Home | Away

Almost forgot!

Jamie and I had such a good time out at this place today that I neglected my hockey duties.  So, without further ado:

Penguins in seven. Yes, I know this requires them to win in Detroit on June 12.  But remember, I was 6-2 in the opening round, 2-2 in the second, and 2-0 in the conference finals.  My only worry is that the Penguins had such a merry time scoring bunches of goals against Carolina that they may have forgotten what the Capitals series was like—when every loose puck and every errant pass was potentially game-deciding.  Also, we’ll have to see whether they’ve developed the virus that has devastated the St. Louis Blues for 15 years, namely, wingedwheelophobia, a rare but deadly disease that causes entire teams to lose all their large-muscle-group coordination when they gaze upon Detroit’s awesome logo.

But, still.  Pens in seven.  It’ll be a great day for hockey.

Posted by on 05/30 at 07:22 PM
  1. We can hope. First period was OK, Pens were mesmerized at times and started turning it over, and Fleury has to lose the pad/butt goals, otherwise not too bad. Sadly the game is interleaved with the Cavs in a must-win game against a team that clearly has their number. Anyone looking for a 35,000 sq. ft. house near Akron with ready access to Olive Garden and Best Buy?

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  09:17 PM
  2. Doesn’t look too good for the Cavs, sorry JP. To be honest, game 5 was the only one where they actually were the better team. You need more than one player to succeed.

    Captcha: “born” as in, yesterday.

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  10:31 PM
  3. JP - I’ve been thinking about you all through this Cavs-Magic series, wondering how you’re holding up. I wish LeBron had more help, it’d certainly make for a more interesting series (and less stressful for the Cavs fans). Oh my, Magic up by 19 now according to my radio machine. Oh no, now it’s even more.

    Hockey - was there anything more embarrassing than my Sharks tanking in the first round? The really sad thing is no one was all that surprised. At this point, we just kind of expect it. It’s like the cartoon when the coyote is doing fine (regular season) until he makes the mistake of looking down and only then crashes onto the rocks below.

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  10:45 PM
  4. Oaktown Girl - and the Sharks falling to those thugs from Disneyland, too. That was horrible.

    JP - does the house have mumble miles on it?

    It took MJ what - seven years - to win a championship in Chicago. LeBron and the Cavs are going to win one if they can ever get their second best player to be of a higher caliber than Mo Williams. I’ll have to deal with smug Lakers fans for the next two weeks, something I’m not looking forward to.

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  11:00 PM
  5. Eh, Pens game not really that bad. They kept pressure up almost the whole game and had some offensive pressure. You could play that game and win. Biggest worry was that when the Red Wings really turned it up, the Pens seemed to get a bit rattled such as the end of the 2nd—bad end to an otherwise good period.

    The Cavs, on the other hand, is a tragedy. LeBron is naked against a team with a good center.

    About that house, seller very extremely motivated, located near transcontinental flyover routes, Chrissie Hynde’s back porch, the site of Jeffrey Dahmer’s first murder and the Eastern Continental Divide. Thrill to the annual return of the buzzards to Hinckley and the sight of blimps in the air. Perfect for Wall Street criminals looking to li low for a while.

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  11:03 PM
  6. Perfect for Wall Street criminals looking to li low for a while.

    I might know some from grad school - do you want me to froward the ad to them wink?

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  11:06 PM
  7. Sure, they could run it as a commune.

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  11:12 PM
  8. Uh, not so fast, Michael. The Wings will win in five (that way they can celebrate the Cup in Detroit).

    Posted by  on  05/30  at  11:49 PM
  9. the sight of blimps in the air.

    If this had been “the sight of steam-powered zeppelins in the air,” you would have made a sale.

    JP - does the house have mumble miles on it?

    You know, my growing fear is that someday soon, someone will shout at me, “You’re just a pack of blog catchphrases,” and I’ll go fluttering up into the air in a cloud of Tweets.  My other growing fear is that this has already happened.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  12:14 AM
  10. Arbitrary sports commenting. Rafa has feet of clay! (This realization brought to you by the unlikely person of Robin Soderling.)

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  05:35 PM
  11. JP - yeah, I heard about that on the radio today, plus all the gossipy-goodness back story about how these two really don’t like each other. Here’s a nice little snippet about the match:

    ...and the 24-year-old Soderling simply blasted the Spaniard off the court, hitting with such resolute depth, power and control that the champion could not cope,

    Now all the talk is how this clears the way for Federer to finally win the French, get his career Grand Slam, and perhaps be considered the greatest of all time. Soderling may have something to say about that, perhaps?

    I’ll have to deal with smug Lakers fans for the next two weeks, something I’m not looking forward to.

    christian - oh, don’t I know it. I may be forced to give up my natural geographical leanings and root for Orlando.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  05:51 PM
  12. Oops! That was clearly the wrong link. (Stoopid broken preview function on this damn blog!)

    Oh well, hope you men enjoyed that error. Here’s the link I meant to post:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/may/31/rafael-nadal-french-open-roger-federer

    captch: just, as in, just nobody better say a damn thing..

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  05:54 PM
  13. Oh well, hope you men enjoyed that error.

    Great. Now I of course had to click the link, like some Pavlovian hound or something - this will mean some “criticism-self criticism” session, I suppose.

    Good illustration of the difference between the Guardian and the Daily Mail, though.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  07:06 PM
  14. Great. Now I of course had to click the link, like some Pavlovian hound or something - this will mean some “criticism-self criticism” session, I suppose.

    Gah - sorry, christian. Here’s whut happened: that “secret girlfriend” link popped up in Google right under Raf’s name, and in my rush to open a new window so I could copy the link, I accidentally clicked that second link instead of the top one. Before closing the “secret girlfriend” window, I went back and opened a window for the correct link. Then when I went to copy and paste, I of course copied the wrong one, and what with Michael’s damn preview being on the fritz since late 2006, well, there you go. (Hello? Kurt Nelson at Bluesparx?)

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  07:39 PM
  15. The Penguins are toast unless they can find someone to match up with Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

    Posted by jazzbumpa  on  05/31  at  07:39 PM
  16. Helm is a problem, no question.  And Hossa played game one like a man on a mission . . . which, after all, he is.  But even still, I think JP @ 5 has it right.  A few different bounces off Ye Olde Bouncy Boards behind the nets, and game one goes the other way.

    However.  If the Pens lose tonight they’re toast.

    Posted by Michael  on  05/31  at  07:55 PM
  17. Posted by  on  05/31  at  08:41 PM
  18. Well, I’m hooked after seeing Joe has posts on Leverage.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  09:02 PM
  19. Pens played well, but I the Red Wings seem to have the ability to crank it up to 11 from time to time. Power play now…

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  09:29 PM
  20. SHIT

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  09:31 PM
  21. Indeed, JP.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  09:55 PM
  22. Well, I’m hooked after seeing Joe has posts on Leverage.

    Thanks for checking out Joe’s site, christian! Isn’t Leverage a pleasantly diverting show? I’m very impressed with Aldis Hodge. He played such a severely disgruntled badass on Friday Night Lights, I can hardly believe it’s the same person. I guess it goes back to what Jon Lovitz used to say on SNL: “Acting!”

    Oh yeah, Go Pens!

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:10 PM
  23. test, test (tech problems my computer or here?)

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:19 PM
  24. (hmm, fixed now)

    Well, I’m hooked after seeing Joe has posts on Leverage.

    Thanks for checking out Joe’s site, christian! Isn’t Leverage a pleasantly diverting show? I’m very impressed with Aldis Hodge. He played such a severely disgruntled badass on Friday Night Lights, I can hardly believe it’s the same person. I guess it goes back to what Jon Lovitz used to say on SNL: “Acting!”

    Oh yeah, Go Pens!

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:20 PM
  25. (problem fixed now)

    Well, I’m hooked after seeing Joe has posts on Leverage

    Thanks for checking out Joe’s site, christian!
    Isn’t Leverage a pleasantly diverting show? I’m very impressed with Aldis Hodge. He played such a severely disgruntled badass on Friday Night Lights, I can hardly believe it’s the same person. What was it the Jon Lovitz SNL character used to say? Oh yeah: Acting!

    Also - Go Pens!

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:26 PM
  26. Thanks for checking out Joe’s site, christian.

    Yes, isn’t Leverage a pleasantly diverting show? I’m especially impressed with Aldis Hodge. He played such a hardcore disgruntled badass in Friday Night Lights, I can hardly believe it’s the same person. What was it the Jon Lovitz SNL character used to say? Oh yeah: “Acting!”

    Also - Go Pens!

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:33 PM
  27. When the Wings beat the Ducks, they stuck to skills to beat getting beaten down by physicality.  Now they seem to be able to adjust the skill level, especially cluster defense to succeed.  They represent what is good, no make that great, about team hockey against another great team.  The quickness of their lines is startling actually.  Five minutes left and the swarm of red moves with the puck not the Pens.  No fault of the Pens at all playing well, just great skilled NHL playing.  I hope the Lakers and Magic play so selflessly.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:35 PM
  28. I’m especially impressed with Aldis Hodge.

    Very true .My favorite season 1 scene is the one where he fakes leading that corporate meeting. Brilliant.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  10:52 PM
  29. Happy as I am for the Wings and for Abdelkader (how cool is it for a Michigan team to have a homegrown Arab-American player?), I have to feel for Pens and their fans.  That third goal should never have gone in, and the rest of the game would have been better without it.  Kind of took the air out, there.

    Posted by Nell  on  05/31  at  11:07 PM
  30. Much of Leverage‘s appeal to me is the ensemble and their interactions*, but Hodge is a special favorite**.  Curiously, we just watched our recording of “The Juror #6 Job” tonight.  Of course, given what a pomo phony I am, it’s a wonder I can even operate electronics.  At least I can still excel at hockeytennis.

    *This is why I actually didn’t mind the frequently-panned earlier episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, since the characters*** bickered with one another so well.****

    **Yes, I admit it, it’s the fact that his character makes science fiction references.

    ***One of whom appeared in “The Juror #6 Job”, which also featured one regular cast member from Star Trek: The Next Generation and was directed by another.****

    ****And yes, this is another science fiction reference**.

    Posted by  on  05/31  at  11:19 PM
  31. (how cool is it for a Michigan team to have a homegrown Arab-American player?),

    Very, very cool. But the Pens better get off the schnide so this thing can be competitive.

    mds - Hopefully Joe will see this by sometime tomorrow and check in and say hello. I hope you will go visit his site. Now maybe if there’s no more problems from my computer, I can finally get the Aldis Hodge link to post.

    Here’s some classic Garak from DS9.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:14 AM
  32. That third goal should never have gone in, and the rest of the game would have been better without it.  Kind of took the air out, there.

    Yeah, and coming right after the Penguins hit the post for the third time this evening, too.  Wait, make that after the Penguins hit the inside of the inside of the post for the second time (Guerin’s being the first).  And yes, I actually do have such gradations.  Goaltenders, being crazed and all, insist that if you hit the post, they had you beat.  Forwards like me know that’s true only if you hit the outside or the center of the post.  If you hit the inside of the post, let alone the inside of the inside, then the dang thing should just go in.

    And yes, Detroit can take it to 11, and yes, they’ve adapted their game from when they were fending off 260-pound Ducks.  But the really annoying that is that the Penguins were the better team tonight.  They didn’t dominate, but they won on points, with lots of good forced turnovers in the Wings’ end and much better containment of Zetterberg and Franzen.

    So:  if they lose Tuesday, then they’re toast.

    Posted by Michael  on  06/01  at  12:16 AM
  33. A not incorrect, but probably unfair, analysis might say that the goalies have been the difference. But then as you mention Osgood has been flat out beat several times and had the inner, inner pipe save him, and when he has flopped around like a fish, the puck has bounced right (and has done the opposite for Fleury) and his teammates have made fortuitous flops of their own. So it may be better to say that the difference has been 9 or 10 bits of action right in the creases, all of which have gone Detroit’s way.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:26 AM
  34. its of action right in the creases

    I throw myself on the mercy of the readership to assume that there is some deeper insight behind this banal-on-the-surface thought.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:34 AM
  35. bits of action right in the creases

    Chicka-Wow Chicka-Wow Wow!

    (Hehehehe, “mercy of the readership.")

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:43 AM
  36. Well, this bit of the readership doesn’t think it’s banal.  The play has been much, much closer than the scores.  Wings fans are highly prone to overconfidence and unlikely to look at it in the manner of JPS at #29, but they oughta. 

    Hoping Wings players are more clear-eyed.  And agree with Michael that Pens are not toast unless they lose Tuesday—though of course, will be rooting for a nice even browning-and-desiccation. MMMMmmmm, toast.

    Posted by Nell  on  06/01  at  12:49 AM
  37. My inner overconfident Wings fan got a big chuckle out of jazzbumpa’s #15.  I assumed it was meant to be amusing, given Helm’s and Abdelkader’s roles and icetime.

    But that brings home one of the sources of Detroit’s greatness:  amazing depth.  Year after year, the third and fourth lines outclass their opponents, refreshed by new finds. (Granted, an outstanding team is a pretty favorable environment for development.)

    Posted by Nell  on  06/01  at  01:02 AM
  38. OOoops.  It seems Justin Abdelkader is not from an Arab-American family, but is a Hollander. The ‘tell’ is that he’s from Muskegon, with further confirmation from his photo.

    I was thinking it was Abdel-Kader, from, say, Dearborn. Guess that’s a decade or so away…

    Posted by Nell  on  06/01  at  02:32 AM
  39. (how cool is it for a Michigan team to have a homegrown Arab-American player?),

    Very, very cool!

    According to Justin:

    Q: Where does your last name come from?

    A: It comes from the Middle East, actually. My dad’s dad came over from Jordan when he was 18 years old. He lived there and grew up there, but then he came over to Muskegon, where he met my grandmother and they started a family. The rest is history. He didn’t really know any English when he came over when he was 18, so he kind of struggled at first.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  02:55 AM
  40. Federer barely avoids joining Nadal on the sidelines. I saw some of the first two sets and he looked dreadful (by his usual standards). Finished strong, however ([Fedrer] was 3-4 down in the third set, facing a break point, when he recovered to hold serve and went on to win eight games in a row.), so maybe he’s “over it” and will take advantage of the opening (it was good he was playing a 31-yr old graybeard* who ran out of gas, though).

    *Not feeling old enough this morning? Serena Williams is the oldest player in the Women’s round of 16.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  10:01 AM
  41. Oops, who knew Michael Crichton was a tennis fan (or so forgetful about updating his signature)?

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  10:30 AM
  42. Oaktown Girl, thanks so much for the clarifying link.

    Posted by Nell  on  06/01  at  12:06 PM
  43. Not being an “authentic red” like Michael Crichton I surely don’t support the Red Wings, so it worries me a little that they won games one and two even though they had only a two day break since game five of their conference finals. I have the impression (possibly incorrect) that if the Penguins played even yesterday, that’s part of the reason (it looked to me like the Red Wings were pretty dominant in the first period, although I may have missed stuff due to the unfolding disaster that is the Cubs’ season).

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:17 PM
  44. Wow, I do sound like a concern troll right there (”...it worries me a little..”, jeez). Didn’t mean to.

    Captcha: “seven”, as in “game --”

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:20 PM
  45. Christian, it depends on which first period you saw.  The first half was all Wings, as they outshot the Penguins 7-0—and though the Pens’ first SOG was a good one, the next three or four were meaningless.  The second half, however, was all Pens, and the Red Wings didn’t come anywhere near the net for the final eight minutes.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:31 PM
  46. Aha! I saw the first half. That explains it, then.

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  12:34 PM
  47. Sorry the double post in 22 and 24 folks. It was because #22 got caught in the spam filter.

    (it looked to me like the Red Wings were pretty dominant in the first period, although I may have missed stuff due to the unfolding disaster that is the Cubs’ season).

    When I read “unfolding disaster”, my first thought was that you were referring to the previous (ABFF) thread. But then I realized that if you had meant that, you probably would have used the more descriptive term grease fire. Not that I don’t appreciate the brave souls who have tried to put it out.

    Say, “Grease Fire Friday” has a rather catchy ring to it, don’t you think?

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  01:09 PM
  48. Not that I don’t appreciate the brave souls who have tried to put it out.

    Never try to wrestle a pig in a grease fire.  You’ll get second- and third-degree burns, and the pig will, er, come out deliciously barbecued.  Mmmm… barbecue....

    Posted by  on  06/01  at  01:29 PM
  49. Re: Me@ 15.
    Yeah, it was a bit tongue in cheek, but Nell hit on the inner truth.  While the top lines are effectively neutralizing each other, Detroit has the depth to get scoring from Stuart (who also got an assist on the Pen’s game 1 goal,) Abdelkater (who I also assumed to be Hollandish, and I used to LIVE in Dearborn,)and Ericsson.

    I was very disappointed by the Pens Black-Hawk-style melt down at the end of game 2.  If they keep acting like babies, the men will beat them in 4.

    Tell me again why Malkin gets to play tomorrow?

    Oh - for the record, I’m not overconfident.  Very tense games.  Alcohol is a must.

    Posted by jazzbumpa  on  06/01  at  04:04 PM
  50. Despite the score, I’d judge those the two worst periods of the series for the Pens. Especially the second, how many individual battles can the Pens afford to lose in their own zone? Possibly I overstate, but not a home ice-type period.

    Posted by  on  06/02  at  09:49 PM
  51. OK, a better third period. I rate that one as an escape, but that works.

    Posted by  on  06/02  at  10:36 PM
  52. At a certain point, even profanity fails me, so I’ll just ask a few question?

    Why does the home town crowd get to call the game?

    If the zebras are going to let that happen, then why didn’t they just stay on the game preserve?

    Would there be a penalty if there were 7 Penguins on the ice?  8? What does it take?

    Why do the announcers on Against keep talking about the “subtle picks and interference” of the Red Wings, but not a word about the blatant obstructions of the Penguins? Or the two-handed cross-checks to the back of the head?  or the goal they score on a off-side play?  Or the waved-off icings?

    Or the spearing?

    Does this game even have rules?

    What team did Olczyk coach?

    And Milbury loved it when Malkin sucker-punched Zetterberg.  What you might expect from a guy whose career stats include 49 goals, and 1552 minutes in the penalty box?

    Is the NHL so desperate to hype Crosby as a cup-hoister that they will do anything to let his team win?

    WV: further, as in I’d better not go any . . .

    Posted by jazzbumpa  on  06/03  at  06:24 PM
  53. Eh, even though I’m rooting for the Penguins I can admit that it’s wrong to play the game with seven guys.  But seriously, jazzbumpa, when we’re down to complaining about waved-off icings and muttering about NHL conspiracies, we’re a little too involved.  The weird thing about the 21-second too-many-men is that it didn’t give Pittsburgh so much of an advantage that any of the on-ice officials noticed.  But quite aside from that, the Red Wings deserved to win the game, no question:  from the six-minute mark of the first period through the end of the second, they were clearly the dominant team, and the Pens were just hanging on.  And the Wings hit a post and a crossbar into the bargain.  So consider this game a karmic payback for game two, which should have been a 3-2 win for the Visitors.

    Posted by Michael  on  06/03  at  11:55 PM

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Submit the word you see below:


<< Back to main