Off-topic, but it was my parents' 30th anniversary yesterday, and their house got hit by a tornado. That has nothing to do with the Pens, but maybe its a symbol. Like on every June 2nd, Max is a natural disturbance that hits the Red Wings dead on.
You're probably going to be overwhelmed with the stat of the Penguins winning every playoff game in which Talbot scores. They're something like 8-0, and two goals yesterday helped. But I'm more impressed with Max stepping up in early June in back-to-back seasons.
First off, it's impressive in its own right that the Penguins were playing on June 2nd this year, let alone last year as well. And the only way to continue that trend is to routinely make the Finals...something I'm not against at all.
While the Wings were concerning themselves with stars like Sid and Geno yesterday, a great secondary scorer like Max opened the game with a great one timer, and closed it with an empty netter. I think I hug-tackled a few people after his first, and let out an epic roar after the last.
Max stepped up big, when we absolutely needed him most. Kinda like he did last season, on June 2nd, of course. Remember this?
34.7 seconds to elimination. Sending the game to OT so Petr Sykora could win it.
Quite a flair for the dramatic on June 2nds, eh, Maxie?
On June 1st, we were looking at an 0-2 series deficit and a mountain to climb to get back into the series. One day, one routinely amazing day for one player, and spirits are raised to positive levels again. Knowing what he did last year, we probably should've expected Max to step up on June 2nd again.
Jeez...just realized that I haven't kept up with the recent schedule of the Pittsburgh Passion. Hopefully you'll forgive me, as it's been all Penguins playoff hockey for me right now.
Last we checked, the Passion had just lost to the DC Divas back in early May. Since then, Pittsburgh beat the New York Nemesis, 41-0, the Detroit Something-or-Others 34-12, and the Connecticut Something Else's 71-0!
Quite a rebound, if you ask me.
The Connecticut win was the last home game of the regular season, so the team plowed the opposition nicely. Coming up is the final two away games, at Philly, and then to Staten Island for the season finale against the New York Sharks. If they hold it down, then the playoffs should be no joke.
Thanks to my bud Steve, aka longtime reader smarchit, for sending this along. It's a video of the Land of Little Horses in Gettysburg, PA. I've been past the place, but never in it. This video alters that...kinda.
The Pirates got beat by the Fakie Mets yesterday. [WHYGAVS?]
Sorry if you were desperately waiting for the Guys Choice Awards and I just spoiled the surprise.
Big Ben was up against LBJ in the category of Most Unstoppable Jock. Apparently, James (1 conference finals win, 1 conference finals loss, 1 finals loss) is so much more unstoppable than Roethlisberger (2 conference finals wins, 1 conference finals loss, 2 finals wins, all-around badass but fat). Spike voters know their math like none other.
But it took a basketball player for Big Ben to finally lose to the Browns (in a roundabout way).
However, one category that I failed to mention in my earlier post on this was the Play of the Year bit. And the Big Ben/Santonio combination to win Super Bowl XLIII took home the gold! I only say "took home the gold" because they beat Michael Phelps for doing something. Does swimming even classify as a "play?"