Saturday, August 18, 2007

So it is a humid mid-August friday night.
And did you ever think.
What the hell ever happened to John Leclair?

We aren't going anywhere with this.
It just makes you wonder.
FSN will carry at least 70 Penguins games

at least 36 games will be in HD
Steelers play tomorrow night

God only knows what is about to happen here.
Great idea Steve from Denver brought up.
Who is the biggest douche is hockey past or present.
We are going to compile a big list.
A front runner will be Pat Verbeek.
Mainly for taking this picture:

What an asshole.
You can find that shirt in the "poor as balls" section of Gabes.
Winter in Sun
Game #77
March 27, 2007

4 - 3

Kind of fitting that we clinch our first playoff berth since 2001 with a come-from-behind win over the Washington Capitals.

Solid uniforms.
The color scheme is returning for 07-08.
If you don't think the Washington team's color scheme should be the America's red-white-and-blue, you're a mess.

We are told at the top of the broadcast that a Pens win puts them in the playoffs.
No crazy tiebreakers and crap.
Win and in.

About 5 minutes in, Semin explodes all over MAF's face.
Ovechkin sets him up with a pretty pass in front, and Semin takes his time before burying it past Fleury.

Five minutes after that, Boy Gordon from Culture Club scores on a trash rebound goal to make it 2-0 Caps.

The Pens don't know what's going on and call timeout.
While everyone including Olaf Kolzig was watching them and waiting for them to fight, Therrien calls the Whitney Play (TM). Malone sets it up.

Besides Caps' owner Ted Leonsis posing for pictures with fans, the rest of the second period was mud.

Picture: Morgan Rodgers poses with Cap owner Ted Leonsis during the second period.
4 seconds after this picture was taken, Morgan was covered in whale feces.

The third period was a joke.

It felt like the third period of the Coyotes game.
Okay, no one get injured. Please.
No such luck.
Gary Roberts hurt his leg.
Don't worry -- he will heal himself.
Steigerwald and Errey are just jobbing around, having a good time.

7 minutes left out of nowhere.

Okay. 5 minutes left.

The only thing happening is the Let's Go Pens vs. Let's Go Caps chant battle.

Goal judge.

Orpik wakes everyone up again when he owns some monkey into the boards.
The Capitals are on a power play to finish the game and pull Oli the Goalie.

Fleury gets interfered with on a Washington goal.
What a blatant interference penalty.
If a game in the playoffs is lost because of a no-call like that, science help whoever that ref is.

The Capitals get together for one last chance:

Picture: Head coach Glen Hanlon lays out some possible vacation spots for A.O. to watch the playoffs from.

Gonch clears the puck.
Caps job around.

Pens are in the playoffs jack.

Loser Chris said...

I have a real good feeling about this postseason. Anyone else see the parallels between the Pens and last year's Hurricanes?

What a mistake



wilsmith said...

I have my own ice hockey playoffs tomorrow. Cant wait.
We also clinched with a come-from-behind victory over the Caps.

canaanmakesfood said...

greatest. entry. title. ever.

canaanmakesfood said...

"We are about to begin one of the most exciting seasons of hockey on FSN"

Tello, you are so correct.

Jeff said...

Man... what a day. Clinching the playoffs was huge. We had GameDayChat by that point, didn't we? I remember making fun of Mats Sundin or something...

Ming the Merciless said...

My vote for biggest d-bag is Sea Bass

And in case yinz missed it in my post a few days ago in the comments section that was vaporized to Saturn's moons, I was on the board at and they were talking about buying the new sweaters. Someone on there pointed out that giant eagle is offering double fuel perk points for giftcards, and they have a NHL Shop one. So if you plan on buying any shwag, u should do what I say. Or I'll blow the dark side of the moon up.

Ming the Merciless said...

And keeping with the spirit of the title of tonight's post, a public service announcement...

Drugs are bad, mmmmkayy?

Hooks Orpik said...

I was at this game.....Wearing my 1991 Stanley Cup t-shirt, which, as you could imagine is growing threadbare.

As I got increasingly more drunk, which corresponded with the Pens comeback win, an older gentleman (probably 60-65 years old, maybe CapsNut) told me to talk to him when the Penguins won a Cup "this century".

My instant response, "Tell me when you win one, PERIOD."

Obviously he had no response, so I laughed in his face. There were a bunch of kids around so I wasn't going to break it down for unruly language.

But then I may or may not have told the old man to go die in his sleep.

PS Brooks Orpik checked Brashear so bad; Brashear = stunned. Most don't have the balls to even look at Big Brash (for good reason) but Orps leveled him, which triggered the "fight" against Laraque. Still, there's no doubt BGL can whoop "The Don's" ass and will do so in the future.

Capitals fans (and their team) are so pathetic it's amazing living amonst them. I can't wait until Ovechkin (already frustrated) demands a trade,

Hooks Orpik said...

By the way I was about 3 rows up from the fans you can see in the picture of the Gonchar celebration.

Clinching a playoff spot while those assholes were setting up tee times, what a glorious night that was to be alive.

Jeff said...

My vote for D-bag of the year:

Mike "Bad Newz" Vick

Barrasso35 said...

Biggest Douche? Wayne Gretzky.

Joshua said...

Jagr was a pretty big douche near the end of his run in Pittsburgh.

Kenny Melvin said...

I'm not voting for Jagr, if you're one of the greatest players in franchise history you don't get a vote. Can't wait for hockey season, I should be getting my HDTV sometime in September.

Don K. Show said...

Biggest douche? Since we can't include Fedko, I'm gonna have to say Claude Lemieux.

and when did the revision of Fedko's wiki entry start? "Fedko is a devoted Gary Roberts fan" and "turned to Gary in college"? Good stuff.

the general said...

the fedko video from thursday, with the 3 prank calls = gold.... solid gold

he gets my vote for duesche of the year.

p.s. whats the deal with the new jersey's? are the pens getting that gay ass logo posted a week ago? can i still wear my billy tibbetts jersey? haha yes im kidding

Don K. Show said...

I thought I read somewhere that the eye used on the official site doesn't match up with the cartoonish penguin that you're talking about.

Kenny Melvin said...

No general those jerseys are completely fake. Look at MAF's new helmet, it has the same skating Penguin on it.

brendan said...

I think it's obvious who the biggest douche in hockey past and present is, and that, my friends, is adam graves...i still feel a little throw up in my throat when his name is mentioned.

canaanmakesfood said...

can we call this the 'don cherry' award?

Steve In Denver said...

So many douches, so few characters in your message without looking like a freak.

I was trying to think back to when I first started going to Pens games, but you guys are probably too young to remember, so now I'm trying to think of more current ones. And you have to consider coaches, gm's, etc too I guess. And commentators. Ugh.
Here goes: Brett Hull, Ray Ferrarro, Tom Barrasso, Ed Belfour, Derian Hatcher, Wayne the Stain Gretzky, Tie Domi, Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Keenan, ESPN, VS, Toronto War Room, Claude Lemieux, Claude Lemieux, Claude Lemieux, The NHLPA lead guy that screwed the players in the collective bargaining deal. I guess I'll stop there.

Glad to see commenterblog back. Thanks guys!

canaanmakesfood said...

"toronto war room"

Jason said...

the weird thing about adam graves is that apparently off the ice he's an extremely solid person. hes won awards for charity work and other community service projects... but that doesnt change the past, and in my book, he'll always be a douche

Kenny Melvin said...

Tom Barrasso was a pretty good dude for most of his time here in Pittsburgh. The last few years things all went to hell because of his daughter's illness.

I think we're forgetting two mighty douches from the same team: Mike Milbury and Cam Neely.

Ming the Merciless said...

I said Sea Bass already dipshit

Kenny Melvin said...
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Kenny Melvin said...

Sorry Ming, i've programmed myself to ignore your worthless comments.

Jeff, I thought you were done with the pensblog? That lasted long.

Ian said...

Okay, breaking news!

On the pregame show for the steelers game, Pomp was talking about "Position Battles" and said (exact quote) "one of those in the running for the Running Back positions is the Steelers leading rusher in the preseason...Gary Roberts"

No joke on the quote. Pomp however, is a joke.

Kenny Melvin said...

Ian, you completely made that up. That's just too good to be true.

Ian said...

Is anyone else watching the pregame show? It definitely just happened. He meant to say Gary Russell but he said Gary Roberts.

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

Ian said...

Is anyone else watching the pregame show? It definitely just happened. He meant to say Gary Russell but he said Gary Roberts.

8/18/2007 7:52 PM

Nuh-uh. Gary Roberts is in the running for one of the positions.

He's in the running for every position in athletics.

He's that damn good.

Kenny Melvin said...

I've been thinking about this for awhile, I wonder if Gary Roberts knows about the whole thing with him in. It would be great if he actually knew about it.

Kenny Melvin said...

Remember the 06 world cup where that French guy headed someone on the Italian team in the finals? Well the Italian finally revealed what Zidane said, "I prefer that your whore is your sister"


Tiffany said...

Hmm...where did Leclair disappear to??

Anywho...creepy, but awesome photoshop!
If someone could make one with Iceburgh owning Steely McHardon, that would be glorious.

Barrasso35, the thought of calling Fedko crossed my mind, but I got nothin'. [shrugging shoulders] Besides, Pompeani seems to be doing a good job?

& Wilsmith, why?? ;-)

Jeff said...
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Stanley P. Kachowski said...

First, of course GR knows about the whole GR thing. He is all-knowing. For even wondering that, your are doomed.

Second, the specific insult from the WC is old news.

Third, Tiff, that is no photoshop with Steely McBeam. That is an actual baby-terrifying (terrification?) in progress. It's from the PG today. Rumor is the baby was for the North Shore slots casino and the Rooneys sent McBeam to deal with it. Dicks.

Barrasso35 said...

Melvin, you can call Tom Barrasso a douche if you want but whatever he's like in person, he was fucking clutch on the ice and Pittsburgh has two rings to prove it... though, I suppose, the argument could be made that he's the reason they don't have four (93 & 96.)

I'll just let your words make my argument, though:

if you're one of the greatest players in franchise history you don't get a vote

Name anyone Pittsburgh put between the pipes that's as good as Barrasso was.

1984 - Calder Trophy
1984 - Vezina Trophy
Most NHL assists by a goaltender
Most NHL points by a goaltender
Second winningest US-born goaltender

I'd say he rates as one of the greatest.

I miss gamedaychat... shit, I miss game days.

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

"though, I suppose, the argument could be made that he's the reason they don't have four (93 & 96.)"

Yes, that argument could be made. And lost.

Barrasso was a dick the last half of his time here, off the ice. But he was an elite goaltender on the ice. Yeah, he wasn't very accomodating towards young goalies coming up (see P. Lalime), but by all other accounts, he was at least in the lockerroom.

The points and assists by a goaltender don't do much for me. That's an inconsequential record for goaltenders. However, it is indicative of the bigger point: He was an awesome puck handler. And a few of those assists came on very important goals.

Barrasso was money. Yes, he let in some bad goals, some in key situations, over the course of his time here. No dispute.

But he remains a key, maybe THE key, component of their Cup teams and, IMO, the greatest goalie in franchise history.

Kenny Melvin said...

Barrasso, I didn't nominated Tommy as a douche. I actually defended him. I don't know what you're reading.

Tiffany said...
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Tiffany said...

Stanley P,
Hahaha oops! Let's just blame that on Bartles & Jaymes...

& if no one's nominated him to the list of douchebags already...Hal Gill.

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

Holy Shit.

They still make Bartles and Jaymes?

They thank you for your support.

Tiffany said...

Haha yeah, except the kind in my system are flavored malt coolers. (~_~)


Stoosh said...

Stoosh's Douchbaggery Awards go to:

10. Bryan Marchment - when the only real thing you bring to the game is the propensity for knee-to-knee hits, guess what? You're a douche.

9. Shane Churla - perhaps if you weren't such a douche, well...then we would never have had "the mother of all elbows."

8. Petr Nedved - douche when he played for the Canucks; douche when he held out with the Pens, although his douchebaggery with the Pens ultimately brought us Kovalev, so I can't complain.

7. Brendan Witt - Here's Brendan...

modeling the new Isles' jersey and searching the horizon for his career.

6. Brad Ference - last seen getting his ass beat by Mario.

5. Bryan McCabe - whines so much on the ice, I had to do a double-take to make sure it wasn't Bryan Murray out there on skates.

4. Claude Lemieux - goes without saying. No one did a better job of blatantly violating rules and then looking around like he couldn't believe the refs called him for a penalty. And on top of that, he turtled when he was confronted in the revenge game and forced his teammates to fight his battles for him.

3. Jason Blake - couldn't BELIEVE he was still on the board.

2. Sean Avery - let's face it. If Avery hadn't landed with the Kings and started dating Elisha Cuthbert, no one in the NHL would know who he was, just like when he played in Detroit. And when you think and act like you're a lot better than you actually are and your present team says so in your arbitration hearings, you're a douche.

1. Eric Lindros - Look, concussions are no laughing matter and Eric the Underachieving has had so many, he's lucky he's not eating his lunches through a straw. But for all the hype and all the promise and all the just leaves you wondering what could've been if he and his father hadn't been such a douche from Day One (and ask the Soo Greyhounds if there was precedent for the stunt he pulled with the Nords). As a Pens fan, I'm glad we never saw it.

But hey, Colorado thanks you for that Cup.

I'd also like to extend a pre-emptive Douchebaggery award to Flyer-in-training Steve Downie. If anyone has seen this clown play in the OHL, we're in for a treat. He makes Sean Avery look like Ron Francis.

Stoosh said...

Sorry for the length of that post.

Can someone email me with hyperlink instructions?

Thanks, yinz.

wilsmith said...

You watch it tiff?

It's probably still stuck in your head.

Staff said...

haha stoosh..
that is as solid as it gets

Tiffany said...

Hahaha I did, Wilsmith. And yes it is, along with Amy Winehouse's "Rehab"'ll all pay! (^_~)

LovesThePens said...

Wow, I did it.

Was Saturday a good night?


Kenny Melvin said...

I guess the pensblog is too busy watching the democratic debate to make a post today.



wilsmith said...


canaanregulatesblog said...

adam, im better than you

jay kay

i love you.

Jason said...

i guess one of the benefits of not having commentorblog is that no one can bitch when you miss a post.

Staff said...

hahhaa nothing to post last night.

Can't force it, we may need a weekend editor.

Kenny Melvin said...

Adam, calm down it's a joke. Don't need to come out with the full defensive arsenal.

pbadam said...

you're the joke.

Kenny Melvin said...

Bring it Adam, wooooooo

Don K. Show said...

Stoosh says: "I'd also like to extend a pre-emptive Douchebaggery award to Flyer-in-training Steve Downie. If anyone has seen this clown play in the OHL, we're in for a treat. He makes Sean Avery look like Ron Francis."

LOL, nice. I don't know much about Downie, but what makes level of douchebaggery that much higher than Avery's? He wasn't the one who made the comment about taking Cros out, was he?

and is douchebaggery a word?

Steve In Denver said...

I mentioned Barrasso based on perceived personality. He was ten times less charming than that Arnold on Green Acres.

I agree...he was clutch in those cup runs. Total legend. He stood out in a time when Roy, Belfour, Richter, Vanbiesbrouck, Cujo, etc were all throwing down.

Steely McHardon ... hilarious.

Good list, Stoosh.

I'd also add Mrs. Gretz to the d-bag list...Wayne probably has to coach just to feed her gambling jones. Rich nerds always get worked by hot chicks.

Jeff said...

Adam knows what's up.


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