Well. Yesterday certainly was a wacky one in the world of athletics, was it not?
For example: the Washington Capitals have now so disgraced themselves that certain players will have to swim to the World Championship, or to their native countries, or wherever they go for the summer. Even worse: they have to take the long way around, through burning oil and dead manatees in the Gulf of Mexico. This is what happens when you choke!
Already Capitals fans are calling for Bruce Boudreau's plump bald head. Might be a bit rash, but if he must go, might I suggest José Mourinho?
Actually, forget that. I want José for the Thrashers.
MEANWHILE: There's a whole 'nother round to go before we even reach the conference finals! If you're interested, you can look back at my first round predictions and have yourself a chortle. I did get half the victors right, which probably means I also got half wrong. Got none of the predicted series lengths correct.
My predictions for the second round, not that you asked:
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal
Who I'd Like to Win: Montreal.
Who Will Win: The Penguins in 6.
Philadelphia vs. Boston
Who I'd Like to Win: I guess Boston, though I'm not that fascinated by this one.
Who Will Win: Philly in 6.
Vancouver vs. Chicago
Who I'd Like to Win: Vancouver.
Who Will Win: Vancouver in 6. I'll also declare for all to read, now and forever, that they'll win the Stanley Cup this year.
Detroit vs. San Jose
Who I'd Like to Win: The Sharks getting past the second round would be as exotic and as fascinating as a two-headed marmot.
Who Will Win: Empirical science indicates the Red Wings, but I'll be foolhardy and say the Sharks manage to win it in 7. I predict Marleau and Thornton find their will to live in this series. Setoguchi-Pavelski-Clowe will be a monster, obviously. If San Jose really does manage to get through Detroit, then all bets are off, including my prediction about Vancouver.