More Honors for Alex Ovechkin

As if he needed any, but The Beer Lodge crew picked him as “Bro of the Week.” A well deserved honor for the man who can apparently do it all.

Sidney Crosby? Whom Ovechkin gave a friendly wave to in their recent game? A possible consolation prize as he won “Jabroni of the Week.”

Tiger Woods, on the other hand, apparently is human (just joking, so is Ovechkin). Seriously, match play is a bit of a crap-shoot because winning or losing depends to some degree on how well your opponent is playing. Tim Clark is a good, veteran international player who played a fabulous round of golf. Trust me, even without Tiger, Vijay, or Padraig Harrington, the final three rounds of golf this weekend should be plenty exciting. The PGA Tour’s marketing slogan isn’t wrong. These guys are good- pretty much from top to bottom.

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Really Cool Links

I will get back to some longer-form posts as the week progresses. It’s just been pretty busy for me the past couple of days and nights.

In the meantime, check out Jeff Skversky’s piece on a Philadelphia-area high school swimmer born without eyesight. Jeff was one of my supervisors when I interned at the NBC station in Syracuse and he’s now a sports reporter for one of the country’s most successful local news stations, in his hometown to boot. My brother and sister have both swum competitively for Great Neck South’s teams, and never forget to tell us how intense it is/was at the dinner table. That just makes Matt Wallace’s accomplishments even more amazing. Awesome story.

Jeff also did a story this weekend on the Philadelphia Flyers’ carnival to raise money for various charities. Looks like that event was pretty successful! Closer to home, the Rangers have a casino event every year for charity, and that’s coming up next week. A little too expensive for my tastes, but the pictures I’ve seen from past events indicate that it’s probably a lot of fun. Before anyone asks, I do like the hiring of John Tortorella as the new Rangers head coach. I was not advocating for Tom Renney’s removal; he did a terrific job getting the team back to respectability and the playoffs. Also, the roster as presently constituted probably isn’t that much better than their record indicates. That said, I do think Tortorella’s style could light a fire under the team and help them get going at exactly the right time- the end of the interminably long regular-season and into the playoffs. We’ll see though!

Also, Taylor Buonocore, a friend of mine from Colgate, is blogging about her experiences volunteering for the better part of her first year after school. She spent nearly three months in Ecuador last fall and is now in Tanzania, working at a children’s village/school until the end of March. Plus, she’s had the chance to see the Galapagos, go on a safari, and visit other incredible natural sites. It sounds really cool, so do make her weekly updates part of your blog-reading habit for the next few months!

If You Haven’t Already Seen it…

You need to. Right now. You can even watch this clip in HD.

Simply incredible. He literally played the puck to himself off the boards as if it was a game of streetball, then jammed the puck in as he was being taken down to the ice. To think that Alex Ovechkin himself only described it as top-10 for his career. Just about everyone else is comparing it to That Goal he scored against Phoenix back in 2006 from the seat of his pants. Up to now, that was undoubtedly his best, and arguably as good as any goal scored in the last two decades.

Canadian sports network TSN tried to rank Ovechkin’s 10 best goals. For the moment, they think #1 is the one from Phoenix and #2 is the one he scored on Montreal this week. Take a look at their compilation and decide from yourself.

Me? I’ll agree with TSN’s assessment because Ovechkin didn’t appear to get a clean look at goal against Phoenix when he shot the puck, and he was going away from the net too. Regardless, they’re both fun to watch over and over again. Plus, you can just about count on Ovechkin delivering a few more special goals before he’s done. Bad news for NHL defensemen and goalies, great news for fans.

I just wish somehow he could’ve ended up in New York… we may just have to settle for Nikolai Zherdev.

Culture Shock

As you know, the feds have been trying to crack down on compensation and bonuses for big business, especially for the banks, as part of TARP and the economic stimulus. This, despite criticism that it could lead to companies losing top executives at a time when restructuring and survival may depend heavily on stability and competent leadership. Maybe so, and government attempting to heavily regulate the affairs of business probably sounds better to you and I than it actually works in practice. And after reading this article from Crain’s New York, you might think bonus caps aren’t such a good idea. Or, you still may.

Off to the Boardroom Again?

Didn’t see or hear any of A-Rod’s press conference while at work today, but read about it afterwards. As I said in earlier posts, investigating steroid use in baseball prior to when MLB and the players agreed to testing with penalties has little point or meaning to me. I hope for Alex’s sake that he isn’t hiding anything else, especially with Selena Roberts (one of the SI reporters who broke the story about his steroid use) set to release a book about him in April. If he is being close to honest (and I can understand him shielding his cousin’s name for privacy reasons but the media will probably find out that person’s identity soon enough) and is never caught using HGH (which can’t yet be detected by a urine test)- I assume he wouldn’t use anything that could be found under MLB’s current tests!- then okay, end of story. Dumb mistake made, he won’t try to hide it forever like Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire, and he’s got nine years left on his contract with which to build an overwhelmingly positive legacy.

It’s the players who test positive going forward that I and history will definitely be less kind to.

I’m not a big Bill Madden fan, but he made a good point in today’s Daily News. Evidently, nobody from MLB, much less the Mitchell Report investigators, has done much about steroids in the Dominican Republic. They seem to be easier and cheaper to get over there, and Madden cites an ESPN report that a majority of minor league players who tested positive under the current policy are from that country. So yes, maybe cleaning up the sport (to the extent this is possible) begins with discouraging youngsters, regardless of country, from taking steroids. That it’s not entirely about ethics (which are themselves obviously debatable), but above all else, one’s health, maybe even one’s life.

But going back to this thread’s title…

Saw a headline blurb in today’s Wall Street Journal that Trump Entertainment Resorts (i.e. casinos) is headed to bankruptcy court. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. I guess you have to ask at what point does a judge tell The Donald or his business partners, “You’re Fired!”

This just gave me a good laugh, even though I fully respect the size and scale of Trump’s empire.

Lots of other stuff going on, with all other things baseball starting up and of course the dog and pony show in Washington. I’ll get into that later in the week.

Nice Ad

Not much doing this afternoon, but I saw that Nike put this commercial out featuring Manchester United and Arsenal players. Not sure if it will air on soccer telecasts in the U.S., but I’d have to guess at some point it will.

For a change it shows the Gunners favorably against their Premier League rivals, although we have done alright against United in the League over the past several years. It’s beating some of the lesser teams which has proved a bit more difficult!

Underrated?

Indian food might just be in that category. Had it for dinner tonight with my grandmother in Queens (conveniently located down Union Turnpike from my gym). For starters, we shared a Masala Dosa (thin crepe with potatoes/onions/peas/nuts). Then a goat mixed with spinach and some herbs plus a Shahjahani Biryani (saffron rice dish of chicken, shrimp, and lamb mixed together with a few vegetables). Delicious (and plenty to bring home for leftovers). Plus, the side sauces were flavorful and none of the food was too spicy. We asked for everything to come mild, but even that is probably spicier than what you could get at lots of other restaurants. Dessert was a little unconventional, two balls of cottage cheese in condensed milk (and flavored with rose water). That might have been the weak link in the meal, but still worth trying.

All in all, an excellent meal. I will have to go again sometime down the road. Coincidentally, I saw Slumdog Millionaire the previous night in NYC, which was enjoyable and fully deserves the accolades it has received.

The other underrated of the day is Nate Robinson. How he dunks a basketball like he did tonight in the annual Slam Dunk Contest is beyond me and probably everyone else on the planet. I’m not a Knicks fan, but that was impressive. As noted in the link to his bio, we are talking about someone who is not even 5 feet 9 inches but has a vertical leap of about 43 inches. I wonder what Muggsy Bogues might be thinking right now.

I hope everyone had a terrific Valentine’s Day.