Archive for December, 2008

2009 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Canada vs USA tonight!
Should prove to be a doozy!

2009 NHL Winter Classic

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Remember to watch tomorrow, New Years Day!

Confusingous goes to a minor league hockey game -

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Dateline: Tuesday December 30, 2008

Confusingous at Codey Arena

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.

View from the seat of Confusingous

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.

Jersey Rockhoppers - EPHL Hockey

Fortune for a Wednesday

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

An opportunity will come your way. Just you wait … Keep waiting ….

Happy New Year!

Did Coldplay Plagiarize Joe Satriani?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

You be the judge (quick before EMI takes it down):

Confusingous says: DUH!!

Confusingous Ponders the Curious Case of Petr Prucha

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Czech Mate! - Petr Prucha #25

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.

Fortune for a Tuesday

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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.

Confusingous Dislikes Rutgers

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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.

Go Huskies!

A thought during Bowl Season -

Monday, December 29th, 2008

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.

2009 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The tournament is in Ottawa this year and has been flying out of the gate. Team Canada definetly seems the team to beat this year posting two early big wins. But don’t count out Team USA, who held on last night to beat a very good Czech team.

The games are being shown on the NHL Network. Check out the schedule here!

2009 NHL Winter Classic

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Wrigley Field is just about ready to go! They are expecting flurries and cold temperatures so the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings should be visably stunning. Hopefully game play will match last years epic game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres.

Get up to the minute information and news here.

Get the official gear here.

NHL All Star Leaders as of 12/29/2008

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Here is an update on our grassroots campaign to get the right players voted into the NHL All Star Game in 2009!

Vote at http://fanballoting.nhl.com/vote!

Keep Voting Here!

Fortune for a Monday

Monday, December 29th, 2008

If you freeze something enough, it becomes more frozen.

Fortune for a Friday

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Hockey pucks make great Arbor Day gifts!

Fortune for a Wednesday

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

A lost opportunity is merely a chance that has passed. Tough.
Merry Christmas, seekers.

The Devils Pick Their Favorite Xmas Tunes

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

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.

Classic Line from the NHL Power Rankings – SI 12/23/08

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

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.

NHL All Star Leaders as of 12/23/2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Thanks to our grassroots campaign, the votes are pouring in. Go, Ryan Hollweg!


Confusingous' choices rock the leader board!
Remember to keep voting here!

Fortune for a Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Some sun is the cure for skin that is a whiter shade of pale.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008

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