Offside Thursday/The week in review/NFL Picks

A shut-out for Sterling last Friday night as the Mississippi RiverKings blanked the Mavericks 3-0. Sterling stopped 23 shots directed his way. It was Sterling’s first shutout of the season.

Mississippi got on the board early in the first period as Patrik Levesque beat the Mavericks netminder Robby Nolan. It was 1-0 Kings after one.

In the second period, the RiverKings took a 2-0 lead on a goal from Brennan Sarazin at 9:47. It was 2-0 after forty minutes of play.

In the third, it was Darrell Stoddard who found the empty net with 24 seconds remaining. The final was 3-0 Kings.

The powerplay was pathectic again for the Kings as they went 0-for-6. The Mavericks powerplay didn’t look any better, they were 0-for-6 also. The Kings outshot the Mavericks 35-23. Robby Nolan of Missouri stopped 32 of 35 shots.

Saturday

Kings have a streak going-2 games in a row!!
R.G. Flath and Matt Summers had two goals each on Saturday night as the Kings edged the Evansville IceMen 4-3.

It didn.t look great for the Kings in the first period as the IceMen outshot Mississippi 10-4. Kings netminder Alexander Pechurskiy was the difference for the Kings in the first period. It was 0-0 after one.

Summers opened the scoring for the Kings in the second period at 10:43. The IceMen responded though as they tied the game at one on a goal from Brian Bicek at 17:14.The Kings responded to that goal with only 37 seconds remaining in the period. Lutz scored at 19:23. It was 2-1 Kings after forty minutes of play.

The Kings came out quickly in the third as Summers scored his second of the night at 1:25.It was 3-1 Kings. But the IceMen would not go away as Damian Surma scored at 2:19. It was 3-2 Kings. Then Bicek tied the game 3-3 at 15:10 of the third. It was now 3-3.

Then Flath scored two in a row, his first of the night came at 17:19, then he scored in the emty net with with 37 seconds remaining in the third.. The final 5-3 Kings.

Mississippi were 2-for-4 on the powerplay. Evansville were 1-for-4.

The RiverKings were outshot 34-25.

Sunday

Two game winning streak over
Wow, a powerplay that worked. The Fort Wayne Komets scored 4 powerplay goals and whipped the Mississippi RiverKings 6-1 Sunday afternoon in Indiana.

Fort Wayne opened the scoring on a powerplay goal by Frankie DeAngelis at 2:02 in the first period. Then the Komets scored again at 4:11on a goal from Tab Lardner.
It was 2-0 Komets at the end of the first period.

The Kings were no where to be found in the second period and I mean no where to be found. The Komets scored four unanswered goals in the second period.
P.C. Drouin scored at 2:16, Dan Lapointe scored on the powerplat at 11:56. Then Kaleigh Schrock scored at 17:09.Tab Lardner made it 6-0(his second of the night) at 18:29.
It was 6-0 Komets after forty minutes of play.

Mississippi would get one in the third period on a powerplay goal from Jeff Christian.The final 6-1 Komets.

The RiverKings out shot the Komets 38-26. Larry Sterling stopped 11 of 17 shots directed his way.

Komets netminder Kevin Reiter was outstanding between the pipes as he stopped 37 of 38 shots directed his way.

The Fort Wayne Komets were 4-for- 6 on the powerplay.Mississippi was 1-for-7.

Tuesday the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were in town.

A heck of a nice rebound from that thumping in Ft Wayne.

A win over the Bugs anytime is just so soothing. The Kings edged the Bugs 3-1 at the DeSoto Civic Center on Tuesday night..

Matt Summers opened the scoring at 1:03 of the first period. It was 1-0 lead at the end of one.

In the second period, Bossier-Shreveport tied the game with a powerplay goal from Shawn Limpright at 5:31. It was 1-1 after two periods of play.

In the third period Jeff Christian put the Kings up by one at 9:17. Then Stoddard found the twine at 16:17 of the final frame.The final score of 3-1 Kings.

Pechurskiy was steady between the pipes for the RiverKings, he stopped19-of-20 shots directed his way. Bossier-Shreveport’s netminder DeCaro stopped 20-of 23 shots directed his way.

The RiverKings went 1-for-4 on the powerplay and the Mudbugs went 1-for-6.

With the win, the RiverKings moved into a tie for fourth place in the Berry Conference with a 19-18-1 record and 39 points.

Next up for the Kings: The Dayton Gems role into town for a Friday and Saturday night battle with the Kings.

Saturday’s game is Pack The House Night and another Season Ticket Redemption Night.

Joe Sports thoughts

See my report on Wednesday.

http://memphisport.com/2011/01/jekyll-and-hyde-report-card-time/

Offside Thursday…

Here we go !!

Mark Cuban is suing the upstart United Football League for allegedly defaulting on a $5 million loan. It’s the most talked about stiffing of a Cuban since the Clinton administration.

A team of behavioral scientists at Wofford College in South Carolina claim they’ve taught a female border collie to understand at least 1,022 words. To put that in perspective, the researchers say Chaser currently has a vocabulary a bit short of the record held by a budgie named Puck, but slightly larger than Dion Phaneuf’s.

Fashion model and Italian national freestyle skydiving champion Roberta Mancino was recently named the Sexiest Woman in Sports by Men’s Fitness magazine. She has logged over 5,500 jumps – including four in the nude. I’ve never parachuted, but I could see falling for her.

The Detroit Tigers signed right-handed starter Brad Penny to a one-year contract worth $6 million with incentives. This proves a Penny that doesn’t save can still earn.

Newly-signed Detroit pitcher Brad Penny is reportedly engaged to Karina Smirnoff, a regular on Dancing with the Stars. Wouldn’t Smirnoff go better with Phil Coke?

An outdoor hockey game in Mexico City at the IIHF Division III Junior Championships between the host nation and Bulgaria was expected to draw 50,000 spectators. Organizers called the turnout of about 3,000 terribly disappointing. The Phoenix Coyotes called it above average.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says it will be WW 3 against the Steelers and both teams are modern-day gladiators. I don’t know how you feel about ‘war’ references in sports, but Armageddon tired of them.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has banned “Money for Nothing” from playing in Canada because it offends some people. While they were at it, they banned the Flames, Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs

After about 30 members of the Russian junior-hockey contingent were kicked off their return flight home from the world championships in Buffalo last week for unruly behavior: “Tempers apparently flared when Delta only gave them two minutes for boarding.”

Reuters reports three strange and unusual happenings Wednesday which doomsayers claim are signs of the apocalypse:

3. Romanian starlings dropped from the sky;

2. A wounded fox shot a hunter in Belarus;

1. The L.A. Clippers won their third in a row.

Febreze is the ‘Official Air Freshener’ of the NFL. Which is good news for Eagles placekicker David Akers, who ended his season with two bad whiffs.

Astronomers were excited when they thought the Hubble Space Telescope was giving them their first glimpse of a mysterious giant green blob in outer space. Turns out the telescope was focused on Rex Ryan.

Here’s the scoop

Rex Ryan, cast from a different coaching mold? You could say that.

If the NFL were Baskin Robbins, it’d be 32 flavors — 31 of them vanilla.

Favre’s sister was arrested in a Mississippi meth lab bust. Isn’t it time she retired?

Step aside, Mr. Favre. It’s Aaron Rodgers’ neighborhood now.

It looks like the Packers made the right decision in 2008, Rodgers is younger, healthier and maybe as good as Brett Favre, and I don’t think he even has a text-messaging plan.

For the America’s Cup in 2013,will Alcatraz be the penalty box?

Stanford’s Andrew Luck turned down the NFL because he wants more of the college experience,OK, so take the $40 million and move into a little room with a hot plate.

She is so cute…

How did we ever entertain ourselves before the internet

Baby’s Reaction to Grapefruit Juice

Penny’s parents (just like our parents still do), forced their 10-month old daughter to drink some grapefruit juice. Looks like we all had the same reaction.

Luckily, there are still some good people in the world. Except for that cackling she-devil at 1:31.

Next time you find yourself in Beauport, Quebec – you’ll know what gym to hit up. Don’t forget, they have chicks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgJXgLyIQPk&feature=player_embedded

It’s easy to throw a strike. Sometimes it’s not so… Oh wait, nevermind

We know how dangerous it is to drive and text. Have we told you how dangerous it is to walk and text near mall fountains?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWtDpGM36J8&feature=player_embedded

We smile a little more when we get to add some Star Wars related videos to the Best of YouTube. Our geekish pride can’t help but marvel at the greatness of x-wing fighter flying in a wintery Minnesota suburb.

Once Upon a Time…Vintage Technlogy

French school children are presented with some obsolete technologies from the past 30 years

NFL Picks…

Sunday, January 23

3:00 PM (ET)
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears (FOX-TV)
Pointspread: Packers -3

Green Bay needed a 10-3 win over Chicago in the final week of the regular season to even make the playoffs as the sixth and final seed, but it has certainly proved it belongs. First, the Packers got by Michael Vick and the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 in the Wildcard Round as a one-point road underdog. Next, they rolled over the No.1 Atlanta Falcons 48-21 as a one-point road underdog in the Divisional Round.

Chicago earned a bye in the Wildcard Round by virtue of winning the NFC North with the second-best record in the conference at 11-5. The well-rested Bears thumped No. 4 Seattle 35-24.

Head-to-head, Green Bay has won four of the last six games.I don’t like the Packers, BUT THEY WILL WIN.

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6:30 PM (ET)
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS-TV)
Pointspread: Steelers -3 ½

No. 6 New York put its money where its mouth is so far in these playoffs. First, it took out Peyton Manning and the No. 3 Indianapolis Colts 17-16 on a last-second field goal in the Wildcard Round. Next, the Jets pounded Tom Brady and the No. 1 New England Patriots 28-21 in the Divisional Round.

No. 2 seed Pittsburgh capitalized on three third quarter turnovers to erase a 14-point halftime deficit on its way to a 31-24 victory over No. 5 Baltimore in the Divisional Round.The Steelers were coming off a bye in the Wildcard Round after winning the AFC North on a division-record tiebreaker over the Ravens.

Head-to-head, the Jets have won three of the last five games.I dislike the Jets. Take the Steelers at home.

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Laugh for the Day!!

WRONG E-MAIL ADDRESS

This one is priceless…A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!!!!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2009

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in.

I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!

That’s it for today, enjoy the NFL and the Kings home games this weekend.

I’m Joe Sports.

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