Friday, December 29, 2006

Warning: The gayness emanating from this post may make your computer crash.

It was one of the more boring news days of the Pensblog era, until this broke.

Huge sitdown next Thursday between Lemieux, Rendell, Onorato, and 18 year-old Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Get it done, fellas.

I love the headline of the Post-Gazette:

"Lemieux agrees to meeting with Rendell"

Two letters were written; one by Mario, and one by the three amigos.

"It is essential for the future of this franchise that we negotiate an arena deal that makes economic sense for the long term." -- Mario Lemieux

"We believe the time has come for those [arena financing] discussions to begin and to proceed in an expeditious manner, as we would like to complete negotiations on a financial plan by no later than March 31, 2007." -- Larry, Curly, and Ho-moe

My only question is... who writes letters anymore? I thought the whole letter-writing went out the window in the 1800's.

Picture: A mail carrier delivers Mario Lemieux's letter to City Hall.

But other than that, it's been a jobber day, and that makes a semi-Kelly Clarkson-themed recap a piece of cake.

--First things first, though. We have a beef with FSN Pittsburgh.
We have got to do something about the camera angles.
We're not telling anyone how to do their jobs because we are more than content to be able to catch every Pens game on TV.
We have been quiet about this for long enough.

Too many times this year, we have missed scoring chances when the puck is in the corner and the camera switches to a close-up. And here's the thing. As Penguins fans, we firmly believe if we see a scoring chance that we can will the puck into the net. I felt robbed when we didn't get a chance to see Thorburn's one-timer from Staal in Wednesday's game. If we see that scoring chance, the puck goes in.

Here is what we mean:

I don't need a close up of this when someone is about to accept the pass in front of the net.
Keep it simple, FSN.
Don't make us call up Abe Zapruder from Wilkes-Barre.

Clutch camerawork.


--- Here's a little column from Dave Molinari at the Post-Gazette...
Only big thing in there is the news that Eaton is aiming to be back in the lineup by early February.

--- The Senators' Mike Fisher suffered a partially torn MCL. Man, I really wish we hadn't used up our Dany Heatley allowance for the month of December.

--- The Pensblog commenters, including us, are starting to curiously look at the enigma that is Evgeni Malkin.
He falls at least once a game for no reason at all. He goes on scoring tears and then proceeds to falter.
Nevertheless, if you are somehow disappointed in Malkin's performance this year, then wow.

Behind These Hazel Eyes is a young man still adjusting to life in the NHL.

---- Rory Fitzpatrick falling in the Western Conference voting.


Flyers squeak past the Lightning 4-3. They were up 3-1 late in the second when Sami Kapanen grabbed the puck and scored the eventual game-winning goal on a...

Bre-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-k Awa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y

In the battle between the two teams that play 8 games a week, the Sabres were looking for attention, not another question. The Canes had to walk away with a 4-1 defeat.

OK, that's enough Kelly Clarkson references...
This isn't homoblog.

The Red Wings smoked the Blue Jackets 7-4....
The nets in this game were used more than Kristin Cavalleri at a party in Hollywood on any given night.

" How To Be a 'D' celebrity and Be Happy About It "
A new book by Kristin Cavalleri...slut

This post goes down in the anals, I mean annals, of gay blog posts.

Kings over the Oilers 7-4...
If you want a recap of that game, mouse over to No Pun Intended.

One late game: Sharks and Coyotes tied at 2.

Huge game for the Pens tomorrow, and what a atmosphere it will be with the crazy Maple Leaf fans in town.
If you're going to the game, look for me (Derek). I'll be running around, taking pictures with Leafs fans.


Anonymous said...

haha are you guys on crack? New reader here, great blog!

Scott said...

I love the 3 amigos...u should have called them the 3 amigas to challenge their manhood until they get the deal done...cant wait for tomorrows game

Anonymous said...

plain and simple, we need a freakin win!


Colcloughs Hands said...

maybe uncle sergei needs to keep evgeni out of the vodka before the game

Adam said...

Nope, we aren't on crack.

i didnt want to devote more Photoshop time into changing the "o" to an "a".

huge game tonight.

Stoosh said...

Some kinda-sorta quick thoughts...

1. The news of the meeting between Mario and the elected officials has to be some of the better news we've heard in a couple of weeks regarding the future of the franchise. I figured they'd meet, but I didn't expect it to be quite this soon. And I had to like the optimistic tone that Lemieux took in his letter, as it was reported by the P-G and Trib today.

2. Tonight's game should be fun. Should be a lot of energy in the arena as the Toronto fans are sure to make things interesting. More on this in a minute...

3. Interesting stuff of the preview page...Apparently, the last time the Leafs lost at Mellon was November of 2001. They've won eight straight in Pittsburgh. Impressive until you consider the fact that this streak began with Toronto's 5-2 win on April 12, 2002. By then, Craig Patrick had already commenced the early stages of the Great Penguins Roster Purge (first season without Jagr and Lang, and that was the year Mario injured his hip in the preseason game at Wilkes-Barre). So basically the rest of those Toronto wins would've come against those AHL-caliber teams the Pens were fielding from the 2002-2004 seasons. Wasn't the Mike Wilson Era a wonderful time to be a Pens fan?

4. Toronto's been crappy on the road recently. We've just been plain crappy recently. Something's gotta give.

5. Darcy Tucker. Jarkko Ruutu. Could be fun.

6. Oh order for that to be fun, Ruutu would actually have to get ice time. Nevermind.

7. tells us that Andrew Raycroft is 5-1 with a GAA of 1.99 against the Pens over his career. Unfortunately for Toronto, JS Aubin is starting tonight. Maybe Shero will do everything he can to make sure Tom Barrasso gets a seat right behind the Toronto goal for the entire game.

8. I was at the Pens-Toronto game last December. Kaberle scored in OT to give the Leafs a 3-2 win, and that capped off what was a pretty intense third period both on the ice and in the stands (Leafs fans were out in full force). I also bought my Crosby jersey at the arena before the game started and naturally wore it during the game. I'm walking out of the arena with a couple of my friends, pretty much disgusted by the end result. As we exit the arena, some teenage twerp in a Gretzky Team Canada jersey pushes past me, turns around and screams "Sid might be The Kid, but Matt Stajan is THE MAAAAAAAN," and runs away with his cadre of Leafs fans.

The day I admit Matt Stajan is better than Sidney Crosby is the day I turn in my Official Hockey Fan Card. Just goes to show that hailing from Canada doesn't guarantee knowledge of the game of hockey.

Colcloughs Hands said...

yeah im sure hed be saying the same thing if sid was a leaf too.....stajan is the man

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked the arena talk isn't being conducted via telegraph. Apparently, we aren't working with Marconi fans.

Mario taking the team back into his control was the best sign for the Pens staying in Pittsburgh, if he wanted to move the team he would have taken Baldsilly's check.

Great blog though, I am a new fan.


Colcloughs Hands said...

the meeting is being conducted by carrier pidgeon

Colcloughs Hands said...

that is a sweet dark side of the moon pic at the top of the page

Adam said...

Great list, Stoosh. That was a great read during lunch today.

I can't believe I hadn't made that Dark Side till now.

Anonymous said...

I have the NHL Centerice Package and I watch a lot of hockey. There is no doubt the Canadian broadcasts are far superior than any I've seen produced by U.S. television. This includes the play-by-play and color commentary. All of the FSN broadcasts are the same. They must have template they follow and boring is the approach.

Anonymous said...

if they had mike lange, FSN broadcasts would be anything by boring.


Anonymous said...

but boring*


hyzdufan said...
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hyzdufan said...

The signature of Ed Rendell on the letter at the PG's website...

Makes me feel real confident to see how child-like it is in appearance, hoping it's not synonymous with his intelligence and business practices.

hyzdufan said...

Oh...and did anyone just catch Savran on FSN? Shelly Anderson is a friggin' she-dog.

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