Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Golden State Warriors are your 2015 NBA Champions


To start this off I have to say congratulations to Andre Iguodala for being named the 2015 Finals MVP, you deserve this and without you I am not sure that the Warriors would have pulled through this series to win it all for the Bay Area.  This series was amazing and full of spectacular plays and players who pushed themselves to the brink and beyond.  I am so proud of how the Warriors persevered from being down 2-1 and made the adjustments necessary to win 3 straight.

This team is truly remarkable and there has never been and will never be a team quite like this one again.  From Steve Kerr to the bench players, this team has pulled together in such a way that you can truly say this win was a team effort and not the work of one or two players.  The Warriors played great offence and great defense through out the season and when they needed it most they made the stops that were crucial to getting this victory.

Now I have to say the Cleveland Cavaliers gave us a run for our money and never stopped playing, never gave up and never backed down.  They were truly amazing and honestly had both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love not been hurt the series truly may have gone a different way.  I do believe they are destined for great things and will win a ring, I am personally just happy that it wasn't at the expense of my Warriors.  Lebron was flat out amazing this series averaging almost a triple double in the series and he excelled when he took the weight of the Cavaliers on his shoulders.  Unfortunately for him the rest of the team wasn't really there to back him up as much as he needed.  I am intrigued to see how this team will be in the next couple of years.

I am so happy for the Warriors and for the Bay Area, this has been much needed and it shows the world that sports is truly coming back to the Bay and that we are working to be great.  I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The NBA Playoffs 2015 Edition: Warriors vs Cavaliers



Tomorrow is the day when two teams come together for 7 games to see who will emerge victorious as the 2015 NBA Champions; will it be the Golden State Warriors who haven't won since 1975 and haven't been to the finals since they won or will it be the Cavaliers who have never won but have made it there before in the past 10 years.  I can tell you who I want it to be because clearly we all know I am a Warriors girl and a Bay Area Sports fan.  But to be honest this is actually going to be one of the best Championships that we have had.  It will go to 7 games because both of these teams have the skill level and the drive to make every game close.

The best news that has come out of the Warriors camp is that Klay Thompson has been cleared to play in game one of the Finals after sustaining a concussion about a week ago.  For the Warriors to get the Splash Brothers back is great news because these two men have become the backbone for the team and their ability to drain the 3 has been mostly unstoppable.  You cannot forget about Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, these three men have helped to make the Warriors one of the best all around teams in the country.  They always say that defense wins championships and I believe that is true and this team is the best defensive team in the country; they would not have gotten to where they are without it.

Granted the Cavaliers have Lebron and he is not someone who can be pushed to the side but he doesn't have the all around talent around him that the Warriors have and he has come from the East which is a weaker conference then the West.  I do have to say that while the Cavs are not as deep as the Warriors they are no slouches either and they do have a great team and they have made it to the Finals, which does take a lot of hard work and talent to achieve.  I kind of want the Cavs to get a ring but not this year, not against my boys in the Blue and Gold.  I personally predict that it will be 4-3 Warriors.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

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.