Thursday, August 14, 2008

An Arena Runs Through It

August is balls.

But today there is some good news.
Actually great news.

The Penguins will be breaking ground for the arena in little under an hour.[]

The ceremony is open to the public.

Who will get the picture of 66 with a shovel?

Programming note as well, Fox Sports has some good specials on the Arena.

Check out their facebook page for listings. [FSN]


We're about to post a picture of what Eklund looks like. [E5]

Thanks to [Twomom] for this unreal find.

According to [The Hockey Herald] here is a picture of the man, the myth, the joke.

As the Herald points out, ask yourself would you really believe someone who looks like that?

Where was this picture taken?
Why so serious?


This is one of the most disturbing things you will want to watch.

Some dude at the Olympics gets his life messed up:

Thank to Mike at [Kiss Fm]

How solid are those signs the Chinese hold up to protect the injured?


[One Of Them Nights. PENS LOSE.]
4 - 1

The good news?
If we did our math right, Conklin will be showing up in NHL leaderboards today.

2.14 GAA
.934 SV%

Other than that, you pretty much felt like McGruff the crime dog when he brought his bong to some grade school by mistake.

ou didn't think much about it when it happened, but Malkin went down to block a shot and didn't even care about at least covering his face. Dude.

Staal lost his stick on the PK, but the Pens manage to get out of that mess.

It took the Thrashers a few minutes, but they finally were able to put Kovalchuk at the left point and set him up for a one-timer.


Remember when Kovalchuk pointed at the Pens bench?
It is Ruutu's job to go find him and give him an extra little nudge.
Not to injure the guy, but just to say: don't do that again.

Kovalchuk tries to get away from the check, but Ruutu's knee hits Kovy's knee.

No one wants to see anyone hurt.
But the Penguins don't want to see anyone showing them up.
Don't be stupid.


One thing of note"
Atlanta PD issued a search party for Marian Hossa.

Everyone wants him, but is he even good?
Unless the Penguins are planning to do magic shows with disappearing acts, they should not trade for him.


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[Michael W]
"Pittsburgh has a great team, great people, great organization. I had to compare the two teams, and there's a little better chance to win the Cup in Detroit. I had a great time with Sid and playing on the power play with Geno [Evgeni Malkin], but the team in Detroit is something special. I know it's a short term, but we never talked about a one-year [deal] with Pittsburgh. We just talked about a long-term deal. I totally believe Detroit has the kind of team that can win it again."
--Hossa 3:16--


Go Pens


RedWings said...

You're kidding me. Am I first?

LOLgwins said...

Everyone wants him, but is he even good?
Unless the Penguins are planning to do magic shows with disappearing acts, they should not trade for him.



RedWings said...

And by the way, if that is the real Eklund, can you imagine what Mrs. Blechlund looks like?

JYo said...

I have to disagree with the motivational poster today. Downie has being a douchebag down to a science. He ain't doin' nothin' wrong there.

JYo said...

Flashblog is looking pretty awesome too. I haven't had time to keep up with comments lately, so sorry if this was already discussed, but the stats portion of flashblog is outstanding!

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

To those going to the groundbreaking, some flickr would be huge. And staff, whoever emails you the first good pic of Buries it with a shovel should get a free piece of merchandise from storeblog.

And wouldn't you know it dying alive and p.o., I had a dip in while looking at this post and almost swallowed it when I saw the McGruff ps with the bong. That probably would have led to projectile vomiting onto the monitor.

christina said...

there's just something about watching an elbow be dislocated, repeatedly, in slow motion.........

66 will bury it in approx. 24 minutes.

Max Power said...

That weight lifting video was hilarious. I can't look up youtube videos on my work cpu, but if someone is bored they should check out 1996 olympic javelin first round. Some poor SOB is standing in the field not paying attention when he gets a javelin just under his shoulderblade and it pops out the other side just under his ribs.

P.O. said...

dipping alone would lead me to projectile vomit

btumpak said...

puke on the arm snap - i hope we do that to hossa

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Is that really Eklund? Or is it 90's one-hit wonder Edwin McCain? Anyone with a pageboy haircut begs for a beating.

And I noticed something interesting, the fact that a Pittsburgh professional athlete with jersey #66, considered one of the best at his position for many years around these parts, moved on to "greener" pastures, only to be replaced by a player that was behind him on the depth chart. His jersey #? 68. I can only wonder how long it'll be until Chris Kemoeatu feels he is "dying alive" and gets traded to the Redskins for three no-names.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

p.o., i'm trying to quit this nasty habit, but sometimes I need a lil' something.

When I was in field med school, there were packets of folger's instant coffee in our MRE's. Not having any hot water, I used them as dip. Not for the feint at heart. Or semi-intelligent.

P.O. said...

jonny v

that reminds me of a guy i went to college with who had the great idea of pouring 151 proof vodka into his skoal can and then putting a pinch in... his bottom lip turned purple.. GENIOUS!!

J.S. said...

from what I've been reading most of the morning, that is the real Eklund.

reveals he's a touring musician who "has played street hockey". NJDJester, who I think is PuckDaddy (how's that for detective work? ;) ), also makes mention of his changed resume. He used to say that he worked for two teams and for the NHL itself, but he changed that after the lockout.

a very lengthy look at how Eklund is a fraud

I'm getting jobbed today. Yeah, I get most of the afternoon off, but work is having me come back in to run a 10 minute test at around 8-9 tonight. Yeah, nothing like doing that in the middle of the Steeler game. Then again, I have to find a place around here that has NFL Network.

Brett said...

sick, sick video, and not in a good way. When a guy like that cries out in pain, that's some serious hurt. Probably would kill any of us outright.

was anybody else watchin around midnight last night, when that dude fell off the gymnastic rings? he all flipped around like a rag doll.. it looked awesome and he only got whiplash a lil, and did the rest of the events so its all good to say it looked 'super awesome'.

blueline said...

When the Chinese came up to shield the athlete's injury from the crowd, I swear that I was having flashbacks to Eight Belles being euthanized at the Derby.

Any truth to the rumor that the Chinese euthanized him there?

J.S. said...

@jonnyv, thanks, I couldn't figure out that guy's name.

I kept on looking up Edgar 90s singer on google, and couldn't find anything.

Dan said...

eklund = the yanni/kenny g of bloggers

debrisslide said...

66 with a shovel is going to be my new default LiveJournal icon. If no picture turns up I will = stunned.

Dan said...

max - someone may bet me i can't eat 53 donuts in one day, which would be the 12000 calories michael phelps eats. this can be done.

debrisslide said...

@brett - I saw the men's gymnastics final. It was really disappointing. Artemev owning the pommel horse deserved a medal alone. And that guy falling off the rings was very frightening--I thought for sure he was going to land on his head and break his neck or something.

Lady Jaye said...

I'm a wuss... I can't watch the Olympics video for fear of being grossed out for life. :)

I wish I could go to the ground breaking. I will be disappointed if there are no awesome pics.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

I couldn't eat 53 donuts in one month. You should drink a gallon of milk with them. Now that would be impressive.

There will be a picture of 66 with a shovel for the newspapers and such debrisslide. Funny feeling Onnierotto and our young mayor will have to be cropped out though.

J.S., I wouldn't have remembered his name either if I never watched the "I love the..." shows on VH1. Girls that found out what he actually looked like after hearing his song = collective stunned.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Stone Cold stunned

Victor Raison said...

August is stealing my soul.

The Olympics aren't even helping. They are like weed to a crack addict.

I no longer have faith that football will quell the cravings.

How long until you get used to the delirium tremens?

Dan said...

johnny - i'm partially lactose intolerant, and milk is what does me in. otherwise, that's a bet i'd consider.

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

Eklund looks like that evil old chick from the Goonies.

Pensgirl said...

Brett, I saw that rings fall. The guy had real presence of mind to immediately let go of the other ring because he could have pulled his shoulder right the hell out and/or ripped a muscle if he'd have held on. It was bad enough but it coulda been so much worse.

Debrisslide, Sasha Artemev is in the pommel event finals. I'm so proud of that kid for what he's done so far, so I'm rooting even harder than normal for him. He's responsible for holding onto the team bronze, so I'd love to see him get an individual recognition too. And that routine is just an absolute work of art.

Is it just me, or does Eklund look like Tom Wilkinson's dumpy, loser kid brother?

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Dan said...

p.o. posted video earlier, this is a picture

i vote yes

stvmacd said...

66 buries it.

P.O. said...


dig a little deeper in google images and you will find she did a calender in 2007... i think we will be seeing alot more of her in the coming years (hopefully alot less of her clothes)

Flyer Hater said...

Man I was so right, I'm awesome.

Dan said...

p.o. - note to self - when i get home, google the name of that girl from that country i can't spell. also, erin andrews, because you can never go wrong.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

There's a youtube of alicia sacromone kicking some dudes ass at a college party i hear...

P.O. said...


the paraguay javelin all-star makes erin andrews look like something off of flavor of love

shawnawwwesome said...

Sweet. Mario and I wear the same thing to do shoveling.

Flyer Hater said...


dying alive said...

Not to say that isn't Eklund, but I know I've seen that picture somewhere before. Have we ruled out the singers of all of the 80s metal bands?

P.O. said...

anyone know where i can buy bags for cornhole? i have a set of boards but i need new bags... big cookout this weekend and id like to get them asap.. thanks

Dan said...

p.o. - please never ever ever ever EVER speak of any ill will towards goddess andrews ever again, i may have a conniption fit otherwise. i will marry her someday.........

dying alive said...

I hesitate to even suggest this because the jokes are just too easy, but have you tried checking Dick's for cornhole bags?

P.O. said...

dying alive

i got the ones from dicks for the last cookout and they arent made of the duck canvas material that normal bags are made from.. they are made to be played with the cheapo plastic boards, not the homemade wooden ones... i need the 14-16oz duck canvas stiched bags and was hoping someone knew of a place locally i could get them

BlacknGold66 said...

@p.o.: These bags are sure to fall apart around mid-October

P.O. said...


yea those are terrible... a girl i know has the steelers set like that and the bags are filled with sand or something

Dan said...

cleveland browns cornhole - comes with AIDS

Dan said...

charlie has a cornhole you can use

it was just too easy

Victor Raison said...

Haha, dan. Well played.

jefe penguino said...

darn i wanted to watch the groundbreaking on the arena cam. sleeping was fun though.

"bean bag toss" > "cornhole"


Dan said...

i'm a week late on this question, anyone go to the music festival this past weekend in the southside? i missed it cause of vacation unfortunately.

dying alive said...

I had never heard bean bag toss referred to as cornhole until I started dating someone who lives in Ohio. Apparently cornhole is a big deal there.

Brandon L said...

As soon as I saw that Olympic video, I had to think, "Typical Communist government, something goes wrong and they immediately send out young people with signs to cover it up."

Vapour Trail said...

Long time lurker, first time poster...

That Eklund pic looks a lot like Piggy from Voivod to me.

Susan Burghart said...

So.... Ecklund is the Momma they wanted to throw from the train?


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