- Yankees or Sting? 10/22/12
It’s October and that usually means that the cold weather is near, however, the action on the rink is still hot. We are just a little bit over the 40% mark of the season and the action is getting exciting. This weekend I had a chance to catch up with a good friend of mine, Jason Muro of the Suffolk Sting and Long Island Snipers and discuss many topics. For those of you that know Jason Muro, he is rather animated and loud. Everything he says and does has an exact point and is meant to be heard by everyone within a five mile radius.
We had a chance to talk about his organization who went from a pro and minor to two pro and minor teams during the off-season. Somehow, our conversation turned into a battle of heated comments about the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton and Robinson Cano instead of roller hockey. The debate happened to involve his goaltender and two of my Grizzlies players James Manganaro and Matt Ramoundos. Jason’s feelings are that Alex Rodriguez will be a Yankee for life, and Josh Hamilton will get more money per year than Robinson Cano because “thats just the way it is”. Ramoundos offered a detailed explanation of why he felt Cano would receive higher offers and Manganaro just sat there and enjoyed the conversation along with me. After they were done, Muro went into the rink to coach and I never did get a chance to ask him much, so I waited to see him again.
For those of you that don’t know, the Suffolk Sting Pro and Minor teams turned into 2 Minor and 2 pro teams this season and according to Jason it has helped him gain players within his organization but may have also given him a tougher road to a repeat in both the Pro and Minor Division this season. The Suffolk Sting won both the Pro and Minor Division Titles last season and are looking for a repeat this season. Muro is excited to coach more teams, and if you have a chance come check him out this weekend at ISCA.
- It’s Playoff Time 01/08/14
It’s playoff time!!!!!! I don’t just mean the NFL; the PIHA chase for the Founders Cup is getting ready to kick off. Payton Manning is not the only slow, old guy leading his team into the playoffs in Colorado. CJ Yoder (a close second amongst active legends in Colorado) has the Thunder threatening the Parker Prowlers for the class of the West. Each of those teams have a tough first round task. The Prowlers will host the Miners and the Thunder take on the Stallions. Stallions coach Bill Mulhern has said this is the match up they wanted, and he feels they can take down the defending Western champions.
In the Semipro division the Black Forest Thunder have made the playoffs. Black Forest may be the oldest team age wise in the history of PIHA not in the masters division. The favorites to win the semipro in the West have to be the Front Range Thunder who have lead the Rocky Mountain South all season. For the Rocky Mountain North the Westminster Cats have come on strong and will pose a real threat in the playoffs.
I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year’s. As for Slim, I strapped on the pads and participated in the Thunder’s first ever Winter Classic ball hockey game. I pretty much dominated. The Thunder leading scorers might be in a funk now. I will keep my phone lines open just in case John Bovee, Mike Penman or Bill Mulhern need any tips on how to stymie the Thunder.
Until next time,