...randomness surrounding Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, and other great indie rock bands; a quasi objective look at "my" sporting teams; the random horror film; plus other crap as we see fit...all with a Pittsburgh based feel.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Trophy Time!!! C'mon!!!!

Like a rented mule, indeed.


Hat trick for Geno. Flower was impeccable. 2 more in the back of the net for JS. Funny we don't hate Tampa as much without that jagoff Downie and putz Dominic Moore (both traded).

This brought our house down...



Reminding a lot of folks of Le Magnifique...



Goosebumps.

C-bus today. Trade Deadline tomorrow. Stay tuned kids. Go PENS!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Good Times, Bad Times, Good Times

Catching up on the past week.

Pens 6 - Flyers 4. Good times.

Love beating the Flyers. They're a bag of dicks. Beating them at home in front of the pumpkin plastered fan base is even better times.



Giroux touches puck. Engelland pounds Giroux. Giroux disappeared for the rest of the game. The perfectly timed and legal check doesn't stop the pumpkin suits from crying. Scott Hartnell cried and acted like he was going to do something. Then he realized it was Deryk Engelland and decided to cower away. No way Hartnell drops them with Engo and gets himself embarrassed in front of the hometown Cro Magnons.

Pens up 1-nil, and shit hits the fan. Ref calls some lame ass penalty on Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers bench and fans erupt...justifiably so. While the brutal call was in favor of the Pens, there was a sick feeling that the refs knew it afterwards, and they would go WAY out of their way to even things up. They did. Pens get called for the next 13 penalties.

Douche Bag Jagr scores his 1st goal in 20 games, followed by another. He goes original and does the Terrell Davis Mile High Salute. So lame. Funny that Flyers fans are forced to cheer this ass bag now. Easily the dumbest celebration in all of sport...


Staal (beast) gets a shorty.


Left of Staal. So pissed.

Matt Cooke (the NEW Matt Cooke) gets a 5-on-3 shorty, and Neanderthal Nation is stunned. First 5-on-3 shorty since #66 did it in 1988. FCKYA!

Refs kept trying to get the Flyers back in the game for their bad call on Simmonds. No avail. Engelland gave them a gift. Duper scores, Jeffrey scores. Both Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky stink.

Pretty funny that the Flyers will be forced to roll out this turd in net for the next 9 years. At a whopping $5.6 mill a year. Whoa. James Neal, Fleury , Letang, Orpik, Staal, Kunitz, Michalek ALL make less than that. Flyers are so effed.


STUNNED!!!! Check out the dude behind him...Mr Laughs.

And apparently, the Flyers organization awards bonus pay on penalty minutes. Witness Hartnell skating around like a clown in the closing minutes until the refs were forced to give him a game misconduct. I was actually starting to dig that dude after watching this years 24/7. Na. He's a douche.

Sabres 6 - Pens 2. Bad times.

Classic letdown. Brent Johnson blows. Pretty much sums that up. I think we'd do better with a cardboard cut out in net. Beej may be the only goalie in the league who doesn't bend at any part of his body.


We need a backup goalie, badly. Sorry Beej. It's been a nice run.

Another thing I took from this game:

More proof at how the home town games at the Consol suck. Tough to say, but the new breed of Pens fans that attend CEC...for the majority...suck ass. There were more excited and louder fans in Buffalo last Sunday than there are for the home games. Sucks. Just saying. I'm taking more road trips next year.

Pens 2 - Rags nil. Good times.

Pens have now beaten the Eastern Conference's best in 2 straight games. Flower back in net...gets his 3rd shutout of the year. I wish we could, but we can't ride MAF the rest of the way. We need a backup for the occasional break.

GREAT game from the Beloved in what felt like a playoff game. Torts was bitching the whole time.

Referring to my Buffalo rant above, another embarrassment from the fans at the Consol. Rings of empty seats near the glass as the clock wound down to beat the Rangers. Brutal.

Geno > Henry



FCKYA. Game day vs. the Bolts. Let's go PENS!!!!!!

Uncomfortably Close with Dan and Dan

Funny stuff courtesy of Tripod. May need to be a Pens fan / familiar with the almighty ROOT to "get"...



btw: do all hockey coaches do that awkward "look directly at the camera" thingy when they're interviewed? It's a move that seems hockey coach specific.

Stunned

Congrats to the Red Wings for winning 73 games in a row at home and shit, but this is pretty funny, and may be in the running for Stunned Pic of the Year, post Detroit home loss to Vancouver which snapped the streak...


pic courtesy of Pensblog

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Robert Pollard - "Obvious #1"

ILB. It's fucking obvious.



WHAT A TUNE!

Another Bob album on the horizon - Mouseman Cloud is due out March 12th via Fire Records. PRE-ORDER HERE.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Skabbs - Idle Threat

FCKYA!



tanks to our ole pal Kev who used to run the Pop Zeus blog but has since gotten lazy and quit. Not sure about the lazy part :)

pre-order from Jackpot records HERE.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Room - TONIGHT!!

and every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Oaks Theatre in Oakmont.

This movie gets better and better every time.

I wish Jess's name was Lisa only so I could use this line on occassion...









note to self: bring plastic spoons.

Stiffler wants to be your dog

For fans of Iggy Pop and / or Stiffler. Mucho thanks to good pal Jables for editing this. Not sure this is what Iggy had in mind when he wrote this song, but oh well. Think it fits...



Heavy hearts around these parts these days. Hope to have our buddy back home tomorrow for Hockey Day in America and Liverpool's FA Cup clash with Brighton.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wear Your Hockey Jersey to Work Day

I didn't wear my white Joey Mullen #7 Pens jersey today to work...or any of my other Pens jerseys for that matter. What I did do was order one that I always wanted...


That's right. My first ever non-Pens NHL jersey. I finally pulled the trigger on a classic Ronnie Francis #10 from his time with the Whale. Maybe the best 2-way centerman to ever play the game, imho. Hope Jordan Staal's career will go down something like that of Ronnie Franchise.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Classic GBV - I Am a Scientist (live in Seattle '95)

featuring the brilliant camera work of Lance Bangs...



never gets old. maybe best pop tune ever. it's at least in the team picture.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Disco Duck


Disco was talking to the media today, and someone mentioned him being a "former Duck."

Bylsma corrected the claim: "I was a Mighty Duck, thank you."

HAHA!! FCKYA!!!!



Wo.

They Call Me Bruce


Hide your BBQ Sauce!! Bruce Boudreau is back in the Burgh!! Truth be told, the Ducks have been playing better hockey since BB took over. They're 6-2-2 in their last 10, and are coming off a victory over Mike Yeo's strug-gl-ing Minnesota team last night. Some crazy Ducks fans are even talking playoffs, which would be crazy considering the start they had. Corey Perry is a load. Teemu Selanne is 50 years old, but still filling the net. George Parros will probably be a dick tonight. This game definitely has more intrigue to it now than it did a couple of months ago.



Had to slide this in here...



CLASSIC!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tired of Suarez; Champions League Knockouts!


Even prior to the whole racist accusations and hand shake snub, I had started to grow a little tired of the Luis Suarez act. Dude is clearly our best player and possibly the only of the transfers brought into Anfield over the past year that's been worth a damn on the pitch (with the surprising exception of Craig Bellamy). Andy Carroll is pretty much a big worthless goof with a ponytail. I loved the Stewart Downing signing, but he and Jordan Henderson have done squat. I love Charlie Adam, but his production has been meh.

While Suarez is our best chance of putting the ball in the net, his constant whines and cries to the refs have been a tad embarrassing. Every time the dude goes down we see that stupid face (above), or even better, a flailing about and roll around on the pitch. He's not going to get the calls acting like a 3 year old who just had his toys taken away, and I really wish Kenny (maybe he already has?) would give him a talking to. Not sure it would help.

With all that said...this whole handshake saga has caused further embarrassment. I listened to all the excuses (cultural bias, Suarez has black grandparents, blah blah), and I even gave him the benefit of the doubt in the whole he said-she said thingy (after all, Patrice Evra is kind of a twat in his own regard). Suarez supposedly took the high road and said he would try to settle it with a hand shake. Then he pulls this crap. Inexcusable.

One of the things that first attracted me to Liverpool FC is the legendary faithfulness of their supporters. But the blind faith and conspiracy theories that have surrounded this whole ordeal has been even more ridiculous. Suarez has since apologized and says he wants this all behind him. But for me, it's a tad too late.

It could've been over with. Instead, Liverpool goes into the 5th Round of the FA Cup and a Carling Cup final with more bullshit surrounding them.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUTS TODAY!!!!!!

To reach the Quarters over 2 legs...WINNERS:
  1. Barca. La Liga is outta reach. Full bore ahead for Pep and the boys in the CL.
  2. Lyon.  The surprising run of APOEL comes to an end.  Lyon is crazy like that.
  3. Benfica.  Rolling in Portugal.  Should be a crackin 2 legs.
  4. Arsenal. Even if Ibra slaps more dudes, we still like the English side here.  Milan has their hands full in Italy with Juve.
  5. Real Madrid.  Would love to post some Stunned Jose pics...not happening.
  6. Napoli. UPSET alert! Eff Chelsea.
  7. Marseille. Sad to say. My Inter is awful.  Marseille have the best kits in the competition.
  8. Bayern Munich.  In a domestic battle with Dortmund currently...still too much for Basel here.
THESE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! (raise your Heineken)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Guy Boucher: "Geno = Mario"

"[He's] not just racking up the points, but you look at the plays he's making, he looks like Mario Lemieux out there, just dangling [the puck] and doing what he wants to do."

Asked for specifics about how Malkin tastes in your mouth...

"He's gigantic. On ice level, he's just a monster out there who can skate, sees everything, can put the puck inside out, inside your pants and out. He can shoot. He just has it all. You can't handle him one-on-one. That's what's tough. You don't know what he's going to do, first of all. And then he's got the strength, the size, the reach and the speed to really give it to you."

Yeah...he said it. That's high praise from a coach who was doing more whining than complimenting during last year's playoffs. We won't disagree. Malkin is dominating all over the ice right now. He's scoring huge goals at key times, setting up huge goals at key times, back checking like a Selke worthy forward. He's a beast amongst little turds. And then he's taking your girlfriend home.


Similar to Mario and Sid, he's making everyone around him better. The first line is absolutely sick right now. Letang is sick. Geno is mad sick.

Today's dedication to your league MVP...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Best Player in the World?

arguably...



what happens when Sid comes back? After all, 87 didn't appear to lose a step for those 10 games he played back in December.

I was a Malkin hater the last 2 years...I admit it. But that's because he sucked. "Sucked" is harsh...I'd say he was in the Top 50. But dude is back in 2008-09 form...and in those days, you had Ovie in the discussion. Eff Ovie. It's all Geno. Best Russian born player in the league, with an honarable mention to Datsyuk. Any coincidence that Geno's game thrives when he plays more like Datsyuk than Ovechkin?

LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

GBV - Chocolate Boy

from savannasaurus over on the YouTubes...



Nicely played.

think i'm gonna buy the wifey a bunch of chocalate this weekend so i can bury it. you know...for that whole Valentines Day thing.

those kids at the :40 second mark...that's gonna be me. Buried it.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

SCOTT GOMEZ SCORES!!!!!

holy shit!



a day after EC rips him. Maybe this will work for Paul Martin...

Paul Martin YOU SUCK ASS!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Malkin in your mouth



albeit, in a loss.

My first reaction was that Carey Price's whines were justified. A further look into the NHL rule book shows they are not. There is a little-known codicil in the Faber College constitution which allows the "spin-o-rama" in the Shootout. Yes...the NHL rule book actually lists the "spin-o-rama" as a legal move:
"The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion."
Malkin's move was a continuous motion. Carey Price can shut his yapper. Damn. A sweep over the Habs would've been nice.


On another note: P.K. Subban must be Exhibit A for those (including me) wanting to abolish the instigator rule. He's the toughest player in the league, right to the point where he turtles. Yeah...Matt Cooke is also an exhibit. But at least he's tried to straighten out. Subban just continues to cheap shot and slew foot with complete impunity from Sheriff Shanahan.



The Empties Crushed bounty has been placed: A hundred bucks of my own money for the first of my guys who really nails that creep.

Final Note: Montreal's PP is 30th in the NHL.  Note to Randy Cunneyworth: may wanna rethink the strategy of sending a forward out on your PP who hasn't scored a goal in a flipping YEAR.  Here's looking at you Scott Gomez.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Go ahead and SCORE! No...I don't wanna SCORE!



Pretty comical that...in between 2 hours of commercials and Madonna's lip-synced halftime performance...the biggest play in the NFL's biggest game of the year came down to this...


The Patriots were trying to let the Giants score, while the Giant's Ahmad Bradshaw was told NOT to SCORE. Bradshaw screws up, and awkwardly falls into the end zone for the SCORE. THAT was your game deciding play in Super Bowl X-?

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOORTS!

In the end, everyone was happy. Beliturd was probably pissed.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

More exciting than the Super Bowl


Watch the Beloved Stillers smash the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X-something. The only thing that can save "America's Team" from their beating is a giant blimp crashing into the Orange Bowl. (I woulda said "spoiler alert" but the DVD cover kinda ruins it anyway).

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Pissed Jeans

this is the only video i've watched for the last 2 months, thanks to Jables. i've watched it 704 times.

Pissed Jeans - False Jesii Part 2 from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Orpik lights up Paille



To Paille's credit, he didn't come running after Orpik after this perfectly clean and boobie-blasting hit. Can't say the same for Chara, who acted like a little beatch after getting checked (cleanly) by Kunitz. God I hate that.

Great game from Brooks. Flower was better than Thomas, who probably made more "political statements" after the game. Eff him.

Fucking Pens are ROLLING!!!!!!

if there was a better video that said "i'm bigger, i'm back"

i'd have used it ten times already...



for now. bored...feel the need to entertain myself. the Super Bowl definitely won't do it. need to get that banner updated. where's Tripod?