys who could’ve been on it:

Starting Lineup:
United States 2 – D Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)
United States 10 – LW John LeClair (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 22 – RW Dino Ciccarelli (Tampa Bay Lightning)
United States 34 – G John Vanbiesbrouck (Florida Panthers)
Canada 77 – D Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)
Canada 99 – C Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers), Captain
Commissioner’s Selection:
Canada 15 – C Dale Hawerchuk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 32 – C Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals)
Reserves:
Canada 4 – D Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)
Canada 7 – D Paul Coffey (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 8 – RW Mark Recchi (Montreal Canadiens)
Sweden 9 – RW Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators)
Canada 11 – C Mark Messier (New York Rangers)
Slovakia 12 – LW Peter Bondra (Washington Capitals)
United States 16 – D Scott Lachance (New York Islanders)
Canada 18 – LW Geoff Sanderson (Hartford Whalers)
Canada 21 – C Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Slovakia 24 – D Robert Svehla (Florida Panthers)
Canada 30 – G Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Czech Republic 39 – G Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)
United States 44 – D Kevin Hatcher (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Canada 66 – C Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Canada 88 – C Eric Lindros (Philadelphia Flyers)

 

Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey

This is a cool jersey. The Dodgers look is timeless and Jackie Robinson is on the Mount Rushmore of Dodgers ethos. As the first African-American player to play in the big leagues Robinson is a legend that really doesn’t need an introduction.

The movie “42” that came out in 2013 was solid. My brother does a great impression of Harrison Ford playing Dodgers owner Branch Rickey where he contorts his face and growls “baaaasebaaaall” in a raspy voice while pretending to smoke a cigar. Take my word for it, it is spot on. If you haven’t seen the movie yet definitely check it out.

 

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The Jaguars need to move on from Blake Bortles

Add Justin Tucker to the list of kickers who have missed easy kicks this season. The Ravens kicker was 222 for 222 on extra point attempts in his career, so surely he would be able to convert the extra point to tie the game against the Saints, right?

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Eli Manning’s time with the Giants is nearing an end

As Eli Manning’s career is winding down, he’s starting to look more and more like his older brother Peyton did by the end of his. The only issue is that Eli doesn’t have an absolutely stacked defense to carry him to one last Super Bowl win before he hangs up the cleats for good. Instead, Manning is caught in the middle of a team torn between trying to rebuild and trying to compete in the NFC East. The Giants are not a good team, but they’ve committed money to some elite players, most notably Odell Beckham, Jr. They also have a star rookie running back in Saquon Barkley who already looks deserving of Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell comparisons.

Despite those few bright spots, things in New York are getting worse by the week. Last week, Beckham decided to take the offense into his own hands and throw the ball himself.

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The Top 15 Most Hateable Current Athletes

In the wake of the NHL All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay, we ease into this week having learned a bunch of things. Connor McDavid is still the fastest skater, Ovie has the hardest shot, Brock Boeser has the most accurate shot, and so on. But maybe the funniest piece we could take away from the weekend is that Brad Marchand is definitely the most hated star in the NHL, or at least the most fun to hate.

This reaction from the crowd in Tampa was pretty hilarious to see, and Marchand handled it very well, much like he would on the ice, with a smug and sarcastic smile. He’s clearly embraced his role as a “super-pest”, and the best (worst?) part of it all is he can manage to put up 50 points in 38 games while he’s at it. Read more

Bench Talk 05/26/2017

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

IIHF World Championship ends Gold Medal Game in Shootout. Is this a crappy way to finish?

Brendan Ballantyne (BB):

Of course it’s a terrible way to finish, who wants to watch someone win a gold medal on someone missing a shot on net? That’s exactly what happened when Mitch Marner was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist this past Sunday. The shootout is simply a weak way to decide a hockey game and the NHL only gets away with it is because it avoid ties and because shootout results aren’t quite as glaring due to the the length of schedule.

The fact is though, the NHL should be credited because at least they acknowledge that the shootout belongs nowhere near the games of most importance. I don’t know what the IIHF is thinking. Do they have somewhere to be? What’s the rush? Why does this game need to end like that?

Sudden death overtime is the best part of meaningful hockey, nobody has memories of game winning shootout goals (or even saves) because it’s so unnatural in comparison to the game. It’s a let down. The OT period between Sweden and Canada was entertaining hockey and the shootout ruined what could’ve been a potentially historic memory. You may say I’m biased because Canada is on the losing end this time around, and the World Junior team lost in the same fashion etc.. But I firmly believe this is a waste of great game on the IIHF’s part, and I’d say even that if the results were reversed.

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