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29
Jun
09

Ahhhhhh…protective parents + sporting events = priceless video

I need to keep this short, but I couldn’t pass up posting this video.  Check out this Bantam/Midget level, in-house, bender-league video where a mother in the stands absolutely loses it because a player on the other team starts getting physical with her son.  There are more curse words in this 55 second video then there are in most rap songs, so if you are watching at work I suggest turning the volume down low, or plugging in headphones. I’m not exactly sure where this video is from, but my best guesses are North Jersey, Staten Island or Boston.  I’ll let you guys be the judges…

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18
Jun
09

Coming out of Hibernation…sort of.

 Fleury save

So The Loge has been quiet as of late, but its just that time of year, so you’re going to have to deal with it.  The Penguins won the Stanley Cup, returning the favor to Detroit by celebrating their triumph at the Joe (Detroit beat Pitt in Game six at the igloo last year).  Malkin won the Conn Smyth, YEA, RAH RAH RAH (insert sarcasm), and I believe the weight of the Cup rested on the dirty french canadian (not dirty in a good way…dirty as in, well dirty), Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulders; and he delivered.  With 1 second to go, Fleury made an unbelievable diving stop on Lidstrom which would have been a soldering-iron to the Penguins face (Not to mention he got a little help from his friend (crossbar) in the final minutes).  The talk of the Cup Finale however, was Mr. Sydney Crosby skipping out on a bit of the NHL-Traditional, series ending handshake.  One of our regulars here at Loge19 (ChickenParm), pointed it out after the game on the previous post’s comments section.  Personally, I can’t stand Crosby, and this is just another reason why.  I know it’s his first Stanley Cup, and its a dream come true to the young wizkid, but C’MON NOW!  This is one of the classiest traditions in sports, and SHOULD be the SECOND thing on EVERY players mind after celebrating with your teammates first.  You should know that the losing players do not want to stay on the ice and be a part of YOUR celebration.  It’s selfish, classless, and should be fineable by the good ‘ole Commissioner Bettman.  There is no place for that in the game, and I had the same reaction last year when Brodeur snubbed Avery during the ritual.   Those are suppossed to be the stars/faces of the league, and they go around pulling beer league stunts like that.  There should be no excuse for that, and you should read this ESPN article about it; has Draper’s reaction (he’s the man), more detail about what happened, as well as the Pittsburgh vice president Tom McMillan’s explanation…absolutely pathetic.  I hope Crosby drops the cup on his day with it, and camera are there to wacth it happen.

Moving on, there are a few things I wanted to post on here before they become old news.  Sean Avery is officially back in his element in the big city.  After partnering up to open his own bar, Warren 77, Avery was a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for FUSE TV (his pictures follow flava flavs on the last page of the album). Like he wasn’t partying as hard as the bare foot hippies dancing around throwing flowers everywhere…yeah right!  And if you want a little more Sean Avery in your life, here is a clip from Monday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, featuring Mr. Avery.  It’s good to have Sean Avery back in NY! 

 

– Coach

07
May
09

“Do You Believe In Miracles!!?? YEEESSSS!!”

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If you’re a hockey fan, and I mean a real hockey fan, then you obviously know the title of this post is from Al Michaels’ play-by-play call of the historic 1980 Men’s Olympic Hockey semi final match-up between USA and Russia (at the time, the USSR), in the upstate New York Olympic Village of Lake Placid.  The United States pulled off the  big upset in dramatic fashion on their way to the gold medal, and to this day I get goosebumps EVERY time I hear his call of the final seconds.  It is arguably the biggest event in sports history, and definitely Michaels’ most famous play-by-play in his storied career as a sports broadcaster. 

Now, I bring this game up for two reasons: 1) USA beat Finland last night in the IIHF World Championship to advance to one of  Friday’s semifinal contests against the defending champ…you guessed it, Russia; and 2) I stumbled upon this pretty cool 10 minute YouTube video of a different announcer’s call of the game; live, just as he saw it unfold on the afternoon of February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, NY. The story behind how it came to be is incredible, and I promise worth the read. 

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06
May
09

Light me up that cigarette, and I’ll strap…skates on my feet!

Congrats on setting a new world record...i guess.

Congrats on setting a new world record...i guess.

According to yesterday’s NY Post, Sean Avery was spotted down in the Meat Packing District in NYC over the weekend, huffing lung darts with gal pal actress Catherine Keener.  A good friend of mine who lives in NYC and runs a Hockey & Entainment blog called, The Daily Sauce,  saw Avery back on April 4th  after the Rangers disappointing 1-0 road loss to the Bruins, standing outside a New York City bar with his shirt and tie still on, a bluetooth in his ear and cigarette in mouth.  Now, this article in the Post got me thinking about how we are starting to see a cigarette smoking trend on the Loge,  so I decided to dig a little deeper for all you loyal readers and see if this was a common theme among NHL players.  So kick back, light up a stogie, or two…or three, as I uncover the TRUTH.

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28
Apr
09

Coach’s Corner

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Hello all, it’s the bench boss Coach, and after reading some comments and posts, I figured I had to put down the large amount of work I have due this friday, and write a little blurb about the Rangers vs. Capitals game 7 tonight.  Apparently I have been getting quite some heat from both reader and bloggers alike, and I’m not very happy about it.  I apologize for the absence, but I can assure you that it is not because my team is has blown a 3-1 series lead.  I was too busy winning my own championship, at the Gambler’s Cup in Atlantic City, NJ…pushing my men’s league hockey career to 5 tournaments with 5 championships!  If you all still want to talk smack thats fine, but I won’t listen until you can find a better dynasty than that.  But enough about me, and more about my Blueshirts.

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15
Apr
09

It’s Playoff time!

 

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I know this is the logo from 1994, but its the year the NY Rainjuzz took home the hardware!

 

So I need to start this post by apologizing for my lack of chatter the past two weeks…work, moving into a new place, and a men’s league championship inthe 2009 Hooter’s Cup have kept me away from the blog-o-sphere.  But I’m back, and just in time for the playoffs.  A lot has happened the past two weeks, but that’s all old news; so I’ve decided to talk playoffs for a bit.  My NY Rangers clinched a spot in the 2009 Lord Stanley Cup playoffs, however out of any team from the East, they drew the team I think they will have the toughest time beating.  Washington has a 30-goal defenseman, while the Bueshirts leading goal scorer (besides Nik Antropovwith 28, who was acquired at the trade deadline) is Markus Naslund with 24.  The Rangers have played their best hockey this season in tight scoring games, and that why I would have prefered to open up the playoffs on the road in Boston.  The Rangers know they can play a tight scoring game with the Bruins, as they did all season with some success, however what happens when Ovechkin & Co. break out for a three-goal lead?  My guess is the Rangers crumble, but I have seen crazier things.  New York lacks top line scoring, and their power play has been god awful (if this were football, I would decline every penalty), two very important aspects come playoff time.  Who is going to score that big goal when you need it?  Ryan Callahan???  I love the kid (and hope is a Blueshirt for some years to come), but I don’t think you can count on him to put the puck in the back of the net when elimination is on the line.  Playoffs are an entirely different bread of hockey, and I have some doubts with my Blueshirts.  Can they win?  Absolutely!  Jose Theodore could be the blessing the Rangers need, as he has played mediocre all season, and doesn’t appear to be the same goalie he once was (Although he has won playoff series’ with Montreal and Colorado).   The Rangers have struggled on the road as of late, so not having home-ice could also come back to haunt them, but at the same time, they are playing some of the best hockey of the year, and when you have Sean Avery trying to get under the skin of each and every young gun on the Capitals, anything can happen.  Unfortunately, I will be missing game one (I know, I know…it’s one of the hardest things to have to do), but my playoff beard has started.

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31
Mar
09

Upsets, overtimes, and video reviews…the 2009 NCAA road to the Frozen Four Part 2 HIGHLIGHTS UPDATE

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As promised (albeit a little late),  here are the Midwest and Northeast Regional recaps.  Just like the East and West Regionals, the MW and NE were filled with exciting games, and last second heroics.  Before I get into the recaps, I want to say a quick something about ESPNU’s production over the weekend.  I’ll start by saying I wish the NHL was still under contract with ESPN!  The commentators and analysts ESPN gets are the best in the business, and I guess that is why ESPN is the best in the business (even though hockey gets ZERO play…you can’t fault them for reporting what the people want).  They always show replays, and usually have great camera angles/views.  It was good to see Barry “The Mullet” Melrose (http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2834375) back in action; after his brief return to coaching “barry’d” the Tampa Bay Lightning’s season (haha, thought of that on my own, no big deal).   Anyway, onto what you came here for, Regional recaps. 

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