Tuesday, July 3, 2007
It smells like fall.
You settle in for another three-hour battle with your TV.
Maybe you have the radio on, listening to Lange.
Maybe you are going with Paul and Bob.
The Steelers probably blew a huge game last Sunday.
Everyone is all pissed off.
Potash is dominating intermission interviews like it is mid-March.
You get by with some pretzels, a cold beverage of your choice, and a strong dislike of the city of New York.
Drury and Gomez job us.
Straka puts the Rangers up 3-0 with 10 left in the third.
Malkin goes coast-to-coast.
Fleury robs Jagr.
Goalie pulled now.
Tick, tick, tick.
Pens get the puck.
Crosby passes to the slot:
Petr Sykora and his awesome hair score.
Gary Roberts pile drives someone in OT.
Start the season right now, we're ready.
The first couple weeks of this offseason were mud.
But somewhere in between the draft and the start of free agency, the fire has returned.
October cannot come soon enough.
Picture: Ray Shero is all smiles after outsmarting someone on his way to this press conference.
Other than announcing the Sydor and Sykora deals...
...Pretty quiet day on the Pens.
The Pens did ink Robbie Scuds.
Some people have suggested that since Sydor and Sykora is here, Sergei Gonchar is dispensable, now.
We won't even justify those arguments.
But you do know what those signings mean:
Farewell Joe Melichar.
Around the NHL
Tons of stuff going down.
Todd Bertuzzi went to Anaheim.
2 years -- $8 million.
Steve Moore =Stunned
Michael Nylander went to the Caps.
4 years -- $19.5 million.
Picture: Michael Nylander's agent walking out of the bank he just robbed.
Owen Nolan went to the Flames.
1 year -- $2 million.
If this was 1995, this deal would be unreal.
But it's not.
Bryan Smolinski goes to the Canadiens.
1 year -- $2 million.
Robert Lang goes to the steadily improving Blackhawks.
2 year- $8 million
Watch out for Chicago. Write it down.
The Kings signed everyone.
Picture: Longtime Kings fan Betsy Butters doesn't think it is enough.
And finally, Roman Hamrlik goes to the Canadiens.
4 years -- $22 million.
Backtrack: Ryan Whitney -- 6 years, $24 million.
What a steal, as Commentorblog pointed out.
Pittsburgh is burning
...Sports writers in this town are finally losing it.
Bob Smizik tells us about the huge blow-up on the Sunday sports showdown:
"How dare you," Alexander shouted. "Hey, Joe, don't insult Ellis and don't insult me. That's a ridiculous point to raise."
Starkey insisted it was a reasonable point to raise. Alexander then got what amounted to the last word.
"Joe, is your paper an investor in the Pirates?"
Watch it here.
Smizik then took some shots at Mark Madden...
and lastly added this about Mike Lange:
"Lange made no secret of the fact he wants to get back into television, an avenue that is not open for him with the Penguins. He was fired after the 2006 season by FSN. Subsequent remarks by Lange infuriated FSN officials to the point there's no chance of him securing his old job."
Best column Smizik has written in 8 years.
A Winter in the Sun
Game # 35
December 26, 2006
The first period of the game tonight looked like a game of pong.
But, of course, it was Devils Pong (TM):
Imagine the impossibility of scoring a goal in a pong game like this.
Welcome to the Atlantic Division.
As expected, the second period was the same as the first period.
Paul Steigerwald mentioned that this game could easily be compared to an NBA game, which is true.
The only difference was that none of the players on the ice were high.
Right after Steigerwald finished that thought, Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune fame scored for New Jersey to basically end the game.
I'd like to buy a vowel.
What a play. What was Bledsoe thinking?
This is when being a Steeler fan was fun.
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