On St. Patty’s Day, The Leafs and DevilsShareThis
I love that to is equally as fake/BS as Valentine’s Day, but everyone’s down cause they get to get sauced at noon.
Since today’s officially Point Out Your Irish Heritage Day: A few generations back my family last name was O’Burne. Something about coming to this continent and changing it to avoid persecution I guess? Anyway, I’m something like 30% Irish, a little more Ukranian (pierogi!) and a mutt mixture of about eight other places. But today….. IRISH!
While we’re talking heriti (plural of heritages), I’d love to have some people recommend their favourite food from their country, I could use some new stuff to try. As of this morning, I was advised on twitter to try “salo,” a Ukranian food which appears to be uncooked bacon or something. But whatever, I’m down. Whatcha got, folks?
The playoff races are a lot of fun to follow right now, specifically the Eastern Conference, largely because of the tremendous stories that the Maple Leafs and the Devils have become. The Leafs are four points out of a playoff spot with 11 remaining games – the Devils are six out with 13 to go.
One of them could make this work, I’m tellin’ ya.
The biggest thing (in my opinion) is that they’re both actually chasing the Rangers. I think the Sabres are too good to fall off, but I could see NYR hitting some stumbling blocks down the road. The Sabres added Brad Boyes at the deadline, lost nothing, and were underachieving to begin with.
The question I asked on twitter this morning was, how, in a conference with that many bad teams, do you fall so goddamn far behind?
It feels like these two teams have won every game since Christmas (aside from the little Leafs skid). And if I remember right, I think the Leafs started the year with something like an 6-2 record. What, did they just get buckled every night after that? They’ve climbed out of a pretty deep hole – I just dug up my Power Rankings vote from December for USA Today, I had them 28th. 28th!
And every time I look at the schedule for either team, it seems like they play a pushover two out of every three games. Tonight, they’re playing Ottawa and Florida respectively. Those should be wins.
And now they’re a team in the playoff hunt. I’m sure they’d like back a few of those games around the middle of the schedule, eh?
Be safe today, and have fun. Back at it tomorrow, most likely with a fun picture or two, and possibly a hangover.