Thursday, September 4, 2008

Expect More

With August over, we've survived the summer months. Maybe some of you out there got a tan, maybe some had a nice vacation. Great.

The postseason was long enough ago that it feels as if you very well may have been watching new Seinfeld episodes before tuning in to game six. But not long enough to erase the bitter taste from how the season ended.

We’re beginning to toe a line where we stop talking about last season, or the draft, or free agency, and we start talking about this season. Let the hyperbole begin.


[ Spector ]

Already talking heads are chiming in on the Penguins chances in 2009. They are saying how magically the run was last year, and how things really aligned. They are talking like Crosby strolled out of a 7-11, pulled a quarter out of his pocket and scratched off three treasure chests.
And most of all they are talking about how hard it’ll be for them to repeat. Expect less they say.



[ Puck Daddy ]

That’s fair. Anyone who has watched a team lose 50 games and end their season in early spring knows last season was something different.

And it’s safe. There are some new names in the locker room. More than a couple guys bought one-way tickets to other cities. You’re gonna see a different team take the ice. But if there is anything we are not here at the Pensblog, it’s safe. We stand under trees during lightning storms. We are exposed to the sun for an extended amount of time without sun screen. We quietly scoff behind danger's back.

Expect less?

14 postseason victories ain’t too shabby. In fact, it’s pretty close. But this isn’t horse shoes. This isn’t hand grenades.

We say expect more.

More than a few good teams got better this offseason. And if they want to crown teams in August, let them crown ‘em. But unless they’ve got white gloves and are being escorted by a short goofy looking guy, some hack writer from the “We-Don’t-Give-A-Flying-F Daily” doesn’t hand out the Stanley Cup.


Stoosh, tell the nice kids out there how many days we got left.

49 comments:

Nature Boy said...

First WOOOOOOOOOO

The Big K said...

Fuck. 2nd. Again.

God damn it.

coffeytalk said...

oh stoosh, you make my mornings get better and better...

mmmk1989 said...

Penguins Center Ice circle won the tornament over at icethetics.

woooooo

shawnawwwesome said...

I hope Mario held on to that shovel, to clean up all the BS being written about the upcoming season.

Ja' Red said...

i'm a little hurt that my picture of sean avery and the motivational words of

"In 30 days...
Vogue Interns take the ice" didn't make the cut

tough crowds.

Dan said...

YAHOO HOCKEY IS NOW LIVE

email inmyrvm@yahoo.com if you want to play. i'll set up a 10 team league. where the hell is doc, i know he'd want to play.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Wayne Arnold where have you gone?

akus said...

Thanks stoosh,
Love the count downers,makes nice wallpaper.

Hmm and looking at the flash schedule, next game is in 16 days.
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if there is anything we are not here at the Pensblog, it’s safe

Amen to that.
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As for the talking heads,blahblahblahwords.

Ja' Red said...

@johny van

Wayne Arnold went where all actors go to die.... Lifetime television for women.

RIP

Angelo said...

Hmm, does that question of 'if no one is in the stands to watch you suck, does that mean you still suck?' apply to the 2001-2006 Penguins?

I cannot wait for the season to start. If anyone has a 360, I do believe they finally released the NHL 09 demo. Go Pens.

P.O. said...

mini plans on sale at 10am

Dr. Turkleton said...

dan...

I'm here.

I'll shoot you an email.

More of a lurker nowadays...following in the footsteps of BNG66 [or was it jonny v?] that said something to the effect of regulars not posting much lately due to the lack of [quality of?] discussable posts...
[if one is looking in cblog for the NHLNet schedule, this seems to be the Hot Spot!]

I did reply to one of your comments...right before jerseyblog hell broke loose...

I was Taffed from participating in cblog for 30 days by Staff because:

•I don't have any material to partake in midget discussions.

• I'm not a card carrying member of the CCoA [Closet Coprophagiacs of America]

• I won't belittle 'writers' who predict the Pens to fall short of going 98 and Oh. [that's 82 regular season wins + 16 in the playoffs for all yinz who found out about the party in mid-Arpril]

• I'm still not upset that [Hossa] signed elsewhere [like I believe he said he would...sign for a Cup™ contender for a discount]...then, gave my 'Thanks' to him for signing elsewhere so that Orpik, MAF and Staal [next year] can stick around and continue being part of the 'Core' that [Hossa] would've broken up if he had signed that ginormous deal King Shero was offering.


dan...

Thanks for the 'E' Road Shout-Out! [not really named for me, but I'm sure part of the same Family Tree, somehow]

Be sure to check out 'my' family farm/barn located on the Turnpike...about .5 mile on the right...past the Irwin Exit if you're heading East [South].


Annie...

from Wed. nite: unintentional Eddie Izzard reference! [I hope jefe mays takes some pics, though!]

[McCain + HMILF]

Dan said...

i drive past that farm/road everyday doc. i saw the name, and thought "wow, they really admire the great doctor around these parts."

Dan said...

i also meant to say i must have missed your comment, i was gone for most of the weekend when jerseyblog unleashed hell.

fleuryous said...

Ja' Red said...

@johny van

Wayne Arnold went where all actors go to die.... Lifetime television for women.

RIP
-------------------------
and to porno, I do believe. haha. Goddamn, Wayne Arnold was foxxy.

That countdown picture is one of the best ones yet.

I'm so committed at this point, I need a straight jacket.

WOO.

AH, SO CLOOOOOOOOOOSE TO SEPTEMBER 20.

P.O. said...

is anyone else on here trying to buy miniplans right now and not able to get on the website?

Dan said...

since you have to be on the list, i'm not trying to buy a mini plan because i can't. they screwed us on tickets last year. dicks.

J.S. said...

from what IMDB says, Eddy Arnold has done a lot of producing for the old WCW and some shitty reality shows like "I want to be a Hilton", "Scott Baio is 45, blah blah blah", and "Hogan Knows Best." For those three reasons alone, I can't back Eddy Arnold even if he has played in a few celebrity games, including one in during the All Star Game in Boston in 96.

J.S. said...

Eddy Arnold = actor from the 50s

Wayne Arnold = dude from Wonder Years.

I fail

jaos said...

PO, we are having the same problem....

P.O. said...

good to hear jaos, i was afraid it was something with the network i am on... i was signed in and ready to go at 10 till and then when i went to pick the plan i wanted the whole thing crashed and now i cant even get the account site up... i called the ticket line and am on hold right now, gonna try doing it over the phone

P.O. said...

jaos (and anyone else trying to get mini plans)

i got through over the phone and there is a problem right now with ticketmaster's website, it is crashing nationally. the best way to make sure you get the 6 pack plan is to call 412 642 7367 and buying them over the phone... i had to call a few times and sit on hold for 10 minutes but in the end it was worth it and i got my seats

jaos said...

my wife and I have been trying but we are getting all circuits busy... my wife said I should have walked to the mellon

Max Power said...

@ jefe

from yesterday

jaos said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo

TheFandangler said...

Jaos, just buy a water pistol paint it black and run into Mellon arena screaming this is bullshit!...

Only be talking about EA's NHL 08 servers. There's no crime there right?

Kierstan said...

Ok, another reference to the last post again, since I missed posting in a timely manner (this is what happens when you can hit the bar when getting off work at 6AM, wooooooo!)...did anyone else laugh uproariously at the ZOOperstars irony that is Snail Earnhardt, Jr., or was that just me after hitting the bar after work at 6AM?

jaos said...

Fandangler

I don't wanna think about nhl08 right now or I'll jump out of the window and splatter all over liberty ave

Max Power said...

Hey dan your "church" is in the news

jaos said...

PO

my wife finally got through. we picked up pack #5, e15.

slush said...

whew, if i never hear "all circuits are busy" again, it will be too soon. thats enough to make someone jump off a bridge.

P.O. said...

jaos

nice work

i got pack #5 also, B20

i already have tickets to the 10/11 and 10/18 games so ill be at 3 of the first 4 games of the year... needless to say im pretty juiced

Dan said...

Followers must be at least 21 years old to participate in the weekly service that starts at midnight on Saturdays.

i'm usually stumbling around a bar at that time, my true church (jesus won't be happy about that one). but only $50? looks like my saturday night is booked!

sh0ez said...

I am highly committed to the Stoosh.

Max Power said...

This is a good one. Yeah there smoking tobacco

Max Power said...

that was to be "they're"
i suck

Dan said...

so are they not selling 6 pack plans to the general public this year? because after the shit they pulled with tickets last year they can shove the waiting list up their ass.

Vern said...

If you want to crown 'em, then crown their ass!

bkuz6219 said...

this may be a little off topic and it may be a little early but so far i secured one tick and that when the wings come to town i was wondering if people would want to print out the hossa two face pics and blow them up? we could get the word out and really show him that we dont apprieciate what he did for but seriously screw him

BlacknGold66 said...

Turk: Jonny V and I share the same thoughts although I'm pretty sure it was he that said it.

But just because I'm posting less doesn't mean that I won't be harassing you throughout the season via text message.


Vern = Dennis Green

brndlynn said...

i know what you mean about the tix dan. I was planning on buying a pack as well and Im not too happy that they wont be available.

Dan said...

oh so they actually did that? we got completely screwed on our half season/full season tickets last year. that's even more bullshit if they aren't offering the packages to the general public.

i've noticed all the regulars have been posting less. sigh. i miss you guys. you always enlightened me.

mikeyaz86 said...

I've never posted a comment before, but I want to let everyone know that I was able to secure a miniplan only a couple minutes ago by calling the Pens on the phone and ordering them. E30, Row L, Package 3

Dan said...

bng, jonny, u guys want in the hockey league?

dying alive said...

I've been posting less as well. Because, you know, it's the ultimate punishment for everyone. Honestly, I just don't have anything to contribute to discussions about midget sex or chit-chatty stuff. I'm not big on chit-chatting, generally speaking. But to each their own, so if I don't have anything to contribute, I just lurk and read. I'm not going to lie, though...I don't miss the days of 1000+ cblog posts.

Do they still make mini-plans available to people who are not on the waiting list? I thought they just did single game tickets these days.

brndlynn said...

new post

RedWings said...
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FrankieP said...

@ dan
you have mail...

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