Friday, May 30, 2008

Hannah's Dance Recital

My 6 year old daughter had her dance recital today. Of course, proud parents that we are, we recorded some of it. It was rather informal as dance recitals go. The kids really seemed to have a good time though.

Some pics from the recital:



Red Wings/Penguins Game 3

Highlights (lowlights?) from Red Wings and Penguins in game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. I never expected the Wings to sweep, so I'm not ready to hit the panic button yet. The Penguins should have (and did) come out strong in their first game at home in the series. Game 4 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Go Red Wings!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Red Wings/Penguins Games 1 & 2 Highlights

Wow, I never would have predicted the Penguins getting shut out two games in a row. Sidney who? The Penguins are really on their heels right now. I'm hoping the Red Wings can keep them there and win the Stanley Cup. And next time Gary Roberts wants to pick a fight, he should pick on someone besides Pavel Datsyuk. Game 3 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. It should be a tough contest. I can't wait.

Game 1:

Game 2:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Red Wings/Stars Game 6 Highlights

Just in time to get us fired up for the Stanley Cup finals: Highlights from the Red Wings Vs. Dallas Stars Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Kris Draper scoring on a bank shot off of his face was awesome. Way to give it up for the team!

Stanley Cup Finals start Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Versus. Bring on the Pittsburgh Penguins. It should be a great series. The best young offensive talent in the against the best, most experienced, defense in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to watching.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Red Wings/Stars Game 5 Highlights

The Red Wings had a 2nd chance to eliminate the Dallas Stars on Saturday and failed. Here's hoping that the third time is the charm.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Red Wings/Stars Games 3 & 4 Highlights

I was out of town for a few days, so got behind on the highlights. I'll keep posting them until the Red Wings are out of the playoffs or they win the Stanley Cup. Go Wings!

Game 3:

Game 4:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Red Wings/Stars Game 2 Highlights

Highlights from Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Dallas Stars. The game was not as close as the score would indicate. Good thing Marty Turco was fabulous in net for the Stars or the score would have been far worse.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Wings/Stars Highlights from Game 1, 5/8/08

Highlights from the Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Stars came out flat and the Red Wings looked like they didn't miss a beat since sweeping the Avalanche last week.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Red Wings @ Avalanche, Game 4

Highlights from the Game 4 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche by the Detroit Red Wings. The Avalanche were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Detroit Red Wings advance to the Western Conference finals. Enjoy!

Oh, and just in case you missed the incredible goal by Henrik Zetterberg, here it is again:

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fantasy Baseball

My fantasy baseball team is mired in third place in a ten team league. Not that I am complaining too much. Last year I had a hard time getting and staying above 7th. I must've learned a little bit. My goal for this year was to not finish last. So far so good. I try not to look at my team's performance too often. Things have a way of evening out as the season progresses.

Why do I enjoy fantasy baseball so much? Not sure. I've tried other fantasy sports and just don't enjoy them as much. Maybe it's because of the natural statistical order of baseball. Once the sample sizes are large enough, the stats become meaningful and performance can be predicted with some degree of accuracy. Other sports aren't like that. In baseball if a career .250 hitter suddenly starts mashing at .450 for a few weeks I know not to get too excited because there is a cold period coming up where that player will regress back to their mean. Similarly if a career .300 hitter starts scuffling at .175 I know to just let it ride and he'll come back. It might also be the individual nature of the battle between the hitter and the pitcher. Other sports depend far more on team effort for individual success. In baseball, no one is going to help Miguel Cabrera hit home runs other than Miguel himself. In hockey the most skilled player in the world will not shine without a good supporting cast around them.

I guess in the end I enjoy crunching the numbers of all of those baseball players and seeing if I can dig up a sleeper that will launch my team to the top.