Archive for January 23, 2011

Bracketology: January 22nd, 2011

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on January 23, 2011 by sammywestside

Sorry for the delay, but here is Week Two of Bracketology on 5 Borough Sports.

This week we’ve seen powers Kansas and Duke fall from the ranks of the unbeatens, but both still remain one seeds. The Big East is staking claim to dominate this years tournament. 11 teams are currently projected to make it from the Big East, as most of the teams escaped the non-conference without any bad loses. While I am skeptical of some of the teams in the Big East, the fact is they aren’t going to be proven wrong unless they lose to the bottom feeders of the conference, which are truly bad. The scenario is perfect to get about 10 teams in, and it would be another record amount of bids for the conference.

This year, more than any other in recent memory, the difference between a team on the five seed line, and one that is just out, is startlingly small. In the end, it will come down to some of the very toughest decisions the selection committee has ever made. I expect a lot of movement in the coming weeks, and I’ll stay on top of it for you.

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Nabokov Decides Not to Report to the Islanders; Thinks He’s Patrick Roy

Posted in Islanders on January 23, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Evgeni Nabokov’s return to the NHL is on hold. The New York Islanders claimed the veteran goaltender off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, but Nabokov is unwilling to report to the team, a source told The Canadian Press. Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on Friday, but had to pass through waivers because he started the season playing in the Russian-based KHL. The unexpected detour to an Islanders team that began Saturday with the third fewest points in the NHL has apparently changed his plans, and comes as a surprise to general manager Garth Snow.

Wow! Is Nabokov really this dumb? Listen, I get it that the Islanders are one of the worst teams in the league, but he has no choice to play anywhere else. Did Nabokov really think he was better than the NHL and just sign with whoever he wanted to? Did he even know about the waiver claim? What’s so wrong with playing half a season and get paid a million bucks to play in the NHL? That definitely sounds a lot better than sitting at home for the next five months. Not only is Nabokov giving the finger to the Islanders, he’s completely disrespecting the league. Play by the rules, or stay in Russia.

Nabokov is pretty much telling the Islanders that he’s too good for them. Hate to break it to Evgeni, but he wouldn’t even be a top 15 goaltender this season in the NHL. He had an awful .888 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in Russia’s KHL this year. If I had stats like those in a lesser league than the NHL, I would shut my mouth and play. Have fun being the laughing stock of the NHL this year Evgeni. Have fun trying to get multi-year contract next year.

Btw, is Nabokov’s agent this much of a moron? Maybe if his agent had some knowledge of how stuff works in the NHL, his client wouldn’t be in this situation.