Tuesday, January 8, 2008


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
-- Charles Dickens on the Penguins first 41 games.

The thing about an NHL season is that it will take you to places you didn't think you could go.
Good or bad, it will take its toll.

But like like an old friend once said:

"If you have come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further."

We are all in this together, so buckle up.
It is only the beginning.

But before beginning the next 41,
we wanted to look back on the first 41.

What a long, strange trip it has been.

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5 BEST AND WORST SURPRISES


Tyler Kennedy -- Give it up for those people over at LetsGoPens and Faceoff-Factor for knowing what to expect before Tyler Kennedy was called up.
He has contributed nicely and is a vital cog to the Penguin universe right now.



Ty Conklin -- With Marc-Andre Fleury succumbing to injury, the expected collapse of the Pens never happened. Without him, the goaltending burden was picked by emerging back-up goalie Ty Conklin.
He definitely hasn't been flopping around, making over-exaggerated gloves saves, but he is getting the job done.
This isn't jinxblog, so we say no more.



Kris Letang -- He was called up while the Pens were navigating the dark Atlantic Division seas in mid-November.
After a couple of nervous games and bad mistakes, he has become a staple in the lineup and has won 3 games in the shootout, not to mention a huge shootout goal in the Winter Classic.



Jordan Staal -- Everyone at this site issued an Amber Alert for Jordan Staal as early as four games into the season, and he still hasn't shown up.
He's been solid on the defensive side all season, and he is inching closer and closer to being his 2006-2007 version.
He's only 19 years old.

Mark Recchi -- We were definitely on the fence when it came to Mark Recchi. But then he started becoming a hindrance rather than an annoyance. The surprise here is the way he couldn't recognize the direction the Pens were headed when he was released.

With Recchi on the roster: 12-12-2
Without Recchi on the roster: 11-4-0

If we didn't have jobs, we would do a "Recchi in the lineup, not in the lineup" comparison.
That's too daunting. Anyone have those figures lying (laying?) around?

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5 MOMENTS WHEN IT WAS SOLID TO BE A PENS FAN
(If we had to recap these moments, then they shouldn't be on this list.)

December 8, 2007 -- Letang beats Vancouver in the shootout.

[ What It's All About. PENS WIN. ]

October 27, 2007 -- Ryan Whitney ties it up late against Montreal.
[ Point Earned. PENS LOSE. ]

January 1, 2008 -- Ty Conklin stones Maxim Afinogenov.
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[ The Day After Tomorrow. PENS WIN. ]

January 1, 2008 -- Bing wins the Winter Classic.
[ The Day After Tomorrow. PENS WIN. ]

January 3, 2008 -- Three goals in 48 seconds.
[ Make Like A Tree. PENS WIN. ]

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5 WORST MOMENTS

October 5, 2007 -- Pens lose season-opener 4-1.
[ At Least They Got A Goal. PENS LOSE. ]


The only good thing from that game was the start of the cell-phone national-anthem pic.
Thomes08 started it all.

What a kick in the sac after a long off-season of anticipation.

October 17, 2007 -- PenaltyGate Against the Devils
[ Felon In The Mellon. PENS LOSE. ]

The game where the Pens got that goal called back because of the too-many-men penalty.
Jordan Staal scored the no-goal, summing up his season thus far.

There were about 8 penalties in a row called on the Pens.
A riot was about to break out.

November 3, 2007 through November 21, 2007
Atlantic Division craps on the Pens ------- 2-6-1 record

Totally dark times of the first half.
People were calling for Therrien's head.

December 20, 2007 -- Pens blow 4-goal lead in Boston...but still win.
[ Go Eat Some Wicked Chowdah. PENS WIN. ]

It's frightening how many things you forget about until you go down memory lane.
That Boston game could have been real bad.

December 29, 2007 -- Roberts broken leg.
[ 2 Points. 1 Broken Leg. PENS LOSE. ]

A few other bad moments could have been here, but we're partial to Gary Roberts.
Case closed.

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5 BEST / BIGGEST WINS

November 5, 2007 -- Pens over Devils 5-0.
[ S For Shutout. PENS WIN. ]

It just felt good defecating on New Jersey.

November 22, 2007 -- Pens battle with the Sens and win on Ruutu shootout goal.
[ Come On Up For The Rising. PENS WIN. ]

Coming off that Atlantic massacre in November, this game up in Ottawa entirely changed the outlook on the Pens season, as they went on a solid tear beginning with this game.

December 8, 2007 -- Pens finish western Canada sweep.
[ What It's All About. PENS WIN. ]

All the crap about Crosby in Canada, the NHL spotlight on the Pens, and they sweep Alberta and British Columbia into the Pacific Ocean.

January 1, 2008 -- Winter Classic

[ The Day After Tomorrow. PENS WIN. ]

January 3, 2008 -- Maple Leafs are mud.
[ Make Like A Tree. PENS WIN. ]

Amidst the Pens winning streak, they show they can explode.

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5 WORST / TOUGHEST LOSSES

October 17, 2007 -- PenaltyGate
[ Felon In The Mellon. PENS LOSE. ]

After all the crap the Pens faced in this game, they still had a solid chance to win it until the Devils scored a goal late.
It was early in the season and made you realize how much you missed hockey.

October 25, 2007 -- Leafs own Pens in Mellon Arena.
[ Your Mom...PENS LOSE. ]

There's always a couple games like this every season at the Mellon.
The oxygen was completely sucked out of the place.

November 1, 2007 -- Avs get past the Pens.

[ A Tale of Two Periods. PENS LOSE. ]

The Pens started their disturbing trend of giving up 2-goal leads.

December 11, 2007 -- Flyers douche Pens.
[ Ben Eager Is A Coward. PENS LOSE. ]

It was a close game until it wasn't anymore.
It sets the stage for the most anticipated Pens/Flyers game in recent memory on January 24th.

December 18, 2007 -- Lundqvist shutout in MSG.
[ Mistake on 34th Street. PENS LOSE. ]

Frustrating.

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5 BIGGEST DOUCHES

  • Jason Smith -- Double-handed slash on Crosby
  • The Entire Philadelphia Flyers Organization
  • Ryan Hallweg -- Jamming the butt end of his stick in Kennedy's face
  • Chris Simon -- Cha Cha Slide stomp on Ruutu's ankle
  • A Select Number of Buffalo Sabres Fans
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5 MOST ENTERTAINING GAMES

October 6, 2007 -- Ducks @ Pens

[ Sitting Ducks. PENS WIN. ]

A big win against a somewhat fatigued Ducks team in the first home game of the season.

October 13, 2007 -- Pens @ Maple Leafs
[ Don't Call It A Comeback. PENS WIN. ]

The Pens/Leafs tilts picked up right where they left off from last season.

November 22, 2007 -- Pens @ Sens

[ Come On Up For The Rising. PENS WIN. ]

In retrospect, maybe the biggest win of the season on Thanksgiving night.

December 6, 2007 -- Pens @ Flames
[ That Don't Kill Us. PENS WIN. ]

A defensive game that was entertaining; a rarity.
Ryan Malone scored on a shorthanded breakaway to tie it. Letang wins it in OT.

And we don't need to link it again.
But the whole Winter Classic was not only entertaining.
It was life-changing.



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The first half in pictures












Any and all photoshops have been credited to the creator when they've been used in a post.
Feel free to shout out credit to yourself in commentorblog whenever we don't credit you.

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PENSBLOG MOMENTS
Solid stuff that has happened here during the offseason and first half.

JOBBERS
If there is one thing we're ashamed of, it's not finishing the JOBBERS epic.
We're so ashamed that we're not even going to link them.
If the second half drags, expect it come out again, totally revamped.

NATIONAL ANTHEM PICS

What we've liked most about this season is the determination of readers in getting us national-anthem pics for games.
We've only missed a handful of games, three of which were during the Western Canada swing, we think.

Honestly, this has been pretty nice. Thanks, everyone.

WWGRD

[ The Origin ]
Our laziness resulted in titling a post "WWGRD" for no reason after an obsession over Gary Roberts spilled into training camp.

In the comments of that post, SnoopyJode says:
"if they made one of those rubber bracelets with WWGRD on it, i'd buy 10 of them.
that
is a philosophy to live by."

[ Don K. Show's Photoshop ]
The comments section in this post is where it took off.



Also in those comments was when Skippy and his entrepreneurial spirit tried to take over the world.

"WWGRD? Wristbands are now available on ebay! See link below! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250174830424"
- Skippy

[ The Voting Process ]

[ The Press Conference ]


[ Skippy Gets Jobbed ]

It all started with Don K. Show sending us a photoshop of a wristband.
We'll be honest -- the e-mail sat in our inbox for a few days until it was added to a post as an after-thought.

After the overwhelming support of the idea, we got things going in timely fashion.
The actual delivery of the wristbands was anything but timely.

Nevertheless, we ended up sending out about 700 wristbands at $2 apiece.

If you haven't received wristbands and you sent us money,
please speak up and tell us.

The Gary Roberts return from injury will be the biggest night in the history of this blog.
Couple that with the anticipation of a playoff run and...

WWGRD wristbands WILL be having a second go-around.
It's just a matter of when.

We know how to run things now.

The price remains $2, but we wouldn't mind some solid donations so that we personally stay out of the red.

PENSBLOG CHARLIE


Due to allegations that we're homophobic and that our references to a homosexual lifestyle are taken as offensive, we added open-homosexual Pensblog Charlie as a writer for the site.
Any homosexual references have to go through him.

FLASHBLOG

We wanted something cool for the site, so that was it.
It's updated manually. Not the most up-to-date thing on the internet.

RON NEWCOMER

Ron Newcomer is this guy who has taken a picture with every celebrity and Pittsburgh sports star ever born.
[ Ron Newcomer's Insane Site ]

We fell in love with the man, arranging a Q&A with him, as well as a PhotoShop Expo.
[ Behind The Photos: Ron Newcomer ]

ANGELFIRE, TRIPOD, AND GEOCITIES PENGUINS SITES
[ GeoCities, AngelFire, and Tripod. Oh My. ]

On the internet one night, we got lost in Pens fans pages from the '90s.

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We reiterate...
We hope everyone is buckled up.

We have an All-Star break coming up.
We won't catch our breath again until the end of the Pens run.

Only one last thing left.


Let's kick the tires and light the fires.

41 down, 41 to go.
Go Pens

40 comments:

el barto said...

thats a sweet ass post right thurr
&
the hillary duff pic makes me
hot hot hot

best words of 1st half :
CONK-BLOCK !!!!
love to say or think that.
make a wristband of it.

FritoWill said...

Lets Get It On!!!

kristin said...

Wow. So much post for so early in the morning. I'm gonna have to read it again later when my brain is awake...

canaanregulatesblog said...

::begins slow clap::


look how solid a first half of the year the pensblog has had, yet feels that they've been slacking. that's the sign of awesomeness. the pensblog truly is the sidney crosby of humor-related pittsburgh penguins hockey blogs that use photoshops and sophomoric quips.

go pens.

snoopyjode said...

WOW. just when i think you guys can't top yourselves, you do it to spite me. solid work, gentlemen! looking forward to much more in the new year. :)

Ryan said...

Nothing like a sick post to get my eyes open in the morning.

Solid mid season recap guys.

DVE was tryin to come up with a nickname for Conklin this morning. All they came up with was "The Wall" which is totally lame. If I wasn't falling asleep at the wheel, I would have called in to submit CONK-BLOCK. Second best thing this site has ever come up with.

Nothing beats the wristbands.

Fleury29 said...

This post just dominated my breakfast.

Cereal=stunned.

I'll have to re-read it when I get home from work and revisit all those good (and bad) times.

The second half of the season for the Penguins (and The Pensblog) is going to be great.

Let's Go Pens!

Hip said...

brilliant stuff boys... absolutely brilliant.

go pens.

Kristen PB said...

Great job, guys, as always.

Spencemo said...

Whoa...

That's got to be the best post of the season thus far, gentlemen. I think it's going to crash my hard drive. At least it's my work computer, eh?

Teej said...

Things are only going to get better from here on out. Still have more than two months til the next game I attend (March 22nd against the Devils). Can't wait!

Here's to continuing Conk-blocks tonight in Flo-Rida.

GO PENS!

Teej out.

P.S. - congrats to LSU.

Lady Jaye said...

I was going to say the post with the 90s links is the best post of the year for me... but since this one links that one, this one has to win by default because it has much more awesomeness in it.

Pensblog... the best way to waste the first half hour of work.

Pensblog is also a great marketing item. I was actually thinking about buying some Frosted Flakes after seeing that Kennedy picture.

Anonymous said...

Solid recap guys! Good stuff

Dont know if you guys saw this or not but Wheatley's lovers literally lit the proposal for the Hill/arena on fire last night

http://kdka.com/local/Arena.plans.f
ire.2.625248.html

Apparently theyre pissed because they want millions of dollars handed over to them and thankfully no one believes they should get it among all the other stuff they are already getting

Nathan said...

I really can't wait for the Pens' trip to Washington on March 9. The game in Washington last March was some of the most fun I've ever had at an NHL game -- nothing like making Verizon Center into Igloo South.

slush said...

Sheer genius.

Wicked excited about the 2nd half. Im able to go to 3 games. Feb 2, March 22 and April 2. Doesnt get better than that.

StuporDave said...

Nice little article on Ference on ESPN.com.... http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/nhl/index Sorry, dont know how to make a link but there is a couple comments on the Crosby fight in there. Good guy.

Ashley said...

fantastic post guys..

karri said...

WOW!

I'm overwhelmed...astounded...stunned!

The Pensblog is the #1 site on Al Gore's.

ac & dr > (anything you can think of)

(Standing "O")

Stoosh said...

I don't want to come off like Paul McCartney haggling over credits on the Beatles songs or something, but I can't help it...I'm just too damn proud of this one...

Check out C-blog of this post here, about the 1:20 PM mark.

It was referenced beforehand, I will gladly forfeit any credit.

But as it's taken on a life of its own here thanks to all of you, I like to think of it as an early Christmas present to the Pensblog family.

Anonymous said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhh.

can't make the florida game but we are going to ATLLLLLLLLL.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RECCHI!

Anonymous said...

Staalzy on the milk carton is AMAZING.

Anonymous said...

Jeff says Recchi has old balls!

Atlanta boo train - Mount up.

EmDubs said...

Great post. I'm glad we're looking back at the first half of the season from a happy place despite all the injuries and the slow start.

I, however, have to disagree that Staal is solid defensively even though he's not producing offensively. He has the worst +/- on the team by far. -11. Although I realize that stat doesn't mean everything, it does mean something and its not like he's just a -3 or something.

He'll get his shit together and be a hell of a player when its all said and done. Sometimes I wonder if his troubles this year have to do with the fact that he's not done growing yet, being 19 and all. He put on 30 lbs since the beginning of last season and that has to take some getting used to. He just looks like his coordination is off and I remember, having had a crazy growth spurt myself many years ago now, how that really affected my ability just to turn a corner without ramming into the wall let alone try to play a sport at a professional level.

christina said...

kickass work, guys. can't wait for the second half of the season.

the pensblog is slowly dominating the world.

as always....GO PENS!!!

Jonny V said...

Credit where credit is due Stoosh.
Awesome recap, I totally forgot we even played the Avs. And where did i miss the connection between tony the tiger and tyler kennedy? I don't see it. Tony the Tyler? Kennedy the Tiger? He's grrreat? I'm Ron Burgundy?

I've thought about making up a couple of T-shirts at those places in the mall that you can take a jpeg file and they'll put it on one. Just didn't feel right about doing it without the person's permission. And they're expensive unless you do it in bulk. There must be a way...

demondg1 said...

We should never forget the great mousepad debacle that was PenaltyGate.

I know it's a little late, but did anybody else notice Lemieux standing behind the corner boards during Sid's shootout goal in Buffalo? It was right in front of us in section 108. I swear he was the first person to throw his arms up in celebration.

biff said...

This post is the reason for the unseasonably warm temperatures in Pittsburgh.

It's also why the Pensblog is a big deal. Nothing like being given the Razor's Edge 5 minutes after you wake up.

Cheers guys

DO IT.

Hip said...

jonny v - I think the joke's on Steigy who inexplicably calls him Tyler the Tiger in his never ending quest to come up with jack ass nicknames for the guys to try and make the case he's cool.


stupordave - great ference article. I always liked that cat. Thanks for passing it along.

go pens

Anonymous said...

should credit specifically be given to the fine pens fan who first came up with "conkblock?" i believe it was one specific post that created this great nickname, but i can't remember who it was.

just like pensblog season recap, the fan who came up with "conkblock" is genius.

wilsmith said...

jonny v-

I think steigy just made it up one day.

He was calling a play and said "that tyler, he's like a little tiger out there...", and has since referred to him as Tiger. I think he's trying to force nicknames.

Johnny Wrath said...

I've never appreciated photo shop so much. Sid with the Taz action is priceless.

Bring on WWGRD wave #2- I'm starving.

I wish more people I knew could appreciate that pic of Grapes wearing the "Gay Pimp" teddy.

Pensgirl said...

Mirtle's Fanhouse post today includes this line:

You should probably be reading The Pensblog

Probably?

Steigy whipped out "Tiger" during the Leafs game. Evidently Kennedy is five years old.

stokes said...

stokes=stunned. excellent recap.


stoosh, thats why you're money.

loved the photoshops in that post. almost too much awesomeness for my computer to handle. in fact, it is the reason the fiance's computer won't boot. the pensblog crushed it.

keep it up. reader for life.

thomes08 said...

nice recap guys. as usual.

thanks for the anthem shout out. I still have that opening game pic as the background on one of my computers.

anthem pics could have been the best thing i helped start ever.


those good times sure were good. bad times sure were bad. Luckily we're going into the second half a lot stronger than we started the first. Now if only we could get some division wins we could add more good moments to the list.

cheers! go pens!

canaanregulatesblog said...

any blog that has pictures of will smith, a gay man in a one piece, a penguin defecating on a jar of peanuth butter, tom hanks, a chicken, heroes, hilary dufus eating out of a dog bowl, mabel, and an amber alert all in one post deserves to be king of the world for at least one day.

just sayin'

dennis said...

You guys are the best, keep it up and go Pens

(woo!)

Jeffry said...

great recap, 41 games go by too fast

old two niner said...

hey yinz guys know of any pens fans groups/ friendly bars in philadelphia area....go pens

Vinnie said...

As someone who's just started reading the blog (about game 25, I think), I have to thank you for the first half of the season recap. I laughed so much at the photoshop recap I was crying.

I look forward to the 2nd round of WWGRD bands come out, I'll sport one the next time I'm the host at the Igloo.

stokes said...

hey vinnie, start using conkblock on the air.

and guys, i dont know why i withheld this, but my fiance is in the background of the Elvis picture in the Make Like A Tree post. i was both proud and extremely jealous at the same time.

and i totally tried to plug the site on The X on monday morning.

all because this site rocks.

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