The Zionist Conspiracy
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1. Five goals on 17 shots? Five goals twice in three games?
The Rangers defense is a major culprit, but Henrik Lundqvist and Vezina Trophy don't belong in the same sentence. Unless, of course, the Vezina is based on salary.
Alas, my pre-season prediction that the Rangers would again lose in the second round was correct, as was my contention that Brendan Shanahan is done and should not have been brought back for 2007-08.
Despite the Rangers' failure to improve after spending $19 million for this season alone on Shanahan, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, Elster will presumably continue to argue that Drury was a brilliant signing and gush over Drury's four points in eight playoff games. While I initially praised the Drury and Gomez signings, it became apparent pretty quickly that Gomez, while a good player, is not a star, and that Drury was lost in the offensive zone most of the season. Hopefully this will prove to be just an off year for Drury; otherwise Drury will wasting huge cap space for years to come.
Finally, what an idiotic penalty late in the 2nd tonight by Ryan Hollweg. I'm mystified as to why Hollweg is not only on the team, but actually plays almost every game.
2. In his first eight seasons, Jason Kidd made it past the first round once. In six seasons with the Nets, he made it past the first round five times. Those include two appearances in the NBA Finals, after which he ordered the firing of Byron Scott. It was most appropriate that Kidd's fall came against Scott's new team on the day Scott was named NBA Coach of the Year. Of course, the Nets are left without Kidd, without Scott and with clueless Lawrence Frank.
3. I wonder whether Willie Randolph is going to chew out Johan Santana for failing to get out of the 6th inning tonight. Billy Wagner just blew the save, with help from yet another error by Jose Reyes.
4. Okay, so Larry Brown is back for the ninth time. Pat Riley has retired for the third time. And along these lines...
THIS JUST IN: ELSTER HAS AGAIN DECLARED, "I NO LONGER LIKE HOCKEY." THE ZIONIST CONSPIRACY IS REASSIGNING ALL OF ITS MEMBERS FROM THE TED FLOYD STORY AND WILL PROVIDE FULL AND EXTENSIVE COVERAGE ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY.