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"I had the good sense to block every last one of those weirdos who track new Hall voters in an attempt to bullying them into making the ballot to their liking."

This is a little disturbing...that people not only go out of their way to track those who get Baseball HOF ballots, but also try to, um..."convince" them to vote a certain way.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Column: A Thanksgiving appreciation in threes

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@Dejan_Kovacevic Your site, your rules. That's what I say.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Column: A Thanksgiving appreciation in threes

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For Dora.

1 year, 10 months ago on Gameday 1 - Flyers

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"However, the discounted merchandise and free concession promotions announced by the team will not start until the home opener on Jan. 23."

This made me twitch, for unknown reasons.

1 year, 10 months ago on Gameday - Black and Gold Game

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The game is afoot.

I've had enough Nick Johnson cases for a while.  Keep Strait and Bortuzzo in PIT.  They've done all they can in WBS.  Send us back Despres (ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ) and let's get this going.

1 year, 10 months ago on Tuesdays With Stoosh 1.15.2013

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@akus I doubt we'd get Grapes. But hopefully NHLN will continue its practice of simulcasting the HNIC 7 pm games on Saturday nights, so we might get Grapes on there.  Heck...if we get lucky, maybe they'll tag on the 10 pm games too.

1 year, 10 months ago on ROOT Sports camerawork may be good this year

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That was the game that, despite unreal snow in the capital and the Penguins traveling in from a game the night before, neither Washington nor the networks wanted to move, wasn't it? Dammit, now all the anger I felt in the lockout has morphed into rage against the Capitals.

But anyway...if Knuble can hang with Malkin and Neal, I say why not give it a shot? Especially if the cost is low.

1 year, 10 months ago on #TeamKnuble

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So you're not the other guy from those PA Gambling ads digging into his trunk for change, either?

Who makes a betting line 17/2 anyway? Can't they just tick it up or down that extra half?

1 year, 10 months ago on Pens are Vegas favorites, but look closer

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 @BGW The 1:00 game is Chicago at Detroit. PHI/PIT at 4 on NBCSN, followed by WSH/NYR at 6:30 on NBCSN.  The day concludes with LA/SJ on NHLN at 10:30.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tuesdays With Stoosh 04.03.2012 | April 2012

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Zero. NBC already has a game set for 1:00 that afternoon.  NBCSN has the PIT/PHI game at 4.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tuesdays With Stoosh 04.03.2012 | April 2012

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This is lower than anything Philadelphia has ever done. You cannot argue this point with me. We should all be ashamed for all eternity that this happened.

2 years, 10 months ago on Fan at Consol becoming unglued? | Jan2012

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Perfect use of the Jim Carrey .gif. I was in tears laughing.

3 years, 1 month ago on Tuesdays With Stoosh - Eastern Conf. Preview | Oct2011

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I believe the Penguins found a tactical advantage in this matchup during Game 2...an extreme commitment to the concept of "grinding bitches down". Not to mention Brad Thiessen flashing the form that brought him the Bastien Award in shutting out the Checkers.

Crank up the hitting on the road, and we've got just as good a chance as any to steal a road game.

3 years, 7 months ago on AHL Playoff Gameday - Round Two, Game Three - Checkers | WBS

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Looking at the nominees, the Jack Adams this year turns into a discussion over what decides "best coach". Is it purely and simply the most points (Vigneault), or is it the points put up relative to what the coach has to work with (Disco/Trotz)?

3 years, 7 months ago on Dan Bylsma Nominated For Coach Of The Year | TPB

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The burden now falls to the farm clubs to bring some true hardware to the Penguins organization this season.

I was trying to distract myself during last night's shenanigans, so I looked up the dates on which the Pittsburgh and WBS seasons ended over the last few years. This is the first time in three years that WBS has outlasted Pittsburgh on the calendar. The last time it happened was 2008, and that was by six days. PIT lost their SCF Game 6 on June 4, while WBS lost their CCF Game 6 on June 10.

If there is any hope at all, the Penguins will win tonight. Enough of this "Cardiac Penguins" bullshit. It's high time WBS grabbed their collective sac (thanks, Evason, for that line) and took command of a playoff series right from the outset.

Get it the fuck done.

3 years, 7 months ago on AHL Playoff Gameday - Round Two, Game One - Checkers | WBS

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@luke2 Two, technically. The folks in Wheeling won Game 7 of their Round 2 series in OT last night, so they're onto round 3...I think.

3 years, 7 months ago on AHL Playoff Gameday - Round Two, Game One - Checkers | WBS

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It cannot go unmentioned that Norfolk played Game 3 without two of its biggest guns, Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones. Both were called up to Tampa Bay due to Downie's suspension and Malone's possible injury. Both will likely be out of the lineup again for Game 4, and according to JB's blog, the effect of "grinding bitches down" is showing on Norfolk, who after Game 3 boasted only seven healthy forwards.

Keep it up.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Lerg, Big Game Player. WB/S PENS WIN. | WBS

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The WBS Penguins are 0-0. First team to 16 wins takes home the prize. That's all that matters now.

I've been following this team to varying degrees pretty much since its inception in 1999, and this is easily the best chance we've ever had to bring the Calder Cup home. The Penguins need to take this opportunity now, because none of us know if such a grand opportunity will come by again.

It starts tonight. Let's do this.

3 years, 7 months ago on BABY PENS/ADMIRALS PREVIEW: The Rivalry Continues | WBS

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@Comrade Wetschev I left Brooksy out because I know he'd win the argument.

3 years, 7 months ago on St.Louis had root canal after game | TPB

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Which is scarier...the picture of MSL after he just went Hannibal Lecter on someone, or the MSL .gif? Close race.

3 years, 7 months ago on St.Louis had root canal after game | TPB

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That anthem video brought tears to my eyes. So awesome, so beautiful. Wow.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Game One. Setting The Tone. PENS WIN. | TPB

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@Kinguinov You call that artwork? Some of us call it "spam".

3 years, 7 months ago on Download City - Playoff Signs | TPB

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@Paul Martins Summer PuCk It's anger-inducing. It's a motivator of sorts.

Or, blame Youtube for setting that as the still image.

3 years, 7 months ago on PENS/LIGHTNING PREVIEW: On A Few Wingers, No Centers, And A Prayer. | TPB

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Pens in 3 = hax.

Random thought...when was the last time we saw the Kris Letang "bow and arrow" celebration?

3 years, 7 months ago on PENS/LIGHTNING PREVIEW: On A Few Wingers, No Centers, And A Prayer. | TPB

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"Keith Yandle has become the type of all-around defenseman than the national hockey media wishes Mike Green was."

Headshot. Colin Campbell on line 2 for you, Stoosh.

3 years, 7 months ago on Tuesdays With Stoosh: 4.12 | TPB

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@Con_Soul11IsGolfing JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAILBREAK!

3 years, 7 months ago on Clutch City: Pittsburgh Penguins Clutch Performances | TPB

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"Sure, it's easy to pick a Lemieux or a Jagr goal as a clutch play, but it takes a lot more thinking to predict who will rise up and put on a huge, unexpected performance."

Example given: Talbot, Maxime. 6-12-09.

3 years, 7 months ago on Clutch City: Pittsburgh Penguins Clutch Performances | TPB

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@akus Thank God for Boston. (Now hose me down with acid after saying that.)

3 years, 7 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Playoff Heartbreak | TPB

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If we're talking about simply series eliminations, this is a good collection. But no discussion of playoff heartbreak can go by without mentioning Keith Primeau in the fifth overtime...though, that was a single game.

Man...PIT was up 2-0 that series and gagged it all...

3 years, 7 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Playoff Heartbreak | TPB

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A few quotes on this game, courtesy of Jonathan Bombulie of the Citizens' Voice:

Braden Holtby, on the Veilleux slash: “That’s going to be a really lengthy suspension...Probably in the ballpark of Marty McSorley, I would think. It was a blatant two-hander right to the chin. You need to get that stuff out of hockey.”

John Hynes, on the Veilleux slash (before the suspension was handed down): “I don’t think he’ll actually get a suspension...It was just a play. They were going back and forth on the ice. It was really minor. Pinizzotto was back on the ice two minutes later, so just a minor play. Referee made a good call, five minute, and it shouldn’t be anything too significant.”

Veilleux himself: “We’ll see what happens. I cannot control that. I don’t think I was dirty. Maybe I will be suspended, but I will deal with it.”

Pinizzotto after the suspension was handed down, to the Harrisburg Patriot News: "It was just a blatantly dirty play...He came across, like, right over the top of my neck-face area. You see what the NHL is doing in suspending guys for a lot of games. To give a guy only two games like that, you’re not really teaching him anything. … It was just a blatant head shot. Two games for that is kind of ridiculous.”

Yeah, we don't like each other, Hershey and WBS.

3 years, 7 months ago on Friday vs. Hershey Highlights [VIDEO] | WBS

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@STFD Of that, I'm not sure. My memory is very sketchy nowadays. I'm just presenting a media outlet that is picking against the Penguins.

3 years, 7 months ago on LINK CITY: Series previews and Ryan Malone sucks | TPB

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Also...Since Rick Tocchet's day job is now on the CSNPHI channel, I cannot take his opinions on anything Pittsburgh seriously. He probably is betting on a Flyers sweep more than anything. wooooooo?

3 years, 7 months ago on LINK CITY: Series previews and Ryan Malone sucks | TPB

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The preview put up by The Hockey News says Bolts in 7.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/39541-NHL-Stanley-Cup-Playoff-Preview-Round-1.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=thn_daily_20110412

And that's the only series where THN is not going chalk. They're picking the lower seeds in all the other series except ours.

3 years, 7 months ago on LINK CITY: Series previews and Ryan Malone sucks | TPB

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@Comrade Wetschev I take great offense to that.

3 years, 7 months ago on Playoff White Outs | TPB

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The still image of that video is of the Capitals. *gag*

3 years, 7 months ago on Rinko Q&A, Our Side Bet, Etc. | TPB

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@Con_Soul11IsGolfing Regular season, that is. I'm sick and tired of hearing about injuries every day, who's coming back, who's not, and whatever the hell else happened this year.

3 years, 7 months ago on Tampa Bay media links | TPB

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Thank God that almighty shit-show of a season is finally over. Talk about perseverance and players stepping up and depth of the farm system all you want...based on what took place after the Winter Classic, I've had enough of this year, and I'm thrilled it's finally over. Now, the really fun stuff begins.

Let the chips fall where they will. Whatever happens, happens.

3 years, 7 months ago on Tampa Bay media links | TPB

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Showtime, folks. Now, the real game begins. (/Riddler)

3 years, 7 months ago on First Round Schedule: WB/S vs. Norfolk | WBS

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@deleted_11399_walterflanagan @SaintMarty @Mallori Well, whatever it was they did, it clearly worked.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Mission Accomplished. PENS WIN | TPB

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@deleted_11399_walterflanagan @SaintMarty @Mallori I'll take Tampa. Ryan Miller scares me in net, and we've seen what the Montreal trap can do to the Penguins.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Mission Accomplished. PENS WIN | TPB

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@LittleArtie @deleted_11399_walterflanagan I think Veilleux could definitely get a look next year. Ridiculous skills, plenty of sandpaper to his game, but I've seen him fly off the handle a few times. If pests like Pinhead can get under his skin, he'd be easy prey for the Sean Averys of the NHL.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Mission Accomplished. PENS WIN | TPB

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@deleted_11399_walterflanagan Go to citizensvoice.com and read Jonathan Bombulie's recap of the game. Check out the quotes from Holtby, then go rinse your brains with bleach.

I guess Veilleux took a two-handed slash at Steve Pinizzotto (whose name I can't spell, so I call him Pinhead), which caused one of about 289347792 ruckuses last night.

For whatever reason, the games against Hershey seem to devolve into shit-shows much more than against any other team.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Mission Accomplished. PENS WIN | TPB

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Is it normal for a scoreboard clock to be running during a shootout? I don't think it is.

3 years, 7 months ago on Suck it New York. Pens win 4-3, clinch home ice in the first round | TPB

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Don't let Mikey Leadership see this post.

3 years, 7 months ago on LINK CITY: To The Isle, Staal vs Backstrom,Terrible Slash, Michalek Chant | TPB

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Bury Islanders.

3 years, 7 months ago on Long Island Invasion | TPB

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What strikes me in that goal sequence is that it took the Chicago announcers a good three minutes of wait time to finally notice (or acknowledge) the Hossa kick. They were clearly hoping for a short review so they didn't have to talk about it.

3 years, 7 months ago on The Morning Skate: 4/7 | TPB

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I was really hoping we'd get to this game on the Island without it having any significant impact on playoff seedings. Boy, was I wrong.

Pittsburgh has had zero success on the Island this season. Shootout loss the first time, and Crosby's point streak ended. (I think that was a shutout, too.) Second time...nine goals against and a massive shit-pile. Time to make amends.

Ten goals on the board, boys, or you're doing it wrong. Bury Islanders.

3 years, 7 months ago on RECAP: Till The Division's End. PENS WIN. | TPB

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Oh, sure. Like the cable network devoted to covering the entire NHL is going to show one team's postgame jersey ceremony over league-wide highlights, updates, and analysis.

Sounds like a whole bunch of us need a huge dose of perspective this morning. We are not the center of the league, no matter how much any of you like to think we are.

3 years, 7 months ago on VIDEO: Pens Shirts Off Their Backs | TPB

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Un. Freaking. Real.

Absolutely unreal display by Geoff Walker to score the winner.

I also loved the OT break, when Bobby Day announced the Kilpatrick Trophy. Standing ovation for the team. So all you President's Trophy bashers who would bash its AHL equivalent can step off. Winning this trophy is something we've never done before. Damn straight it means something to us. It's not the trophy we came for, but we'll gladly take it and celebrate it...for a little while.

3 years, 8 months ago on Walker in OT. WB/S PENS WIN. [VIDEO] | WBS

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