Monday, April 14, 2014

Whole lotta separated at birth (and other Monday musings)

As playoff wild cards go, it doesn't get much wilder than Kristers Gudlevskis.  The 21 year old Latvian, who famously stopped 55 of 57 shots in a memorable performance against Team Canada at the Olympics, turned aside 36 to beat Columbus 3-2 in his first NHL start for Tampa Bay Friday, and could be a compelling choice as a playoff starter against the Canadiens in the absence of the injured Ben Bishop.  At the very least, Gudlevskis gives the Lightning an interesting option with proven big game chops in the event that journeyman backup Anders Lindback falters. 

Every time CBS showed Robert Plant look-alike Miguel Angel Jiminez at the Masters, I'd hum Whole Lotta Love to myself until the next time they showed Jiminez and another Led Zeppelin song started running through my head.  Jiminez took me through the entire Zeppelin discography with a six under par 66 Saturday, but his 71 yesterday barely got me through side 1 of Houses of the Holy.

Unless he's discovered a youth elixir and undergone a spiritual transformation, the Alouettes' flirtation with Chad Ochocinco is tantamount to a publicity stunt.  Ochocinco is on the far side of 36, hasn't played professionally in three years and his character flaws are well-documented.  As a former All Pro and marginal reality TV star, Ochocinco might sell a few tickets, but he's no longer a football asset. 

Formula One fans are in for shock and disappointment at this year's Canadian Grand Prix.  The switch from V8 to V6 turbo-charged engines has radically changed one of the most important and appealing components of the sport: the sound.  The longstanding signature scream of the F1 cars now sounds more like your grandmother put a turbo-charger on her sewing machine.  Still impressive, but nobody goes to a Black Sabbath concert to hear an acoustic set.  F1 needs to find a way to turn it back up to 11.

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