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Monthly Archives: November 2008

These two have a history, and Thursday night, in the third period, Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek squared off and settled their differences the old fashioned way.

Komisarek and Lucic have battled other since the beginning of last season. Their feud boiled over in the first round of the playoffs last year, as Komisarek delivered a number of cheap shots to Lucic, while refusing to drop the gloves each time Lucic challenged him.

Much of the same in the team’s first meeting this year. At one point, the 20 year old Lucic, pawed at Komisarek’s face with his glove, trying to goat him into a fight. Once again, Komisarek backed down, choosing to stay out of the penalty box (although both players were issued 10 minute unsportsmanlike misconduct penalties).

Finally, with the Bruins winning, 5-1, they engaged in battle. Lucic absolutely destroyed Komisarek, pumping his fists and urging on the sold out Boston crowd with boyish enthusiasm after the bout.

The next time these two teams meet, Nov. 22 in Montreal, look for more fireworks. Read More »

The Boston Bruins are back on the sports map in New England. An 8-3-3 start, combined with their gritty yet skillful style of play, will do that for a team, especially on the heels of last season’s epic playoff showdown with the long time rival Montreal Canadiens. logo_1024768

Tonight, the Bruins take their show to he road, squaring off against another up-and-coming team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams are stacked with young talent. Both teams also have great goaltending. Tonight’s game should be a classic, as two Original Six teams square off for the first of two meetings this season.

The problem for the Bruins comes tomorrow night, when they are scheduled to play Montreal back in Boston. As usual, Montreal has the night off tonight. They will spend the night resting in their plush hotel accommodations in Boston, no doubt watching the game on television. While the Bruins take the red-eye,flying through the night, Les Habs will be sound asleep, dreaming of tomorrow nights important divisional game on Causeway Street.

In a story in today’s Boston Globe, Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about the challenges of playing back to back games against top notch opponents. He did not make any excuses or play the “why me” card (that’s for the fans and writers). However, he did touch upon the fact that certain teams (the Canadiens) seem to get the better of the schedule when to comes to Bruins-Canadiens match-ups.

“It’s ironic that it’s always them waiting for us at home.”

“So be it; we have to deal with what we can control. I think the best way to control that is to have all 19 guys going tomorrow, and being able to stretch your bench as much as you can and getting the results that you want, then trying to get home as quick as possible and getting a rest for the following night.”

To make matters worse, Nov. 22, the next time they play each other, Boston will once again be on the tail end of back to back games. This time, the Bruins will travel to Montreal after entertaining the Florida Panthers, as Montreal enjoys a night off, resting in the comfort of their homes. Read More »

According to multiple sources, the Colorado Rockies have agreed, in principle, to deal slugger Matt Holliday to the Oakland Athletics. In return, Colorado would get starting pitcher Greg Smith, closer Houston Street, and outfield Carlos Gonzalez. 20081110__78877438ed074_79th_mlb_all_p1_200

The deal is pending a physical, and is “still a work in progress” according to sources with close to the situation.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said of the trade: “It leaves a big hole and we are going to lose a lot.

He’s one of the best players in the league and by far the best player on our team.”

First baseman Todd Helton, too, said the team lost one of the league’s best.

“He’s a great player and a game-changer,” Helton said. “So of course we’re going to miss him.”

So,  with this trade, one of the winter’s biggest off season prizes has officially been taken off the market. It seemed inevitable the Rockies would trade Holliday, especially after he rejected a reported four-year $72 million contract extension. Teams thought to be in the running for Holliday included the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals.

The fact that Oakland was able to sneak in under the radar and rein in such a precious jewel is not surprising. Oakland GM Billy Beane is know for his ability to evaluate top notch talent, and when he finds a player he wants, he usually pulls the trigger. Losing a number of expensive free-agents over the years, while rebuilding the core of the team through young players with cheap contracts allows Beane and the Athletics a chance to make a splash in the open market this winter.

And boy did he ever make a splash.

The good news for Red Sox fans, Holliday is not going to the Yankees. The good news for super-agent/the devil himself Scott Boras, his client (Mark Texiera) just lost some competition to teams looking for a power hitting outfielder.Texiera was going to get paid either way, but now teams such as Boston or both New York teams have one less option in the power hitting market, making Texiera priority number one.

So with today’s move, the hot stove season can officially begin. Oakland started the action, showing they mean business this year. Rebuilding or not, they just made their team a lot better today.

Thanks to a malfunctioning digital camera battery and terrible picture quality on my cellphone (ie: no flash), I do not have any pictures or videos to go along with my place blog entry. However,  I will do my best to accurately describe/give play-by-play to the scene around my apartment complex throughout the election process Tuesday night. 800px-umass_amherst_web_dubois_library_night_2

I live in the BrandyWine apartment complex right outside of campus. I decided to watch the coverage and results at my apartment, due to the fact that I a) wanted to watch everything in a quiet environment where I could hear all the analysis and b) I needed to be able to hear everything due to an obligation for another class.

The night started with me and three of my friends sitting on the couch watching CNN. Now, my friends are not the kind of people who enjoy watching politics, especially something as “boring” (their words) as sitting and waiting for voting results. But, I convinced them to at least give it a shot.

I switched back and forth between CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS, while frequently checking various web sites such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. About 20 minutes into the coverage, we lost one of my buddies to boredom, as he bolted out the door, looking for anything better to do.

Twenty minutes after that, we had our second causality, leaving just me and my roommate.

Minutes turned to hours, as the results kept pouring in. At the time my roommate began snoring (around 10 p.m.), the suspense was over, and it was more when Barack Obama would get enough votes to win the presidency.

Then, at 11 p.m., with the closing of most western time zone polls, Obama was officially awarded the presidency, winning the 2008 Presidential Election.

(Crickets) Read More »

It’s interesting to hear all the negativity coming out of the McCain camp regarding Sarah Palin today, one day after John McCain lost the election to Barack Obama.

Like most of the general public, many people in the McCain camp questioned not only her credentials for the job, but also her basic middle school geography. As stated in the video, and I find this pretty hard to believe, Palin was not aware Africa was a continent, rather she thought the giant land mass was a country.

It just shows that everything is not as peachy behind closed doors as some people may make it seem. If picking Palin as his vice-presidential choice was one last hail mary for the McCain camp, I think it’s safe to say the pass fell incomplete, ending the game and presidential hopes for the Republican party.

Placeblog to come tomorrow.

election_2008-400x300While watching the election coverage on television last night on CNN, I bounced around a few different news sites on my laptop.

CNN’s website was basically a shadow of their television coverage. It provided interactive maps, electoral vote counts, projections, polls, and other interactive feeds.

The New York Times and The Washington Post also provided many interactive feeds: maps, polls, projections, etc. They also provided a number of blogs, which featured columnists analyzing the election process, giving their two cents, while providing commentary from both campaign’s headquarters. Read More »

php491135b5e7ad8Last night, at 11 p.m., Barack Obama won enough electoral votes to defeat John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election, effectively becoming the first African American president in United States history.

The results were not a surprise for most people, as polling favored Obama greatly over the last few weeks and months.

The news was met with both great happiness and sadness.

Happiness for Obama supporters, especially African Americans, who battled oppression and racism for many years. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was captured on CNN camera’s multiple times, tears streaming down his face, as he faced the stage in which Obama would eventually give his first speech as President-Elect, looking so proud, like a father holding his first born child moments after the delivery.

Sadness from the McCain camp and supporters. Like him or not, John McCain is a stand-up man. His concession speech was both inspirational and classy, quite possibly the best speech he gave over the course of this long, historic election process. He took defeat with both grace and dignity, urging his followers to embrace our new president, in hopes of turning American around.

Being a supporter of Obama, I was quite pleased with the results, not to mention the other Massachusetts Ballot Questions. McCain supporter or Obama supporter, one has to come to the conclusion that this was the best thing that could happen to our country.

The scene at both candidates headquarters told the whole story.

McCain’s station in Arizona was serene for most of the night. Perhaps they all knew he had no chance, or perhaps not. It almost seemed as if his supporters were afraid to talk. It seemed like they were at a funeral, paying their respects for a lost campaign. And at the end of the night, that’s exactly what they were doing. Read More »

338580879As everyone already knows, tomorrow is election day. With this year’s election extremely important, not only for the present state of the nation-but also the future, it is imperative everyone who is eligible to vote, does in fact vote.

According to an article written by the Office of Strategic Influence, just 537 votes decided the 2000 election. Whether or not you believe those numbers, your vote does matter. As stated in the article:

“This leads to the next point: if your state is a solidly red state, one blue vote brings the race closer to being a swing state. When a state becomes a swing state, then the constituants of that state are given much more attention in the future, which leads to people making solid future choices, as opposed to just voting for whoever their neighbor votes.”

This year’s election also features a number of important in state ballot questions: lowering the income tax, decriminalizing up to an ounce of marijuana, and banning greyhound racing. There are also a number of  senate, gubernatorial, and other local governmental races up for grabs.

The article also boldly states:

“It’s important to remember that if you don’t vote, you don’t have the ability to discuss anything political. Not because there is a constitutional rule that bars you from being able to speak, but because your opinion doesn’t carry any weight if you were too apathetic to vote in the previous election.”

So wake up early tomorrow and head to the polls. Contrary to popular belief, your vote does matter.