Unlike Ms. Spears to my left, I am not trying to make any sort of comeback. Sure, there hasn't been a blog posting in almost a week, and hasn't truly been a good one since the Rochester/JM watching Family Guy blog from way back on April 25.
Some of my most loyal readers have complained via e-mail, and some even found out my cellphone number and decided to voice their complaints. Which is fine. I have a lot of rollover minutes.
So, pray tell, what has your friendly neighborhood sports writer been up to these days? Asides from playing more than a few rounds of golf, I've been out covering things like UM baseball, a Heat playoff game, the Marlins (ran into old pals Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Gratton and Austin Guhl at Friday's game at Joe Robbie Stadium. Mike Russo was hanging out in the press box as well. It was like hockey season never ended.)
Have also spent plenty of time watching these hockey playoffs. While I enjoyed the action in the opening round a little more, this semifinal round has been pretty good as well. Got to like the way Anaheim played in their semifinal meeting with the Luongos, once more proving that Vancouver was a Luongo injury away from a long offseason. They need to get some offense help, soon.
How bad was Vancouver's performance in an eventual Game 5 loss? "There wouldn't have been a game tonight if it wasn't for Roberto," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told The Vancouver Province. Read the rest of Ed Willes' story here: ROBERTO HOME ALONE
Also liking Ottawa right now. Officially picked Jersey in the paper, but had plans to change it to Ottawa and simply forgot. That's what I get for filing stuff early instead of waiting until the last minute. Like usual.
-- Speaking of Russo, glad to hear the Panthers have officially hired local journalist and general cool guy Dave Joseph to run their online interests and also write for their various magazines. Finally, some horse racing news in Unrestricted! Good luck to Dave not only on the new gig but hoping he and Mike Phillips cash some serious tickets at the Kentucky Derby today.
-- Plantation Scott sent out his take on a previous note. If you recall, I counted 11 members of the Panthers (now 12, read below) from the past two seasons who made it to the postseason this year. Well Scottie took the time to look up ALL the former Panthers who made it to the playoffs this year.
PS: Good job as always Scott. And I didn't count Eric Cairns because he only played in one game for the Pens this season. But since he was technically a scratch, I should have. So that's 12.
The additional Panthers are: Andreas "Peter Worrell" Lilja (Det); Jaroslav Spacek (Buf); Matt Cullen (NYR); Martin Straka (NYR); Kevin Weekes (NYR); Rob Niedermayer (Ana); Viktor Kozlov (NYI); Mike Sillinger (NYI); Scott Mellanby (Atl); Dan Boyle (TBay); Vinny Prospal (TBay); Filip Kuba (TBay); Darcy Hordichuk (Nash); Marcus Nilson (Cal); Byron Ritchie (Cal); Rhett Warrener (Cal); Mark Parrish (Dal); Stu Barnes (Dal).