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Back from the abyss: Prediction Review

Posted in Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sixers on June 7, 2011 by birdbytes

It’s been too long since my last post here, and it’s time to eat my words on the NHL and NBA predictions.  It’s also time to say “I told you so” about the O’s.

I predicted the Penguins would advance past round 1, and they were one win away from doing so.  But Tampa caught Lightning in a bottle (pun intended) and rode that all the way to the East finals.  There’s always next year…

The Sixers prediction was more tongue-in-cheek, and they played competitively in game-to-game but overall the Heat were too much for the Sixers.

The Orioles are four games under .500 headed into today.  They’ve won 27 games already, which they hadn’t done last year until July.  I hear people say stuff like “take out that 6-1 start, and they are…” But you can’t take those wins away — they count!  If you take the first seven games out of this season, you have to take the first seven out of last season for comparison.  They were reverse that last year.  Those games DO count.

Anyway I thought the O’s would be a 75 win team.  I went on the record, saying as much on 105.7 the Fan back in April.  At the time, the announcers thought I was crazy to think that 75 wins would be a successful season for the Orioles.

See, the O’s are a .500 club.  They’ll hang around .500 all season, and they’ll lose 4 and 5 in a row at times.  It will be frustrating for the fans that don’t look at the standings from a year ago.  I keep reminding myself that (A) they are not a playoff team, and (B) they are on pace to win 75-80 games.  Then I go back to one year ago in the standings.

Take a look:

2010 Orioles on June 7:  16-21 and 21 games back

2011 Orioles on June 7: 27-31 and 6.5 games back

11 game improvement in the win column and 14.5 game improvement in the standings.  Still in last place, but hey… I’ll take progress.

I’m heading to the Yard tonight for O’s-A’s.  Go O’s!

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Penguins, Sixers End Seasons on Same Night

Posted in Pittsburgh Penguins, Sixers on April 28, 2011 by birdbytes

Well, that was anti-climactic and maybe even a little unsettling.

I will be able to look back on the season for the Penguins as a success in a few weeks.  But the way the Penguins let a 3-1 series lead slip out of their grips like they did, floundering in games 5 and 6 in all phases and then letting multiple power play opportunities get away in game 7, that was disappointing.

I know they’ve enjoyed a great run of success and it’s a great accomplishment to have come this far without their top two offensive weapons in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  I expected them to win this series, especially after going up 3-1.  So last night was a letdown.

The Sixers on the other hand, nobody really expected them to hang with the Heat.  4 of the 5 games were competitive games in which the Sixers had chances at the end to win, including last night.  One of those the Sixers did win with an impressive 10-0 run at home on Sunday.

The Sixers are a young team with a great future.  They’ll need to have an aggressive offseason to try to bring in one or two bona-fide stars.

For both of these teams, the season ends the same way the Eagles season ended: first round playoff exits.

If the Orioles season ends in the same way, I think that would be considered a huge success… one can dream.

Sixers Postseason: Bold Predictions

Posted in Sixers with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by birdbytes

Here we are in April and the Orioles started off hot, with four wins in a row, and appear (at this moment it’s 6-3 Tigers in the 7th) headed for their first loss of the year.

I’m excited about the start of their year and am headed there for game three tomorrow night, but it’s also playoff time in the NHL and NBA, and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia 76ers will be representing me well this season.

This week I want to make some “bold” predictions about these two teams heading into the postseason.

Jrue HolidayLet’s start tonight with the likely sixth-or-seventh seeded Sixers (say that ten times fast). Before I begin, I just want to remind you that I believed in the Sixers before they were in the mix.

  • Bold prediction #1: The Sixers will retain the sixth seed, regardless of the outcome of tonights game against the Knicks
  • #2: Sixers versus Heat in round 1
  • #3: Sixers take Heat to 7 games and win on the road — epic upset of the “big three”
  • Sixers postseason MVP: Evan Turner (close second to Jrue Holiday)

Let me rationalize this a bit, since Sixers winning in round 1 is a bit of a reach.  You see, the Heat will go into this series relaxed and the Sixers will be bringing their “A” game.  I think they’ll steal the first game on the road, win two at home and then come out on fire in game seven.  Now, don’t go betting the farm on this, but I like the matchup of Heat-Sixers in round one.

Sixers For Real

Posted in Sixers with tags , on January 25, 2011 by birdbytes

The Sixers, a team that I would say I casually follow, are for real this year.  I have watched a handful of games and seen most of the highlights the last few months, and Doug Collins has these guys rolling.  They are beating teams they should beat, and hanging tough against the Celtics, Lakers and Heat of the league.  They even threw in a victory against the Bulls the other week.

I do not think they will contend for a title, but they are a legitimate threat to make a little noise in May and June.

Stay tuned…

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