Offside Thursday/No grit on this team

Yes, here I am in Prescott Valley, Arizona. I made the road trip with the wife. Did you know the Kings only have 11 games left in the season. Lets thank someone for that, it has been a horrible one. The Kings record is 24-26-5- for 53 points and fifth place in the Berry Conference standings.

Why did I make the trip to Arizona? I’m nuts, crazy, not all there, insane, batty, cuckoo,delirious, demented, idiotic, lunatic,mental, nutty as fruitcake, of unsound mind, out of one’s mind, psycho. AM I ANY OF THOSE…YES. BUT THE REAL REASON, my wifes parents live close to Prescott Valley.

Any other year I would have been excited about going on a road trip and heading into the playoffs. This year has been different, a lot different. I think you know what I’m talking about, let me put that another way, I know you know what I’m talking about.

Enough said, lets have a look at the past week.

Last night…Wednesday night in Arizona.

Same old story, the Kings got thumped, man handled in Sundog land. The Dogs beat up on us 4-1. The game was the first meeting ever between the teams since Arizona joined the CHL.

The first period was BORING AND I MEAN BORING.The RiverKings outshot the Sundogs 9-6. It was 0-0 after twenty minutes of play.

Arizona opened the scoring in the second period on goals from Mark Kolanos and Jason Visser. Kings Matt Summers cut into their lead with a goal on the powerplay at 12:28. But the Sundogs increased their lead by two as Joey Sidesscored at 4:18 in the middle frame.It was 3-1 Sundogs after forty minutes of play.

Luke Erickson’s finished off the Kings on the powerplay at 14:09 in the third period. The final 4-1 Sundogs.

The Kings were 1-for-4 on the powerplay, Arizona was 2-for-8. The Sundogs outshot the RiverKings 49-28. Mississippi netminder Sterling takes the loss, he stopped 45 of 49 shots directed his way. Sterling has a record of (11-12-3). Sundogs netminder Levente Szuper was steady between the pipes he stopped 27 of 28 shots directed his way.

The Arizona Sundogs snapped a five-game winless streak and earned their third straight win at home Wednesday night at Tim’s Toyota Center. I didn’t have a tough time picking up two tickets before the game, the attendance folks was only 1,502.


The Kings got on the board first at the DCC, with a powerplay goal at 16:19 from Matt Summers. The Oilers would tie it up though, with only 1:28 left in the period on a goal by Jack Combs’. It was 1-1 after one.

Only one goal was scored in the second period and it was not scored by the home team. Tulsa’s John Mori scored with eight only seconds left. It was 2-1 Oilers after forty minutes of play.

Chris Richard scored his 16th goal of the year on the powerplay. It was 2-2 at the end of sixty minutes.

Then it was overtime.

It didn’t help in overtime, that we started the OT session on the powerplay.

Oilers, Tyler Fleck took a stupid penalty at 19:23 of the third which carried over into OT. WE COULD NOT SCORE !!

But the Oilers did at 2:10, on a goal by Beausoleil. The final 3-2 Oilers.

Goaltending was an issue on Saturday, we outshot the Oilers 40-25. Trevor Cann stopped 38 of 40 shots directed his way. The Mississippi netminder  stopped 22 shots, but he had only 25 shots directed his way.

The RiverKings were 2-for 11 on the pathetic powerplay.


The Oilers edged the Kings on Friday night at the DCC, the final 6-5 Tulsa.

Jack Combs opened the scoring for the Oilers at 12:18. The Kings would respond with a powerplay goal from Flath at 15:31. It was then tied at one. But the Oliers got on the board again with another goal from Combs. It was 2-1 Oilers after twenty minutes of play.

The Kings tied the game in the second period, I missed that one as I was getting a few pops, the Kings scored at 0:10.Chris Auger scored for the Kings. Beausoleil gave Tulsa a 3-2 lead with a goal at 3:33. But the Kings rallied for two more in the second, Summers scored at 5:56 and Landmesser scored at 17:58. It was 4-3 Kings after forty minutes of play.

Then in the third period, guess what, the Kings scored again and we had a two goal lead. Yes a two goal lead. Chris Richards SCORED AT 4:00. I guess the two goal lead went to the Kings heads. The Oilers responded with 3 unanswered goals. Battaglia scored at 8:44, then Beausoleil scored at 12:44. The winner for the Oilers came at 14:00, Marty Standish beat Sterling and the final was 6-5 Oilers.

Mississippi out shot the Oilers 39-34.

Up next…Arizona hockey. Next action for the RiverKings will come this Friday and Saturday night at 8:05 pm Central time in Arizona. Bob Bakken will have the call on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM with the pre-game at 7:50 pm Central time.

If you want to get together with other Kings fans, a get together will be at the Southaven Buffalo Wild Wings, just north of Goodman Road on Airways Boulevard.

Remember the start time of both these games on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.Game time is 7:50 pm Central time.

Joe Sports thoughts

Whose team is it? Is anybody going to take charge? Those are all questions that are looming for me. It looks like we are stuck in mud.

We’re just missing too many assignments, we need EVERYONE to step up and take some responsibility for what’s happening around the front of our net.

Now I thought Killer had lost something this season, but Gardner has nothing, there’s no grit on this team.

Remember when…

In his first campaign as RiverKings’ coach, Kaminski has immediately fashioned his team into a championship-caliber group, now with a Northeast Division regular season title, and a 43-16-3 record with two games remaining in the schedule. Look at that record, what has happened?

At least Kaminski bought into his coaching philsophy of grit and hard work. Gardner has brought none of that.

True Grit!!

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

CHL might lose two !!

The Odessa Jackalopes confirmed Tuesday that they are in final negotiations to bring a North American Hockey League club to the Permian Basin for the 2011-2012 season. Laredo might follow.

This is bad news for the CHL.
It’s time for Offside Thursday

Unconfirmed reports have Jeopardy-winning computer Watson in a battle of wits with Leafs GM Brian Burke. One is known for being calculating and humourless; the other is made by IBM.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he has quit Cap’n Crunch. He is now know simply as Sabathia.

 The Caltech men’s basketball team edged Occidental by a single point in their season finale 46-45, ending a conference losing skid of 310 consecutive games that spanned 26 years. And there’s more good news. After calculating the statistical improbability of it all, Caltech has been nominated for their 32nd nobel. Occidental missed their last-gasp shot. It figures. They try to win for all those years then it happens Occidentally.

Sources in California say the Jay at Maverick’s Big Wave Surfing Invitational—which was under threat of cancellation due to a lack of giant waves—may take place after all. In a related story, JaMarcus Russell was seen swimming in San Francisco Bay.

Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco, Brazilian surfer Bruna Schmitz and American volleyballer Kim Glass each had their Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photos taken in the mountains of Banff, Alberta Canada. Talk about athletes at their peak. Wasn’t that where Margie was from.

Banff, Canada


 Three examples of gross over-estimates in sports:
3. At the start of this season, Brent Sutter claiming Rene Bourque would be a combination of Rick Tocchet and Cam Neely;
2. After LeBron left, Byron Scott saying the Cavaliers still had enough talent to be a strong team in the NBA;
1. Before texting Jenn Sterger, Brett Favre trying a wide-angle lens


Jessica Simpson says she and ex-NFL tight end Eric Johnson are jointly planning their wedding. I saw Johnson play. Let him help with the ceremony, but don’t count on him for the reception.

An average audience of 647,000 people watched Cathy Overton-Clapham defeat Jennifer Jones. By comparison, the Edmonton-Colorado NHL game that night drew an average of 492,000 viewers. This proves definitively there is a place for fighting in curling.

According to a new survey, one in three Russians think the sun revolves around the earth. This came as a surprise to Alexander Ovechkin, who is pretty sure it revolves around him.

DC United has re-acquired Brazilian midfielder Fred from the New England Revolution, for a second-round draft pick. And a player to be surnamed later.

Cameron Diaz, who is dating Alex Rodriguez, told Jimmy Kimmel she loves porn. I’m thinking she must also love A-Rod’s salary, which is really obscene.

Mikhail Prokharov tried to lure Carmello Anthony to the Nets. In the end, James Dolon managed to Knicks the deal.

Here’s a look at the latest videos making the rounds on YouTube this week.

A Day Made of Glass

Where will it all end?

Oh, no, Hangover Part Two

Number one was so good, it’s going to be hard to beat
Speaking of movies that didn’t need a sequels-ET

Can you name all the movies that this footage was borrowed from to do this ?

Horses save Milk Truck Stuck in Snow

This video truly defines the term horse power! Watch how a kind Amish gentlemen and his massive horses pull a enormous eighteen wheeler stuck in the snow somewhere in Central Pennsylvania.


A superb stop-motion video entertains and challenges us to rethink are overuse of natural resources.

“What Is Internet, Anyway?”

A giant super-cut of news reports, commercials and instructional videos before majority of the world really knew what the internet was.

Thom Yorke’s “Single Ladies

Well, this was predictable. Someone added Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” track over Radiohead’s video for “Lotus Flower.”

Justin Bieber dies (on CSI)

You’re welcome


1957 vs. 2011

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2011 – School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins.. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2011 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnn y and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not sit still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2011 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt..

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2011 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock


2011- The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English

1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2011 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up working at McDonalds for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 – Ants die.

2011 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated.
Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Wally falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Nancy. Nancy hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Wally feels better and goes on playing.

2011 – Nancy is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison… Wally undergoes 5 years of therapy and is never the same again.

How stupid have we become?

That’s it for this week, so long from Arizona. I’ve got two more games to watch in Arizona. Maybe the Kings can take one and make my road trip worth while. I can’t even think of losing three here and having to put up with the mother-in-law.

Enjoy the games this weekend.

I’m Joe Sports.

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