To begin this fine Thursday, I give you the nearly-always funny Jon Stewart, who seems to have a wonderful knack for making religious differences between Christians and Jews funny (If you want proof, Google his bit about how with Lent lasting a month and Yom Kippur only 24 hours, “even in sin, you guys are paying retail!”).
The other night he had me laughing pretty darn hard when he compared Passover to Easter, and emphasized that we Jews just aren’t winning the P.R. war on this holiday battle:
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**The Stanley Cup playoffs started Wednesday night. Outside of March Madness, the NHL playoffs are my favorite sports postseason. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it 1,000 times: NHL playoff overtime is the greatest thing in sports. As pumped as I usually am about the race for Lord Stanley’s silver chalice, I’m even more pumped because my Rangers are entering as the No. 1 seed in the East.
I don’t think my favorite team is good enough to win the Cup this year, but seeing them make a deep run for the first time in 15 years sure would be sweet. They have the best goalie in the world in Sports Illustrated cover boy Henrik Lundqvist, offensively they’re a lot better than they were last year, and the defense has been solid all year. I’m feeling like a run to the Eastern Finals is very do-able, as long as they don’t run into Pittsburgh.
For my fellow Rangers fans out there (I’m looking at you, Mark Mahoney!), here’s a nice pump-up video (above) to get you excited about tonight’s Game 1 against Ottawa.
Couple thoughts about Wednesday night’s three openers (and yeah, this blog will have at least some hockey in it for a while).
— Stunned to see the Penguins choke a 3-0 lead away at home to the Flyers, and lose 4-3 in overtime. Happy to see it, but stunned. The Flyers play great against everybody but the Rangers.
— Disgusting, awful, stupid play by Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the closing seconds of the Predators’ win over Detroit, ramming Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head, WWE-style, into the glass.
He ought to be suspended for at least 2-3 games for that. Just so stupid.
— My official Cup prediction: Blackhawks vs. Penguins. I just have a feeling about Chicago this year.
**Finally today, there are all these warnings and laws now about texting while driving, and I fully applaud that. Texting while driving is extremely dangerous and really, really stupid.
But sometimes, well, texting while walking with your head down can also be kinda scary.
Check out this video, particularly the :14 second mark and the :45 mark, when a bear that was on the loose on the street in California runs into a dude who was busy texting…