The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Attitude Adjustments and other Changes

As a typical Predators fan, I'm always concerned with the fortunes of the team on a day to day basis. You can't be a fan of any sports team and not have this happen, I would think. There's a distinct difference, though, in the attitude when it comes to following this team.

In the past, it was a happy circumstance when they won – but you didn't expect them to go out and win games, night after night. Now, with the likes of Arnott, Kariya, Dumont, Suter, Weber and company on this team, you do expect them to win. It's only an odd situation when they don't. That is a major shift from those days of yore, when you just hoped that their hard work and tenacity would result in a lucky win. Now, it's only because something happened that took the game away from them.

That attitude change says something about this team. That and the fact they're 12-5-1 with their backup goaltender in net really tells you something.

On to other matters:


Friday, December 29, 2006

Minor Computer Geek Complaint

I've found a minor bug in Mozilla Firefox 2.0: It appears that whenever the "automatic update" feature is used when you start Firefox, it will automatically revert the Tab option to load your homepage when creating a new tabbed window.

The affected item in about:config is browser. tabs. loadOnNewTab.

My only problem is, I haven't got a clue as to who to ask about this.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Championships are built on Valor


It all came down to the Cowboys/Eagles game, and his backup RB (Julius Jones) and my backup RB (Bryant Westbrook).

The Eagles D held Jones to only 38 yards rushing and 10 yards receiving, which was good for only four points. Meanwhile, though the Cowboys kept Westbrook from scoring, they couldn't keep the Eagles from scoring - which meant that Jeff Garcia was turning around and handing the ball off to Westbrook constantly.

When Westbrook ran for four yards at the end of the game to make the first down - and go over 120 yards on the night - he got me the last point I needed to win.

And I did it after pointing out to my opponent that he had a player ruled ineligible due to a drug suspension.

That is what I call Christmas cheer.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Valor and Championships Lost

There are times when it's tough to be courteous.

I've managed to get to the championship game of my NFL Fantasy Football League, known as the Packer Green And Gold League, and I was checking the results from the Saturday night game.

That was when I noticed that his starting wide receiver, Antonio Bryant, had been suspended on Friday by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. I pondered whether or not I should do anything, since his placement in the lineup gave me a distinct lead in projected points.

I decided that I didn't want to lose the championship because of a mistake by the other owner, and dropped him a message via the league message board about the suspension. He promptly started Isaac Bruce.

We each have one player going on Monday night (he has Julius Jones of the Cowboys, I have Bryant Westbrook of the Eagles). He has a seven-point lead, which isn't insurmountable - one touchdown more and a few yards. Bruce gave him 20 points - which wiped out a bad game by Anaquan Boldin of the Cardinals for me (6 points).

If I don't pull it out, I'll chalk it up to good sportsmanship. But I definitely won't forget how it happened.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Championship Week

It's championship week in Fantasy Football. I have managed to work myself into the title game of the Green And Gold Football League on, and only have to worry if Michael Vick's sore groin can make it for at least one more week.

It should be a close game, but it'll all rest on whether or not Vick plays.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Kansas City, Hey, Hey, Hey

Well, unfortunately, it's official: The Pennsylvania Gaming Board awarded the slots license to a Detroit-based gaming company (the one that runs the Windsor Casino) - and not to Isle of Capri.

The winner of the license has said he would contribute $7.5 million per year towards a new arena - but the Penguins would have to foot the bill for the rest of the cost of the place.

Which means they won't be building a new arena.

Which also means that the Penguins are likely headed elsewhere - like Kansas City, for example.

Which means... the Detroit Red Wings would be headed to the Eastern Conference, to be replaced by Sid the Kid, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins.

I'm not sure if this is a good thing just yet, but it's a terrible day for Pittsburgh and hockey in general right now.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I hate Mount Union College.

I hate Mount Union College.

Coach Brez, you deserved a better departure.

Can't win 'em all... but back-to-back title games and you lose them both?