Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Taken off the Penguins thread at HFBoards.com:
" I've been trying to develop a hockey blog about the Penguins this summer. I've got a couple posts, but nothing very interesting, so far.
I read some other Pens blogs, primarily EmptyNetters, Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic, which I like a lot, and Pensblog, which I don't. (No offense intended, but I'm not a 15 year old boy.)
I'd like to do something a little more Pens specific than that, as much as I like it.
Maybe something along the lines of the Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? blog -- only about a team that's considerably less depressing.
If you were a reader or blog writer (or are a blog writer) what would you like to see in a Penguins blog? I keep up with everything Pens related, but I'm 1) currently living in NY state and 2) not a hockey player myself, since there weren't any girls teams when I was growing up in Pgh. This isn't a plea for readers, I just want some suggestions on what would be interesting, and what other blogs I should take a look at.
Thanks, all. "
People don't want to read some terd's opinions. Take that to the bank.
If you're gonna make a blog that just copies and pastes Pens articles from around the internet, you don't know what's going on.
The last thing we would want to do is go to a site and read 5 paragraphs about why a writer knows more about hockey than anyone else.
Empty-Netters doesn't do that.
It's a blog with ties to a major newspaper.
It walks the line brilliantly without being opinionated.
Faceoff-Factor doesn't do that.
We house the same hockey intellect that they do, but they aren't making fun of Big Ben every day.
If you're looking for in-depth Pens analysis, go to Faceoff-Factor.
If you're looking for reader e-mails, YouTubes, and hockey links from around the internet, go to Empty-Netters.
If you live in your parents' basement, come to this blog.
Good luck starting a Penguin blog in 2007. It's a long road.
If you really want to start a blog, start a SteelersHate blog.
Nothing joins people more than a common hatred.
And you can only imagine how many people in the USA hate the Steelers.
A lot of junk in commentorblog about this or that blog replicating ours.
All we can say is that we are just a bunch of morons who are lucky to even get up in the morning.
We could care less about it.
You know what they say:
If you can't take the heat...
Get off Al Gore's Internet.
Any Penguin blog that gets started during our existence (as Empty-Netters, Faceoff-Factor, and GuinsBlog already know), will have to face a couple jobs from us early in their infancy.
If you take our job seriously, you shouldn't be at a computer.
Anyways, you talk boring hockey-news days, you talk July 30, 2007.
The only big deal was a news story that broke, talking about the NHL and ESPN being in talks to bring hockey back to the worldwide leader of homos.
" A return to ESPN could boost the league’s profile on the network’s news shows. According to an ESPN study of its 1 a.m. “SportsCenter” program, the show featured 29 fewer minutes of NHL coverage in March 2007 than in March 2004, the last year ESPN aired NHL games. That amounts to a 28 percent decline in hockey’s allotment of airtime, ESPN ombudsman Le Anne
Schreiber wrote in May. "
In semi-related Penguin news,
Michel Ouellet had this to say in an interview:
BL.com: You scored 11 of your 19 goals last season on the power play. Where do you see yourself contributing most with the Lightning and what do you feel makes you so successful on the power play?
MO: With Pittsburgh I had a chance to play right in front of the net and that’s where maybe 75 percent of my goals were scored. If you’re not around the net, you won’t get those rebounds and it’s going to be tougher to score some goals. With the Lightning, hopefully I’m going to have a chance to be around that net again and to create some scoring chances.
Two things to look forward to this season:
1. Booing Michel Ouellet.
2. Drinking yourself into a coma after Ouellet rattles off 3 goals in 5 seconds to beat the Penguins.
One good thing about the offseason is that you get a chance to catch up on some bad TV.
And if you like bad TV, you will love "The KillPoint" on Spike.
Good ol' Market Square.
Which, without the usual cast of the homeless, crazy meth addicts and general street trash, doesn't have its charming look.
Second of all it has Donnie Wahlberg as a policeman, John Leguizamo as the bad guy and the guy who was the jigsaw killer as the mayor of Pittsburgh.
Basically other than the Pirates, it is the worst show in town.
But we can get past this.
If they could just do some things different it would be heading for Emmy City.
Here are our suggestions.
- Even if it means sacrificing the storyline, Have Gary Roberts make a guest appearance that somehow involves him becoming the main character, and killing everyone with a stare, a lighter and bottom of Vladimir Voka.
- Have a failed siege on the bank, that leaves a veteran SWAT leader on the brink of death.
- SWAT leader: John Fedko
- Switch the real life Mayor (Ravenstahl) and the fake Mayor (Jigsaw).
- Let John Leguizamo reprise his role as "Tybalt" from the 1996 " Romeo & Juliet"
- To torture the bank robbers, the police will play any song by the Clarks over loud speakers.
- At least one joke per episode about Big Ben getting picked off.
- A picture of Mario Lemiuex has to flash across the screen before every 30 seconds.
- Jean Claude makes a guest appearance, only to get his own reality spin-off series about him working at Primanti brothers.
- Have the bank robbers accidentally shoot special hostage negotiator Jake Wheatley.
- In the series finale Mark Eaton blocks a gunshot with his teeth, enabling Gary Roberts to pick the bank up and throw it into the Ohio River. Everyone drowns. Pens win the cup.
Penguins training camp:
Steelers training camp:
Picture: Big Ben's only completion of the day.
There girls probably run Herpesblog.
How big of a baby is Whines Ward?
"It's been happening all day," Ward said. "You do it one time, OK, but you don't keep letting it happen and happen. And if the coaches aren't going to say something about it, then, [heck], maybe a player has to say something about it.
"We're on the same team. We're not the opponent."
Game. Set. Match.
A Winter in the Sun
February 22, 2007
T-Bo. T-Bo. Pens WIN.
When was the last time a Penguins team rode a once-backup goalie to the playoffs?
If Thibault doesn't start against Tampa on Sunday, there's something wrong.
It's safe to say that we can now afford to trade Fleury.
Make it happen, Shero.
What? How can you jump to conclusions that fast?
Welcome to world of the overblown Penguin-goalie carousel.
Huge third period.
And, well, if you weren't holding your breath every time Florida took a shot in the third, then you aren't built for playoff hockey. T-Bo was money when he had to be.
Everything changed with five minutes left.
The play starts going back and forth, and Crosby gets nabbed with a high-sticking penalty.
The Pens penalty-kill unit comes onto the ice with the game on the line.
Maxime Talbot flops around like a fish, blocking shots.
There was a better chance of the Red Cross in downtown Pittsburgh accepting blood from Magic Johnson than one of Florida's shots getting through during that powerplay.
The penalty is killed off, then a delay-of-game penalty against Florida puts us on the powerplay towards the end of the third and into overtime.
Gary Roberts was clearly trying to fix the game so that the Pens would trade for him.
It definitely felt like we would capitalize on the 4-on-3.
The only definite thing to say is that the Pens 4-man unit would be the last thing I'd want to see in overtime if I was another team.
The Pens don't capitalize, but never fear.
Soon thereafter, Ryan Whitney springs Colby Armstrong and Maxime Lemieux on a 2-on-1.
Colby glides towards the net with more patience than Cedars-Sinai.
Countdown to opening night:
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