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Blogathon Biffington

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The Schmafka Blast is now live, and I can get back to writing about other things on my blog. I’m relieved. Getting back to the discussion on baseball, hockey, current worldly affairs, entertainment news and technology is just what the doctor ordered.

Phillies Fans:
How amazing is Hunter Pence? What a superb addition to the team. His strong right handed bat adds depth and forces pitchers to pitch to Ryan Howard. That’s what we’ve been waiting for! Another excellent addition by Ruben Amaro

Charles Minguez

My esteemed colleague Charles Minguez, of launched a new blog this week. His focus is on covering topics that span Music, Buddhism, Food and Technology. He is just getting the site started, but if I know Charles like I think I do, he will make the site a fantastic wealth of knowledge worth bookmarking. Visit Charles here:

Bad Crap in The Quest for the White Whale

Bad Crap in The Quest for the White Whale is now available through iTunes and Amazon, pick up your copy today!

Check out the new Bad Crap web site


Will signing Bryzgalov be worth it for Flyers?

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
My answer is NO. Only, if the answer were to be no, why bother getting the rights to Bryzgalov? Seems the intent would be on singing him.

In my opinion the idea is a very risky one as it means two certain facts: First, Cap space would need to be cleared in order to make room for his massive salary. More than likely this would include a long term contract probably in the 5 year range. This means a trade of Jeff Carter or Scott Hartnell would be in order too. Secondly, the extended contract would constrict Sergei Bobrovsky’s grooming as starting goaltender in the Flyers organization so Bob would be likely to be traded.

I feel like forcing Carter out to make cap space is a terrible idea. Jeff Carter lead the team in scoring this season and was 3rd over all in points. Not to mention he leads the team in shots on goal by almost 100. He is valuable. And if the Flyers sign Bryzgalov and need to dish Carter quickly, they will more than likely make an unfavorable deal. He is exactly the type of player we miss when he is gone.

Trading Bobrovsky would also be awful. The kid is a superstar. He may need a little more grooming, but his legs move faster than lightning and he’s got great sight of the puck and is very energetic and driven. He is our future goaltender in this guy’s opinion. Again, like Jeff Carter, trading Bobrovsky would most likely be an unfavorable deal as well. Ditto, on the type of player we’d miss too.

Okay, now that I’m typing this out I’m really hating this Brysgalov deal.

Then, how much will Brysgalov cost? From what I hear he’s looking for a long term deal, and big numbers too, upwards of 7 Million a year. This will lock the Flyers into major cap-compliance hell for the next 6 years. If Ilya comes to Philly to play and the team excels around him and they go on to win the Stanley Cup then I guess the purchase was worth it. Maybe. You’d have to question what Bobrovsky would have done in his place. If Bob could have pulled it out, then the deal would not be worth entertaining for one second.

The saga begins July 1st. Until that day…

Will signing Bryzgalov be worth it for Flyers?.

Here are other great articles on the topic:

USA Today
Broad Street Hockey
Bleacher Report

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon wins SPRINT CUP at Pocono

June 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Jeff Gordon wins! I must admit, it’s been a few years since I have paid any attention to NASCAR. No fault of NASCAR’s, I just focused my interests elsewhere. Anyway, at that point in the game Jeff Gordon was a big up and coming player, ranked just behind Dale Earnhardt in popularity. Everyone liked Jeff because he was fast, and he took risks so he won a lot and was fun to watch. Of the little that I remember about NASCAR, Jeff and his driving is one thing I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

I remember going with my uncle up to visit Pocono Raceway. We went up there the day before the big 500 race. We wanted to see the cars up close, and we surely did. What a cool experience. I’ll never forget it. In addition to seeing the cars in all their gory detail, and also getting to shop at the driver’s personal concession trailers, I was able to take a tour of the infield and pit. Mega cool. Total VIP treatment.

We traveled by tunnel, just as the cars do, to get out to pit row. You could smell the tire rubber and feel the heat coming off the warm asphalt and the cars roared like the biggest thunderstorm there ever was. You could say the race was in the air and the drivers not only could feel it, they were wearing it in their bones. I never thought of racing from this perspective before.

Watching the cars make time trials was probably the absolute pinnacle. We made sure to grab really good seats for that. The main event. At least, the main event that afternoon. I’m not going to lie to you, we kept waiting for that one freak occurrence where a driver would speed into a turn haphazardly and lose control. No telling what to expect from a race, that’s one of the allures. I guess we had all secretly hoped that we’d get to see a crash or a multi-car pile up around one of the inside turns, preferably near our seats. Now I’m not saying that we wanted to see anyone hurt, we just wanted to see a little action. Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, I was glad to hear a familiar name won today. Not only for Jeff’s benefit, but if a modern day NASCAR superstar won, I might have never thought about this great memory today.

Helpful links on the topic


Pocono Race Way

Sports Illustrated

Jeff Gordon


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