Soups diary – May 16th, 2006

 

Dear diary,

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve hit the big 2-3.  I don’t know where the time has gone, but I’m sure it will slow right down from this point on.  What a birthday gift my Oilers have given me!  Last year at this time there was no season and the hope was that hockey would return stronger than ever.  It sure did and now that the lockout is done I can’t see why there will ever need to be another one since the owners got everything they wanted.

But the Oilers, I knew this would make them competitive but wow!  They’re 1 win away from knocking off a loaded Sharks team (can’t see how they don’t win 2 or 3 Cups in the next few seasons) and going to the Western Conference finals.  They’re so hard working and gritty, much like the 04 Flames.  That’s how you build a team, just get a couple of stars and then put grinders around them.  Who knew Daryl Sutter would be such a great GM?!

But then again so is Kevin Lowe.  The Oilers are loaded for the next 4 or 5 years with Pronger locked down who just seems to love it in Edmonton.  But it’s not just Pronger, we got Hemsky, Stoll, Torres, Pisani has now come on, Marc-Andre Bergeron has looked great all year, and then we have Schremp, Pouliot and Cogliano all on the way!  This team is going to be a Cup contender for years to come.

And if that weren’t good enough the Jays are looking sweet to start the season!  Bringing in Burnett, Ryan and Glaus was exactly what they needed to compete in the AL East.  It’s taken Riccardi a few years, but he really looks like an elite GM.  Now if he can lockdown Vernon Wells this offseason.  I don’t care what it takes, just get that done cause he is the leader of the Jays.  When the Jays win their 3rd World Series in the next 2 or 3 years he will be the guy leading the way.

But of course all anyone in baseball is talking about is steroids and Barry Bonds.  I don’t think there is any doubt left after reading “Game of Shadows” that Bonds has taken steroids, so the big question is….who else?  Curt Schilling said a year ago that he guessed it was maybe 10-15% of guys and I would think that’s right.  There are guys like Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and A-rod who are just workout fantatics, they aren’t guys that would roid up.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Think I’m gonna play some Ridin’ Dirty and I recorded last weeks episode of the O.C. so maybe I’ll watch it before I go to bed.

 

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