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Soft-serve athlete of the week

By Kyle Bauer


I could soooooo easily pick on Brett Favre. Ohhhhh I could! But nope. It’s going to already be a repeat offender.



 Jimmy Howard wins it again for last nights performance and his contributions to the latest trend of the Red Wings blowing late leads. Sure Osgood was in when the Red Wings blew a late two-goal lead against the Caps but in all other instances it has been Howard. Of course the Red Wings defense could be blamed. Last night Shane Doan’s game winning goal was spurred by a brutal Darren Helm give away.

Notice that Jimmy was way out of position on the goal though? When you’re a top NHL goalie, you need to make a big save late in games. Howard plays strong through the first two periods but as of late, in the third period, when the Wings need it most, he lacks the ability to make the big save.

I plan on elaborating on this during the show tomorrow.

Jimmy Howard, you are soft-serve!

The Real Deal on Sports soft-serve player of the week.

By Kyle Bauer

A very long time ago there existed a show entitled “Totally Raw Sports” this program featured a few different cast members. Among them was Neal Ruhl and an extremely young and mistake prone Kyle Bauer. The Real Deal on Sports rose from the ashes of Totally Raw Sports. Neal had a bit towards the end of every program that he called “Soft Serve of the Week” where he would dub a player and their performance in a moment that matter most, “soft”.

Todays soft-serve athlete of the week

Jimmy Howard

A lot of people are stunned by this week’s pick, well I’m assuming they will be. It would simply be too easy to pick Nate Keading for missing three field-goals in a row when he is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, or LT (already touched on that) or for that matter anyone from the Chargers.

I choose Howard for his performance in the Sunday afternoon epic that I am sure few people watched, when the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings in shootout 4 to 3. The keyword is shootout. JHo made a solid 26 saves in leading up to the shootout. Ed Olyczk proclaimed that the game had taken on a playoff atmosphere late in regulation and I will actually agree with him. The players seemed to had elevated their game to a playoff intensity through the final 10 minutes of the game and overtime.

And there stood Jimmy Howard.

I will cut him some slack for playing back to back shootouts as the afternoon before, the Wings were busy being robbed in Dallas. Still, he lost back to back shootouts. He lost a shootout to Antti Niemi. True he had to go up against Kane, Toews, Hossa and Sharp but it remains, he watched Datsyuk and Bertuzzi score incredible goals on the other end, only to have Patrick Sharp end the game in cold blood.

Everyone’s play had become lifted and it was just one of those games that took on a new life yet Howard couldnt rise to the challenge. Then again I could blame Zetterberg for hitting the post and Cleary for lofting the puck into Neimis chest, in the shootout. But no, this one is on Jho.

Jimmy Howard, you are soft-serve.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater has jumped the shark.

By Kyle Bauer

How do I know this? 

Because last Thursday, the Joe Louis Arena had a “ugly sweater” night to draw people in to see the Grand Rapids Griffins play the Tampa Bay Lightning in what may or may not have been an exhibition game. I’m still not clear. Keep hearing about how it was Jimmy Howard’s first (and likely last) career shutout, so I suppose it did count.

I digress.

If the NHL is getting in on it, chances are it is beyond played out. If the Bauer family’s theme for our Christmas party is going to be “ugly sweaters”, it died three years ago. Yes, my family is having an ugly sweater party for Christmas. Yes, my girlfriend will be my designated driver.

I love and respect Bill Cosby. The tradition of wearing ugly sweaters, started a few years ago when hipsters wanted to draw attention to themselves by not necessarily wearing “ugly” sweaters but what they seen as “vintage” sweaters akin to what you would see on the Cosby Show circa 1986. The ideal of the vintage sweater is similar to that of the ugly sweater because they are the same thing. It is just two different demographics looking at thrift store shopping in two entirely different lights.

With the surge in ugly sweater parties by “mainstreamers” or ” ‘streamers” there has been a backlash against the sweater culture by many hipsters. While I do not consider myself a hipster (though I have admitted traits), I am leading this backlash.

If I wear a VINTAGE sweater, it will either be to honor the Coz or because well….maybe I actually like the damn sweaters.

No law when it comes to me.

New blog on the tradition of sports and Thanksgiving

By Kyle Bauer

A three day man fest! Or rather fest for men! Pt. 1 of 3

I typed in "Red Wings Night before Thanksgiving" into Google Image and
I got this....it works. Wonder who Dave Coulier spends
Thanksgiving with?