Friday, April 1, 2011
Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Dubinsky. Where have you gone? Gaborik has been a disaster all year. It is one thing if he’s been nagged by injury, but there is no reason to believe that’s been the case. And the sad part is that on most nights he visibly lacks the hunger on the ice. The hunger that Ryan Callahan has had all year. Until now. Callahan has been invisible in the past few games, and there’s no reason why. Maybe injury? Who knows at this point in the season. But Callahan has lost that step he used to have on opponents. He looks sluggish and certainly doesn’t have the pop and physicality that he did a month ago. Dubinsky on the other hand has looked hungry and physical and provides the fight when appropriate, but his puck possession has plummeted. And at this time of year the Rangers need goals and assists, and he’s providing neither. Dubinsky is strong on the puck and fast, but he continually refuses to drive to the net. Coach John Tortorella must be pounding him with these same thoughts, but clearly he isn’t listening. Nobody is. Which is certainly surprising given the time of year and the position the team is in.
Four regular season games remain. This past Wednesday and Thursday nights were meltdowns. Now the Rangers find themselves against Philly and Boston in their next two games. Not promising opponents to win against. One glimmer of hope is the Rangers have seemed to step up against the better teams of late. But lets be honest, the Rangers are going to need a lot of luck to get to the post-season this year. And now every fan has the pleasure of watching luck play a factor in the team’s final 4 games. The same luck that Olli Jokinen carried on his stick in the shootout of Game 82 last season.
On a much much brighter note, we have a newcomer in The Hasty’s Top 5 on the right. Congrats to Kate Upton. Can you say smokeshow? Shit yeah.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tonight will mark the first NHL game for Evgeny Grachev. And good for him. Although he hasn't been producing in the AHL yet, scouts reiterate the talent level this young Russian kid has. With the injuries to the lineup, this is his chance. And in the Rangers organization, chances aren't exactly a dime a dozen. Here is his first. Lets see if he can stand out.
And lastly, lets hear a warm welcome for Jana Kramer to our Top 5. Although her acting credentials aren't superb, we really don't give a shit.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Jeremy Roenick was a true warrior and an ambassador for the sport, especially in regards to media interaction. The guy was a character and still is. There has been a push for Versus to hire him as an analyst for his outgoing and controversial personality. I think I remember him doing a guest appearance as an intermission analyst once, and I specifically remember him being very mediocre. Maybe I'm wrong. Anyways, Jeremy should be remembered for his grit. The guy not only could score, but has to be one of the most gruesomely injured players of all time. But he always battled through it. To commemorate his career, check out these top 10 Roenick sound bytes I came across online. The top 2 are awesome.
Andy Roddick stepped back on the court for the first time since his loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. He won convincingly over Benjamin Becker in the Legg Mason Classic, which is a great sign after his hurtful loss to Roger. But his next test is tonight when he faces Sam Querry, who has been on fire of late. You can't wait to watch the match, right? Don't hold your breath. Neither ESPN2 nor The Tennis Channel start coverage of the tournament until tomorrow. That's just great, it's going to be real enjoyable clicking refresh on my computer's tennis scores. Way to go ESPN. You're doing a great job in building the tennis hype heading into the US Open which your network bought the TV rights to this year for the first time.
The New York Rangers walked away from Nik Zherdev's arbitration award of $3.9 million. The Rangers never considered Zherdev for next season, and that was clear when they signed Kotalik. I'm not so sure about Sather's decision here. If you exclude the playoffs, Zherdev didn't have that bad of a year. In fact, he led the team in points. I know he was expected to have a breakout season, which he didn't, but he had a decent year. I'll say it again, he led the team in total points. Would one more year at $3.9 million been that big of a gamble? His playoffs were horrific, but it was his first time in that position, so I would have given him a pass. Lets see what he does his second time around. But Sather decided otherwise the moment he signed Kotalik, making the arbitrator's salary decision insignificant. Hopefully Kotalik's eyes aren't blinded by the Broadway lights.
Lastly, the classic movie Swingers is one of the best ever. But the part in the movie involving the video game NHL '94 is one of the funniest scenes ever. I haven't seen it in a while, but I'll tell you, it never gets old. Please watch this below, beginning to end. You must.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Regarding the Lindsay Lohan and Anna Kournikova flip-flop----it had to happen. I've got to be candid here, Lindsay is losing a little steam in my eyes lately. I can't really put a finger on it, but I guess she's losing her lust. Anna is still going stronger than ever, and in a selection lineup my index finger points to Ms. Kournikova if I had to choose.
The newcomer Lucy Hale rounds out the Top 5, but barely. To be honest, I can see her getting bumped in the near-term for sure. But for now, she is a fresh face that is Grade A in my book.
Friday, July 10, 2009
But first, who is the entertainer here? Get ready for this. A 17-year-old junior high school student. She is a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro and her name is Mayara Tavares (we're going to go out on a limb here and say no relation to #1 NHL draft pick John Tavares). The girl was selected to attend a meeting of young people held in conjunction with the summit. Now--Barack and Nicolas must know they are on camera, so what are they thinking? Forget that she's only 17 years old. And I'm actually even willing to give Barack some leeway here, it was a quick reaction. Unacceptable, yet involuntary. Nicolas on the other hand is just blatantly eyeballing this girl in glee. Come on dude. Below is a video of the incident and it only gets worse for the French President. Alot worse...just watch. One other thing though--the G8 summit host, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, was recently ditched by his wife because of a sex scandal. It just makes you wonder how much behind-the-scenes sex scandals and activities go on with our "high ranking" officials worldwide. I've got to think the reality is beyond belief. These people think they are above all morals and laws. Anyways, here's the video, which probably gives us just a glimpse into these people's lives:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Are Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova Engaged? - 2007
December 5, 2007
Tennis babe Anna Kournikova has been spotted wearing a $6 million diamond ring, sparking rumors her long-time boyfriend Enrique Iglesias has proposed to her. Enrique – who has been dating Anna since meeting on the set of his ‘Escape’ video on 2002- has refused to comment on the engagement rumors. Anna was snapped wearing the triple gold-band ‘engagement’ ring on her left hand on Tuesday in London, where Enrique is doing promotion. The Daily Star quotes an ‘onlooker’ as saying: “They certainly both seemed quite smug about something and Anna seemed to be sporting a Russian wedding ring.”
Monday, July 6, 2009
- The Rangers signed Higgins (1-year $2.25 million per) -- Higgins will have 1 shot to prove himself
- The Senators signed Kovalev (2-years $5 million per) -- this won't come close to replacing Heatley
- The Maple Leafs signed Beauchemin (3-years $3.8 million per) -- if Toronto can get a goalie, they are going to open some eyes this year
And lastly, we all know about Patrick Kane's habit of constantly chewing on his white mouth guard during games. Well it seems Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is not too fond of it. Check out this video:
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Anna Kournikova got into a fight Saturday night in Las Vegas after an unidentified woman threw a drink at the tennis ace. Kournikova and her pals were partying at Lavo after attending the Hardbat Classic table tennis tournament when a woman at the next table "threw a drink at Anna. She felt Anna was invading her space." Kournikova "sprung into action" and starting screaming at the woman and shoving her. "It was a big fight." The woman was kicked out only after leaving Kournikova with some vicious scratch marks on her neck.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Hasty's final prediction of the season (other then the Rangers landing Heatley or Kovalchuk in the offseason) for tonight's game is this...RED WINGS. There are 3 reasons why: 1) Home Ice Advantage: Red Wings; 2) Fleury vs Osgood: Osgood; 3) Depth Players: Red Wings. Those are the factors that are going to determine who takes The Cup from Mr. Bettman tonight and hoists it to the rafters. I will leave you with this one minor twist: The Penguins do have those two guys named Crosby and Malkin, who have both been pretty quite of late. Are they do? Scary thought.
Just one more thing, and I'm sorry for anyone who this offends, but while searching the web for the Stanley Cup photo I headed today's article with, I came across this photo above. For anyone who likes Lindsay and hockey, this is a match made in heaven. Enjoy the game tonight, it's the last one for over 3 months. And just think, after tonight The Hasty will have plenty more time and ink to dedicate to people just like Lindsay!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Oh yeah, did I mention that their coach quit the other day?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I'm sorry, but there is no way that Fernando Gonzalez or Robin Soderling are going to beat Roger Federer in the French Open finals. I don't care how hot they are. So in my eyes Federer needs to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals tomorrow and he'll almost certainly capture the elusive French Open title. And this will crown him as the best male tennis player of all time. I know Pistol Pete would still be tied in grand slam titles with Roger, but Pete's resume still has a massive hole - he never won the French. How could you say Roger isn't better for that simple reason? In the end, that will be moot though, because Federer is going to win another grand slam on top of this potential French title. But lets be clear, Del Potro isn't even close to being a pushover. This will be Federer's toughest match of the tournament, beginning to end. Tommy Haas came out of the gate flying, but couldn't finish Federer (or anyone for that matter) as usual. Gael Monfils is way too hot-and-cold, and Federer jumped all over him. But Del Potro is the best all-around player of the bunch. I expect this match to be a dogfight, and one in which I wouldn't be surprised if Del Potro wins. But with Nadal at home for the first time in his career and not holding the trophy, Federer is on a mission. This, in my opinion, is his one and only chance to win the French Open. And Federer knows it.
One note on the Andy Roddick meltdown again Monfils in the 4th round. Roddick is 100% right with his anger. If you didn't see it, Roddick was consistently complaining to the chair umpire that the light was too dim to play, and that he wanted the match suspended. In the second set, not only was the sun setting, but there was significant cloud cover that rolled in. No joke, it was 9PM local time in Paris when they started the 3rd set. The fact that the chair umpire did not suspend play is a disgrace. Who's call was it to even start this match that late in the evening? Why not make it the first match the next morning? I'll tell you why. They started the match out of stupidity, Monfils then wins the first set, Roddick complains in frustration about the sunlight, the French officials don't mind, and they simply decide to keep the match going. Why? Monfils is French.
One last thing, Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals is tonight. This series has had amazing action, especially in Game 3. The only difference in the series has been goaltending. Games 1 and 2 would have been a toss-up if Fleury had played half-decent. Detroit is going to come out flying tonight, and the only way they lose is if Crosby wakes up. He's actually not playing bad, he's just being so heavily covered that he seems invisible at times. But he is creating his chances, he's just not finishing them. If that doesn't change then the Pittsburgh ship is sunk, they'll lose tonight and they'll lose the series. But no matter the result, tonight's game will be another back-and-forth game with a plentiful amount of offensive opportunities. So enjoy it.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
In the end, imagine if Detroit loses the finals to Pittsburgh and you're in Marian Hossa's shoes. What a disaster. If that scenario does come to fruition, he'll probably sign with Pittsburgh again over the summer. Okay...not really...right?
Friday, May 22, 2009
It really is a great commercial that draws you into this guys life in only 30 seconds. I'm interested in this guy, you're interested in this guy...hell, by the end of the clip when he's just chilling with the women half his age I think every guy is infatuated with this dude.
Most importantly, will we be as accomplished as this mystery man by the time we are his age? I guess only time will tell. But in the meantime a slogan on a poster ad of his will guide us: "Happy hour is the hour after everyone from happy hour has left." Here's the commercial in case you've never seen it. Watch at your own risk. Stay thirsty my friends.
Oh yeah, and if you really, really love this guy...see here.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
***UPDATE*** Unfortunately this video seems to have "been removed by the user". I wonder if it was actually the Penguins PR staff who ordered it to be removed. In any event, you're going to have to take my word on this.
Oh boy. We can only hope this isn't real, but like they say, pictures don't lie. Unless they're artificially edited I guess. This is a video of a Britney Spears concert in which Evgeni Malkin seemingly is in attendance. There is really no evidence of who he is with and it doesn't look as though he is exactly happy to be there.
So why would Malkin attend such an event? Maybe he received the tickets for free. Or maybe his girlfriend dragged him there. We can't really see who he is with. Maybe he took his little sister. But that would entail him, first, having a little sister and, second, her visiting from their motherland of Russia. Seems very unlikely. What if Malkin is dating Britney?! It certainly would be a step up for her from Kevin Federline, right? I doubt Britney understands Russian though, so they would have to communicate through hand gestures. But a relationship with Britney would probably be better off that way.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Now to the game, is this series over if Chicago loses tonight? It would certainly be a longshot to come back from a 2-0 series deficit against a veteran Detroit team. We all know by now that Chicago is deep and can get secondary scoring, but they wouldn't be here, nor will they go any deeper, if Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews don't show up for tonight's Game 2. The thing that baffles me is how they both didn't show up for Game 1. The only explanation is that Detroit shut them down, and I'll buy it. So the question tonight is what kind of new game plan the Blackhawks will have to show for themselves. According to Kane, "We think we have a better game plan for tonight". Well that's great to hear because he needs an actual shot on goal after going shotless in Game 1.
Was anyone else unimpressed with the Game 1 goaltending? The first two goals of the game were pretty lousy ones to let in. I'm going to be watching that in particularly tonight. There's really 2 major factors in tonight's game:
1) Do Kane and/or Toews make a difference? (if both do, then Chicago will win)
2) Do both goalies rebound? (if one steps up, it should be enough for that team to win)
My prediction is both goalies rebound well and have strong games. I think this game will be a tight one, with Chicago prevailing in OT.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Olivia Palermo, who plays a working girl on MTV's "The City," is getting a new "job" for the show's next season. The fauxcialite is leaving Diane Von Furstenberg's fashion firm to join Elle. The oft-photographed Palermo may be working in the magazine's publicity department. Her rep said, "I haven't heard anything about Olivia going over to Elle," but Elle had "no comment." An MTV rep said, "Olivia is currently still working at DVF."
- Black Maybach with tinted windows
- 72-degree dressing room
- And the dressing room must include: Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, two bottles of $300 champagne, "good quality" peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses and Marlboros
The school refused to provide the booze, cigarettes and car. Can you imagine why?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- 1. In the Miss USA pageant, Miss California was asked by a panel judge whether every state should legalize gay marriage in the wake of Vermont becoming the fourth state to do so. Miss California's response? "Well, I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what? In my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman. Thank you very much." YIKES. And YIKES again. I'm not taking sides here, but no matter what she should have shut her mouth after her second sentence, and just left it at that. Key takeaway: Don't ramble on stage in a beauty pageant or else your IQ will be exposed.
- Keith Lewis, co-executive director of the Miss California pageant, went on the CBS program “The Early Show” on Friday and said that before the Miss USA pageant (in which Prejean finished second by the way) his group helped her get breast implants in an attempt to propel her to the Miss USA crown. The controversy, from my understanding, is that a contestant can't have the procedure financed by someone else, but I'm not 100% sure. Key takeaways: 1) So what.
- Pageant officials are stunned to find out that four photos are circulating on the internet of Prejean in her underwear with no top on and only her hands covering the exposed boobies. Supposedly this is the most serious of the issues, and she may have her Miss California crown stripped, but once again I'm not really too sharp on these pageant rules. But Prejean is desperately claiming that she was only 17 years old when the pictures were taken. Key takeaway: Is it better or worse if she really was 17 in this photo? If she's 18 then she violated contest rules, but if she's 17 then why is she doing lingerie photo shoots, let alone semi-nude ones? And what were her parents thinking?
What a debacle. How is this all going to be sorted out? I say who cares. The only person that should care about all this is Miss California herself. Because she is going to make a boatload of money off of this no matter what the outcome is. And good for her too. With the way things are headed in society, you may as well make some bang for your buck if the opportunity presents itself. I mean, c'mon, something tells me she doesn't really have anything else going for her.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Meanwhile, Montreal "star" goaltender Carey Price was caught in this photo (to the right on top) in which he is enjoying not one, not two, but three cigarettes at once. Interesting. I guess you have to give him credit. Good thing he didn't have a game the next day. And pictured under that is a photo of Dion Phaneuf, seemingly very uninterested in what the blonde girl is blabbing about, and more concerned with how he is going to light his cigarette. Overall though, I don't have a problem with these guys doing it in the offseason, as long as it isn't during the season and isn't affecting their on-ice performance. Partying is what these young men do, they're kids. Especially in the offseason this shouldn't be a surprise, certainly not in Avery's case. And you are being ignorant if you don't think he rips a few butts occasionally during the season as well, I can tell you that firsthand.
Here is the text of the Page Six article on Avery:
IT'S officially the off-season for Sean Avery. The oft-penalized puckster, who was benched by the Rangers for Game 5 of their seven-game defeat to the Caps, was smoking cigarettes the other night with Catherine Keener and a gaggle of groupies in the Meatpacking District on his way to Daphne Guinness' birthday party for photographer Steve Klein at the new Standard Hotel. "He was wearing a tight black shirt, thick glasses and wide-legged swishy black pants," laughs a spy. "He looked ridiculous." Also in attendance at the party were Madonna and boy toy Jesus Luz, Ingrid Sischy, and Avery's ex Kelly Klein.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
But this game honestly could have gone either way. If Antropov scores the breakaway and the Capitals first goal doesn't pinball into the net, then Federov's goal cuts the Rangers lead to 2-1. But, for obvious reasons, you can't look back and say what-if, so we will leave it at that.
The Rangers have numerous off-season moves to decide upon. In my opinion (while keeping the salary cap in mind although I'm not doing the math):
- Goodbye: Don’t re-sign Morris, Mara, Voros or Zherdev
- Keeping: Sign Sjostrom, Betts, Dubinsky, Callahan, Orr, Korpikoski and Valiquette
- Offering: Offer Antroprov a decent contract but not a huge amount and see if he bites. I doubt he will, so let him go (which is okay because they need some cash to sign Staal whose entry level contract I think ends after next season)
- Needing: The major off-season task is to get a pure goal scorer. This will be almost impossible because of the Drury, Gomez and Redden contracts.
- Solution: To solve the money issue, buyout Redden’s contract (if Mr. Dolan allows it) and use that money to make a run at Kovalchuk who is a free agent (I would think he'd love the limelight of playing in NY). Backup plan is Havlat or Gaborik (I would say one Sedin twin but I doubt they will break themselves up and we can’t afford both)
So here is my lineup for the first regular season game of 2009-2010, keep in mind that 3 spots will be determined in training camp:
2) Avery-Dubinsky-Anisimov (I know he is a center, but doesn't he seem like an Antropov-type?)
3) Korpikoski-Drury-Minor leaguer who makes team (Byers / Bell / Pyatt / Parenteau / Grachev)
DEFENSE (we should be in good shape with all the young talent)
2) Rozsival-Minor leaguer who makes team (Gilroy / Sanguinetti / Potter / Sauer / Fahey / Del Zotto)
3) Mara (keep'um if Redden is bought out)-Minor leaguer who makes team (Gilroy / Sanguinetti / Potter / Sauer / Fahey / Del Zotto)
Like I said, this is all dependent on money, and although I think this may work financially, a guy like Kovalchuk will cost a ton of dough. So I'm not so sure that he is the best move, nor the smartest. But I do know one thing for sure, all you Rangers fans out there undoubtedly feel deflated and want more blueshirts hockey today, but you can't feel as empty as Devils fans. On the last two goals, I guess Marty was just drained from such a long season of carrying the team on his shoulders. Oh wait, I forgot he only played in 31 games this year.
More later or tomorrow...most likely on the exciting world outside hockey...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The potential suspensions are something to talk about. Clearly the hit from Brashear will result in a suspension. The picture here clearly shows elbow to head. He should get 2 games, one for this hit and one for the contact he initiated with Orr in the pregame warmup. I'm leaving it at that. Although losing Betts, which sounds like it will be the case for Game 7, is a massive blow to the team. Now to the biting incident on Dubinsky by Morrisonn. This should be another suspension given the precedent with Ruutu earlier this season. The question here is whether there is video evidence. If not, then this won't result in a suspension. I will keep you updated if I hear any news on this today.
My take on Game 7 is this: The Rangers need something to light a fire under them. And maybe that something is someone. The team has called up rookie minor league all-star Artem Anisimov, likely since Betts is a no-go for Game 7. Talk about throwing a kid into the fire.
Maybe this will spark the team. If this kid can go out with some jump in his step, something no Ranger has done except for Ryan Callahan, then maybe it will be contagious, for one game at least.
Lundqvist will obviously need to be much better too, but that really isn't the team's problem. It's everything in front of him. The defense has a ton of holes and the offense has no game. That was a concern voiced here before Game 1. Then everything seemed to come together. Our defense was stellar and our offense put 4 goals on the board. Now granted Theodore was a disaster in that game, but if I remember correctly, we had a boatload of offensive opportunities, which hasn't happened in a game since. So if the team can gather the energy to actually put forth a defensive and offensive effort, then they will take Game 7 tomorrow night. Oh, and maybe some suspensions will help too.
Friday, April 24, 2009
It sounds like Avery is a go for tonight. From what I've read, Tortorella was asked point blank this morning if he intended to bench Avery, and his response slipped at first as he said "No." Although he retracted a bit in saying his lineups will be whatever they are at the puck drop, I think it's pretty clear that Sean will be in. I also think there is a very good chance that he has his best game of the series. Lets face it, this guy is due for some points, if not goals. Don't be surprised if he comes out flying.
But, once again, tonight it's about Lundqvist vs Ovechkin. What a matchup. Not even Sean's antics can get in the way of this. Nor can another playoff game on the tube -- this bout is the only game on the schedule tonight across the NHL. The spotlight is solely on these two men. And thus far in the series it has been Alexander The Great glaring up at The King on his throne.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
On Drury calling him during and after the BU season: "He talked about what it was like being a Ranger, where he's been. He told me, 'Matty, I've been all over the NHL, different cities. There's nothing like being a New York Ranger."
On the reason for his late development vs his peers that were drafted years ago: "Those kids are more physically mature than me. The reason why is I'm such a late bloomer. I didn't hit puberty until I was 18 years old. I still don't shave. I'm 24. It's embarrassing."
Those are some great quotes. Definition of a late bloomer: Since 2003, the year he was eligible for the draft, Gilroy has grown six inches and added nearly 100 pounds.