Canada vs USA tonight!
Should prove to be a doozy!
Archive for December, 2008
Canada vs USA tonight!
Remember to watch tomorrow, New Years Day!
Dateline: Tuesday December 30, 2008
Confusingous entered Codey Arena not knowing what to expect. His trip to West Orange was to see the Danbury Mad Hatters take on the hometown Jersey Rockhoppers. He was amongst the 923 fans that made their way to the former South Mountain Arena to see some EPHL hockey.
He was struck with the scale of everything. Certainly he had been to minor league baseball games and knew that they were different from major league games. Why would minor league hockey not have the same difference in scale to the NHL? But it was more cozy than even Single A baseball. You walked between the players on the way to the bathroom. You can have conversations with them on the bench if they desired. And these were normal men. They could be sitting next to you at the bar or behind you at the checkout counter and you would be none the wiser. Players would call out to their girlfriends from the ice. It was fantastic.
Game play was not top shelf. But this was to be expected. This was not The Show. This is a step on the way there (hopefully). But the game was exciting. Hard hitting. There was even a fight (Note: Teague Willets-Kelley became Confusingous’ favorite Rockhopper based on the claim that he would adopt the first Rockhopper he saw fight in person as his favorite). There was even a scuffle at the end of the game. These players wanted to win. The fans wanted a win. The crowd yelled down insults at the refs and the players. It was great. Like something out of ‘Slap Shot.’
Confusingous sat right behind the home teams bench to get as close to the action as possible. And he was close. So close that he can smell the players (note: Our resident Seer does not feel the need to smell the players again). In the beginning, he clapped for good plays. By the end he was on the edge of his seat yelling at the players. He was converted. The players looked at him as they were skating towards the bench. Truly they did not know who the crazy man in the front row was.
It was not the night for the Rockhoppers as they dropped a close one to Danbury 4-2 (was 3-2 prior to an empty netter in the last minute). If you get a chance, be sure to check out a EPHL game. It’s affordable fun.
An opportunity will come your way. Just you wait … Keep waiting ….
Happy New Year!
You be the judge (quick before EMI takes it down):
Confusingous says: DUH!!
Petr Prucha is a gamer. He plays his heart out on every shift. He fights in front of the goal in order to score, not in order to antagonize. He goes in the corners. Hits the boards. Hustles. Score big goals. And yet, Rangers Coach Tom Renney cannot find a place for him in the lineup.
On Monday, December 29th, Aaron Voros is scratched and Petr Prucha dresses. All he does is score the game tying goal. All he does is hustle. All he does is give his all and play smart. Yet, I am sure Renney will sit him as soon as he can.
Confusingous does not know what happens in the locker room. Confusingous does not know what happens on the practice ice. He does know that Petr Prucha goes all out. And the Rangers fans know it as well. This is shown by the chants and cheers thrown down at him in the third period. We all can see it. What does Renney (and Sather) know that the rest of us do not?
Oh, and why did Petr Prucha not go to Hartford when asked? Because Petr Prucha does not belong in the AHL when he is healthy. He belongs on the third or fourth line where he will score twenty goals and give maximum effort.
Do something random today. You may surprise yourself. Unless, of course, you were already planning on doing something random. In which case you probably won’t surprise yourself.
Yes, it’s the State University of New Jersey. Yes. Confusingous is from New Jersey and lives there. However, that does not mean he needs to like Rutgers.
If a team has the possibility to end the season with a losing record by losing their bowl game, Confusingous feels they should not be in a bowl game. Regardless of their conference or their name. Our Seer is looking at you, Notre Dame.
Here is an update on our grassroots campaign to get the right players voted into the NHL All Star Game in 2009!
If you freeze something enough, it becomes more frozen.
Hockey pucks make great Arbor Day gifts!
A lost opportunity is merely a chance that has passed. Tough.
Merry Christmas, seekers.
This is the link to the story. Pretty lame because it’s Devils related, but I loved this one:
Bobby Holik wouldn’t name a song. He said: “Music means nothing to me.” When Tom Gulitti of the Record suggested he’d be called Scrooge, Holik said: “It won’t be the first time.”
It reminds Confusingous of when the answer David Bell had (while a member of the Phillies) when asked what his favorite cartoon was growing up. It was something to the extent of he never watched cartoons growing up. Somehow our Seer got the picture of Buddy and Gus Bell whipping him if they caught him watching Honk Kong Phooey.
In regards to our New York Rangers (now ranked #11), Jim Wilkie says:
‘Missing out on Mats Sundin has the Rangers pining for the pre-salary cap days when they could spend like crazy instead of just spending crazy (six-year, $39 million contract for Wade Redden and four-year, $20 million contract for Michal Rozsival this past summer).’
Click here to see the rest. Oh, and the Devils and Flyers still stink.
Thanks to our grassroots campaign, the votes are pouring in. Go, Ryan Hollweg!
Some sun is the cure for skin that is a whiter shade of pale.