Sports World Turned Upside Down This Week

Paul McGuillicuddyAnalyst IApril 30, 2009

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 28:   Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates after his game-winning goal at 19:28 in the third period against goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 and Mike Mottau #27 of the New Jersey Devils during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Tghe Hurricanes defeat the Devils 4-3  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Everything in the sports world turned upside down this week.

Everyone knows the old saying: death, taxes, and…for San Antonio fans, a trip to the second round of the playoffs as long as Timmy Duncan wears a Spurs’ jersey.

That is until last night.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks toppled the Manu Ginobili-less Spurs, 106-93.

If that wasn’t bad enough, everything that I have come to know about playoff hockey did a back flip.

Prior to last night, if there was one goalie I would want in the net when my team was at home protecting a one-goal lead with less than two minutes on the clock, it would be Martin Broduer.

Not anymore.

The Montreal Canadiens officially fell from grace when eliminated from the playoffs.  For nine decades, puck heads have come to expect the Habs taking the Cup at least once a decade.

Not anymore.

Recent events on the diamond are causing the most level-headed of spectators to consider the power of jinxes.  Hey, it’s not like Mo hasn’t blown a save before in the ninth.

And, gee, things must be really shaky with the Bronx Bombers. They are cutting ticket prices?!?  By 50 percent?!?  Not like I can take advantage of the slash, considering the new tag is $1,250 per seat!

The Yankees cutting ticket prices makes the Tribe finally beating the Sox seem rather normal.

Head Scratchers:

The NBA recently released its attendance figures. The league averaged 17,520 fans per game (up from last year’s 17,395) with Detroit leading the way with 21,877.  Hmmm…I guess auto workers don’t attend basketball games.

I don’t know what to make of Virginia Tech hoopsters A.D. Vassallo and Chris Tucker.  The Hokie pair is enduring a trip through the court system. Their crime? Shoplifting…a 12-pack of Dr Pepper. Was it worth it?

Chris Paul accounted for four points and six turnovers as the Hornets got blitzed at home Monday night. Can that happen again? Are the Nuggets that good of a defensive team? If so, what could 'Melo and gang do against the Lakers?

Wait and See:

Amar'e Stoudemire might have a keen interest in Dwight Howard’s future. After all, it was Stoudemire who was suspended during the playoffs for leaving his seat during an on-court melee. How does Stoudemire’s infraction compare to Howard’s elbowing incident?

Speaking of the Suns—is it safe to say the Shaq experiment didn’t work?



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