Friday, October 31, 2008

Gamenight: Semin Explodes On Crosby.

By now everyone has read this Alexander Semin job on Crosby. [Puck Daddy]

"What's so special about [Crosby]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Patrick Kane from Chicago ... [Kane] is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb."

"I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star. Especially if he scores 100 points. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill. Let's say you put someone in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in, and he scored 50 goals; everyone will say "Wow!" and then hand him a $10 million per year contract. That's what they like here. "


Imagine you've been dating some girl for two years. Then some hot girl is chilling somewhere else, and someone asks you who you think is hotter. What are you going to say? If Semin was on the Pens, Ovechkin would be feeling Semin's wrath. What a boring controversy. But, hey, the Pens suck right now, and this is all we got.

Semin makes some points, and if you read a little into the words, it isn't exactly scathing. In fact, this is the best thing that could have happened. What fun is it to have respect all the time? We want Crosby to score four goals next time he plays the Caps and and point at Semin on the bench or something.

Semin isn't wrong to say Crosby isn't interesting. But who cares about that.
Whether you like him or not. Bing is a solid hockey player; 100 points just don't fall oninto your lap. Semin, if he has the chance, and he should, will be getting some hype soon.If that hype means giving interviews like this, we say bring it.

Malkin is better than both of them anyway.



As for Gamenight.

Not a lot to pick from, but there is some quality.


We're going with a two-team parlay in these two games.
First the over of 5.5 in the Blackhawks /Stars game, and the Canucks to cover by +1.5

Do it.

Go Pens


Flyer Hater said...

"Malkin is better than both of them anyway."


TheFandangler said...

Semin = good sniper...

Semin also = butt water.

meecrofilm said...

Pesonen just got called up. Probabaly means that Bing is out for tomorrow.


meecrofilm said...

Oh, and per the Trib..

Defenseman Brooks Orpik is battling a head cold. He joins a list of several players to get sick with a virus strain similar to the one that afflicted Crosby a few weeks back

Not at all an excuse by any means, but it's obviously a bit tougher to play hockey when you've got a head cold.

And Semin can go masturbate into his own mouth.

Flyer Hater said...

"Not at all an excuse by any means, but it's obviously a bit tougher to play hockey when you've got a head cold."

Pens still aren't making the playoffs.

debrisslide said...

If Crosby and Dupes are out long-term, I think I might cry a little.

Pesonen will kill people though.

*puts on Pelimies*

Alex said...

Someone better save the "Pens aren't making the playoffs" comment. How do you come to that conclusion 11 games into the season...?

bfyalkowski22 said...

At least Semin waited three years until he actually did something in the league before he said anything.

debrisslide said...

"Pens aren't making the playoffs" is an old joke, alex.

hardyboys0 said...

We need a poll.

If the penguins can only keep crosby OR malkin, who would you keep?

I think Crosby makes the team better so thats one vote for Bing.
Also unless his ankle is broken or something, crosby is always "on" while malkin can get lost at times.

Semin should stop talking about scoring 100 points until he does it his fucking self.

Tyler said...

What a childish headline. What a bunch of childish comments.

NickZ3535 said...

wow ok Tyler. Go away then.

Annie said...

You must be very new, Tyler.

thenetranger56 said...

Alexander Semin - early favorite for Jake Wheatley Award?

The Goon Blogger said...

Lol at fh getting jobbed at for being fair weather. Classic.


The Goon Blogger said...

So, meecro, where did you see Peso got called up? I didn't see it on the Trib, PPG, or Pens site.

ylinkyphrost1025 said...

on they said the WBS announcers said Janne was called up

dying alive said...

Who's Alexander Semin?

Rage said...

wow...people here who are newer than me? awesomeness..


Okay, I've been waitin a minute to be able to say that to anybody watchin the college game on NHL-N?


Rage said...

@D.A.- Didn't he invent the tarpaulin or something like that?

Rage said...

Stiller related but sweeeeet:

m3at3tarian said...

5-2 chicago
definitely won that bet

joosh1500 said...

he was just a dick that whole interview...not just about crosby

The Goon Blogger said...


That name is so Pittsburgh it has its own blog.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

So dude went from making 15 bucks an hour to a minimum paycheck in the NFL? Wow.

I've always thought that the "Flyer Hater quote" should have its' own T-shirt in thePensBlog store. I'd sport it. I miss that phrase.

Holy hell the chicken biscuit at Sheetz is crazy delicious.

Wait just a it Halloween? What the heck am I doing in front of a computer then?!? Oh...

Semin poked the sleeping bear.

No other time in history will that sentence exist.

KaylaJ said...

i knew it! i just knew it! ever since they've said Peso was going to the WBS Pens i said he'll get called up the day before they come down here! oh well, at least i still got to see the WBS Pens win, but odd to see Taffe score

aunt penny said...

We're just barely onto the season........It appears Semin was a bit premature...........

MikeS said...

Semin is still a douche.

Allison said...

Ok, that whole Semin interview, he comes across as a dick. A total ass. I'd be equally as disgruntled if say, Malkin, were to give an interview saying he thought Igilna had no skills or talent. I don't care what team a player is on, respect them for their abilities. That's just bullshit to say Crosby has no great skills. I don't know if Semin dislikes him personally, or if he's anti-Canadian or something, but he must have serious perception issues if he thinks Crosby is lacking in the skills department.

Sometimes I wonder if it's possible for humans to act any stupider. Or actually, to say more retarded things.
Semin per the article on Puck Daddy-"The fastest I ever drove? About 160. Ovechkin and I were actually driving together on a highway at 1 AM. He was in his car and I was in mine." OK, I don't know what you guys feel, but that statement kinda screams "racing" to me. Now, here's an exerpt from this year's The Hockey News Year Book-"Ovechkin...thinks about his older brother, Sergei, who was killed in a car accident eight years ago". Said Ovechkin,"When he died, it was very hard times for me. I can't remember what I'm doing for three years after he died. I try to remember it...I look at photos and realize I can't remember what I'm doing for three years."

To the brother of someone who was killed in a car accident, at what point does it seem like a good idea to race your best friend at 160 mph at 1 in the morning?

KaylaJ said...

yeah allison, the racing part got me too. i wonder if danny heatley would like to talk to them about speeding?

Allison said...

Yea kaylaJ, I think they could have a real good conversation. Maybe go visit Dan Snyder's grave or something.


And staff, probably your best post title ever.

debrisslide said...

Hahaha, kaylaj. . .jobbing Heatley and Ovechkin in one sentence deserves some kind of major award.

fleuryous said...


Do it. in the butt.

He can open his mouth all he wants, but Sidney Crosby's enormous dick will not fit in it.


Go Pens.

meecrofilm said...

Work in T-minus 6 hours. Fuck.

Semin = doesn't have a clue what's going on. The guy sounds like a total dick. Makes it easier for me to hate him.

If his doucheness starts spreading around the league, bad news for him. Cause he's softer than Mike Richards' asshole. Someone is going to Light. Him. Up.

fleuryous said...

Wonder how pissed Sean Avery is...

well there's always stress shopping to make you feel better, right von Douche?

snickerdoodles said...

Did Semin drink a nice tall glass of hateraid, or what? I wonder if he went back to touching himself after he finished his rant. What a douche.

wilsmith said...

Pesonen doesn't know what he's in for.

T-bag said...

Staff are dicks about Crosby. Pens are probably hooped without him, given how streaky Malkin was last year.

Irregardless of what you think about who is better between Malkin and Crosby, staff are too concerned with portraying themselves as too cool for school, and not concerned enough with showing our captain the love he deserves.

Come on staff, don't let Semin shit all over Bing.


Annie said...

T-bag, did you actually just say "irregardless"?

e.mirchich said...

my one knock on sid is that he plays with such reckless abandon and tries to anticipate the play so much that he just no look backhand passes to the high slot all the time and the puck ends up going the other way more often than not. he is creative as all hell though.

and semin has the right to be talking right now, he's playing out of his mind. tied with geno for league lead in points with two less games played. just sayin'.

by the way, did you see hossa sneak up in the standings? he's third in points now behind the malkin-semin tie for first. he had one absolutely filthy goal the other night on kari lehtonen, just embarrassed the d and lehtonen.

T-bag said...

Annie, yeah I did. I know the word is "regardless", but I like to use irregardless because I think it is much funnier - you know - cause it makes no sense.

Damn grammar police.

Well said, mirchich.

I just think that staff tries too hard to stay neutral with respect to Sid - to avoid the appearance of having their head up Sid's ass - and they don't give him enough credit.

Also, place bets like a man. Jesus.

brett said...

Semin still might be a flash in the pan. He shouldn't open his mouth until he proves himself.

He's never been a + player in the NHL. He was -18 last year with like .6 PPG. You're 10 games into the season and you're gonna get cocky? LOLZ

jason said...

As a Caps fan, you guys aren't wrong. I don't think any Caps fan believes what Semin says about Crosby - I would happily take him any day. He is an elite player, period.

As for Semin, the guy doesn't really speak English (at least not to the press) and never gives interviews, so it's fair to say he doesn't really know what he's doing. Hopefully he will learn not to say dumb things to the press. But the guy is playing out of his mind, and is really, really skilled. Something clicked for him in the playoffs last year, and he's not going to fade this year barring injury or something.

Nick said...

Penguins 2nd line tonight:


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