I had to do this.
- Geek & Sci-Fi
We love athletes that play for the love of the game, even if "play" sometimes takes the interpretation of "beat the snot from thy opponent's body," which is what happened at the end of Anaheim's <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030236">win against Detroit</a> in Game 6.
Last night, the Anaheim Ducks (they're no longer the "Mighty Ducks" since Disney sold the team to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Samueli">this guy</a> in 2006) edged out another win against Detroit last night, but the rub was that Detroit actually scored the tying goal with under two minutes to play in regulation.
Look, I don't care if the clowns in Detroit want to litter their own ice with traditional mollusk fare, but to do it in someone else's building.
I'm still not sure why the NHL has decided to anoint January 1st as their showcase day when every casual sports fan is going to be watching college football instead.
Above is the conversation that Patrick Green of San Antonio had with Sean Beligian of WDFN 1130AM discussing his outrage at the Detroit Red Wings and their fans for disrespecting dead octopi.
NHL - The Red Wings captured their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 seasons and blah blah blah, pardon me while I engage in a mild inward seethe now that the Penguins team I'm a pretty fairweather fan of has been thoroughly outclassed in the series' deciding Game 6.
NHL - Petr Sykora guaranteed he was going to score.
The Penguins are 0-3 in Finals games this year in which octopi land on the ice before the initial face-off.
NBA - It's so nice of Ray Allen to be a productive member of The Big Three for once.
Actress Kristen Bell, best known for playing the title role in the WB's popular show Nancy Drew: Vampire Hunter, revealed in an <a href="http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=364500&page=NewsPage&service=page" target="_blank">interview with NHL.com</a> that she grew up in Detroit (read: the Detroit suburbs) and is a huge Red Wings fan.
Here's Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury leading his team out on to the ice before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Red Wings right winger Tomas Hoimstrom, who it seems has that TomASS, got a <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/hockey/stars/stories/051508dnspostarssider1.3c4acdb.html" target="_blank">goal by teammate Pavel Datsyuk last night waved</a> off because, even though his skates weren't in the crease, his ass so fat they have to stop play for it.
NBA -- Hey, who knew LeBron had any part in this series that didn't just involve missing poorly selected shots.
As the Ducks prepare for Game 4 of their series against the Red Wings (which Detroit leads 2-1), they'll have to try to even the series without their primary enforcer, Chris Pronger.
The NHL suspended Calgary Flames goalie <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/6725950" title="FOX" target="_blank">Jamie McLennan</a> for the next five games of the playoffs:McLennan was given a match penalty for slashing Detroit's <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/player/342317" class="moreNew">Johan Franzen</a> in the midsection at 17:01 of the third period, one of four penalties the <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/team/66302" class="moreNew">Flames</a> were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of the <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/team/66304" class="moreNew">Red Wings</a>' 5-1 victory.