OV Sports 2011 Mock Draft

With the NHL Draft tonight, a year’s worth of a new hobby will come to a head for me.  For the first time, I have gone out of my way to inform myself on the prospects coming up that will be drafted this year.  I figure that rather than let the knowledge I have gained go to waste, I may as well take advantage and go with the first (hopefully annual) Obstructed View Sports mock draft.

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The 175 Files – The End of the Kent Era

The seniors: Porzio, Manny, Action, Wolinski, A-Rod, Slobo and Tauts

This spring, I took a creative non-fiction writing course at Santa Clara.  Being that it was writing for a class, the tone is slightly more formal than usual, and the content isn’t strictly the sort of stuff I would write on here, but I had the good fortune of a teacher who allowed me to write about more or less whatever I wanted, even encouraging me to continue to write about sports when I admitted that I should switch it up.

The next two posts from the 175 Files are going to be about a subject that I rarely, if ever, talk about on this website, and that is myself, not as a fan,  but as a player.  This first one is an essay about my last game at Prep School, and the experience I had playing with that team.  Continue reading

There is no God

I missed it because I’m moving out and I don’t have TV hooked up right now, but apparently this hero won the MVP last night:

Pictured: An MVP Caliber player, and a piece of shit who somehow won the award

Now, I know what you’re thinking: I know his numbers weren’t great, but Datsyuk is a guy who does a ton in all three zones and he carried a depleated Detroit team to the three seed this year.  It may not have been the greatest choice in the world, but Datsyuk is pretty deserving of the award.

Nope.  Perry.  Unreal.

I’m not going to waste my time outlining why I hate him.  Instead, I’ll copy and paste some old excerpts after the jump if you are curious as to why this is such a travesty.  I have said what I have to say on the guy, so repeating it would be a waste of time, and besides, I’m so angry that stringing sentences together is a grind.

For the record, too, IT IS TAINTED.  LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT IT IS TAINTED.  THIS IS CROSBY’S AWARD.  NO ONE CAN DENY THIS. (/is mostly just bitter)

I guess ‘MVP’ now means being the third best player on a team that underachieved  despite a good year from a budding star (Ryan), a good year from a more talented player (Getzlaf) and a vintage year from an all time great (Selanne).  You are so effing lucky that there wasn’t a clear pick and that you avoided sullying yourself in the playoffs (like Sedin did) by conveniently ducking out in the first round.

Anyways, here is a bunch of mean shit I have already said about Cory Perry that I will repost because I am an angry and bitter person. Continue reading

DTMB, But not Really

Rob Morgus isn’t writing for the site much these days because he is off in Europe watching soccer or cricket or team handball or something else that I don’t care about as a red blooded American.

Anyways, he has a blog where he is pretending that there are things other than sports that are worth writing about and keeps everyone up to date on his travels (which actually consist of doing research in Eastern European countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia).

Please check it out at – http://robmorgustravels.blogspot.com/

 

WE ARE ALL PLAXICO

Plaxico Burress is a free man and looking for gainful employment in the National Football League as we speak.  While this is mainly because Plax didn’t get cable in the joint and is therefore unaware that there probably won’t be an NFL season next year and he would be better off looking elsewhere in order to uphold his parole conditions and pay off his legal fees. This release has led to an orgy of just plain TERRIBLE writing in the past couple of weeks.  Since I have no way of avoiding it, I may as well mock it.  Let’s go. Continue reading

The 175 Files – In Defense of Sports’ Newest Villain

This spring, I took a creative non-fiction writing course at Santa Clara.  Being that it was writing for a class, the tone is slightly more formal than usual, and the content isn’t strictly the sort of stuff I would write on here, but I had the good fortune of a teacher who allowed me to write about more or less whatever I wanted, even encouraging me to continue to write about sports when I admitted that I should switch it up.

I know that this is everyone’s favorite spot for LeBron coverage, and especially year old LeBron coverage, so it is only natural that I post a column that I wrote last year in response to The Decision.  It is pretty consistent with my feelings on LeBron, mainly in that I defend him.  Specifically, I refute a column by Brian Windhorst in which he levies accusations against LeBron’s process of signing with the Heat.

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The Grand Finale

Someone will raise the cup tonight.

For the hockey world, June 15th 2011 will be a bittersweet day.  It will be memorable, no doubt, and it represents easily the most important and exciting day of the calendar for the NHL, but it also will be the end.  Game 7 will be played tonight in Vancouver, British Columbia.  With that we know, beyond any doubt, that this is the last day that we will have hockey.  That will lead to a bipolarity that comes with the last day of the NHL season.

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The 175 Files – Playoff Time in San Jose

This spring, I took a creative non-fiction writing course at Santa Clara.  Being that it was writing for a class, the tone is slightly more formal than usual, and the content isn’t strictly the sort of stuff I would write on here, but I had the good fortune of a teacher who allowed me to write about more or less whatever I wanted, even encouraging me to continue to write about sports when I admitted that I should switch it up.

With the final game of the NHL Playoffs set to take place tonight, it would only be serendipitous to run this essay now.  It is a reporting assignment, so it may be a bit newsey, but it describes the scene at HP Pavilion prior to the Sharks opening round game against the Los Angeles Kings.  The comments on drafts consisted mostly of requests for background, so there is going to be a fair amount of stuff that you already know if you are a Sharks fan, but here you go.

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The 175 Files – Why Sports

This spring, I took a creative non-fiction writing course at Santa Clara.  Being that it was writing for a class, the tone is slightly more formal than usual, and the content isn’t strictly the sort of stuff I would write on here, but I had the good fortune of a teacher who allowed me to write about more or less whatever I wanted, even encouraging me to continue to write about sports when I admitted that I should switch it up.

This first entry is a column, part of which may look familiar.  The assignment being a contemplative essay, I took a paragraph from the rambling column that I wrote last summer and blew it out into an entire essay.  The contemplation was why I write about sports.

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Announcement: The 175 Files

This spring, I took a creative non-fiction writing course at Santa Clara.  Being that it was writing for a class, the tone is slightly more formal than usual, and the content isn’t strictly the sort of stuff I would write on here, but I had the good fortune of a teacher who allowed me to write about more or less whatever I wanted, even encouraging me to continue to write about sports when I admitted that I should switch it up.  Today, I will post a few of the things that I wrote for the class that may interest the readership of this site.