Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Stanley Cup Finals Predictions

Time for the Stanley Cup Finals - winning now means you are riding high as champions of the NHL and able to party with Lord Stanley's Cup all summer long!

Stanley Cup Finals
Tampa Bay v. Calgary
Calgary won the Stanley Cup back in 1989 with quite a number of future Hall of Famers. (Lanny McDonald, Mike Vernon, Al McInnis to name a few.) The Flames team captain Tampa Bay is shaped up to look just like the Montreal of the late 80's (that's back when their team was really good). All of the Lightning stars are from Quebec providence (Richards, St. Louis, and Lecavalier) and "The 'Boulin Wall" Nikoali Khabibulin is playing just as strong if not stronger than what Patrick Roy did in his prime.
I am very upset at how the mainstream media has been covering this Stanley Cup Finals matchup. ESPN (the Disney-owned sports broadcasting company) should be the ones to take the lead and build the news hype and cover the Finals the way they should. Instead, I hear negativity of only how the ratings are down and the Pundits would most likey want to see the league just die off! To the American media credit, they have featured Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Not so fast!! They have, however, taken a considerable amount of coverage time to Iginla's ethnic background. Since when is a players' ethnicity a story? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT SKIN COLOR HE IS!
Tampa Bay is just happy to be here. In their decade long NHL run, they've reached the pinacle and are Bolt-ing to the finish line. Tampa has 4 lines that can score and as I mentioned before a goalie who has a record worth of shut outs in these playoffs. They were the #1 team in the Eastern Conference and represenative of the "southleast division".
Prediction: Flames in 7
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