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Thursday, October 25, 2007

THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 25, 2007
By Rev. Sully

This Is Not a Baseball Article but who is the King of the World?
aka: Original Six Blah Blah Woof Woof...


Things To Remember:
Another Phil Kessel shootout gamewinner versus the Rangers.
Getting mauled 6-1 by the impressive Canadians.
The Blackhawks are coming to Gahhden Ice for the first time in four years.

I gotta write some of this down before I forget, eh?

So wickid early in the season and with the Red Sox hoggin' bandwidth in the Boston SportsCulture zeitgiest, the Bruins are still 4th in the minds of many. The Celtics have yet to play a season game...and the Green are 3rd. Game 2 of the frickin' World Series. One of me to keep track...the numbers keep adding up.

Blah blah, woof woof. It's a favorite phrase of mine. When I reach the saturation point an expressed though, there's nothing more to say besides "blah blah, woof woof". So was taught to me in the Summer of Love, 1967...in the morning at Woodstock when Jimi Hendrix took to the Stage. He started talking to the crowd but then trailed off "blah blah, woof woof" twice during his intro to the song "Isabella". The Bruins win 4 in a row but snapped the streak in Montreal when last we played.
And Seinfeld said it, "yadda, yadda, yadda...", right?

Who can concentrate on hockey...well I can for one. But that's just me. I know Meathead can...he had tix for Sunday's Bruins/Rangers and then later Game 6 of the ALCS. Saturday Sportsgasm for him. Against the Original Six, the Bruins are so far 1-and-1. A win against the Rangers and a loss against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight we have the Blackhawks of Chicago facing off against the Black & Gold at 7:00PM. The World Series starts at 8:30PM. Hmmm...what's a boy to do?

I watch NESN a lot, the New England Sports Network. I gripe about them a lot as well. They gripe about the Bruins lack of faceoff wins...but mine is a little more "superficial"? I noticed this. Kathyrn Tappen is the host of the Boston Bruins SportsDesk. She's a relatively attractive woman in her 30's but NESN doesn't give her rarely any close-up shots as they do the other "ingenues" Tina Cervasio and Hazel Mae. The camera loves Tina & Hazel but i
iDigress... The camera rather shows copious close-ups of Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Mike Milbury, Barry Pederson or Cam Neely. I just saw one of three close ups of Ms. Tappen in 24 minutes of broadcast time in the Warm-Up Show for a Hostess. The commercial for the pre-game has a quick close-up of her...that's in a 10 second spot, not a 30-minute show! Dude...you do the frickin' math, alright Mouthbreather? Her "P"'s hit the Mic too hard but darn...give the gal her screentime, why dontcha. I'm watching this on HDTV. I can see for myself. Of course I emailed NESN...

October 25, 2007

Dear NESN,

Hi there. I watch a LOT of NESN. I really do. Between the Sox and the Bruins over a decade I've watched a tremendous amount of NESN broadcasting. Does it make me an expert on watching Television? Who knows? But I know this much...what is up with Kathryn Tappen??? I mean...the camera LOVES (capital LOVES!!!) Tina Cervasio & Hazel Mae. Lots of close-ups. I mean the camera loves the gals of NESN (and New England loves our NESN Gals and that's on the up-and-up). But with Ms. Tappen...the camera rarely ever shows close-ups of our Bruins pre-game hostess. I only notice because I watch a lot of NESN. You show copious close ups of ugly, old hockey players such as Barry Pedersen, Mike Milbury, Cam Neely and Rick Middleton but I've noticed the lack of Ms. Tappen's close-ups so much...I've kinda started counting. I think you had two whole three second close-ups of Ms. Tappen on a 22-minute long pre-game show. There was one in a 10-second Bruins spot and that was half the amount of the whole pre-game show...are you counting, because I am. And lots of closeups of the men. It's starting to make me feel "weird". Is there something wrong with Ms. Tappen? Do you think we'd rather be beheld to the handsome countenances of ex-hockey players?

Hey...it's only because I've noticed. There's something going on. There's something about Ms. Tappen that she doesn't warrant close-ups\ but it's creepy. Either replace her or give the lady her screentime. Generic non-regional diction is all well and good but when you have a female desk hostess that the camera obviously avoids, then it's time to speak up. It's noticable. And creeping me out how the camera loves Tina & Hazel but shuns Kathryn. I mean...God Love Nifty but he's not photogenic. Sheesh.

Look, there is a sense of humor to my words but the meaning is pretty true. All I can notice is the lack of love with the camera to Ms. Tappen. Even Bonnie Bernstein on FOX and her new nose gets more close-up time on the World Series pre-game shows. We're all watching those as well, huh?

Alright, I've said my peace. I'll await you ignoring this email as well. ^_~

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA

Rev. Sully of the Channel OCHO Blog
http://thechannelocho.blogspot.com/search/label/Smoking%20Puck


Hey! Ex-Bruin 1st round draft-pick & phenom Sergei Samsonov is visiting us tonight as a Blackhawk! I'll paint a bullseye over that #14, eh?

The Game's About to start! The Bruins game...we gotta wait an hour & a half for the World Series...sheeesh. What! No Rene Rancourt singing the National Anthem??? Don't worry, kids...the PUCK will look into this!


'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Comics Gnome's Saturday Mornin' Scratched Palate.

Boo Yah!!! The Strongest Cup of Coffee on Infinite Earths graces my Coffeetable...along with an amazing Brazilian sammich. The Pasteis. It's like an empenada. A Giant Wonton. Seasoned Ground Beef in Deep Fried flaky pastry. Homer Simpson's Dream Donut but iDigress...

The Gnome & I nosh before we head out to fill the Mighty Sack O'POOTin'! Like a Superman in Yellow Sunlight this coffee makes a Man feel...we need the powerup to fight Kryptonian Mighty today.

If you miss a new release day, you suffer. We're more backed up than the Mass Pike in Rush Hour. I'm missing GREEN LANTERN #24...BLACK SUMMER #3...JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #13 (and also #14 as of last week). But thanks to a quick save by the FunnyBook Dude at the Bodega I'm not farther down the pole, he caught NEW AVENGERS #35 and BOOSTER GOLD #3 for me.

DC has always got the better of the FunnyBook Sachel but but today transcends the ordinary overstory...today is a major piece of the SINESTRO CORPS WAR with the release of:
TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS: SUPERMAN-PRIME









I've been waiting for this since the End of the INFINITE CRISIS...

'Namaste.

Saturday, October 20, 2007




I DON'T WATCH HEROES!!!

I don't. Please...now give me shit.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Technology is my bitch.

I'm plenty busy right now with the house renovations, but I always have an eye out for future projects. I found one right up my alley, and I'm looking forward to having the leisure time to work on it. In a nutshell, I got one of the CVS Pharmacy "One Time Use" digital video cameras for $20, and I'm going to try my hand at thumbing my nose at their business model. According to the packaging, the camera MUST be returned to CVS for "developing" (for an additional fee... the camera will not be returned), and the camera CANNOT be connected to a computer or television. I call shenanegans on them. Get your friggin' brooms out kids.

It's my camera, I bought it fair and square. Don't tell me what I CANNOT and MUST do with my stuff. I say I MUST try to find a way to make a fully reusable digital video camera for less than $30. I intend to take the sucker apart with my handy warranty invalidator (screwdriver), wire in (and modify the case to accept) a USB port, and find/build a software driver that will let me download the video clips myself. I also aim to make the battery "user-replaceable", and while I'm at it I might even wire in some infra-red LEDs and take advantage of the camera circuit's disabled night vision capabilities.

If it works, I may try to upgrade the memory for longer clips, and of course make it waterproof... or maybe build it into a helmet, or a rocket nose cone, or maybe a cat collar. You get the idea. I saw that one guy wired two of them together and modifyied them to shoot 3D movies. Unfortunately, CVS got wise and made some changes to their initial design, and I've only got one of the old style cameras. The eBay seller was amusingly apologetic that it wasn't the latest model.
THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 17, 2007
By Rev. Sully

'Twas The Night Before the Home Opener and All Through The Rink...
aka: They're Back from the Road, now Don't Make a Stink.


Here Ye! Here Ye! Attend to This and Accept...the Road-Weary Bruins have come home with a winning record. The Beantown Bees have a record to open the 2007-08 NHL season of 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 games. Including an 8-6 kicking of the L.A. Kings featuring not only Phil Kessel's first NHL Hat Trick but rookie Milan Lucic earning his 1st pro goal in a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Hats off to the Young Guns! A Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a little different though...a player scores a goal, earns an assist and gets into a fight. Lucic won the scrap as well. Know This, the Bruins won 2-1 in San Jose despite only shooting the puck on net 20 times with no shots on net in the second period. Yikes! Winning is great but no SOG in a full period is a little sketchy.

Home, Sweet Home. Now starts the "real" season...it actually feels "more real" when the Bruins finally come home after starting the season with five games on the road. It gets real when you sit in the stand, when you're on the Edge of your Seat. When you Become a Gallery Gawd...it's defined "ascension". It starts with a Pilgrimage...a very, long walk. The escalators are for sissies and it's a few stories up to get to the Nosebleed Seats. With Concession prices being what they are, It is the Valued Opinion of This Smoking PUCK that the Gadd-hen needs to have the Balcony return to its intended purpose: to keep the Rabble away from the Posh. I think that the entire balcony should be $25. Yup. All of it. Why not? Owning a Sports Arena is about Event Concessions. I love drinking beer at the game but for $7.00-Plus? Have I ever told you about the Injustice that is the Beer Price in the SkyBox? Last time I checked it was about $15.00 for a six-pack of canned Beer: Lite, Heinies & Amstels, Bud & Bud Light. Even if it's closer to $20 a six-pack it's time to say as we do here at the PUCK, "Do The Math, Mouthbreather".

I'm going to give you a prediction. To Be Written in Stone. Brought down from Sinai Itself. I will give you, Right Now I present to you for the 2007-2008 Season...The Boston Bruins Magic Number:

17,565


This Number is the Capacity of Boston's TD BankNorth Garden for a Hockey match. This is THE Magic Number. This thought has nothing to the Televised Rights. This is the Number the Bruins need to make the Playoffs. You heard it here...

'Twas the Night Before the PUCK Drops and All Through The Flat,
Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Canadian Soldier Gnat.
Game Four of The Pennant will Shine on the Box
But the Bruins Home Opener gets my Eye, Not Sox...

A little diddy I sang to myself in the shower this morning. The only witness to this spontaneous tone-deafness was the Dog. If only he could tell me how good my Kurt Cobain is getting then we'd be going to Vegas. BTW: I keep hearing bad rumors of NHL Expansion and a team specifically going to Las Vegas. Maybe if they could get a good logo and a better name, have the Phoenix Coyotes move there. Call 'em "the Rolling Dice".

And this next part I call "Getting Inside the Head of the Snake"...a moment of familiarity to the Bruins current coaching staff:

Coaches:
Claude Julien
Head Coach
Coach Julien bring very little baggage to Boston and a very stony countenance. Before coaching the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal Canadiens & New Jersey Devils, from 1996 to 2000 Coach Claude was in charge of the Quebec Major Junior Hull Olympiques. On a team of Young Gun Bruins, perhaps someone who has been successful motivating kids to succeed is a great direction in which to go.

Doug Houda
Assistant Coach
Dougie Houda...I remember him back in his playing days from the Hartford Whalers. When we first got cable TV back in the early-to-mid 1980's, it was truly a novelty and not a standard of living...but iDigress. On the old Cablevision of Boston's "A-Trunk" lived "SportsChannel of New England" which still lives on as FOX Sports New England. On SportsChannel I watched a few years worth of Hartford Whalers hockey. Dougie Houda was a Whaler then. Now he's one of the Bruins assistant coaches and is a survivor from last year's coaching staff.

Craig Ramsay
Assistant Coach
Craig Ramsey was not only a Buffalo Sabre...he was one heck of a Buffalo Sabre. 14-year career Sabre but his number has yet to be retired. One heck of a steady defenseman.

Geoff Ward
Assistant Coach
Geoff Ward's first year behind an NHL bench. Ward was an assistant coach to Coach Claude back in his AHL Hamilton Bulldog days. Ward succeed Julien as Head Coach and won the 2003 Calder Cup. Good pedigree, eh?

Bob Essensa
Goaltending Coach
Bob Essensa was a great goalie in the late 80's/early '90s for Winnipeg, Detroit and a few other teams. Now in his 5th year as Bruins Goalie coach. He works with all the goalies in Providence as well.

So lace 'em up, put on the foil, ice down a 30-Pack Cube of Millah Lite Bayah and get ready for the National Anthems sung by Rene Rancort. The Bruins are coming home. Will I get there? I would go get a single ticket and just watch hockey...I haven't done that in YEARS! It's like going to the movies by yourself but there's beer & yelling involved.

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Interesting thought Sully, but it won't work for me on three counts.
  1. I usually listen to my 7500+ songs on shuffle, so how much I like them has little to do with how often I listen to them.
  2. iPod and iTunes only increments the play count when it reaches the end of the song. Even when I like a song, I often "channel surf" before it gets to the end.
  3. Jill and I each have our own iPod, but both of them synch to the same iTunes. In otehr words, there are more opinions than just mine in the mix.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

iRawk...therefore iPod
Kinda-Best Of Edition


What is your favorite song?

What is your favorite (insert artist here) song?

What is your favorite album?


All these questions I can't answer with the authority I'd like for thoughts like these to have...as a photograph is a frozen moment in space/time so would any answer be. I know what my favorite Led Zeppelin song was when I was 13 years old. My favorite Pink Floyd song, David Bowie, Metallica...the list goes on and on.

But with iTunes finding out answers like this can be plain as day if you look correctly. All one has to do is click & point and the answers are right there on your color TV screen.

Let's play a game...let's take a photograph in soundwaves & aural cascades. Let me answer these questions to the best of my ability in my own special way today. May the answer be different in the future? You betcha. When I was 13 "Kashmir" was my fave Zep, "Nobody Home" or anything from Pink Floyd's The Wall was up there. Metallica had to be "Battery". Bowie...maybe "John, I'm Only Dancing", "Modern Love" or the "Jean Genie". I can't tell. The Beatles? Abbey Road as an album; only my 3rd Compact Disc ever as an X-Mas gift from Auntie Linda when she knew I got a CD Player. What about the Stones...or Hendrix. Even when I was 24...what was my fave Zep, Beatles or Bowie. I can't even remember.

Here in October 2007 though, I can at least tell you what are my favorites now closing in on the half-way point in my life (if I'm lucky 'nuff to live to see 70).

So here are my "Rules"...I'm gonna call out an artist's name and I'll give you My Top 3 Most Played...courtesy of iTunes' ability to keep track of them. Why not. It comes closer to the truth than anything...

Will the answers surprise you? Heck...I think they'll surprise me. They might not even be my favorite but I do know for a fact they are my Most Played since I blanked my Play Count in the New Year. So 10 months of playing lead us to...in order...

The Beatles
1. That's Alright Mama from Live at the BBC
2. Things We Said Today from Sully's Beatles Bakers Dozen
3. Helter Skelter from The Beatles (aka White Album)

The Rolling Stones
1. Dear Doctor from Sully's Stones Baker's Dozen
2. Ruby Tuesday from Between the Buttons
3. Sweet Virginia from Exile on Main Street

David Bowie
1. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed from Bowie at the Beeb: Best of the BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72
2. Life on Mars? from Hunky Dory
3. Oh! You Pretty Things from Bowie at the Beeb: Best of the BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72

Pink Floyd
1. Fearless from Meddle
2. San Tropez from Meddle
3. Corporal Clegg from A Saucerful of Secrets

Led Zeppelin
1. That's The Way from BBC Sessions
2. Down By The Seaside from Physical Graffiti
3. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III

Jimi Hendrix
1. Isabella from Live At Woodstock
2. Gypsy Eyes from Electric Ladyland
3. Love or Confusion from Are You Experienced?

Metallica
1. Fuel from ReLoad
2. Helpless from the $5.98 E.P. Garage Days Re-Revisited
3. Blackened from ...And Justice For All

Nirvana
1. Dive from Incesticide
2. You Know You're Right from Nirvana
3. School from Bleach

The Beastie Boys
1. Hey Fuck You from To The 5 Boroughs
2. Remote Control from Hello Nasty
3. 5 Piece Chicken Dinner--->Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun from Paul's Boutique

Johnny Cash
1. The Mercy Seat from American III
2. If I Were a Carpenter (with June Carter Cash) from 16 Greatest Hits: Johhny Cash & June Carter Cash
3. 25 Minutes To Go from Live At Folsom Prison

AC/DC
1. T.N.T. from High Voltage
2. Jailbreak from View From The Birdhouse (Tony Hawk Pro Skater Mix filed under Sully Tunes)
3. Squealer from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
But for you Brian Johnson Era fans...
4. Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution from Back in Black
6. Sink the Pink from Sully Tunes No. 0

Beck (one of my "new" favorite artists...yeah I'm over a decade behind this idea, I know)
1. Sexx Laws from Midnite Vultures
2. Deadweight from A Life Less Ordinary Soundtrack
3. Little One from Sea Change

The White Stripes
1. Hand Springs from Hot Pinball Rock, Vol. 1 (compilation of various artists)
2. Jumble, Jumble from DeStijl
3. Let's Build a Home from DeStijl
4. The Denial Twist from Get Behind Me Satan

Pixies
1. Head On from Trompe Le Monde
2. Is She Weird from Bossanova
3. Gouge Away from Doolittle
and honorable mention at #7 out of 100 Pixies tunes is
7. Wild Honey Pie from Pixies at the BBC (Beatles cover)

The Police
1. Dead End Job from Message in the Box
2. Canary in a Coalmine from Zenyatta Mondatta
3. Synchronicity I from Synchronicity

Frank Zappa
1. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (instrum.) from The Lost Episodes
2. Uncle Remus from Apostrophe (')
3. Tiger Roach (feat. Captain Beefheart) from The Lost Episodes

and I'll stop here with one of my all-time favorite bands...

U2
1. The Three Sunrises from Wide Awake in America (EP)
2. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me from Batman Forever soundtrack
3. Spanish Eyes from Sully Tunes No. 0 (originally a B-Side for 1987's Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For single...not on an actual album, only "best of")

But what would my favorite albums be?
1. David Bowie Hunky Dory


2. Pink Floyd Meddle


3. U2 Wide Awake in America


And I think Pink Floyd's Ummagumma is gonna be in this list shortly if not already for the Disc One 1969 live album alone besides the Epic studio story told on Disc Two...


Wait a sec...I just sync'd my iPod for the night so any of these answered could already be wrong!!! Oh no!!! So why don'tcha hit me with your picks of fave tunes and I'll keep telling you about mine.

'namaste...

Current Count: Basically Maxed Out my 30GB (enabled for Disc Space so 27.5GB in reality)
on the iPod: 5,858
on the iTunes: 7,851
"Does the following make any sense Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh...duh da! Duh duh duh...DAH DAH DAH!!! "

What Bruin's fan worth his salt wouldn't know the Nutrocker when he reads it?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 10, 2007
By Rev. Sully

On The Road Again...
aka: 1-and-1, We're Having Some Fun


"The waiting is the hardest part"...it's true. It's not just ripping off random song lyrics for inspiration**, it's knowing that the West Coast game starts at 7:00PM PDT. For the Mouthbreathers, that's 10:00PM EDT. One good thing about the New Ice Order in the NHL is that I know I'll be in bed before the Last Call Ugly Lights come on...meaning that the game will not take more than three hours to play, barring a 30-round overtime shootout. "You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the Waiting is the Hardest Part...". Waiting for the Bruins to come home is only a matter of circling a calendar date and then holding one's breath. October 18th is over a week away...wait a sec. If I hold my breath long enough I can see little fireflies.

"On the road again, just can't wait to get the road again"... Sure, due to the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus' three rings taking center stage at the TD BankNorth Gahh-den, the Bruins can't jump through hoops of fire until October 18th. But starting the season on the road isn't all that bad...so far. 1-1-0 to start. Losing in Dallas with Manny Fernandez in net only to win the next night with Tim Thomas 'tween the pipes, the Bruins haven't played since Saturday Night's Special in Phoenix, AZ. "The life I love is makin' music with my friends, I can't wait to get on the Road again"...road trips can create camaraderie & chemistry and a test of a team's nascent mettle. This is more country than "metal" though, eh? More like cross-country...but the Bruins haven't played in Anaheim since October 2003. The Unbalanced schedule flexes its muscle. Talking about the Unbalanced Schedule for a quick second...the unfairness is evident in Canada where the Eastern Conference Canadian team (all in the Bruins rivals in the Northeast Division) Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto this season will not play against the other Canadian Six teams Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver, all who play in the Northwest Division. Wouldn't it be nice if the Hockey world turned the way we'd like? "Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway...Insisting that the world be turnin' our way".

"One and One we're having some fun...two and two I took off my shoes". The rest of these lines a bit too blue for Primetime so mebbe it's appropriate that tonight's game against the Cup defending Anaheim Ducks is at 10:00PM. One and One...that's the Bruins' current record so this hip-hop reference has a shelf-life of only about six more hours. Fernandez is expected to start tonight. The Ducks posting a 1-4-1 record, their only victory this season came across the Pond in London, England, UK and down two seriously great players in Scott Neidermayer and Teemu Selanne, both mulling retirement after winning the 2006-07 Stanley Cup. "Seven and Seven we went to Heaven" is the only other line I can publish without having to display a PMRC sticker or getting sued by George Lucas, but iDigress...

"Floating down, the sound resounds around the icy water underground"...the Ice is under our feet. Our skates crunch against the frozen pond with every stride. Hockey season is on. Actually...the New York City (PATOOOIE!!!) Rangers are on Versus HDTV against the New York Islanders right now. I'm tuning in to make the wait for the Bruins/Ducks something other than TNT's reruns of LAW & ORDER I've already seen. Any follower of the Smoking PUCK understands my distain for the Blueshirts so...Let's Go, Islan-duhs!!! I can hear 'em chanting in the Nassau Coliseum. Natural Atlantic Division rivals in large & beautiful High Definition...it's a scrappy match so far. Hope the Bruins can bring it against the defending Cup Champs a little later tonight. I think about the on-ice sounds of the whistles, shouts, grunts and sirens..."Binding signs flap flicker, flicker, flicker, Blam. Pow. Pow".

So put on some Rink Music...like Black Betty by Ramjam. Or I Wanna Drive the Zamboni by the Zambonis. Or heck...even the pipe organ. Does the following make any sense Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh...duh da! Duh duh duh...DAH DAH DAH!!!

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

**PS...if you can identify the "randomly ripped off" song lyrics by artist & song, you can win a coveted OCHO Brand No Prize. Most correct answers gets the No-Prize. Good luck 'cuz ya know I put the "eric" in esoteric.
The Comics Gnome POOTS!...the Lastest Chapter in the Best Crossover Story in a Long While...

Behold!

GREEN LANTERN #24


The Sinestro Corps War comes to New Earth.









Out today at a FunnyBook Bodega near you.

'namaste...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ha... nice Dr Hooey. Glad to see you've picked on the mighty Conchordes. For us Kiwis though we've moved on.

For good current kiwi comedy check out 'Bro' Town', followed immediately by a raucous episode of "Pulp Sport' (especially tasty for all you sport loving fanatics... though the rugby and cricket jokes might be a bit too complex for your simple Gridiron thinking minds... hee hee). Then grab a cup of tea and settle in for a nice drop of 'Outrageous Fortune'. Actually, rumour has it the the US are hoping to get the NZ producers to make a US trailer trash version, (and plunder it in a simlair fashion as they did with the UK version of 'the office') however I doubt that anything will live up to the level set by the West family. The real clicher for this show is the guarunteed T & A in every episode.

Check it out: Click the links above...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...a Delicious, Buffy-licious Post


Here it is!!! The newest "episode" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8!

And this arc deals with our favorite Slayer from South Boston, MA...Faith.

And the Gnome and I think that Pictures speak better than just blabbing about it...

For the uninitiated...at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 on television, Buffy created an army of Slayers when she was able to share the Slayer power with EVERY potential Slayer in the world. When she died once (for a minute) in Season One, Buffy's death activated the next Slayer. So when she was given CPR by Xander and "came back to life", another Slayer was now out there. In Season Seven, through Willow's magic she was able to make all the girls in the world who were potential Slayers into true, realized Slayers because the Big Bad was picking off the Potentials one-by-one in order to gain Vengence over the Slayer and her ilk. So therein Buffy created an army of Slayers to defeat the Big Bad's Vampire Army.
But what if a Slayer wasn't good? We're not talking "bad" like Faith was before she redeemed herself...in the spin-off ANGEL Season 5 this idea was used when a mentally-ill girl in a mental hospital was in actuality a Potential. Then this girl became a Slayer. What do you do with a mentally-imballanced Slayer? Well, go rent it for the conclusion but then this idea was further expanded in JOSS WHEDON'S BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT written by Brian K. Vaughan.
Don't worry about Brian K. Vaughan writing in Whedon's stead...remember Joss didn't write & direct every episode of the show over seven seasons either. Vaughan writes excellent female dialog seen especially in Y THE LAST MAN.

This is something the Gnome really wants to POOT on YOU!

You should know...
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: "No Future for You"

Faith's out to kill a Slayer.

Lady Genevieve Savidge is one of the most dangerous women on the planet. If she's left unstopped, the British heiress will usher in the apocalypse. Faith has accepted Giles's offer of an early retirement package for this gig--but the wetworks will have to wait till she's infiltrated Savidge's mystically protected estate.

The blockbuster Season Eight continues with multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man; LOST), the stellar art of Georges Jeanty (The American Way), and Buffy creator and Executive Producer Joss Whedon.

Joss Whedon's Season Eight Continues!"









I gotta go pick it up now...the Gnome's bag gave him a strain 'cuz it's so full this week.

So the story continues...

By the way, the folks at RED STAR answered by question. More on that next week. ^_~
Happy Birthday, Channel OCHO!!!

You're FIVE bloody years old today.

Wow...

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I am wickid proud of this body of copy & pixel we've amassed in the past five years. I love having this evolve into an e-zine for "The Smoking PUCK", "The Comics Gnome POOTS" and "iRawk...therefore iPod". I love reading everything we all choose to publish from Matt's diving & his upcoming documentary of his version of "This Old House" to Aaron's new serialized account of his brush with the Law.

I am selfish & greedy because I want to hea MORE MORE MORE from ALL of you. You are some of the most fascinating people I know and have such great stories to tell about real life and your experiences in it. Thank you all for making our Blog a nice place to visit. Spread the Word and Write it too...

'namaste,
Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA
October 4, 2007
THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 4, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Ignite Atomic Engines, Turbine to Full...Depth Charges AWAY!!!
aka: The Puck Finally Drops...


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The 2007-08 NHL Season has BEGUN!
Actually...the season started this past weekend with the NHL dropping the Puck on the Season overseas in a neutral site game for the fourth season in a row. The past three were played in Toyko, Japan but this year the doubleheader found the Cup defending Anaheim Ducks facing off against the Los Angeles Kings in Merry Olde London, England. Yours Truly got to watch the Sunday game at Noon (which was 8PM GMT) on VERSUS. Last night I was treated to not only the Red Sox 4-hit complete game Josh Beckett shut-out of the LA Angels of Anaheim...but the Anaheim Ducks being hosted then roasted by the Detroit Red Wings in the OT Shootout on HDTV. I "TiVO'ed" the finale of Top Chef. Legendary 42-year young goaltender Dominik Hasek looked like the human slinky of "Daze of Yore" in the Shootout. I really did try to hang in there for the Dallas Stars at the Colorado Avalanche but one period in and I felt it was bedtime.

The Shootout is thrilling and a welcomed addition to the resolution of the game. What's even better is that all the old style clutch & grabbing is gone. Players have to let opposing players shoot the puck. Shot-blocking is the paradigm over obstruction now. The elimination of the two-line offsides passing and the touch-up rules for an offsides puck are really creating a new & better flow for games. When the TV Timeout was devised in the mid-1990s, it was as if one was having a great conversation and continually being cut off mid-sentance. Now, it is as if a certain eloquence has returned to this discourse and I'm really listening to what they have to say. The NHL is filling up with a new generation of younger, faster players and it truly is an exciting time to be tuned into the Greatest Sport on Earth. No other North American exported Sport has a greater impact on the rest of the world's Sport Culture than Ice Hockey. Think about it...

The crowd for the Ducks/Kings games in London UK's O2 Arena was a rainbow of NHL and International team jerseys. It was a packed house to boot and truly a sight to see. I only wished the televised feed was in HDTV. The difference is amazing. I feel so constrained watching a regular square TV...the action is not only where the puck is but who it's getting passed to.

Back on the Other Side of The Pond...getting ready for the Bruins Opener on Friday PM. It's a great way to get to know the Team. Write about them.
So here it is in all its glory...the Smoking PUCK's Big Bad Bruin Depth Chart for 2007-08:

Forwards:
P.J. Axelsson
10 year veteran of the Boston Bruins...still got wheels & hands. Now one of the Few Old Men of the Team at 32 years old. Will start on wing with Young Guns 19 year old rookie Peter Krejci and 20 year old Phil Kessel. Missed 15 games with a broken wrist near the end of the season and 10 games previous to that with a foot injury in Nov. 06. 11-16-27, -10+/- in 55 games for the 06-07 Season. Will we get a full fruitful season from this Seasoned Swede?

Peter Krejci
Not much to say about him besides potential. Only played six games last year for the Big Bees going 0-0-0, -3+/-.

Patrice Bergeron
22 year old natural center going into his fourth full season in Black & Gold (5 if you count the year of the “the Long Offseason” wherein Baby Bergie played 68 games for the AHL Providence Bruins). In 06-07, 78 Games Played went 22-48-70, -28+/-. He keeps getting better & better but looking for that breakout year to put him in the Elite Category

Brandon Bochenski
Came over from the Blackhawks late in the season, played in 31 windmill tilts with an impressive 11-11-22, 3+/- just in Black & Gold. Might see some action later on if Krejci doesn't pan out but not listed as a season starter for new coach Claude Julien.

Marco Sturm
The only player remaining from the Big Joe Thornton Trade. Apparently he likes it in Beantown Faire and is scheduled to start on the 2nd Line with Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew. 06-07: 76GP, 27-17-44, -23+/-.

Glen Murray
The Man Called "Muzz". Veteran forward missed the last 15 games with a groin injury. With Per Jon Axelsson also missing the final 15 games, it's a wonder why people bash the B's for failing to make the Playoffs. Always on the Trading Block, this one is especially under the Specter of the Salary Cap & having no room to sign talent. The only way for the Bruins to get talent this year is to trade away...so let's see how this pans out for Muzz. Could be the Next 50 goal scorer if he can remain healthy and play in all 82 games. 06-07: 59GP, 28-17-45, -12+/-. First Line Winger with Peter Schaefer and Marc Savard.

Phil Kessel
This second year player is Bruins Tough. 'Nuff Said. Looking forward to a great year from Kessel. 06-07: 70GP, 11-18-29, -12+/-.

Marc Savard
Free Agent led the Bruins in scoring and was forth overall in NHL assists. He is the First Line center and just spectacular to watch. When #91 is on the ice, keep your eyes on him. 06-07: 22-74-96, -19+/-.

Chuck Kobasew
Late season acquisition only played 10 games and then struggled with injury going 1-1-2, -2+/-. Netted 20 goals for the Calgary Flames in 05-06 and will be second line wing on Opening Night.

Peter Schaefer
Rugged forward came in an off-season trade from rival Ottawa for Shean Donovan. One Tough Cookie in 06-07 went 12-34-46, 7+/- and starts First Line winger.

Shawn Thornton
Free agent with no relation to Joe Thornton. This is the new Trooper Thorn in Boston. Brings toughness and leadership after winning the Cup lsat year as an Anaheim Duck. May I introduce you to our "Negotiator"? His AHL career per season penalty minutes are in the 200-300PIM range.

Milan Lucic
19 year old big fourth line rookie with bigger expectations. Made it through Training Camp to stay with the Top Team without being returned to his Junior Team or the AHL Providence Bruins. 6'-4", 220 lbs. Welcome to the NHL, kid.

Jeremy Reich
The other "Negotiator" will be starting this year in Providence but expect to see him on the Amtrak to North Station sometime this year.

Glen Metropolit
This veteran was invited to Training Camp and earned his spot as the Fourth Line Pivot between Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic. He split last season between Atlanta and St. Louis and caught on when he caught Coach Claude's eye.

Defense:
Zdeno Chara
Welcome to the New & Improved Big Zee. Which I hear will be very much like the Old & Mean Zee we expected to see out of Ottawa when we signed our Captain as the Big Splash Free Agent last year. Not allowed for fisticuffs under former head coach Dave Lewis' system hampered his gumption. Now he can be himself again & aren't people usually happier when they can be themselves, eh? Look forward to seeing the Penalty Killing Unit more because Captain Chara is not afraid to do his own "negotiating".

Andrew Alberts
Tenacious defenseman is a Boston Player, true & true. 4 years as a Boston College Eagle. Now going into his 3rd full season as a Bruin. 0-10-10, -15+/- last season with 124 PIM. Coach Julien is carrying 7 defensemen on his bench because I think he expects his Blue Liners to be Bruins Tough...and incidentally in the Penalty Box often.

Bobby Allen
Drafted in the 2nd round in 1998 by the Bruins, let go and come back this local boy from Weymouth also played four years as a Boston College Eagle and came back to the Black & Gold Fold last season but only played in 31 games last season.

Mark Stuart
The 2003 1st round draft pick of the Bruins played 15 games last year and 17 the season before so technically he's still a Rookie. And he's slated for a lot of ice time this new season.

Andrew Ferrence
Late season acquisition came from Calgary with Chuck Kobasew. Not much to say besides "let's see", eh?

Aaron Ward
This guy will either stick like glue or stink like socks. 2-time Cup winner adds depth on the Blueline but he's neither spectacular nor special. He does add grit along the boards and should be reliable. Also all that Playoff experience comes in handy if we make the Second Season.

Dennis Wideman
Another late addition to the Bruins last year played 20 games and came over from the St. Louis Blues for Brad Boyes. Going into his third full NHL season we can only expect that he'll come to the office to play every night.

Goalie:
Tim Thomas
What can you say about the Guy who tried to keep it all together last year. I can predict he'll be the next player the Gallery Gawds throw under the Bus if the Season starts to go Pear-Shaped. It's the Nature of the Mentality of People that Throw Crap On The Ice. I was up there in the Gahh-den Balcony during Hal Gill's waning days as a Bruin & the chagrin projected on Big Hal by the Gallery Gawds was unwarranted & unfair. Tim the Tank didn't have a bad year at all...look at his numbers; .905 Saves Percentage. 66GP; 30-29-4, 3.13 Goals Against Average, 3,619 minutes 'twixt the Pipes. Last year wasn't his fault but this year could be after the fans gave him a 2nd Seventh Player Award. I'm already sounding negative...sheeesh.

Manny Fernandez
A Second Starting Goaltender. Motivation for Tim Thomas? True Depth between the Pipes counting with Finnish Tuuka Rask in Providence. New Nandy came over from the Minnesota Wild in an off-season trade. 22-16-1 in 44 games with a 2.55 GAA and .911 Saves Percentage.

The Bruins Season starts in Dallas tomorrow night! And I gotta fight for my right to party against the Red Sox ALDS Game 2...no one understands! I might have to TiVO the Bruins and watch them at Midnight!!! The Bruins are the Red-Headed stepchildren of Boston Sports...I won't be able to convince the roommates to make the switch. How can one compete against Sox Playoff Ball. But at least I got TiVO now so I don't have to miss a thing...they'll be the one's who have to put up with my mouth at 1AM. No really...guys if you're reading this just turn up your radios in your rooms or get earplugs. I so apologize in advance.

The only expectations I have is to be entertained and to have Hockey back...new shirts and all (which really don't look all that bad). Let's hope the consistency of blowing the 3rd Period left with Dave Lewis but that's always been the players fault but iDigress...
Let's turn on those turbines and light that Red Lamp! Let loose the Siren's Song, Ric Flair's "WHOOOO!" and get ready to be a Gallery Gawd in all its Royal Majesty. Let's just hope the beer prices can remain somewhat sane...and let's hope to be seeing you up in Section 301. By The Way, if I see you throwing crap on My Ice, I'll throw you on the Ice to join your garbage. But hey, I'll do it with true love for my team and not out of ire for the player haters. ^_~ God Bless and...

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Monday, October 01, 2007

I hope so too, but as you can see, it has a way to go before it's ready to live in.
Congrats Matt! That's awesome. I hope you enjoy your new place!