I’ve watched bits and pieces of just about every Capitals game thus far in the ’13-14 campaign and it’s becoming more apparent with every viewing opportunity that Washington is going to struggle to make the post-season.
Their defense is terrible.
If not for Braden Holtby — and let’s face it, he’s only a “good” goaltender, nothing more, really — they might not have a win yet this season.
And, if Alex Ovechkin gets a bruised shoulder in two weeks and he misses ten games, they’re not winning any of those contests.
The Caps defense is really bad.
The only two guys who give a representative defensive effort every night are Carlson and Alzner…and both of them are capable of throwing up a stinker-of-a-shift once a period.
Erskine? Time to put him out to pasture.
Green? Doesn’t really play defense, not sure you can even consider him a defenseman.
Olesky? Still learning. He might be OK actually, but he doesn’t have a mentor to look up to, that’s for sure.
The Metropolitan Division is like moving up from the J.V. to the Varsity as far as the Caps are concerned. No more lay-ups against the bums of the Southeast Division…they have to play real hockey now, 60 nights a year.
Ain’t gonna happen, I’m afraid to say.
Not with this bunch trying to play defense, that is.
I’ll take the Red Sox in seven games in the World Series.
Not sure why.
I just think it’s their time.
It would appear that Tiger Woods and “his people” have more impact at The Golf Channel than perhaps Brandel Chamblee realized.
Chamblee, the outstanding analyst for TGC, essentially called Woods a “cheater” last week when handing out his end-of-season grades for the recently completed 2013 season. He cited several rules infractions Woods was involved in over a 5-month period and likened them to an episode of his back in grade school when a teacher of Chamblee’s cited him for cheating on a test.
The analyst never said the words “cheating” in his column for Golf.com, but he might as well have.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chamblee defended his piece and his accusations about Woods and the rules issues he ran up against…that lasted until about 8pm on Tuesday night when Chamblee sent out a series of five tweets that apologized – directly – to Woods.
He was adamant that the apology wasn’t forced by The Golf Channel or Golf.com, but the timing certainly looked odd if you ask me.
Calling someone a cheater in golf is the absolute worst thing you can do.
For the record – in my opinion anyway – Woods is NOT a cheater.
As Seve Ballesteros once told Paul Azinger at the 1991 Ryder Cup: ”Cheating and not knowing the rules are two totally different things.”
That said, I still contend that Tiger should have withdrawn from The Masters last April after his Saturday rules snafu where he took a bad drop on the 15th hole.
But — like Seve said: Cheating and not knowing the rules are different.