30 Years: A Look at the San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks have always fascinated me as a hockey fan. They debuted in the NHL in 1991, becoming Northern California's second and most successful attempt at an NHL franchise, after the failure of the Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals. This season, the Sharks are currently celebrating 30 years as a franchise, but this is actually their 29th season of play--their 30th playing season will occur next year. This team has been good for their entire existence, but can't seem to go far. Here's a look at their complete history.
Villainess Review: Cali (Walker)
The CW's Walker series (a reboot of CBS' Walker, Texas Ranger) sees Cordell Walker returning to duty a year after the murder of his wife, Emily Walker--a crime that hadn't been solved until the series' ninth episode, "Rule Number 17." Even prior to the episode, there was an assumed culprit in the form of Carlos Mendoza, but he was cleared and released. Episodes earlier, Geri Broussard, Emily's best friend and the owner of a bar known as The Side Step, was a suspect--and that actually increased in the episode.
Villainess Review: Sarah Elsworth (Killer Competition)
On November 1, 2020, Lifetime gave us Killer Competition (aka Top of the Class), which centered on main protagonist Nicole Ward and her plans to become valedictorian and attend her dream college, Westbridge. However, she had an academic rival of sorts in the form of Victor Miller, who was the ex-boyfriend of Nicole's best friend, Sarah Elsworth, and had the same exact goals as Nicole. Sarah decided to convince Nicole to switch Victor's essay with a forgery to increase Nicole's chances, and as a result, Victor received a failing grade.
Villainess Review: Nicole Morris (Castle)
"Castle, P.I," a seventh season episode of Castle, kicks off with a woman named Shana Baker entering her apartment, only to find herself on the bad end of a gun held by an invasive assassin, who shoots Shana to death. The murder is investigated by Kate Beckett, Javier Esposito, and Kevin Ryan, but in a surprise, Richard Castle enters and reveals that a) he received his PI license, and b) he's also on his own investigation into Shana's murder. The dueling investigations see Castle a step or two ahead of Beckett and the NYPD in a number of forms, including Castle uncovering Shana's occupation as a teacher at a prestigious preschool, as well as interviewing a person close to Shana, her friend Nicole Morris.
#EvaLution: Eva Marie Returns to WWE
On the latest edition of Monday Night Raw, fans saw the surprise return of Eva Marie to WWE, as she was featured in a promo posing near a flashy car and stating that the "Eva-Lution" had begun, while asking if she had our attention. It had been heavily speculated and rumored for several months that Eva Marie would return to WWE for the first time since 2016, and after months of anticipation and rumors, she is finally back!
Villainess Review: Lucy Ryan (Psych)
I enjoyed watching Psych for all eight seasons, especially Season Four, which had some very amazing and interesting episodes. The season's fourth episode, "The Devil's in the Details...and the Upstairs Bedroom," was one that stood out with me, as the episode's victim was a Catholic college student named Agatha Brontus, who suddenly jumped off the roof and fell to her death. Shawn and Gus' investigation saw them reunited with their former teacher, Father Peter Westley, who voiced his belief that Agatha was possessed by the Devil. Agatha's death was witnessed by her friend, Lucy Ryan, whose home was visited by Shawn and Gus, as they looked to get answers from her.
East Division Playoff Field Complete With Bruins Playoff Clinch
On Monday, the Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, to lock up the last remaining playoff spot in the NHL's makeshift East Division. For the Bruins, this is their fifth straight postseason, and they are two years removed from falling one win short of winning the Stanley Cup, while also coming off capturing the Presidents' Trophy last season. The playoff clinch comes mainly due to the efforts of the famed "Perfection Line," consisting of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron; however, they have finally managed to get production from other lines, mainly thanks to acquiring Taylor Hall at the trade deadline this season. Vezina winning goalie Tuukka Rask has also played a role, though with his long injury hiatus, backups Jaroslav Halak and Jeremy Swayman have picked up the slack and racked up the key saves needed to keep Boston in the thick of things.
Villainess Review: Sofia Elias (Killer Daddy Issues)
Last February, Lifetime gave us Killer Daddy Issues (also known as Overlook), which centered on the wealthy Douglass family--mainly Carrie Douglass (played by Jillian Murray in her only heroic Lifetime film role to date). Her close friend in the Douglass house is Sofia Elias, who is the daughter of housekeeper Maria Elias, though as the film progresses, things between Maria and Sofia suddenly become chilly. This comes after Carrie learned about her widowed mother, Grace, suddenly becoming married to Reed Hayden--a younger man, as well as Grace suddenly falling from her horse and being placed in a coma.
Is the Presidents' Trophy Cursed?
In any of North America's four major pro sports leagues, having the best record has its benefits. In the NFL, it means home-field advantage up to that team's Conference Championship (as the Super Bowl is usually played on neutral sites), while in MLB, the NBA, and the NHL, it often means home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the NFL, the NBA, and MLB, having the best record usually equates a championship. In the NHL? Not so much. The National Hockey League is the only one of these leagues that awards an actual trophy for finishing with the league's best record: the Presidents' Trophy. The Presidents' Trophy was first awarded in the 1985-86 season, with the Edmonton Oilers being the very first winners, as they racked up 119 points. However, the Presidents' Trophy has hardly ever led to a Stanley Cup for the teams that won it, and the overall history of Trophy winners failing to win the Cup (including in the last decade) have led fans and analysts to wonder if the Trophy is actually cursed.
Villainess Review: Valerie Sanders (Mistress Hunter)
In March of 2018, Lifetime delivered with Mistress Hunter, which centered on Jackie Blancher, a married mother to her daughter, Mikayla, and her suspicions that her husband, Karl Blancher, was having an affair. She has the support of her two close friends, Valerie Sanders and Melanie, with Valerie (who served as an "aunt" to Mikayla) advising Jackie to acquire the services of a "Mistress Hunter" and handing Jackie a business card belonging to a woman named Hannah Armington, who sought out unfaithful lovers.
What Happened to the Philadelphia Flyers?
The Philadelphia Flyers lost back-to-back games to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday and Thursday, with Thursday's 5-3 loss eliminating them from playoff contention. The Flyers' inconsistency has been a huge story this season, as they tend to look good in some games, but play so terribly in others. Though this season has been problematic for the Flyers, their woes actually date back to last year's playoffs.
15 Years: The Penguins' Playoff Streak Continues
Death, taxes, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Pittsburgh. Those seem to be the only certainties that exist. The Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-4 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday evening officially placed them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 15th straight season. That streak is not only the longest current streak in the NHL, but it is the longest one in sports, with the Penguins earning the distinction after the NBA's San Antonio Spurs missed the playoffs after 22 straight appearances. The last time the Penguins missed the playoffs was the 2005-06 season, which was not only the first season back from the lockout, but it was also Sidney Crosby's rookie year, meaning that his debut season his only one without playoffs.