We are just hours away from the first puck drop of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and what better way to pass the time than by posting our stupid opinions that you couldn't possibly have a valid reason to care about?
I polled a handful of the Up The Pucks regulars as well as some past contributors this morning. Since everyone here who has ever contributed to Up The Pucks automatically qualifies as an "expert," here are our Expert Playoff Predictions for round one:
(Yes, I put "PHY" instead of "PHX," but I don't even give a shit and I'm not going back to edit the image.)
There's a clear consensus on New York and Boston. The same could almost be said about St Louis, but Christian decided to be a badass and go out on a limb. Christian does not let simple things like horrible playoff reputations get in his way when he's making bold predictions.
I expected KW, a Florida fan, to join me in favoring the Panthers, however I was surprised to see anyone else go out on that limb. I was also surprised to see such little faith in the Flyers, I thought there would be more mixed opinions.
Nashville-Detroit and Phoenix-Chicago are the most divisive of all the matchups, I imagine because Nashville and Detroit are set up for a good 7-game fued, where as everyone just kind of threw a dart at a board to decide Phoenix and Chicago.
Remember to check back in at the start of round two to see what fucking idiots we all are!
Peter was gone on vacation at the Frozen Four and Tampa this week, so Brandon was joined by friends of the show Jer and Cait Platt. An amazing time was had by all...and then the file was trashed. So Brandon made them do it again and that's the show this week!
Jer joins me first to recreate the magic and he shares a special gift to the podcast. Then Cait joins to discuss the upcoming playoffs, Mike Milbury, and uhh, menswear. This episode may ensure Peter never takes a week off again. Enjoy!
PLUS, we have a special guest this week as Bayside's Nick Ghanbarian joins to talk about the Rangers' Cup chances, Bayside's summer plans and more.
Crosby responds to Torts
Bayside-Sick, Sick, Sick
Nick's company, Born and Bred
Music Featured This Week:
Commando by The Ramones
Sick, Sick, Sick, by Bayside
Shovel by Quicksand
Reading the newest issue of The Hockey News, a letter was published that read like a eulogy of “Old Time Hockey”. As I read it, I had to laugh at the guy’s complaint. He said, “no longer do we see bench brawls, blindside hits, or breaking sticks over backs”. He goes on to bemoan the newest trends of hockey, “visors, shootouts, and Twitter” and that the game has been “diminished to the point where players now have to consider the consequences of a hit, instead of the adulation”.
I shake my head at these people. I can’t figure out why they are sad these days are gone. Do I like a fight or two? Yeah sure, but to unnecessarily break up the flow of a game; I’ll pass on that. There’s no skill to whacking a guy with your stick, but there is finesse in today’s game. Honestly, if I want to go see staged antics and guys wailing on each other for 60 minutes, I’ll turn on WWE’s RAW on Monday nights.