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San Jose Sharks: Magic Number and Beyond

THE COUNTDOWN TO SAN JOSE SHARKS MAKING NHL HISTORY.

This will updated frequently.

For now, the Silver Bullet will move to http://silverbulletsports.com/ I will no longer cross-post on this site.  I will keep it active for now though.

-dan,

January 10, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | 1 Comment

San Jose Sharks: All Star Game

While I would love to rant on how many Sharks got snubbed in this year’s NHL Western Conference All Star Selections, I just can’t seem to feel that bad about it.

The NHL All star game has long been an offensive display with little meaning to fans and players. The NHL Board could make this more interesting… or make the Winter Classic the All Star Game to give it more appeal.

Nevertheless, the Sharks will be represented, by two and half people. Dan Boyle was selected as a player for the Western Conference, but much of his influence comes from nostalgic fans back on the East Coast. There’s no denying Danny’s influence on the Sharks in the first forty, but he probably didn’t get the nod from Sharks fans, more likely from others around the league.

And there no doubt that Joe Thornton should be headed to Montreal. Jumbo has just been stellar the last few years as a Shark, and his influence on the ice is seen night in and night out.

A surprising twist to the NHL All star debacle is the debut as Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan as Western Conference Head Coach. Ironically, He will be assisted by his former boss in Detroit Mike Babcock. San Jose’s Bench Boss deserves the honor, I assume bringing the leagues best record to the table, but it is surprising for a guy that walked into a great situation and has reaped the benefits of Doug Wilson’s carefully crafted roster, for only half a year.

And finally, some recognition for a Sharks youngster. Devin Setoguchi was called upon to play in the NHL All Star Youngstar’s game. A great Honor for the 22-year old, who highly deserves a national nod for his play this season.

Major Sharks Snubs include Captain Patrick Marleau. Talk about a comeback year. Patty has really returned to the fray as a dominant force in the Western Conference, and his resurgence was dissed by the National audience. In My opinion, His play has raised the level of the club more than the consistant cominance of Jumbo.

And Evgeni Nabokov: How the heck can you not pull in the runner up for the Vezina Trophy? The man was THE BEST goalie in the league last year and got snubbed for the trophy, and now snubbed for the All Star Game. Sure, he isn’t having the quite the same season as last year, but at least make him the third goalie for the recognition he so rightly deserves.

-Dan

January 10, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

San Jose Sharks: Magic Number Countdown (61, 67)

Finally, some movement here for San Jose.

Pacific Division: 61 pts

With Anaheim losing back to back games this week… First to Los Angeles Thursday Night and then to Tampa Bay Friday Night, the Ducks falter in their pursuit of catching San Jose.

Those losses coupled with the San Jose win in Edmonton last night put the Sharks Magic Number at 61 points for the Pacific Division Crown. The Sharks currently have 65 points to Anaheim’s 47. San Jose currently holds 3 games in hand.

Technically, Dallas, Phoenix, and Anaheim all have the same points potential

NHL History: 67 points.

The Sharks recent struggles on the road have hurt their chances at securing the NHL record for Team Points in a season (132). The Sharks have 42 games remaining and would have to win 34 of them to get that marks.
However, The Sharks are currently projected to finish the season 133 points if the continue on their current pace.

January 10, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

San Jose Sharks: Magic Number Countdown (67,69)

Well, after the past three days we have seen no improvement on our countdown. The Sharks fell unconvincingly to a team seeking revenge in the Calgary Flames.

A bitter tasting 5-2 loss. The San Jose Sharks have struggled on the road lately, a dismal 1-2-3 record the past three games… It’s true they have earned 5 points, with only 1 win, but it’s not quite the squad we’re used to seeing at HP Pavilion.

So the Canadian Tour continues with the Edmonton Oilers up first of two games in two nights. The second, of course, in Vancouver.

MAGIC NUMBERS:

Pacific Division Crown: 67 Points over Anaheim.

The Sharks currently sit 18 points ahead of Anaheim in the Pacific Division with one game in hand. The Sharks will not see the Ducks until March 15th. There are three games between the two clubs remaining including a crucial home-and-home series the last week of the season. The Sharks hold a 2-1 edge on the season series.

(Playoffs: 65 Points)

NHL HISTORY: 69 Points

Before last night’s game the Sharks were projected to finish the season with 136 points. After the loss, based on points earned/games played ratio, San Jose would finish the season 132 or 133 points.

-Dan.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

San Jose Sharks: 69, 67 Points

It’s no secret, The San Jose Sharks have been on a tear this year. Really, it’s been a record setting pace. Not only for the Franchise, but their place in the standings of greatest NHL teams of all time.

While normally, I would break down all the players and their efforts with the team so far this season. This year, I’ve decided to dedicate The Silver Bullet to the countdown to history.

As the season ticks on, I will count down with Sharks fans to two major things.

First, the quest for the best record in NHL history held by the 1976-1977 Montreal Canadiens, who finished the year with a 60-8-12 record and 132 points. In order to achieve this feat,  team teal would need to win  just 35 of their remaining 44 games or amass some semblance of 69 points.

This countdown is solely in the Sharks’ hands and cannot be affected by the way other teams play when not against San Jose. So the Countdown begins at 69.

The Second thing we will follow does depend on the play of other teams. San Jose is definitely ahead of the pack in the Pacific Division. In fact, they hold a  20-point lead over anyone else in their division, still the Magic Number for the Pacific division crown is 67 for San Jose.

In this instance, it will be different for every team. The Magic number will be different for The Ducks and The Coyotes and The Stars, depending on who’s in Second at that point.

So we’ll count that down as well, in an attempt to bring some excitement to the next 44 games of Sharks Hockey.

Lastly, We’ll keep an eye on the presidents trophy and how the Sharks stack against the top teams in the East as well as the Detroit Red Wings who seem to always be in the mix for the NHL’s best record.

So as we near the Halfway point, the Silver Bullet will resume it’s obsession with Sharks Hockey and what should be a triumphant march towards NHL History.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

WAC Bowl Predictions: Could there be 5?

Alright, after two losses in a row, now we really need to be weary of the postseason for SJSU. Let’s look at the WAC and what we can expect

So, the Spartans are bowl eligible this year, but there is no guarentee they will make their second appearance in three years.

First off, Let’s look at the WAC Standings:

Team            Conf. W-L    Overall W-L
Boise St.              6-0        10-0
Louisiana Tech    4-2        6-4
Nevada                4-2        6-4
San Jose St.          4-3        6-5
Hawaii                 4-3        5-5
Fresno St.            3-3        6-4
Utah St.               2-5        2-9
New Mexico St.   1-5        3-7
Idaho                  1-6        2-9

Now the WAC is guarenteed three bowl appearances: The Humanitarian, Hawaii, and New Mexico Bowl. At this point the WAC could have as many as 6 bowl eligible teams.. With a Maxium out put of 5 bowl berths.

Let’s Look at my predicted Standings for the end of the season

Team            Conf. W-L    Overall W-L
Boise St.            8-0           12-0
Nevada              5-3            7-5
Louisiana Tech  5-3            7-5
San Jose St.        5-3           7-5
Hawaii               5-3            7-6
Fresno St.          3-5            6-6
Utah St.              3-5           3-9
New Mexico St.  1-7           3-9
Idaho                 1-7           2-10

With this finish for the WAC conference, two scenarios are possible, First, if Utah goes undefeated you would see this:

Humanitarian: Boise State
Hawaii: Nevada
New Mexico: La Tech

If the Pac-10 only has 6 bowl-eligible teams (which is likely), San Jose State would go to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

Second, If Utah loses to BYU and Boise State makes the BCS, Everybody would shift up one, and Hawaii would go to it’s bowl:

BCS: Boise St.
Humanitarian: Nevada
Hawaii: Hawaii
New Mexico: Louisiana Tech
Poinsettia: San Jose St.

….

BUT, There are big Games to come The Louisiana Tech matchup with Nevada will decide where those two teams go, and Fresno State vs. San Jose State will probably decide which of those teams goes to the Postseason at all.

Previewing the Fresno State/SJSU Game: It will be a tough test for the Spartans who have had two poor showings in a row, BUT a nationally televised game versus their arch rival at Spartan Stadium screams of WIN. My projected Standings reflect San Jose State Beating Fresno, Nevada beating Louisiana Tech, and Boise beating Nevada and Fresno State.

There are so many other possibilities if those things don’t happen.

-DAN

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Sports | Leave a comment

San Jose State Football: A National Effort

It was supposed to be big for SJSU. It was supposed to reinstate the program. It was supposed to the biggest win in State football history. Friday Night’s 33-16 loss to #12 Boise State at Spartan Stadium was none of those things.

It was a tough loss on a night where the hype and excitement for SJSU football was overflowing. It was a tough night for Junior QB Kyle Reed, who is seemingly losing touch under center. And mostly, it was a tough night for Spartan Fans who really thought this year was it.

Don’t get me wrong, the bowl hopes are still alive and well. (in fact, seems pretty likely). But on the National Stage and a chance to show the country who SJSU is, the Spartans couldn’t prevail.

The Effort was there, though. The Spartans trailed by as few as 7 points late in the fourth. The Spartan’s Defense was the redeeming factor on this night, holding the Spartans in the game all night. The Spartan Offense was awful, they didn’t record a first down until late in the second quarter. State when 3-13 on third down conversions in the game.

A pretty dismal performance from a team that was supposed to make a statement against the Broncos.

Sort of Tomey-esque, the Spartan Defense glimmered on National Display. They are the only reason the Spartans were in this game, and the only effort worth acknowledging on a national level.

-Dan

October 25, 2008 Posted by | College Football, danharris, Football, NCAA Sports, San Jose State University, SJSU, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

SBS Show #2: San Jose Sharks Preview

It’s Opening Night! So what better way to get the season going than our second installment of the Silver Bullet Sports Show.

This one takes on the Sharks preseason and the expectations they DON’T have this season.
The Whole episode here (17.8mb)

You can also access our podcast on Itunes. Just search the Silver Bullet and subcribe there. We welcome and comments or thoughts here on the Bullet.

NOTE: Currently, there are two podcasts for the silver bullet on I tunes. One has been disconnected and has not been removed from Itunes… THey will both appear upon searching. Make sure the episodes begin downloading for you. I am currently trying to get apple to remove the one that doesn’t work.

Don’t forget we have moved most of our content over to the new Silver Bullet

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Sports | Leave a comment

SBS Show #2: San Jose Sharks Preview

It’s Opening Night! So what better way to get the season going than our second installment of the Silver Bullet Sports Show.

This one takes on the Sharks preseason and the expectations they DON’T have this season.
The Whole episode here (17.8mb)

You can also access our podcast on Itunes. Just search the Silver Bullet and subcribe there. We welcome and comments or thoughts here on the Bullet.

NOTE: Currently, there are two podcasts for the silver bullet on I tunes. One has been disconnected and has not been removed from Itunes… THey will both appear upon searching. Make sure the episodes begin downloading for you. I am currently trying to get apple to remove the one that doesn’t work.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Sports | Leave a comment

SBS Show 1: fantasy wr rb pickups/performance

The return of the Silver Bullet show is here!

Shawn breaks down fantasy football and I am awed by his analysis. THE WHOLE EPISODE HERE.

SEGMENTS:

Hear Shawn talk about running back surprises this season… here.

Shawn’s most disappointing wr…. here.

Shawn’s insider tip on best wr to trade for… here.

You’ll want to hear the whole episode… i promise.

Don’t forget we’ll be on Itunes in the coming days. search silver bullet sports show, or Dan Harris. Subscribe to our podcast… It’s free!

-Dan.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Advice, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Sports, Football, NFL, shawncamilleri, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment