I did not post this Sunday night, because it deserves to be re-lived on (late) Monday night.
ESPN was doing a lot of slobbering over Cabrera throughout the night, but it was much deserved. Cabrera is now hitting .387 this season with 11 HR and 47 RBI. SCHWING. In his last 162 games, he has a .351 average with 122 runs, 47 HR, and 152 RBI. That's pretty good. SCHWING. SCHWING.
Cabrera became just the fourth Tiger ever to hit three homers in multiple games, joining Bobby Higginson, Cecil Fielder and Rocky Colavito. More impressive than hitting three dingers, was the fact that one was a mammoth oppo bomb, another was a line drive to center that made the pitcher legitimately flinch, and the third was a jam-job wall scraper. Sheer power and strength.
Yes, I know the Tigers lost, but I would rather focus on history here. The Tigers will be fine. Miguel Cabera meanwhile is the best, most enjoyable hitter I've ever had the pleasure of watching, and he should not be shrugged off because the Tigers lost a game on May 19. Must C for Cherish.no comments
There were hockey pundits who thought the Red Wings would get swept by the No. 1 Blackhawks, arguably the best Blackhawks team ever. After a tough seven-game series against the mighty mighty Ducks, I will admit that a let down against the Blackhawks from a team that had, really, already exceeded expectations didn't seem completely unreasonable.
Well, following a 3-1 win on Monday night, the Red Wings have a 2-1 series lead and us Wings fans are feeling preeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty good. It's fun.
The Red Wings "weathered the storm" in the first period and came on strong in the second period.
Shortly after Justin Abdelkader nearly scored after he made a nifty pass off the boards to himself, the chicken king Gustav Nyquist put on the burners, a jock-removing move on Brent Seabrook, and held back the B button until he had a wide open net to flick the puck into. 1-0 Wings. You watch:
A mere 31 seconds later, just as they were finishing up announcing the first goal with the arena still buzzing and us still horripilating, Drew Miller crashed the net and tapped in a Cory Emmerton rebound to make it 2-0, just like those fluke goals in mid 90s video games. Feelings were good at this point and going into the third.
Less than five minutes into the third, though, Patrick Kane got the Blackhawks on the board. 2-1. Also on the board was Johan Franzen, but that didn't wind up in the books for some reason.
A moment later the Hawks nearly tied the score at 2-2, but the goal was waved off due to interference with Howard, much to the chagrin (Chicago-in?) of the Blackhawks. But according to Rule No. 35.93, you don't interfere with Jimmy Howard after boarding a mule. That's a real rule I just made up. Here's the controversial video:
A moment later, Datsyuk got magical again, putting the game all but out of reach with another wrister gatorade rattler. Now you have a chance, now you don't - the magic man:
Bumps on skin. That's Pav.
Zetterberg on Datsyuk's goal: "That's Pav."— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 21, 2013
Yep, that's Pav. And that's the Red Wings winning Game 3. I haven't had this much fun watching the Red Wings since 1997. Seriously. I'm pretty sure that was the last time I didn't absolutely expect them to win each and every playoff game.
Game 4 is on Thursday night at 8pm ET. I expect the Red Wings to win. Duh.no comments
Mike Babcock said the Red Wings sat back and watched Game 1, doing about as much skating as I did in the 4-1 loss. In Game 2, they skated and they dominated the No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks, flipping (Filppula'ing?) the script and evening the series for Game 3 on Monday in Hockeytown.
The Blackhawks lit the lamp first in the first period after a Wings defensive breakdown, allowing Patrick Kane to score his first playoff goal since he started growing his beard back in the 2011 playoffs. The Wings had three great scoring chances in the period and outshot the Blackhawks 12-8, but couldn't cash in.
It didn't take long for the Wings to even things up in the second period, though, as Damien Brunner deflected a Jakub Kindl shot past Corey Crawford a little over two minutes in. They celebrated. 14 minutes later, Henrik Zetterberg made an amazing play to fend off a diving Blackhawk and showed even better patience with the puck as defenseman Brendan Smith crashed the net for an easy one-timer goal from the stick of Captain Z. They celebrated again.
In the third, Johan Franzen wristed one by Crawford to make it 3-1 and Valtteri Filppula went flying and, during his ride, he put the game completely out of reach. We all celebrated.
Game 3 in Hockeytown on Monday.no comments
Detroit4lyfe is being represented at the Tigers' game in Texas tonight!no comments
As we have a tendency to do here at D4L, we like to deflect any and all negativity.
LOOK HOW TERRIBLE THIS IAN KINSLER SLIDE WAS LAST NIGHT [via DShep25]:
Here's how our Friday morning coffee-maker convo will go, okay?
Hungover fan: Did you see the Verlander-Darvish game last night?
Still-drunk fan: Yeah, dude - oh man, did you seeeee that Kinsler slide??
Hungover fan who wants everyone to know just how hungover he really is: [laughs] Yeah. What an iiiiiiiiidiot! Just like we were idiots for ordering that last round of peppermint patties, right guys?
Still-drunk fan: It's, like, ex-squeeze me, have you ever done a headfirst slide before?
Hungover fan: Head definitely first. How does an athlete do that? I mean, I understand how Still-drunk fan fell like that last night, but Ian fuckin' Kinsler?
Still drunk fan: [laughs] Yeah... wait, what?
Hungover fan who wants everyone to know just how hungover he really is: [laughs] You fell last night... you know what, guys? My head hurts ...
Hungover fan: [laughs] Ian Kinsler probably too.
[They all share a good laugh]
[Co-worker everyone hates approaches; laughter dies down; everyone's uncomfortable; co-worker everyone hates steps between the Hungover fan and Hungover fan who wants everyone to know just how hungover he really is to grab a cup of coffee]
Hungover fan who wants everyone to know just how hungover he really is: Excuse you, Steve. Too early and HUNGOVER to be pushed aside like that.
Co-worker everyone hates: [pulls coffee cup out and up slowly to his stupid fucking lips, stops before sipping and looks up] Sorry, mang ... hey, what the fuck is wrong with Verlander, you guys?
Just tweeted out by the team's official Twitter:
In case the pic is not showing up for easy viewing, it's as follows:
Game 1: Wednesday, May 15 @ Chicago; 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, CBC
Game 2: Saturday, May 18 @ Chicago; 1 p.m. ET on NBC
Game 3: Monday, May 20 vs. Chicago 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 4: Thursday, May 23 vs. Chicago 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 5*: Saturday, May 25 @ Chicago TBD ET on TBD
Game 6*: Monday, May 27 vs. Chicago TBD ET on TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday, May 29 @ Chicago TBD ET on TBD
* if necessary
TBD = to be determined, not a time or channel you haven't heard of before
See you on WACK WEDNESDAY for Game 1.no comments