After watching the halos annihilate the Red Sox on thursday night behind superb pitching by ace John Lackey and a clutch 3-run homerun by captain Torii Hunter I finally got around to thinking that the major difference this season is the swagger factor. Last night after his three run jack, Torii Hunter slammed his helmet on the ground in the angels dugout, a move that was criticized by some figures in the media. But that is exactly the type of energy the angel’s clubhouse needs at this point. For years the Red Sox have been able to exude this confidence with superstars such as Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, and Jonathan Papelbon. Now it is the angels who are starting to unleash their swagger with players like Lackey, Hunter, and Abreu, whose swagger manifests itself in his patience at the plate. The angels will defeat boston in this years ALDS because of these players. What will be interesting is to see if this recently discovered swagger is enough to propel the Angels to their first World Series title since 2002.
Did anyone happen to see the ducks game on thursday evening against the Boston Bruins? Well, if you missed it you missed a glimpse of the duck’s offensive potential for this season. Teemu Selanne notched two power play goals while Corey Perry also added a couple, one with his nogin (A literal header into the net past the boston netminder). Anyway, the most exciting goal for me was the goal by Evgheny Artukhin early in the 3rd period. The left winger turned on the jets to catch up to a feed by Joffrey Lupul and gracefully skated past three bruin players to slide the puck through the legs of goaltender Tim Thomas for his second goal of the young season. This may seem standard, but Artukhin is 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs a massive 255 pounds. In fact while playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Artukhin beat speedster Martin St. Louis in a sprint the length of the ice in practice. Rumor also has it that the NHL has done research on the cause of climate change and have come to conclude that if Artukhin was taken off the ice it would have the same effect of eliminating 100 high emission vehicles off the road. His tears cure cancer. He can kill two stones with one bird. Okay, you get the picture now right? Thats right, Evgheni Artukhin roundhouse kicked Chuck Norris in the face…WITH HIS SKATES!!!