What is in a username?


My screen/username is zanyteenager, but, truthfully, I am probably not the most zany teenager out there but I needed something unique. I am not like most teenagers. I could have gone with names like: hockeyfangirl, hockeyfanteenager, musiclovingteenager, or NSYNClover, etc. Though I felt if I chose any of those, that I would be pigeonholed and I didn’t want that. I am more than just those. Plus, I didn’t want to be chronicpaingirl or chronicpainteenager. Who would want that? It is a depressing name. Instead, I am Susannah Hotovec, a fun loving, NSYNC/ 90’s boy bands/country music fan and also a diehard hockey fan.

Normal is not me. Normal will never be me probably. Heck, I don’t even like normal all that much.

P.S. I really, really hate when a blog idea comes to you at 1:30 am…..Did I mention how much I hate that?

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NHL play-offs


The 2012 NHL play-offs are  shaping up to be one of the most unsuspecting ones ever. The LA kings (8th seed) is leading their series currently, 3-1 over the Vancouver Canucks (the number one seed). If that wasn’t enough, the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series has combined for over 45 goals in  JUST the first 5 games! Also, the NHL has seen one of the longest suspensions handed down ever. Raffi Torres got TWENTY-FIVE games for a COMPLETELY illegal hit on Marian Hossa (former Winterhawk, so I might be just the tadest bit biased). Marian was rushed to the hospital only to be released under his own power a short while later.

This is something that you never want to see happen. This is Marian Hossa being carried off on the stretcher.

Also, in the WHL the Winterhawks are currently holding a 2-0 lead over Tri-cities (a TOTAL surprise), both wins coming in overtime and during or a after a penalty on them (the hawks were down a man for those of you are not hockey fans).

Please share your thoughts below on either the NHL or any other sport play-offs.

Favorite Portland Oregon sports team


 

My personal favorite

One that's been here the longest

The newest one

The Winterhawks vs Seattle Thunderbirds (10-1-11)


The best team in the WHL (although, I admit, I'm biased 🙂 )

Mark this game down as one of the very few (if any) that Brad Ross of the Winterhawks has gone an entire game without any penalties (a miracle, right?). He even helped out on 3 out of the 4 Winterhawk goals, as they beat Seattle 4-2. My favorite goal, I must say, was Brad’s breakaway goal in the first period.

As many Winterhawk fans (and other U.S. divison teams’ fans) love

What's that I hear? "BOO!" 🙂

to trash talk about Seattle( and for those of you who don’t know, Seattle and Portland are massive rivals), I have to give them props for their one good player, netminder Calvin Pickard. To be a good team, you have to have a good goaltender, but, it helps even more to other players who are good too.

Also, how do you get a double game misconduct? Just ask Seattle’s Cason Machacek, who apparently got one for suckerpunching a Winterhawk, as well as trying to grab a hold of a Winterhawk player’s jersey while another Seattle Thunderbird fought him.

All in all, a great game and fun to watch.

http://whl.ca/video/index/id/1317573027, highlight video of the game.

Why the Play-Offs are the Best Time of Year


The play-offs are the best time of year. The regular season is a close second to the play-offs.

🙂

Play-offs are best, because, you finally get all of your questions answered about  it,

America's sport= a lot of people ramped up for play-offs

from the off-season.

That’s why. Plus, everyone is playing like there is no tomorrow, so the fierceness and aggressiveness is sky-rocketed.

Exactly why the play-offs are best

Why The Off-Season is the Worst Time of Year


Football

Basketball

Every sport has it’s off-season. Right now, Football, Basketball, and Hockey are in their off-seasons. AS a fan, it;s the time of year that I dread the most.

Two reasons:

  1. You don’t know who is going to be on your team, next year. Will your favorite player(s) be back? Who’s going to be the new guy? They just  expect you (and I) to be patient and wait.
  2. You don’t know how well your team will fare during the season. Will you get into the play-offs? Will we win everything or come home disappointed? Again, they expect you (and I) to be patient and wait.

And that is why the off-season is the worst time of year, even if it’s summer.

Hockey

The Winterhawks are the Best Major Junior Team


awesomeness

That’s a given. What makes them so great?

  1. Fifteen NHL draft picks in the past two years. Four first-rounders, five second-rounders. Oh, and let’s know forget a player who did not get drafted, but, go invited to go to a training camp and got signed.

    Brad Ross, one the NHL draft picks

  2.  Around ten players signed to NHL contracts.
  3. After being eliminated in the second round of the WHL play-offs in 2010, we made it to the league finals this year. Next year, we look to advance to the Memorial Cup, something that nobody a few years ago would have been talking about.
  4. We’ve got not one, but, two of the most hated players in the WHL, because, of their aggressiveness.
  5. A few years ago, we were at the bottom of the standings. 2010, we made the play-offs. This year, we were the division and conference champions. Next year should be another fun year.

Who can argue with that? I can’t.

Hockey players who make stupid choices, but, can be really good when they want to be


Winterhawks, the best hockey team ever

As a fan of the Portland Winterhawks, a major junior (Boys, ages 15-20, let’s not forget that) hockey team, I’ve seen my fair share of hockey talent, even though I’ve only been a fan since January 2010. That being said, I’ve also seen players who can’t seem to keep their emotions in check.

What really ticks me off is that ‘fans’ on forums and message boards, whenever the subject of these players come up, immediately say that we should trade them! I am appalled. I believe that the fans of sports teams should stand behind their team and not try to be the GM.

I do agree that these players need to settle down. But I have faith in them, as they get older (and out of their teenage years), that they will grow up. As for trading them, I say no. If we trade them (I’ve heard that our coach tried to trade one of them, but, it’s just a rumor), it just shows that we just want to pass them off to the next team and so on. It will teach the players nothing, only that we didn’t want them.  It won’t teach them to change, or to channel their passion and aggression in a good and beneficial way. I have confidence in them, because, another player on our team used to be as bad as them, but, as he got older, he was able to channel his emotions into being a positive thing for the team, and helped them out (even if he still did the occasional stupid thing).

All I have to say to rather impatient (myself included) hockey fans, is wait. Let the coaching staff  handle this and see if the players in question here return more mature.  An idea for Coach is if  you can’t handle the player, do what Brian Burke (GM of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs) did – bring in a police chief, and have him talk to them about

Maple Leafs, one of the best NHL teams

being responsible, http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=802&id=121143.

Why the NBA should go into a lockout


Let me just start off by saying that I am not a NBA fan. I used to be a fan of basketball, but, in the past few years and since I’ve become a fan of hockey, my liking the sport has just sort of  stopped.

Hockey is so much better

So, with the work stoppage going on, I know a lot of people are upset by it, but, I’m not. I can live without basketball. Here’s why:

  1. the number one sports team in Portland

    It’s likely that fans of the Trail Blazers will be looking for something do during the lockout. You know, there’s a talented (as much as the Blazers, maybe even more, but, I’m biased) hockey team called the Portland Winterhawks (Last year, they scored five goals in a minute and fifty-nine seconds in Spokane, who had a good year last year, too, and two blow-out wins: 8-2 against Tri-cities (http://winterhawks.com/video/index– on February 5th), and 9-1 versus Seattle)

    the sports team that should be the number one sports team in Portland

  2. maybe the Oregonian  and other newspapers will feature something other than the blazers on the front page of the sports section.
  3. maybe the sports TV/radio broadcasters will talk about something other than the Blazers, you know, like the Winterhawks (who made it to their league finals last year, and will look to go to the Memorial Cup, the Stanley Cup of  Canadian Major junior Hockey)
  4. We won’t have to deal with the crazy antics that the giant ego-ed basketball players (Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few)  seem to bestow, or the things that they would have said (Lebron)
  5. Along with more fans paying attention to hockey, equals a boost in TV ratings. For instance, the Stanley Cup finals last year were apparently just as interesting as the NBA Finals (I don’t know, I didn’t watch the latter.) Guess which one got move views in the U.S.?

I know of a lot of people  who will be disappointed if the NBA looses it’s season due to the lockout. I’m glad that I was not a hockey fan when the NHL had it’s lockout, even though only the NHL was locked out. I don’t know how I would have lived through it.

Part two is coming tomorrow, don’t worry basketball fans, it will be arguing  the downside of the lockout.

 

A stereotype: Athletes are dumb, true or false?


sometimes  I wonderSometimes I wonder how the whole ‘athletes are dumb’ stereotype came into place. I mean, athletes can’t actually be dumb, because, they to be actively passing five classes to participate in any sport. They may be able to cheat off others, just because they are athletes and popular, but, when it comes to tests, they can’t. Plus, people aren’t always going to get the right answer on their worksheets, so if an athletes were to copy their answer, they would get it wrong also. So, those test scores could be very helpful and instrumental in the athlete passing the class.

And then there is if the teacher catches them cheating, and gives them a zero or handles it however the teachers chooses, it does two things. One, it could get possibly hurt the athlete’s reputation. Two, it would have the coach upset, where he might bench them, or kick them off the team-if they’re a repeat cheater. none of these would make an athlete, or anyone else for that matter, happy.

All in all, to the cheating (and not smart) athlete, please stop and actually learn something, for the smart athletes hate the stereotype.