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Psychedelic Pucks, Ilya Kovalchuk, And Gary Bettman’s Erotic Dreams May 18, 2008

Ilya kovalchuk scored in overtime against Canada to give Russia the gold medal in the World Championship.

Wasn’t Ilya Kovalchuk The Man From Uncle’s cool sidekick?

Remember when Kovalchuk, in the World Junior’s a few years back, skated in on a breakaway to Canada’s empty net and waved one arm as he went in?

I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t smashed their stick across his face since then in payback for such a showboat move.

In other news:

Did you know that Versus TV is thinking about bringing back the tracking puck? Remember it? It was around for a season back in the 1980’s, or maybe it was the 1970’s, when NBC, or ABC, or CBS, decided that American fans couldn’t see the puck very well, so these pucks had a coloured flare on it on TV for these blind Americans.

It was horrible, distracting, and ridiculous. A survey at the time showed that Canadian hockey fans couldn’t figure out why any of this was necessary. The common consensus was that Canadian hockey fans had no problem at all seeing the puck, so why couldn’t Americans?

I read back then that when one of these pucks went into the stands, ushers went looking for them and made the fans give them back because they cost over $200 each.

People still make jokes about these tracking pucks. And now they might be coming back. Imagine.

In other news:

Pittsburgh has taken out the Philadelphia Flyers in a lopsided 6-0 game in a lopsided five-game series. Good riddance to the Flyers.  Flyer fan Frank the Tank says the Flyers are the most exciting team in hockey.

So all we need now is for Detroit to finish off Dallas so we can see Crosby and Malkin take on Datsyuk and Zetterburg.

Anyway, it’s summer, and I’ll watch if it doesn’t get in the way of me going to the beer store, or working, or cutting the lawn, or playing with the cat. I’m still recovering from the Habs.

Cripes, where are those damned Expos?

Pittsburgh and Detroit are exactly what Gary Bettman has dreamed about when his wife rolls over and goes to sleep.  Wouldn’t want a Canadian team in the final.

Heaven forbid. 

And the blog carries on.

 

You Bet, Bettman. It’s Hockey, Not Basketball January 28, 2008

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It seems I’m not the only one who gets riled up about NHL All-Star weekend. These are comments from the TSN website regarding Saturday’s silly Breakaway Challenge and the Skills Competition. It’s all quite interesting.

Judging by the following, changes need to be made. Like adding intensity, for one. Are you listening, Gary Bettman?

1 lang13 YAWN!!!!! What a joke this comp was. I will never …
2 tomglod That was lame….. the players chickened out and d …
3 TheDude24 Wow, that was NOT worth my time. That Breakaway C …
4 ChrisGunz All star competitions and games arent really worth …
5 rgabartlett What a shame….I’m embarrased to be a hockey fan. …
6 lauraperry What fun… sure it wasn’t hardcore competitive or …
7 yousnoozeyoulose GREAT thing that the nhl decided to change the ski …
8 el_cielo So boring… But! With that being said it was the …
9 gunshow LAME!!!!! When I first heard of this competition I …
10 dagley I’m sorry, but this was incredibly boring. I was d …
11 Ruzty Thank God Pretty Woman was on! …
12 Original6-Pack Ovechkin was the only one who tried something out …
13 prov_1 Just when you thought that the NHL couldn’t sink t …
14 leafsrule9 boring but at least ovechkin tried …
15 Habscrazy1 One word, BORING …
16 jamie_kee_mac85 Definitely could have been better, but I’m sure th …
17 kuvdog The camera work was absolutely brutal. I still don …
18 dtcampbe Did anybody catch DiPietro drop an F-bomb? I thoug …
19 ab608 That was a horrible skills showcase. I’ve seen …
20 fork_killer I personally enjoyed the skills competition, it wa …
21 dellstrike Im 14 and i could pick up the puck with my stick s …
22 Innet31 Not worth it…DiPietro hurts himself??!! I hope i …
23 w1n6m4n Don’t like the changes. Boring. How does a goalie …
24 el_cielo ALSO! Why wasn’t Gaborik in the fastest skating co …
25 scoots3131 We gotta kill this “vote your fave’s in” system. …
26 StopPropoganda This was an unmitigated disaster. I could spew a …
27 vinman that was boring….they should scrap the whole thi …
28 mjc313 big disappointment, though expectations weren’t to …
29 mittin I can’t imagine actually paying money to sit throu …
30 jeremo46 Well, the only exciting part about this was Kaberl …