Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Song Remains The Same

The last 48 hours have been anything but normal.
So it is almost expected that there will be some type of letdown when the Pens play the Leafs.

But hey...at least the Pens will show up -- They don't work for PennDot.


[Will Smith]


Sometime this summer, when things are slow again, we are doing a PennDot photoshop.

What they pulled during that snowstorm was irresponsible.

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And the only news that can supersede any Winter Classic aftermath came on New Year's Eve...

The Penguins will be playing at 3:08 on Saturday to accommodate the NFL and the Steelers.

If the Pens lost in Buffalo, we would have taken out our angst on this whole thing.

But then we remembered...
We don't want to see anyone die.



And with the probability of 53 men choking, there has to be ample room on the Pittsburgh roadways for ambulances.

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AFTERMATH

Like the dude that banged your girlfriend on that one night where you broke up and then got back together, The Winter Classic is gone in a flash.


Something's funny about this picture.

-- The big news is that the Classic made a considerable dent in all the television-ratings stuff.
[ Fanhouse ] has all the percentages and figures.

-- [ The Globe and Mail ] reports that the ratings exceeded the NHL's expectations.

-- [ BfloBlog ] has reaction.
-- [ Die By The Blade ] also dominates.

Here is some more wallpaper:

[Rag33]

We've already addressed our issues with people who are gonna crap all over the NHL for holding this game, so we're not wasting our time by going to find more garbage.

One thing we forgot to mention in the game recap was how much of a hockey town Buffalo is.
There's no doubt that Pittsburgh and Buffalo are among the most solid hockey markets in the NHL.

Maybe because it was the hometown event, but the evening news on New Year's Eve was ALL OVER IT.
Video from the practices, interviews, reporters.

It was a longways away from coverage of the game in Pittsburgh.
If Ken Rice would work in Buffalo, Buffalo would be the number-one TV market.
In the world.

Anyways, Minneapolis may be pushing for the HockeyTown title,
but it looks like Buffalo takes the cake.


And we would probably be saying the same thing about Minneapolis if the Winter Classic was in Minnesota somewhere.

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Conkblockblog

Seemingly lost in all the pomp is that the Pens have won 4 in a row, 5 of their last 6.

Ty Conklin has certainly earned the starting role.

If he maintains a .700+ winning percentage into the end of January,
there's gonna be some interesting things going down in Pittsburgh when MAF returns.

With all the injuries, the Pens don't have the luxury of keeping three goaltenders in Pittsburgh.

We know MAF is a big deal, but winning games is a big deal, too.

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If anything will get things back to normal,
it's the fact the Maple Jokes are in town.


[Will Smith]

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A lot of stuff going in the NHL right now.
[Deadspin] closer can catch you up.

The most important thing?

[Orland Kurtenblog] found this picture...



Wow.
The context of the reference was about Sergei Samsonov.
Samsonov passed through waivers earlier this week.
It may have been because of this picture.

[gay-man-pheromones-image.<span class=
Charlie giggles

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Go Pens

16 comments:

mace said...

official count:
14 cars wrecked off the side of I-90 or I-79 between Buffalo and Pittsburgh, with 8 in NY and 5 north of Meadville.
*note: this does not include the massive wreck that was each Sabres' fan's brain following Crosby's goal... especially those jobbers who chanted "Go home Pittsburgh" following Christensen's miss

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

Agreed that Buffalo is a great hockey town.

In addition to the local media coverage, they also hosted a 'viewing party' of the game at HSBC arena and drew over 10K fans there, in addition to the fans at the Ralph and watching at home. Buffalo doubled Pittsburgh in ratings, and Pittsburgh did a very solid 17!

stokes said...

Very solid photoshops by wilsmith.

Lost in all the jobbing of douchebag Buffalo fans is that they are passionate about their team and that was evident all over the Ralph on Tuesday. i respect that, even if i don't respect them.

Speaking of douchebags, when you see some Leaf moron tonight, just remember those two little words, joined by a hyphen.

Let's Go PENS!

wilsmith said...

ass-hat?

Spencemo said...

"Melvin made honorary Leafs fan:

PRICELESS! wilsmith, you've outdone yourself!

Fleury29 said...

I think it's sad Sabu didn't get to show off his retro brown equipment. I thought that was a badass idea.

Sinops said...

wilsmith,
the post gazette photoshop is one of the best this season.

Buffalo is a great hockeytown, but their fans are assholes.

go pens

Fleury29 said...

Agreed with spencemo and sinops, wilsmith best photoshop this season.

Randy Gilhen said...

You guys do realize that once MAF is healthy, ConkBlock has to pass through waivers in order to stay with the team? No way he doesnt get picked up, unless he flops big time between now and then, in which case, the Pens wouldnt likely want to keep him up anyway.

Spencemo said...

...OK, I can't read...Melvin was made an honorary Sens fan...

Wait, is there a difference???

Randall said...

http://i.cnn.net/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0801/nhl.winter.classic.pens.sabres/images/conklin.miller.headshots.jpg

miller looks confused and scared. the answer (conklin, named by some hockeybuzz guys) looks possessed, like he has rabies and is about to do his best gary roberts impersonation and beat up someone younger than him.

Jeffry said...

i think this was a link off deadspin, an article about mike lange. nothing really exciting except you get to find out how much he makes from sudden death residual checks.

Lange still not making sense and proud of it

stokes said...

ass-hat works for me.

Nathan said...

Regardless of what the Pens do tonight, they're still ahead of where they were through 40 games last season. The Pens were 18-15-6 at that point, with 42 points; they already have 44 this season. And they're only getting better.

Anonymous said...

Conklin is on a two-way contract; he shouldn't have to pass through waivers.

At least, that was my understanding.

Pensgirl said...

anon 4:22, Conklin was called up on an emergency basis when Fleury got hurt, which means if the team wants to keep him after MAF returns he would indeed have to go through waivers.

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