Friday, August 15, 2008

The House That 66 Built

It is hard to explain.
But sometimes just being a Penguins fan is fun.

How great is it that Jimmerson sang the national anthem yesterday?

For whatever reason, watching this video is as good as it gets.

We will never forget those dark days between December 20, 2006 until March 13, 2007.

It is hard not getting goosebumps about this place:

Buries It


The Goon Blogger said...

66 Buries it.

First City

Let's Go Pens!

brndlynn said...

I had no idea Jimerson sang today. Incredible.

KaylaJ said...

i still think jimmerson looks like dave collier

brndlynn said...

just watched the "new arena porn" as puck daddy called it. the seating looks great. the first game there will be unreal.

Stoosh said...

@ Turk -

A reprint from the previous post as I was typing this while the new post went up...

They'll get Alvarez. Every expert I've read from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (whose opinions on this stuff I'd trust 100,000 times more than that twerp Tim Kurkjian) have said Alvarez will sign, and they haven't even addressed the possibility that he wouldn't. And the price will come down on him as well. Buster Posey - who was expected to be among the highest-ticket draftees - signed with the Giants for about $3-4 million less than what he was allegedly asking. Alvarez will probably come in around that same level.

Outside of Alvarez, the three remaining that I'd love to see them sign are Scheppers (who I think they'll get), 10th-round pick Andrew Gagnon and 26th-round pick Zachary Wilson. I don't expect them to get either Gagnon or Wilson. They're both high school kids, for one thing. Gagnon has a scholarship to Long Beach State. Wilson has a full ride to Arizona State and he's also a Boras client. They both would be better served going to college and then re-entering the draft in a couple of years.

Getting Grossman and Justin Wilson into the fold was a big deal. Grossman could really be a good one. If they come out of this having locked up Alvarez, Scheppers, Wilson and Grossman, that'll be an incredible draft for them.

Flyer Hater said...

Over/Under on how many times the new Buries it picture will be used throughout the season: 10,000

Stoosh said...

@ Brndlynn -

I watched and rewatched that arena fly-through video about ten or fifteen times. In 2010-11, when that arena opens and after I've won $250 million in the lottery, I'm going to ask The Big Guy if he could build me a room in the basement of the arena and let me use the ice whenever I want.

That first game there two years from now is going to be absolute insanity. I was at the home opener for PNC Park and that was nuts, and that was the Pirates (and I love the Pirates, but still).

Walking into that new arena for the first time - after all the emotions that so many of us invested in that process - is going to be absolutely surreal.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Not being a sound engineer or anything, but the layout of the seating looks like it'll make for an extra loud atmosphere.

First round Boras clients have a history of going down to the wire. Alvarez will be at PNC next season. The game tonight was frustrating, bases loaded in the 7th (I believe), no outs. Adam Laroche strikes out, then his little brother bounces into a double play.

Uncle Joey pops up when u least expect him Brandi

I'll take the over on that FH

I Have Kasparaitis said...

Cause everyone's crazy about a sharp dressed man ... Buries It godly in every way, I have an impulse to hug him whenever I see or hear anything Pens related going down. I adore him.

Also because I'm an idiot *sighs and shakes head* and didn't realize the new post ... this is going to be long!!

Brandi: 1-2 ceremony was Lochte gold and silver for Peirsol ... Lochte would be considered the best swimmer in the world if it wasn't for Phelps ... I'm glad he got gold even if he beat out my fav. Peirsol (him and Phelps are practically tied)

I don't care what people say about the Olympics anymore, I get chills watching these athletes and when the national anthem comes on ... Jim Rome has no idea what he's talking about (not that he usually does) ...

Just for the b-day boy (gonna be hard to copy this all because it's not online ... lameblog ... also sorry for any grammatical errors):

"Dropping The Gloves: Pens Prospect Luca Caputi
By Alex Nseir

After losing several prominent forwards to fre agency, the Penguins may look to prospects like Luca Caputi, a 6'2", 184 lb. left wing, chosen in the 4th round of the 2007 NHL Draft. The Pens signed Caputi to a 3-yr. deal enry level contract this April before he played in 19 play-off games for the WBS Baby Pens, recording 4 goals and 4 assists. Caputi scored 51 goals and 60 assists last season for the OHL's Niagara Icedogs. PSR's Alex Nseir sat down w/ Caputi during Pens' prospect camp.

PSR: Did you expect you would be at this pt. in your career so soon?

Caputi:If you asked me after the Draft last yr. I think that was a goal of mine; whether or not I acheived it was really up to me. I didn't think that I was going to have the season I did, to tell you the truth, but I guess that's a testimony to how much I learned when I was here, how I took it back w/me and played throughout the year.

PSR: How did your game change over the past season?

Caputi: I think it was just being more comfortable and more confident w/my game and playing pretty much the same way every night. It's all about making the simple plays and doing the same things every night that makes you successful and I think I did that for the most part.

PSR: How do you feel about joining a young team that many people think is going to be competitive for a long time?

Caputi: I'm just happy to be in an organization that is on the rise and is going in the right direction. It's really thrilling and hopefully I can be a part of it.

PSR: What about possibly playing w/Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?

LC: I can't even begin to tell you how excied I would be to even be in the same room as guys like that. Coming into camp I said I had a lot to prove and that this was a huge summer for me and I'm just going to try to work hard and make it as hard as possible for them to send me to Wilkes-Barre next year.

PSR: How will you train this summer?

LC: I feel I need to be bigger, stronger, and faster in order to play at the next level and I'm going to really focus on that this summer. I want to get quicker, try and build some upper body strength so that I don't get pushed around and just overall get stronger.

PSR: Who are your hockey idols?

LC: I used used to always like Doug Gilmour growing up as a kid. He's probably my favorite player of all time. He was a guy that played hard every night, played for the crest on the front of the jersey, and that's what I want to do.

PSR: Is there any play after whom you model your game?

LC: I would probably want to play more like a Ryan Malone type of game - good along the walls, good in the corners, make offensive plays, play sound defense.

*tears up* I think I like you, Caputi ... you are going to be a fav. of mine now *smiles* Damn, they know how to get me to like them, mention a fav. player of mine they want to play like and I'm there for them ... *laughs*

Stoosh said...

@ IHK -



Two people who have the seats next to ours next year (we're taking about 10 of my brother-in-law's and sister-in-law's seats) are WB/S transplants, and one of them always wears one of probably ten different WB/S jerseys he has. I've always wanted to get one, and given that Caputi will likely be there to start the year, this might be my excuse to pony up.

Joose said...

The new arena looks fantastic and extremely close to the road on one side.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Stoosh!

I Have Kasparaitis said...

Stoosh: Glad you liked the article *smiles* Happy Birthday!!

The Pittsburgh Sports Report is decent ... nice articles from there about all Pitt sports teams. Nice article on Thomas from Fox Chapel as well.

TheNWChica said...

Happy Birfday Stooshie!

Julia said...

That video was all business. . . so freaking excited.

& happy birthday stoosh!

curtO. said...

Those pictures are beautiful. Just the thought of the new arena beginning is beautiful. Today is beautiful.

Happy Birthay Stoosh. Oh, it's my birthday too...Ain't that some sh!t...

eileenover said...

Happy Birthday to both of you!

Anthony said...

Awesome video. I'm from Jersey, and have never had the privilege or means to make it out to the Burgh, but this season I'm planning a trip out there with a couple friends to see a game in the Igloo before she's put down.

I look forward to making it out there for a game in the new arena soon after it's built, as well. GO PENS.

brndlynn said...

Happy Birthday Curto!

and stoosh I hope you got my message on facebook.

Rico Fatty said...

I dont know if its just me, but doesnt the inside of the new arena look way too white and clean?
How can hockey be played in such a bright, clean building?

PittHockey said...

I can't wait to photoshop that later today

Ryan said...

How are they going to fill all those seats when theyre playing in Kansas City?

Stoosh said...

@ Brndlynn -


Got the message!

dying alive said...

How are they going to fill all those seats when theyre playing in Kansas City?

Just when we all started to think that there weren't any original jokes left, along comes ryan.

Sooska said...
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Sooska said...

Happy Birthday Stoosh and curto!! May all your Penguins Dreams come true!

I feel like it has been a really long, long time since the last game. And there is still a long time until the first one.

Another great anthem pic - who knew Jimerson would be there? What a great beginning to the season and the rest of our hockey lives.

When I saw the photo of 66 with the shovel-well, you can imagine. It's a sign. a bat signal type sign. Photoshops do come true.

@kaspar - great find- that interview is money. can you do me a favor and email me? the email address is in my profile. Unless you are on Facebook you can catch up to me there-I need to ask you a question.

8/15/2008 8:28 AM

Michael said...

Its even more exciting if you mute the cheesy music on the video and play "The Boys of Winter." Goosebumpsblog.


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