Monday, December 15, 2008


Consol Energy bought the naming rights to the new arena. PENS



Professional journalists and reporters spent all day butchering the name of the company.
It's not Con-sole. Nobody is being consoled.

It's Con-saul. Con-Staal (Minus "t").
Short for CONSOLidation, as in what they do to coal.

Do some research like (gasp) we did when we wanted to know how to pronounce it.

Guess who pronounced it right:

Pronounce it "Con-sole" and you die.


FreeCandyVan44 said...

haha fair enough punishment for a mispronunciation.


debrisslide said...

Clutterbuck Memorial Gardens.

Do it.

bfyalkowski22 said...

gretzky would have blown it.

btumpak said...


go pens.

coffeytalk said...

Lame-o name-o.

I will forever call it Buries It Arena.

or Club 66

or House-o-Lemieux.

or anything but Consol Energy Center.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

tPB phonetics worked for me!

They supposably started putting the metalwork into the ground this week. And now with it actually having a name, this arena zygote is becoming more of a reality.

It's gonna be crazy when we finally walk into this new building for the first time. I can't wait...


Long Island Pens Fan said...

I like the fact that they put the Mario 66 banner in the rafters in the computer generated video.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

From last post, Lemieux Gardens had been bandied about here and there, also I think I remember someone coming up with Badger Bob Memorial Arena or something to that effect. Call it what you want, at least we'll have it.

...zurrley.. zalumpskeet?? said...


PittHockey said...

As long as it's still at 66 lemieux place

justincredibleh said...

haha this post makes me laugh. i called my dad who works for the mine safety and health administration and i said did you hear con-sole energy won the rights to the new pens arena? he said ummm you mean con-saul energy?

Rage said...

I think if yinz are counting on correct pronunciation, there are gonna be a great many people pissed off a great deal of the time. I'm with coffeytalk. Buries It Place, SHOOOOOOOOOOT Plaza maybe...just about anything else will work

House o' Lemieux sounds most awesome though.

Just sayin

jc said...

Ive been living on the eastern side of the state for about 10 years, and i know they are bankrupt, but i would have loved to have seen an Iron City Beer arena.

sven butenschon said...

is it just me or does David Morehouse look like an older version of Lewis from Revenge of the Nerds????

urban said...



That made my day.

sven butenschon said...

I think it sucks that Consul outbid TPB for the naming rights
We could have been watching games in the "Philly is full of Jobbers Arena"

Dan said...

fuck you.

it's lemieux gardens.

Hip said...

I like the name. Reminds me obviously of the X.

Hopefully the actual arena will too.

coffeytalk said...

dammit, staff. you should have won the bid! Think about walking into:

Unreal Arena

Jobber Gardens

This Center Is In The Greatest Shape Of It's Life


Pensblog Charlies's Hole

Adobe Photoshop Gardens


sven butenschon said...

think of the marketing
they could sell t shirts that say
I got Jobbed @ the Jobber Gardens

coffeytalk said...

let's make that t-shirt happen anyways, sven.


The Goon Blogger said...

Maybe they'll explode the other team's arena before we play them now instead of just their logo.

jefe p said...

i like it. so much better than a 'Bank of New York Mellon' arena. or Arena..

just Consol Center would be fine though.

i suggested Iron City Center way back cause it has a nice ring to it. maybe in 2031..

kstewy16 said...

Buries it arena it shall be.

Sittin here in my Avs jersey watching the game. Wolski just RAPED Osjoke.
Lidstrom sucks.

kstewy16 said...

The Joe is fucking empty. Detroit is such a fucking waste.
There is an 1st row of a glass section EMPTY right to the left of Osjoke.
Speaking of Osjoke, he just let in another goal. Statsny with a high rist shot.

coffeytalk said...

wowzers. Kane took over Hossa over at the All Star Votes.


coffeytalk said...

The Joe should honestly be renamed THE JOKE.

Hockeytown, USA, Go eff yourself.

kstewy16 said...

I suppose we can just wait a few years until the big 3 in Detroit go bankrupt and we will get to see the Winnipeg Red Wings.

johnnylaw said...

Iron City arena would've been sweet. Just think, with Consol we can have black lung night where anyone with a respiratory ailment gets in for half price.

pens fan in philly said...

johnny law, sorry you saw such a crappy game saturday...

did the penguins have to get permission from the washington wildthings for this naming? to bad Falconi wasn't in the woulda been nice to have A&L motor sales get the naming rights

Allison said...

I have no idea how to link to just the video, but I just saw this on my TV. (Play the video on the opening screen)

And I just sat there openmouthed.
I can't make up my mind if I like the commercial, or hate it.
I was seriously stunned

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

suppose we can just wait a few years until the big 3 in Detroit go bankrupt and we will get to see the Winnipeg Red Wings.
Yet another reason I hope there isn't a bailout.

debrisslide said...

I think Lemieux Gardens sounds beautiful. Sexy, even.

Buries It Place definitely needs to be on a t-shirt, though. Stephen S.?

Chubs said...

Arenablog would be all business. And Jobbing Gardens might get confused with the Arena.

kstewy16 said...

@Allison, WTF. They just steal it from us and don't even put the Pirates in the video!!

(I don't think they were in it... I couldn't really tell.)

Just cus the Buccos sucko doesn't mean they shouldn't be included in things!

Alex said...

Flyers crashing Frat Party

IamRyanD said...

@pens fan in philly

haha i can see the press release

"A&L motor sales wins arena naming bid. arena will be called superstar chica chica arena"

sven butenschon said...

@ Allison

Just like there sport

kstewy16 said...


The worst part of a bunch of upper 20's and 30 year old millionaires hanging out at a frat party? Only one of the girls was good looking.

Also, Jeff Carters only picture was with about 18 guys. What a fag.

Allison said...

honestly, the teams didn't even register, I just caught jose reyes at the begining and heard the music. I'm still seriously in shock... I don't care that they didn't include the Pirates, or that they did include my fav team, the mets...COME UP WITH YOUR OWN DAMN COMMERCIAL!

kstewy16 said...

Mats Sundin is going to be signing with the Pens within the next 2 weeks!!

Joke. I'd make fun of him for being old and out of it, but then again, we saw Selanne come back and have 23 points in 26 games last season and 14 goals already this season. But I can guarantee he's not worth the millions that Vancouver wants to pay him.

sven butenschon said...

@ Alex
I think I saw that picture on

SexyChubbs said...

NHL Network right now -

1998 Classic Series - Pens/Habs

meecrofilm said...


That's because Selanne is super-human. On the other hand, Sundin is an overrated waste of space. I don't mean on the ice, necessarily. Just, in general.

kstewy16 said...


LOL. I love it. I guess I should have made it clear I don't think Sundin could even clean Selanne's jock strap, I was just talking about how everyone said he was too old to come back, he was out for too long, so on so on. I was comparing the circumstances more than the players. But either way, I agree Selanne is super human.

I was just reading the posts on LGP of "Sign Sundin" What a joke.

kstewy16 said...

Ugh, I hate the wings. Imagine this, the got a PP goal with Homo's fat ass all up in the blue paint.

Justin said...

66 buries the pronunciation of CONSOL.

Scratch said...

I nominate The Fusebox as the official nickname of C.E.C. Lame, I know. But better than any other real life ideas

Stoosh said...


1. The Fusebox has been being tossed around for about a week or so on some of the other websites, after the news broke last week that Consol was getting the naming rights deal.

2. ESPN Radio 1250 played audio of someone bringing up "The Fusebox" nickname to Sid today and his answer went something like, "The Fusebox? Well, we still have a year or so to come up with something better, eh?"

Why is there this need to bestow a nickname on something within five minutes of its announced existence? Most of the suggestions turn out to be garbage.

The best nicknames are the ones that just happen.

Jon said...

I for one had hoped Honda would have bought the naming rights. Then we could have had the Honda Civic Arena.

Allison said...

ahhh, here I go, for my very first time....
commit to the Stoosh!

(I was waiting for you to say something extra epic that I happened to agree with for my first time lol)

wilsmith said...

Why is there this need to bestow a nickname on something within five minutes of its announced existence? Most of the suggestions turn out to be garbage.

The best nicknames are the ones that just happen.

Should also be applied to player nicknames.

Stoosh said...

Consol, as in Con-Saul.

As in Hudson.

As in Saul Hudson will most definitely fuck your shit up if you mispronounce the name.

Stoosh said...

@ Wilsmith -

It should apply to player nicknames before anything else.

I can remember some of the shit that was tossed around when they drafted Fleury. Some idiot wrapped in a moron called Savran's show and in an accent that just bled "Blawnox", goes, "Hey Stan...I think dey need ta cawl dat new goalie like Snow or somethin'...ya as in Snow Flurry."

Stan didn't even say anything; he just hung up on the guy.

The best ones just happen:

Sid the Kid
USS Hal Gill
Saint Ron
Free Candy
The Igloo
The Shark Tank
Russian Rocket
Mr. Hockey
Donnie Baseball
Teddy Ballgame
Mean Joe
Fast Willie
and yes...even Big Ben (it works)

Nice and simple...nothing too contrived.

We can do a hell of a lot better than "The Fusebox".

kstewy16 said...

Osjoke is soooo terrible. He is seriously a construction cone in net. Wrap him in yellow and white and he's ready to go.

meecrofilm said...

I dunno, I feel like i put a fair amount of time into "Marty Brodouche," but that's probably an anomoly then. Most just happen, I agree.

Stoosh said...

KStewty -

MLB doesn't even know the Pirates exist.

kstewy16 said...


Perhaps the MLB has realized that the Pirates are in fact a AAA team?

Stoosh said...

Meecro -

Ain't nothing wrong with Marty Brodouche. It's nice, simple and direct to the point.

I prefer Uncle Daddy when discussing Brodeur, but that actually takes longer to explain to someone who isn't familiar with Brodeur's history.

Allison said...

honestly, conkblock will forever crack me up

Stoosh said...

They're replaying parts of the press conference from the day Gretzky got traded to LA from Edmonton.

Good crikey, he bawled like a fucking baby at that thing.

meecrofilm said...


I love it. Very nice.

Goes along the lines with me calling Elias "Hepatitis A."

Dr. Turkleton said...

A reminder: you can't spell

CONSOL Energy Center


Recycle Green: No Snot.

CONSOL Energy > Excel Energy...

and in due time, I'm sure our Center will be better than their Center, too.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Stoosh and wilsmith, FTW

Super Mario
Broadway Joe
Maurice "The Rocket" Richard
Raghib "Rocket" Ismael
Air Jordan

meecrofilm said...

Stoosh (again)
Smyth tried to model his breakdown after that, but no one's post-trade cry can trump Gretzky's. He was the greatest in the game at crying after a franchise-altering trade, bar none. So much raw talent there in that area for him.

Dr. Turkleton said...


Cue Rex.


Stoosh said...

@ Allison -

Extra epic? That's awesome.

Commit to the Allison.

fleuryous said...

Mario looks 20 years old. Does he age in reverse? Absolutely unfair...except that he's superhuman, so it works.

"Grumpier Old Men" is on TV right now. Matthau and Lemmon...what a duo.

KrisR said...

Two things:

1. If they can have lightning coming off the top of this building, well, I am all for it.

2. I don't care if it's a Cup final game, if they try any kitschy crap like playing "The Electric Slide" because they are an energy company, I'm out.

nikki said...

osgood is horrible

The Goon Blogger said...

stoosh is laying people out tonight. What an off day preformance.

I watched the Wings and Avs on the Gore instead of Versus in the hopes that I could hear Wings fans bitching. I wasn't let down. Woooo. Raycroft played the game of his life.

Stoosh said...

In all seriousness...

I'm not sure if this has been posted, but if you can watch this without it getting at least a little dusty in whatever room you're in, more power to you.

This hit home a little more for me this year because of everything we went through with my father-in-law back in August, when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Taking trips down to UPMC and seeing this kind of stuff in person leaves you absolutely stunned, to say the least.

Allison said...

I was just committed to, and by none other than the stoosh himself...I'm flabbergasted

The Goon Blogger said...


There's about 5 nurses in my family that all have their horror stories from work. But still stuff like this leaves you stunned. I think it's a good thing to be stunned by things like this though, means we're human, means we care.

fleuryous said...

I cried, not going to lie.

Thanks, stoosh, for that link.

The Pens are unreal human beings.

sven butenschon said...

wow what a video
This team really gets what it means to be a part of the community

Me = Stunned

patrick f. said...

What about something as simple as:

"The Con"

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

In a similar vein, the mystery behind Aaron Smith's missing practice all week before the Giants game was explained in an article yesterday.

Donate blood whenever you have a chance.

Sherm said...


fleuryous said...

Yeah, I heard about that, Jon.

Absolutely terrible.

The fact that he has a son that sick and can perform so well every week...major respect.

Definitely one of my favorite Steelers--what an unreal guy.

His family is in my thoughts/prayers.

Allison said...

@johnny v-
thank you for linking to that article.
I'll admit I got a bit teary eyed.
And while I don't ordinarily care at all about football, it's nice to hear stories about humans like that. It's also refreshing to hear a positive story about a football player (the blood drive part), when all I hear about all day long is Plaxico & Co every where I turn.

The Goon Blogger said...

That article is why I own an Aaron Smith jersey. What a human being.

fleuryous said...

Brett Keisel and him are like peas and carrots. Two of my favorite Steelers indeed.

I want a Deisel Keisel jersey. haha

FireFox said...

Given that so many other arenas and stadiums have such crappy names, this isn't that bad. Of course I think it should have Lemieux's name on it but that never had a chance in hell of happening. Mario doesn't have the ego to let that happen and they also need the money from selling the naming rights help build the arena.

On the pronounciation thing, I honestly can't blame people for getting it wrong. Journalists should get it right, but average Joe hockey fan is going to screw it up. Whatev on that.

pens fan in philly said...

what a story ... wow, no wonder the team respects him so much

not to make light of his situation or anything of that nature but can we please get the man a helmet that fits him. that thing looks so uncomfortable- he should make the probowl ever year just for being able to play with that thing on.

The Goon Blogger said...

I do like, at the very least, that this company, much like PNC and Heinz, is strongly tied to Pittsburgh itself.

VAMOSN said...

I used to work for CONSOL and it makes me so happy when people pronounce it correctly. Thanks for doing your homework.

I love CONSOL and I love the Pens. I'm so happy. What a beautiful marriage.

kstewy16 said...

Great article on Smith and awesome video of the Pens visiting the hospital.

Makes me proud that of all the athletes out there, all the TOs and Michael Vicks, we get guys like Aaron Smith, Mario Lemieux, and so on.

Every game you hear a story about how Sid or Nate McClouth or someone has a bunch of kids up in a box from a charity or hospital or something.

Thank god we live in Pittsburgh huh?

fleuryous said...

Actually hilarious.

Osgood didn't technically win. Roy seemed to pretty much own him. haha.

fleuryous said...

And I'm on Facebook and there's a bumper sticker that reads "Only God saves more than Biron."

How much crack do they actually smoke in Philly?

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

stewy, you're darn tootin'

fleuryous, a fuckton of crack.

Stoosh said...

KStewy -

Not to turn this into Piratesblog, but my cousin recently did some promotional work with Nate McLouth and he is apparently an absolutely awesome guy to work with. Most of that younger bunch of the Pirates are, to be honest. It's too bad that they spent so much time during the early part of their major league careers getting dragged down by the quagmire of suck that was the McClatchy-Littlefield management team.

McLouth and most of the guys who came up to the majors with him (Doumit, Maholm, Duke, Gorzo, Moss, etc) legitimately want to see this thing through. A lot of them realize they'll be part of the core that will eventually include Alvarez, Tabata, Andy McCutchen, Grossman, and some of these other higher-impact guys that Huntington and Co. selected or acquired this past season.

It's going to take a little bit of patience, but this team is actually starting to do things the way a baseball team that wants to be competitive does them.

Heck Kleck said...

seriously? did no one else pick up on this? David Morehouse says the pens have been here for 30 years???

3:29 of video.

really, you cant fail like that when you are in the orgainization.


Lady Jaye said...

Malkin was totally playing tonsil hockey tonight on Jerry Lawler's KISS Cam.... a GENO! GENO! chant then began.

fleuryous said...

Lady Jaye...I am confused...

Allison said...

as am I

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Stoosh, I have a feeling that these young Pirates know that when they flirt with .500 late into the summer (and I fully believe that they will soon) they will be darlings in this city.

So ladyjaye, Geno was at a WWE event? Or was Lawler at Diesel?

Lady Jaye said...

Sorry, I am like half awake and only left a half thought. I was at RAW at the Mellon. Jerry "The King" Lawler runs a Kiss Cam during one of the commercial breaks. So as he's going around the crowd the camera hones in on Geno and some blond. He totally went to town making out with her on camera. The crowd half broke into a Geno and Lets Go Pens chant at that point.

Allison said...

hahahahaha... awesome

Lady Jaye said...

I *wish* I had my camera so I could get a picture of that on the big screen. I had to do a double take to make sure that was really him. But yea, the Mellon knows their Geno when they see him.

Allison said...

In other news, Whitney's not playing the Atlanta game, as was the idea floating around cblog for a week or so.

“Not against Atlanta, but I’m hoping soon there after,” Whitney said. “I’d like to be in before Christmas. That was the goal the whole time. I didn’t really say. I know we have a game against Tampa (Dec. 23) right before Christmas. Possibly that, but I really don’t know. It’s tough to say right now.”

dhudzin said...

I'm gonna miss Mellon, but Consol Energy Center is gonna be SICK.

dhudzin said...

Also, what the hell is David Morehouse looking at?

j.s.22 said...

Heading dahn to the Arena...
Heading dahn to the Center?

Allison said...

That Mats Sundin strip up top is pretty funny... I can't wait to see all the one liners. I'm always so impressed with the wittyness(sp?) of some people.

mattb171 said...
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mattb171 said...

Lady Jaye

I don't really post on here but felt the need to. Malkin walked past me several times tonight at RAW at Mellon Arena. We all yelled Geno to him and he just looked at us. We all said HI and he shook his head "no". But eventually he made up for being weird by his performance on the kiss cam. They showed a few couples and then they zoom in on Geno. Without hesitation, he leans in and him and this female companion start completely making out on camera and everyone went ballistic.

Later in the night, I saw Malkin walking around with concession stand food. I bet the dialogue of him ordering food was classic.

Brandon said...

How gay (no offense Charlie) are the flyers?

Sorry I don't know how to link, sue me.

nikki said...

hahaha i saw that too

...big night out on the town in philly woo
sounds exciting

Brandon said...
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Brandon said...

Pens have been around for 30 years? Uh. Might want to check that math, David

rebecca said...

yeah this is late.
center feels weird.
laughed out loud @ buries it arena and Club 66..why club 66?
you know you're all gonna be sad as ever without the Mellon arena.
well, i sure as hell will be. already am ;P.

and also
yeah, I cried. it really is an emotional thing, and seeing a family member go through it is an awful experience.

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that is some breaking news for sure! haha this is a clever post I liked it a lot and I will share it with my friend the cost per head writer who will love it I am sure of that

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