MLS Playoffs 2018 Semifinals

Well, playing at home wasn’t the best in the knockout round where only NYCFC advanced at home, all the other visitors came and won some in heart breaking fashion, DC United and Columbus went to Penalties to decide the game, other not so much as LAFC is out thanks to an own goal and Portland advanced over Dallas.

As for this upcoming round which begins on Sunday in the lower seed home followed by a game at the higher seeds home the following Sunday or Thursday in the case of Seattle. In the East, Columbus Crew host New York Red Bulls and NYCFC host Atlanta United. I really hope that it doesn’t end up with the two teams from New York meeting in the Conference Finals. I think that everyone should have a soft sport for the Crew one of the original teams with the threat of them moving to Austin is the team didn’t get funding for a new Stadium remember it was only last year when it was all #SavetheCrew. If I had to pick Columbus and NYCFC make it out of this round. In the West Real Salt Lake host Sporting KC and the Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders. I’m hoping that Sporting KC and the Timbers make it to the Finals. Although the Sounders seems more likely to advance as they have been the most dominate team in the League since they joined and they have made it to the MLS Cup Finals the past two years.

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MLS Playoffs 2018

Sure the least know major American Sports League, Major League Soccer has reached the end of their regular season and are going to begin their playoffs.  MLS starts their playoffs with knockout games before the typical home and home for the next two round before the final game, scheduled for December 8.  The top six teams from both Conferences made the playoffs and the top two seeds have a bye through the knockout round. with the high seed hosting the lower seed. After this round the teams get reseeded so the top team will play the lowest seed left.

In the East: Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, DC United, NYCFC, NY Red Bulls, and Philadelphia Union are the teams that made it, and in the West: FC Dallas, Los Angeles FC, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City have gotten in.  We will be getting a new MLS Champion this year as Toronto FC didn’t make the playoffs. The Knockout round begins on Halloween, with NYCFC hosting Philadelphia Union at Yankees Stadium and FC Dallas hosting Portland Timbers in Frisco, Texas. The next day DC United host Columbus Crew SC at Audi field and the LAFC host Real Salt Lake in LA. This is the first season from the LAFC. This is a single game and the winners we go on to play the top seeds in the Conference Semifinals, the lowest seed will play at NY Red Bulls and Sporting KC and the other winners, the higher seed will face Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders.

Some predictions for the knockout round, DC United have been lights out at home so they have the advantage, that’s the only solid pick I have. Philly played NYCFC in New York on Sunday and lost 3-1 can they bounce back before Wednesday’s game? NYCFC wins, and we have them playing Atlanta in the Semifinals and the classic oldest MLS Rivalry United/Red Bulls in the other game.  In the West, while it would be real cool to see more rivals meet up in the semifinals it seems unlikely but these are just dumb guesses let’s have Real Salt Lake beat LAFC and the Timbers beat Dallas, so we have the Real Salt Lake playing Sporting KC, and Timbers/Sounders. Although it seems more likely that Dallas will beat the Timbers and then facing Seattle.

 

Championship Series 2018

Every series is now set. In the American League it’s a rematch of last year ALDS where the Astros beat the Red Sox in four games, this was the only time they have met in the postseason. During the Regular season Houston took four of the seven games similar to last year. Boston and Houston are the top two teams in the league so this should be an exciting series.  Over in the National League we have a first time meeting of two team who had tie breaker games to win their divisions in the Brewers and Dodgers. This is also the first time that these two team will play each other in the post season. Dodgers won the regular season series four games to three. The National League Championship Series begins on Friday and the American League Championship Series begins on Saturday.

Quick  Predictions: The Brewers are the hottest team having won the past about dozen games and I fully expect them to make it to the World Series by beating the Dodgers. In the other series it seems like you could flip a coin to determine the winner but with Houston having swept the Indians haven’t really faced a challenge so I’m not sure who to back I’d like Boston but it be a great story with Houston being there again.

Baseball Playoffs 2018

After a long regular season a whole extra game was added as there were two tiebreakers necessary to determine the NL Central and West winners. It is once again time for playoff baseball.  Looking back at those predictions I made at the beginning of the season I did great in the American League but miss two in the National League, although the Cubs did make it to the playoffs. Atlanta is the biggest surprise of the team with the emergence of Ronald Acuna Jr. and all those other young kids showed up to play. In the National League we’ve got some exciting games starting with the wild card between the Cubs and Rockies this game is today, this is the second time for both teams in this game, the winner of this game will get to play the Brew Crew as they beat the Cubs on Monday. The other game is the Braves against the Dodgers. The winner of these two game will meet in the NLCS.

Over in the American League we start with the Wild card with the Yankees facing off with the Oakland Athletics this is the third appearance in the Wild Card for the Yankees and the second for that A’s. The home team has won this game the past two years so it is looking like we might have another Yankees-Red Sox Series. In the other game we have the Astros facing the Indians. These two winner will meet up in the ALCS.

Time for some predictions

in the National League I am hoping that either the Brewers or Rockies make it out as neither has won the World Series yet and it would be awesome if the Brewers could make it and follow the Houston Astros in winning both AL and NL Pennants. In the American League it would be great to see the Athletics or Indians win for the first time in forever. Although, there is the ever so unlikely chance of an Indians/Braves World Series that would be great for those who want to complain about the Native American Mascot/name. Sure I’m going to be changing these as get to the Division series.

2018 Stanley Cup Finals

It is official now, we have winners in both Conferences. This year we will have a team winning the Cup for the first time and this is the first time it has happened since 2007.  Out in the West the Las Vegas Golden Knight have made it in their first year matching the St. Louis Blues, now hopefully the Golden Knight will not be swept like the Blues were in their first three seasons. In the East the Washington Capitals have made it back to the finals for the first time in 20 year and hopefully they will improve over the last time, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

This series has a bunch of interesting match-ups with the former GM for Washington, George McPhee, is the GM for Vegas and the chance for Marc Andre Fleury going for cup number four, his third in a row. This is the first time that the teams will meet in the playoffs.Now will the well rested team get off to the poor start as they did in the last round or will the hot team. Vegas is the favorite so many odds makers are saying, however the Capitals are now 8-2 on the road this post season and are the underdogs yet again. As for predictions I have to say Capitals in 7, since I remember the last time they made it to the Finals. Sure both cities have been long suffering Vegas not having a major sports team like ever and the Golden Knights being the first professional team in town and Washington not winning anything as most put it based on the “Big Four” (NFL/MLB/NBA/NHL) since 1992 or 2004 if you add MLS or 2015 if you want to talk about World TeamTennis , but the Capitals have been waiting 42 years to bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Games 1 is on Monday night

2018 NHL Stanley Cup conference finals

Well two big surprises first off the Vegas Golden Knights are in the finals following in the steps of the St. Louis Blues who made it all the way to the Stanley Cup way back in the 67-68 season. The other to a lesser degree is the fact that the two teams from the last years Stanley Cup are both out. There is another big thing as there could be a team taking home the Stanley Cup for the first time as three of the four teams left haven’t won yet. The only team that’s won is the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 2004. The Conference finals begin tonight in Tampa Bay as the Capitals take on the Lightning.

On to the predictions:
In the Western Conference we have the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the first time that they will be meeting in the Playoffs, during the season Vegas took two of the three games. It seems like the Golden Knights have the best shot but who really knows as both the Jets and Knights could win it.

In the Eastern Conference we have the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals. This is the third time they are meeting in the playoffs and Tampa Bay has won both of them. Tampa last was here in 2016 losing to the Penguins in seven games. Washington last was here in 1998 when they beat the Sabers on their way to the only Stanley Cup final.  For both series  you could just flip a coin to decide.

Although it seems like it might end up with Marc-Andre Fleury hoisting the Cup yet again. This season there have been some crazy surprises so anyone could be hoisting it. Of both games I don’t care who wins in the West but  I’d really like it if the Capitals can make it back Stanley Cup Final and actually win a game this time around.

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

It’s that time of year again, the NHL season is over and the playoffs have begun. For the most of the series it has gone to the second round. We’ve got some big surprises and some of the usual suspects.

We start in the West with the big surprise the Vegas hockey team, the Golden Knights, have done the impossible, well really not that impossible thanks to the Expansion Draft. The Vegas Golden Knights swept the LA Kings in the first round and are playing the other team that swept in the first round the San Jose Sharks. On the other side we have another first time playoff winner in the new Winnipeg Jets and they are playing the Nashville Predators. The Predators made it to the Western Conference finals last year this will be a tough road for the Jets. I think that Nashville will be making it back to the Finals. As for the Golden Knights and Sharks it could go either way but it seems like Vegas has a team that consists of people with some playoff experience so the Golden Knights might have an edge.

In the East we’ve got rematches this will be the third time in a row that the Capitals and Penguins will meet in the second round. It seems like a broken record as this will be the 11th time that they will play each other in the playoffs. The Capitals haven’t do much against them in the playoffs winning only once way back in 1994, they split the season series. I am pretty sure it will be going 7 games, with several going to OT perhaps even shootouts. The other match up will be the Lightning from Tampa Bay will be playing either Boston or Toronto, their final game is tonight. Tampa did well against Toronto this year but not so great against Boston so who knows.

On to the predictions. Nashville and Vegas in the West. In the East either Boston or Tampa along with I’m going to go with the Capitals just for the sheer hope that they can finally break through and beat the Penguins

 

NFL Playoffs 2017 (Championship)

On Sunday we have the Championship games for the AFC and NFC. It starts on CBS at 3 eastern time in New England where Tom Brady and company are going to try and win another Championship (10) this is their seventh consecutive time in the AFC Championship game. New England is playing at home and they will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to win their first. Everyone has to be thinking that the Patriots are going to win given that, but maybe Jacksonville can eek out a win. These teams met in the first week of the Preseason and Jacksonville won but who really knows.  After this game is over on FOX the NFC Championship will begin at 6:40 or so eastern time in Philly where the Eagles will face off against the Vikings. Both of which have made it to the Super Bowl in the past but have not won The Big Game yet. It has been 40 some years since the Vikings have won the NFC Championship game while it been only a dozen years for the Eagles. As for predictions I would love it if the Vikings win on Sunday and become the first team to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. Minnesota also had one of the strongest defenses all season and we all know that Defense wins Championships. As for that other game It would be amazing if Jacksonville could win but I think we all know that New England will be winning number 10 and going to yet another Super Bowl.

NFL 2017 Playoffs (Divisional)

This weekend everybody is in the pool as the “bye week” is over and everyone is playing. On Saturday we start with NBC offering up the Atlanta Falcons in Philly playing the Eagles, and later in the evening on CBS the Tennessee Titans  are in New England facing the Patriots. These games seem pretty cut and dry with Atlanta and New England winning. On Sunday, we have some interesting games. We have rematches of game from earlier this season, we start in Pittsburgh on CBS where the Jacksonville Jaguars will try and do what they did a decade ago and beat the Steelers at Pittsburgh twice in the same season. Later in the afternoon on FOX in Minnesota the Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints hope to avenge a week one loss. If I had to pick these games I think that it will not go like it did during the regular season so I’m pulling for the Steelers and Saints.

NFL Playoffs 2017 (Wild Card Weekend)

This weekend the NFL begins the playoffs with Wild Card Weekend. There are some interesting games to watch. On Saturday there is the Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC on ABC/ESPN and Atlanta Falcons at LA Rams in the NFC on NBC. Then on Sunday we’ve got the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC on CBS and the Carolina Panthers at the New Orleans Saints in the NFC on FOX.  Of all the games only the Panthers and Saints will be a rematch of a regular season game the Panthers lost both times. As for predictions it seems like the home teams have the best shots at winning, however that Bills/Jaguars game looks like it will be a close one and the Falcons/Rams game might end with the Falcons coming out with a win since they were there last year. My predictions Chiefs, Falcons, Bills and Saints.