I love the off season…

21 05 2012

Not really sure where this came from. But I was creeping on Tumblr when I stumbled upon it.

Uhh… James, you missed a few buttons….

Plaid works for you. Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right…

i love a man in plaid…

Ladies, bring on the facebook/twitter/tumblr/etc creeping. If you find anything good worth sharing…let us know. We’ll post it.

*L





Here We Go Again

18 04 2012

I honestly never thought I’d see this many suspensions handed out during the playoffs.  Yes, there’s something to be said for the fervor and passionate playing that gets kicked up a notch at this time of year, but this is completely out of control.  I don’t even know where to start, but let’s go with the most covered of them all:  everybody and their brother on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

I know this might not be a very popular opinion with everyone, but hear me out.  As a hockey fan that does not like the Flyers in the least bit, I’m honestly so disappointed in the Penguins for their behavior during that game.  You know what Philly is going to bring to the game:  grit and aggression.  They’re known around the league as a team and organization that likes to push its opponents’ buttons.  With that said, Pittsburgh gave an uncharacteristic and inappropriate reaction to them.  I mean really?  You’ve got Sidney Crosby picking fights with Claude Giroux now?  Kris Letang and Kimmo Timonen both got tossed out of the game before it really started.  It seems like Pittsburgh wanted to let their fists do the talking instead of their skill, which only hurt them in the end.  Philly instigated maybe one or two of those fights.  They sat back, chirped, and let the Penguins come to them and take the fall.  Now you’ve got Asham out for 4 games, Neal is suspended for 1 which, to be honest, could be the last game of the Penguins’ season if they don’t clean up their act.  It’s just disgraceful.  And again, I know this might not be the most popular of opinions, but that’s what it is.  Take it or leave it.


New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Matt Carkner got into it with Brian Boyle in Game 2 in New York to start his team out with a little more energy.  However, I don’t think this was the right way to do it.  It’s a completely one-sided fight.  Carkner takes down Boyle, who doesn’t respond, and throws these sucker punches at the bottom of an 8 player pile-up.  I understand fighting and its place in hockey, but I thought there was more of a mutual respect between players in terms of fighting.  If Boyle doesn’t respond, you let him go.  You don’t take him down to the ice and start punching him around.  I didn’t think there should be a suspension here, I just thought it was uncalled for and inappropriate.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

So I have two bones to pick with my team:  one in favor, one against.  This hit by Andrew Shaw on Mike Smith wasn’t, in my opinion, dirty in any way.  However, I completely see how this hit requires review by the league and, ultimately, a suspension.  If this had happened to Corey Crawford, I’d expect a suspension too, strictly because goaltenders are like the quarterbacks of hockey:  you can’t touch them.  And no matter how much I like Andrew Shaw and think he isn’t a dirty player, if anyone else did this I’d expect to see the same punishment for them, too.

Now, on a more serious note, I was absolutely furious last night when I saw the hit that Rafi Torres laid on Marian Hossa.

If he doesn’t get at least 4 games for this hit, Brendan Shanahan needs to have his head examined, because this was dirty in every sense of the word.  Torres left his feet, targeted the head, and is a repeat offender.  Hossa was carted off on a freaking stretcher, and there was NO PENALTY CALLED ON THE PLAY!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.  Torres did this last year too, with Vancouver, on Brent Seabrook.  This feels like last season when Aaron Rome laid that hit on Nathan Horton.  But, in case you forgot, here’s a video:

There is no way the refs can play ignorance on this.  Skip to 2:48.  The ref, who is standing right in front of the hit, lurched back as a reaction, then did NOTHING.  Absolutely disgraceful.  I’d like to think that players were past this, but it seems that Torres missed that memo.  I would love to see what the league does with this, because I think they need to treat as they did Matt Cooke.  He was a repeat offender, and after being suspended repeatedly, he switched up his game.  Torres needs to do the same.

What do you guys think of the scrappy nature of this first round of the playoffs?  Let us know in the comments!

-M





Sweet Cherry Pie

4 04 2012

Last night at the Gahhhhden:

Pens + Bruins = death of L

Thanks to my AMAZINGLY AWESOME cousin, we had 2 tickets to the game. 5th row (maybe 6th row). And I got to witness my boys win 5-3. I’m now 2-0 when it comes to going to Pens games…..not that I’m saying I’m their good luck charm or anything….. ;)

Few things to recap

1. Tanger and Flower flirted with each other the entire night. Laughing like little girls and whispering things in each others ears while sitting on the bench. I’d like to think they were talking about me…but I’d be lying. It was probably along the lines of “Wanna braid each other’s hair later and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s?!”

2. Sidney Crosby scored a goal (make that 2).

duuuuuhhh. when does that NOT happen?!

And instantly I get a text from S talking about how I’m no longer  a Crosby Goal Virgin …. nice S, real nice. (She’s so right though– I had never seen Crosby score in person. It was as glorious as I imagined it would be. Suck it, Crosby haters.)

3. James Neal + Andrew Ference = FIGHTTTTTT!

Once again, S sent me a text. “Did you just get pregnant? Because I think I did…” I basically had front row seats to one of the BEST things I’ve ever seen at ANY hockey game. James Neal. Fighting. Right in front of me. *swoon* And if I wasn’t busy drooling, I would have grabbed video. But I was trying to restrain myself from jumping over the glass and bashing Ference’s face in for picking on my boy.

The Real Deal.

The entire game James just got under every B’s players’ skin. You know how he’s the ” little brother we all love” to the Pens? Well, he’s the “little pain in the a$$ that we all hate” to the Bruins.

4. Joe Vitale took a puck to the face. And to make matters worse — it came from Zdeno Chara…which ends well for NO ONE. But, like the amazing man he is, Big Z was the first to the scene of the accident making sure Joey was alright.

5. Johnny Boychuk had a knee on knee collison with Arron Asham and went down faster than a sinking ship. He had to be carried off the ice by his players. Poor guy. But it leaves me with this question: “Does Asham have a knee made of steel?”

ouch.

Good luck, Johnny. Hope it’s nothing too serious. To make Bruins fans feel better — I hear he walked out of the arena without crutches last night. One can hope that’s a good sign.

Anyway, few other small things. I feel the need to defend the 2 people I heard getting bashed the most last night (besides Crosby).

6. Jordan Staal is hated in Boston. Or maybe it was just my section of people. Thankfully, S wasn’t around. If she was, the bail money she set aside for me would have been used on her instead. An old woman behind me said “Someone just needs to end him for the night.” UMM — HOW RUDE!

7. Also, no one likes Kris Letang either. Look, just because he’s an AWESOME actor and can fake an injury to get a penalty called — doesn’t mean he’s the worst player in the league. That only just means the Ref’s are suckers.

Welp, that’s my 2 minute break down of the madness that occurred last night. I can’t wait till next October until S & I are reunited in the ‘Burgh for a couple games.

*L





#CrosbyWatch2

6 03 2012

Today.

This.

Happened.

Can you believe it!? We’re back on the CrosbyWatch train.

Again?

Annnnnnnnnnnnd cue Hockey’s Finest Office dance party. I’ll bring the chips & dip.

So much for a productive day at work. Geez. One thing happens & all of a sudden my focus is completely gone. But for good reason!

This news has EVERYONE excited.

Stop it, Staalsy! I'm ticklish there!

Hugs and kisses for everyone today.

As for the rumor that he could come back as early as Sunday– I pray not. Sunday, the Bruins play the Pens. And if you all remember what happened last time they played each other……..

Yeah. I’d just rather him stay off the ice for that game.

BUT!

Congrats Sid! Glad you’re making progress. We’ve missed your beautiful face.

Smile puuuurty for the camera.

And in other news:

"feeling better"

That’s a good sign, right?! I keep having to remind myself to breathe in & out. I’m waiting to hear the diagnosis. If it says “concussion” … I’ll go into depression. Someone needs to wrap all these boys in bubble wrap. I’m not playin’ around. Line ’em up. BUBBLE WRAP FOR EVERYONE.

But, Kris has some help on his side:

TEAMWORK!

Good lookin’ out, Sid! Someone’s gotta take care of my man while I’m away.

*L

PS – S & I have cleared our calendars for Nealer’s appearance on NHL36 tomorrow. I pray they show us something we don’t already know. But even if they don’t…it’ll still be the best half hour of television. EVER.

 





Skates & Plates 2012

25 02 2012

Sooooooo….

This happened the other night. One of my favorite events that the Penguins Organization puts on every season. Skates & Plates. Where the boys trade in their skates for a night and wine & dine their most loyal fans.

I’d like to think our invitations were lost in the mail…

JStaal. I don’t know where to begin. Either cut your hair or wear a hat. This awkward length is doing nothing for me. I would say what I think you look like but…that would put me in the dog house with my best friend. So instead, I’ll just say that you look like a little boy. (Cue angry text from S in 3…..2……1…..)

Nealer. Oh Nealer. I can’t wait to watch the next episode of NHL36. 36 hours of you is like 36 hours of heaven. I’m so love sick it’s pathetic.

Say CHEEESE!

How handsome are these boys in their tuxes?! I mean, really?! Could you all be anymore perfect? Red definitely works for all of you. I approve.

They could serve me wine all day long and I would be the happiest girl in the world.

Oh and this also happened. I’m not quite sure how to react…

Tanger with a ponytail…hmmm…

Beard…I can dig it. The ponytail…meh…I could do without.

Just let it flow, babe. Just let it flow.

*L

 





Things I learned.

30 01 2012

I realize now that picking last week as my week long “computer break” was probably a poor decision. So much happened. And I learned a lot.

I can’t cover it all…but lets do a little recap.

1. PKane makes a sexy Superman. I’d put myself in danger if I knew he’d come save me. **HINT HINT– I’m talking to you Patrick.**

2. Stammer is a beauty. I bet he practices this every day.

if that goal isn't beautiful, I don't know what is.

3. Kris Letang looks adorable even when sneezing. (Or “snotty” as S says)

*le sneeze*

To give you a little back story if you haven’t seen it: Neal is doing an interview and around the 0:20 mark Kris bolts into the background–sneezes–and then proceeds to yell “I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY PHONE IS”. Not quite sure why I laughed so hard. But I did. So if you want to laugh with me (or judge me, you choose) go ahead and watch it here.

4. Giroux is continuing to grow on me…and I don’t know how to handle it.

*heart stops*

What is it about a player taping their stick?? I think it’s the look of concentration on their faces…

5. Team Alfredsson should win the “Best Hockey Flow” Award. Henrik Lundqvist. Kris Letang. Scotty Hartnell. Stammer (even though his flow sucks). Karlsson. Just to name a few.

6. NBC FAIL! Can you find the mistake?

7. S & I have found ourselves admitting to new loves

Hartnell & Price

We wont say who likes who….just for our safety.

8. Chara & Segs look SO ADORABLE when hugging it out.

9. Hockey Players can be Fan Girls too. I no longer feel bad for blatantly pointing a camera at their faces, since they don’t mind doing it to other people. Circle of Life, I guess?

"GUYS! It's DRAKE! OH EM GEE!"

10. Drake looks AH-MAZING in a hockey sweater.

Also, check out this adorable video of Drake visiting the locker rooms before the performance. He calls Chara “Big Dog” — I knew I liked him. Watch here.

So, I think I covered all the major points. Who’s ready to start off the second half of the season?! I AM! Pens come to Boston this weekend. Guess who’s NOT going….. –>this girl<–  Guess who’s SUPER upset about it…… –>this girl<–

*L





What the crap?!

12 01 2012

So the “office party” that S & I were going to throw for our new writers has been put on hold. Why you ask? Well…to put it simply…ALIENS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE NHL!!

I mean, what other explanation is there for this CRAP of an ASG roster?!

Dustin Byfuglien? REALLY?! ::Pull yourself together, L.  Pull it together.::

::deep breath:: I understand why Sid didn’t make the cut. The guy has barely played any games this season. But what about my other boys. ::pouts::

Have we forgot about this face?!

Future Norris Winner. I swear.

Tanger went down this season with a broken nose & concussion BUT he’s on the mend. And before all that, he’s was at the top of all defensemen. So, fine. My man isn’t an All Star this year. I’ll let it slide. Ok, maybe I wont. But onto my next complaint.

But THIS. This I will NOT let slide.

BEST. SEASON. OF. HIS. CAREER.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS. It’s a joke, right? You guys are all in on this prank? I just know it. Because there is NO WAY you can’t call this man an All Star. I am not going to waste precious blog space rambling on about his stats from this season. If you feel like battling my argument…look yourself. He’s an All Star.

You hear me, James??! You are an All Star. We love you no matter what those poo-poo heads say!

Don’t even get me started on JStaal…or EStaal…or Skinner…or Mikey. ::Simmer down now, L. Simmer down.::

How is it that Geno is the only Penguin?!

well said.

Anyway, I guess I should give a shout out and a congrats to my boys who DID make the cut. Toews, Kane, Lundqvist, Baby Segs, Chara, Timmy T, Lupul, Giroux, Stammer-Time….and hell…I’ll even congratulate Ovie.

I’ll be tuning into the All Star weekend from Boston DECKED out in my Pens gear because they are All Stars to US!

Excuse me, I am going to go cry in a corner with S now.