Friday, May 9, 2008

Highway To Hell

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The talking is over.
After a week-long hate fest, alas, Game One is tonight at the Mellon.

Over the past 18 years, the Pens have been to the Conference Finals 4 times.
They are 2-2.

Some franchises can only wish to have made that many appearances.
We can't take this opportunity for granted.

If it hasn't hit you yet, it will when you're driving home from work today.
The Penguins are 4 wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
They've been there twice in 41 years of existence.

It hit us when we looked at what we blogging about last year at this time:

We were recapping local newscasts to stay fresh.
[ Coverage You Can Job On... WPXI Loses ]

Today is going to be one of the longest days of all time.

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[ MattyMeansSports ] sent that along.

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The Flyers faithful were dealt a major blow Thursday
when they received word that defenseman Kimmo Timonen is out indefinitely. [ The700Level ]

You look at the news and say that it's a shame.
There's no sarcasm in that. It really is a shame.
Dudes play their whole lives to get at least this close to the Cup.

But that Penguin-fan part of your soul loves it.
You love it just as much as a Flyer fan would if Sergei Gonchar was out.

Basically, Pens fans have little sympathy for teams that lose a player to injury.
We kind of had our fair share of that this season.

This doesn't taint anything.
No one will look back and say, oh, man, Timonen was hurt that series.

It's just gonna be another excuse for Flyers fans.

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There is a WHITEOUT scheduled for tonight at the Mellon.

We inquired the Penguins for info on the whiteout.
Turns out a local company is used to bust out the shirts fairly quickly.

A "blackout" was used in Dallas and messed with the goalies.
So the blackout is not happening.

And then we come to the gold-out, or GOLD RUSH, that some people have e-mailed us about.

This discussion has been running rampant ever since the whiteout against the Rangers.
The Pens were down 3-0 in the second, and there was nothing else to talk about.

We jobbed the picture of the Flyers Orange Crush:

^^ This might be the first time a human being has ever created a color like this.
We saturated it in Photoshop and moved on. You get the idea.

It would be unique to the Pens organization.
Some gold towels without "Terrible" on them would be solid, too.

In response to proposing a Gold Rush, we were told it was discussed,
but that a whiteout remained the most aesthetically pleasing option.

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Real quick, speaking of Orange Crush...

[ The Orange Crush ] -- New Flyers blog
Just read one post, and you'll know why it's possibly our favorite Flyers blog.
Have to give credit where credit is due.

Have to commend the [ The700Level ] for some solid previews as well.

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OUTDOOR SCREEN
WEATHER INFO




We got some info on the screen as well.

The screen is fully functional during your run-of-the-mill rainfall.
It was running all day Thursday in the rain.

However, if there is dangerous lightning in the area,
the screen will be shut down until the danger has passed.

The only problem with shutting the screen down in the mi(d)st of a rainfall
is that they can't turn it back on until the condensation in the screen burns off.

Just pray that Zeus takes the night off.

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ROCKYGATE

THIS PIC IS NOT WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT, BUT IT IS REAL


[ Pitt Hockey ] scrounged this up.

Recently, an ad was placed on [ craigslist ]
asking for Pens fans in Philadelphia to adorn the Rocky Balboa statue with a Pens jersey.

The ad has been removed from the site, but it read as follows:

Need to recruit someone who is a Pittsburgh native, living in Philly. I want you to put a Penguins jersey on the Rocky statue and take pictures. I am going to send it in to the Post-Gazette and other media outlets to show some pride. If you are interested please reply to this ad ASAP.

The attack on the statue seemingly happened late Tuesday night.
A jersey was found at the foot of the statue Wednesday morning.
It is believed that a security guard saw the jersey and took it down. [ Philly Inquirer ]

But why lay it at the foot of the statue?
Why not go throw it away?

Anyway, some jobber radio station in Philly put out a call to arms,
asking for someone to guard the statue at all times.
In return, that person would receive two tickets to Game 3 in Philly.


23-year-old gullible Flyers fan Mike Prince has taken up the challenge.
He currently stands guard at the statue while Pens fans are banging his girlfriend back at his house.

Cryers fans
retaliated with [ their own ad ]
asking for the desecration of the Willie Stargell or Art Rooney statue.

The best investigative reporter on the planet, G-Dubs,
blasted us in the mouth with all the facts on Thursday. [ Yahoo ]

**Note: We've gotten a few photoshops of Rocky donning a Pens jersey.
We can't post them because people will think they are real.

It's funny to put a shirt on the statue.
But it would be better to just steal it and hold it for ransom.

If someone takes a leak on it, we'll pay you 50 bucks.
And if someone wants to pay for our trip to Philly, we have some fun ideas.



[Hutch]

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:: [ The Mayoral Bet between Ravenstahl-Onorato and Nutter ]
The loser has to wear the opposing team's jersey at a game next season,
drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff, and fly a team banner.

:: [ KDKA ] did a montage of some of the young Pens sporting playoff beards.
-- Thanks to everyone who sent that in.


:: [ LOLgwins ] for all your LOLcats needs.
There's a link on the site to where you can make your own.
That will be that guy's monster, not ours.

:: Captain Dummy's [ PacoNation ]
:: [ Everything Pittsburgh ]

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A montage of the Pens "pwning" the Flyers set to DVE's "We'll Kick Your Arse."
-- Thanks to Marc for the link --

We're currently gathering every link to every Pens song on the internet.
They're coming.

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WWGRD BLOG

[ J.S. ] now holds the WWF Championship Belt.
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When the origin of Roberts-Mania was disputed on Thursday,
J.S. came through with proof of the first mention of WWGRD on Gore.




[ Cass ] -- [ Erica K. ]


[ Mary F ] rocking the best shirt of all time.
It will be in attendance for the whiteout.

CALL TO ARMS
GET GARY ROBERTS INTO THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME


[ Michael J. ]

[ MLB.com ]

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Speaking of Roberts, we mentioned that we sponsored his page.

But [ G-Dubs ] is giving you the chance to come up with the tagline to Chris Pronger's page.

Greg also sent this along:

We linked to that douche Kevin Greenstein yesterday.
And Dubs remembered seeing this on [ Off Wing Opinion ]


Greenstein = Joke

:: To further cement the jobs that took place yesterday,
a couple people sent stuff in.


[ Jefe ]


And FoxSports.com still uses the pigeon logo.
[ Thomas H. ]

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Don't forget about Blueshirt Bulletin.
Billy Ocean jumped a spot on the Google results.



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[ USS Independence ]
USS Hall Gill = Stunned

We only mention this because the Pens
have revised the designs for the new arena and added a dock:


[ Sh0ez ]


[ Beez ]

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Detroit destroyed the Stars in Game One, 4-1 [ Behind The Jersey ]



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:: Picasa Web Album was added to the left links section thing.

:: We'll be heading down to the outdoor screen for the game tonight.
GameDay will probably be later than usual and pretty empty.

Rest assured that we have been losing sleep
in deciding who to go with for Game One.


GO PENS

269 comments:

PittHockey said...

The arena with the dock is one of the best ideas I've ever seen in my life.

PittHockey said...


also, this is from a few years ago.

it's not a jersey, but it's real.

(not me)

Pensblog Staff said...

third

jefe said...

Thank
Gary
Roberts
It's
Friday
!!!!!!!!!!!

go pens.

Pensblog Staff said...

SOLID FIND PH

BlacknGold66 said...

There is no 6

eileenover said...

I have never needed a game this badly.

eileenover said...

Eileenjailbait wooooo haha. Thanks bng.

BlacknGold66 said...

In case you missed my late entry on the last thread:

Judging by an email I got from "Tim Johnson" we won't be hearing from our resident Flyer troll anytime soon. r*g*b = soff.

Hip = my bff! Haha!


Also, I'm unofficially in love with a few female cbloggers....


Hip, Eileenjailbait, Sooska, Lis, Pensgirl, Spencemo, Chica...






(flyer hater)










Just to name a few.






Wooooooooooooooo

BlacknGold66 said...

I calls 'em as I sees them Eileen!

eileenover said...

Goodnight c-blog. Get ready for the battle.

Rhonda said...

OMG jefe..... lmao, I love that spin on TGIF.... *makes plans to use it all day*

I'm -finally- going to get to drive down to a game this year, and a playoff one at that! I'm so excited, that's why I'm up at 3am. :)

Seeing every single game this year on tv will mean nothing in comparisson to being there live for my first ever playoff game after being a lifetime fan! :)

pterals said...

Can't wait! So excited! Go Booze! Go Pens! Go Riders!

jefe said...

@rhonda, congrats on ur first playoff game. i get to see the game live too tomorrow.. and by that i mean actually watching on tv real-time, instead of recording it. (west coast representin')

BannedwagonPen77 said...

It's not possible that poor peforming Modry, whom went to the Czech Republic to mourn the loss of his father, would be able to make it back thru customs with some sort of super grieving drug that will give him lockdown powers would it?

I'm developing some sort of sports bi-polarity...one second I'm thinking fuhgetaboutit, FlyGuys? Bye (bi) guys. But then I think of plastic rats, Primeau, and other sources of playoff futility.

Mach Onree Flurree...thats gonna be my Zen chant. T-minus 15 hours.

jefe said...

wake up sleepy heads.

how many of you are dreaming of the lord? lord gary? lord stanley?? oh my.

go pens. destroy delphia.

dazzy said...

So I can't fall asleep, and I wander onto Pensblog to entertain myself until I feel tired enough to go back to bed.

Instead I get this post, that gold-out, Rocky-gate and LOLguins. I'm so jacked up I'll be lucky if I pass out before the end of the series.

jefe said...

PENS are gonna KILLADELPHIA!

i cant sleep.

FireFox said...

Orange Crust (yes Crust) is total shit. They copied nearly everything the PensBlog does from the centered text, to the load of links on the side, to the Youtube video links and to even a couple of cheap photoshops. What frickin' homos. Of course there is one thing they can't duplicate, the PensBlog fanbase. Not gonnna happen.

The Big K said...

On youtube, search "The Mighty Guins.
Our own Seeker has up a nice video/song.

Christina said...

i could listen to "We'll Kick Ya Arse" all day. and i think i just might.

Red and Andy for Gameday. do it.

SK said...

@jefe ROFL! TGRIF!

12 hours. I can't wait to see the Pens crush the orange.

lolHossa is my new wallpaper. Damn you guys for making me change my wallpaper every day!

Fleury29 said...

Finally, it's D-Day. (It is Friday today, right?)

I don't think it's hit me yet... I don't think it will hit me until I hear Mike Lange say, "It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh."

Orange Crush totally ripped of The Pensblog but whatev. It's only a pale imitation.

Mary F. has a sexy neck. I wish I had thought of her t-shirt idea. Brilliant.

What a great time to be alive.

LET'S GO PENS!

dying alive said...

The Gold Rush makes my eyes bleed. I'm good with the White Out.

Are those Philly fans in the orange clown wigs? If so, it may be the most appropriate picture on all of Gore.

I am officially going to get nothing done at work today.

PO said...

WWGRD?

Q: What WILL Gary Roberts Do?

A: Dominate

Ed Harris for GameDay

Stoosh said...

Was anyone listening to DVE just now?

They had Tim Pinnachio - one of the Flyers' beat writers (and a very good writer, normally) - on with the Morning Show crew.

Either my hearing is going to hell in my old age or Tim Pinnachio just had the Gary Roberts of all brain farts...because I swear to Gary that I just heard him compare Scottie Upshall to Gordie Howe.

PO said...

@ stoosh

i turned them off today when they did that stupid sly stallone skit.... DVE=not bringing their A game on a pens friday

Sooska said...

@ stoosh- yes indeed that joke did compare Upshall to Howe. He also said that the Phlyers should replace Timonen with Sami Kapanen becasue he can skate backwards. For more on how a -12 player would be a great replacement for Timonen read here:
TWM Sami K

and for further amusement:
FLYERS TANKED LAST YEAR!

with the important paragraph being:The Flyers ended up with a league-worst record because that was their intent; or, at least, there was an organizational willingness to absorb the big hit, to gut the club if it meant repositioning it for the future.

I posted this late last night and thought if anyone hadn't seen it it would be a good laugh over a cup of coffee.

I began my day listening to "We'll Kick Your Arse" about 6 times. LETS GO PENS

C Gally said...

The difference between our statues and theirs? Ours are based on ACTUAL PEOPLE.

Colin said...

The gravity of today hit my like a ton of brick when I read "The Penguins are 4 wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
They've been there twice in 41 years of existence."

HOLY CRAP

I think tonight is all about Sidlanta.

Go Pens.

Sooska said...

@ stoosh- are you the one that was looking for the Spitchokenpuke from the NJ series with Sir Jaromir of the Flaxen Locks? I have it ! It's on a tape so I am trying to make the best copy possible. Will have it real soon for you unless somebody in cblog has the CD and can upload it.

Chubs said...

Can't go with Ed Harris for gameday- the man's been lights out as a closer. Let Red and Andy/Hacksaw get us where we need to be, let Ed shut off the lights and lock the door.

Whistler said...

That's right BNG66

There is no 6

Stoosh said...

@ Erika K -

Please tell me that's the "Eggs N'At" restaurant on University Blvd. in Moon Twp.

Can Erika or anyone else confirm? If it is and we win tonight, I found my spot for a Game One victory breakfast tomorrow morning.

Stoosh said...

@ Sooska -

Good Gary, yes! Whatever you can do would be much appreciated by both myself and C-blogger Gaylord Focker. We used to play it on his radio show back when we were in college. When we were at the game on Sunday, we started reminiscingaboutcollegeblog and it came up.

Sooska said...

@ stoosh- will do. trying to figure out the best way to do this. I'll let you know when it's ready.

Applecore91 said...

I love the gold rush idea

Korn said...

Can we get an organized effort on getting Gery onto the MLB all-star team? I voted for him half a dozen times this morning as an NL write-in playing first base for the Pirates.

Good lord, I hope today goes fast...

Korn said...

Did I really type GERY?? My apologies, my hands are shaking I'm so pumped for tonight...

Juniper T Castle said...

Because Philly is even scary for the cats.

Stoosh said...

"The Flyers ended up with a league-worst record because that was their intent; or, at least, there was an organizational willingness to absorb the big hit, to gut the club if it meant repositioning it for the future."

Exactly.

When the Pens did the EXACT SAME THING in 2003-04, they were/still are accused of tanking.

The ONLY difference was that the Penguins decided to do their rebuilding through the draft; the Flyers used free agency and a series of trades.

And I will say the Pens' plan was probably the bigger risk because they were at the mercy of the lottery system at each turn.
This is why the conspiracy theories about the NHL fixing lotteries for the Pens' benefit and all that crap are just that...crap. There's no way the NHL could've had a hand in so many things falling into place for this Pens team.

Captain Dummy said...

GREAT post as always! but an even better use of the word "taint"!!! well done guys! keep up the great work!!!!

JYo said...

Orange Crush totally ripped of The Pensblog but whatev. It's only a pale imitation.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. They like us, they really like us!

The Gold Rush makes my eyes bleed. I'm good with the White Out.

The Gold Rush could be OK, or very very bad. If they use the Vegas gold, it could look like a cat puked all over the crowd. The old 80s yellow-gold could be OK. I think someone mentioned the other day doing an old school Pens powder blue-out. That could be OK too. They should make those Roberts for Prez shirts to hand out for the whiteout. Any team seeing those would likely forfeit the game before it starts.

Can't go with Ed Harris for gameday- the man's been lights out as a closer. Let Red and Andy/Hacksaw get us where we need to be, let Ed shut off the lights and lock the door.

I completely agree. Ed Harris only comes out after the Pens have 3 wins in the series. Using him in game 1 is like bringing in your closer in the 1st inning. I say start the series with Hacksaw to set the tempo against these thugs.

JYo said...

This is why the conspiracy theories about the NHL fixing lotteries for the Pens' benefit and all that crap are just that...crap.

The infinite wisdom of the NHL allowed the Pens to get the second pick in the year of Geno to make it look like it wasn't fixed to send AO here, all the while knowing that Malkin was the real prize. Conspiracy!!!

Dr. Turkleton said...

The Orange Douche Blog is a total ripjob of tPB except:

not funny.
not insightful.
not read.

when I left a bit ago, there were 12 comments:

1 - orange douche fan
11 - pens fans

wonder if the creator is any relation to a tPB staff member???

@sooska

hope you caught my follow up comments to you late last night....no pucks at practice today!

who's going tonight?

stokes: E16
lauren_hbg: F30 / E4 [I think]
coffeytalk: D23 w/ big WHITE bag

myself: E18 wearing [insert whiteout shirt jokeblog here] with a black Whitney #19 hat.



[Hossa: There goes my hero, watch him as he goes]

Fred Jones said...

Gotta go with Hacksaw tonight, Ed Harris is definitely the closer--save him for next weekend.

Hip said...

Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

Read the Orange Crush comments section if you haven't already:

@Becky/antelope - Briere is ten years older than Sid. If he isn't growing a better playoff beard, then my professional opinion would be he needs testosterone shots stat. In any event, he still does need growth hormone supplements.
Also, calling him Cindy, does not equal smack talk. But nice try.

(Anyone else feel like Becky is TOC's younger sister? Or some sad chick who pines for the author guy? Pick yourself up already Becky!!)

And then it's all Pens fans! Woooooooo.



@BNG - the feeling is mutual
(/wink)

@stoosh - I want to poke check you on facebook, but I don't want you to think I'm a freak/perv in addition to being a stalker



Did anyone else see the Lord Stanley invites on the Post-Gazette today?

Governor General Lord Stanley of Preston believed that passionate fans should create a common bond for which to rally around their team.

Then you're supposed to go buy some Dick's tshirts or something. But I think we all know what the reaaaaal common bond is for Pens fans.

tPB - carrying the torch of Lord Stanley's legacy.
Holy Shit.


Please read the following in a Jack Bauer voice:

The following has been dreamed about by these young players starting at consciousness. 4-0 over the Senators is a thing of the past. 4-1 over the Rangers means nothing now. Tonight, it is 0-0. Tonight we begin a quest only a select few ever get to take. Tonight, we play for the right to be in the Stanley Cup Finals. If you're not excited you don't have a nervous system.

Tonight is Game One of the Prince of Wales Conference Finals.

Go Pens.

HOUSE14 said...

Impossible to get any work done. Total lack of concentration. So much anxiety incontinence may be a problem at some point. Lack of sleep and overcompensation with caffeine leading to delusions of grandure. Waiting time too long leading to rage. God damn do I love playoff hockey!

Michael said...

I may have an extra ticket to tonights game if one of you guys wants to join me. I'll even sell it to you at face value ($185 for C-Level). Shoot me an e-mail if you're interested.

thegreenseas said...

I voted for Gary Roberts as an NL write-in playing 'outfield' for the Pirates. Gary Roberts plays the entire outfield...by himself.

LET'S GO PENS!

GwinTheEskimo said...

red and andy

JYo said...

While I'm over at MLB giving GR his due, I have to put in a validation key every time I want to vote. The last validation key I see:

66000

WOOOOOOOOOOO! Even MLB feels the power of GR and 66. Lets Go Pens!

PO said...

$185 is face value for C??

headbeaterblog

Colin said...

Red and Andy for the win.

We need Hacksaw's intensity and spirit on the road.

I want Ed Harris to close this bitch off.

BlacknGold66 said...

Gotta go with Red & Andy.

M. Vanderlasser said...

The Vanderlassers will be in D8.

If anyone wants a good, cheap meal before the game, I think they're doing the Friday night fish fry at the Catholic church across from the Igloo (it's called "St. Gary's", I believe. Or maybe it's the "Sacred Heart of Hossa").

Cmon, clock, go FASTER!

Leaving Carlisletown in 3..2..1..

PO said...

coffee is for closers

Carroll said...

coffeytalk - Rob Rossi is stealing your idea, he's suggesting a blue out.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_527520.html?source=rss&feed=8

Fleury29 said...

Free Candy!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

If they use the Vegas gold, it could look like a cat puked all over the crowd.

That's one of the funniest things not posted by TBP Staff that I've seen in a long time... except for the facial mullet Jagr was sporting in round 2.

Fleury29 said...

coffee is for closers
-PO

C'mon, won't you give old Gil a chance!?!?

LJ said...

There is a musical called 1776 that has a song that mentions how terrible Philidelphia is in it. The slightly* edited lyrics include:

"I do believe you've laid a curse on North America
A curse that we now here rehearse in Philadelphia
A second flood, a simple famine
Plagues of locusts everywhere
Or a cataclysmic earthquake
I'd accept with some despair
But, no, you sent us the Flyers*.
Good Gary*, sir, was that fair?

You see, we piddle, twiddle, and resolve
Not one damn thing do we solve
Piddle, twiddle, and resolve
Nothing's ever solved in
Foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy
Philadephia!"

I just found it rather appropriate!
*the only editing I did

Stoosh said...

ESPN Radio 1250 reported that Timonen will be on blood thinners for at least three to four weeks, so there's no chance he's playing in this series.

Spencemo said...

Kisses, BNG66 ;)

I will be spending the day getting crap together for our trip to Vegas on Sunday. Good news, by the time we get there and get settled, we should be able to get back to the room to watch game 2! Sa-weeeeet!

Oh, BTW, busted out the WWGRD wristband for my algebra final yesterday...and by the power of Gary, I should have gotten an "A".

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

PO said...

@ fleury29

first prize is a cadillac eldorado
second prize is a set of steak knives
third prize is youre fired

JYo said...

Thanks for that link Carroll. I think he gives a pretty good response about the blue out, although I don't support the idea of going back to the blue jerseys full time just to stand out among the 'burgh teams. Really I'm not a huge fan of the color, even with its historical significance to the team. I also like the jobbing he gives to all the whiners about the refs favoring the Pens in the entry right below the blue out one.

That's one of the funniest things not posted by TBP Staff that I've seen in a long time...

I calls 'em like I sees 'em. I have never been a fan of the Vegas gold. I'd take the yellow-gold skating Penguin jerseys from the old Cup years back in a heartbeat.

Sooska said...

@stoosh- check your email. The bit is from Wizards of Odd. Someone on cblog may have the CD and get a bit better quality. This is just the partial -am working on uploading the entire track.

fileduplicationblog

Sooska said...

@ hip OOO LOVE the Jack Bauer reference.

Gary Roberts shot Jack Bauer in the knee.

Matty O said...

Bummer Timmo is out. By far the best defenseman on the flyers.

Series just tilted to the Pens even more.

Biron will need to play out of his mind for the flyers to have a shot.

Mike Georger said...

im about to head out the door for the burgh.

LETS GO PENS

lis said...

is there a place to park around the arena without parking at the arena?

HOUSE14 said...

You can park on 5th ave. at the meters. Same with the blvd of the allies. You have to wait until 6:00 if you want to park on the blvd.

DeCeV said...

I'm usually an avid Hacksaw supporter but I've got to say that Red and Andy give us our best chance to win today. Save Hacksaw for the road and Ed Harris for the first elimination chance, Gary willing we get there.

The Seeker said...

I'm honored to have my We'll Kick Your Arse Ya Flyers Scum video getting some tPB love.

That OrangeCrush blog claims their two videos show Crosby getting diving penalties yet neither one actually does. He gets blatantly speared in the 1st video and gets an unsportsmanlike penalty for mouthing off to the Ref...no diving called. In the 2nd video he gets sticked in the face from a face-off...again no diving was called. Jokes.

I'd welcome Philthy phans putting a Cryers sweater on one of our statues since doing that to Rocky by the Habs fans worked out SO well for them.

Idiots.

dying alive said...

@lis - you can park under the Marriott right across the street. It's $10 and a lot easier than fighting traffic trying to get out of the arena lots.

I will be there tonight, in D23.

FijiH2O said...

Definitely Red and Andy tonight!

Colin said it best at 10:29 a.m.

7:30 seems soooo far away.

Wish I was going to the game tonight, but I have to wait until Sunday. Hopefully, some day soon, I will be able to afford to keep my tickets all to myself...greedybitchblog:D

The Seeker said...

@ lis

One of the best ways to do it fast and cheap is to park almost anywhere downtown or even Station Square and then take the T to the Steel Plaza station...just a short walk to the Arena from there and you beat all the traffic.

Dr. Turkleton said...

Philly News blog

lot's of good links to Philly/PGH articles + Kimmo Turnover interview after finding out about:
The Clot Heard Round The World.

Ottawa optometrist + Philly vascular surgeon = PENGUINS CONSPIRACY!

Where's Marty the Chicken been recently???


Bye, now!
Maybe see yinz cbloggers who are going to 3.1 tonight....

Otherwise, catch you on the Red Eye version of cblog in the early AM after reading the 1000+ posts that I'm anticipating from here on out.



[Hossa: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,[except: Gary Roberts] that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Victories, Stanley Cups™ and the pursuit of Hossa Burying IT.]

Pensgirl said...

I have the Wizards of Odd CD...will upload tonight.

The joke of the day comes from a Q&A the NHL did with Sid:

Q. Derian Hatcher said he kind of senses that he gives you problems while on the ice. Your rookie year he knocked a couple of your teeth out....

I don't think Derian understands the meaning of the word "problems." Yeah, it was a real "problem" when Sid scored that OT goal in direct response to having his teeth knocked out, or the routine smackdowns he's put on them since. I guess being owned by someone who's not old enough to buy a beer is so traumatic, Hatcher just blocked it right the hell out.

FireFox said...

Gotta go with Red and Andy. Do it.

LETS GO PENS!!!

Vanessa Day said...

Not to mention.... Did anyone in Philly realize that "Orange Crush" is both a disgusting fake orange flavored pop and a song by R.E.M.?

The lead singer could even be in the movie Philadelphia... He's gay in real life and looks like he has aids!

&hearts

Hip said...

The only player that Hatcher gives problems on the ice is Lupul.


ZING!

TheNWChica said...

Awwww...thanks BNG66. *gives your cheek a sloppy kiss when the GF isn't looking*

And I'm not sure if I missed it, but with Lord Gary on the ticket as president, has there been any discussion on a running mate?

I also agree with Red and Andy at home, Hacksaw on the road and Ed to close it out.

Dude, is it really only 9am? Fuck it's going to be a long day. lol

lis said...

woohoo!

Leaving work now to begin our trek across PA. Hope to see and meet some of you tonight!

Go Pens!

PittHockey said...

79 comments later...



GO PENS!

Today is the longest day of my life.
It unfortunately takes place in real time.

Stoosh said...

@ Hip -

I love the comment about Briere's playoff beard...or lack thereof. I can't believe I'm only two years older than him. He still looks like he's 18.

Oh, and please don't worry about the pokechecks, icing calls (I got that one!) or HIPchecks (get it?) on Facebook. They firewall Facebook at work, so I can't check it until I get home. But please don't worry about me thinking that...I certainly don't.

Stoosh said...

@ Hip -

I didn't see the Hatcher-Lupul comment until just now. I almost ended up spitting Diet Coke across the office.

The Seeker said...

Is that picture of all the people with orange wigs on a picture of Cryer phans or of a Ronald McDonald convention?

Raybin said...

I'm with the Red and Andy crew.

If we've all come this far, maybe we're willing to go a little farther, after all.

Hossa.

Just....Hossa.

Pensgirl said...

Yeah, Stoosh, I want to give Hip an actual medal for the Palindrome comment. Drop pass, and she slammed it home.

Pensgirl said...

Seeker: Yes.

racheleyos said...

If I don't win pens tickets at 1 i'm going to be one pissed off fan. And to make matters worse my friends don't want to go down to the lawn to watch the game! "omg there's a 30% of rain." "i have to get up and work at 9 am." pft, that's not even early. suck it up. i hope the pens kick the flyers ass tonight so i'm not in such a bad mood.

wokeuponthewrongsideofthebedblog

SK said...

Oh nos! Orange Crush (the soda) and Michael Stipe (the singer) insulted in the same post!

Say what you want about the Cryers but Mike and the soda are both okay in my book.

dying alive said...

I just went to Chipotle for lunch, and at least 50% of the people in there were wearing Pens gear. Not all just Crosby shirts, either. I saw a Gill, a Letang, and a Gonchar (which surprisingly, you don't see many of).

Maybe I will see some cbloggers at the game tonight. I'll be in D23 row L. I'll be wearing a white hoodie with some version of name/number t-shirt underneath and I have long red hair. Stop by and say hello if you're in the area. I'm female, which I think is pretty obvious by some of my posts. I'll be sitting with another redhead (also female) and if it's before the game, we'll probably be plowing through some nachos.

Anyone else listening to the all day Pens coverage on 1250?

Vanessa Day said...

@ SK... I wasn't insulting, just merely comparing!

&hearts
V

OHMYGARYIMFREAKINGOUTBLOG!!!!

Fleury29 said...

@ Po

Cookie Kwan is numba one on the westside. Stay off the west side!

@ jyo

I agree. We need the 1985-1991 jerseys back, with the gold jersey as the 3rd. Those things were pefect, classic hockey sweaters. I might have to switch it up from the Fleury home jersey to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals Lemieux home jersey for the finals... or order a Stanley Cup patch and have it sewn on my Fleury jersey. Hmmm... tough choice.

Sooska said...

@stoosh- check your email!

wilsmith said...

I wish I were cool enough to get a stalker.

Fleury29 said...

Wow, Dying Alive... you're a redhead, a Pens fan, have the best C-Blog name ever and you're a Magnetic Fields fan?

If I wasn't married and totally homo for ♥Pensblog Charlie♥, I might have to ask you out. ;-)

I'd stalk you but I'm going to stalk WilSmith instead. (Feel better Wil?)

Vanessa, why you gotta talk shit on Michael Stipe. Orange Crush is a solid song and R.E.M. is a great band. Plus, Orange Crush soda is tasty. Love that fake orange!

TheNWChica said...

Yeah...I want a stalker too!

Zarley Zalapski Blues Explosion said...

Orange Crush blog?


Why would a Flyers fan make a blog about the 1970s Denver Broncos defense?

Fleury29 said...

C-Blog is full of weirdos.

thenwchhica, I'm pretty sure Richard Ramirez is free. LOL.

TheNWChica said...

Um....no; but thanks for the thought fleury29. lol

Vanessa Day said...

@ Fleury29, I actually like R.E.M. sometimes (can't say the same about the pop). I had "Orange Crush", and "It's the end of the world" on my 80's mix for my store and now I want to puke whenever I think of it. I have listened to it WAAAAAAY too many times.

But you have to admit that he looks like a cast member of Philadelphia...

JK. I am not really a mean-spirited person. Just thought the Orange Crush idea was really stupid. Nothing like being original.

&hearts

Zac Wassink said...

good gary i am getting no work done today. absolutely none...

dying alive said...

@Fleury29 - I'm a bottle redhead, but it still counts. And if you are a Magnetic Fields fan, I may have a new best friend. The ONLY other person I know who listens to them is my boyfriend (he actually got me into them in the first place), and you can only talk to the same person about the same topic so much. They're my ultra-favorite band.

I totally understand about stalking Wilsmith instead. I'll stalk nwchica as a hetero girl crush, and everyone will be happy.

dying alive said...

I'm with Vanessa on the Orange Crush pop. The stuff just trips my gag reflex.

I do love REM, though. I was in college in the mid/late 90s, it would be illegal for me not to.

JYo said...

Defend the targets of her post all you want, but I say Vanessa's post was awesome.

The lead singer could even be in the movie Philadelphia... He's gay in real life and looks like he has aids!

Regardless of whether or not you like the guy, that is a solid jobbing. Spoken like a true c-blogger.

Also, using the word pop is solid. I have no time for the word "soda" whatever the fuck that stuff is.

Fleury29 said...

Sons and daughters of Pittsburgh. I am Fleury29.

-Fleury29 is seven feet tall!

Aye, I've heard. He kills Caps fans by the hundreds. And if he were here, he'd consume the Flyers with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

I am Fleury29! And I see a whole C-Blog of Pens fans, here in defiance of the Orange Crush. You've come to comment as Pens fans... and Pens fans you are. What will you do with those Penguins? Will you cheer?

-Against that? No! We will be quiet. And we will live.

Aye, cheer and you may die. Stay quiet, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell the Flyers that they may take one game, but they'll never take... THE SERIES!

PITTSBURGH GO BRAUGH!

Zac Wassink said...

I live in Ragsvile. They drink soda here.
Especially while on the golf course. Ha.

TheNWChica said...

All this talk of Orange Crush makes me want to drive up to Vancouver and get some C-Plus. That kicks Crush's ass any day!

Zac Wassink said...

Fleury29:

best post ever.

Fleury29 said...

Dying Alive, I can't access C-Blog from work (well, I can read it on my Treo but I can't comment) so if you ever want to talk music, hit me up via e-mail.

JYo, that's true. It was a solid job. R.E.M. was my first concert, so I could be a little sensitive about it.

Vanessa Day said...

@JYO

Thanks!

Also, sorry to all c-bloggers who don't get the "Pop" reference... it's what we call it here in B.F. Michigan.

Fleury29 said...

Hmmm... a pop song about pop. Interesting.

Nick said...

RED AND ANDY

Zac Wassink said...

just found out i wont be getting tonights game in HD
Why?
Golf highlights.
Notjokingblog

dying alive said...

@fleury29 - I just may do that.

@vanessa - It's pop here, too.

Katie said...

Let's go Pens!!! Can someone help me with a really good excuse for my boss so that I can leave the office at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific time) in order to get home, dressed and settled for the game. He's not feeling the "because Gary Roberts said so" reasoning right now. Most folks here in the Pacific Northwest are not hockey fans so it's kind of difficult for me to gain some support from my co-workers -- plus, the ones who do like sports are Seachickens fans and they are still bitter about Super Bowl XL...

Flyers suck, let's go Pens!

TheNWChica said...

@Vanessa:

It's called pop here in BF Washington too. :)

PittHockey said...

cool broadcast, vs.

Sooska said...

They say "soda" in the Lehigh Valley. I refuse to give in. I refuse to conform. pop. as in Big Poppa Pump.

Richards=Soda Jerk

Pensgirl said...

Vanessa, the way I've heard it told "pop" started in Pgh and spread West. At any rate, however it happened, no self-respecting 'Burgher would ever say "soda."

TheNWChica said...

@katie: Where are you in the PacNW? I'm up in Everett, which is starting to learn hockey from the Silvertips, but they have a long way to go still.

And if you have a male boss, tell him you have an appointment with the girly doctor or something. I know when I had a male boss, any mention of anything remotely having to do with girl parts, he would just wave his hand in front of his face and say "Go...just go!" :)

Vanessa Day said...

Yes! There are other places that call it pop? That's awesome. Dying alive... are you from Pittsburgh?

I guess my husband calls it pop as well, and he's from Pittsburgh.

Also... @ Katie: I'm assuming you're female because of your name. There is NO BETTER excuse than timeofthemonthblog.

GOOD LUCK!

&hearts

Fleury29 said...

no self-respecting 'Burgher would ever say "soda."

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I've lived in the midwest to damn long.

Sorry, I say soda.

KJ said...

i don't think i've done much today other than breathe from my paper bag and watch the woot off continue. being in the chat for game time cannot come soon enough!

KJ said...

fleury here in TX we say soda too. of course, usually i just say i want a coke/dr pepper/sprite, whatever the brand name is called.

HOUSE14 said...

We need to win the cup soon. My playoff beard is out of control. I'm blonde and for some reason its red. It tells me to do things. Horrible things...

JYo said...

You are quite welcome Vanessa. I'm always glad to help a damsel in distress.

Another reason I brought up the pop vs. soda issue is because it is very much an eastern vs. western PA thing. I'm glad to hear pop has spread to other corners of the globe. This debate also usually reminds me of Soda Popinsky.

Stoosh said...

God bless the decision-makers over at ESPN Radio 1250.

They've pre-empted the Joke Tirico Show - which normally runs from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - for a Pens' pregame show featuring Ken Laird and Joe Starkey.

We need to make this a regular thing. And by regular thing, I mean "every day".

KJ said...

house as someone with red hair, i can tell you it'll take you over. but at least if you get upset, people will blame your temper on your hair :)

thegreenseas said...

AHHHHHHHHH! According to the Directv guide (http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/epg/theGuide.jsp), the game is not in HD tonight! M-F-ing BULLSH1T!

Sooska said...

the jobbed photo of the Orange Crush with that yella keller looks like Urinetown.

Joose said...
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Joose said...

I got chills when I read this:

"If it hasn't hit you yet, it will when you're driving home from work today.
The Penguins are 4 wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
They've been there twice in 41 years of existence."

I hope I see a shitload of Ruutu action tonight....non-penalized action, of course.

dying alive said...

@ Vanessa - yep, born and raised in Pittsburgh. I somehow managed to avoid the yinzer accent but I do say "pop."

BlacknGold66 said...

Popblog:

This proves how much of a nerd I am, but...

"Pop" starts in Western PA and NY... heads through Northern Ohio... Through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, towards most of the northern part of the Midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.) then extends all the way towards the Great Northwest (Washington, Oregon, even Idaho and Montana)

I had to do a paper on this for a class in college.

No joke.

And "Pop" gets cheered by fans at the Igloo during the Pizza Hut Hot Seat:

Max Talbot yells POP for the fans


Petr Sykora says "POP YEEEEAH!"

Jeffe Taffe is from the Midwest and calls it pop

But then, in a surprising move Pittsburgh's own Ryan Malone calls it soda.

Ok, I'm a total loser.

lauren_hbg said...

I can't even stand this anymore... I didn't go to work today because I was seriously THAT excited about going to the game - leaving Harrisburg in like 15 minutes, ahhhhh!

Firstplayoffgameeverblog

BlacknGold66 said...

@Lis: If you happen to catch this even though you've already left.

The Mellon Park parking garage on I believe 5th or 6th (accross the street from the William Penn hotel) has $5 parking and is in easy walking distance to the Igloo.

Vanessa Day said...

Vanessa=Laughing. I just looked up "YINZER" on urban dictionary and started cracking up.

There's even an article on Wikipedia about it.

Never heard that one... see how isolated I am!?!

Great work by blackngold66 on the history of Pop. That's amazing.

I am almost slap happy now. I am not getting anything done at work and being a huge bitch to everyone who walks through the door just because I want to race home and turn on the tv.

For the millionth time: Why don't I live in Pittsburgh?

aahhhhh.

&hearts

Carroll said...

It is called pop in Canada.

On the Pens site they have Pizza Hut interviews with the players and they always ask them if they call it pop or soda. Who knew it was such a popular question.

Stoosh said...

If I remember correctly, the Petr Sykora Q&A thing that BNG66 is must-see TV. I was there for a game where they ran it, and I'm not sure if Sykora is just goofy or if the kid is high all the time.

I think I used to call it "pop". Now I just refer to it by either "Coke" or "Pepsi".

JJ said...

Does anyone know any websites that I can watch the game on tonight? I dont get versus and if i dont see this game i might die.

PLEASE HELP

Katie said...

@thenwchica and vanessa day

I'm in Portland, OR, home of the Winterhawks.

How stupid of me to not even think of that excuse. I have a meeting with my boss in an hour and I'll start laying the groundwork -- complaining of cramps, excusing myself for the restroon, extreme crankiness, etc....

I was also being asked to remove my Gary Roberts for President sign from my door because it's "political". When I pointed out that 1) I have a constitutional right to display a political sign in the workplace showing my support for a candidate so long as I am not actively campaigning or trying to persuade other employees; and 2) that Gary Roberts is a members of the Penguins and the sign clearly has the Stanley Cup on it and is not a political sign, all I got was a blank stare and a huh? The people here seem to care only about bicycles, recycling and "visioning". Bleck!

Also, I still say pop, despite living in central PA for almost 10 years. It's nice to be somewhere where pop is accepted.

Pensgirl said...

I gotcher "Orange Crush" right here.

Katie, dear, "womanly issues." This is the playoffs - time to lie about injuries and exploit every advantage to achieve the ultimate goal. ;)

TheNWChica said...

@katie: *waves down I-5* I hope your boy Mucha, or Mookie as we affectionately call him, gets some support next season. I felt bad for the poor boy a lot of nights.

Johnny Wrath said...

Last night, the fans in Detroit were shocking. No noise, no sustainment. Nothing. Tonight, we may have to ask Hal Gill to help open the dome. Detroit is going to have to hand over the "Hockeytown" handle. Hell, tonight is when Minnesota realizes that its only the self-proclaimed State of Hockey, especially since we're also cleaning up in the series with the Phantoms.

This rivalry is 30ish years old, and maybe the Canadian media won't ever respect it as much as their beloved "Battle of Alberta", but they need to do some research before making the predictions I've seen. I'm becoming a journalist if these trends continue into the Stanley Cup Finals™.

Finally, on ESPN, the pundits chose a cheesesteak over a Primanti's in a color article. Some fanboy allows that most people in the US wouldn't know what a Primanti's was, while a cheesesteak was World famous. He also created a clever similitude about Olympic divers and closed mills.

The moderator wouldn't allow my post regarding said similitude, but I hope you'll appreciate the content;

"That was a clever similitude. Is that because the first Public library in the U.S. was in Philadelphia? The first University and first Art school?

I don't need to tell you that there are reasons for things. As long as we're discussing what most U.S. citizens will tell you, they know what a cheesesteak is and where it comes from because Philadelphia's status as a historic and cultural center has been ruined by its' bitter inhabitants; the perennial fattest city contenders.

Perhaps you will appreciate Pittsburgh more when it's thriving health care industry is treating Philadelphia's pulmonary embolism".

Vanessa Day said...

@ Katie: SELL IT!!!!!! Male bosses don't even want to hear words like that, it will totally work.


T minus 5 hours.

Pensgirl said...

The last word on pop vs soda. Be sure to check out the map.

DeCeV said...


You stay classy, Philadelphia

Pensgirl said...

*Slow clap for Johnny Wrath*

Minnesota can keep State of Hockey though. PA's the Commonwealth of Hockey (suck it Massachusetts).

coffeytalk said...

dying alive-

we do sit so close to another! I am d23 row j!!

i will look for you and you do the same. I am also a bottled red head

Vanessa Day said...

@PensGirl

Awesome. I can't believe someone would actually research that!

Katie said...

@thenwchica

*waving back up I-5*. The Hawks are going through a bad spell right now. New ownership group sucks. When I first moved here in 2005, it was much better.

@thenwchica, vanessa day and pensgirl

Thanks for the advice...ooooo, I think I feel a major migraine coming on.... (guess it will help sell it if I run out of my office to the ladies, right after posting)

Matt said...

Wow - an academic discussion of soda vs. pop, and several Magnetic Fields references. Interesting thread.

Since we have all these out-of-towners and Pittsburgh diaspora people on here, I'll throw out a random question:

Are you (or do you know of anyone who is) a Pens fan in DC looking to go to Game 3 on Sunday night? I have two tickets, one of which I hope to use, but the other one of which is available.

I plan to drive up Sunday afternoon and then drive back late Sunday night after the game, so having company for the drive is the main reason I'm asking about people traveling this route.

If interested, post here and we'll see if we can work something out.

Sooska said...

@ jj- online versus stream at:

http://channelsurfing.net/watch-versus.html

I didn't make it a link so you can just cut and paste into your browser.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl they sometimes stream the games. look back thru Pensblog posts from the last few games of Round 2 and you will find direct links to online viewing.

Pensgirl said...

Vanessa, linguistic research is huge. CMU has a project dedicated to the study of Pittsburghese.

Stoosh said...

@ Dying Alive -

I just realize you mentioned the ESPN Radio all-day Pens coverage (@ 12:30PM) about a full hour before I did (at 1:30PM).

See, this is what happens when I try to c-blog and work.

HOUSE14 said...

I've never been so useless at work. My brain is pucked. The Barbaroi are going to the South Side after the game to knock around a few Filthadelphians. Anybody heading out for some post game Irons should check it out. Tis not a playoff game until you wake up in the tank!

jefe said...

i said "pop" in massachusetts once. i got the strangest looks. i dont think ive said it since. i think now i just use "non-alcoholic drink", then reel off the specifics.

Sooska said...

pop v soda: as a native of Johnstown but a Pittsburgh resident basically since college I, and all my family, say POP. My husband is from a small town between Jtown and Altoona and he and his family said "soda." Seemed in that area a few miles north of Jtown toward Altoona it was a mixed bag of both pop and soda. Don't know exactly where the line is but whereever it is that's where Western PA ends and Alabama begins.

racheleyos said...

anyone heading down to the lawn? i'll be wearing my homemade "let's go pens" white tee with the pens logo with wwgrd written in the middle... i'm still working on the back lol.

let's go pens!!!! yeppppp in our white tee's we break a flyers back oh i think they like that.

Sooska said...

pop v soda again-my cousins live in the Baltimore area and they use "coke" as a generic term like pop or soda.

racheleyos said...

sooska- that's funny you say that, i go to college in johnstown (pitt-johnstown) and ive heard a lot of pops, but some soda's....guess it depends on where the people are coming from.

Sooska said...

@ racheleyos - hey I'm a UPJer too! so is my husband!

hmm johnny wrath- that's quite interesting that they said noone would know what a Primantis is. I wonder what the millions of the Steeler Nation world wide would have to say about that? I bet more pole know a Primantis than a cheesesteak. Steeler Nation is largely Penguins Nation too when you are living away from Mecca. what bullshit. Thanks for the report. A++

Sooska said...

@ racheleyos - hey I'm a UPJer too! so is my husband!

hmm johnny wrath- that's quite interesting that they said noone would know what a Primantis is. I wonder what the millions of the Steeler Nation world wide would have to say about that. Steeler Nation is largely Penguins Nation too when you are living away from Mecca. what bullshit. Thanks for the report. A++

Pensgirl said...

Matt, I live in Baltimore...

BlacknGold66 said...

that's where Western PA ends and Alabama begins.

Haha! That's classic and so true.



@JJ: If you know how to use P2P sites then THIS is where you want to go.

I too don't have Versus so that website is a lifesaver. You can adjust the window to fit your screen as opposed to just watching that 1 inch by 1 inch screen on other sites.

wilsmith said...

I live in a strange area right on the border of soda and pop, so I never know what to say. I say one, get a weird look, and say the other.

I'm glad someone brought up that map of pop v soda, now find the one that compares it to presidential elections. It's mentioned in some weird book I have, I know there's a map out there somewhere.

Spencemo said...

OK, I'm going to try this again... My first attempt got the bird from Blogger...

Soda vs. Pop: I'm about an hour SE of BNG66 and I call it soda...

R.E.M. Blog: Not a big fan of Orange Crush, but I love Everybody Hurts & Losing My Religion.

RedHeadBlog: Yep, I'm a bottle redhead too...I could save a bitchload of money if I could just convince my hair to grow this color...ugh.

Pensgirl said...

Sooska, I don't buy the "nobody knows Primanti Bros." crap either. They show the damn cheesesteak on the broadcast of every home Steelers game in between 50YO footage of steel mills and overuses of the word "confluence."

JYo said...

Seemed in that area a few miles north of Jtown toward Altoona it was a mixed bag of both pop and soda.
What town is he from? I contend they were in the minority by using soda or their town was a soda pocket in pop land. I grew up 45 minutes north of Altoona and it is definitely pop country.

@matt: I know a big Pens fan that lives just south of Alexandria. If you are still looking, I can ask him if he is interested.

coffeytalk said...

alrighty c-blog.

I'll be down at the igloo around 4:30-5ish.

east lot. above the handicap rope-off. francis # 9 jersey.

come say hi.

dr. turk and stoosh know the drill.

GO PENS!

BlacknGold66 said...

This just in...

I'm going to Pittsburgh tonight!

Call me crazy for spending that much money on gas when we don't even have tickets...

...but it sure as shit beats trying to watch the game on the computer.

Besides... this is the playoffs for Gary's sake!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!

I am freaking jacked right now!

Tailgateblog anyone?

dying alive said...

@coffeytalk - wow, small world! Or at least, small arena. My friend and I are in seats 9-10. I have the darker hair. I will look for you!

@jonny wrath - I also noticed how quiet it was in Detroit last night. Seemed like there were a lot of empty seats, too. I guess super pricey tickets + an economy as depressed as the one in Detroit will do that. We definitely don't have to worry about that here. As loud as it was at times vs. the Sens and the Rags, I can't even imagine how loud it's going to be against Philly. I don't think Gill will need to help with opening the dome. I'd be more worried about the building collapsing. I swear I saw the balconies swaying after Hossa's OT goal. And great response about the closed mills/olympic diving thing. It both amuses and amazes me when people play the steel mill card. Pittsburgh hasn't been about steel for several decades now. As you say, we're now treating their diseases in our world-class, superior hospitals.

@ stoosh - I've been listening on and off since 10. Usually I can just put on headphones at work and nobody bothers me, but today people are actually calling and asking me questions. Even clients. Ugh, like I have time for them today.

Question: in what other hockey blog on the web will you find words like "embolism" and "diaspora" not only used, but used appropriately? Uneducated hicks indeed.

coffeytalk said...

YeS BNG66!!!!

Do It!

jefe said...

What would GARY ROBERTS do
If he was here right now,
He'd make a plan
And he'd follow through,
That's what GARY ROBERTS'd do.

When GARY ROBERTS was in the olympics,
Skating for the gold,
He did two sow cows and a triple lutz,
While wearing a blind fold.

When GARY ROBERTS was in the alps,
Fighting grizzly bears,
He used his magical fire breath,
And saved the maidens fair.

So what would GARY ROBERTS do
If he were here today,
I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two,
That's what GARY ROBERTS'd do.

When GARY ROBERTS travelled through time to the year 3010,
He fought the evil robot kings
and saved the human race again!

JYo said...

You can adjust the window to fit your screen as opposed to just watching that 1 inch by 1 inch screen on other sites.

On most of those sites, the feed will go full screen if you double click the small screen. Just an FYI if you are stuck on any of the other feeds for any reason.

Sooska said...
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Sooska said...

@ jyo - Portage. It's an old little coal mining town when coal mining was still done. It's about 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Eastern European(Slovak, Polish mainly.)Might be an ESL thing too since most all residents are second or third gen Americans. Might be who/where the parents or gparents learned English.

BlacknGold66 said...

@Coffeytalk: I'll probably be in a grey Pens hoodie or my Lemieux jersey with Ms. BNG66 in her blue pens fleece.

If you see a jackass with a dirty yellow Pens hat... that's me.

dying alive said...

My ex was from Oklahoma and they also used "Coke" as a generic term for pop. It was so weird hearing people refer to it as "Coke" when what they really wanted was a Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb, because they only seemed to get generic Dr. Pepper down there).

Oh, and bottle redheads ftw!

PO said...

@jefe

well played

brian boitano has nothing on GR

DeCeV said...

jefe,

I like it. If I had the energy I'd put Gary's head on top of Brian Boitano (sp?) in that clip, because that sounds awesome.

Vanessa Day said...

@Jefe: Thank you for making new lyrics to that song. That is the first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear/see/think WWGRD.

I thought I was the only one.

&hearts

PO said...

the only thing that could trump the GR-Boitano song would be a parody of "Kyle's Mom is a Big Fat Bitch" with a flyer(or j.stevens) thrown in there

Adrienne said...

Good read. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08130/880449-61.stm

Parents looking for role models need look no further. The Penguins are thick with them. These guys aren't packing guns, they're not getting arrested, they're not being sought for child support payments, they're not demanding to be traded. They are the anti-modern day athlete, and no one exemplifies that more than the team's best player, Sidney Crosby.

This was the longest week ever for me. I've been dying for Pens hockey and it's finally here. YAY!

LETS GO PENS!

FFJewbacca said...

As a life-long, diehard Flyers fan I have to say that the fat-guy wearing a sweater with a unicorn's head made to look like the Flying P is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Good luck and good hockey.

DeCeV said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll,

Briere's wife is a big fat bitch she's the biggest bitch in the whole wide world....

etc.

Matt said...

@pensgirl - so I think you were first up. Do you want to go? I'm only looking for face value on the ticket, and would pay for gas and tolls, etc. The travel would be a tight turnaround time -- probably leaving DC/Balto at about 1 or 2, then getting back at who knows what hour -- between 2 and 3 a.m., I would hope. (Barring overtime.)

I've done up and back in the same day before for Steeler games, but never for a night game, so it will definitely get late.

@jyo - would be interested in the Alexandria friend on the same terms, pending pensgirl's response.

@dying alive - the uneducated hick stereotypes and the dirty steel town cliches always kill me too. Also, I don't know how the Magnetic Fields came up, but the other bands in your music profile are amazing too. Has anyone else noticed how the music at the arena is far hipper and far more diverse than the country they play at Steeler games and the classic rock they pump out at PNC?

Stoosh said...

@ Po -

What about "A Flyers Fan is a Big Fat Bitch"? We could make that work.

******

Some Flyers fan jobber just called Madden's show and tried to rationalize (amazing...I didn't know they could do that) that the Flyers wouldn't take stupid penalty after stupid penalty after stupid penalty because it's going to be an emotional series and they've told themselves they need to be disciplined.

Ri-i-i-i-i-i-ight.

And I keep thinking back to that 4-2 Pens win on April 2. That was the one where the Flyers said over and over and over in the media leading up to the game that they needed to do the same exact thing. And what happened? It might as well been a Flyers-themed Mardi Gras parade to the penalty box. Hartnell himself took two or three bad penalties in that one.

They just can't help themselves.

Whistler said...

The minor league hockey team that I work for has a message board and on it has been a thread about the Wales Conf. Finals(!).

Since I live in hell, (EASTERN, PA), most of the fans are Flyers fans. They have been jobbing back and forth about Crosby being a whiner. They can't seem to think that anyone else plays for the team.

I got fed up and laid this smackdown!!

Oh I have hatred alright.. It's called the Philadelphia Flyers. Everyone who knows me knows my feelings about that team. It hasn't changed and never will.

It's not about defending Crosby. It has become popular opinion to bash Crosby. Lemmings, I tell you. They think that they're so cool or so original, but you know what? It's not. If he was on your team those same fans that have been whining would be creaming their collective shorts (remember those passed around draws from Goodwill?!?) on a nightly basis thanking God for being so blessed and so beautiful.

You don't see Pens fans up in arms over the diving antics of Richards or Jagr or other teams that they face. In fact, I've never seen more whining from a fan base then I have from Flyers fans. This quote sums it up beautifully...

As a representative of the criminal kicking nation of Philadelphians, I can say, without fail, that Philadelphians do NOT want a championship. That sounds like a crazy theory, but let me explain. We love to complain. There is nothing we like better to do than piss and moan. Philadelphians pride themselves on being angry and bitter. We're the dump between New York and Washington. We're not happy to say that we have one the highest violent crime rates per capita in the nation, but it makes us feel good to know that New Yorkers and D.C.'ers don't feel 100% safe in our city. We like the fact that we are reviled amongst other cities because our fans are "too rough" or "too drunk" or "too violent" or "too homophobic". We eat that stuff up. We are like the underdog of major cities. We carry a large chip on our shoulders because of the fact that we aren't exactly the most well liked town because some members of the national media have blown the perception that all Philly fans want to do is boo, eat cheesesteaks, throw snowballs and batteries, and fistfight nancy, front-running Cowboys fans in our own private hell way out of proportion. We haven't won a professional championship in 25 years, and our hearts have hardened and blackened.

In the end, yes, we are angry and bitter. We like to complain. Why? Because it's one of the few things we do well and we love to do it. And because we think that you complaining about our complaining makes you look foolish and egotistical.

Complaining: It's a Philadelphia thing. You wouldn't understand.

Pens fans have lived through the lean years. We have a baseball team that hasn't had a winning season in 16 years. Our hockey team almost moved. We had to endure year after year of AHL quality teams while teams like the Flyers have thrown ungodly sums of money at semi-talented players hoping that they could host Lord Stanley's cup.

If anyone has a right to whine it would be us, but do we? No. We support our team no matter what the breaks. If we lose, we lose. It's not the refs fault or some other matter out of our control.

It's the defense of team that we love dearly. Defense of a city that has embraced all their sports team no matter what with class and dignity.

You can say what you want. In fact, go ahead and continue down the path that is well travelled. The Flyers have played the best they can at this point regardless of who they have face. It's gonna be a great series. Nothing else could be further from the truth.

LET'S GO PENS! WWGRD!

JYo said...

@sooska: I think you just described half (or more) of the small towns in western PA. It would be interesting to know how the pop v. soda use crept into each town.

Whistler said...

@dying alive..

LOVE your musical taste!!

*high fives DA!*

Pensgirl said...

Dying Alive, the "coke" thing started in Atlanta (natch). I didn't realize how far that one had spread. It really doesn't make sense outside of Georgia, does it?

Adrienne, I read that this morning - part of me loves the idea of the Pens unseating the Stillers, but part of me shudders at the thought of the Pens ever being widely whined and obsessed about the way the Steelers are now.

Jewbacca, it's always nice to see someone with a sense of humor about their team. Good game, sir.

Matt, I'm in. The thought of not getting to a playoff game this year was killing me! Also, and this is serious business - nobody in my family has ever attended a playoff loss. Not ever once, including in a do-or-die elimination game in '92. Win, win, always win. So wear your lucky britches, sprinkle your magic dust, do whatever you gotta do to bring the good luck because that streak is very precious.

Sooska said...

@ jyo- HA! true.

JYo said...

@matt: The ticket could be a bit rich for his blood anyway, but I'll be around the blog so if your other plans fall through, I'll ask him for you.

dying alive said...

@Matt - I hear a lot of Muse at the arena, and I've been surprised by some other stuff as well. I actually heard They Might Be Giants at a playoff game last year. Even though we lost the game, it made me smile.

dying alive said...

@whistler - Thanks! I had no idea that cbloggers had such good taste in music or I'd have added stuff to my profile long ago.

HOUSE14 said...

Anyone else feel that it is total bullshit that they won't let us bring beer to the lawn? This is Pittsburgh god damn it.

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