The Special - and not so special - Ones
Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.
Way back when, a regular entry on this blog was a weekly look back at the Champs and Chumps from the week that was in the world of sports. It is time for another look back at the week or so that was from around the world. This week's entry is in honour of my man Jose Mourinho, coach of Inter Milan - who the British person affectionately/sarcastically refer to as "The Special One". Jose tops the list of Hazel's Heroes this week.
Jose Mourinho is on the verge of leading Internationale Milan to their most successful season ever. Favourites to win UEFA's Champions League final, the Serie A Championship, and the Coppa Italia. He's lead Champions in Portugal (FC Porto), England (Chelsea) and Italia (Inter Milan) - in his own words, he is a "top manager". He says that he isn't ready to manage the Portuguese National Team yet - maybe in 10 years. A nation hopes he changes his mind and makes it much sooner.
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins absolutely destroyed the Ottawa SenaTards, knocking them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He'll get plenty of love here and from the rest of Leaf Nation for doing that.
Speaking of Special Ones
And now we'll leave the lovely Hazel Mae to move on to the "not so special ones" - normally referred to as "Hazel's Zeros".
Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was observed to have been very nervous prior to game 7 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the stinking Montreal Canadians (spelled incorrectly on purpose because it annoys Habs fans). Maybe Boudreau knew that he was overmatched by Jacques Martin - when you are overmatched by that guy...ugh. Maybe he knew his team would lay an egg and blow a 3-1 games lead in the series.
Whatever the case - this guy got way too much credit when the Caps turned things around a couple of years ago...he deserves all the blame for this monumental collapse.
Leaf Nation (which we still count Hazel as a member in good standing) want the media to stop talking about this guy being a former Maple Leaf player.
Hazel's Olympians - the Divers
Montreal Canadians forward Maxim Lapierre put on an embarrassing and pathetic display in game six against the Washington Capitals - he took diving to a new level, when he was hit straight on, and threw himself into the boards face first. The 180 degree turn and leap was more reminiscent of a bad figure skater. No wonder this punk is one of the most hated players in the NHL.
By the way, Max says that when he's not playing hockey or at the rink - he just likes to hang out with his friends.
Sergio Busquets - midfielder for Barcelona FC. In case you were wondering, Sergio is the idiot who looks like he is getting shot when the defender hasn't touched him.
Sergio was in fine form today against Mourinho's Inter Milan in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Sensing that his team needed a spark to overcome a 3-1 deficit from the opening game - Busquets fell to the ground grabbing his face like he had been elbowed. The replay showed that Inter's Thiago Motta reached back and touched his face while trying to shield Busquets from the ball. The last two images of Busquets were 1) him sucking on a water bottle like it was his mom's teet, while Motta was being sent off; and 2) Busquets screaming in pain and grabbing his neck after Motta grabbed him before leaving the field.
To all you Barca fans - you have someone to be proud of in this guy.
Well...that's it for this week. No need to mention Ben Roethlisberger - he is such a mess, he can only hope to ascend to the level of chump.
We'll end on a high note
Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for my man Jose Mourinho.
A Portuguesa - Portuguese National Anthem