Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm Not Sayin, I'm Just Sayin'...

Nothing will completely erase the pain from last June. Seeing a team skate with the Stanley Cup on your home ice hurts.

No one will be able to keep the Red Wings down for very long this season. That is a stellar team with a cast of role players whose abilities cover the entire range of hockey skill. When the Penguins made it 5-4 tonight, they shook it off like it was no big deal and made it 6-4.

But...

However...

And yet...

I can't even begin the this paragraph in any appropriate way. I'm trying to stifle such conflicting emotions. It's a regular season game, chill. Then how come the DAI writers were shouting throughout the third period like it was Game 5 all over again? There is no such thing as a statement game in November. Umm, that's not what you said last year. Chris Osgood is atrocious, was exposed as a fraud tonight, and his slow-as-molasses shift across the crease made on the final shot of the game only illustrates how beatable this team is. Chris Osgood is atrocious, was exposed as a fraud tonight, and his slow-as-molasses shift across the crease made on the final shot of the game only illustrates how beatable this team is.

Chris Osgood, thank you for diving like a soccer goalie/doing some sort of strange salsa dance on the last play of the game. Thank you for being old, slow, and apparently unable to make a simple shift across the crease when Jordan Staal makes a 2-1 pass about 40 feet from the net.

Jordan Staal, thank you for reminding everyone that you are 20 and that you are capable of freakish things, freakish in this case being defined as "events ranging from mind-numbing scoring droughts to third-period hat tricks aginst the NHL's best team".

Commenters at Abel to Yzerman, thank you for these. I cherish them. Page 9-11 are particularly wonderful.

Thank you to both teams for both providing the NHL's best game of the season.

Thank you to Joe Louis Arena for providing another great Penguins victory.

Wow, what a night. It's only the regular season. It's only November. We might lose every single game from here on out.

But remember the Thanksgiving Game from last Year.

I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Because Brittle Bones Asked for a Post

You know, I really do kinda feel bad for John McCain. Barack Obama practically trademarked Hope, Change, and verbs like Can in this past election. There wasn't much else for Maverick John to run with. Yes We Can became the country's rallying cry. Those three words may have changed the election. Was there anything John could have done to counteract the steamroller that was the Yes We Can campaign? Perhaps his own three words galvanize the American people?



I sure as hell would have voted for a Ducks Fly Together campaign slogan.

Because I have nothing else to add, I salute everyone who has bet against The Tennessee Volunteers this year. It's been a thrill ride that I will not soon forget. I actually had serious conversations with IWTFTB earlier this week about if we could find a money-line for 27 point underdog Wyoming. I have never been more confident about anything in my life than Wyoming beating Tennessee yesterday. The networks had "Upset Alerts" about it all day, but mark my words readers, that was no upset. That was a cash grab.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Last Dance II

For all the McCain supporters:



The 1-minute mark is gold.