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Throwing Tomatoes: Washington Capitals, Mike Tomczak, Jeff Ireland, Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Brey Rumors and More

By |2018-10-27T14:44:09+00:00April 28th, 2010|9 Comments

Sports can be really frustrating for the die-hard fan – especially those that have to watch their teams blow a lead, choke in the playoffs, or continuously underachieve.

Hell, only a few teams win championships every year… so that means the majority of us go home unhappy when it comes to our sports fandom.throwingtomatoesbanner

Don’t sweat it – venting helps… and throwing tomatoes can too – so go ahead, “Rock the Red” this week – and I don’t mean that popular playoff slogan coined by the Washington Capitals…

Throwing Tomatoes: April 28, 2010

Washington Capitals

…for setting a new playoff record.

The Washington Capitals had a lot to brag about heading into the NHL Playoffs: The Presidents Trophy (most points in regular season – 121), the best home record in hockey (30-5-6), most goals (318) and highest goal differential (+85)… need we go on?

After a shocking opening round exit, the Caps now own a new record: that being the first ever #1 seed to lose to an 8-seed when leading the series 3-1.

It just goes to show you that just like in every other major pro sport, defense (and in this case, great goaltending) wins championships – and NOT flashy, potent offense.splatteredtomato

Let’s just say that the phrase “Rock the Red” is taking on new meaning tonight.

Alexander Ovechkin

…for becoming the Tracy McGrady of hockey.

Yes, I went there.  Listen, I give all the credit in the world to Montreal’s defense and goaltending – but on top of that, when you’re a superstar, you have to find a way to get it done during clutch playoff games.

Kobe has… Jordan did…Sid the Kid did.

Ovie didn’t – and hasn’t as of yet… plain and simple.  For those counting, that’s two crushing playoff Game 7’s now for the nation’s capital.

Mike Tomczak

…for keeping the tradition alive for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks.

As discussed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the former Steelers QB has been charged with assault after a domestic dispute.

First, the Steel City couldn’t get Big Ben out of the news, and now this.

Something tells me, there are a few Pittsburgh locals that almost wanted their hometown team to draft Tim Tebow… just to have a borderline choirboy in town.

Mike Brey

…for the rumors out there – that potentially could wind up true.mike-brey-rumors-notre-dame

RUMOR ALERT: OK, call the rumor police – as this one isn’t set in stone yet, but enough places have touched upon it – including here via Chicago Now.

Still, at this point – with all the ways that people of any level in the sports world are getting negative press, would we really be shocked at this point?

The rumor involves Brey being involved with a TV news reporter – and well, if it winds up true, then I guess the ol’ coach has been scoring a lot more than his team did during March Madness.

Count it… albeit in bad taste.

Jeff Ireland

…for using ridiculously bad judgment when questioning WR Dez Bryant.

By now, you know the story with Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, who during an interview asked WR Dez Bryant if his Mom was a prostitute.

OK, so for one – bad judgment.  But two, I get tough questions to judge a player’s character, but how is this one relevant – or in any way coming close to being tactful?

On top of that, in the article link above, Bryant mentions how others asked if his Mom still did drugs.  IMO, test the kid and grill the kid, but leave his Mom out of it – if anything, his troubles in life have only made him stronger.

And Jeff, “do you still think you’ll have a job in a week?”  What, wrong question to ask?

To Any NBA Prognosticatorhaterade

…that hated on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Many people out there didn’t give the Bucks much chance to knock out the Atlanta Hawks after Andrew Bogut got hurt late in the season.

But with a 91-87 win earlier tonight, Milwaukee is now up 3-2 in the series.

How’s the Haterade taste?

Baltimore Orioles

…for their abysmal and embarrassing 4-17 start.

It can’t get much worse for the Birds.  I said it once and I’ll say it again – the O’s need a change.

Trembley seems like a good guy, and certainly the injuries and other struggles haven’t helped the team out of the gate, but I said it before – it comes down to accountability.

Someone has to take the fall, and the head honcho needs to find ways to keep a team from getting to this point – and that hasn’t happened.

So “for the birds” is exactly right…

This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where “rockin’ the red” is NOT a good thing…

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  1. admin April 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM


    Appreciate you stopping by and pitching in to the discussion… and to be honest, I admit that when I write, I don’t focus on the teams I root for – but in this case, as a fan… I am a Caps fan for life, and that loss stung a bit.

    For me, I have to say that there does need to be some changes in the offseason… need to add some more defense or some more consistent goaltending (or both)… and potentially a coaching change as well.

    I’m with you… and you’re welcome to vent sports here any time!

  2. admin April 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM


    No way, not you. You just create trash talking brackets… what, Sports Chump too good for some fun like that? Pete Nice could use a trash talkin’ smack down… ha ha.

  3. Al April 30, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Indeed. I am a hardcore Caps fan from the days of Bondra and Kolzig (at least they made it to the finals). Leonsis needs to either get rid of the coach or Ovechkin as they feed off one another. Ovechkin, while arguably a great player, has little discipline and all the ‘mea culpas’ in the world does not mean he really believes it. He is bood universally throughout the NHL and portrays an image I, for one, am not proud of. If they keep Ovechkin, then Washington needs a coach who can make him toe the line or bench him. Lastly, take the “C” away; he’s proven he doesn’t deserve it.

  4. Chris Humpherys April 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Me? Write? Never!

  5. admin April 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    AERO —

    Yeah, Bryant has earned the right to toss that one… big time. I used to do that at the bottom of these posts (Bryant to Ireland for example) and should get back to that…


    Yeah, you like that? Ha ha… I was pretty proud of that one… you ever get that way writing something – feeling like you may have a gem on your hands? Ha ha…

  6. admin April 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Thanks for stopping by and pitching in to the discussion.
    You know, you have to think Hoffman is carrying on by the name alone right now… age may be catching up to him at times, even if that masterful pitch is a changeup and not throwing straight gas.
    By the way… “Fear the Deer”…? That’s classic… had not heard that one.

  7. Chris Humpherys April 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    The Tracy McGrady of hockey. Nice!

    I don’t watch hockey but how in the hell did that happen?

  8. aero April 29, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    I would like to personaly present a rancid, rotting Ruskin Red to Dez Bryant so he can splatter it in the face of that schmuck Ireland. That jerk should have already been fired.

  9. Amy April 29, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    All very good points. How about one for Ken Macha and the rest of the Brewers management? Macha for sticking with Trevor Hoffman as his closer. Hoffman clearly needs to work on his mechanics and Macha should remove him from the closers role for a while. And Brewers management for not firing Macha this offseason or this season yet. Fans in Milwaukee are not happy. We’ve had just about enough, but on the brightside Fear the Deer.

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