Monday, October 31, 2005

Ahhhhh Yes...Meathead turned 32 the other day...

Well don't I feel like a crappy friend for not remembering until I read the blog...Great story about the Jumbo-tron though!

Friday, October 28, 2005

THIS Smoking Puck...

is for Patrick Ford

by Rev. Sully
October 27, 2005

Patrick and I were at work. In one of the Circles of Hell trying to cool down. Thinking about and discussing Hockey of course...as we're oft to do because we're both sick & derranged hockey fans. We're both goalies too but I digress...

We were about to listen to the Game on the radio when the subject of "The Great One" came up. yes, that Great One. Wayne Gretzky.

I mentioned that I read a bit of his biography once in a bookstore years ago. His story had pictures in the center of the paperback and the caption mentioned that Wayne had only three fights in his professional career. THREE??? I thought that number was actually ZERO but the pictures in the middle of the paperback made me think thrice.

Well...for Pat...here's one of them.


Rev. Sully

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


October 25, 2005
By Rev. Sully

Video Killed the Radio Star but Radio Saved the Hockey Fan...
aka: Awww, “H. E. Double Hockey Sticks”...Happy Birthday, Meathead!

I was in the Bowels of Hell...the newly opened Eighth Circle of Inferno otherwise known as the place at where I work. In my job, it is necessary to work nights so I end up missing televised hockey games with alarming frequency. What can you do? There is always the radio. The radio had not let me down all summer long. Joe & Jerry calling the Red Sox kept me sane in a tormenting, demon-filled & stressful workplace all season long, nary missing a game broadcast on WEEI 850AM on a work night or weekend afternoon. This particular night sweating from the Heat of Hades, I was eagerly listening to WBZ 1030AM radio as the Boston Bruins visited division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I’ve never questioned why Toronto got “Leafs” and the rest of the English speaking world got “leaves” coming from a town the pulls up their socks and root for their Sox. Toronto is one of the only cities that rival Boston when it comes to something close to “Red Sox Nation”. Maple Leafs’ fans and the Toronto media can give Boston’s National Past Time a true run for the proverbial money. Who would be the football & basketball equivalents? Dallas Cowboys and either L.A. Lakers or Detroit Pistons? I wouldn’t pretend to know or assume. But Toronto “Maple Leafs Province” is a true force to rival Red Sox Nation for World’s Most Passionate Fans...but then there are Futbol Hooligans, huh? Arse-en-NAL!!! Arse-en-NAL!!! Yikes! Those guys make Bruins fans look like golf spectators.

What’s Brewin’? aka: where Intrepid Peter nods off at the Controls.
As I was atoning for my Karma in a brimstone filled Gehenna, the Bruins/Maple Leafs game was on. Immediately following the completion of the Tied-Up Overtime period, I ran for the nearest television to watch the Bruins first regular season Shootout. So what the Bruins gave up a mid-Third period shorthanded goal to tie the game at 4-4, so what if the Bruins were 0-for-10 on the Power Play, so what that the Bruins squandered a 5-on-3 Power Play at the end of the game, so what if the Bruins wasted over three minutes of Power Play time in the Five Minute Overtime Period. Okay...not “so what” but what a great game all things considered. The Bruins are leading the NHL in the Soggy Numbers. “SOG” is a Hockey statistic short for “Shots On Goal”. The Bruins against the Maple Leafs in 65 minutes of play registered 53 shots on net. The previous game against the Pittsburgh Penguins the Bruins made 47 shots on goal, scoring 6 times to boot. The Bruins so far in this season average 34.7 shots on goal per game, leading the league. The League Average is around 25 SOG. The Bruins didn’t stink up the Air Canada Centre...Leafs Goalie Eddie Belfour was simply amazing saving 49 shots in addition to all three Boston Shootout attempts. It is unfortunate that the Bruins are 0-for-6 against Northeast Division rivals so far in the 05-06 Season but there are 72 games remaining. The Bruins are far from a bad team, being three points behind the “Pack”, all other four NE Division teams tied for First Place with 12 standing points still very early in the season.
The Shootout itself though was simply thrilling as I hoped it would be. One concern from the players for a Shootout was the condition of the ice surface itself. A torn-up surface could give the puck a funny hop leading to a bobbled attempt is a valid fear and it was good to see the Zambonis come out and resurface the middle of the rink in the minutes between Overtime and Shootout. Another aspect of the Shootout not yet employed is that the NHL offered the Players the opportunity to not wear their helmets during the Shootout, providing for greater fan visibility. Hey, hat’s off to that idea...I personally think that would be “wicked pissah”, huh?

Happy Birthday, Meathead!
Happy Birthday, Meathead. I lost $20 to Bill Jacobs because I didn’t think you’d live this long; we made this bet in 1990. ”Meathead” is the lesser known nickname of my best friend/housemate/de facto brother to my only child...and also my companion to many, many Bruins home games over the years. Although it is best to use only his nickname here to protect his identity. You know from potential paternity suits and the like but I digress... It was October 24, 2002 and the Ottawa Senators were in Towne. Meathead and I went to the game and I had hatched a plan to do something special for his birthday. Now, I’ve known Meathead for over half my life and I can count on one hand how many times we’ve exchanged birthday presents. We might be close but we’re not that close. So here we were in the house formally known as the FleetCenter enjoying the Hockey game and in the second Intermission what does it say on the JumboTron? Happy Birthday Meathead. Of course it displayed his real name, hidden here for myriad legal & ethical reasons. I had called ahead and made arrangements to have a birthday message shown for Meathead. In an action-packed game, it could be very easy to miss your own message if you’re not diligent. I actually had to run to the Customer Service office to demand that they put it up there in the next period break. There was no charge but a donation to the Bruins Wives Charities (or the such) in a certain denomination was required to fulfill my request of birthday greetings. But his birthday present didn’t end with his name on the Score Board...no. On the way out in the hallways, in the usual drunken stupor that accompanies a full three periods with the required hour “pre-game warm-up”, I had over heard someone say something really dumb about something else and I felt obligated to call him on his stupidity. Literally a passing remark for we were walking past and through...on to the bar for the Post-Game Report. I cannot recall the dumb comment or my response but I do remember “cause & effect”. I kept walking & talking to Meathead until I felt that he was no longer there. I look behind me and see Meathead nose to nose with the guy to who made the remark, and it was getting heated. Well, fists started flying. My initial tug to come-a-runnin’ was replaced by a James Dean-like coolness to lean against the wall and just watch until it should be necessary to come charging in. All Hockey Fans are aware of what happens to the “Third Man In” the Altercation (Rule 56.D states: “A game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who is the first to intervene in an altercation already in progress...”). As all stupid things go, it’s contagious. A buddy of the Stoopid Comment Guy jumps in the fracas and so I broke my coolness & tackled the Schmuck. Within three seconds, Security was on the four of us like white on rice and we were corralled in two separate directions. For weeks after that all I heard was “You got Meathead punched...in the head...for his birthday”. No one ever remembers the JumboTron. Well, Happy Birthday, Meathead.


Rev. Sully

Come visit Channel Ocho for more PUCK.
The Smoking Puck is featured at the Boston Sports Massacre. The “BSM” is a Boston-based weekly Sports PodCast.
The PUCK is also now available at Philly Keith Dot Com. Great, independent Hockey talk from the City of Brotherly Love now with a Beantown Boy chiming in.

Monday, October 24, 2005


October 24, 2005
by Rev. Sully

Shootout in the Blogger Corral
aka Tie "Fighters" at Six O'Clock

Recently The Smoking PUCK has been picked up by PhillyKeith Dot Com's Hockey section, a Philiadelphia Phan Site. Readers of the PUCK know that I get along with Flyers fans 78 games in a season. PhillyKeith posted an inquiry for NHL writers on Craigslist which Boston Sports Massacre's Brian forwarded to me. I responded and have been enjoying home-brewed hockey talk there since plus having the PUCK printed "in" Philly. PhillyKeith Dot Com is advertised as the "Extreme Sports Writer Back with his own Site". So Check out our Brothers in the city of Brotherly Love...go Flyers except when they play the Black & Gold of Beantown. Let's hear it for Hockey fans everywhere speaking their minds on the Internet.

One poster, Frank Ingiosi who writes "Putting On The Foil" is a hockey purist and put up his dukes to defend the old school...and the acceptance of Shootouts to resolve regular season NHL Games. Come to PhillyKeith and check out Frank's writings on Hockey, on why Philly Fans should forgive Eric Lindros (he had me on that one) and "Putting on the Foil"s Atlantic Division predictions. It's good stuff. Thanks.

Link to PhillyKeith Posting of the Smoking Puck, Spetember 29, 2005 and its comments.

Just the Facts here though...

At 4:20 PM, fingiosi said...

Aww, good Reverend. While I highly respect your opinion as well as your knowledge of the game, I must disagree.

The shootout is a gimick that gives hockey purists heart palpitations. While I can accept change to our beloved game this is a bit much. I mean, what's next, a two point goal?


At 6:59 AM, Rev Sully said...

Hiya Frank,

Actually the two-point goal was scrapped in favor of having the mascots skate the Shootout in next year's All Star Game.

I had no problem with the "Old NHL" until I realized...the "Old NHL" was the problem. In the 4 games to this day, hockey...or at least the 4 Bruins games I've watched has been so opened up. Passing, one-timers, LOTS of Power Play opportunities. The Tag Up Offsides and No Two Line Offsides is working. The Bruins home opener took 2h 15m to play. The first whistle was 4 minutes into the 1st period...but I digress...we're talking Shootouts here.

The Shootout I haven't seen yet on the television or in person. Olympic hockey have had shootouts to decide Medal games. I hope that a shootout will never decide the Cup but I have no problems with the Regular Season shootout for one simple reason; I hate ties. Hate 'em. Hate 'em as much as I hate the NYR. Hate 'em like a 5 year old hates broccoli. The team still gets the Standings point for bringing the game into OT. OTL in the Standings is just the old "T" in "W-L-T". But win or lose, the shootout is an excellent solution for tied games.

People wanted it. Not all obviously but enough that this idea has been kicking around for over the past 10 years. It is a solution to the "Tie" Problem and it is a little thrilling too. The two Ottawa/Toronto games decided the Battle of Ontario with Shootouts in both meetings this young season (with the Sens taking both). Hey...I love penalty shots. It doesn't happen often, only when it's extremely warrented does the Ref point to center ice. The Shootout brings fun to the ice and also anticipation to the Overtime period with something new...resolution. Say it with me...no more ties, no more ties, no more ties!!!

Rev. Sully

Friday, October 21, 2005

I just got a "Hello" in the email from Porter. I almost had a freakin' heart attack, as I honestly though she'd completely fallen off the face of the earth never to be heard from again.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

"I might have my own level of discomfort going to games, putting up with those raucous fans although that’s something I must come to terms with but I digress..."

Funny thing is Sully...not too long ago we were those very fans.

Molly muck muck...molly molly muck muck....

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


October 19, 2005
By Rev. Sully

Huh...duh...there’s a hockey season going on.
aka Shuddup, siddown & watch the game!

About over a decade ago I was listening to a local Sports Radio weekly show. It was called “Hockey Talk” and its host was Dale Arnold. I remember I was over at UMass Boston’s ice rink, enjoying the free skate on an off weekday afternoon & listening to my headphones. I recall this distinctly. Dale, a hockey man true & blue in black & gold, had finished interviewing visiting defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn and Dale said one of the sanest things I’ve ever heard about Hockey Talk. You can only really talk about hockey for 15 minutes. Hockey is not like NFL Football where ESPN can dissect each Week, every week before, on and after Gameday. The NHL is not like MLB or NBA, which are thoroughly showcased & remarked upon on SportsCenter and its clones on FOX Sports Net and the like. The NBA might be a transition game as Hockey but NBA coverage & commentary is fueled by outstanding individual achievements and their personalities...personalities which NHL Hockey sorely lacks. Hockey is pretty much to the point. As Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh said in the movie “Bull Durham”, “A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while”.

Think about that for a while. Indeed.

You shoot the puck. You pass the puck. You save the puck. Somewhere in between are line changes, the Zamboni and for us the fans the beer & bathroom lines. The Gallery Gawds got it right when they chant from On High “Shoot, Skate, Hit ‘Em!” although it gets a little tiring hearing it over & over & over again. Bruins fans are devoted and fearsome. I might have my own level of discomfort going to games, putting up with those raucous fans although that’s something I must come to terms with but I digress...

No one really bandies about the merits of the Collapsing defense or what is better; the Triangle or Behind the Net offense. Hockey tactics are very basic. Individual players are only as good as their linemates. Goalies are only as good as their defensemen. Teams are only as good as their coaches regardless of on-ice talent. As Vonnegut puts it, “So it goes”.

What’s Brewin’...aka where Intrepid Peter’s eyes glaze over
What’s to say about the Bruins right now a whopping 7 games into the “New NHL”? That they stink because they’re in last place? That the Ottawa game was horrendous because we couldn’t even tie our skates? That the Montreal game was a disaster because we penalized ourselves out of the lead & game and went 2-for-10 on the Power Play to boot? Nah, that’s too negative and too early in the season to claim anyhoo. Only One of those Seven games have been played on Home Ice while the Circus makes its annual trip to Beantown. Cap’n Joe Thornton has been out a week with a crick in his back...blame him? C’mon, ever call in sick to the work? Center Alexei Zhamnov has yet to be seen in the Regular Season due to his injury and when he does I foresee a lot of PIM for him. Being an older & more of a “Clutch & Grab” style of player, “Archie” is Old School and might be seen in the “Sin Bin” too much. Defenseman Nick Boynton was finally signed and thrown right into the fire. Patrice Bergeron is “What’s Brewin’” and also the Bruin to watch this Season with his great vision & hands. A year in the American Hockey League seasoned “Bergie” like a Montreal Steak. Congrats to Brian Leetch who got his 1,000th career point. The removing of the Red Line, the liberal lacking of whistles for Icings and the Tag-Up Offsides are making the games quicker and fluid as expected. Penalties are judiciously enforced creating Power Play opportunities at any time in the game. The whistles are not going away and it’s up to the “Older” players to change their stripes because the Referees are not about to. It is disappointing to see the Bruins lose but that’s what you get when you don’t “Shoot Skate & Hit ‘Em” for 60 full minutes.

I’ve been trying to watch as much NHL Hockey as I can. Bruins Hockey, any games. The coverage given on the Outdoor Life Network is alright but still televised Hockey in the US cannot hold a candle to the Canadian Broadcast Company’s “Hockey Night in Canada”. NESN’s High Definition coverage is outstanding...or so I hear. The New England Sports Network will be broadcasting all home games in HDTV but I was present for that sole game. My view was cropped by the guy in front of me sitting on the edge of his seat all game long. At least not many people got up and down from their seats during gameplay, perhaps the most annoying thing about going to a game. Not once was I able to properly (and usually with libation) say “Siddown or bend ovah and open yer mouth...yule make a bettah telescope!!!” I haven’t seen an OLN HDTV broadcast on the few games I’ve seen on that network and OLN is not able to broadcast all their games in HDTV. Their select schedule can be seen here. That HD Schedule includes November 8 with the Bruins in Philadelphia.

Fans of “The Smoking PUCK” will just love ESPN Dot Com’s John Buccigross’ Hockey article about his trip to the Penguins/Flyers game. Great hockey talk for 15 more minutes. Check it out.


Rev. Sully

Come visit Channel Ocho for more PUCK.
The Smoking Puck is featured at the Boston Sports Massacre. The “BSM” is a Boston-based weekly Sports PodCast.
The PUCK is also now available at Philly Keith Dot Com. Great, independent Hockey talk from the City of Brotherly Love now with a Beantown Boy chiming in.

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Comics Gnome Tells Rev. Sully He NEEDS Crisis Counselling

So...DC once again, and against my better judgement, received about $15 of my money I didn't have to spend on a luxury such as a funnybook. Three issues of GREEN LANTERN (2 issues to get current and the first of five in GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE), the FLASH #224 (and I would have got #225 if it was on the shelf...I'll wait until next week for Geoff Johns final issue in his five-year "run" on the Scarlet Speedster's title) and of course...INFINITE CRISIS #1.

INFINITE CRISIS #1 had two competing covers. Jim "Insert Angelic Choir Here" Lee's X-MEN #1 had six different covers (and sold 8 million of them too). One of the INFINITE CRISIS #1 was drawn by "Saint Jim" (see the previous Comics Gnome pooting for the image below) but the other was drawn by CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH's penciller and legend in his own right George Perez. I'm a sucker for the original CRISIS...plus I thought it was a better cover. I like it better...sue me.

Perez's INFINITE CRISIS #1 cover

INFINITE CRISIS is a little bit hard to just "jump onto". I enjoyed issue #1 but I stayed savvy on the convergent stories that all meld in this new CRISIS even though I haven't purchased or read everything related in months. So I can't rightfully suggest it to the reader who has no clue. They might not enjoy it. INFINITE CRISIS starts "In Medias Res" highlighted by a major conflict with the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman) and also steeped in recent Events such as IDENTITY CRISIS, the 80-Page Giant and the "COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS" series where four different six-issue titles took many, many First, Second & Lower Tier players and shook up their worlds, which all contribute to the INFINITE CRISIS itself. Not to mention all the "Tie-In" issues all over the DCU for the past 6 or more months. The original CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS at least seemed to be a "fresh" story not dependent on the previous "Over Story".

INFINITE CRISIS does keep the severity of action started in IDENTITY CRISIS, published a year earlier and the starting pistol to this race of resetting the DCU continuity. IDENTITY CRISIS was an example of the level of storytelling DC wants its Capes & Tights to be following this new CRISIS. The I.D. CRISIS was purely masterful and I can't wait to follow this trail the "Young Turks" at 1700 Broadway blaze.

I'll be tuned into INFINITE CRISIS until the end...I can't make any promises for "52". When INFINITE CRISIS #7 is completed, all DCU title will start "One Year Later" and that will be the new playground in which we'll run around in. "52" the Funnybook, each week for a year, documents that year in the DCU where things change.

Here's some "Fanboy Bait" but I was thinking out loud to myself and then posed a question...and mailed it to the DC Editors. If you're in the know, you'll let me know what you think. I'll post it if the DC Editors think my question is worthy enough to answer.

Hello all at 1700,

I was just interested in a bit of DC/Vertigo goings on
in light of the events of the INFINITE CRISIS.
OK...especially since John Constantine was introduced
in the original CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS (even being
on the Monitor's satellite) and played a role in Alan
Moore's SWAMP THING that dealt directly with the
CRISIS...will HELLBLAZER be starting up "One Year
After" as all the other DC titles will in INFINITE
CRISIS' wake? What about the other DCU related
VERTIGO titles?

HELLBLAZER is VERTIGO but there is a somewhat, what
I'll call a "vague tether" that connects the two
imprints in Constantine's book, SWAMP THING and TIM
HUNTER's title BOOKS OF MAGICK. DC magic heavy
hitters such as Zatanna and the Phantom Stranger have
appeared in HELLBLAZER over the years and so I ask
what role, if any will INFINITE CRISIS have on
HELLBLAZER? Thanks and I'm enjoying the pants off of
DC these days.

Make Mine Distinguished Competition...noooge!
Rev. Sully
Boston, MA USA

Ask them yerself: askeditors@dccomics.com

See you in the Funnypages, Comics Gnome,
Rev. Sully

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Comics Gnome Seeks Crisis Counselling

Run for the Hills!!! The INFINTE CRISIS starts today!

Infinte Crisis #1, cover art by Jim "Insert Angelic Choir Here" Lee

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning; Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope and George Pérez

It's finally here: the comics event so massive that it built over the first half of 2005, through COUNTDOWN, DAY OF VENGEANCE, RANN/THANAGAR WAR, VILLAINS UNITED and THE OMAC PROJECT! Prepare for the dawn of the DCU's darkest day in INFINITE CRISIS, a 7-issue miniseries written by Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, JSA) with art by Phil Jimenez (OTHERWORLD, Uncanny X-Men) & Andy Lanning (OTHERWORLD) and covers by George Pérez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and Jim Lee (BATMAN, SUPERMAN) & Sandra hope! Surrounded by their most fearsome enemies, the world's greatest heroes are divided within and without.

DC's icons — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman — are joined by Nightwing, Supergirl, Donna Troy, Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl, Green Lantern, the Flash and more as they face their most dire hour. What happens next will destroy friendships and lives, dictating the direction of the universe for the next generation!

Years in the making, the greatest event to hit the DCU in over two decades is about to explode — don't miss out!

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 12, 2005

Copy from DC Dot Com

Trolling the confines of DC Cot Com on my New Release-less Wednesday, I run across their featured news stories. In addition to ALL of Alan Moore's DCU Continuity odd's & ends in one volume, there is an article of note straight outta Beantown. I had to read...it was from the Boston Phoenix. The Phoenix article was about the Infinite Crisis. The much-anticipated DC Event to Restart once again the DC Universe Continuity is on. It's been "on" since the IDENTITY CRISIS and promises to delight DCU fans, new & old.
From Bernard Marx's article,
"(Phil)Jimenez, best known for fine line detail and dynamic scenes reminiscent of classics such as artist George Perez's Crisis on Infinite Earths and trained by legends such as the innovative graphic-novel inventor Will Eisner, will take time off from his creator-owned series for DC's Vertigo line to produce the series."

Phil Jimenez gets to live out a life-long dream of following in George Perez' footsteps. Perez drew the 12-issue original Crisis on Infinite Earths which INFINITE CRISIS is sequel to (and then what was the point of 1994's ZERO HOUR: Crisis in Time? ^_~...that's cheeky fanboy bait BTW). The Comics Gnome previously had deposited this nugget onto the Coffee Table and this afternoon in my New Release-less fugue I was reminding myself why I'm looking forward to Jimenez' hero-packed panels in the INFINTE CRISIS, not forgetting to mention Geoff John's storytelling and vast tapestry while I'm espousing all things good in funnybooks.

JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative

Phil Jimenez' cover art to the Trade paperback.

Jimenez pencilled the lesser known teaming-up and squaring-off of "the Justice League of America" and "The Titans" in three high octane issues from 1998. This tale almost slipped under my radar until the Gnome left it in a Wednesday stack in the recent past. Phil Jimenez gets the nod for INFINITE CRISIS with his ability to cram dozens & dozens of action-packed heroes on one page. Proof seen here in "The Technis Imperative". The Technis Imperative is great for any fan of the Teen Titans, New Titans or any team that comes from that hegemony.

The Titans were once the Teen Titans and they were the Junior JLA of the teenage superhero Sidekicks. In the early 1980s, this title was invigorated by Marv Wolfman by calling it the New Teen Titans, adding the modern team seen in the Animated Series and grew Robin up by making him into Nightwing. Wolfman made the New Titans into a fan favorite with great storytelling about the younger superheroes of the DCU but giving them the developing maturity & problems that all teenagers are seeking. Wolfman was also the writer of "Crisis on Infinite Earths".

Crisis on Infinte Earths #1 Cover Art by George Perez

For your Reading Pleasure...DC Comics Dot Com's Official INFINITE CRISIS Mini Site

See you in the funnypages, Comics Gnome. Happy New Release Day. ^_~ I might just have to go out and forage for INFINTE CRISIS #1 tomorrow. I just gotta have it.

Rev. Sully

Friday, October 07, 2005

BTW, have Scotty give me a call... we gotta get together and divy up some Bruins tickets!
Won't see me now that I'm married, eh? Public transportation runs right to my door my friend. Come on by anytime, or come on out... my brother in law's having a party this weekend if you want to belly up to the booze luge and pretend you aren't the one who's settled down. ;)
Chinatown hookers
All enrolled in night classes
Your mom is in town

:: gong hit ::

:: bong hit ::


Sorry I don't post here more often, but hell, I don't even update my own friggin' website! For someone who puts up a front of being incredibly busy, I'm one mightily slothful mofo. But thanks for all the hockey news, silliness and sexy comic chix. Here's one right back atcha -

Humina humina humina...

- Dr. Hooey
Happy Birthday OCHO!!!

The Channel OCHO Blog has been chuggin' around for THREE YEARS now. HUZZAH!

In no particular order...James, Paul, Leah, Matt, Mario, Peter, Keith, Dringo...yes even Keri the Munchkin...to all who have Blogged here at OCHO. Thank you.

OCHO went from just another chat place for a group of friends, the "Nero & Pedro Homebase" to the real home of the SMOKING PUCK, my homegrown hockey column and the Comics Gnome. For a group of no less then FOUR ordained ULC Ministers, there has been Spirituality posts on occasion and disscussions on religion and the like. Also the cradle of our childhood imaginations, Star Wars is proudly talked about on OCHO for the card carrying geek squad.

Change is the Essence of the Cosmos. OCHO has changed naturally and out of neccessity. Once I was "busted" by a girl a was dating who was reading my Blog and I had to change the URL. I also went back and "scrubbed" the content copy (especially vitriolic) of all but one mentioning, of a certain ex who still deserves that vitriol. ^_~ But really...sorry...just broke out in hives and needed an emergency shot of cortizone over that but I digress... Change happens whether we want it or not.

OCHO has kept some of us together...when Leah came to the States recently it was kinda like I saw her the previous week and without missing a beat. Matt's now married and we won't see him for a while. ^_~ James is out in Seattle. Who;s next?
OCHO's my favorite place on the Internet...selfishly enough. Stay tuned, hopefully we can get more people in the Future. If anyone sees "Prudence", tell her to say finally say hi. ^_~

Thanks OCHO! Happy Birthday!

Rev. Sully

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Comics Gnome Abandons Hope

It has been over three months since the Comics Gnome pooted a Wednesday Offering on the Coffee Table. It is with heavy heart that Comics Talk with the Comics Gnome is on hiatus. But like Family Guy...it will return eventually. New Arrivals are always new when you haven't read them.

When I can afford it, I'll be getting back in the swing of things with the DC Trade paperbacks leading up to the Infinite Crisis. I might just go back to buying two issues each month; one DC and one MARVEL. DC Trades are due in December. I feel like the grandfather in the movie "The Lost Boys": why own a TV when you can read "TV Guide". I look at DC Dot Com once a week.

I just started unpacking my gear and I came across my box of trade paperbacks. I wish I had it busted out when Leah & Chris were in the States. I have the DC Universe trade paperbacks sorted by Chronology, not Alphabetically. It's not too far off from John Cuisak in "High Fidelity" and his sortings of his record collection. Batgirl & Robin Years One start it off but then comes "Crisis On Infinite Earths". The early 1970's O'Neal/Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow come after the late 1980's GL: Emerald Dawn I & II in this sorting.

Everything that was stowed in the basement was practically ruined due to dampness and mold. So when I found that the funnybooks were OK, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. What did I pickup first?

A kernel of DCU that is magnificently scribed and deftly illustrated...
Before there was Hellboy...

there was the "Cosmic Odyssey".

Mike Mignola's art is just something you have to absorb and Jim Starlin's storytelling and dialog sparkles. Originally published in 1988 in 4 issues, this trade paperback's effects are still felt. Particularly in regards to Green Lantern John Stewart and someone who will eventually become a GL Killer, Fatality.

This Event shook up the DCU subtlely and without the Huge Core Title/Crossover to other titles Event, akin to the 7 issue Identity Crisis. That Huge Event formula is now being played out in the DCU with the upcoming INFINTE CRISIS.

Cosmic Odyssey places the Universe on the brink of destruction (yet again) and creates an oddball team of heroes in cahoots with Super Bad Guy, Darkseid in order to save existence. Batman versus Darkseid??? How GL John Stewart Lost His Groove. Orion Learns to Care about people under his Caste. And a blending of Powers and Magics to save all Creation. The Foreward is a great read and catches the reader up swiftly.

This deserves a place on your coffee table if you're a fan of the DC Universe continuity. A very underrated and unheralded title that might of flown under your radar...take it from the Comics Gnome. He might be doing his best Kerouac, roaming the land and helping others to see life through the panels but his impact is still felt on the coffee table.

See you in the Funny Pages, Comics Gnome. Come home soon. Until then, I'll be rereading the old Stack. ^_~

Rev. Sully

October 6, 2005
By Rev. Sully

aka The Icing on the Cake is that The NHL Season BEGINS but Beware the Flying Free Stuff when taking your Kids to the Garden

The view from Rev. Sully’s “Gahh-den” seats.

Here’s my address for this season. Section 330, Row 9, Seats 5 & 6. Well, for the maximum of 10 games at least. And Playoff tickets are ours here too. What a country! Up in the Air with the Rest of the Gallery Gods. The chants of “Shoot, Skate, Hit ‘Em”. Lines for beer & restrooms. The occasional getting my best friend punched in the head for his birthday but I digress...

The Sky’s The Limit
I won’t be able to go to all these games unfortunately. Although there will be the occasional game or three in the Sky Box. The Luxury Ring. The inside track for the past few seasons grants us access to one of the best views in the House (formerly known as the Vault in the free-wheelin’ ‘90s).

The view from the Sky Box. It ain’t bad...

Here’s a fact: beer is cheaper in the Sky Boxes. Criminal, huh? $10 for a six-pack of cans from the catering servers. Heck, if they raised the price to $15 it would still be a value. There will be $10 & $19 tickets in the nosebleed section this year too.

The Icing on the Cake
Icing happens. The puck come down before the other guy and play stop and start up. Icing was one of the few things not changed in the Brand new NHL of the 21st Century. Icing was almost turned into “No-Touch” Icing with the NHL Competition Committee as it is in NCAA & International play but for some good & prudent reason, icing has remained the same. I for one am very happy about that. The mad race for the Puck down the Ice, the touch-up by the offensive player to avoid the Whistle with a centering pass or a wraparound attempt...it is thrilling I assure you.

Icing Rules in short:

Icing the puck offenses still will be penalized by a face-off in the defensive zone of the team that ices the puck.

A team that ices the puck cannot make a line change prior to the ensuing face-off.

"Touch" icing will remain the practice, although the Linesman will have discretion to wave off apparent icing infractions if they are deemed the result of an attempted pass. Providing the discretion to the Linesman also should have the effect of reducing the number of situations in which a race for the puck might result in an injury to a player.

Compliments of NHL Dot Com Rule Changes Summary. Bold text from Rev. Sully.

Icing in the “Old NHL” was a tool used to get a whistle in order to make a line change, to get a tired line off the ice in desperation. This is no longer the case however keeping the excitement of the all out race for the puck.

And The Cake is Thrown on the Ice...
All 30 NHL teams played on October 5, 2005. Too many items to dissect here and 81 more games to go. Unfortunately, the Bruins were beaten by Les Habitants, the Montreal Canadians 2-1 in the home & season opener. It was their 670th meeting and although outshooting the Habs 30 to 21, the Bruins went 0-for-7 on the Power Play. It also got ugly because of the fans. Opening Night was Mini Stanley Cup Giveaway Night. All attendees of tonight’s game were given a replica of Lord Stanley’s trophy. Many of these hard, plastic Cup replicas were thrown onto the ice with 11.1 seconds remaining in the 3rd Period after Michael Ryder’s late Power Play goal Wednesday night.

It was Utterly Classless and Disgraceful. Being in the Gallery Opening Night reminded me of what I detest most about Bruins fans and I am really embarrassed to be one of them right now. I’ve seen it before too many times. Beer cups. Crumbled pieces of heavy paper. Visiting fans (that part is stretching it but don’t tell me it hasn’t been tried). All for foolish crap too; a bad call, a late goal, a blown game. Mark my words...the ONLY things that should be allowed to be thrown to the ice surface is a hat in honor of a player scoring a Hat Trick. It was just horrible to be associated with that kind of action.

I forgot what it meant to be a “Gallery God”, the fan who lives upstairs at the “Gahh-den”. I forgot what it takes to be one and I think in the Lockout “Unseason” of 2004-05, I forgot what it took to behave like one too. Bruins fans are some of the most fierce and loyal creatures on the planet. But most smart animals don’t defecate where they sleep. There might never again be something like Joe Thornton Bobble Head doll night after a game like this. Losses will happen. There are 81 more games to go with 40 at the Garden. I’m starting to think I’d rather watch them at home after a night like that. The Gallery Gods chant of “B.S.!!!” after a lousy call is one thing but pelting the ice and incidentally the PLAYERS with swag is never acceptable.

Elsewhere in the NHL...Confusion in the Boxscores
The Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Shootout making it the first NHL regular season game to be decided with the tiebreaker. I’ve noticed already that the boxscores from different sources vary in their reporting of the Shootout and lends hand to a little perplexity. NHL Dot Com’s boxscore reports the Sens victory as 3-2 (SO). Yahoo! Sports reads 3-2 OT and that Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson scored the Game Winning Goal at 0:00 of 2OT. Nowhere in any of the Box Scores does it list the Shootout shooters or the goals they scored after the 5 minute, four-on-four overtime period was competed. Boston Dot Com, the online Boston Globe’s boxscore is just as confusing showing a “SO” column in the score up on top of the page but further down after “First Overtime”, the “Second Overtime” Summary reads “No scoring”. Confused? I am.


Rev. Sully

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