Monday, February 8, 2010

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts (on a Monday)

Sunday Funday!

What a great Super Bowl between the Saints and the Colts on Sunday!

I had picked the Saints to win and honestly wasn’t sure they had it in them after their first couple of drives, but they must have just been nervous early on. All in all it was a pretty solid game – both teams had goal-line stands and big plays at key times, but that Tracy Porter interception in the fourth quarter was probably the biggest of them all.

Here are the highlights, incase you missed the game (oh, and for the record, I finshed the season at 142-68):

Deal With the Devil(s)?

Pardon the cheesy headline, but a week that saw Dion Phaneuf, JS Giguere and Olli Jokinen change teams wrapped up with an even bigger trade.

Last Thursday, former Atlanta Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk was dealt to the New Jersey Devils, with Nik Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, (suspended) prospect Patrice Cormier, and first and second round picks going the other way.

In his debut with the Devils on Friday night, the Devils scored three times in the final three minutes of a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Kovalchuk finished the night with two points.

It remains to be seen whether he stays in a Devils uniform beyond this season, or if the soon to be UFA is just a “rental” player.

Whoever he signs with should be prepared to pay the big bucks though – Kovalchuk turned down offers of $101-million over 12 years and $10-million per year for seven years to stay in the ATL.

Tampa Bay Red Sox?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been sold to a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox ending a long, public feud between current owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

According to ESPN, Koules and Barrie bought the team for $200-million and sold it to Jeff Vinik for $170-million – a deal that apparently includes the company that operates the St. Pete Times Forum and two bits of land next to the rink.

The deal is still pending the approval of the NHL’s board of governors.

At least he made the highlight reel…

It was a play that a few of the Edmonton Oilers referred to as the turning point of a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night – Josh Harding absolutely robbed J.F. Jacques with a diving glove save at the midway point of the third period.

It was also Harding’s last save of the game, as he aggravated a hip injury and was forced to hit the showers early.

Now, it turns out he’ll miss at least one more game after getting a cortisone shot, which puts the Wild down two goalies.

Commitment Issues?

The USC Trojans football program made history last week on the recruiting front, securing a verbal commitment from a 13-year-old quarterback.

David Sills of Bear, Delaware, is a much-hyped six-foot tall grade seven student that Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are hoping to utilize come 2015. As ESPN points out, a college commitment that early has been seen before in basketball, but never before when it comes to the gridiron.

“His skill set is off the chart,” his personal coach Steve Clarkson told ESPN. “I’ve never seen anyone at his age do what he’s been able to do.”

Here’s the slickly produced YouTube video that’s been making the rounds touting Sills’ skills:

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