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L C S Matchups Set

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 13 2010 · 30 views
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American League Championship Series: New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers

For the first time in Washington Senators/Texas Rangers history, a postseason series have been won. If they win another series this year. they will reach their first World Series in franchise history. The primary obstacle? The Champions of the World Series of 2009, the New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi's squad is fighting to raise Girardi's number again, this time from 28 to 29, as motivation towards their next goal. Given the Yankees track record, it is easily shown that Texas has a rough road to their first World Series, but they have the man who has faced the Yankees before in the Postseason--the World Series, even-- and beaten them twice. That man is Cliff Lee. In addition, the Yankees' once-formidable three-man playoff rotation of Sabathia, Pettitte, and Burnett has been reduced to Sabathia, a recovering Pettitte, and Phil Hughes, with a slumping Burnett as a fourth starter.

Still, the Yankees are the Yankees, the Evil Empire, the Bronx Bombers, etc. and have all the tools necessary to win it, and are most certainly the favorites to win the ALCS.

National League Championship Series: San Francisco Giants @ Philadelphia Phillies

The Formula for this series: H x 2 + O. Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt are the reason the Phillies are the favorites to win the National League Title again. Halladay is more favored to win Game 1 than Lincecum, and Oswalt's past success in the NLCS with the Astros should give him an edge over Matt Cain, and Hamels also has had tremendous success on this level, having won the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in 2008.

Do the Giants have a chance. My guess is only by a long shot. Firstly, they'd have to solve at least one of the H2O starters, but the Giants have a far weaker lineup than the Reds, who were the top offensive team in the NL, but were shut down by the Phillies in a sweep. Secondly, they would also have to beat one of the H2O starters in probably three games, unless the Phils run on a three man rotation as the Yankees did in their World Series run last year.

Predictions

ALCS: Yankees in 6

NLCS: Phillies in 4. (Yes, I'm thinking a sweep for the second round in a row.)

What I want to happen

ALCS: Rangers in 7 (Seven games mean more baseball. biggrin.gif )

NLCS: Phillies in 7


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Hawks Beat Sabres, Face Preds Tonight

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 13 2010 · 25 views
HawksBlog
The Chicago Blackhawks brought in their first win of the season in Buffalo, New York, against Ryan Miller and the Sabres in a come-from-behind win-- 4-3, Final. But the main story is a hit that Niklas Hjalmarsson dished out to one of the Sabres, knocking him out and drawing Nik a two-game suspension, while Miller is making some clearly angry comments (as he should be, when one of his teammates is knocked out and injured). Team USA's Olympic star, Miller, is also saying that Niklas Hjalmarsson should be given ten times the suspension Hjalmarsson actually received. (20 games, for those of you who don't believe in Math outside of school hours) It will be interesting to see what happens when Hjalmarsson returns in two games, when the Blackhawks will be playing--let me see--

--the Buffalo Sabres. Expect penalties on Sabre players against Hjalmarsson.

Anyhow, another story is that the Blackhawks and Predators are meeting for the first time since the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Hawks eliminated Nashville on their way to the Stanley Cup. (I was privileged enough to be in Murfreesboro--right outside Nashville-- just after the Hawks won the cup. People hated my Stanley Cup Champions cap. I wonder why. tongue.gif )

Also, do you remember while watching the Hero Factory mini-series, seeing some commercial for a ridiculous TV show called NFL Rush Zone? Apparently, it's some joint project between the NFL and Nicktoons. Anyhow, I was reminded of it when I read an article on NHL.com about a project between Stan Lee of Marvel Comics and the NHL, to create 30 superheroes based on the NHL teams, called the Guardian Project.

It just seemed ironic to me that both the NFL and NHL got such similar ideas at the same time, although one is a kids' show, while the other is a comic book.

I also bet you anything that the Blackhawks' superhero is some blackhawk indian that got his powers from some spirit. It sounds like Marvel's style.


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I Was Goofing Around,

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 08 2010 · 18 views
BZPower
and I realized that there no longer is a BZP Classic skin. When was that removed? huh.gif


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Hawks Lose 4-3 In Overtime

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 08 2010 · 30 views
HawksBlog
All I can say is, Turco was brilliant--Leddy was so-so. Mainly because Leddy couldn't handle a short pass that bounced off of his stick and skates and was then picked up by one of the Avs. They then scored their first goal on that breakaway.

Some solace can be taken for three reasons:

1) Hawks came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie it, forcing overtime.
2) In the NHL, you can get a point in the standings for losing, so long as it is in overtime.
3) In the Stanley Cup run last year, the Hawks lost their opener to the Florida Panthers in a shootout in Helsinki. The PANTHERS. Losing to the Avalanche is much less shameful, particularly on the road in their home, the Pepsi Center.


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Yanks, Rangers On Verge Of Sweeps, Giants Freak Out Braves

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 08 2010 · 34 views
MLB
*sigh*...

I was hoping for all five game series, but this year is looking to be full of sweeps. Pettitte held up, while Pavano couldn't hold back New York, and so the Twins will have to win all three of the next few games--including two in enemy territory at Yankee Stadium.

Likewise, the Rays are headed to Arlington, Texas, where they must also win three in a row to advance, and unlike the Twins, they have to face the third of Texas' top three pitchers in Colby Lewis--not the more questionable Yankees' pitching staff. Even so, if both teams do manage to win two on the road, they would still have to face the opposing teams' aces in C.C. and Cliff Lee. It's looking bleak, in other words.

Meanwhile, game 1 of the NLDS went to the Giants, as Tim Lincecum shut down the Braves. The Freak may not be one of the Cy Young contenders this year, but he's still one of the best in the NL, behind Philly's Halladay, St. Lou's Wainwright, and Colorado's Jimenez.

Today, the second games of both National League Division Series will be played. In Philly, Bronson Arroyo will try to help his team avoid being in the situation the Twins and Rays are facing, but it will be a hard task as the 'O' in the H2O phormula of the Phillies' pitching staff, Roy Oswalt.

In San Francisco, Tommy Hanson will try to help his team split the two games in AT&T Park, but he's got to face Matt Cain of the Giants.

It may be a little late for predictions, but I'll tell you mine anyway. Yanks sweep, Phils sweep. Garza wins game 3 but Rangers win game 4 to advance, Giants win in 5, with game 5 won by the Freak.






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Bzpower Members' Teams

Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.


National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
 
 
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

 
East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

 
 
 
American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

 
West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
 
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One
 

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

 
 
2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
 
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
 
xccj: Seattle Mariners
 
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
 
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
 
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics
 

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