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The GD Podcast: Episode 33

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

By Joe Dyton

On the latest episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and Joe talk about Penn State’s upset win over Michigan and the Rams’ stunning win over the Houston Texans. The guys also preview Week 7 of the NFL and talk about the slow starts of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Finally, Mike offers up a few beer suggestions in Mike’s Beer Blast.

You can listen to all of that and more here.

Joe Dyton and Mike Grant are co-hosts of The GD Podcast. You can follow them on Twitter @thegdpocast. You may also reach the guys via email at thegdpodcast@gmail.com. Find past episodes of the podcast here.

The GD Podcast: Episode 10

In MLB, NHL, Podcasts on March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

By Joe Dyton

On this week’s episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and I recapped the Caps-Ranger’s latest meeting, reflected on the Blackhawk’s impressive season-opening points streak, discussed Tiger Woods’ big win in Florida, and talked about the Yankees’ recent rash of injuries. In the Pop Culture Corner, we took a look at “House of Lies” and “Girls”. Finally, Mike concluded the podcast with what was brewing in “Mike’s Beer Blast.”

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Thanks for listening!

Joe Dyton and Mike Grant co-host The GD Podcast. Follow the podcast at twitter.com/thegdpodcast. You can also contact the guys at thegdpodcast@gmail.com.

The GD Podcast: Episode 9

In NFL, NHL, Podcasts on February 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

By Joe Dyton (@dyton99)

On this week’s episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and I discuss the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. We also reflect on the passing of Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss, the NBA’s age restrictions, Danica Patrick’s historic pole victory and the chances RG3 is back for Week 1.

Later, we preview the Oscars in the Pop Culture Corner, make a few “Fearless Forecasts” and Mike talks about what’s brewing in Mike’s Beer Blast. You can listen to it all here.

Mike Grant and Joe Dyton co-host The GD Podcast; an informal, yet insightful conversation about sports, pop culture, beer and the like. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thegdpodcast. Have a question for the guys? Send it to thegdpodcast@gmail.com.

The GD Podcast Episode 8

In Podcasts on February 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

By Joe Dyton (@dyton99)

On this week’s episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and I put a bow on the 2012 NFL season, talk about the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers seasons a quarter of the way through and discuss the Paterno report on the sports front. In the Pop Culture corner, we take a look at the movie, “Flight” and talk about Showtime’s “House of Lies” and FX’s “The Americans.”

Mike wraps things up with a few beer suggestions in Mike’s Beer Blast.

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Joe Dyton and Mike Grant co-host The GD Podcast. Follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/thegdpodcast. You can also email them at thegdpodcast@gmail.com.

Rangers-Capitals Game Four recap: “Even Steven”

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Well, here we go again.

After four games in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinal, the Rangers and Capitals are tied at two games each. That’s hardly a shock given how evenly matched these two teams were headed into the series. Now we have a best-of-three, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all three games were needed to decide this one.

What did surprise me was how flat the Rangers came out to start Saturday afternoon’s contest. I think everyone knew the Caps were going to come out guns blazing; they had no desire to go back to New Yorkdown 3-1, and they played like it. The Rangers looked a step slow; I’m not sure if they were still hung over from the triple overtime Game Three win, or if they relaxed mentally because worst case they were headed home tied at two games each. Whatever the reason was, the Caps out shot the Rangers, 14-3 in the first period. The only reason they just 1-0 was because of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Rangers coach John Tortorella must have had some strong words for his team between periods because they were much more into it when the second period started. I think it’s even safe to say they dominated the first half of it. It’s worrisome that the Rangers take so long to get warmed up sometimes. It seemed like they didn’t get going until Game Six of theOttawa series when their season was on the line. Then on Saturday when they had a chance to put a stranglehold on the series, they don’t show up until the second period. My hope is that on Monday night, their mentality is, “We can’t go back to D.C. down 3-2,” and not, “Let’s try to get this one, but if we lose, we can still tie it up in Game Six and win Game Seven back here.” The Caps played Game Four like they’d be eliminated if the lost it; let’s see if the Rangers can play with the same sense of urgency on Monday.

A few other thoughts…

*I’ll let others pin this one on Lundqvist, I’m going to give him a pass. I know there’s the thinking that he got his glove on Alex Ovechkin’s goal and that he has to find a way to stop Mike Green’s goal in the third, but he made so many other saves that he shouldn’t have. Namely, the stop he made on Ovechkin at the doorstep on the Caps’ first power play and how about the 2-on-0 save he made on Nicklas Backstrom. Yes, I would have liked to have seen him make one of those saves too, but this game isn’t even close without him.

*The Rangers’ offense still isn’t productive enough. I feel like it’s been the same thing since 2009; this team has so much trouble scoring goals. At times, I forget how they ended up with best record in the East. Just about every goal the Rangers score is grinded out; they needed a lucky break on their second one on Saturday. Braden Holtby’s defense hung him out to dry badly on that one. It would help if the Rangers could take advantage of the power play, but they went 0-for-2 again on Saturday. I think it’s too much to ask of a goaltender to hold a team as dangerous as the Caps to no or one goal every game.

*Not a great day for the officials, in my opinion. I agree that Carl Hagelin should have been penalized for slashing in the third period. My question is, why wasn’t Ovechkin penalized for breaking Brian Boyle’s stick in half just minutes earlier? The inconsistency in officiating during these playoffs is appalling. Speaking of inconsistency…

*I’m not shocked that Ovechkin isn’t even getting a hearing about his hit on Dan Girardi. There is just no rhyme or reason to who the league warns, fines, suspends, etc. This at least the third Ranger who’s taken a hit to the head in the playoffs and there have been no suspensions. Is it because Girardi didn’t get hurt on Ovie’s hit, that he’s not even going to get a warning? When Ovechkin got suspended earlier this year for leaving his feet and delivering a blow to the head, the league said once he left his feet, he’s responsible for contact to the head. Isn’t this the same thing? I kind of like the idea that the NHL just has a big “Price is Right” wheel that they spin when deciding whether or not to take action against a player or how long to suspend him for, because honestly, I don’t how else they come up with the punishments or non-punishments that they do.

My fingers are crossed that officiating doesn’t play into the result of Game Five, or at the very least, the Rangers can stay out of the box if the game is tied late in the third. It would also be nice if they could find a way to give Lundqvist some kind of margin for error. Either way, I have do doubt Game 5 will be just as tight and intense as the previous four.

Until then…

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

 

2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers-Capitals Game Three recap

In NHL on April 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Well, the high the Rangers had me on after winning both games in DC was fun while it lasted.

 

I can’t say I was surprised by what transpired last night. The Capitals are obviously the more superior and talented team in this series, and they finally realized it yesterday. There was no way they wanted to go down three games to none, and they played like it last night.

 

What did surprise me was how badly the Rangers played. I think Lundqvist was the only Ranger who came back from D.C. Everyone else seemed to be in slow motion. Combine a lackluster effort from one team with a desperate, pedal-to-the-metal effort from the other, and you end up with a lopsided, 4-0 game like we got yesterday. If it wasn’t for King Henrik, the score probably (make that definitely) would have been a lot worse.

 

It really blew my mind how poorly the Rangers played yesterday. They played with such purpose, during the first two games, which were on the road by the way. It seemed like they’d be able to keep it up with their home crowd behind them. Then again, I guess the same thing could be said for the Caps when they were at home. Maybe this will be one of those bizarre series where the road team wins every time. That would be fine by me of course since the Rangers would be on the road for Game Seven.

 

But, as badly as the Rangers played, the Caps played just as well. They played with a purpose last night, much like the Blueshirts did in D.C. Rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov has made coach Bruce Boudreau’s decision to make a switch between the pipes look like a good one. The kid’s only allowed one goal during the last two games. And unlike Saturday’s game, he was tested last night. Going into the series, the one advantage the Rangers had over the Caps was goaltending, and now the playing field may have been evened up a bit in that category. Given the Caps outshine the Rangers in every other aspect of the game, this series could be turning Washington’s way in a hurry.

 

Here are a few other random thoughts about last night’s game…

 

*Rangers forward Ryan Callahan hitting the post and Caps going down and scoring was obviously the game’s turning point. If Callahan puts that shot another inch over, the game is tied at one, and who knows what happens after that. Instead, the Caps take the missed shot down to the other end and Alexander Semin gets his second goal of the game. Two-zip, Caps and I write, “Game Over” in my notebook.

Yes, I know it’s sad that I thought the Rangers were cooked despite the fact that they were only down 2-0 with 8:24 left in the first period, but I’ve been watching this team all year. I know these things. The Rangers have no offense. I still don’t know what Rangers GM Glen Sather was thinking when the let the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka and Brenden Shanahan go. When I looked at this roster at the beginning of the season, I couldn’t help but think, “Where’s the scoring come from.” It’s no surprise to me that they finished at the bottom of the league and scoring, and it was no surprise that they couldn’t come back despite having almost two and a half periods to erase a two-goal deficit. The Rangers’ only hope to win this series is to play like they did in the first two games, pick their spots, get a lead and suck the life out of the Caps’ offense. The Blueshirts are not built to mount huge comebacks.

 

*I despise all of the silly TV blackout rules. Honestly, I pay for the NHL Center Ice package all season, and when it comes to the playoffs, I can’t watch my team’s local broadcast because they’re playing the area team? It’s unfortunate the Rangers drew the Caps in the first round because I can’t watch the game on the MSG network. Since I live in the metro D.C. area, I’m forced to watch the Capitals broadcast and listen to Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin all night. It’s not that they do a bad job, it’s just that I want to listen to game from the Rangers perspective, plus at times I feel those guys openly are rooting for the Caps. It doesn’t make for a fun viewing experience, especially when the Rangers can’t get out of their own way. What was even worse was I thought I was catching a break with the game being on Versus last night. I figured, I may not get to watch the Rangers local broadcast, but at least I can watch a neutral, broadcast. Nope, when I turned the TV to Channel 603, the screen was black. I was actually forced to watch the game on Comcast SportsNet. Maybe I’ll make a complaint call to DirecTV tonight…

 

*I love what Sean Avery brings to the table, but he killed the Rangers last night. Not that it matters a whole lot, because the Rangers weren’t going to get a goal last night anyway, but Avery’s non-stop march to the penalty box last night, put them in an even bigger bind. Three penalties in the second period and one more in the third? Seriously? I will say that the officials seemed to have it out for him later on in the game though. That goaltender interference call was a joke. If anyone else had gotten pushed into Varlamov, a penalty wouldn’t have been called. I can’t just kill Avery though, the Rangers took too many penalties as a team yesterday; eight in all. They can’t score with five men on the ice, the last thing they need it to be continuously playing with four.

 

*Quick question, do the Rangers work on the power play in practice? Because during the games, it looks like they’ve never seen a power play before. Give credit to the Caps penalty killers too, but man, the Rangers have struggled with the power play all season. I don’t know if they just don’t have the right players to have a successful power play or what. But I do know when a Cap gets sent to the sin bin, I don’t get all that excited because I have no confidence the Rangers are going to take advantage of having the extra man. They were 0-for-6 on the PP last night. If they can capitalize on two of those opportunities, the game has a totally different feel. Unfortunately, with the lack of offensive the Rangers have, they need that man advantage to generate scoring chances, and it’s not working. During one of the Rangers power plays last night, I blurted out Jack Warden’s classic line from “The Replacements,” “I’ve seen monkey (crap) fights that are more organized than this.”

 

*Despite having a 2-1 series lead, tomorrow night is a must-win game for the Rangers. I know it sounds crazy, but it they head back to D.C. tied, 2-2, I think the Rangers are cooked. The Capitals will be flying high on the momentum, and will have their raucous crowd behind them in the pivotal Game Five. With the Rangers offense becoming more anemic by the second, do you really think they can win that game? I didn’t think so. So now they’d be down, 3-2 and would have to sweep the next two to advance. The sad thing is even, if they win tomorrow, I still wouldn’t write off the Caps. They forced a Game Seven last year after falling behind the Flyers, 3-1 and Philly is a much better team last year than the Rangers are this season. I think the only way the Rangers advance is if Lundqvist pitches a shutout the next two games. Stay tuned.

 

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He’s a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers retail real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com.