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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Great pics of the Cooperalls. I will never forget my first (and only pair) - I got em for my birthday. I don't remember which one maybe 10th or 11th- but I do recall that my dad got them for me and he had birthday party at my aunt's house and I was running around her yard and pool deck wearing them because I was so excited...of course this was in the middle of August mind you...

They come in two pieces. There was a grey padded girdle and the pants shell. The girdle was about 50- 60 bucks and the pants were almost as expensive, they were of pretty tough nylon spandex stuff but they still could get pretty torn up if you took a real good digger on rough ice. The pants were just pants though - not padded or anything like that, except for this little piece right above the knee - it was supposed to protect from about the top shin pad to bottom of the girdle, but if you ever took a puck there you'd be hurting because it was just a real thin piece of foam rubber(you can kind of see it in the pic of the red ones) I think. You still had to have a separate set of shin/knee pads too. And being an 80's thing they of course had to be like the popular stirrup pants of the time and have a velcro stirrup that went under the boot of the skate - but Southie kids were too cool for that - we cut ours off ^_~

I think that I had mine for 2 seasons before I grew too much and needed a new pair of hockey pants. My next pair was a pair of Tackla.


The Globe today had a photo journal piece call Portraits of a lockout (I hope this link works)


Jimi-thing. Ode to thee... I remember whenst thoust was yet a wee puss tearing through the flat scowling and hissing at all that went past. Ode to Jimi-thing... White fluffy pussy did not think highly of thee, yet an occasional tender moment was shared between the two. Ode to Jimi... poor Benny never had a chance...

Sorry - to hear about the old puss. It's a shame that he has to go, but understandable.

Monday, November 29, 2004

THE LEEK: REDUX!!!



The following "Leek News" Copy was a joke. In jest. For a guffaw, you know. And I posted it on March 18, 2003. 2 days later, we invaded Iraq.

Vietnamese consultants flew into Bagdad yesterday for a three-day seminar on how to kick American butt with workshops in tunnel digging and wiring infants to explode. Diem Pham Pho Pasteur, the Vietnamese/Iraqi liason officer said, "The Iraqi's are very eager to learn ancient Vietnamese secret to defeating Imperialist scum".

for the record. I WAS KIDDING!!! No way did I mean for it to come true.

Seriously, though.

As of today, November 29, 2004
In 621 days, US casualties are 1247, UK 74, Other in "Coalition" 72, for a grand total of 1393 dead averaging 2.24 per day.



Source:
Hey Kiwi.

MEAT!!!
MEAT!!!
MEAT!!!




More Blast from the Past.

THE SMOKING PUCK WAY BACK MACHINE!!!
Set course to:
2003!!! ^_~

The BOLD text were my “The Leek” Onion-esque news stories to go with the Pic and news copy.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003 :::



Another Canucks road win extends Bruins' winless streak

BOSTON (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks' consistency on the road is becoming all too common for opponents.

Matt Cooke scored two goals and added an assist as Vancouver broke a franchise record with its 21st road victory, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Fans at the FleetCenter were held captive last night by the Bruins often lackluster play in the defensive zone. The Bruins squandered countless offensive opportunities and made goalie Jeff Hackett appear to be the gimp from the popular movie Pulp Fiction. Charlie Peters, 32 of Dorchester, MA said "These fuckin' guyz gotta shoot the fuckin' puck moah...and hit and skate haaadah too". Sarah Winterson, 22 from Beverly said "I wuz in Town wiff my girlfriends hoping to pick up Hal Gill afta the game at the Cheesecake Factory...if I saw them guys I'd be like yous guys gotta shoot the puck moah...and hit 'em!".
Jahwarahal Moodykhalidalli, 25, exchange student from Nepal, "Cricket is good and enthralling but Hockey is a very exciting sport. I agree with the rest of the "Unpronouncing-the-Letter-R-Balcony-People" when I say...HIT THEM!!! SHOOT!!! SKATE!!! The entire balcony expressed their wishes to see more hitting, more skating and more shooting. It seemed all they wanted because it's all they could chant."



And the next day:

Wednesday, March 05, 2003 :::



BRUINS 4, HURRICANES 2

Bruins back in winner's circle

RALEIGH, N.C. - When the Bruins were last here two weeks ago, they tied the Hurricanes, but their attention was diverted from the contest by the TV in the postgame locker room. No, they weren't checking on the fortunes of another NHL club. They were glued to the final moments of ''The Bachelorette,'' trying to figure out which suitor would be left standing.

Since then, they've been caught in their own version of the elimination game, hoping they won't be the odd club out when the eight Eastern Conference representatives for the playoffs are determined.

Bruins captain Joe Thornton was quoted as saying, "The pressure to shoot, hit and skate dramatically reduces when we play on the road for some reason. It's like a tremendous weight has been lifted off of our backs. I don't know why. I can't explain it but we shoot, hit and skate fine". Fans from FleetCenter balcony sections 301 through 328 could not be reached for comments regarding the Bruins game play and their opinion of it.



I posted this because I would put up with the Gallery Gods just to see the Puck Drop AGAIN!!!
-EOS 11/29/04
Wasting Time in the OCHO Archives

Originally posted by Kiwi, Wednesday, November 20, 2002


Just found this on theforce.net...

Typewriter: $50
Paper: $6
Monkey: $1,000
Shackles used to chain monkey to typewriter: $15
Seeing the look on your fans' faces when you announce the title of the new Star Wars movie: Priceless.


Holds true even for Episode III. I did accidentally see Ep. III’s title in a combo of the CNN News Dasher and on FARK with a fake movie poster. Like that wasn’t hard to figure out. I only caught the first 2 words on the CNN Dasher. It wasn’t very hard to figure from there. Then I saw a fake poster on FARK where somebody cut & pasted Sebastian Shaw and Alec Guinness over Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGreggor, respectively.
CooperAlls!!!


As worn by the Philly Flyers for a spell...









Brendan Shannahan in Junior Hockey, London Knights





Flyers captain Bobby Clarke in CooperAlls.
A Haiku for an Old Friend Gone Bye-Bye!

Good Bye Jimi Thing.
Farewell Old friend, Attacker...
Hiss at someone new.


With Katia on her way, the cat hadda go. 'Nuff said.
Whoa - there's a name I haven't heard since before New Kids On The Block were popular...CooperAlls!

I had my Southie green Cooperalls!
THE SMOKING PUCK!!!
Holiday Gift Giving Edition

After the worst Thanksgiving in decades, I find it's the little things that make me happy. No, not Sully, Jr. ^_~ Hockey Jerseys!!! I raided the NHL Shop Dot Com. I get their catalog still but it's crap now. The NHL apparel catalog used to be the ONLY place one could see all that season's jerseys in one place. They've eschewed that for trendier kid/lady/specialty gear & knicknacks. But all the jerseys in Creation can be found at the NHL Online shop with great images. Looks like no new looks this year. Go figure. ^_~
Where to buy NHL X-Mas presents! Check it out!




The Vintage Bernie Parent Bruins Jersey.
Now ain't this PRETTY??? I loved the old Yellow Jersey of the B's. The recent 3rd jersey with the Bear on the chest (also the only original 3rd jersey remaining from the initial offering of these fine vestments) would look better with the spoked B. These really need a come back. Last year’s Retro to the 70's was great.


Parent Bio:



How about this "Nugget"? Before they were the New Jersey Devils and WAY before the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver and BEFORE MLB expansion hit the National League with the baseball Rockies, the NHL had the Colorado Rockies!




Quebec Nordique which became the Colorado Avalanche



Be the envy of all the Southie Rats on Parade Day with the old time Toronto St. Pat's sweater. I recently wore my Bruins Vintage sweater that I got at the Hockey Hall of Fame out to a bar and man, were there "Green Eyes" about on that one.





Hammer Time! Did you know that the Penguins changed their colors in order to match with the NFL Steelers and MLB Pirates?


Dave "The Hammer" Schultz made Chris Nilan... well look like Lyndon Byers.



Philly Redux??? Two mentioned above are here below. Too bad these shirts didn't come with CooperAlls. ^_~


Bernie Parent as a Flyer


Dave Schultz as a Flyer



But who in their right mind would want a Vancouver Canuck's throwback such as this. Dave "Tiger" Williams probably got into more fights over looking foolish in this garish uniform. The Poor Canucks have been stuck with awful uniforms all their existence so at least they're consistent.


Dave "Tiger" Williams. Even Cam Neely had to wear this his rookie year.



In the News...
There is HOCKEY going on the AHL and the Philly Phantoms just broke their record setting 17-game win streak, losing against the Syracuse Crunch. WTG Philly! Pumpkinhead would be proud of ya. Phantom's goalie Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves as his personal 12-game win streak also ended.


The following is a daily log of the NHL lockout, which began September 16:
Source:

TOTAL DAYS: 72

GAMES ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TODAY: 5

GAMES CANCELED TO DATE: 627

LAST WORK STOPPAGE: 1994 (103 days)



Previously mentioned in OCHO was the idea that the "Little Person" getting hit in the Lockout; the Vendors, store owners, et al. At least Boston has the Celtics to keep the FleetCenter going. At the old "Igloo", the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh though it is a different story. Check it out.
Yahoo! News Link:



And to rip off Jon Stewart ripping off Craig Kilborn, here is your Moment of Zen:


Espo before.


Espo after.
Phil got a Bruins tattoo on his arm before this crime happened. The Zen part is that Change Happens but keep your head up or you'll get checked into the boards.


‘NAMASTE!

Friday, November 26, 2004

THE SMOKING PUCK!!!

Hey...what do you do when you can score 96 points in a regular season, get the League MVP and can't play in North America???
Play in Switzerland!
Over 200 NHLers have done what so many Euros have done for the past decade and that is to go play overseas including Boston captain Joe Thornton and NHL MVP Martin St. Louis (shown below).





Martin St. Louis plays for Lausanne Hockey Club, LHC in Switzerland. Maybe the Finish Elite League was too tough for him. ^_~

If there were as many advertisments on NHL jerseys, do you thiink anyone would care? ^_~ But really. Look at it. There are McDonald arches on his stocking. His stocking. That's not his name over the #61 on his sweater's back. I think it's funny. Funny ha-ha, not funny peculiar.
The AHL have limited advertisments on their sweaters too. I wonder how much does Sweater advertisments do for a club and where do they differ the costs. I mean since Dodge and Citizens Bank (previous years, I dunno what it is this year) have logos on the AHL sweaters and helmets, does that ad revenue go to the owners or to defray team cost (such as paying for those jerseys).

I actually got this following info from the Providence Bruins web site;
Source:

Helmet Decal





Helmet Decals are a highly visible form of advertising that will be visible at home and away games.

* Not only will the Helmet Decal be seen in Providence, but also in other AHL markets such as Hartford, Lowell, Manchester, and Worcester
* Helmet Decal advertising will provide extensive branding through local, regional and national media coverage
* Nightly game highlights during local broadcasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox in Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts
* Live televised games appear on Cox Communications each season
* The prospects feature on NESN during each Boston Bruins game reaches over 6 million households nationwide
* Game action photographs in The Providence Journal, The Times/The Call as well as other print outlets


Jersey Patch





(Notice the Right Shoulder on the sweater...no Kiwi...HIS RIGHT!!! ^_~ -EO'S)

Jersey Patches are a highly visible form of advertising that will visible at both home and away games.

* Jersey Patches be seen in Providence as well as other New England markets such as Manchester, Portland, Hartford, Lowell and national markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia and San Antonio
* Jersey Patch advertising will provide extensive branding through local, regional and national media coverage
* Nightly game highlights during local broadcasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox in Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts
* Live televised games appear on Cox Communications each season
* The prospects feature on NESN during each Boston Bruins game reaches over 6 million households nationwide
* Game action photographs in The Providence Journal, The Times/The Call as well as other print outlets
* Over 200 player appearance throughout Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts



And who can forget the Zamboni. ^_^

Think in an age of blatant commercialism and brand association, could the NHL further revenue by putting ads on their sweaters??? Forget I even said that. Hockey has THE coolest uniforms in sports. Minor league shirts are great. Big clubs have gone a little overboard with 3rd (and for the NYR/Blueballs 4th, 5th and nth jerseys ^_~) shirts but it remains...hockey shirts are cool (and a cute chick wearing nothing but a hockey jersey is cooler ^_~).
Ads aren't needed at the NHL "Professional" level but if it can help the ticket prices be lower, the players be "paid" more properly as the gripe goes, et al...then what would you think?
I personally think all those Euro ad logos are tacky as drying glue. I wouldn't want to see them on NHL shirts (besides the Maker's Mark; Nike, CCM, et al.) but if it brought Hockey back sooner...let's dress Sammy up like the Hamburgerlar.





Seperated at Birth??? (all you need for Sammy is a hat, stripes, a domino mask and some Spirit Gum ^_~).







Joe Thornton suits up as Grimace?


Well...it's better than no Hockey. : ^ P

Tee hee!
Hey Sul. Thanks and HELL YES! Bring it on. "identity crisis" looks very good - will have to see if Gotham has it in stock. I'm back on board totally and completely. Nearly finished reading "Buffy - the spiritual guide" and made Chris buy me Battlefront a couple of weeks ago (thanks Matt for the recommendation - it's a very cool game). Picked up a couple of regular novels as well. And am hoping to get into it over the next couple of months.

You are reading the Buffy Spiritual Guide??? I'll tell Bergie! She'll get a kick out of that! ^_^ Cheesy, schmaltzy but it's really good and insightful in places although Aimee and I agree that Spike's request at the end of S6 was not literal enough and deserves its own inspection. S6 has a "string" of magic having consequences. Spike himself said it after he (painfully) slugged Xander in Buffy's front yard when Buffy had come home after clawing her way out of her own grave. Plus his request to the Demon was not literal at all. "Make me how I was" and "she'll get what she deserves" (paraphrasing). I assumed he meant the chip in his head but he was reensouled instead to be the man to "take care of Buffy". In S7, Spike says something akin that he purposefully got his soul back for Buffy's love. I dunno about that. When he didn't have a soul in S6, I totally believed he wanted to chalk up Slayer #3 on his hitlist. But the floor is open to that one. I'll buzz Aimee and get her thoughts too.

I.D. Crisis is great. Issue #1 you might get in a third printing for cover price. Issue #1, First Printing I think runs about $5.00-$10.00 USD now depending on if it's Mint Condition or not.

Comics Gnome Global will be back in business soon enough in the New Year. Also I got new "Sully's Bakers Dozens" to drop on ya. David Bowie, Queen, Van Halen: the David Lee Roth years, the Rolling Stones just to name a few. ^_^


My graduation isn't until March 18th. We have to wait until any that missed a placement or failed one has time to resit and the Board has time to assess everyone. I passed everything I got grades back on so far. A LOT of B's this year. I think Chris has been distracting me... I should have some pictures from my Uni Ball soon. I haven't gotten around to getting them developed. And I looked pretty!

Of course you looked pretty. Once you molted that Tomboy shell damn if there wasn't a pretty young woman underneath. ^_~ TEE HEE!!! BWAH! But really...pics to post on OCHO! There's not enough of "us" out here pictorially sometimes. B's are OK, are they not? But what a nice distraction though. How are things on the front (or back...tee hee!!! ^_~)?



I start work at the hospital on Monday. And besides doing the Abel Tasman trek I haven't had time for much of a break. But hey it's all for a good cause! "MONEY"... damn Christmas shopping.

Welcome to the "Real World"? ^_~ Well, good luck as you start not a job really, Leah but your career. ^_^ I am very proud of you.

"Abel Tasman Trek"?

CONGRATS!!!

Mario, OCHO contributor and long-time pal of mine from the High School Daze, just informed us last week that he has incontroverible proof of his heterosexuality...

Jaime and Mario Caputo are expenting a baby! WOOOO HOOO!!!

Well, there's hope for me someday if Mario can do it. ^_~ Personally, I don't think I'm gonna get married or have kids. Feel like it's a boat that's sailed. I wasted a hugh chunk of my life when I should have been thinking "wife". I dunno...sounds worse than it is. Matt & Jill are getting hitched and diapers are usually a product of that. Kiwi...awwww...Chris is probably gonna bend a knee soon 'nuff that you're done with school. ^_~ James & Laura are already nesting. Lisa & Chris got Kai and moved to Colorado. Aimee & Jeff got Gracie. I think I gotta go get some new friends. Yer all depressing me!!! : P WAH!!! But really...

How did this turn into Woe Is Me? ^_~ BWAH!

MARIO...YOU'RE LITTLE WHITE STORMTROOMERS OF LOVE DID THEIR JOB! And in the words of Luca Brazzi to Don Corleone on the day of his daughter's wedding...and I hope it's a masculine child. ^_~ Please tell Jaime BIG CONGRATS from Sully and throw in a huge hug please.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

CONGRATS!!! Got any pictures of Graduation? Got plenty of time to read a funnybook or two now that you’re done with Uni? May I restart Comics Gnome Global? I’d love to send you a few “deep cuts” but you never had the time IMHO to really get into them.

Hey Sul. Thanks and HELL YES! Bring it on. "identity crisis" looks very good - will have to see if Gotham has it in stock. I'm back on board totally and completely. Nearly finished reading "Buffy - the spiritual guide" and made Chris buy me Battlefront a couple of weeks ago (thanks Matt for the recommendation - it's a very cool game). Picked up a couple of regular novels as well. And am hoping to get into it over the next couple of months.

My graduation isn't until March 18th. We have to wait until any that missed a placement or failed one has time to resit and the Board has time to assess everyone. I passed everything I got grades back on so far. A LOT of B's this year. I think Chris has been distracting me... I should have some pictures from my Uni Ball soon. I haven't gotten around to getting them developed. And I looked pretty!

I start work at the hospital on Monday. And besides doing the Abel Tasman trek I haven't had time for much of a break. But hey it's all for a good cause! "MONEY"... damn Christmas shopping.

Anyway, time to go watch some STAR WARS dvd's ... see ya!
Boston.com / News / Odds & ends / Bidding ends at $28K for cheese sandwich ...well, if it's never sprouted mold it must be holy!... Imagine what one of Elvis' penut butter and bacon sandwiches would have got him! who needs to sing?!?
THE SMOKING PUCK!!!

Do you miss Hockey? Is Hockey missed? Or is interest misplaced?


After a few mighty drags of a glass piece or two during one afternoon of mindless, jobless channel surfing, I tuned into an FM radio talk station. There was the local illuminati of the Sports Writer's scene at a major Golf tournament that happened last month. At this time, baseball was still being played. No one really talked about the Sox chances of winning it all since Red Sox Nation does not discuss Matters of State of that nature. For "jinxing" purposes.

What got me on the phone was the Verizon Hotline number. Not charged to your overall minutes. A "free" call. Well, I took the bait. And in this sea of Golf, Baseball and Football in early to mid September, I opened my mouth and my question was:

"Hey, the World Cup of Hockey is in full swing. Do you think anybody cares?"

Now, I knew what I was doing. To Whom I was speaking to. So that rummy, gin-blossom of a WBZ mainstay Bob Lobel says "No...nobody cares." It was treated as a joke. I went on to say it could be the only hockey with "Pros" we get to watch this year. And Lobel followed up with a snipe akin to "are you kidding? With the Sox to talk about and the Pats???" It was a joke for the rest of the broadcast. Truly, I listened.
"World Cup of Hockey??? Bwah-ha-ha!". I had to laugh along with them laughing at foolish me asking a simple, honest question.

The Sports Illuminati of Boston didn't seem to care in that opening round of the World Cup of Hockey and probably I think I was one of eight people watching that round. Canada ended up winning the World Cup, 3-2 in Overtime to beat Mikka Kiprusoff and Finland and also to not much fanfare.





After watching that First Round, I was amazed by the Finish team and thought they would go to the Finals. It was great to see International Teams on NHL regulation size ice. Even Germany. I had a hard time not rooting for Cap'n Joe Thornton against Team USA. I saw all my old friends out there. Sammy, Billy Guerin, Cap'n Joe. Even Vladmir "Rosie" Ruzica who was coaching the Czech team.

So, do I miss Hockey? YES! A resounding YES! A "HELL yeah!" yes. NESN doesn't play AHL games. Why not? Why is the AHL sitting on televising (or is it just in Boston?). I don't miss the ticket prices or the concession prices (that's the real jip) but I do miss the Ice. The sound of the whistle. The bang of the boards. The roar of the crowd. I miss Ric Flair's "WOOOOOO!" after a Bruins' home goal.



Is Hockey missed? For sure. Ask my old buddy Matt Sullivan, part owner of Porter's Bar on Portland Street if he misses Hockey. Or the vendors and FleetCenter employees who lost shifts due to the stoppage. No one really cares about the Fan and we all know it. The NHLPA and owners have been pulling a Ron Artest on us since Sept. 16. It is a semi-unfair blanket statement to make, of course. The owners would rather be counting their new shekels and the players would rather be skating every night. But of course, it is the Fan who is ultimately over-looked.

Remember: this is an Owner's Lockout. Not a Player's Union Strike.

Is there interest? Well, hard to say. People more and more have difficulty empathizing with over-paid athletes and greedy owners. Me personally, I know there will be hockey when there will be hockey. I can get on a train or car to Providence RI, Lowell, Manchester, Springfield (gawd, why would anyone want to go to Springfield ^_~), Worcester, Portland ME, Hartford CT. These are all the locations of AHL teams within DRIVING DISTANCE. Hockey is literally a choice away. I've stated over and over again Hockey's problem isn't the CBA, it's finding a 50 goal scorer or a 100 point man.


In other Places, the Tampa Bay Lightning received their Cup rings. In the words of the great Kevin Paul DuPont of the Boston Globe (who is keeping my seat warm ^_~):
"The Tampa Bay front office had to ask special permission from the league to hold a small, private ceremony last week to dole out flashy Stanley Cup rings. With the likes of Martin St. Louis and Nikolai Khabibulin playing overseas, only 15 players showed up to pick up the rings, each containing 138 diamonds (1 for each of the 106 points in the regular-season standings and 2 for each of the 16 postseason wins). Ex-Bruins Dave Andreychuk and Tim Taylor were among the Lightning in the receiving line. Once the tiny fete was finished, the players went to a hotel across the street for a bite to eat, joined by no one among the coaching or management staff. Does a crowning achievement get any more hollow than that?..."
Source:



The American Hockey League, the AHL, is a great place to try out new things, ideas and rules to perhaps import into the NHL. They've developed a Shootout to break ties. They developed the Overtime Loss (OTL) standing point that made it into the NHL. And now it's the proving ground for tinkering with the Goalie as a way to improve scoring. Not messing with the goal size or equipment regulation, but Goalie Puckhandling. Check out this News story from the AHL Home Page. The rule has been granted an extension to go all the way to the end of the Calder Cup (AHL Championship).

"American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league's Board of Governors has overwhelmingly approved the continuation of AHL Rule 31(j) for the duration of the 2004-05 regular season and the Calder Cup 2005 Playoffs.

The rule restricts the areas where goaltenders may play the puck in an attempt to increase offensive opportunities without wholly eliminating a goaltender's ability to assist his defensemen. In July, the AHL announced the implementation of a test for the first seven weeks of the regular season. Two lines were painted on the ice, beginning six feet from either goal post along the goal line and extending back to the end boards on diagonals to points 28 feet apart.

Goaltenders are not permitted to play any puck behind the goal line that is outside this trapezoid; violation of this rule results in a minor penalty for delay of game against the goaltender.

The decision to extend the test was made following consultation with players, coaches and management from throughout the league. The AHL will re-evaluate the results at the end of the season to determine whether the rule's application will continue further."

Source:


Once again I'll contend that Goalies are fine and should not be so restricted. To improve scoring, you're gonna have to eliminate some Minor Market Teams and redistribute that talent. The “Kurri-Messier-Gretzky” line is my Standard for this argument and try to defend against those guys. ^_~


So to rip off Jon Stewart who ripped off Craig Kilborne:
Here is your moment of Zen and like "The Cutting Edge"'s Bobby Dorsey. Smell the Ice.


Bobby Orr & Giles Gilbert.

THE SMOKING PUCK LIVES!!!

So Mario...the Great White North is the only place for the Great White Sport? Sorry to say but you do come off sound a bit of the ole' Archie Bunker/Southie Boy a bit. ^_~ I do hear what you're saying though and I'm only kinda busting yer balls. ^_~ You have valid points.

But why is it strange to see hockey NOT catching on in warmer climes? It's a great sport but having a team in Nashville is a bit on the same level as the Jamaican Bobsled Team. Sure you're welcome to try and compete but really...
Tampa Bay, last year's Cup Champion, was a great team from the Bottom Up. Goalie, Defense, Forwards, Veterans, Grinders, league MVP. But as I say about Baseball and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig fondling a semen-encrusted PSOne Controller from the SkyBoxes, it could be a "fix". ^_~ Really? Do I think that? Somewhere on some lever I must, but I digress. As Mark McGuire said on the Simpson's Season 11, "Brother's Little Helper", "Do you wanna know the awful truth or watch me hit dingers?"

"DINGERS!!!" ^_~

League Expansion to fill needed demographics have hurt the league a bit. The "asses-on-the-bench" filled with hard-to-pronounce EuroTalent is a by-product of that. Who's hungrier for that spot; Joe Q. Canadian, the prep school Yank or Dmetri Yerpullinmychainabitich from B.F.E., Yamamakakastan. Nashville's roster reads like the ingredients on a Doritos bag. On the 22-man roster for the Ottawa Senators, 8 are European player.

# GOALTENDERS POS HT WT BIRTHPLACE
1 Emery, Ray G 6'2" Hamilton, Ont.
31 Prusek, Martin G 6'2" Ostrava, Czech Rep.
39 Hasek, Dominik G 5'11" Pardubice, Czech.


# SKATERS POS HT WT BIRTHPLACE
2 Pothier, Brian D 6'0" New Bedford, Mass.
3 Chara, Zdeno D 6'9" Trencin, Slovakia
4 Phillips, Chris D 6'3" Calgary, Alta.
5 de Vries, Greg D 6'3" Sundridge, Ont.
6 Redden, Wade D 6'2" Lloydminster, Sask.
9 Havlat, Martin R 6'1" M-Boleslav, Czech Rep.
11 Alfredsson, Daniel R 5'11" Gothenburg, Sweden
12 Fisher, Mike C 6'1" Peterborough, Ont.
15 Schaefer, Peter L 5'11" Yellow Grass, Sask.
18 Hossa, Marian R 6'1" Stara Lubovna, Slovakia
19 Spezza, Jason C 6'2" Brampton, Ont.
20 Vermette, Antoine C 6'1" St. Agapit, Que.
21 Smolinski, Bryan C 6'1" Toledo, Ohio
24 Volchenkov, Anton D 6'1" Moscow, Russia
25 Neil, Chris R 6'0" Markdale, Ont.
26 Varada, Vaclav L Vsetin, Cze.
28 White, Todd C 5'10" Kanata, Ont.
33 Langfeld, Josh R 6'3" Fridley, Minn.
49 Kelly, Chris L 6'0" Toronto, Ont.


6 of the 15 players listed for the Bruins are Euro. 19 players listed on the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim roster, 9 are Euro. 25 players listed on the Detroit Red Wings roster, 7 are Euro. 20 Maple Leafs, about 5 Euros. When I say Euro I mean Euro. Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovakia and more. Notice the lack of African countries, South America, Australia, India, China et al. Japan though has an affinity for Hockey (including an Olympic Hockey Team here and there) but they also have Winter for a season. But when looking across the league, it all adds up with the Euro players. Not saying that these men do not deserve the shot that they've been given, no. But it's not longer about the good old boy from Moosejaw, Saskatchewan doing well for himself, family and farm anymore. The League is too big in markets where it probably won't thrive and as Mario "keenly" elucidated that Billy Joe Jim Bob Smith of Tennessee really cannot identify with right winger #33 Vladimir Orszagh of Bansk'a Bystrica, Slovakia.



of Bansk'a Bystrica, Slovakia.



Bansk'a Bystrica is on the Hron River in central Slovakia. The city sits in a valley surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.

Here are some tidbits of the city:

* The population of Bansk'a Bystrica is about 90,000, a little less than the size of Clarksville in Tennessee.

* In the fifth century, the area of Bansk'a Bystrica was actually a Slovak settlement, but later came under Hungarian control during the tenth century. In 1255, Hungarian King Belo IV gave the settlement municipality privileges, marking the beginning of the town of Bansk'a Bystrica.

* The 15th and 16th centuries brought extensive precious metal mining, including gold. The city became wealthy and enjoyed rapid growth. The prosperity of that time led to the building of what is now significant historical structures built in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. In fact, the town center has been proclaimed an historical preservation area.

* Stone walls surrounded the city starting in 1589. Remnants of these massive walls remain today.

* During World War II, Banská Bystrica was home to anti-fascist resistance and the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising.

* After the fall of communism, many historical houses were renovated. Bansk'a Bystrica is today the center of cultural, economic, and educational activities for central Slovakia.


Compliments of Nashville Predators Dot Com:



The NHL did better as a business when it was basically a "small" business, and I'd have to broker this as opinion unless I turn magically into an Investagatory* Journalist overnight. Or a "smaller" business might be a better term. Latching onto the modern Sports paradigm of Trendy Logos, Corporate Arena names and hi-priced talent is not working. I know this. You know this. The owners know this. Maybe the players know this too but are wading knee deep in The Nile. The NHL functioned better before the Expansion push of the mid-90's. The NHL was a better product then too. It was a mistake was thinking it was the NBA and expecting similar results with a like recipe.

Hockey is one of the most, if not THE, expensive sport to play from renting ice time to the splendid equipage one must don in order to safely play. With basketball, all one needs is a few mates and someone to bring a ball; courts are plentiful. Soccer/Futbol is the same way. Football has NERF and Touch/Flag. Hockey though. Mario might remember the visual. How’s about when the City Point kids would play the Projects kids at the MDC rink?

Hockey is alive and well. One of my hopefuls for Rookie of the Year, last season's Freshman Bruins sensation Patrice Bergeron luckily has a two-way contract allowing him to play in Providence of the American hockey League and was voted Player of the Week just last week.

"BERGERON IS AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK"
November 22, 2004

Providence Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named the CCM Vector AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 21. Bergeron tallied three goals and six assists for nine points in three games over the weekend, as the Bruins posted a 2-0-1-0 record, taking five of a possible six points...

Full story & source: http://www.providencebruins.com/press_releases/index.php?id=71

Lil' Bergie’s played 14 games for the Baby B's so far scoring 7 goals, 11 assists for 18 points and a Plus/Minus of +4. The Baby B's are currently 5th out of 7 in their Division.




Hey though, Papa Bear Raymond Jean Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, ONT along with two other defensemen of his era, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy. That was a no-brainer seeing Papa Bear won the Norris Trophy 5 times and owns lots of milestones; the NHL's all-time leading scorer among defensemen with 410 goals, 1,169 assists and 1,579 points. After winning the 2001 Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, he ranked second only to Wayne Gretzky in assists and eighth overall in total points, finishing just behind former Bruins standout Phil Esposito, who had 1,590 points.

Way to go, Ray! ^_^


When Hell freezes over...we'll drop the Puck then, kids. 'Namaste.


*Zoolander-ism.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

News Flash!!!

5 months in the oven...Level One Ultrasound from today says...

IT'S A GIRL!!!

"Pumpkinhead !, Jr." is actually Katia (Cat-YA) Raine Barnes.

Pics and/or video hopefully coming soon to OCHO!!! ^_^
There is nothing to say about Hockey right now except that we miss it.
Ya buncha of foot-shooting, big babies.

I agree - they are a big bunch of foot-shooting big babies. The problem I think though Sully is that most people really don't miss it. Hockey's just not main stream enough for the lockout to get the attention outside of the hockey cities, and even here in Boston it's not getting that much attention. I don't see them thar hillbillies down south giving a crap about it. Does anyone in Nashville really seem to miss it when northerners really don't seem to miss it?

There are of course many factors why hockey just can't get main stream or get higher attendence - It's always been a northern sport of course - particularly a "white" sport - in a country with growing black and hispanic population. Don't see too many rinks in Puerto Rico or Haiti, or youth leagues in a city like Nashville - sure they may and probably do exist (at least in Nashville) but not in the same numbers that a Little League or Pop Warner exist. Not enough to garner the interest of the kids to hook em in as fans. We grew up on the stories of Orr, Espo, O'Reilly, Hull, Park, Neely, and Bourque.

High ticket prices, expanding into markets too quickly that aren't really ready for hockey - (come on Nashville?) have also contributed to the state of the sport and the lack of interest and outrage that they are not playing this season. National television audiences just aren't there like they are for baseball, football, NASCAR, or even golf! for the same reasons I just mentioned above - it's still considered to be too much of a regional sport.

I think that even in a hockey town like Boston it doesn't seem that anybody really gives much of a shit whether the Broons skated last night or not. Boston fans are pretty fickle about sports teams. 15 years ago you couldn't get Celts tickets anywhere, now they can't give them away and Patriots and Sox tickets were a hell of a lot cheaper and easier to get. But now the Patriots in the middle of a great era...the Sox are in the middle of a great era... (all the drama of the whole A-Rod / Nomar wheeling and dealing got more hype and coverage from the press in the few weeks that went on than the whole Bruins season got last year).

But why then don't Boston fans even seem to really care much? We've always supported the Bruins whether they have had a good season or not - I may be way off base here and I dunno if this really has much to with the lack of interest in Boston or not but one reason I think that many people are so turned off by hockey is the huge influx of European players. I think that a lot of people lose interest in bunch of guys with names that they can't even pronounce let alone identify with. Sure - they are fantastic players. Best in the world - that's why they are leaving Finland, Russia, etc to play in a real hockey mecca like Nashville or Tampa. Why then? - Money of course. That's what this lockout is all about afterall. And without getting into the politics of this whole lockout - who's right or wrong - players or owners...I don't think that a whole lot of people in the US really give a shit about a bunch of millionaire cry babies whinning about money over a sport that many of them don't give a shit about to begin with.

Oh well - the Monarch's are playing this weekend - least we have that.


THE SMOKING PUCK
LOCKOUT EDITION


The following is a daily log of the NHL lockout, which began September 16:

TOTAL DAYS: 67

GAMES ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TODAY: 5

GAMES CANCELED TO DATE: 588

LAST WORK STOPPAGE: 1994 (103 days)

Source:

There is nothing to say about Hockey right now except that we miss it. Ya buncha of foot-shooting, big babies.

Monday, November 22, 2004

DC's Identity Crisis #7 (of 7)
Release Date: Dec. 15, 2004

Written by Brad Meltzer, pencils by Rags Morales
All covers by Michael Turner



Cover Issue #7

No spoilers here at OCHO but lemme tell you…how sublime this "Crisis" is!!! This title effects everything and everyone in the DCU Terra Firma. It is very, very low key for a Major Event but its impact will be felt as greatly as other major Events such as the original Crisis on Infinite Earths or Zero Hour (or even crappy Events like Legends, Invasion, War of the Gods, Bloodlines, Armageddon 2001, et al.). There is a rising body count of known DCU names and faces on both sides. This is a major House Cleaning Event and this time it is dark and foreboding.

"The word 'Crisis' is obviously an important one in the DC Universe," explained JLA Editor Mike Carlin. "But this isn't a giant multi-title crossover. It stands alone - though the effects from the story should be followed up in the rest of the universe for the foreseeable future. This is like a reverse-Crisis. Crisis was about all the heroes on all the planets, while this is about the people on this planet and how the events of the story affect these heroes."
Source


the Cliff’s Notes



Issue #1

In issue #1, a terrible deed has happened in the DCU. A murder most foul and terrible of "one of their own". Heartbreaking when you know who the victim was. The funeral services were emotionally evocative. It's a funnybook, dammit and it made me misty-eyed.




Issue #2

Issue #2 was perhaps the most eye-widening experience in the DCU since...well I can't even remember or compare right now it was that big. A very, very brutal happenstance on the JLA Satellite and a cover-up by the Justice League???




Issue #3

Deathstroke: The Terminator versus the Justice League. Great battle!!! And even more terrifying is that we flashback to "several" years ago in DCU Timeline Management and see how the JLA actually dealt with those who found out their secret identities. Things were never as Black & White as Good versus Evil even in an age of Supposed Innocence such as the Silver Age/JLA Satellite Era. It brings an air of much needed maturity to the "Super Friends" feel of those bygone days.




Issue #4

What price truth? Is it coercion when Wonder Woman brings the Golden Lasso to an interrogation? When the entire super "hero" community resembles the Boston Police Department when in the 1980’s, a manhunt for a Black Man resulted in violation of rights and many "justified" abuses searching for a killer when in fact the accuser himself was the murderer.
A link to More Info about this case in Boston:




Issue #5

This issue deals with parallels. Two sides of the same coin. Two sides being played off the other. And two sons with the same grief. Great pacing and storytelling here in the antepenultimate issue.




Issue #6

Enter the Batman. The World's Greatest Detective is on the case especially due to his culpability and how close it hits home. How deep was he in there to begin with anyway??? What will happen when he figured out the truth and how he figures into it??? It's gonna make a lot of mess in issue #7.



I do not know how this ends and I can't wait either. Actually I can wait and the suspense is rattling! I smell Trade Paperback within a few months of completion. $20 sez March or a little later. DC's not as timely as Marvel when it comes to publishing a TPB immediately following the end of a story arc. This is the latest case in a short history of continuity-sharing Events but this one was different from the get go. Subtle, clever, subversive and not what anyone expected.

WHO IS THE KILLER??? After the last panel in issue #6, I don't know if I wanna know. We will find out for sure Dec. 15 on Bodega Day sure enough. I might have to camp out. ^_~ This is ACME DC comics crafting.

Hit the bodega and beg for back issues! Or you can wait for the TPB but I can't promise the secret won't be let loose on the world by then.

‘Namaste!

Preacher Wrote:
Thanks Sully. It was my first and so far only attempt at silversmithing. Have you gotten it sized? It should be cheap and easy to do so.


I should have it sized but it looks great on my pinky. I’m the Pimp of Green Lanterns this way. ^_^ People…well…funnybook geeks are always wowed by it.



Kiwi Wrote:
Finally! I'm done. Well... at least for a little while.

No more studying for me, no more endless books piled high on the kitchen table. I'm done...

Holy crap! I'm done!!!


CONGRATS!!! Got any pictures of Graduation? Got plenty of time to read a funnybook or two now that you’re done with Uni? May I restart Comics Gnome Global? I’d love to send you a few “deep cuts” but you never had the time IMHO to really get into them.


Mario wrote:
Hell with it -

Sully, you should see the teaser...to use the language that only one from Southie can appreciate...it's wikkid pissa....The Ewok scence is going to totally blow your mind when you see the film...and the return of Greedo! Wow!

That's all I am gonna say about that!


F* off. Keep F*in’ off. And F*in’ keep it ALL to yer F*’in self. ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Finally! I'm done. Well... at least for a little while.

No more studying for me, no more endless books piled high on the kitchen table. I'm done...

Holy crap! I'm done!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Hell with it -

Sully, you should see the teaser...to use the language that only one from Southie can appreciate...it's wikkid pissa....The Ewok scence is going to totally blow your mind when you see the film...and the return of Greedo! Wow!

That's all I am gonna say about that!

Monday, November 15, 2004

>My newer ring is much better.

Thanks Sully. It was my first and so far only attempt at silversmithing. Have you gotten it sized? It should be cheap and easy to do so.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Did You Know...



1997 Justice League of America live action Pilot

The hard-to-find Justice League of America unreleased pilot movie everybody is talking about. Very entertaining and a must-have. This is the 87 min. version, not the 66 min. that is out there. Contains mock interviews with the JLA team all through the episode. Quality is ok, very watchable, and worth the price listed. For you that don't know, this was never shown on TV, and includes GL, Flash, Atom, Fire, Ice, and the Martian Manhunter. This is sold collector to collector. No rights given or implied.
Super Friends Fans!








Hey...I actually HAD this GL ring. Me Ma gave it to me and stupidy gave it away at the HRC. My newer ring is much better. ^_^

Thanks to: http://www.emeralddawn.com/index.htm