And just like that, hockey season ends with a thud.
Heika on the trend of the last 3 years …
It's easy to get a reputation in sports.
When you're the Buffalo Bills or Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Cubs, you can't win the big one.
When you're the Indianapolis Colts, you can't even get to the big one.
Put this edition of the Stars in the latter category.
The Stars from 2003 to now – the Stars led by general manager Doug Armstrong, coach Dave Tippett and goalie Marty Turco – have greatly underachieved. The numbers are stifling.
•8-14 overall in the playoffs
•1-6 in playoff overtime.
•4-7 at home in the playoffs, including 0-3 in this series.
When asked about the word, "underachieve," winger Brenden Morrow said: "I think that's a good word to use."
And now, We await the hammer of Tom Hicks …
Owner Tom Hicks planned to meet with general manager Doug Armstrong Tuesday or Wednesday.
"I think you need to let a day or two go by so that you can look at things a little more realistically," Hicks said. "You want to stay calm."
When asked if he anticipated any major changes in the organization, he replied: "We have a chain of command, and the only question for me is: Do I have confidence in Doug Armstrong? And the answer is I absolutely do. He is not the reason we lost this series."
Armstrong declined to speculate on what he would recommend.
Everything may be on the table.
"I think anything done today would be too rushed," Armstrong said. "We'll evaluate the season in its entirety."
What they'll review will be puzzling.
Tippett has the best regular-season record among active NHL coaches but has lost his last three playoff series.
"Ultimately, you're judged by the playoffs," Tippett said. "We didn't get the job done."
Memphis remembers the Blazers of ’03 ….
Dallas has never swept a team, 4-0. Not even when the Mavs led the Portland Trail Blazers, 3-0, in the first round of the 2003 playoffs did they make it a short series.
Stoudamire's Trail Blazers won Games 4, 5 and 6. The Mavs needed to win Game 7 at home to advance.
"It's probably so far-fetched that these guys don't believe it," Stoudamire said of coming back from a three-game deficit to tie the series. "But I'll bet you Dallas remembers. I'll bet you Dirk (Nowitzki) remembers. I'll bet you (Mavs coach) Avery Johnson remembers, and he's probably telling them about it.
"It was probably the strangest series ever in basketball. We got beat good for three games. Then, the next thing you know, we beat their (butts) for three games. I remember it like it was yesterday. Going into Game 7, everybody was saying Portland is the favorite. How can they lose?"
Griz forward Pau Gasol delivered a sheepish grin when asked about his thoughts about Stoudamire's pep talk.
"It means that it's possible," Gasol said. "It means we have a chance until we lose again. We've been trying to take it one game at a time all series long. We've got to fight like we did in Game 3."
Stoudamire's point exactly.
The Grizzlies' 0-11 postseason record, and coach Mike Fratello's 12 losses in the past 13 postseason games he's coached don't matter.
Kobe is the Man …Not that you have never heard that from me before or anything…
Various Draft Grades for the Cowboys:
Rick Gosselin ….
Dallas: The Cowboys addressed all their needs: size in the front defensive seven, a tight end, safety, kick returner plus depth on the offensive line. The player who could have the quickest impact is Green, the kick returner. C
Don Pierson – Chicago Tribune ….
Coach Bill Parcells coached Carpenter's father, Rob, a running back with the New York Giants. Bobby fits into the 3-4 scheme because he can play inside or outside. Fasano makes up for the loss of second tight end Dan Campbell, although the Cowboys already added Ryan Hannam from Seattle behind starter and excellent receiver Jason Witten. All will help open things up for Terrell Owens. Hatcher is another big line addition to the 3-4.
Kiper at ESPN …
Dallas Cowboys: GRADE: B-
They drafted a very versatile and talented OLB in Bobby Carpenter. Anthony Fasano is a good tight end, but the Cowboys already have Jason Witten, and more importantly, they didn't get the free safety and offensive line help I thought they needed. Skyler Green brings speed to the return game, and I do like getting DT Montavious Stanley in the sixth round.
And then there is This post from The Ranch Message Board by the very knowledgeable “TwoDeep3”…
The 2002 Draft Grades - Why Grading Is Bogus
Do you recall the draft grades by the press and fans here after this monumental draft?
A- was the press' opinion of this draft. We were a winner in many periodicals.
The fans here, being less homeristic gave this draft an A+.
So, three years later we have Roy Williams and Andre Gurode.
Is this still an A?
This is why I no longer participate in any draft grading in the gloaming after the draft.
We don't know.
The press doesn't know.
And the team doesn't know.
Until they strap it up and have three years to prove their worth.
Over There ….
Check out this rant from a p1 on CoCo Cordero …
Fun with midgets …
This fall: Full games to be replayed on the NFL Network …
Didn't get to the Rangers or Spurs today, but I have to get to Home Depot and maybe Bed Bath and Beyond....