4/8 Roundup: Mets Get Rickroll’d, NHL Picks Used As Diversionary Tactic

The way I figure it, there are going to be a shit-ton of articles tomorrow from the members of the sports media who just happened to learn of this Internet fad called the Rickroll. Now, to be fair, these sportswriters aren’t going to have the ability to bust out video feeds and what have you to accentuate their point. Seeing how this is a blog, though, I do have that opportunity, and will take full advantage.

And since once of the videos contains the Mets’ P.A. announcer explaining the entire situation, we’ll just move right on to the media portion of this post.

We’ll start with the portion of the Rickroll that reached the largest number of people, courtesy of this afternoon’s SNY telecast:

Following the jump, we have four more videos from fans who attended today’s game — courtesy of YouTube, natch — and a fifth video which, well, you just have to watch it.

This one has the full explanation:

And this one is kind of like Zapruder in HD.

How they handled it up in the ‘bleeds:

The quality’s pretty weak on this one, but I’m pretty sure I hear cursing, which is really all you can ask for from a quick camera phone capture of a situation like this one.

But perhaps the most haunting one of them all is this gem:

Incidentally, the Mets lost 5-2 to the Phillies.

Okay, enough stalling. Here’s what you really came here for: my unenlightened views/predictions on the National Hockey League and its Stanley Cup playoffs. Oh sure, I made a preliminary effort to try to decode the most grueling post-season tournament in North American sports simply by removing shootouts from the equation and re-ranking the post-strike teams as if ties still existed. (How fascinated are you right about now?) But my findings were, not surprisingly, that there couldn’t be any significant correlation drawn between teams that picked up the bulk of their points in regulation and/or overtime rather than the shootout. Of course, the sample size is only two years right now, so I’m not sure what I was expecting.

Still, when a team like the Edmonton Oilers can reach the Stanley Cup Final as it did in 2006, there’s not a hell of a lot you can do to logically determine who’s going to hoist the coolest trophy in sports. So instead I decided to just go with my instinct, and maybe take a look at some goalie stats to help sway my decision. Old buddy Pythagoras may have made a cameo, as well. But really, these are some quick and dirty predictions, and I’m just fine with that.

NHL Playoff Predictions
Eastern Conference:
#1 Montreal Canadiens over #8 Boston Bruins in five games
#7 Ottawa Senators over #2 Pittsburgh Penguins in five games
#3 Washington Capitals over #6 Philadelphia Flyers in seven games
#5 New York Rangers over #4 New Jersey Devils in six games

#7 Ottawa Senators over #1 Montreal Canadiens in six games
#5 New York Rangers over #3 Washington Capitals in six games

#7 Ottawa Senators over #5 New York Rangers in six games

Western Conference:

#1 Detroit Red Wings over #8 Nashville Predators in four games
#2 San Jose Sharks over #7 Calgary Flames in six games
#3 Minnesota Wild over #6 Colorado Avalanche in seven games
#5 Dallas Stars over #4 Anaheim Ducks in four games

#1 Detroit Red Wings over #5 Dallas Stars in six games
#2 San Jose Sharks over #3 Minnesota Wild in four games

#1 Detroit Red Wings over #2 San Jose Sharks in five games

Stanley Cup Final: #1 Detroit Red Wings over #7 Ottawa Senators in six games

Yes, I actually believe that the Red Wings can pull it off this year. Of course, this is far from the scenario I’m rooting for. I’d much rather see the Flyers start tearing shit up again and hoist the Cup, but that’s unlikely unless the League takes the shackles off and lets them play like animals again. As I recall last year’s contentious Red Wings-Flames series, I’m starting to think that such behavior may not be out of the realm of possibility. But that might just be the blind optimism talking.

(Still, if Ovechkin just so happens to get put on the shelf early in the series, who’s stepping up to stop the Flyers in that series? Okay, let’s just move on.)

As a further reminder that my personal predictions can often be taken with a grain of salt, I present to you the links to today’s box scores, along with my picks in italics. I posted a 4-8 record on Tuesday, ironic since the date was, in fact, 4/8, and terrifying because a couple of rainouts and I might put up a 4-9 spot on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, New York Mets 2
Boston Red Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 0
Baltimore Orioles 8, Texas Rangers 1
Kansas City Royals 5, New York Yankees 2
Oakland Athletics 9, Toronto Blue Jays 8
Seattle Mariners 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Houston Astros 3
Milwaukee Brewers 3, Cincinnati Reds 2 (10 innings)
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, Los Angeles Dodgers 5
Cleveland Indians 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3
San Francisco Giants 3, San Diego Padres 2 (11 innings)

NL Central vs. Merrill Park Superstar:
Milwaukee Brewers (6-1) .857
St. Louis Cardinals (6-2) .750
Chicago Cubs (4-3) .571
Merrill Park Superstar (59-56) .513
Cincinnati Reds (3-3) .500
Pittsburgh Pirates (3-4) .429
Houston Astros (3-6) .333

Creeping ever closer to that .500 mark. Not good.

Cleveland Indians over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona Diamondbacks
Detroit Tigers over Boston Red Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago Cubs
Toronto Blue Jays over Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies over New York Mets
Florida Marlins over Washington Nationals
Seattle Mariners over Tampa Bay Rays
Cincinnati Reds over Milwaukee Brewers
Texas Rangers over Baltimore Orioles
Houston Astros over St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees over Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox over Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies over Atlanta Braves
San Diego Padres over San Francisco Giants


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