|A collection of random thoughts, many of them about ice hockey . . .
So what do we do with Johan Franzen next year, he of the 28 goals in 29 games? A lot of this run has been tied to skating with talented teammates and cleaning up the garbage from the slot, but the goal we saw Franzen score Wednesday – stickhandling and deking, beating a couple of defenders, then roofing a shot from in close – that's the type of score that gets your blood pumping. Can he pump in another 35-40 next year?
I like Sidney Crosby as much as the next guy, but giving him No. 1 star honors on Wednesday looked like a stretch. Sure, two goals, but they were more about him being in the right place at the right time as anything. Marian Hossa was probably Pittsburgh's most active forward on the night (and he had two assists), and the entire thing falls apart if Mark-Andre Fleury doesn't play well. The Ferris Scorecard for the night: 1. Fleury. 2. Crosby (okay, you can't deny the two goals, I guess, but you don't have to rank him first). 3. Franzen (by an eyelash over Hossa).
Good to see Bob Neumeier on the between-periods show, a capable vet who's been underrated for years. Talk radio, play-by-play, pregame and postgame work, panelist and traffic cop, you can put this guy into almost any spot (and any sport). And I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the guy for two main reasons: He's a track guy and super handicapper; and he's the reason “Brass Bonanza” came into our lives (Neumy was the guy who got the Whalers to adopt the song).
"Pack up the Plantation" is the most underrated live album of the last 25 years.
You get the idea the Reds send down Corey Patterson in part so Dusty Baker wouldn't be tempted to keep playing him.
Maybe a hockey game in a baseball stadium is the coolest thing going, but I'll need some proof first. Good to see Gary Bettman and staff are focused on the things that really matter in the NHL.
I tried to convince a teenager last week that MTV actually was good, many moons ago. I don't think I won the debate.
A good waiter knows where you are on your drink.
Hal Gill still looks like a tollbooth to me.
I don't know how to fix the Mets but I can assure you of this – Gary Carter isn't the answer.
I don't mind if baseball games run long for a good reason, but there's too much dead time when nothing's going on. We really need a clock when no one's on base, and a mandate that batters don't go on a road trip between every pitch. I know there's some stuff in the book, but is anyone enforcing it?
Dating rule of thumb: Cool girls like to wear hats. High-maintenance types don't. If your new lady won't put a cap on, it's a very bad sign, trust me guys. (Another good meter – time to get ready. Anyone who needs more than an hour of prep time just isn't worth it, I don't care what the final result looks like.)
Get to Yankee Stadium while you still can. That's an order, and it's coming from a guy with Boston ties.
I don't find a lot of people who agree with me, but I still maintain the best of Mario Lemieux is the best I've ever seen.
If you spend more than 10 minutes looking at NFL strength of schedule, you're wasting your time. It's a reshuffle league, kids.
The best R.E.M. record is “Life's Rich Pageant” and I won't debate this. Tremendous album, A to Z.
Posted by David Ferris at 5/30/2008 11:27:00 AM