It seems like forever ago that I was watching the New Jersey Devils get eliminated from playoff contention with a couple of games to go in the 2013 lockout-shortened hockey season.
Amazingly, the past several months have gone by in a relatively quick fashion, and the Devils had a very busy and interesting off-season.
Besides acquiring Jaromir Jagr and several other free agents, Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL to play in his motherland and the KHL, and the Devils sold their team and Prudential Center to the Philadelphia 76ers owners and cleared out their debt.
So a quiet off-season it has not been, and pre-season games have now begun. Cuts to the team have started, and it’s less than 2 weeks to the opening game. My NHL Gamecenter Live subscription has been paid in full, and I am ready to watch some hockey. I have already watched the first pre-season game, where the Devils faced off against the New York Rangers and won. Cory Schneider was in net and looked strong. Unfortunately I have not seen the second pre-season game against the New York Islanders, however word is it was a sloppy game and unfortunately Martin Brodeur did not have a strong game.
Following on from the previous post, my copy of NHL 14 with Martin Brodeur on the cover is on its way and in Australia; I should have it any day now, and I’m looking forward to playing the latest version in single player and online through the HUT and regular games.
Additionally, after a long off-season, the NFL is back, and we’re already at week 3. The NFL brings nothing but happy memories, especially when I was there 12 months ago and met some great people in San Diego at the tailgate before the Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos. San Diego is a great city, and I can’t wait to go back.
The San Diego Chargers lost to the Houston Texans the first week by 3 points – which should have been a win however as the referee’s association have publicly announced they made the wrong penalty call against the Chargers which allowed the Texans a new set of downs which resulted in a touchdown.
However, the Chargers played a spectacular game against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2 to win 33-30. Philip Rivers played a great offensive game reading the Eagles’ defense and picking them apart. The only downside was the neck injury to Malcolm Floyd.
Week 3 has the San Diego Chargers traveling to face the Tennessee Titans after the Titans starting strong, it will be another tough challenge, one I hope the Chargers overcome to get above a winning record.
I’ve never really been fit, and my gym work is continuing. I believe I am slowly losing weight and toning up, although it all takes time, patience, and hard work. I hope to translate this in to hockey training in the near future, then move to recreational competitive hockey games. This will make for an exciting 2014 year.