To Steve

Initially I was going to work on a post for Sidney Crosby. I have been working my way through the main crew and it was time for Sid, however, one night, I got a little curious about Mike Sullivan. Who was this guy? How was he able to take this dysfunctional group of talent and prevent them from free falling into hockey oblivion?  In my last post, I accidentally called Mike Sullivan, Steve, because we’ll A) I always call him Sully B) I suck at remembering names and C) He’s in the background; the coach makes the plans but it is the players who execute it and get the glory.  In writing this, I have gained a new level of respect for Mike Sullivan, but I am not alone in this regards.  The whole hockey world ignored him.

Since Sullivan played before the internet was invented, there was not much that I could find on his career.  Mike was born and raised in Marshfield, MA.  He went to Boston college and was drafted 69th by the Rangers (as a center).  He graduated from BU and then went to play on a San Jose farm team, after the Rangers declined to sign him.

He started his NHL career as a Shark.  He then played in Calgary and later Arizona.  It was in Phoenix, where Mike Sullivan caught the coaching bug.   As a player at the end of his career, he spent a lot of time in the press box.  He didn’t whine or complain, he instead used it as a way to help his teammates out.  His drive to coach was built out of adversity.  This explains why he doesn’t panic when being forced into a game 7 with Washington or going into OT during the conference final.  Mike Sullivan has seen worse; he sees failure as a chance to prove himself useful.  After reading this article, I was beyond impressed by the character of Sullivan. 

He studied the Coyotes’ play closely from the press box, then shared his observations with his coaches. Soon he was adjusting the team’s penalty killing and sitting in on coaches’ meetings where lineups and game strategy were devised.

… Just after he retired from the Coyotes, the Bruins farm team in Providence, R.I., began looking for a coach. Sullivan called the Boston general manager and said he wanted the job. “Yes,” he said, “I know I have no experience.” The Bruins, impressed with his knowledge and determination, brought him on.

Sully took a coaching job with an AHL Boston team and was preparing to take them into his first playoffs as a coach, when the eternal dumpster fire that is the Bruins came calling.  With a month left in the season, they fired their coach and asked Sullivan to assist behind the bench.  In the off season they hired him as their coach; their 5th coach in 3 years and the youngest coach in NHL history.

“I feel very fortunate to have not only played for the team and worn the Bruins jersey, but also to stand behind the bench,” he said at a news conference attended by dozens of family members, including his parents, in-laws, wife and children, brothers, sisters and uncles.   …    “I’m just a regular guy that grew up in the area that loved the Bruins and loves hockey,” said Sullivan, a native of the Boston suburb of Marshfield. “I can’t tell you the emotions I feel right now.”

The kid from Southie makes it big he, oh, wait, wrong story.  Sullivan’s time as a Bruin was more like the ending of “The Town”, (spoiler alert) all his team dies and he flees to Florida.  After only 2 seasons as coach, he was fired.  He made it to the playoffs his first year as coach, but then they also traded Joe Thornton after a disappointing 2nd year.  This led to a GM change and his eventual firing.  So here’s where the hockey world becomes a strange 1970s-bowl-of-keys party.  So the GM who would later trade Kessel to Toronto was the person who fired Sullivan.  And that would be Peter Chiarelli.

He apparently started coach shopping even before talking with Sullivan; before they were even able to scratch the old GM’s name off the door.  “Mike went to Ottawa … Peter advised Mike that he would be talking to other candidates. He went through that process and his decision was that at this time we are better served to have a clean slate.”  So the jobless Sullivan decided to ask an old coach for help and so was born the buddy-buddy team of Torts and Sully.

So first Mike was an assistant coach in Tampa the year after Torts won the cup.  In a couple of years, Torts was fired, but they kept Sullivan on under the new coach, Rick Tocchet (fish bowl of keys).  Apparently Tocchet used to play with Sullivan in Arizona, and after 2 years in Tampa, he felt comfortable having him around.  However 2 years later, both were gone.  Sully picked up a new gig assisting in New York with Torts.

Eventually, Tort lost his gig there, and he packed up the gang and head to Vancouver.  Things were going as well as it can in Vancouver until this happened…

 

After a suspension, the Canucks decided to part ways with both Tortorella and Sullivan.  With this stain and some mixed player reviews, it sets Mike’s career back; all the way back to ‘Player Development Staff’ in Chicago the following season.

“Truth is that Sullivan, who only reinforces Tortorella’s us-against-the-world mentality, had alienated more Rangers by the end than the head coach.”

“…Sullivan is well-known to be a gruff, drill instructor type, an approach that hasn’t crossed well with some players he’s coached.”

“Ideally, Sullivan would have been the yin to Tortorella’s yang, but for some reason that is not how the dynamic evolved. They were both yin’s and yang’s (and that probably is putting it politely), almost mirroring one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Bad cop, worse cop.”

Mike won a Stanley cup ring with the Blackhawks, but he was not satisfied with only leading in player development, so when another coaching job opened up, he took it.  Jim Rutherford offered Sullivan the job as head coach for Wilkes-Barre.   While the Pittsburgh Penguins were dying alive under Mike Johnston, the Baby Pens were cash money with Sulley in the cockpit.  When Johnston was fired, Rutherford didn’t have to look far for the next coach.  After 10+ years, Sullivan was a head coach again.

Now I like Dan Bylsma, but I do kind of feel like Michel Therrien set up the pieces and Dan was better at executing and getting the group together.  Dan knows how to get the best out of an average player.  He could duck tape a crappy team together and get them into the playoffs, but once there it was unsustainable.  He stuck to his system in the face of all reason and things that do not change, tend to die.  Now Mike Johnston was an enigma to me.  He was like a kid pounding a peg into a square hole.  Sullivan, known to be hard on his players, was able to gain the respect of not only his AHL team but also the NHL stars.  Before Johnston started the season, there was an article about him flying to Russia to talk with Malkin, because it was important to gain Geno’s trust, or something like that.  Yeah, I guess Malkin didn’t buy what Johnston was selling;  neither did the rest of the team.  When Sullivan started, I believe it was Lovejoy who talked about how Mike sat that whole team down and told each person why they’ve sucked and how to improve.  The WHOLE team.

“He’s very honest. He doesn’t yell, he just tells you: I need you to win this battle in the corner or to get a box out on this play,” says Penguins defenseman Ian Cole. “He’ll tell you whether you’re a fourth line winger or an all-star.”

That honesty has earned him respect among his players, despite a sometimes less than reverential attitude toward his Boston accent. “Sometimes I hear them imitating me,” Sullivan says. “They don’t know I’m listening.”

…”I was watching the tape, and [center Evgeni] Malkin was yapping at the ref when Sully was trying to just probably work the ref, as coaches do,” Tortorella said. “And, quote-unquote, he spontaneously turned to Malkin and said, ‘Shut the [expletive] up.’ And don’t you think, a new coach, been there a week, the bench turned around and said, ‘Holy [expletive], he just told [Malkin] to shut the [expletive] up.”

On team changes under Sullivan vs Johnston…

“They seem to be a more aggressive team on the forecheck in the offensive zone and are far more organized when trying to breakout of the defensive zone, something that was a major issue at the start of the year.”

“For Sullivan, the Letang-Maatta duo been his go-to-pairing and it’s probably not a coincidence that Letang’s season has done a complete 180 under Sullivan. Letang and Cole, the failed top-pairing for Johnston? They have only spent six(!) minutes on the ice together under Sullivan. Cole, a player the Penguins thought enough of to sign to a multi-year contract extension before the season, has seen his role almost completely vanish under Sullivan, going from 20 minutes a night under Johnston to barely over 14 minutes. At times he has been a healthy scratch. He has also had some of the worst numbers, traditional and advanced, of any Penguins defenseman this season.”

“The coach has directed the Penguins — a club filled with marquee names — with élan. When circumstances called for it, he slotted Evgeni Malkin into a third-line role. Evgeni Malkin! When circumstances demanded it, he sat Marc-Andre Fleury in favor of Matt Murray for the most important game of the season. Sullivan has used kids in prominent roles. He has gotten the best out of Phil Kessel. He has allowed players to play to their unique strengths, putting them in the best possible position to succeed.”

When the team faced adversity in months before the playoffs, due to injuries, or was pushed to the brink in the playoffs, Sully was prepared.  This was his moment, 10 years later and he wasn’t going to waste it.  He has mentored varying type players and worked in different organizations.  He has learned from his failures as a player, assistant, and coach; now was Mike’s time.  Now was his chance to take the Stanley cup, and he did it.  He proved that he could coach generational stars, that he could out-wit opposing coaches, but was it a fluke?  In his second as head coach, he found himself back in the playoffs.

“Sullivan has seen his team get humiliated twice over the last few weeks, first at home in Game 6 vs. Washington, next in Game 3 versus Ottawa. Coaches who’ve lost their locker-rooms ( i.e Dan Bylsma) would not have had the words or the spirit to lift their players out of the dumps and put a winning team on the ice for the next game. Sullivan doesn’t seem to be affected by much of anything and continues to defy the odds and “block out the noise.” His teams are now 12-2 in the playoffs following a loss. That’s great coaching.”

2 years, 2 cups…that IS great coaching.

 

“Thank you boys”

– Mike

 

 

 

 

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  • Jovi

    Not sure what happened to the formatting. Maybe someone smarter than I can fix it.

    • Ungaba

      Don’t matter. It’s great stuff again. Thanks jovi!!!

  • lauriruu
  • Randy

    Duck tape? Is that like deer lord?

    Loved the post, as usual. Thanks!

    • lauriruu
      • Randy

        Hmmm. Nevermind then… They developed the tape using cotton duck (woven canvas like material), primarily for use during WW2 to fix things (be still my cunadian heart). But then a company bought the factory after WW2 and then trademarked it as duct tape, seeing as it was often used for duct work. But they still used a yellow cartoon duck as a play on people’s understanding of it. I read all that on the wiki page.

        • lauriruu

          Duct tape just turned 75 btw!

          • Randy

            I just turned 38 btw! Wish I could hold up half as well as duck tape. Ha ha ha.

    • Jovi

      not an Canadian thing?

      • Randy

        Stop being such a hoser eh? Duck / Duct tape is as Canadian as eating maple syrup poured over back bacon while listening to Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, and Nickelback really loud all at the same time.

  • lauriruu
    • lauriruu

      It might burn off yinz DickOntarely!

  • Rad88

    Jovi your articles keep getting better and better! This was excellent, well done! I tried to help with the formatting but it’s kicking my ass as well right now. Regardless, great work!

  • Andy PepPep

    The fact that Mike Sullivan wasn’t even nominated for the Jack Adams for either of his seasons is absurd. Between the absolute 180 from the very minute he took over to the tremendous success the Pens have had despite countless injuries to key players, it’s horrible not to recognize him.

    Somehow, I don’t think he cares. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45760b749d38ab4f9608fbd78eace4a3f55c64204a09008fabb875a10b558260.jpg

    • Penguin in Houston

      Yeah, butt, Stanley CUPS! Lol

  • Door_Matt

    I bet Mike Sullivan has thought about how great signing Jagr would be for the Pens… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d49b4fbe8904e39c8730b5bb256c3eef503654167d40a917eb4f9914011a0a6.jpg

    • PenguinPelts

      Hey, it’s not 1993. Signed Jagr would not be good for the Penguins.

      • Door_Matt
        • PenguinPelts

          Cool, but I see your fancy stats don’t have on there that after the All-Star break the last two season he’s missed more and more games and produced less, especially in the playoffs.

          • Door_Matt
          • PenguinPelts

            Can’t make a real rebuttal so you have to post dumb photos? Game set match I’d say.

          • Door_Matt

            My rebuttal was confusion at you being completely wrong.

          • Door_Matt

            However, I agree that he’s old. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s still producing at 1st line levels. A contract at a decent price ($2-3M incl bonuses) is not at all a stretch of the imagination.

          • Ungaba

            I thought all you hippie Californians loved each other???

          • Door_Matt

            Haha, not necessarily. There are definitely factions within California.

          • PenguinPelts

            Where do you live again Matt?

          • Door_Matt

            Southern California.

          • PenguinPelts

            What part?

          • Door_Matt

            Somewhere between LA and San Diego. 😛

          • PenguinPelts

            Makes sense now.

          • MoonStanley
          • PenguinPelts

            His last three playoff appearances, in 39 games, he has 20 points, one of which is a goal. So for all the talk of the Penguins 3-peating, sure, sign him up! He’s clearly still clutch in the Playoffs! Live in the now dude.

          • PenguinPelts

            His last post season appearance, mind you, with the Panthers, in 2015-16, he had two points. Two. Both assists, which I’d bet were secondary.

          • Door_Matt

            One was secondary.

          • PenguinPelts

            Oh, how dare I. It still took him four games to get on the scoring sheet.

          • Door_Matt

            However, let’s take this objectively.

            Jagr has 0.53 ppg in his last 3 playoff seasons.

            Sidney Crosby has about 0.92 ppg.

            However, I don’t want Jagr to replace Sid. I want Jagr as a winger somewhere on the 2nd or 3rd line.

            Let’s look at Kunitz who just left as a free agent.

            Kunitz has 0.53 ppg in his last 3 playoff seasons. Could Jagr fill that hole. I would say yes and maybe even improve on what Kunitz left behind.

            For all I know Jagr is holding out thinking he’s worth $4M+, but if no one is pitching reasonable $2-3M offers, I think it’s worth a roll of the dice.

          • PenguinPelts

            Ok, but a Kunitz not scoring still offers something, which is playing on both special teams, a better defensive ability, and not afraid to forecheck and hit people, and do it at a rate that doesn’t hurt himself. If Jagr isn’t scoring and your team is in the playoffs, you just have a 45 year old tired man sitting on your bench.

          • Door_Matt

            You may have missed the fancy stat on that hero chart…

            Jagr’s shot suppression and shot generation stats are very highly ranked. Kunitz has grit, but any young ZAR or Archieballs can replace that. Generating offense is a talent that Jagr has and the Pens want & need.

          • PenguinPelts

            Yet I just refuted that 10 minutes ago with his point production in the playoffs, or lack thereof.

          • PenguinPelts

            Plus, if you’re going to use the “younger players could do the same” for Kunitz style players, the same can be said about Jagr, especially one who is a sniper with 10 some NHL games already and one was the finalist for the Hobey Baker and then held his own in his brief end of year appearance in the AHL. I’m sorry, Jagr is not the answer and I’m still chalking it up to not being able to accept that the guy moved on years ago. So should the fan base.

          • Door_Matt

            I can accept your viewpoint. Sprong and ZAR will hopefully develop into great players, but they’re unproven at the NHL level. Just saying that Jagr could be worth that last contract to ride into the sunset.

          • PenguinPelts

            And I’m just saying I think you think that because he’s Jaromir Jagr, and that name makes you feel all warm and gooey inside, which means you have to try and find reasons to convince yourself why that sunset would be worth it.

          • Door_Matt

            I did pull stats too. The warm and gooey does have more than just nostalgia.

            I get my opinion isn’t the most popular.

          • PenguinPelts

            Correction, he hasn’t missed games, but he left quite a few games the last two seasons with Florida. He may be in great shape, but he’s still 45 years old.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Doubt it

  • UlfSammySon

    Great post Jovi!!

    Steve Sullivan for Lyfe.

  • PenguinPelts

    I like this post.

    • lauriruu
      • Jovi

        why is moony wet?

        • lauriruu

          He really likes that post.

          • Jovi

            i think he may have R kelly that post (ie peed on it). Does R kelly translate in Fin?

          • lauriruu

            Piss and poop do translate to Finn.

          • lauriruu

            He likes that post so much that he won’t abandon it. Hung onto it through rain = wet.

            Faeces is an equally good guess, though.

      • MoonStanley

        Oh gawsh, take this down! I don’t remember this at all

        • Jovi

          you gotta be careful with those day time drinking

          • MoonStanley

            ☆ Space dust ☆

  • lauriruu
    • Door_Matt

      I enjoy the subtle fact that the car they’re driving is an Odyssey.

      • Penguin in Houston

        Life is just a fantasy.

    • Jovi

      help me out here: watch 8 take 4 stanley cups?

      win8 the (4) stanley cups?

      • HawtDoge

        Wait (W8T) For (4) Stanley Cup (SC)

  • Penguin in Houston

    Peter Chiarelli = Idiot

  • Penguin in Houston

    Nice post for a girl. I like it!

  • Midnight Rider

    #sullyboner FAP FAP FAP
    Great post, Jovi!!!

  • PensPointsYourMom

    That was informative about Sully’s early years, thanks Jovi.

  • Jovi

    Ah, I see it now.

    • MoonStanley

      Stupid Capitals

  • Jovi

    Just learned there is an American Psycho 2. Who knew.

    • lauriruu

      I am so sorry.

  • MoonStanley

    Good job, Jovster!

  • Jovi

    I was gonna discuss Sullivan’s relationship with Kessel but I kinda went in a different direction. But its still interesting to think who will be his ‘nicer’ cop, now that Tocchet is gone. Maybe he really doesn’t need one after 2 cups.
    Thoughts?

    • Jovi

      i’m not familiar with Recchi’s mood, so I don’t know if he can do it.

      • MoonStanley

        The wrecking ball has a softer side!

        • Jovi

          I’m sure SSG already has a PS of him on Miley”s body.

          • MoonStanley

            He is the new Phil Whisperer!

          • Jovi

            it would be cheaper to just put the hotdog vender on staff

          • MoonStanley

            Phil had new contract stipulations that state that he must drink from ketchup and mustard bottles instead of Gatorade- branded bottles. Win-Win

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            I heard a rumor that Sully went up to Toronto and the 2 had a meeting to hash shit out.. Sounds reasonable as both seem to be stand up guys.

      • The66thDopefish

        I’m sure Recchi and Kessel will get along fine.

        • MoonStanley

          I can’t remember my own post completely, but they’ve already been talking

  • The66thDopefish

    I can’t wait until hockey season starts so while 67thDF sleeps I have something to think about other than politics.

    • MoonStanley

      ♡ <3

  • Jovi

    Also, Is Jacques Martin still on staff?

    • MoonStanley

      I believe he went North to fight the whitewalkers

      • Jovi

        did he remember his virility onions? or was it shrimp?

        • MoonStanley

          My damn internet has me two episodes behind, but I would assume you are talking of The Onion Knight, Ser Davos

          • Jovi

            2 episodes behind! There are only 2 episodes left !!!! You better climb a tree and catch up.

          • MoonStanley

            Have a PS4 update going for 3 days now… still not halfway. Good idea, Steve! Might actually do that tonight

    • Door_Matt

      Yes, for now.

      • MoonStanley

        Or maybe I’m completely wrong. Just wanted to be included

  • MoonStanley

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14697b15483080c480b952862bcf601a3399e4a87e0c361e1dd871002e198851.jpg

    The herbiez almost took me away last week, but I finally fought off the Crapitals in my lungs. The light in this pic is the shine from all those Stanley Cups. Miss you dudes!

  • Jovi

    I still wish I got to see a game in the Mellon #RIP.

    On this day in 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for our new arena. Nine years later, we couldn't ask for a better home. pic.twitter.com/MyyPq5hSiw— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 14, 2017

    • MoonStanley

      They should still put that laser-etch of its outline in the windows of Consol looking over that area… really cool idea that never happened.

  • lauriruu
    • Andy PepPep

      They should name the trophy after him at this point.

      • Door_Matt

        As much as it pains me to say this, if they were to rename it it would be after Ovechkin. He’s won the trophy 7 times in the 15 years it’s been awarded.

        • Andy PepPep

          You name trophies after champions.

          • PenguinPelts

            Or they’ll just keep it as the Kharlamov Trophy because Valeri probably was the best Russian to ever play the game.

  • lauriruu
  • j-b0t

    I fucking was out this weekend. Was there a bad case of herbes going around? Stay safe everyone.

    • MoonStanley

      Yes. Be wary.

  • lauriruu
  • Jovi

    I’m hungry but too lazy to feed myself. I need a cooking robot.

    • lauriruu
      • Jovi

        tell him not to forget the ketchup

        • lauriruu

          I told him. Phil says thanks!

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        fucking beat me to it! I am getting slow in my fat old age.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        You know how I know Phil is just trolling haters and not earnestly triple doggin’ the Stanley Cup? No. Fucking. Condiments.

        Phil is an “all of the above” condiment guy, just look at him. This is pure trollery

        • Randy

          Also, what he said to the ‘tog: “Choose the shot that best shows my abs. You know… when the wind was blowing my shirt against my hard, chiseled abdominal muscles? Eat it, Tronno.”

      • Ungaba

        COTD. Get this up in the banner. Phil broke hockey twitter today.

        I love that he posted it twice because the first one was apparently too fuzzy.

      • MoonStanley

        I’m fuggin’ framing this photo

    • Jovi

      oops. I forgot to do that. However that picture is real, I do believe that is Sully’s crappy drawing skills.

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        crappy skills after 2 bottles of champagne and 12 beers…

        • Jovi

          Schultz would have done better

      • Jovi

        i fixed it, cap-e-tain

    • lauriruu

      Oh man! You are a photoshop wizard.

      • Jovi

        that looks like (gasp) Windows Paint

        • lauriruu

          Microsoft?

          • Jovi

            You say Potato, I say Tomato

          • lauriruu

            You are always talking about fruits.

          • Jovi

            Its an American custom, you must do such when you arrival, otherwise people will be offended.

          • lauriruu

            People need to hear about them taters!

            Which fruit should I talk about? What’s the best option for a novice like me?

          • UlfSammySon

            Starbursts. The only fruit most kids eat.

          • Jovi

            Grapes! People love them.

          • Randy
        • done on my android!

    • j-b0t

      The memed have become the memers.

  • Door_Matt
  • Broken Coach Vlad
  • SouthSideGeno
  • PensPointsYourMom
    • Jovi

      ed sheeran?

      • Ungaba

        …dawg!

      • PensPointsYourMom

        Trey Anastasio….he looks a lot like Phil Kessel.

        • Ungaba

          That does NOT look like Trey, you goob.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            what do you care…its gingers with hot dogs day

          • Ungaba

            Reasonable.

      • The66thDopefish

        I THOUGHT THE SAME THING

  • DR RAD I NEED YOUR HELP

    I developed a cold overnight, bad nausea, runny and stuffy nose, very sore throat, but most annoying is EXCESSIVE SALIVA. I have to spit into the sink literally every 2 minutes. IM GOING INSANE

    • Jovi

      mucinex
      nasal saline
      vick’s vapor rub
      black coffee (great for throat)
      Pick one or all

      • Ungaba

        Mucinex FTW. Great stuff. Clear out that chest, no matter what.

        • Jovi

          to add, start taking Vitamin C: 500mg twice a day.

          • Rad88

            And Zinc! Grandma always said to take zinc and grandmas never wrong

          • Jovi

            actually its 1000mg twice/day

      • Penguin in Houston

        Uhhhh, shot if whiskey with lemon and honey for sore throat.

        • Jovi

          haven’t done whiskey but my parents used to give me rum, lemon, and honey. just makes you sleep

    • Rad88

      Are you sweating excessively and are your pupils dilated?

      • pupils seem fine, but this salivating is driving me insane. Just laying down (not tired) with a bucket that I’m spitting into every 10 seconds. Spent the weekend at a festival where at the end of every day when I blew my nose it was straight up black. Could it be dust in my lungs?

        • Ungaba

          First and foremost, who gets the blog when you’re gone??????

          • purehockeyfan

          • Ungaba

            DAMMIT.

        • Ungaba

          Most likely you contracted this from your brief visit to the City Of Brotherly Love. It just took a while to incubate. I’m back here now and suddenly feeling slobbery…

          • i’m in SF and just got back from a festival where so much dust went up my nose that kleenexes were black at the end of the day, i have a feeling there was something in that dust..

          • Ungaba

            Feces, bren. Feces was in that dust. Obvs.

            Mucinex to clean it out. Neti-pots are awesome too.

          • I neti-pot all the dirt out this morning. Still spitting saliva every 10 seconds and feeling horrible tho. Maybe my saliva is salvia?

          • Rad88

            Okay good you’re not poisoned by organophosphates. Does anything seem to help the amount of saliva?

          • nothing, but im also not trying anything, i dunno what to try. I normally have a temp of 96.8 (yah, kinda low) and right now it’s at 99.0. Dunno if thats anything.

            BASICALLY im on vacation, expected to go to a bachelor party, letting a ton of my friends down right now (one flew to sf for this) and im freaking out about why and how i’m sick and dunno what to do

            IM DYING

          • Rad88

            Normal saliva or is it thicker/thinner

          • Normal, MAYBE thinner? How can you tell if saliva is thinner? haha

            I woke up with a sore throat so it could just be a cold, but I’ve never had a cold where im spitting constantly

          • Rad88

            Some sinus infections/irritations will present with an increased amount of saliva. Considering rabies, end stage Parkinson’s and clozapine use are the other options I’m thinking your airways are just pissed of at the dust and such. Any sinus medication should do. And tea with honey for the sore throat. I’ll even come tuck you in for an extra ten bucks

          • I’m guessing the saliva is also because of vomiting. I havent actually thrown up but I keep running to the toilet thinking I will. Maybe from post nasal drip or something. I dunno, but man. I havent had a cold in years and this is the worst timing/feeling.

          • Whats funny is that my fiancee is out at the bar with my friends… For my bachelor party.

          • Rad88

            damn man. You could always run to the store and take some medicine and tough it out for 30 minutes until they kick in. Hopefully they work.

          • been taking day quil all day. Wasn’t sure if it was a cold or, like you said,something sinus related. Oh well.

          • Rad88

            You can always have another bachelor weekend? jk jk

          • Jovi

            robitussin is better but it makes me feel high if you take too much. you can still function, i would just be careful with driving

          • Rad88

            it’s his bachelor party, I assume he won’t be driving. Go for it Bren

          • Jovi

            Good point, you’ll save money on alcohol.

          • im also 4000 miles from my car.

            Im just staying in bed for the night. depressing but I feel horrendous

          • PensPointsYourMom

            There’s probably someone in SF who will pay you to spit on them…#opportunityknocks #capitalism

          • Jovi

            Uber?

          • Penguin in Houston

            That is funny, funny weird.

          • SouthSideGeno

            Your only hope are pairs of Asian hookers…2 pair…rotating in 1 hour shifts until all of your bodily fluids have been recycled.

          • Ungaba

            Reasonable.

          • Penguin in Houston

            Mucinex

          • Andy PepPep

            Zinc. That is all.

          • SouthSideGeno

            SF Gay Dust…you’re Finish-ed

      • SouthSideGeno

        I am and mine are…but I’m looking at porn…soooo

  • Jovi

    What is this rubbish?

    Making my debut on the @NHLNetwork tomorrow with @Rupper17 and @JamisonCoyle #nhlnetwork pic.twitter.com/yhHoG0y4Ph— Tyler Kennedy (@Kennedy4848) August 14, 2017

    • Ungaba

      Seriously, how is this friggin’ guy EVERYWHERE all of a sudden? He’s a friggin’ tard. Total hockey jobber guy with a goofy smile so they put him on? I get that he’s friendly and nice, but good lord.

      • Rad88

        Though I agree I also don’t hate that NHL network is going with more recent players, it may be the push to eventually get the old NHL brains on NBC out. Especially if broadcasts become extremely different in content

        • Jovi

          yeah, but do you want to her TK talking? ‘Yeah for sure…Yeah for sure….Yeah for sure”.

          • Rad88

            Solid point

          • Door_Matt

            Fer shure.

        • Penguin in Houston

          NBC Network needs to take note.

      • Rad88

        On second thought, I bet TK was horrible with his money thinking he would play a lot longer and make a lot more. He made 12.375 million total through contracts in 10 years of playing. If he was trying to kick it and hang with the likes of some of the Pens t might not be a stretch to say he could’ve spent a lot. Would explain him currently having 3 jobs

        • Midnight Rider

          Nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game.

        • Broken Coach Vlad

          Eh, his wife is local to Pgh, he pretty much hooked up with a puck bunny. I think he is doing fine, but one of those things where you take what work you can get when you can get it and see what sticks.. Is he really working hard being on air talent? I doubt it. Not like he is shoveling coal. 🙂

    • Penguin in Houston

      He is Willie Wonka too.

  • Ungaba
    • Rad88

      how much does a statue cost to make?

      • Ungaba

        Depends. Out of hot dogs, not too much, I’d wager.

        • Rad88

          out of bronze?? nah, Phil deserves GOLD

    • Jovi

      hahahahaha

  • Ungaba
  • Ungaba

    I’m very sorry for your pain, @brendannnn:disqus . But just know that this is merely a minor bump in the road. I’m about to hit my 20 year anniversary and I didn’t even have a bachelor party. Life goes on, thick saliva or no.

    • “Life goes on, thick saliva or no.” Need this on a mug

      • Ungaba

        …and I will fill that mug with Snickers bites. 🙂

        • “I didn’t even have a bachelor party”

          That makes two of us. But my fiancee did!

          • Ungaba

            Well, you’ve seen ‘you’ at 42. Sad, right??? Granted, you won’t be quite as fat, but still…

          • at least i’ll still have hair. and nice socks

          • Ungaba

            Easily your nicest response ever.

            Sorry, bub, for your snotty spittiness. It can’t be fun.

      • MoonStanley

        Just got over a bunch of stuff myself. Hang in there, B. Herbiez will NOT end US!

  • SouthSideGeno

    Staying at the Hyatt South Side…dinner at the Brauhause (spelling?) last night. In PGH for the day. Beside going to the Penguin Spot Store…where should we go?
    Mt Wash? North Shore? Stay on the South Side?

    • Andy PepPep

      Strip District…..eat all the pierogies.

    • MoonStanley

      Go make sure my dad didn’t kill my catfish yet, please!

      • lauriruu

        So that you could kill it?

      • SouthSideGeno

        Predator appeaser…i’ma help him cook em up, feed em to my dawg!

        • MoonStanley

          I’d be okay with that. Dogs gotta EAT!

          • SouthSideGeno

            No…on 2nd thought my dog might get Brendan gay-cat disease…BTW…did he die?

            Am I Blawgczar yet?
            You could be my “hanny”
            : O

          • MoonStanley

            I have to go Green Mile on him and suck the bees out. I’ve gained powers dahn here.

            What shall we do first, sir?

    • Broken Coach Vlad

      Liberty ave. around 2am still has some great discount whores… besides that, Fat Heads for sure.. headwich time.

  • Rad88

    Just found out the Stanley Cup will be at Nassau veterans memorial coliseum September 16/17. If Im off either day I’m totally going in the Murray Saves shirt

    • Andy PepPep
      • Rad88

        Haha thanks

        • Andy PepPep

          Best wishes.

          • Rad88

            Me either but I’m moving there so I better get used to living somewhere where people watch something other than the NBA and college football

          • Andy PepPep

            Where are you moving from?

          • Literally an island Paradise. St Marteen

          • Andy PepPep

            Makes sense.

          • Rad88

            Technically Savannah, I’ve been there 10 years, I was only on the island for 20 months

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            I saw a Pens game at Nassua back in 2011, the fans would curse you out from afar, but up close, they would be like good luck in the playoffs, we suck so hard.. Just good hockey chirping is all.. Actually feel bad that fan base has to deal with a really shitty arena.

          • Andy PepPep

            And Garth Snow.

    • SouthSideGeno

      9/17 is my burfday…I should meet you there.

  • SSG, if you’re still in Pittsburgh you should go to Jerry’s since your entire time in sq hill you didn’t know it existed and it’s a Pittsburgh staple!

    also Burgatory

    • If you’re by Lawrenceville go to Franktuary and naturoll

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        Are Franktuary dogs better than the O?

        • Yes absolutely

          • Door_Matt

            But are they dirtier than the O?

          • SouthSideGeno

            Nothing is.

          • Door_Matt

            Except for where that Nittany Lion’s hands have been.

          • SouthSideGeno

            Pitt is Excretion
            Hohahohahoha

      • HawtDoge

        Damn… you had to mention Franktuary… now I’m craving tasty doges TWICE as much as usual! 😀

    • SouthSideGeno

      State College now, wish I would have received this Jerrys reminder sooner. I’ll take the Fin there in November.

  • bart2puck
  • Ungaba
    • HawtDoge

      What a choad… he’s complaining that a stunt he pulled to get attention GOT TOO MUCH ATTENTION? and not the type he wanted? So confuse… again, mayor of Choad City, at least for a day…

    • Door_Matt
    • PensPointsYourMom

      oooo….I fucking hate that guy…he should rip his own dik off and have it on a bun with mustard and relish.

  • Jovi
  • Jovi
  • lauriruu
  • Ungaba
    • PensPointsYourMom

      August is tough. Man I miss hockey.

      • Ungaba

        I hope there is Cullen news tomorrow…

        • PensPointsYourMom

          annual Cullen signing day?

          • Ungaba

            That’s when he told GMJR last year – 8/16/17

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            I think he would have retired already, he’ll sign…

      • PensPointsYourMom

        Also…I love Phil Kessel. I’d break into his house and make him pancakes except then he’d get a restraining order and I couldn’t day dream about breaking into his house to make him pancakes.

        • Ungaba

          Reasonable.

      • SouthSideGeno

        Butt we have the Klan thou…right?
        And Nazis…right?

        Wut FUKIN country is this again?

        Sarry, nawt sarry : O

        • PensPointsYourMom

          Man, I thought we were done with David Duke.

          • Ungaba

            Talking about them is what they want. Putting them in the news is what they want. Some people are just sick.

        • MoonStanley

          America caught a case of the Nazi herbiez by sleeping around with dirty countries

        • Andy PepPep

          We have Communist fascists too “fighting” the Nazis…And anyone they call “nazis” who disagree with them. 2 cancers.

  • Ungaba
  • Ungaba
  • PensPointsYourMom

    For the record I’m still against the Reaves strategy, but how glad is the Central that he’s in the Metro now, and how not excited are the other Metro teams? Watch the hit on Getzlaugh and then the challenge by Strome where Strome doesn’t land a single punch. slow mo at 0:35. Dude is beast. Still a dumb move.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkVnwbmE0MY

    • Ungaba

      My favorite part about the entire thing? The hit on Getzlaf was 100% clean and part of the course of play. Love it.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        having a 230 lb wrecking ball will be fun, shame its not really the game play.

        • Ungaba

          Yeah, it was just a wee bit after the puck had gotten out of there. But, unlike you, I’m willing to give the guy a chance. 🙂

          • PensPointsYourMom

            I don’t really have anything against Reaves, I just don’t like the idea of gooning up a skill roster. I think its the wrong direction for the team. I do think Reaves is probably one of the best at what he does.

          • Ungaba

            Hopefully he has some skill as well. They seem to think he does, at least, so they get benefit of the doubt at least for now.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            I would be happy to be wrong. I will settle for Tom Wilson getting his face re-arranged.

          • Andy PepPep

            …again.

          • Penguin in Houston

            Steve will bring out the best in him.

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Shorsey highlights from Season 3.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgLyfxSuWbk

    • Ungaba

      3 things: I hit you, you hit the pavement, I jerk off on your drivers side door handle.

  • Broken Coach Vlad
    • PensPointsYourMom

      McJesus’ got a perty mouth.

  • Ungaba
  • https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1347900-penguins-murray-i-feel-like-i-haven-t-really-done-anything-yet

    Murray feels like winning two Stanley Cups isn’t “doing anything yet”

  • lauriruu
  • Andy PepPep

    This was Yohe’s response when someone asked him about the relationship between Sid and Geno. I don’t remember this story. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d0f6339db0e114bf7aeca1bc57b65f855b2f85e5f7030f97b6af3e4b2db46697.jpg

    • MoonStanley

      WAT! Thank gawsh for Geno.

    • Jovi

      Never heard that story. I know the media kept asking if Sid should be captain, and I remember the team wearing a “C” in honor of Sidney. Geno wore a “K”, because, Russian.

      • PenguinPelts

        I would make the argument for Geno to be Captain because while Sid is so good helping coach teammates and show them X’s and O’s and inspire them, blah blah blah, how many stories in the last handful of years have we heard that it’s Malkin who, when he finally speaks up, that’s what gets the teams attention changes things around. Of course they’re both valuable in their own right, meeting in the middle somewhere I suppose.

        • Broken Coach Vlad

          Eh, I think he likes the roll of Assistant Captain. He doesn’t need to speak to the refs as much…

    • Broken Coach Vlad

      that’s a beauty right there…

  • HawtDoge

    Member DuckTales?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP0Neif7Y4E&feature=youtu.be
    It’s back and would totally let my kid watch this (if i had one), and probably watch it with them.

  • HawtDoge

    DAFT PUNK WHAT? I found another song that Daft Punk “sampled”…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OArcz5Sg0k4
    I did NOT realize how much of their stuff was straight up lifted from older stuff, not so much crafted out of little bits and bobs… just straight up ripped off… damn robots! (not you J, you cool)

    • lauriruu
      • HawtDoge

        I refuse to did any deeper, my whole reality may shatter… 😀

        • lauriruu

          You want to find out on your own. I respect that.

          • HawtDoge

            It’s like hidden treasure that kills a little of the joy in your life. Magnificent!!!

        • Door_Matt

          They had a small joke about this topic on Silicon Valley. I want to say it spanned a single episode arc.

    • j-b0t

      Nah, it’s cool. I straight rip off all of my good ideas. U right.

      • MoonStanley

        That sounds like Bender

        • HawtDoge

          I GET IT!

          • MoonStanley

            Thank you!!

  • Ungaba
    • Andy PepPep

      Fingers crossed. I think he’s going back to Minny though.

      • Ungaba

        You were right. Bummer.

        • Andy PepPep

          Poop

          • Penguin in Houston

            No, full on shit on a shingle sandwich!

  • Andy PepPep

    Draisaitl signed an 8yr/$68m dollar salary extension ($8.5 per). That puts the top 2 players for Edmonton at $21 million, combined. 28% of salary cap.

    • PenguinPelts

      “It works for Chicago, why can’t it work for us?” -Chiarelli

      • Andy PepPep

        Toews isn’t McDavid. Still a huge gamble, but they had no other option, really. Those high draft picks have a heavy price.

        • PenguinPelts

          Do you think if it were Panarin instead of Toews getting that money it would be a little bit better/similar?

          • Andy PepPep

            Yes.

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            fucking pylon.. fucking plug

  • Ungaba
  • lauriruu
    • Randy

      How can I get those meat sticks in my mouth!?

  • Door_Matt

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75e47a8bba228cb5446f18930d3db9e223f60a6c071fede6dfb6f00adb52480b.jpg

    I heard you recently lost a veteran presence in the locker room and was on a quick drive…

    • lauriruu

      Who are you suggesting?

    • Penguin in Houston

      #jagrwatch

  • MoonStanley
  • PensPointsYourMom

    welp…I guess we’re gonna get a long look the centers we have in the pipe…

  • UlfSammySon
    • PensPointsYourMom

      Rupper with the subtle job on TK…also, I don’t give a shit about what TK’s got to say.

      • Door_Matt

        Misses the net on most of his takes

    • Door_Matt

      Fer shure

      • Jovi

        yeah, i’ll pass

  • lauriruu

    I had a dream in which Jagr was practicing face-offs.

    #jagrdreamwatch

  • Jovi

    So Cullen is gone and we need a 3rd AND 4th line center…. and its mid August. Anyone? Rutherford?

    • Letestu?

      • Letestu and Jagr???

        • HawtDoge

          “TUBE AND JAGS”
          COMING THIS FALL TO FOX!

        • Jovi

          Jagr is not a center. Try again.

          • Door_Matt

            Jagr is everything you want, he is everything you need…

          • PensPointsYourMom

            So Jagr is your mom?…your dad must be butt ugly.

          • Door_Matt

            You’ve never been with a chick with a beard?

            https://m.imgur.com/V1KQAvi

          • HawtDoge

            …He is everything inside of you that you wish you could be?

          • Andy PepPep

            I draw the line there.

          • HawtDoge

            but he does all the right things!

  • SouthSideGeno

    Cullen…fucker.

    • HawtDoge

      Maybe this is an elaborate prank on his kids and he shows up at Pens training camp?

      • Jovi

        I knew he wasn’t staying; he could have done this crap in June.
        Thanks for your service, have a nice day.

        • Penguin in Houston

          I agree. He most likely knew back then.

  • Andy PepPep

    Toews’ career: 717 gp 622 pts (19-29 yoa)
    Jagr’s last 715 gp: 634 pts (31-45)
    H Sedin’s last 684 gp: 643 pts (29-36)
    D. Alfredsson’s last 694 gp: 669 pts (33-41)
    M. St. Louis’s last 688 gp: 713 pts (31-40)

    Basically, Jonathan Toews, in the prime of his career, is significantly worse than past-their-prime NHL stars. Fwiw Malkin has 832 points in his career (706 games). Seriously- how is Toews a top 100 player?

    • HawtDoge

      Cups with a C on his jersey?

      • Andy PepPep

        Nobody is saying that shit about Dustin Brown

        • HawtDoge

          Good point… gypsy magic then?

          • Andy PepPep

            Limited gag reflex.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Toews sucks

      • HawtDoge

        Least noticeable “star” player I’ve seen play in person.

        • lauriruu

          Can’t wait to not notice him in November.

    • This deserves a post on it’s own. Very surprising (to me) that Toews is so praised

  • Penguin in Houston
    • The66thDopefish

      I suspected as much, at least as far as Guentzel goes. There is a glut of wingers in the organization; worst case scenario, I see no reason why they couldn’t at least start the season with Guentzel 3C and Rowney 4C and see how things go.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        I do not want Jake laying down in front of shots on the PK…Rowney? well, that’s a little different.

        • The66thDopefish

          Jake will probably not be killing penalties. Just because he’s 3C doesn’t mean he HAS TO kill penalties.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            ok then who kills penalties? Rowney gonna take every faceoff? Sid gonna lay down in front of shots? Geno? There need to be 2 PK centers. Which two?

          • The66thDopefish

            A.) All you need is a guy to take face-offs (and, ideally win them).
            B.) Could be a second winger for all I really care.

          • Door_Matt

            WE NEED A WINGER FOR SID! TRADE STALL!

          • Randy

            #STALLWATCh

          • lauriruu

            Wilson has played as a center

          • PensPointsYourMom

            But nobody wins every faceoff. And if they don’t they have to stay on the ice. Rowney was 5th on the team in faceoffs taken last year with 198. Great there’s one PK FO man. The next still on the roster, that isnt Sid or Geno, is Kevin Porter who took 19 Faceoffs. Jake took 17, Phil 15, Horny 11, and Hags 6. I get what you’re saying but the choice is, put Sid or Geno out to take the faceoff and if they don’t win, they’re in the shooting gallery, or put someone out who doesn’t take face offs. That’s a shitty choice.

          • The66thDopefish

            For what it’s worth, Pittsburgh had a 40.5% SH FOW% last regular season. Winning face-offs clearly wasn’t a priority.

            (If hockey-reference was working correctly I’d tell you how they ranked.)

          • PensPointsYourMom
          • PensPointsYourMom

            In a nut shell, the entirety of of the remaining roster took 43 SH FO’s last year. The players who’ve departed took 406. From a volume prospective the pens lost about 90% of their SH FO capability.

          • The66thDopefish

            Your point is that the Penguins need to find some guys who can take face-offs. My point is that effectively any forward can do it, and their success in taking face-offs isn’t really paramount.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Sort of. My point is that the PK is decimated, with no reliable replacements in the pipe. I agree anyone can take face offs, but Cullen and Bonino were 51% and 48% FO winners in all situations, their FO wins drop substantially in SH situations. In other words, players are not as good at FO SH as they are at EV. So we can send Hags or Rust out to take face-offs that’s an option – but if last year’s team SH FO of 40.5% fails to impress, when the players taking faceoffs were professional faceoff takers, its fair to expect a drop in that already low number, which means less possession, which is bad for the PK. Its not just the faceoffs, its the fact that the whole PK suffers as a result.

            Think about it this way: There were 449 SH FO last year and the pens won 40.5% of them. That’s about 182. If the lack of skilled faceoff takers results in a win percentage of 35%, that’s 157 face off wins over the same amount of penalties. That’s leaving possession with the other teams PP 25 more times. Thats significant when our PK ranked 20th in league last year.

          • The66thDopefish

            Two guys accounted for 84.2% of the team’s SH FO and the team was 4th-worst in the League regardless. I don’t think it can hurt to try something like SH face-off taker-by-committee, see if someone unexpected has a penchant for it and run with it.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Its not as though the pens have a choice but to the roll the dice and see if someone surprises. But most players FO win% goes down on the PK, not up. It hurts to lose Cullen AND Bones at the same time.

          • Penguin in Houston

            Tostito to block all shots.

    • PensPointsYourMom

      is that your foamy spit all over the place?

    • The66thDopefish

      Namaste?

    • SouthSideGeno

      Death is erreywhere…was it NAZIS?

    • Penguin in Houston

      Gay seal with praying man

    • MoonStanley

      This and the other picture are amazing haha. Hope you’re havin fun and feelin better

      • Thanks man, much better! Knowing the blog was around to read and chat with was super comforting (as you know) while you have a cold and can’t do anything else.

        • MoonStanley

          For sure! I can’t count the amount of times that you and everyone else here picked me up when I was down 😀

    • lauriruu

      I almost didn’t recognize you without the face paint. Good pic!

  • SouthSideGeno

    My Father-in-law died today.
    #sad

    • The66thDopefish

      Sorry to hear that 🙁

    • HawtDoge

      Sorry man. Thoughts are with you and your family.

    • Door_Matt

      Sorry to hear that. 🙁

    • Sorry for your loss dude

      • SouthSideGeno

        90 years old…been in hospice for over 2 months…was torture…actually happy for him, he’s finally “on the bus” as he would say.

        • PensPointsYourMom

          being on the bus is better than being off the wagon.

          • Ungaba

            Really? Because the wagon ain’t all that.

        • Yep, my grandmother’s last few years in the mid nineties, almost every day she’d be only talking about how she wanted to die. It’s rough, I’m sure. Was actually really happy when it finally happened! Now you have to do all that crappy funeral stuff though

          • SouthSideGeno

            No silly traditional funeral…cremation & family only wake. Then, the fireplace mantel to ‘await his surviving soul mate.’ Ultimately they will both be ‘simultaneously distributed’ somewhere in their birthplace, the mountains of Central PA.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Sorry SSG. Hope you and your family find peace and comfort.

    • PensPointsYourMom

      #InsertHumanPlatitude

    • MoonStanley

      Hang in there, Big G! Love ya, man

    • Broken Coach Vlad

      Sorry for your loss sir.. probably the only time I will call you sir… Hope you all find peace during this time.

  • Door_Matt

    Eating McDonald’s in an airport terminal… Now I know how Jagr felt during the first #JagrWatch

    • SouthSideGeno

      I like their ‘nuggies with hunny’

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        racist?

    • PensPointsYourMom

      Like he was going to shit himself on an airplane?

      • Randy

        COTD.

    • Ungaba

      I’m in the lounge. And it’s not that much better.

  • lauriruu
  • MoonStanley

    I’m at a bbq place that has a drive-thru, about to walk next door for a beer and trivia after grubbin. Oh, and I need another root canal, apparently. Pills, pills, pills.

    • Ungaba

      Good… and bad. Happy for the grubbin, beer and trivia at least!

      • MoonStanley

        Twas a good time! I ended up partially singing on the mic like the Grandma from an Adam Sandler movie when she was rapping “Rappers Delight”

        We got 20 extra points hehe

    • PensPointsYourMom
    • Randy

      I fuckin hate anything to do with teeth. Can’t trust any of these teeth people either. Half the time they sound like they’re bullshitting.

  • Penguin in Houston

    Watching Game 7 from Round 2 on NHL Network, LOL!

  • Door_Matt
    • Jovi

      Dis you? You’re like 2 yrs late on coming out of hiding.

      • Jovi

        Is this like a famous Pittsburgh site.

        • PensPointsYourMom

          yeah its the airport.

          • Jovi

            Haha. Yeah, that’s pretty much all I want to see too.

      • Door_Matt

        Yes. I stole a random bad selfie from some white guy on Facebook 😛

    • You’re here for an interview right? When is it?

      • Door_Matt

        Right now

        • Ungaba

          LUCK!!! 🙂

    • Ungaba

      Good luck on your interview, broski!

      Also, I likely was there at about the same time. Landed at 9:45 PM last night.

      Too bad I couldn’t stalk another blogger in another airport…

      • Door_Matt

        Landed around 10:15p

        • Ungaba

          …like ships in the night…

          • Door_Matt

            Yup. That construction on 376 is insane!

  • Broken Coach Vlad

    I am getting ready for a range day this weekend.. dropped 200 in ammo… just realized I am out of 7.62×39… fuuuuuuuuuuck

    • PensPointsYourMom

      #firstworldproblems #alsothirdworldproblems

    • Andy PepPep

      I’m a fan of the Kalashnikovs, too. Mine is a -74, though.

  • Jovi
    • Ungaba

      Well done, Jove-meister.

  • Ungaba

    OK, I’m doing it. I need a place to vent, if only a wee bit.

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/164297628606/how-to-know-youre-in-a-mass-hysteria-bubble

    Read it calmly and objectively if you want to. I didn’t realize how much I liked Scott Adams until now.

    • lauriruu

      I’ll read this a little later. I love Adam Scott.

      • Ungaba

        How about Scott Adams? Is he OK too?

        • lauriruu

          I’m sorry… Who?

        • lauriruu

          That bubble soccer (whatever it’s called) is super fun!

    • Andy PepPep

      He’s dead on…..but also, probably a Nazi.

      • Ungaba

        I can see holes in his reasoning, sure, but I appreciate that he can calmly evaluate the situation without just shouting names at people.

        • Andy PepPep

          This is what happens when you replace logic with feelings inside of toxic echo chambers.

    • HawtDoge

      Although he does kind of qualify the whole thing at the end with:
      “The mass hysteria signals I described here are not settled science, or anything like it. This is only my take on the topic…”
      It’s an over simplification that starts on a faulty premise from the top based on a generalization, which he then uses to say that other people who are making an over simplification based on a faulty premise based on a generalization are suffering from mass hysteria. WAIT IS HE TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF?!?!? Just trying to inject a little humor into this touchy subject 😀 But for real, this argument can go both ways equally depending on your POV.

      Many people in the “Never Trump etc.” camp knew full well it was possible, and even probable, for him to be elected because of the amount of people who were voting on single issues and/or despise the Clintons. And many people who fell into that crowd or somewhere near it happened to live in key battleground states. Then we come to the issue of racism. It is a lot more complicated than saying “I don’t say anything out loud disparaging anyone based on race”, I’m sure we all understand that. It’s a spectrum, just like political beliefs etc. This chart is a simplification too, but I think it’s a good way to visualize it and think about just where I would fall on it in various situations, as well as people in general.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e2e5087197132285a121c01a7b5b92cb6136ef52db7842a3de29c5f29bbf6f7.jpg
      To be clear, I believe (and I would say I KNOW, but that might “trigger” some people) that white privilege is real, that systemic racism is real, and that it’s everyone’s responsibility to purge that from our society, little by little, to the best of our ability. I just want people to be compassionate, if not in direct action at least in thought.

      There are many shades of grey on many issues across the country. One thing remains true, your(my) perception is your(my) reality. The best way for us to collectively get the the heart of the truth is to remember we are all more alike than we are different. Our core desires and needs are generally the same, and that by doing our best to understand others who may seem different, or crazy, or hysterical, maybe we can learn a little about ourselves too, and we’ll all be better off for it.

      • Ungaba

        Those white nationalist scum don’t represent all whites, not by a long shot. I would hope that thinking people can agree on this. Yet everyone ran to twitter to call Trump a racist because he ‘didn’t denounce them enough.’ That’s patently absurd and does nothing to help anybody or anything at all. And now people are tearing down statues and suggesting we get rid of the Jefferson Memorial. Wait, what?

        • HawtDoge

          There are definitely people being overly reactive/defensive on both sides. Hopefully there can be some constructive discourse, but to be honest, it seems in general that that ship has sailed which is truly #sad

          I lub yinz, and am glad we can talk about his stuff and still be webernet buddies and share a common goal… THREE-PEAT!

        • The66thDopefish

          The same argument you just made about white nationalists can (and should) apply to blacks, Muslims, Jews, etc., and yet it is the whites with the power and privilege, and our President happens to be white and ostensibly in support of white nationalists (moreso than antifa, clearly).

          • Andy PepPep

            Lol, whites have the power. What power? The nationalist scum were outnumbered 50 to 1 by communist scum. Name one law that gives white people power over any other race. If you want “power” in America, make good decisions and don’t depend on others in society.

            Oh, and fuck antifa. They’re not the good guys here. They’re the same thing.

          • HawtDoge

            I don’t think it’s an issue of law, it’s an issue of how people interact and are perceived by each other on a daily basis. If you’re white you are less likely to been seen as a threat, problem, etc in many different situations than if you weren’t white. Slavery and Jim Crow weren’t that long ago, and the effects of those institutions have not been fully purged from society. By “power”, I think many people mean the power to speak out and persuade/reason with those who are being unreasonable (namely other white people who might immediately write off a response from someone of a different race as defensive, reactionary, or just plain wrong, and maybe even use it as a defense of their point of view, leading to the “mass hysteria” stuff, everyone “other” seeming crazy, continuing a cycle of misunderstanding etc etc), and therefore they also have the power to reinforce those same people’s beliefs/feelings whether explicitly or implicitly.

          • Andy PepPep

            Less likely to be perceived as a threat? Hmmmmmm

            Why would that be?

          • HawtDoge

            Please clarify, I’m hoping the way I’m perceiving this is off base and I don’t want to be too reactionary.

          • Andy PepPep

            Why do you feel white people are perceived to be “less threatening”? Simple question, I’m not trying to trick you, I just want you to clarify your statement. I just don’t buy the “our side is the victim and therefore violence” rhetoric coming from each side. They all use it, from Nazis to BLM to antifa.

          • HawtDoge

            The issue is that there is a difference in perceived threat, not the reasoning behind it. If you would like to argue that the difference in perceived threat is justified I’d like to hear why. My argument is that all people are capable of good and bad equally, and should therefore illicit the same response not dependent on the color of their skin.

          • Ungaba

            I agree 100%, and I make my threat determination based on more than just skin color, at least I’d like to hope so.

          • HawtDoge

            Thanks for talking guys, I should have been working my ass off this morning but have kinda made a promise to myself to have these discussions with people when they present themselves. Not trying to be a self-righteous a-hole, just want to encourage everyone to try and see things from perspectives other than their own. Now i really gotta get to work, so sorry if this continues and i’m not able to respond. Have a killer weekend if I’m not able to check back in later!

          • Andy PepPep
          • HawtDoge

            100% 😀

          • Andy PepPep

            So, it’s our own unfounded racism and not the fact that some demographics are 8 times more likely to commit violent crime than others. This fact, which people find unpopular or “racist” (facts can’t be racist), is nevertheless true. Our brains make associations based on experience. Women are nervous around men they don’t know for the same reason lenders don’t give money to people with shit credit scores.

            My point is that all people should be judged on their merit, but poor decision making can still hurt people who share traits, be it skin color, sex, etc.

          • HawtDoge

            I can’t even begin to respond to this right now, not enough time 😀 Just know that I disagree (not with facts, with your application of them) and I would encourage you to read up on the possible causes behind those facts. For example, systemic racism.

          • Andy PepPep

            I have a degree in this stuff, but thank you. I would encourage you to watch Harvard Law graduate, Ben Shapiro, destroy the notion of white privilege.

            I’m not sure what application of facts are incorrect here. I think we all face biases, and we’re only as good as the choices we make.

          • The66thDopefish

            I would point out that for every dollar a white person earns in this country, blacks earn ~60 cents and hispanics earn ~80 cents. (2013, based on median income)

            In this country, money is power, more than it has been in decades. So, when the whites are the demographic majority and have the overwhelming advantage in terms of money and also employment, they absolutely have the power. Minorities can’t get ahead despite all the “handouts” they are offered (which, btw, is offered to anyone who cannot meet state and federal standards).

            White supremacy is a joke, and antifa are the punchline.

          • Andy PepPep

            “Bigotry of low expectations” isn’t helping anyone. Man, white people sure suck at keeping minorities down. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bc0f039f44fa0dfdc4417e4b1ba9016cc62ee84d95adba1ba388ba0c0829b0a.jpg

          • The66thDopefish

            I can play that game too, but not with such specific and small groups of people: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/14/the-war-on-whites-is-a-myth-and-an-ugly-one/

            (P.S. It’s nice and all that Ben Shapiro can win debates but he’s not very useful when it comes to actually doing anything)

          • Ungaba

            Where is the chart that shows that white people are more often the product of 2 parent households? Or that non-whites are XX% more likely to be in gangs?

            The Wash Post loves to try to perpetuate white guilt by saying, ‘we have so much, we must give more’ but they ignore the other socio-economic indicators that support the counter argument.

            So if I’m following your logic, whites are responsible to lift up all others because they’re so fortunate, right? Fine – how? All the plans that have been tried so far aren’t working very well, apparently. Maybe they should just tax the shit out of the rich and hope for the best?

          • Andy PepPep

            It’s so simple it HAS to work.

          • Andy PepPep

            That is an opinion article written by the exact people who sell newspapers by saying provocative shit. There are actual written laws that intentionally put people ahead based on skin color. Think about that.

          • The66thDopefish

            Which laws are those, besides affirmative action, which still doesn’t guarantee non-whites will be hired ahead of whites?

          • Andy PepPep

            Then you shouldn’t be fooled by “60 cents on the dollar”.

            Teenagers make 30 cents on the dollar to adults, therefore ageism. Right?

          • The66thDopefish

            Maybe non-whites are more likely to be in gangs, are more likely to be drug dealers, and are more likely to be involved in violent crime because they cannot get money in the “legitimate” ways that whites can? Again, 60 cents on the dollar is what blacks make versus whites, in “legitimate” ways.

          • Ungaba

            My larger point was about the family unit. I think non-whites are far more likely to not be the product of a 2 parent household and that, coupled with a dis-advantageous starting position to begin with leads to the gangs and drugs, etc.

            But again, what’s the solution? Money?

          • The66thDopefish

            People tried making the same argument about homosexual households (that it would lead to confusion in the children) and that hasn’t exactly come to fruition. Why? Maybe because those households have the opportunities that non-whites don’t? Maybe because homosexuality isn’t something that you can suss out just by looking at someone?

            Just handing non-whites money is not necessarily the solution, but they need jobs that pay well. (Just like President Trump said!) Maybe then you would see them not taking advantage of the entitlements that are available for everyone. Maybe then they would be less involved in gangs and drugs and violent crime.

          • Ungaba

            The drugs and crime path is generally set well before they would be able to qualify for a good paying job, so I think the solution needs to happen earlier on in life. Would you agree with that?

            And I specifically said ‘2 parent’ because sexuality isn’t a concern of mine. I think 2 parents is a big frking deal, though, regardless of what ‘people try to make the argument’. Having the support of 2 individuals isn’t just 2x more important, either. I think it’s infinitely more so.

            And yes, this argument is coming from a person that had 3 different ‘dads’…

          • The66thDopefish

            DARE didn’t do shit. Would you agree with that?

          • Ungaba

            Yes, but why do you keep moving the goalposts?

          • Andy PepPep

            Crosby would be proud of that deflection.

          • Andy PepPep

            Again, entitlements have increased significantly through your logic, yet the problem is getting worse. Education leads to good jobs (another thing that gets worse with the government throws more money at, but it only works if people value it.

          • Andy PepPep

            No, is not. That’s misleading and a lie. People make roughly the same amount of money when it comes to doing the same job and working the same hours.

            If black people made 60 cents on the dollar, why wouldn’t companies only hire them?

          • Ungaba

            So then the argument appears to be that there simply aren’t enough minorities in good paying jobs. And apparently it’s up to whites to figure out why that is and fix it because slavery. Gotcha.

          • Andy PepPep

            Everybody needs a scapegoat.

          • Andy PepPep

            Neither is pretending all of the bad things that happen to you are entirely someone else’s fault. I’d actually say that’s the worst. Besides we have steadily increased entitlements over time and income disparity and government dependence is greater than ever.

          • Ungaba

            So you think antifa is OK?

          • The66thDopefish

            I’m not a fan of violence, but I am a fan of balance and equality, and sometimes that must be achieved through violence.

          • Ungaba

            And there it is. The truth will out. Violence against white nationalists is OK in your book ergo the tragedy of last weekend is 100% the fault of the white nationalists ergo Trump is racist scum for trying to ‘spread the blame.’

            I think I understand it clearly now.

          • The66thDopefish

            I love your straw man. Wait, no I don’t.

          • Ungaba

            Many pardons for projecting, I suppose that’s not fair of me.

            I just don’t think that violence is ever supposed to be the answer.

          • The66thDopefish

            I don’t like violence either! But violence often begets violence. Someone else always starts these things, it’s never “us”, but “we” are the ones who have to finish it.

          • Ungaba

            What may have happened if those idiots were just left alone to march around in their stupid circles chanting their stupid shit carrying their stupid tiki torches? We’ll never know because armed thugs showed up and requested violence. They got their wish and now someone is dead. Great fucking plan!

          • Andy PepPep

            Again, who gets to decide what group is allowed to speak and what group should be assaulted?

            Think big picture here.

            You have proven your side is just as violent as the Nazis. Listen to yourself- “have to finish it”? And this white supremacy shit is a product of the Left starting violence. Look at Berkeley or just google “antifa”. Nothing but violence. Congrats, you now have your opposite reaction.

          • The66thDopefish

            And you with your ad hominem, “my” side.

          • Andy PepPep

            Are you not defending them? My apologies if you aren’t. Pretty sure that’s exactly what’s happening, though. You also said “we”, quite explicitly.

          • The66thDopefish

            I have to walk away from this conversation. I was hopeful that there would be an opportunity for us to bridge the gap in our differences but evidently that’s not happening now. Maybe next time!

          • Ungaba

            Hopefully you didn’t get too upset. It was not my goal to upset in this, but I did need to vent a bit with people whom I know are at least intelligent and willing to engage. Thanks for that!

          • The66thDopefish

            Not upset, but as to my comments about balance and equality, I had to try and fend off two guys making the same arguments! Not an easy task by oneself 🙂

          • Ungaba

            Tell me about it! I’m usually the only non-Left-leaning blabber mouth in here.

            I feel you, bro. 🙂

          • The66thDopefish

            Of course NOW @disqus_8GiBcrZebu:disqus shows up to play on “my” team

          • Andy PepPep

            Really horrible opinion when your goal is tolerance.

          • The66thDopefish

            Tell the Nazis (the actual German, 1930s/1940s ones) that.

          • Andy PepPep

            Funny, these people weren’t in the news until the left started wearing masks, banning speech, and assaulting people. Weird how they fight “Nazis” by behaving exactly like Nazis.

          • Ungaba

            ‘….ostensibly in support of white nationalists’. That’s the absurd part. It’s just ridiculous to conclude that he supports them in any way and it’s why we can’t have these discussions in this country any more. His daughter is Jewish and she works for him.

            His response, saying that there was blame on both sides, is correct. Antifa went there to fight the White Nationalists and the cops sat back and watched it happen. How is that unclear? Any suggestion that it was 100% the White Nationalists fault that violence occurred is easily disproved, too.

            What’s also clear is that a scumbag piece of shit White Nationalist killed someone and hurt lots of other people and needs to pay for that.

            I do agree with the first part of what you said, about how it can and does apply to all ‘genres’ of people. And those with power and privilege should continue to reinforce that message. Those things can co-exist without the white people being assumed to be scumbags.

          • Midnight Rider

            “It’s ridiculous to conclude he supports them in any way…”

            Dude, Bannon was his chief strategist until today. And he also employs Miller (white nationalist) and Gorka (neo-Nazi). And did you see that press conference on Tuesday? Not to mention the condemnation of it by everyone except actual white nationalists, like KKK leader David Duke, who praised it?

            I understand that you like playing devil’s advocate, but I sincerely hope you realize you’re advocating on behalf of an actual devil.

          • Ungaba

            I did watch the presser. And I watched his comments in his lobby as well, the ones without any commentary. Aside from the fact that he’s still a buffoon and says stupid shit to bring the focus to himself, he denounced all the bad people.

            The issue is that he did it to both sides, and the left couldn’t deal with that.

            When he was talking about ‘a lot of good people there’, that was in reference to people that were neither Nazi/KKK nor Antifa but were peacefully protesting the plan to remove the statue. It IS possible that people who want to keep a statue of Robert E Lee aren’t scumbags, you know.

          • Midnight Rider

            While it may be “possible,” no one there was there to peacefully protest the removal of a Confederate statue. And if anyone remained after seeing all the white supremacists and bro-Nazis there, shame on them for associating with those scum.

          • Ungaba

            “While it may be “possible,” no one was there…”

            I don’t get your logic on this one, but that’s not critical here.

            So you think that Trump showed us his entire ass when he said ‘there were some very fine people there’ because he was, in fact, referring to White Nationalists / KKK / neo-Nazi’s? And you think he said that out loud on purpose?

            I mean, the guy is a complete ass in so many ways it’s hard to believe. A complete narcissist. A megalomaniac. But do you really think he’s also that stupid?

            And, for the record, if he was saying that there are ‘good’ White Nationalists, I 100% agree with your opinion.

          • Midnight Rider

            My logic is that anything is “possible.” It’s possible all those neo-Nazis in full riot gear open-carrying assault weapons chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” are totally peaceful protestors. Not at all likely, but possible. Saying people were there to protest the removal of a statue is naive.

            As for Trump, yes, I think he is that stupid. He knows the walls are closing in and he’s attempting to do anything to save himself.

          • Ungaba

            I think that the original plan, before the neos got involved, was a peaceful protest by other people. But then the neos got involved so antifa got involved and we all saw the results.

            If Trump really is that stupid then it really is only a matter of time until he’s gone.

          • Midnight Rider

            The neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, KKK, and white supremacists were involved from the jump. It was a “Unite the Right” rally using the removal of a statue as a pretext for their hate rally.

          • Midnight Rider

            And for the President of the United States to insinuate there were some “good people” on that side shows a level of ignorance and unsophistication that is utterly mind boggling. Or it shows he (or his advisors) are sympathetic to those viewpoints (which I really do not want to believe because it’s terrifying, but all signs point to).

            The learning curve is over. The guy is a jackass and a disgrace to this nation and everything it stands for.

          • Andy PepPep

            Lol

        • Andy PepPep

          The actual Nazis did the same thing, do did the Thought Police in 1984. See, the far Left is as violent and radical as the far Right.

        • Penguin in Houston

          Just like the Catholics destroyed ancient Greek statues. I was pissed that they were gone. It’s art.

          • Andy PepPep

            Yep

    • The66thDopefish
      • Ungaba

        So…. antifa shouldn’t be tolerated?

        This paradox is hurting my braimb.

      • Andy PepPep

        Nazis are an easy example, but what about people who think men should use the men’s bathroom, or “cops are racist pigs”, or non-Muslims deserve to die?

        All are opinions far more popular than “Nazism” in America, where do we draw the line?

        And more importantly, who gets to decide?

    • MoonStanley

      I read a bit of it, and it seems like this guy is reasoning with his own mind more than anything else. He talks about confirmation bias, but uses it to justify his own beliefs?

      I’m trying to dig deeper, but I’m a bit loopy from pain meds.

      • Midnight Rider

        You hit it, Slothy.

    • Midnight Rider

      1. There is a comment section at the bottom of that garbage blog that uses Disqus. Perhaps “venting” there would be more appropriate.

      2. Scott Adams is a longtime Trump supporter, so I’m hardly shocked to see Adams defending Trump (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-22/how-dilbert-s-scott-adams-got-hypnotized-by-trump)

      3. That mass hysteria premise is cute, but LOL.

      4. Please keep your pro-Trump bullshit away from here.

      • Ungaba

        Salty, as usual!

      • Ungaba

        What’s supremely fun about your response is that the post about mass hysteria was hardly pro-Trump. I was specifically trying to avoid Trump, actually, but wanted to talk about peoples reactions to things.

        But you’re right – it doesn’t belong here.

        • Midnight Rider

          It is 100% pro-Trump. His point is that if you think Trump won the election through a Russia conspiracy or that Trump is actually a racist, you might be caught up in mass hysteria.

  • Andy PepPep

    I just watched half an hour of Eric Lindros giving and receiving horrific hits/beatings. How is that guy even alive, let alone able to eat food without a blender and a straw?

    • lauriruu

      He played for the Phlyers so that’s the first sign he is not well in the braimb.

      • Andy PepPep

        I almost feel bad for him. He played every shift knowing there was someone on the other side of the ice trying to end his life. I understand why he played so dirty later in his career.

        • lauriruu

          Luckily NHL has made the required changes to rules and punishments to completely remove head injuried from the game.

          • Andy PepPep

            Lol

        • MoonStanley

          Yeah, that dude got thrashed with some disgusting headshots. Basically criminal assaults if that happened off the ice

          • Andy PepPep

            Yeah, and the culture was to put your bucket back on for your next shift.

  • SouthSideGeno
    • Rad88

      Yeah, you piece of shit back-to-back cup winning GM you

    • Ungaba

      I really don’t think he will do much of anything until mid-season. And I’m OK with that.

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        the pens could probably beat most of the NHL in the regular season if they spotted the 2 goals and/or the first and second periods.. oh wait… they did that last year…

        • Ungaba

          If the model works you do NOT frk with it!

  • lauriruu
  • MoonStanley

    Guys, I’ll be working an event for the eclipse where NASA is live-streaming. There is a possibility I’ll be on at some point, but I don’t know what capacity.

    Starts at 12:15PM EST on Monday

    https://livestream.com/accounts/7167144/solareclipse2017-GreatSmokyMountains

    • Andy PepPep
      • MoonStanley

        I got 2 pairs! Should sell the other one because they are going for like 15$ right now haha. Everyone is sold out

        • Andy PepPep

          Ohio Krogers have a bunch because nobody in the Midwest gives a shit about the universe.

          • MoonStanley

            If you can send me 50 by Monday, I’ll peddle them and we can split the winnings 😉

          • Andy PepPep

            #spacenerdhustle

        • Penguin in Houston

          Some are being sold for $100.

      • Jovi

        Wear that pink number I like

        • Andy PepPep

          Its already on.

          But this wedgie is driving me insane.

    • Ungaba

      Awesome! I didn’t even think about you being there for that, but you’re right in the path. Cool!

      • MoonStanley

        😀

    • Broken Coach Vlad

      so you work for NASA?

  • MoonStanley

    I loved Jude Law in Gattaca

    • lauriruu

      Yes! Me too! Normally anything with him in it is a bit meh, but Gattaca; completely different story.

      Also, Spy!

      • MoonStanley

        Spy was wayyy better than I expected it to be haha

  • Door_Matt
    • lauriruu

      Waterproof phone, I presume?

    • Ungaba

      Quick – what food and drinks are in that area? I’m guessing ‘fish’ will be popular there.

      And also in Finland… hmmm…

      • Penguin in Houston

        Someone in Finland went crazy today.

        • lauriruu

          Boo that frker.

        • Andy PepPep

          I doubt its terrorism. The Finnish people have been so welcoming and kind to the immigrants.

      • Door_Matt

        I know Yuengling is popular in the Allegheny river. I missed Yuengling so much!

      • lauriruu
        • Jovi

          not sure i’m old enough to watch this

          • lauriruu

            If you are under 16 the Fish-O-filic material might be too much for you.

    • Jovi

      Cement boots?

    • PensPointsYourMom

      Better than being in the Mon…badabing!!

      • Ungaba

        The Mon gets a bad rap because that’s the one that they dredge for all the stone and sand so it’s always dirty.

        Also, people shit in it more.

        • Andy PepPep

          I thought it said “mom”, not “Mon”. Both seem to work.

  • Ungaba
    • Andy PepPep

      Sickening.

  • Door_Matt

    Back at the airport. It’s been fun Pittsburgh. Hopefully I’ll be back soon

    • Ungaba

      Wow, just get off and run off, eh? My mom always did complain about you…

      • Andy PepPep

        Self slam!

        • Ungaba

          Reverse mom jokes are a specialty of mine, at least in this forum.

          • Jovi

            Reverse mom is what YOUR mom d … ah, it seems cheap now.

          • lauriruu

            Do you mean ‘she seems’?

            Also… Seems?

          • Jovi

            seem…seems…seem

      • Door_Matt

        That’s my style. Like a thief in the night.

  • lauriruu
  • Ungaba

    https://twitter.com/ChartingHockey/status/898605395849170944

    Please no. Please don’t win the Prez Cup.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Do NOT want it!

    • Andy PepPep

      Yeah. It would be rude to keep the Capitals from a banner this year.

  • Jovi

    No, we are, but this is strange.

  • Penguin in Houston
    • PensPointsYourMom

      whoa, Dumo is super fucking argyle in that picture. (and yes I know that argyle is not an expression of cultural intent, but I’m taking it back)

    • Door_Matt

      That blonde carrot is looking pretty thirsty behind Dumo.

      • Penguin in Houston

        He can show her the triple handed way.

  • Andy PepPep
    • Ungaba

      Is this a trick question, or are you getting married in 41 minutes?

      • Andy PepPep

        No, I’m going to a wedding right after work. Had to wear my suit to the office. Suuuucks.

        Better be an open bar.

        • Ungaba

          OK, so then we have our answer. Your friend is getting married at 4 PM on a Friday.

          Seems like you already knew that, though… 🙂

          • Andy PepPep

            No, my wife’s friend. I’ve never met these people.

          • Ungaba

            This story is getting weirder and weirder.

            Yes, for your sake, I’m hoping for an open bar. But bring $100, just in case.

          • Andy PepPep

            It is weird. Apparently, the grooms parents are friends with my inlaws. Small town.

            I got a bottle of Bulliet Rye as a cash bar contingency plan.

          • Ungaba

            “Always have a plan”

            Enjoy!

          • Penguin in Houston

            Stop at a liquor store on the way.

          • Ungaba

            Hip flask is a must.

    • Door_Matt

      A cheap asshole. That’s who.

  • Penguin in Houston
  • MoonStanley
  • MoonStanley

    Hahaha yes he was 😀

  • Door_Matt

    “‘Ats right. Got a cousin aht in Philly who works dahn at da train station.”

    Never change Yinz.

    • Door_Matt

      Also, Pittsburgh International has the best view of any airport I’ve been to.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        wat?! You’ve never been to Seatac on a clear day I take it.

      • Andy PepPep

        Denver is pretty sweet until you land.

        • Door_Matt

          Denver airport fucking sucks. Everyone looks pissed and does not want to be here. Nicest person I met was the cashier at Dunkin Donuts

          • Penguin in Houston

            It’s the high altitude.

      • The only thing I like about PGH’s airport is how slow and dead it is. It’s such a sigh of relief after coming from Denver or SFO to come to sleepy Pittsburgh

        Lines aren’t bad for TSA, baggage claim area is chill, bathrooms aren’t bad… It’s nice

  • Ungaba
    • The66thDopefish

      Phew

      • HawtDoge

        You’re poor, poor, great grandchild… 😀

        • Ungaba

          I’m really not understanding this exchange…

          • The66thDopefish

            My son = 67thDF
            My great-grandson = 69th

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            ABAM. But.. #jagrwatch though I’m more into #STALLwatch lately

          • lauriruu

            Bathroom stalls?

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            no the bothers Stall. The greatest duo in hockey after the Sedeen sistas.

          • lauriruu

            Marc & Jared Staal?

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            No im pretty sure its spelt STALL, but yea, Mark and Jared Stall.

          • lauriruu
          • devilscannabisboy_69

            I once inadvertently did that, and the guy beside me wrote “fuck you” in excrement on a long piece of TP and sent it under the staal.

          • Penguin in Houston

            Aliens

          • Penguin in Houston

            Staal

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            Umm. I know quite a bit about hockey and you’re wrong. It’s Jared Stall, pens former 2nd line center. #Stallwatch

          • Penguin in Houston

            And you sir are full of doo doo!

  • Ungaba

    So I do accounting systems consulting, essentially. All different kinds of companies. My current client has an account called ‘HedgeCOGS’ and it made me laugh out loud, but I’m not sure why it’s funny.

    • Jovi

      I initially think: hedge hogs

      • MoonStanley

        Sonic!

    • MoonStanley

      Also, that is what I like to call… “Punny”!

      Haha..
      Ha.
      Ha…

  • devilscannabisboy_69

    Changed my username. Not bad, eh?

    • Jovi

      who are you?

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        Hint: I make fat stacks and smoke blunts erreyday.

        • lauriruu

          What does your son think of this name change?

          • The66thDopefish

            Swing and a miss

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            Oh no! I forgot doge hangs around here.. better change it to something more family friendly…

    • Andy PepPep
    • Penguin in Houston

      Formerly known as?

      • devilscannabisboy_69
        • devilscannabisboy_69

          Ps: I’m the guy in the back

        • Penguin in Houston

          Da fuq is that?

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            That is what we call hot.

          • Penguin in Houston

            I disagree

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            Not a fan of pursed lips?

          • Penguin in Houston

            Negative

        • Door_Matt

          Ah, I remember first discovering HCwDB. Although the HC part of the pictures was somewhat dubious. DoucheGator 4 lyfe.

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            What? I didn’t think you’re mom was thaaat bad. You got frosted tips there, Door_Matt? I was considering being a douchebag for halloween (not much of a stretch) replete with gold chains, white leather shoes and a healthy supply of axe body spray. I’m going to go up to ladies, spray myself down and say “how you doin?”

    • Door_Matt
  • Penguin in Houston
  • MoonStanley
  • PensPointsYourMom

    Wilson talkin’ RNH trade…that tweet he cites saying EDM is gearing up to sell RNH below market value gives me woody:
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=86984

    • Penguin in Houston

      Do we need another hyphen?

      • PensPointsYourMom

        do we have one now?

        • Penguin in Houston

          Aston-Reese

      • lauriruu

        High Fin?

    • Rad88

      my #pensboner is fully erect after reading that. Maatta and Hagelin for RNH. It would leave no cap room and make the team roll with either Pouliot/Ruhwedel/Gaunce as a 6th dman though

      • PensPointsYourMom

        True about the D, but I’d rather spend the 4 mil on RNH than on Maatta in a third pairing role, Maatta and a first for RNH looks like this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/131226db05607be30711c3cc36e9da553598076aaf97fc5fa6c19e77d768851c.png Throwing in Hags would put the pens 4 mil under the cap, but short at LW.

        • SouthSideGeno

          JAGR gives you wings

        • Rad88

          Sprong is a right winger, and when it was Sheary-Crosby-Rust Sheary played left wing… Guentzel-Sid-Sprong, Horny-Geno-Rust, Sheary-RNH-Kessel, who cares about the 4th

        • PenguinPelts

          Letang for RNH straight up. The Pens can fleece the Oilers because Letang will never play more than 42 games a season again.

          • Andy PepPep

            He could pull way more than RNH, too.

            Eberle and RNH would solve the problem at center.

          • PenguinPelts

            The Oilers are trading off all of those former #1 picks, and yet something still tells me they’ll win the next 4 of 5 draft lotteries.

      • Midnight Rider

        Rudeweasel is a perfectly serviceable third pairing defenseman. Although defensive depth would be thin when the inevitable injuries strike.

        • PensPointsYourMom

          Will Butcher could help with that…

          • Midnight Rider

            Who’s that other guy the Pens signed? Are yinz factoring him into the top 6? What do the current pairings without Maatta look like?

          • Midnight Rider

            (i.e. I’m fucking lazy and I would like PPYM to do more research for me)

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Dumo-Tanger
            Cole-Schultz
            Rudeweasel-Hunwick
            Pooh-Corrado

          • Midnight Rider

            Hunwick! That’s the guy.
            That top 6 is fine; they just won a Cup with worse.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Have a nice flight Ron.

          • Midnight Rider

            Instant upgrade haha

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Letang isn’t really replaceable, but I actually think we have decent depth with Czuczman, Prow, Tinordi, Pooh and Corrado in WB/S. No team is carrying 12 NHL D (except Vegas, but that won’t last)

          • Penguin in Houston

            Pooh, really!?

  • SouthSideGeno

    I have 5 lbs of Father-in-law in a box in the trunk of my car.

    Frken beat that!

    • PensPointsYourMom

      I have five pounds of father-to-be in Ung’s mom’s trunk….does that count?

      • SouthSideGeno

        Circle of Life dude…Hakuna Matada

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        I wish that actually made sens. But it doesn’t. Sigh.

        • Penguin in Houston

          Sens fan now.

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            If Shero doesn’t trade for Stall to fill the hole on our fourth line D position, I’m out. Can’t wait to chirp!

            *shutters*

          • Penguin in Houston

            #weirdo

      • Ungaba

        Damn. I don’t even have to be around for DAYS and my mom is still gettin’ LIT UP!

    • Andy PepPep

      Worst snack food name ever.

  • PensPointsYourMom

    mmmmmmm, fap fap fap fap fap fap

    Evgeny Kuznetsov: “for me how many goals I score is
    not important. What’s important is for the team to make it to the
    playoffs and to get past the second round.”

  • lauriruu
  • SouthSideGeno

    Dem Stillers are goin undefeated this season…mark it dahn!

    • Penguin in Houston

      James Conner is currently the leader in jerseys sold, even above Lady Brady!

      • SouthSideGeno

        Big Ben is going out in HoF style this season.

        #FRKBRADYLADY

  • PensPointsYourMom

    GoT…goddamn!

    • Jovi

      Shhhh, it’s on record.

    • SouthSideGeno

      GoT SPOILER ALERT
      Night King Dead Dragon Rider

      Now…it gets real

      • Bran is the night king

        • Leaf tells him: “We were at war. We were being slaughtered. Our sacred trees cut down. We needed to defend ourselves.”

          When Bran asks, “from who?”, she replies: “From you.”

        • SouthSideGeno

          WUT? NO…yer balls are itchy

    • lauriruu

      Eeeeeeeeeekk!

  • UlfSammySon
    • SouthSideGeno

      Murica…the beautiful!

      • UlfSammySon

        East Branch Dam, PA

        How was your lil’ trip buddy?

        • SouthSideGeno

          Haha….well, it started with a $140 speeding ticket and ended with the death of my father-in-law….so…other than those two caveats…pretty good.

          Hope yours was better.

    • Door_Matt

      Did you visit the Straub brewery in St. Mary’s on the way there?

      • UlfSammySon

        I’m originally from Ridgway, Pa which is about 10 miles from Saint Mary’s. I’m very familiar with the eternal tap 🙂

  • Ungaba
  • gutsgonebad
  • Rad88

    Our prospective center article > theirs: http://pittsburghhockeynow.com/5-potential-penguins-3rd-line-center/ also, can you just say “a pghhockeynow source has told us blah blah blah?” If that’s true then I am inventing a pens.hockey source

    • SouthSideGeno

      Whoever they get he better be able to own the dot.

      Is there a rule that says a skater CAN’T use a goalie stick to take face-offs?

    • Midnight Rider

      WWWW source

    • Andy PepPep

      They are also arguing that Sprong should be trade bait.

      No.

    • PenguinPelts

      Did that site start last night and follow the Colin Dunlap spew bullshit and hope it sticks approach?

      • Andy PepPep

        That’s pretty much Journalism 101 at this point.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Nobody can have as much fun as WE do!

  • SouthSideGeno
    • Penguin in Houston

      Slothclipse

  • SouthSideGeno

    WTF…Is erreybody out eclipse fapping?

    Personally I’m hiding in my basement today, cleaning and loading shotguns…frk dat eclipse shiz…not turning me into a NAZI space zombie.

    • Ungaba

      Workin’, bro. Workin.

    • SouthSideGeno

      Hope you had ‘green cheese’ on that pizza?

      #peperoniclipse

      • they fucked up the order and put “cream cheese” on it. Like my name was Suzy or some shit!

        • SouthSideGeno

          hahaha…u want extra daises on that?…we call it the ‘Summer’s Eve Special’

          …they probs knew you caught da ‘gay-biez’ in San Fran…you back yet?

          • I am back, I’m going insane w/ cabin fever laying in bed though. Might walk to frick park and blind myself for lunch

          • Ungaba

            That seems like a poor plan, just sayin’

          • SouthSideGeno

            My moon is just about to eclipse yer mum’s sunny face.

          • SouthSideGeno

            #FRKPARK

    • HawtDoge

      Made dis on my lunch break. I knew that empty easy mac box would come in handy, as well as those 3 year old Hanukkah coins I took the foil from to make the pin hole! IM ECLIPSE MCGUYVER!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a12fb7ced482c9f0b4a98b03e3ae036aa6a4464183b3da95bd1bba17bdc181fe.jpg

      • HawtDoge

        Thank you to my place of employment for the half-roll of black gaff tape I used as well 😀

        • SouthSideGeno

          eclipse theft…National Slack Day debt counter just went up $3.47 now stands at $7,000,000,003.47 thanks to you.

          • HawtDoge

            Errey day is national slack day for me, so… 😀

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        Proud of you son

        • SouthSideGeno

          *sun…fixed it for ya…yer whale e-cumclipse

        • HawtDoge

          Not sure I can say the same about you dad… Who am I kidding, I always knew you didn’t smell like that from “burning maple leaves out behind the shed” 😀

          SMOK WEED ERREY DAY

  • Andy PepPep

    Right in the “leg”. Good shooting, boys. Finnish attacker targeted women, now he is one. FoD. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1edd471fd7e09fff9f92070f98be29e37a3f0a5cf10681b6309621e5b651afaf.jpg

    • Ungaba

      Wrong day for this, but I like it.

      • Andy PepPep

        There is no wrong day for murderers to get their comeuppance. Plus, the eclipse is lame as balls here. 12% of the sun sure looks a lot like 95% of the sun.

  • Ungaba
  • SouthSideGeno
    • PensPointsYourMom

      how you get that pic of me? Srsly, I was just outside looking just like that.

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        Hahaha! Stop trying to look cool wearing those glasses, dawg.

  • devilscannabisboy_69

    Get some good nature action? I heard yinz got 81% total eclipse. In Van we got 87%, but I wanted 101% hastag: malkin hastag: soblessed

  • devilscannabisboy_69

    Get some good nature action? I heard yinz got 81% total eclipse. In Van we got 87%, but I wanted 101% hastag: malkin #soblessed

    • SouthSideGeno

      The duplicate comment is ‘eclipsing’ my appreciation of yer thought, sunny!

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        Doan get much innernet signal here in this town of litterally 20 people. Sarry!

    • devilscannabisboy_69
      • lauriruu

        Thanks now I’m blind.

        • Ungaba

          SAME! Dammit. Wish I had glasses.

        • SouthSideGeno

          …and dik shot…guess yer not…cummin?

        • devilscannabisboy_69

          Stupid Flanders singing. Wish I was deaf. Hastag: simpsons

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            Ps, I got a chuckle from ur comment. muricans never let fear stop them from making a couple bucks or selling millions of pairs of solar glasses, solar lens filters, etc.

      • devilscannabisboy_69

        Still need to HDR that. Pardon my beaten up cam. I just got a new one but it died so it’s in the shop. Thanks Canon.

        • Ungaba

          I was JUST thinking, ‘Wow, what a shitty expensive camera that someone who knows what he is doing has and obviously cares about but since it’s beaten up, I can NOT take this picture seriously’.

          • devilscannabisboy_69

            Im just pissed because Canon is really lagging behind the tech curve and but still would’ve been been a lot better than this 8 year old backup camera. Never had camera fail on me until a week ago. #annoyed

  • lauriruu
    • Ungaba

      Yeah, saw this yesterday. Oh fucking well, right?

      • lauriruu

        Jinxed

        • SouthSideGeno

          In Murica… 17 + 38 = 100

          • Ungaba

            I’m pretty sure you’re the one with the faulty math, bubskis.

            Also, I’m in Exton PA watching right now.

          • SouthSideGeno

            Eff Auff…quit slacking and go get our tickets

          • Ungaba

            10 days…

          • SouthSideGeno

            #soooexcited

          • Ungaba

            Samesies. Good times, good times.

          • Rad88

            is that when they all go on sale to general public?

          • Ungaba

            Yes, actually. Roughly then. I will ask again sooner than that, though, and get the exact date.

          • Rad88

            The Pens play the Islanders on my birthday so I really wanna get tickets to that one!

          • Ungaba

            In Brooklyn or da Burgh?

          • Rad88

            Brooklyn and it’s a Friday, win win for me as long as I can get out of my rotation by 5

          • PensPointsYourMom

            and assuming the Isles have an arena by then.

          • Rad88

            if they move back to Nassau it will be 3 miles from me, even better! No obstructed views

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Memorial Coliseum is a shit hole. But it does have kind of a homey feel, and the last time I was there tickets on the glass were cheaper than upper bowl tix in Pit.

          • lauriruu
  • Ungaba
    • SouthSideGeno

      Toasted Dikon

  • Ungaba
  • Rad88

    Supposed to be a 97% eclipse here, and its raining hahaha life

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Dear GMJR,

    Sign RNH or GTFO (kidding, but also maybe not).

    PPYM

    • Rad88

      I thought about taking our discussion from the other night along with Ryan Wilsons article and making a new post about RNH, maybe I will anyways since this one has been up awhile

    • Rad88

      Did you see the link I posted from pittsburghhockeynow saying the Pens turned down a deal for SPooner?

      • PensPointsYourMom

        I saw the link but my stupid job was being all demanding and I didn’t read it. If the pens think they can do better than Spooner, thats very encouraging.

        • Rad88

          apparently they turned down Spooner and are really interested in Bjugstad according to their “source,” but Florida wants a high price.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Welp…Fooey, I just read this: “Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
            – Moving RHN’s $6 million contract will likely happen next offseason.
            The Edmonton Oilers will hope that he increases his trade value this
            season. It will be a surprise if he is traded during the season.”

          • Rad88

            damn, dare to dream I guess

          • PensPointsYourMom

            Bjustad is basically Bonino. If you can’t upgrade why bother? Id rather try to pry MarchofSalt away from Vegas anyway, they’ll probably take some picks. FLA needs D. In other words frk Bjustad…go big or go home.

          • PensPointsYourMom
          • Rad88

            I completely agree. He’s basically on the same contract they wouldn’t give Bonino, so I don’t really think the team is high on them regardless of what Dan Kingerski’s “source” says.

          • Ungaba

            Fooey?

  • lauriruu
    • Rad88

      gold

  • RadioBirdman79
  • PensPointsYourMom

    Pens re-signed JS Dea 650k

  • SouthSideGeno

    What Philthy Phans see here when they look at the eclipse…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73dcdf17d872df2aa0eb62e90db5bf8016cd903e71c86b77b1f7ec978040ca7a.jpg

    ….forEVA

  • Andy PepPep
    • Ungaba

      Amen. WTF. BORING.

  • Broken Coach Vlad
  • lauriruu
  • RadioBirdman79
    • RadioBirdman79

      He only came out for a split second and looked up….. like everyone else I know.

      He then went in, got glasses when it was time, then put them on and looked up with everyone else.

      • RadioBirdman79

        First off, I’ll state that he and his entire family minus Barron should die in a fire……

        • RadioBirdman79

          But I see the internet got ahold of the whole no glasses thing and RAN with it.

          • I mean, for a good reason. Only a dipshit would look up not once but twice. If Hillary did anything half as stupid (and trust me, she has), conservatives would run it to the ground (and trust me, they did, they elected a dipshit president just to spite liberals.)

          • Ungaba

            Oh goody, VVVVVV.pens.politicsblog is back!!!

          • Andy PepPep

            I thought her kissing Robert Byrd has gone rather uncovered by the media.

          • Ungaba

            Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! He was a Great Patriot!!!!!!

        • Ungaba

          Even Ivanka? But she’s HOT.

          • Midnight Rider

            I hear she’s debuting an orange jumpsuit for her Fall 2017 collection.

          • Ungaba

            If she’s guilty, let her hang.

            But if you’re like us on the right waiting for the Clintons to be charged, I wouldn’t hold your breath. They have plenty of bodies in their wake and nary a charge against. Shocking, I know!

          • Midnight Rider

            You should expand your horizons from Fox News. Hillary Clinton is not president, and “but her emails” is pointless whataboutism. And “plenty of bodies in their wake”? I’m out of evens to I can’t.

          • Ungaba

            Oh frk off. I HATE Fox News. Don’t be so silly.

            Hillary, and Bill, are scum. Doesn’t mean others aren’t scum too, but they are scum.

          • Midnight Rider

            Great point! Hillary and Bill are scum!

            You literally regurgitate every Fox News talking point ever. If you don’t get your “news” from there, where do you get it from? Sputnik? RT? Rossiyskaya Gazeta?

          • Ungaba

            You, sir, are a dick. I go out of my fucking way not to shit all over the things that I know that you believe because I’m not interested in making it about you. But the moment I say things that I think because I think them, you do nothing but insult me. I don’t recall insulting you, aside from the first line of this statement.

            It’s my own fault for attempting a reasonable discourse about a highly touchy subject, and fuck me for doing it.

          • Andy PepPep

            Do actual research.

          • Jovi

            There are more blondes in the world

        • Midnight Rider

          And Tiffany. Can’t wait to see them all imprisoned and penniless. RICO is a mf’er.

        • Andy PepPep

          Love trumps hate.

      • But he also took his glasses off.. and looked up again.

        • RadioBirdman79

          For less than a split second. So did I and everyone else in my office.

          • You ALL looked up at the sun TWICE? You’re all pretty dumb then, man

          • Ungaba

            I did it too…

          • Jovi

            I didn’t

          • Andy PepPep

            Yeah, who cares. Maybe the media should turn it into an 8 month scandal.

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            his white privilege and wealth cause the eclipse… or was it the Russians… or was it Hillary’s email server…

  • lauriruu
    • Jovi

      Had me until Nashville.

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        It’s the pens, the king of the recycle.. he’ll be back in 3 years when his contract is “a good bargain”. lol

  • PensPointsYourMom

    How come every time I listen to Led Zeppelin I think, “this should be the greatest band ever” And then I hear Robert Plant and it just sounds like dusty diarrhea?

    • Andy PepPep

      I feel that way about Thom Yorke’s (from Radiohead) solo shit.

  • j-b0t

    So I just got back from a weekend of camping where I saw the sun get totally blocked out by a big rock hurtling around us.

    It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.

    • SouthSideGeno

      High b0t

    • lauriruu

      It’s a DOUBLE ECLIPSE! AWW MY GAHWD!

    • devilscannabisboy_69

      You’re not exaggerating. That was pure magic. It was like 2 minutes of 66, 68, 87, and 71 highlights with a couple MAF Ovechkin saves on top.

    • UlfSammySon

      That eclipse definitely exceeded my expectations.

  • HawtDoge

    Listening to OG Hank Williams and getting really wistful… My dearly departed pap loved OG Hank. Man, lots of truth in those “old” tunes. Lub yinz all.

  • Ungaba
    • Andy PepPep

      You can flip it inside out, however.

    • lauriruu

      What does it say? I’m blind.
      *opens eyes*
      Oh, wait. Nevermind.

    • Rad88

      I hope those are his vegas away pads and not the home ones. He should totally have all grey armor looking pads for the home jersey

      • Ungaba

        The all gray thing would be neat… and unique, I think. I can’t recall any gray pads out there anywhere else, can you?

  • SouthSideGeno

    Soooo, I just got this in an email from FIOS…went from 6 am to 12 midnight…with 2 bullets…in 7.1 seconds

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c78298ba09ace0a4f1ebe8cbd7127aed25291ef0c999ff4f3044882360f99b6e.jpg

    • The66thDopefish

      I’m gonna leave this here so the cheapass fucks like myself can bookmark it: reddit.com/r/nhlstreams

      • Ungaba

        SOOOOOOOOOOO happy to live in the Burgh so I don’t have to worry about any of this garbage.

        • UlfSammySon

          Yeah we got it pretty good for watching Pens games, don’t we?

          • Andy PepPep

            Other than Mike Lange being on radio, absolutely.

          • UlfSammySon
          • Andy PepPep

            If only they could sync like menstrual cycles…. But that damn delay.

          • UlfSammySon

            Yeah that would be the best. I think he paints such a good picture over radio that they wouldn’t move him back to tv. Plus he’s looking pretty rough these days… Mears should be a big improvement over Paul, though.

          • Ungaba

            I sometimes put him on iHeart radio over Sonos and if you pause the video feed for a moment or two it lines up pretty damn well.

          • SouthSideGeno
          • Andy PepPep

            I love you.

          • SouthSideGeno

            I get that a lot…HA!

            *blushing

          • PensPointsYourMom

            #paul4life

          • HawtDoge

            GTFO 😀

  • Ungaba
  • The66thDopefish

    I woke up at 3:30am this morning to feed The67thDF, and after I finished and put him back to bed, I went to the bathroom. While I was in there I heard popping and booming, which for my city wouldn’t be atypical during the day but at that hour it was. I looked outside and lo and behold, four houses down and across the street was a house engulfed in flames! Never saw a house fire before, hope I don’t have to see another one again!

    • Rad88

      Glad you’re alright! I remember when I saw a house fire for the first time, it was crazy

    • Ungaba

      Wow. I haven’t seen one either, I’m sure it was intense.

      Also, if ‘popping and booming’ is ‘typical’ in your area, I’m going to go ahead and recommend you move. Do it for the 67th!

      • The66thDopefish

        In fairness, I live in probably the second-nicest part of Springfield, MA, which isn’t saying a whole lot since there’s usually at least one gang-or-drug-related death per day.

        • SouthSideGeno

          Jeebus! Want me to send you one of my shotguns?

          • Andy PepPep

            I think freedom is illegal in Massachusetts.

    • SouthSideGeno

      My buddies house burned to the ground on Christmas day a few years ago. Fortunately, they were out of town and unharmed…however they lost ERREYTHING.

      His neighbors video taped it. Scariest, craziest thing I ever saw.

      Glad it wasn’t you…and all the DF’s are still swimming!

  • Andy PepPep

    To get my mind off of the GoT episode I finally watched yesterday, and the realization I won’t be able to watch another new episode until after hockey season. https://youtu.be/VJh9W3Gcpmo

    • Ungaba

      Excited to watch this later.

      But there is one more GOT episode coming next week…

      • SouthSideGeno

        GoT Spoiler:
        Prediction: Dead Dragon melts Ice Wall…Epic battle ensues…Snow finally porks ‘Queen Dany’

        • Ungaba

          Also the meeting of the Queens (and Snow).

          ‘pork’ – lol

          • SouthSideGeno

            : D

            Well ‘put’

          • Andy PepPep

            Why didn’t they just fly Jamie past the North Wall?

            “here, look”

          • HawtDoge

            Because… wait… yeah? Why didn’t they just do that? He would have never agreed to it tho..

        • Andy PepPep

          Wouldn’t said dragon have lost fire capabilities? Asking for a friend.

          • HawtDoge

            POWERUP! ICE CAPABILITIES UNLOCKED! Maybe just like the force of it’s magical iceness will bust it up?

          • SouthSideGeno

            I’m betting not and thinking blue fire…

          • Andy PepPep

            Is that like a blue waffle?

          • SouthSideGeno

            I’d google that if I wasn’t at work.

          • Andy PepPep

            Please don’t Google that at work.

          • SouthSideGeno

            HA! I KNEW IT…lol

          • Andy PepPep

            You have a suspiciously adept sense of knowing completely inappropriate internet media.

          • Ungaba

            Please don’t google that ever.

          • SouthSideGeno

            hahaha…you just did…didn’t you?

      • Andy PepPep

        I’m really happy you’re right.

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed restricted free agent forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000. Dea could fill in for the departed Matt Cullen as the Penguins fourth line center.

    “I am fast,” Dea said when asked to describe his game. “I can be physical as well. I can put the puck in the net. I’ve had some good numbers the last couple of seasons. Also I can play wing, help on power play and maybe the penalty kill, depending on what the Penguins want me to do.”

    tl;dr
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ccf2ac889b94fe1527089209994e025f097aa01f5e1472e032b26677db22922d.jpg

    • Rad88

      I’m literally writing a post about the top 5 Pens prospects right now and had Dea in it, then said “nah not worth it” and deleted all 3 paragraphs

    • Andy PepPep

      You’re already signed, bro. Turn it down 30%

  • RadioBirdman79
    • RadioBirdman79

      What if … the Penguins had drafted Bobby Clarke? (NHL Alternate History)

      • RadioBirdman79

        Part of a running series Puck Daddy is doing

      • Rad88

        He triggered so many Flyer fans with that article, the comments are glorious

  • PensPointsYourMom
    • Rad88

      love that VGK is on there without playing a game yet

      • Ungaba

        …and that the Pens are NOT on there.

        But yes, how is that even possible? GM Whatshisfuck is fucktarded.

        • Rad88

          So I thought Chicago still owed money on Scuderi but I was wrong, however looking at their capfriendly…..wowza. They have 5 defenders signed

          • PensPointsYourMom

            they’ll get one from Vegas as soon as they put Hossa’s grayscale on LTIR

          • Rad88

            oh yeah forgot about him being dead

          • SouthSideGeno

            “WE'” are still beating them on 11/18

          • Rad88

            don’t get your hopes up sugar, the Pens have been shit against the hawks

          • SouthSideGeno

            Go heal something.

            : P

          • Rad88

            Trying to do a “fast five” post , but I can only get to 3 haha. Might just leave 4 and 5 blank

          • SouthSideGeno

            I’m purdy sure I have a few Porn Poll Movie Posters for that.

            jussayin ; )

          • RadioBirdman79

            Didn’t they give him back to the Kings?

          • PensPointsYourMom

            yeah but they kept some of his salary. At one time, the Kings, Pens, and Hawks were each paying a third of the freight.

    • SouthSideGeno

      Almost erreybody is wasted and unclean…

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Is this new or old? Also #crosboner (which is very very different than #cosboner)

    https://twitter.com/iamhockey1/status/900004903975886848

    • Rad88

      I just saw it for the first time yesterday

    • HawtDoge

      Doan care, that’s glorious. I literally said “Jesus!” out loud while watching dat

    • RadioBirdman79

      Jesus Christ. I just went from six to midnight in a FLASH

  • Now that PPYM changed his avatar I read everything in Zorak’s voice