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?"
I can take losing. Sure, I get kinda bitchy and obnoxious when my teams lose games, but you learn to appreciate wins when you've been through the losses. It's why I'm still a Pirate fan after all these years. It's why I stuck with the Pens in the post-Jagr era when were hoping to get goals from guys like Rico Fata and Dick Tarnstrom.
What I can't stand is losing on blatantly missed penalties. I never complain about officiating, but yesterday's game was horrendous. If the NHL grades its officials, then Bill McCreary shouldn't expect a passing mark.
There were missed calls against both sides, so shut up if you think I'm just complaining because my team lost.
One play turned Game 2 in favor of the Wings. And the play never should've happened. Valterri Filppula scored a nice backhand goal, thanks to some questionable play by Marian Hossa. The video captures the setup nicely.
Malkin's penalty was just expiring, and Pascal Dupuis positioned himself perfectly to get the puck to Geno as soon as he exited the box for a breakaway. Hossa caught up to Dupuis by hooking him, which not only lets the player catch up, but also seriously impedes the hooked player from making the pass/shot that they were intending. Instead of a soft pass back to center ice, Dupuis was left with turning around to find the puck that he thought he had.
At that moment, Hossa's stick caught Dupuis', causing it to break in the process. I don't care how soft Hossa hit Dupuis' stick, the fact is that it broke. There are two penalties that aren't judgment calls in the NHL, a high stick that draws blood and a broken stick on a slash. If the evidence is there, then the call must be made. Argue all you want about how Hossa barely touched Dupuis' stick, the thing broke. And Hossa wouldn't have been in that situation if he hadn't hooked Dupes prior.
Remember that the score was tied at 1s. With no hook and slash, Dupuis has a chance to get Malkin a breakaway. Instead of a scoring chance for the Penguins, we somehow come out with a 1 goal deficit.
Detroit fans can argue about missed calls on their end, too, but there was nothing missed that so clearly benefited the Penguins as that non-penalty did for the Wings.
The game is over, so this is the end of my bitching about the refs. There's only so much that yelling at a television can do to rectify a situation, so I needed a minute to just channel my emotions here.
I just don't want something this pathetic to be the lethal blow. The series isn't over, as no home team has lost, but it really woulda been nice to get some breaks on Detroit ice. And I'm not just talking about Dupuis' stick.
*UPDATE* For some reason, I can't comment on my own damn site right now, so this update is where it's at.
A2Y has evidence of the slash possibly not really being a slash.
Good evidence. But where is the evidence against the hook that lead to the "slash?" As I said, without the hook, there's no reason for Dupes to misplay the puck and have to turn around for it.
Hossa has speed, but the only way he catches up to Dupes right there is with a hook. Remember, both Dupes AND Hossa played on the same line as Sid last year. Dupes isn't some slow-footed jerk. No hands, maybe, but he's got wheels.
I wanted to send a quick thank you to the Versus network for sending out a bunch of t-shirts and hats to give away at our Pens bar here in NYC. I've done some work with Versus in the past, so I reached out to them before the Eastern Conference Finals, and we gave out their swag during the Game 4 clincher against the Canes.
I'd like to believe that we're the biggest and most passionate group of Penguins fans outside of the city of Pittsburgh, so it was great that Versus, and Sinuate Media could help us out with the giveaway. Major props to Ling, Andrew, Leah and everyone that helped coordinate getting stuff my way.
Winners of sick shirts and hats were Megan, Nick E., Steve King, Larry G., Darla K., James Jack, Cara, Vijay P., Kyle B. and Heather.
I'm trying to keep a calm head going into the Finals, so this is what you get prior to the games this weekend. I'm too anxious to start discussing the upcoming series here.
NBC can eat it for shutting out the Penguins' outdoor screen during their broadcasts. Games 3 and 4 will be on Versus, so in addition to them sending our group some free stuff, we have a favorite network outta the two of 'em.
Man, my buddy Jim just one-ups himself with each successive episode of Yinz Luv Da Guins. I called him crazy when, at the beginning of the postseason, he promised to make a new show after EVERY playoff game. There's some serious determination in that one.
So the newest episode is, of course, one of the best yet. The show was done and published before Detroit clinched their Finals berth, but Jim had a feeling about the potential matchup, per se. At the end of the show, he put together an absolutely unreal montage of last season's Finals heartbreak and the trials and tribulations of the 08-09 season. And he perfectly set it to Muse's "Invincible."
I just got chills 4 times while typing that. And then another 2 times when I re-read. No joke.
The recap of the clincher against the Canes is nice and all, but stay for the montage at the end. REALLY makes you wanna see redemption for the Pens this season. I'm all about this Finals series being about 2009, and not what happened in 2008, but you'd be foolish to say that the agony of losing to this same team last year doesn't play a minor role in how you view the upcoming series.