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2009 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs?

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Just out of curiosity, any hockey fans here?  Does anyone in this forum (longrun.hk) follow the Stanley Cup playoffs?

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    Hockey?  Not my cup of tea.  I prefer watching soccer more.

    By the way congratulations to Manchester United for advancing to the final of UEFA Cup!

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    I follow it.  But my team lost in the first round.  

    It's only on cable in Hong Kong and I'm not crazy about the other sports on the channel (translation:  too cheap) to pay to subscribe.

    They start to show highlights on TV news now.  And I sometimes watch internet TV.  

    Say, you're from LV.  There's no NHL team in LV.  Would've thought you'd be more interested in the NBA playoffs these days.  LeBron James has a house in LV, right?

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    lips hing ~

    My team lost in the 1st round too.  I am a diehard Edmonton Oilers fan.  I spent many many moons living there.  I only follow the playoffs since I moved here from the Great White North 9 years ago.  I turn into a Canucks fan these days because Vancouver is still in the playoffs.  As for NBA, I wouldn't care less about it.  Look at what happened to the Vancouver Grizzlies.  Basketball isn't a popular sport up in Canada.  Anyway, we do have a minor league hockey team here called the
    Las Vegas Wranglers which is the farm team for the Calgary Flames.  They are also in the playoffs as well.  My gut feeling is telling me that Anaheim is going to get the cup this year.

    LeBron James does own a house here, but just a small one with only 4,200 sq.ft and 3 bedrooms.

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    Ha Ha.  Calgary is my team.  They lost in the first round.  

    I don't like warm-weather teams - LA, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, ... Hockey is meant to be played in -30C!  Even when it's played indoor it *should* be -30 outside.

    Battle of Alberta.  Sigh.

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    Did you live in Calgary?  I went to high school in Calgary.  Back then the Flames were still the Atlanta Flames and then became the Calgary Flames and played in the old Stampede Corral.  Battle of Alberta, Hockey Night in Canada with Ron McLean and Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.  I missed all these classics!!!

    I am with you, I don't like warm weather teams either.  I ran the Disneyland 1/2 marathon in 07 when Anaheim got the cup.  Part of the course was to run past the Honda Center (Home of the Ducks).  There were Stanley Cup banners everywhere.  It just wasn't right. Stanley Cup in southern California!!!  Come on!

    BTW, Phoenix filed for bankruptcy the other day.  The new buyer is planning to move the team back to southern Ontario.  What about the "Great One" ? Another relocation for him and the family?

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    Hockey ? Not my cup of tea too !
    Any one like to watch baseball games ?
    I started to be a baseball fans since my son joined this game
    at the age of 5. Now, he is a member of the Hong Kong Baseball Team.
    I also trained myself to be a baseball scorer so I could enjoy the game more.

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    Never played baseball myself.  Used to watch the final few games of the North American Major Leagues on TV, and the highlights on the news.  Watch part of the recent World Baseball Classics on TV recently.  In my mind baseball is one of the hardest game to play well but most boring game to watch.  

    Don't follow it too closely now.

    Would be interested in the local baseball scene and development though.  Is it a popular sport for kids?  Do they have school teams?  Amateur league?  Any adult league?

    It's great that your son is in the Hong Kong Baseball Team.  What position does he play?  Pitcher, outfield, baseman, catcher?  How often does the team play?  Against what other teams?

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    原帖由 lips 於 2009-5-8 17:11 發表
    Never played baseball myself.  Used to watch the final few games of the North American Major Leagues on TV, and the highlights on the news.  Watch part of the recent World Baseball Classics on TV recently.  In my mind baseball is one of the hardest game to play well but most boring game to watch. ............

    That is why they have 7th inning stretch !  I usually fall asleep by the 5th inning .  I watched Japan against Korea on the tube when I was in Japan back in March.

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    Actually Baseball is not considered as a popular sport in Hong Kong.
    There are two official baseball organisations in Hong Kong. One is the
    Hong Kong Baseball Association, the management and players are local. They send players of different age groups to join tournaments outside HK. The criteria
    of the team members must be HK permanent resident.

    The other is the Hong Kong Little League. This is an organisation initially
    formed by the Japanese living in HK. And later, Korean, US and more and more local people joined. They organise league games for each year. And the outstanding players are selected to form an All-Stars Team to participate the Little League Asia-Pacific Tournament every year. My son had been selected in the Junior All-star Team for three years to participated the Asia-Pacific Tournaments in Saipan, Indonesia and Guam. The All-Star Teams are usually composed of players from local, Japan, US and Korea. My son joined the locl junior Japanese Team for three years. And I consider the training of Japanese coaches are strict and tough. Though the coaches are not professional baseball coaches, they are usually the fathers of the players only.
    All the league games are support by the player family. We shared the jobs by having fathers as team managers, coaches, game umpires; mothers as scorers and take care of the players on uniforms, gears, etc.
    As far as I know, there is no school baseball team in HK now. Few years ago, there is a new international school in Tung Chung organized their school team by
    one of their US teacher. But the school team closed with the leave of the teacher
    after two years.
    Like my son in the Japanese Team, they normally have practice on every Saturday and game on Sunday during theh League season. If there is no game on Sunday, practice will replace. It is considered as the family activitives for the players.
    Japanese fathers and mothers gathered togethered in the sport field the morning and afternoon with lunch prepared, chatting and a social gathering.
    But usually the foreigner teams are only up to the junior age group, as the kids of age around 15 ,16 have to go back to their home countries for study, especially for the Japanese. There is no Japanese high school in HK.

    For local players like my son, after completion of the junior league. He can only join the Hong Kong Baseball Association if he intends to continue. Through the HKBA, he had joined the tournamnets in Japan and Taiwan last year.

    My son takes the positions as picher ( he is a left-handed pitcher ), first baseman and outfielder.
    In HK, there is also adult league. But all are amateur players.
    It's a pity, you cannot earning your living as a professional baseball player nor a baseball coach in HK.

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    原帖由 runrun 於 2009-5-8 19:01 發表


    Hockey ? Not my cup of tea too !
    Any one like to watch baseball games ?
    I started to be a baseball fans since my son joined this game
    at the age of 5. Now, he is a member of the Hong Kong Baseb ...


    我就唔算BASEBALL fans,
    但係自從安裝左NOW之後,佢地一個星期會直播三場[差不多一定係NY YANKEES],
    就睇多左了.

    雖然,一場波打成兩三個鐘閒閒地,不過我唔覺悶喎.
    因為,佢地好多戰術上既運用,都係好好睇架.

    雖然NOW只係播晒NY YANKEES既比賽,
    但係其實我幾憎佢地,好似有錢大晒咁.
    一有好球員就買晒佢地返黎,唉.......
    [就算有個台灣一級投手係佢隊波都係咁話]

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    原帖由 迪迪仔 於 2009-5-9 17:10 發表


    我就唔算BASEBALL fans,
    但係自從安裝左NOW之後,佢地一個星期會直播三場[差不多一定係NY YANKEES],
    ...一有好球員就買晒佢地返黎,唉....... ...


    Don't matter a hoot.  They haven't won a World Series since 2000.  

    Baseball is less boring on TV 'cause all the boring time slots are filled with replays and commentaries.  If you watch it live :yawn:  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .........

    Hockey is exciting to watch.  But if you watch it the first time, especially on TV, you'll miss the puck 'cause it travels very fast.  And you'll only learn to appreciate the fights after a while.       Back to the playoff, Chicago's tied with Vancouver.  Go Hawks!

    Even though both sports are not that popular in Hong Kong, I bet there's more participation in baseball than hockey - there should be more baseball diamonds in Hong Kong than ice rinks (I think).  I do notice kids with their parents hauling hockey gears to ice rinks in the weekend.

    [ 本帖最後由 lips 於 2009-5-9 18:55 編輯 ]

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    原帖由 lips 於 2009-5-9 18:53 發表


    Don't matter a hoot.  They haven't won a World Series since 2000.  

    Baseball is less boring on TV 'cause all the boring time slots are filled with replays and commentaries.  If you watch it l ...


    I've once watched a baseball game (afternoon game) at the stadium in Toronto (Toronto Jays) and it is not that bored.  But I agree that the replays and commentaries would make the game more easy to understand.

    What's your favourite team in MLB? Chicago White Sox?
    For me, it's Boston Red Sox (or, could be any team apart from Yankees)


    The Sports Channel in Hong Kong (Now 635) is now replaying the playoff (Game 4, between Chicago and Vancouver).
    (Now 1-1, Overtime)

    Frankly speaking, it seems to me that the players are all fighting legally rather than playing a game.

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    原帖由 runrun 於 2009-5-9 16:49 發表
    Actually Baseball is not considered as a popular sport in Hong Kong.
    There are two official baseball organisations in Hong Kong. One is the
    Hong Kong Baseball Association, the management and player ...

    Sounds like your son has the potential and the drive to go farther in baseball than most in Hong Kong, and he's enjoying it.  How does he compare to other pitchers in his age groups in, say, Taiwan?

    Playing baseball at a high level, i.e. professionally, is very difficult.  Michael Jordan tried for a couple of years as a minor league player for a farm team of the Chicago White Sox, during his first retirement from basketball, and he failed (miserably in my opinion).  Not that he was athletically over the hill at the time.  He actually went back to the NBA afterwards and won three more championships.  It just shows how difficult baseball is as a sport.

    With the limited support and facilities in Hong Kong, your son has already achieved a lot, and I'm sure he'll achieve more in the future, especially with a supportive and understanding parent like you.


                                   
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    原帖由 runrun 於 2009-5-9 16:49 發表
    Actually Baseball is not considered as a popular sport in Hong Kong.
    There are two official baseball organisations in Hong Kong. One is the
    Hong Kong Baseball Association, the management and player ...

    Sounds like your son has the potential and the drive to go farther in baseball than most in Hong Kong, and he's enjoying it.  How does he compare to other pitchers in his age group in, say, Taiwan?

    Playing baseball at a high level, i.e. professionally, is very difficult.  Michael Jordan tried for a couple of years as a minor league player for a farm team of the Chicago White Sox, during his first retirement from basketball, and he failed (miserably in my opinion).  Not that he was athletically over the hill at the time.  He actually went back to the NBA afterwards and won three more championships.  It just shows how difficult baseball is as a sport.

    With the limited support and facilities in Hong Kong, your son has already achieved a lot, and I'm sure he'll achieve more in the future, especially with a supportive and understanding parent like you.

                                   
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    原帖由 迪迪仔 於 2009-5-9 21:22 發表


    Frankly speaking, it seems to me that the players are all fighting legally rather than playing a game...


    I like to watch the fans during a fight in a hockey game.  

    I don't have a favourite MLB team.  Used to cheer for the Cubs.  But they never win anything.  

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     樓主| 發表於 2009-5-9 23:19:34 | 顯示全部樓層
    The only two times I was really really into watching baseball was when the Jays were in the world series (1992 against the Braves and 93 against the Phillies).  Everyone in Canada went nuts cheering for the team.  I even had to skip class to go home to watch it live.  Dave Winfield, Dave Steward, Joe Carter, Juan Guzman, John Olerud, Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, Pat Borders.......etc all became instant heros.

    As for hockey, Canucks is going to kick Hawks' a$$ tonight in GM Place.  Luongo is good but I think Salo is still out.  I just read the newsapaer, Vancouver is the underdog in the our Sportbooks here though.  In the world hockey scene, Team Canada beat Sweden the other day and advances into the finals against the Russians this Sunday (10th) in Switizerland for the World Championship game.  Go Canada Go!!!  Go Canucks Go!!!

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    原帖由 lvrunner 於 2009-5-9 23:19 發表
    The only two times I was really really into watching baseball was when the Jays were in the world series (1992 against the Braves and 93 against the Phillies).  Everyone in Canada went nuts cheering f ...


    I watched those series and cheered for the Jays as well.  Guzman was great.

    Go Canada Go!!!  Go Canucks Go!!!

    X2

    The Russians aren't really as strong as they used to be.  (Remember the KLM line?)  Canucks will win it.

                                   
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    原帖由 lips 於 2009-5-9 07:24 發表


    I watched those series and cheered for the Jays as well.  Guzman was great.


    X2

    The Russians aren't really as strong as they used to be.  (Remember the KLM line?)  Canucks will win it.http ...

    Definitely!  the Central Red Army and Viktor Tikhovov (sp?) in Canada Cup.  Best one I think was the 1987 series .  Gretzky, Messier, Lemieux and Fuhr against the KLM line!!!!  Man, this brings back memories.  Gretzky still considers those were the BEST hockey games he has ever played in his entired career.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS9BwliAJus

    As hockey fans, what else can we ask for ~  A gold medal game between Canada and Russia!

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