May 15, 2011
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Former Shark and current Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick sent out a tweet a little more than an hour before the drop of the puck that he was picking the Sharks to win in 6.
The Twitter account @Jeremy_Roenick posted the following message at 3:43 p.m.
"Ok game 1 of west! Yikes. Van took 3 of 4 from sj during the year. I think sharks r playing better and will take the sharks in 6!"
PHT VIDEO: Roenick, Jones preview Game 1
A selection of some other tweets from Roenick throughout the day included the following:
- @baseballdonnie I am a huge logan couture fan!! He's the all around package my friends!
- @Sharks_Pats_365 against Van u gotta play really stingy defense!! And physical. They won't back down but wear down.
- @bigvin11 I'm far from the coolest guy V!! But I like hangin w u guys! Even the haters! I appreciate everyones opinion
What kind of chess game will take place between Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Vancouver's Alain Vigneault?
Reporter Jim Jamieson of The Province newspaper in Vancouver breaks it down with a coach's eye:
The Sharks may try to get their No. 1 line of Joe Thornton between Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi out against Kesler -hoping that it deflects more of his energies to the defensive side of the puck, as it did with the Jonathan Toews line in the Chicago series.Vancouver's matchup of choice in the four regular season games against the Sharks was to sic Manny Malhotra and his third line on Thornton. But with Malhotra's season-ending eye injury that's not an option -so Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault may be OK with Kesler-Thornton when he gets last change in the first two games at Rogers Arena.San Jose coach Todd McLellan appeared to seek a Thornton-Sedins matchup in the regular season, so we'll see how that shakes out.NHL.com weighed in with six key questions for the series, and the topics were predictably juicy.
- Will the Sedins be the Sedins everyone recognizes?- Can Patrick Marleau ride the momentum?- Which goalie bends first?- Can the Sharks control the Canucks' top forwards?- How does Alain Vigneault deploy Ryan Kesler?- Will Jumbo continue to be a two-way force?
Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars.
According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016.
Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job.
According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.
Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.
Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.
Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.
The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice.
Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round.
"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."
Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff.
"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."
San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.
In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender.
"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said.
The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.