Dolphins are Delicious

Dolphins and tuna, swimming together in harmony. In my stomach's digestive juices. Best snack food ever, mostly because I hate dolphins.

Adidas launched the website for their new skate sneakers today. Really nice site. The sneakers? Not anything I haven't seen before. Someone needs to get me the kicks Mark Gonzalez is wearing in the graphics on the site though.


Happy Len Bias Day!

Why did you leave us so soon?

Did anyone else see Wade push Adrian Griffin on his way to scoring the game-tying basket? That's not a foul but apparently not touching a guy as he fumbles a layup is. Really good officiating in that game last night.


Playoff Beard of the Lost

Playoff beards are an ancient tradition in hockey, primarily the NHL. Sources indicate it started with Erik the Red back when he was a rookie with the Kansas City Scouts in 982 A.D. (he was expelled from the NHL after, in a fit of rage caused by losing game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, he murdered half the Toronto Maple Leafs roster).

I'm a big fan of the playoff beard. I haven't touched a razor or scissors since the playoffs began. But in all the years I've witnessed this facial phenomenon, I've never seen anything quite like the beard sported by the Edmonton Oilers' Sergei Samsonov. It's like Cha-Ka from Land of the Lost grew up and trained to be a hockey player in Russia:

Glorious. "Playoff Beard" has a great running tally of the best of the best growths in this year's playoffs.

I don't know if I quite agree with the "only players left in the final round qualify" thing he's got going on, because Scott Niedermayer always brings his "A Game" in the playoffs. Dude was at stage four before the playoffs even started.


Top Ten Stanley Cup Final Cliche Stories

10. Edmonton can come from behind to be only second team to overcome 3-1 deficit in the Final

9. Hurricanes on verge of first championship

8. Small-market team wins Cup (applies to both teams)

7. Glen Wesley, in his 10,456,624th season wins the Cup, and retires a winner (this would be higher on the list, but Wesley hasn't been a good player for years)

6. Unsung goaltender overcomes adversity and steals the series back for his team (Jussi Markkanen filling in for Dwayne Roloson, the other best goalie in the playoffs)

5. Rookie goaltender Cam Ward (only five years old) wins Cup, Conn Smythe

4. 75 year old Mark Recchi finishes career with one more finals win

3. Doug Weight beats former team of eight years to win Cup

2. Doug Weight finally gets his name on the Cup after 927 seasons

1. Rod Brind'Amour can finally win Cup in his 2,846th season