NBA NHL Memorial Day Weekend Recap

Hot Hot Memorial Day Weekend Recap

5/29/12 in NBA   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

A happy, hot, Memorial Day Monday to you all! Here's some stuff that happened. 

The Rangers are out, and if there's one thing I keep hearing from New York hockey fans it's "... and why'd it have to be the f***ing Devils." For the Rangers, the end of their run for the Cup came in pretty devastating fashion. To have been up 2-1 in the Eastern Finals over their cross-river rivals, to erase a 3-goal-deficit only to lose in Game 5, to do the same thing down goals in the fateful Game 6, and last but not least, to lose it all on that mad scramble in front of the net just barely 2 minutes into overtime. Here's the goal:

May 25, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) is congratulated by fans after winning game six of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRENow just imagine you're a Rangers fan, you ran out during the pre-OT intermission to get a reuben sandwich only to walk through the door the moment the Devils put the puck in the net. Now that was one sad reuben sandwich. I'm over it. My hat is off to Marty Brodeur.

NJ vs LA for the Stanley Cup. If we were doing this European football style, and the venue for the final was populated by half Devils fans, half Kings fans, I bet each side would chant "asshole, asshole" at the opposing side for the entirety of the series. Ladies and gentleman, this is Jersey versus LA, part two (though Jason Kidd and the Nets never really had a shot.) 

Disparaging, bitter Ranger fan remarks aside, I believe this is going to be an extremely entertaining series. The Devils and Kings, sixth and eighth seeds respectively, have both fought a very serious fight to get to this point. While the Kings actually made it look easy, many have felt that the Stanley Cup champion would surely come out of the East this year.

The Celtics advance, will meet the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. I didn't think it would take sevengames, but I was confident this team would make it this far as soon as Rose and the Bulls were smacked by May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.  The Boston Celtics won 85-75 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIREthe injury fairy. After giving 7 reasons as to why the Celtics would most certainly win Game 7, I failed to predict that Rajon Rondo would hit the most important shots of the game down the final stretch. When he hit one three pointer, itwas apparent the Celtics were going to win. When he hit the second, it was fate. 

Incase you were too busy being on a boat holding a red plastic cup on Saturday night, here are the highlights.

Will this series against the Heat be the Big Three's Last Stand? I have a feeling this is going to be an epic 7-gamer. Most people expect the Heat to win, but I don't see it being easy.
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