A phrase of warning earlier than you start to learn. It is a foolish article meant to poke slightly enjoyable at my prognostication talents…or lack of.
For so long as I can bear in mind, there’s been a factor known as the Sports activities Illustrated cowl jinx. It appeared every time SI featured an athlete or group on their cowl, invariably stated athlete or group would tank.
That occurred to our Penguins in 2012. The NHL Playoff Preview version posed the query, “Who Will Cease the Penguins?”
The Flyers, that’s who, in an ultra-humbling first-round upset.
Nicely, I’m joyful to report that our Buker PenguinPoop curse is alive and nicely, too.
How does it work, you ask? As a normal rule, if I praise a participant or group, they falter. If I criticize them, they do nicely.
I posted an upbeat article on March 20 singing Brandon Tanev’s praises. The feisty Pens winger promptly went on IR and performed solely two extra regular-season video games.
My anti-mojo isn’t restricted to the black and gold. Early within the season I wrote this complimentary blurb about Montreal:
“So what’s the optimum mixture of gamers? Assume Montreal, at present occupying second place within the Scotia North Division with a glowing file of 7-2-2. Sure, these Canadiens…those who dispatched us lickety-split in 4 simple video games final fall.”
As famous, the Habs had been 7-2-2 on the time. After successful their subsequent recreation, the Canadiens slipped right into a 16-19-9 tailspin the remainder of the way in which and barely made the playoffs. After they rebounded within the postseason, I commented to coworker Caleb Di’Natale that they appear to be “a group of future.” Montreal promptly misplaced Recreation 4 to Vegas. (They bounced again in Recreation 5…maybe as a result of my commentary was solely verbal and never in writing.)
Amongst groups I’ve ruined, I wrote glowingly on a few events that Toronto correctly adopted Tampa Bay’s lead by including muscle to their combine. They promptly blew a 3-1 collection result in the aforementioned Canadiens.
Different notable victims embrace poor Colorado, who I predicted would win the Cup.
On the flip aspect, a few seasons again I opined that the Blues “weren’t that good.” (After all they gained the Cup.) However my piece de resistance is the Islanders. Earlier than the playoffs started I supplied, “In case you’re like me, you had been pulling actually (actually) arduous for the Penguins to face the New York Islanders within the opening spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs.”
They’re nonetheless taking part in, final time I checked.
Backside line? Take note of my opinion. Then wager closely on the alternative coming true…lol.
Okay, on to severe stuff. Pittsburgh Hockey Now broke a narrative that Matthew Tkachuk might want out of Calgary and advised GM Ron Hextall make a name.
An aggressive left wing and the son of long-time NHLer Keith Tkachuk, the 23-year-old native of Scottsdale, Arizona completely matches the invoice for the kind of participant the Pens need to add. He’s 6’2” 202 and performs an edgy, abrasive recreation.
Productive, too. In 2018-19, he rang up 34 targets and 77 factors for the Flames. Though he tailed off a bit the previous couple of seasons (43 factors in 56 video games in ’20-21), there’s no questioning his pedigree.
What wouldn’t it take to land Tkachuk? In all probability Jake Guentzel, though we’d must unlock extra cap house to tackle Matthew’s $7 million cap hit. Oh, he’s below contract solely by way of the approaching season.
Good or unhealthy, relying in your perspective.
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