Sunday, June 14, 2015

JUST GET ME TO A GAME SEVEN...........

Hello NY and everywhere else, I'm Bird and your are in the birdcage here at Hockeybird.com

Man, I haven't said that in a while.


To be honest It's taken me more than a few days to recover from the loss to the Bolts at Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena. I had an expectation than not only would the Rangers beat the Bolts but also go on to win the Stanley Cup. It's true, I really felt that it was our year, our time, our destiny to win that damned Cup. Nope, it was not on all counts. I was so wrong.

OK, happy? 

I WAS WRONG.

I have no problem admitting that. I had solid data to go on. The data was right, it still is. What went wrong is kind of complicated but I stand by my prediction. Had the Rangers played as they did in the Regular season, they would have won the Cup. They didn't.

Why?

I have no clue.

Rick Nash scored 42 goals in the regular season. He had five in the playoffs. FIVE. I know, it's his history. Rick has poor playoff numbers historically but I saw no reasons he couldn't have scored more. Yes he was checked well, yes he took lots of shots and yes he showed effort. But he didn't score. The team itself didn't score but for three games maybe four all playoff long. Why? I have no clue.

It began in the Pens series. 

Every damned game was decided by one goal. 2-1 became a normal game win or lose. In each game the opposition was close throughout allowing for one bad bounce, one spectacular effort or one bad play to give them a win. Unlike the regular season at no time during the playoffs did the Rangers dominate with the exception of game six in the conference finals. I really expected the Rangers to dominate teams and not even give them hope. Instead, every team had the feeling they could win and the Bolts decided to take that opportunity and cash in.

I have read that Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had surgery. I kind of expected to see a larger list of players who were playing with bad injuries. Marty St. Louis was nearly invisible after his return from a knee injury. His one goal and seven points in nineteen games was less than noticeable. His giveaways and missed opportunities did however stand out like an eyesore.

Going into the Playoffs I expected a deep team with many offensive weapons, the best defense in the NHL and one of the best keepers in the world to bull their way into the finals. From game one on it became a survival test. At some point they had to crack with all the pressure they had to endure. It was self inflicted in my opinion but I can't claim to know or understand what changed and why it had the effect it did. It was clear to me that the philosophy changed and while it seemed to work for a while, it did not achieve the goal. What else can I say?

I sure as hell didn't expect the pesky Bolts to replicate game five in game seven but that's exactly what they did. It was damn near flawless hockey from them. You work all year to get home ice in case you need it in a game seven, you get to that place in time and then........poof! It's gone. How in the hell can the NY Rangers fail to score at home in a game seven? How?

I have no clue.

As of today, The Hawks are one win from a Cup with two games to play. I am rooting for the Bolts to win the next two but Chicago looks tough to beat. I then expect to ignore hockey and play a ton of golf. I'm trying to break 80. So far I get close only to take a few steps backwards. It's a frustrating journey so far.

I am working on a project that might include Hockeybird, I'm just not sure yet, I'll let ya know.

Until then, Beer Me!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

HockeyRodent Hockeybird Radio Show

It's two hours long

Since you waited all this time we spent the time and recorded last night and today while watching Jordan Spieth win the Masters I did the post production. Here it is for your listening pleasure.

I know it's long but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing it with the Rodent. Comments on the show can be found on Rodents message board here.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PIVOT POINT

Hello NY and everywhere else, I'm Bird and you are at Hockeybird once again.

As you can see, I'm no longer covering our beloved Blue Shirts on a daily or even weekly basis. To be honest, for the first time in as long as I can remember I'm not even watching all the games. There are things going on in my personal life that won't allow it. I'm not sure I've lost interest, but it's fair to say that I'm not as passionate about discussing hockey this year. I barely tweet these days.

Allow me to share some non hockey related stuff.

The WLIR movie, Dare To be Different is getting closer to being finished. I'm excited about this. It may mean a trip back to NY for a premier which would be outstanding. In addition, the station in Pittsburgh I worked at, WXXP is having another reunion. the last one in '05 was 20 years. This will be 30. Yes, I will once again take the stage and sing. I believe I will be doing a few U2 songs from the Joshua Tree which was released while WXXP was on the air. I'll not forget that morning. Phil on the morning show was able to debut some of the tracks and "Where the streets have no names" was the first. I know, With or without you was released as a single earlier but it was very cool to hear that song for the first time at 6:00am just seconds after we were allowed to play it.

Up to that point we enjoyed getting to hear (and play) U2 material well before anyone else. However, by this time everyone was on the U2 train and other stations complained to the label about our special access. I look forward to seeing all my Pittsburgh friends and co-workers!

Now, you are probably wondering what the heading means.

I'm still trying to figure it out myself. What I can say is that I am changing. I hope for the better but that's not for me to say. I see way too much hate in this world. Way too much yelling and name calling. Here in the U.S. it's politics and I'm sick of it. We as human beings need to find a way to stop with all the politics, stop with all the BS. So I'm trying to become a better person and help people.

The bottom line is I had a life changing event that was unpleasant to say the least. My reaction was not good. Over time I was becoming more and more miserable. It was pointed to out to me that the problems one faces do not define you. How you react to those issues does. So, I'm changing.

Less confrontational language, more constructive words. That's what I hope to achieve.

On a completely different note, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are now 2015 Rock & Roll hall of fame inductees. I was a fan well before I was hired at WLIR and to not just meet but become friends with Joan and the Blackheart family is a dream come true. I was lucky enough to intro the band on many occasions and have continued to stay in touch even after I left the scene. Her entry has made me very proud and very happy. The band will be the opening act for the upcoming 50 year reunion tour of the legendary Who. I will try and attend at least one of the many stops on this tour.

The Rangers?

I must admit......I don't know how things are going with the team. for the first time in as long as I can remember, I am not watching games. Priories have changed I guess and while I expect to follow at some point I haven't had the urge to watch. I won't buy Center Ice, still upset by the lockout. Still haven't been to a live game although we may attend the NYE game here in Florida.

To all of you, Happy Holidays.....and Merry Christmas. I hope you had a great 2014 and an even better 2015.

----}- Bird


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HALL OF FAME

DJ Bird, Joan Jett and Juliana 12-18-2010
Hockeybird is quite please to announce that one of my friends and a true Rock & Roller, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been nominated for the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

I'll have more to say about this in a few days.

Easy to say that I'm so happy for Joannie and so very proud.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IT'S FINALLY HERE



The Hockeyrodent Hockeybird radio show is finally here.

I know, it's late and that's on me.

Commentary takes palce at Rodent's board.

Enjoy!

----}- Bird