Stone’s Sports Corner: WTF moments

Back again for another week of sports. A lot has happened. And I mean a lot. In every sport there are just “wtf” moments happening all over.  

 Let’s get right into it starting with the NHL. 

Starting in the Western conference the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, and Arizona Coyotes all look like hot garbage while the Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche, and Dallas Stars are sitting at the top of the conference. 

Pretty shocked with Dallas up there sitting at 4-0-1 on the season through the first two weeks.  

It’s still early so I’m not going to jump the gun on who I think are wagons this season, but it looks like the West is going to be dominated by the same old teams yet again. 

I don’t think it comes as a shock for most as the tip end teams just got better and the bottom of the barrel teams just got worse in order to get Connor Bedard – cough, cough, Coyotes.  

I just wish my Winnipeg Jets weren’t stuck in the epitome of mediocracy due to their horrendous defensive play. But new year same average D-core.

Onto the East, now this is where most of my “wtf” moments in the NHL come from. 

The Philadelphia Flyers are 4-1-0. 

That just blows my mind ‘cause that team is awful on paper. The Buffalo Sabres are also 4-1-0, and Rasmus Dahlin looks like he is ready to score in every game. 

He has 5 goals in 5 games as a defenseman to start the season, this kid finally looks like the number 1 pick everyone thought he was going to be. 

Granted it’s early, but he is putting up video game numbers through two weeks. 

The East is a weird conference because for the last 3 to 4 years the same teams have made the playoffs, but this year it could get shaken up a bit.  

Last thing in the NHL, the reverse retro jerseys came out and damn, there are some good ones and then there are some bad ones. 

In my opinion, the best three are the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Washington Capitals. 

I only say the Capitals purely because of nostalgia from early career Ovechkin days. 

The bottom three are easy for me. 

The Detroit Red Wings’ looks terrible, it has a black stripe in it that just looks weird because the Red Wings have never had black in their jersey. 

The Chicago Blackhawks’ is just kind of boring and very basic. 

Lastly, the Calgary Flames jersey just looks so weird with the stripe they have on the bottom, just not a fan of the look.  

Next up we have the NFL. The NFL season has just been so weird. 

Like are the Jets an actually good football team? 

Are the Giants a real playoff team even though they don’t have a single receiver? 

Are the Panthers tanking? 

I have so many questions that I don’t even know what to think at this point.  

I want to start with the Christian McCaffrey trade. 

Like I get wanting to get assets for this stud player and I totally understand why the 49ers got him. 

It worked out for both teams, but I heard rumors last week they were only listening to offers for him, and then a week later he was traded. 

It’s a rare thing for things to move that fast in the trade rumor world. 

It benefits both teams, as the Panthers need to build for the future and the 49ers desperately needed a running back so they could stop using Deebo Samuel at both receiver and running back.  

Now back to where I started, the New York Jets are 4-2. 

What the hell is going on? 

I would have never expected this. 

Also, Elijah Mitchell wants a trade while the Jets are winning. 

This team is oddly good I think because of their defense but it is still such a weird thing to think that the Jets are ahead of both the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots in their division.  

The Eagles remain undefeated sitting at 6-0 which I’m not too surprised about, but I do think that with the New York Giants sitting right behind them at 5-1 makes it very interesting for the NFC East division, strictly because I feel this division is seen as a laughingstock in almost any other year. 

Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury were screaming at each other on the sidelines while up against the Saints so that was interesting. Could we see Kyler leaving Arizona soon? 

Who knows, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched.  

Now onto the NBA.  

Ja Morant is a stud. 

That’s it, that’s what I want to say. He starts off the season with a casual 34-point night then the very next game points up 49 points. 

He is so fun to watch and I’m by no means an extremely avid NBA viewer, but he makes me want to watch basketball more.  

The NBA only kicked off a couple nights ago, so there have only been two or three games per team so far and I think it’s too early to make any bold predictions, but I’ll leave it with one prediction.

The Los Angeles Lakers will not make the playoffs. 

I think they are so mediocre, and they aren’t good enough throughout their lineup to make the playoffs. 

Probably a very hot take and it might just be because I don’t really like Lebron all that much, but I said it and I will stand by it. 

Lastly, the MLB.  

The Houston Astros are the team to beat. 

Plain and simple. 

They are walking their way to the World Series it seems like. 

They waxed the Mariners and now are making the Yankees look like a little league team.  

On the other side, I’m very interested in seeing how it plays out. 

Both the Padres and Phillies are interesting teams. 

The Phillies lead the series 3-1 right now but the Padres have such a solid pitching staff, that I think they could come back and extend this series to game 7. 

But the Phillies have all the power in the world to hit homeruns with guys like Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins. 

I feel like they will end up winning the series strictly based on their talent at bat.  

I think out of all the teams the Astros will probably win it all. 

They just look unstoppable right now. 

But I’d like to see the Phillies win, but I always root for the underdog so we will see how it ends up going. 

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