Monday, May 18, 2015

Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals


After being down 2-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors came back and won 4-2.  The crowning moment of Game 6 was when Steph Curry made a 70+ foot shot at the end of the third quarter that went in right as the quarter ended.  It was glorious and shows the resilience of the Warriors.  The Warriors are a team that can seemingly be down and out for the count but will come back stronger then ever.  This year they have never lost more then two games in a row.  I am so proud of this team and truly do think that they will win the NBA Championship and that this is our year.
The Warriors have been moving towards this year, this team since we drafted Steph Curry and then the following year Klay Thompson.  It has been a long road for us Warriors fans but it has been rewarding to watch the team blossom and grow into such a strong team that has bone-fide stars on it but yet are just now getting the recognition that we have always known they should get.  This isn't a team with one or two stars but a team with two players who can put the team on their backs but most of the time do not have to.
I think that the Warriors will beat the Rockets and James Harden in more then likely 6 games because they are a team that can come back and dominate on both sides of the court, we are defensive team with offensive power.  That is a rare combination in the NBA, and as we all know defense wins championships.

I will keep you updated with recaps of the series vs the Rockets.  I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Washington Capitals: The End of the Season

Yesterday the Capitals lost in overtime in Game 7 to the New York Rangers, it has been the case that in the past three playoff appearances it has been the Rangers that have eliminated the Caps; but this may honestly be the series that is going to hurt for the longest time.  The Caps were a minute and a half from winning in Game 5, a minute and a half from making it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately the Rangers won in overtime.  Watching this series has made me realize how invested I have become in the Washington Capitals and how they have truly become my hockey team and how I have actually become a hockey fan.

The Caps played really well this season, they made it to the playoffs and in all honesty that truly all has to be put at the feet of Braden Holtby, he has been phenomenal as a goalie.  Watching him blossom as a truly elite goalie has been nothing short of sensational, I think for the past few years many people have given up on him and have wanted to relegate him to the side but he wouldn't let you.  He stood up and took charge of the net for the Caps and never looked back.  He has mostly bounced back from a bad game to have a sensational game the next day.  He shows you what it takes to be an elite goalie.

Now I may have said in the previous paragraph that Holtby deserves all of the praise and truly he does but we couldn't have won without Ovechkin, Kusnetsov, Backstrom and many of our other players.  These guys have done what they always do and score goals.  Kusnetsov came out of no where this year to help the Caps when they have needed it the most, he hasn't shied away from the crunch time goals and has done what he could to help the Caps when they need it.

That's all for hockey this season; stay tuned for my next post about the Warriors and the NBA Playoffs.  I hope you all enjoyed this post and keep following my love affair with sports.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Attending a NHL Playoff game in Round 2

This past Saturday I was in New York celebrating my boyfriend's 30th Birthday, we had gotten on the bus at 7am and arrived near Penn Station at 11:30am.  Originally we had planned on meeting up with some friends and watching the Capitals vs Rangers game at a bar about 2 blocks from Madison Square Gardens where the game was going to take place.  Phil turned to me and said we had to go, how can we be so close and not go, we purchased last minute tickets and were on our way to catch the game.

The view from our seats.

I had never been to a playoff game before and for my first one to be in Madison Square Gardens and to see my team play was a very cool experience.  Unfortunately the Capitals lost but it was a great game, the atmosphere in MSG was electric, the fans were loud and into every aspect of the game.  Sadly for me they were not cheering for the Caps but the fans that we spoke to had nothing but nice things to say about Ovechkin and Game 1.  They were respectful and outspoken about their love for the Rangers. 
The game itself was pretty brutal for the first 20 minutes as it looked like the Caps just didn't care about what would happen but the final 40 minutes were amazing to watch, the goals by Kuznetsov and Ovechkin were brilliant and the final few minutes of the game was heart stopping and I don't think I breathed because I didn't want to miss a single second of the final few minutes.  I can say that a playoff game is very different from a regular season game, the fans are even more involved during the playoffs and that makes going to a playoff game worth the extra price of the ticket.
I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Long Awaited Post

Well it has been almost 3 years since I last wrote this blog, crazy how life happens and you keep putting off writing a post because you can't find the time to write about your biggest passion in life, which for me is sports.  I'm going to try and be more regular with my posts and keep people updated with my views on what is happening in the world of sports. 

This post is dedicated to the NHL playoffs and to my journey of becoming a Washington Capitals fan. I've always had hockey kind of in my peripheral vision especially due to movies like Miracle and of course being Russian but I wasn't a fan of hockey and I could take it or leave it.  Then I met my boyfriend and it all changed, once the lockout ended and the shortened season was underway he took me to practices and I got to see the players up close. Only a window separated me from Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Nicklas Backstrom and all of the other Caps players.  This was probably the closest I have ever been to professional sports players since meeting Tyler Hansbrough.  But I still wasn't committed, I liked the sport better because I was able to put faces to names and to see the players practice and get ready for the game.

I watched games on TV with Phil and kind of sort of paid attention to what was going on but he was much more into the game then I was or currently am. Then came the day when we went to see the Caps play the Panthers and I was in Verizon Stadium wearing red with Phil wearing his jersey and being surrounded by the atmosphere of the stadium was probably the biggest reason I am a fan today.  There is nothing like it, it is surreal and wonderful, it brings you in and you can't get out but in the best way possible.  I was hooked, there was an epic fight in the game and it made me fall in love with the sport.

Now it is almost 3 years later and the Caps are in the second round of the Playoffs getting ready to play the Rangers on Thursday and I am hopeful that we will win and advance as this team is one of the best teams in the league.  We have Kuznetsov who has lit up the post season with the game winning goal in Game 7 against the Islanders and who somehow cannot be stopped, he is playing in his first ever post season and it looks like he is a veteran.

This is all for now but I promise to try to post more regularly. I hope you all enjoyed this post and keep following my love affair with sports.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fantasy Football: Week 1 recap

Well this first week of Fantasy did not quite go as well as I would have hoped it would.  I ended up losing my first ever match up and honestly it was due to some miscalculations on my part.  I decided against starting Randy Moss even though I knew he used to be a great player and I benched Cobb from Green Bay.  If I had started those two my score would have been much better but that is now in the past. 

My first player that had a game was Hakeem Nicks of the Giants and I had such high hopes for him, and yet in the Giants loss to the Cowboys, he was obsolete and I feel like he set the tone for my week.  I did have some amazing plays and some people who outperformed their projected points so I can't be to upset with week 1.  I just know that I need to do some more research and keep ahead of the game.

As already mentioned in my previous post David Akers was the MVP of the 49ers win and he was the MVP of my fantasy team, he outscored his projections and gave me a bit of hope.  Though ok and now I say this knowing my boyfriend won't really like what I'm about to type but I actually had high hopes for Michael Vick as my starting QB and what did he do he threw 4 interceptions which lost me at least 4 points and yes while he did make his projection in points it should have been higher and he should have done better.  I'm still debating starting him next week, he may get a second trial and then I will switch if he doesn't play to his potential.

Also I'm not to happy with LeSean McCoy, he should have had more points but no he started off with a fumble that lost me 2 points and he had to fight back to get to positive.  While he did give me some points and 11 points isn't to shabby I was expecting more.  I know this post is me griping about my first week but I am happy and I have realized that now starting on Thursday and going til Monday I will be obsessed with Fantasy and will be constantly checking the match up to see how I did.

I hope you all enjoy this post and keep following my love affair with sports.

Monday, September 10, 2012

FOOTBALL FOOTBALL: The Season is Upon Us

Clearly I'm insanely happy that it's that time of year again and that football is back in my life.  Now to be fair give me College Basketball too and then I will be in heaven.  But tonight will end Week 1 and tomorrow I will have an update about my fantasy football team.  This post is about the highlights of what has happened so far.

Starting off with a game that was televised at 1pm the New Orleans Saints vs the Washington Redskins.  Let's be honest who really thought that the Redskins were going to win and win in such a dramatic fashion, I certainly didn't and I certainly thought that while RGIII was going be awesome he wasn't going to go 8-8 to start off and have a 88 yard touch down pass but this all happened and maybe just maybe I might have been wrong about my prediction for the season where I though they weren't going to do better then 8-8 or maybe 9-7 with no playoff berth but you never know.  With this win we might be seeing a new and way more improved Redskins offense or it could have been a fluke.  We shall see I'm going with they are improving and they do still have quite a lot to improve on such as their defense but it is much better then last year and they did beat the Saints, though they are without their Head Coach Sean Payton due to the bounty scandal but let's see what happens to the Saints this year.  This was a great game for RGIII and the Redskins, a job very well done.

 Next up we have the 4:25 game which was the San Francisco 49ers vs the Green Bay Packers and man was this a game just like the game prior, this game was one for the books and an instant classic in my eyes.  All off season people have been saying, no way can the 49ers come back and repeat what they did in 2011 and no way will they be just as strong.  Well I think the score of 30-22 silenced the critics.  The 49ers came into Lambeau and made it there's.  Last year Aaron Rodger's and his Packers were behind in the score for about 3 minutes the entire season and this time they were behind for most of the game and the 49ers defense made Rodgers through a pick.  While Alex Smith was beyond amazing and hasn't thrown an interception is 185 passes which sets a 49er record. I think the true highlight goes to David Akers pictured on your left who made a 63 yard field goal as the clock wound down in the first half.  This was the statement field goal for the 49ers because the ball hit the goal post and instead of bouncing back out actually bounced in and gave us the points.  I know that I jumped up and screamed when that kick was made.  It was the most amazing thing I had seen.  This was a game of many wonderful aspects as Moss was terrific in his debut and showed that he hasn't lost any of his toughness.

 I was going to talk about Peyton Manning and his debut as a Bronco but I may put that in tomorrow's post because this one has gotten too long already.  I hope you all enjoyed this post and keep following my love affair with sports.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fantasy Football: Breaking Down my own team

Tonight was the draft for my fantasy football league and the very first thing I have to say is that after constantly telling my boyfriend Phil that I wouldn't draft Michael Vick that he wouldn't be on my team, what happened I ended up with Vick as my starting QB.  Now I do have to say I'm not to sad about this but I find it incredibly funny that by protesting so much I ended up with him.  Granted I ended up with Vick because all of my other top choices were taken.  I do have two pretty solid QB's in Vick and in Alex Smith, so I'm really happy with what I have at QB.  Though still Michael Vick, well what can a girl do but now root for Vick to play really well and if he ever has a bad game well then I will be moving to Smith.

Now at Running back I have LeSean McCoy also from the Eagles and from what I hear having Vick and LeSean McCoy is every fantasy football teams wish and they are a great combo so in this I say ok great I'm glad I have Vick just to give me the points with McCoy.  I honestly don't know much about him but from everything I've heard he's an amazing player and I'm happy I got him.  My other starting running back is Beanie Wells and he plays for the Cardinals now I do also have Cedric Benson so I will see what happens after week one and if I need to change starting running backs. So far I'm happy with my team.

Now I got lucky and got my first choice kicker and second choice defense.  The kicker is non other then David Akers from the 49ers because clearly he score points and he can make his kicks and is one the main reasons the 49ers did amazing last year so please Akers give me the same thing for the 2012 season.  For the defense I got the Green Bay Packers defense and hell yeah I'm excited because I love Green Bay's defense and Clay Matthews maybe a personal favorite of mine so I can't be too upset at getting them actually not at all.

Well that's all I'm going to break down tonight, tomorrow will be round 2 of the break down.  I hope you enjoyed this post and keep following my love affair with sports.