Archive for January, 2010

Could This Week Go Any Worse?

Posted in Islanders, Knicks on January 31, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Over the course of the past seven days, I’ve witnessed both the Knicks and the Islanders slowly and painfully diminish their chances of making the postseason. The Isles have lost their past four games and have gained no points in ten days. The Knicks have lost three of their past four games and are currently 5 and a half games out of the 8th spot. Even though the Islanders are only two points out of the last playoff seed, their poor play in the past four games has given me little hope they are going to turn things around anytime soon. (They are currently down 2-0 in the 3rd to the Panthers as I’m writing this) But hey, these weeks happen. Who knows? Maybe the Isles will miraculously turn things around before the break. Maybe the Knicks will go on an incredible run just like in 2000 and somehow make the playoffs. Teams sometimes only need one play to snap out of funks. For my sanity, I’ll be praying for that one play to happen very very soon.

1-30 Scores

Posted in Misc. on January 31, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

NBA:

Washington 106, Knicks 96

NHL:

Philadelphia 2, Islanders 1

Phoenix 3, Rangers 2

Shout Out of the Week

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on January 30, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Just to let everyone know, since Wednesday my computer has had a severe virus and is currently at Information Systems. Since Wednesday, TIM KING has allowed me to use his laptop for the past three days. Due to his significant contributions to 5BS, I gotta give it to my man TK as this week’s “Shout Out of the Week.”

O yea, just to let everyone know – get ready for TK and other knowledge sports experts to guest write on 5BS in the near future.

Isles lose to Flyers…and the Streak Continues

Posted in Islanders on January 30, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

This really sucks. I hate the Flyers. I don’t hate them as much as the blue-shirted d-bags, but it’s close.  And even worse, the Isles have lost 14 straight to Philly. That means it’s been two years since the Isles won against the Flyers. Two weeks ago, I thought this team had promise to make a surge and storm into serious playoff contention. Even though,  the Isles still have a very realistic of making the postseason, the team is going in the wrong direction. For the past three games, the Isles have done a phenomenal impression of last year’s abysmal team. They’ve been outscored 13-4 and are showing no signs of improvement. What the team needs right now is a few days off and to regroup. Too bad that as we speak, the team is headed to Coral Springs to play the Panthers tomorrow nigh at 4pm.

Just like every young, promising team, the Isles will show signs of greatness and even more signs of inexperience. When there are 19, 20, and 21 year olds on the front line, there will be times of ugly hockey. Hopefully the Isles can snap out of this horrendous play and perform like they were in the beginning of the month. Isles at Panthers tomorrow at 4pm.

Knicks / Wizards tonight at 8pm

Posted in Knicks on January 30, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

After a heart-breaking loss against the Raptors two nights ago, the Knicks will try to regroup against the struggling Washington Wizards. Even though the Wizards defeated the lowly Nets last night in the Meadowlands, Washington has had quite a season to forget. After an altercation with the use of guns in the locker room month between star guard Gilbert Arenas and forward Javaris Crittenton, the Wizards will be forced to play without their star player and key member off the bench for the entire season. Arenas has not only been suspended by the NBA for the remainder of the season, he is facing severe criminal charges as well. This major distraction has caused the Wizards to drop to 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 15 games out of the Southeast Division lead. Even with the strong play of David Lee, (he has had a double-double in seven straight games), the Knicks have struggled recently losing seven of their last ten games.

The Knicks desperately need this game to stay in contention. If they come ready to play, the Knicks should easily win this game. If they are a more talented and a better coached team than the Wiz. For the rest of the season, I’m not expecting any miracles victories against the Cavaliers, Magic, or Celtics. However, I do expect the Knicks to come out strong against the Eastern Conference celler-dwellers. If the Knicks defeat the teams they should beat, it should be a fun second half of the season for Knicks fans.

1-29 Scores

Posted in Misc. on January 30, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

NBA:

Washington 81, Nets 79

NHL:

Devils 5, Toronto 4 (F-OT)

That was awful.

Posted in Islanders on January 29, 2010 by EAST SIDE RYNO

You know it’s a bad night when my favorite moment of the game was when I noticed the NC State banner of former Fordham basketball coach Derek Whittenberg. Last night, the Islanders played arguably their worst game of the season. With some of the poorest puck handling I’ve seen in a very long time, the Isles couldn’t put any pressure on the Canes all night. Even though Carolina is one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now, there is no excuse for losing this badly to the team with the lowest point total in the league. I don’t know. Maybe I curse the Isles everytime I go to a game. Back in December I went to the Coliseum to see them play the Rangers and the Isles got man handled 5-2. So in the games I’ve attended, the Islanders have been outscored 8-3. Luckily for these guys, I’m not going to be able to attend any more games this season.

All the Isles can do now is look forward. It continues to baffle me how the Isles are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, yet only a point away from Seventh. Luckily, in this conference, all a team needs is a spark in order to find themselves back in the mix. The Isles will need that spark tomorrow when they take on the 7th place Flyers in Philly. Like always, post-game coverage will be here following the game.