I got the chance to see an in form Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Emirates stadium today evening. Togolese striker Emmaneul Adebayor was the main instigator for the Gunners as he scored a brace of goals, both being set up by a returning Cesc Fabregas.
How we have missed the skills of the Spanish midfielder! The Spain international had been out for three months with a knee injury, but marked his comeback in some style to set up a goal for Adebayor in each half. With Adebayor also now firing on all cylinders following his eight-week spell out of action because of a hamstring problem, Arsene Wenger’s squad could just be set for a vintage end to what has been a testing season as they prepare for a Champions League quarter-final and an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.
There will be no playoffs for the Ottawa Senators. After 77 games we are at 33 wins, 34 loses & 10 OTs for a grant total of 76 points. Only 76! We scored 203 goals while giving up 222 goals – and therein lies the problem!
The reason why the Sens won’t make the playoffs this season is that we got less secondary scores. Plus our defence was shaky and we did not have consistent goaltending. Auld, Elliot & Gerber were the 3 goalies at our displosal when the season began, with Elliot playing for the B Sens. Just before the deadline we traded Antoine Vermette (who is settling well and scoring, I must say, for the Bluejackets) to Columbus for goalie Pascal Leclaire. Leclaire is injured and has so far not played for the Sens but the hope is that he will feature as the starter for the next season.
Is Leclaire the steady goalie that we have been looking for? Although I think he will be a better fit than Gerber, I don’t think that we are going to win the Stanley Cup with him between the pipes. Auld is a steady backup and Elliot has charmed many fans with his excellent form but both goalies will not be as consistent as needed to win the Cup.
And we need 2 top 6 defencemen. And a 20 goal scorer. I hope we trade for a couple of really good big name players by October. But what about the draft? Will we get a really hot young prospect? John Tavares may be out of reach but I wonder.
So no playoffs! This must be what it feels like to be a Maple Leafs fan, eh Toronto? My only consolation is that they won’t make it to the playoffs as well and that it’s the 4th consecutive time for them.
I came to know about this little incident from a blog that I read often. Saskboy has commented on our Miss Universe 2008 title holder, Dayana Mendoza. The beauty queen from Venezuela has recently visited the US naval facility Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba this month on a trip organised by the United Service Organisations (USO) which supports US troops.
She describe the visit as an “incredible experience” and called the area as a “relaxing, calm, beautiful place”!! Really? Condemned by critics and activists as a symbol of torture and prisioner abuse. Surrounded by a barbed-wire fenced, minefields and watchtowers.
“I didn’t want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful,” was her entry in the official Miss Universe blog site.
Now, I have joined millions of others in making fun of beauty pageant contestants (“who is the living person you admire the most?” “Mother Theresa” comes out as the automatic response!) but this is one of the best examples of dumbness ever.