Sunday, November 22, 2009

monday randoms:

thank goodness that mikeH came along when he did cause i got so busy hangin' with my new bff, the third richest dude in canada (galen weston), that i didn't have much of a chance to write anything over here at hit the post.... okay, it's not entirely true ---we didn't do much hangin' out, me and G, but i DID meet the guy this week and i gotta say that for a billionaire he's pretty chill. awesome, awesome guy...

as for hockey-related stuff, i've come up with the following tidbits:

  • mike comrie has been diagnosed with mononucleosis (aka: the kissing disease) which essentially means that he's out of the lineup for at least a month, even if he feels up to playing, to avoid damaging his spleen. this is, of course, the latest in a string of illnesses befalling the northern greasers, and terrible news to both pat quinn and hilary duff.... while there's no indication the duffster is symptomatic of the orally transmitted sickness, it could really knock out the entire cast of gossip girl (what with all the onscreen and offscreen romances). i'd do a chart but it seems like a lot of work... suffice it to say that if comrie's infected and smooching with duff, well duff's character (olivia) is smooching dan AND vanessa on the show. offscreen, the guy that plays dan is making out with the girl who plays serena, and the girl that plays vanessa is swappin' spit with the guy that plays chuck bass. going back to onscreen, serena's about to start neckin' with nate, and chuck bass is on-and-off with blair. if you've managed to follow this at all, it's totally feasible that the entire cast of the hit CW teendrama gets knocked out by the mono supplied to them by some dude from a hockey team in edmonton.
  • i'm trying to be positive about olli jokinen but he's not making it very easy for me... i was reading some old blogs and found a most hilarious post over at the guerrilla sports network's now defunct original site. let's just say that i would like to dub joker the flames' new official "tester of post and crossbar structural integrity." another thing that struck me late last night was the following:


  • if you take note, one set of those stats belong to the wildcard. the other ? anton effin' strålman. yeah, that's right: one set of stats belongs to a guy we traded two roster players and a first rounder (and pay 5.5 million dollars) and the other set belong to a guy we traded for a 3rd round draft pick, and who makes less than a mil. same stats, pretty much. oh, and one guy plays with jarome iginla and the other guy plays defense for the columbus bluejackets.... it's a pretty dismal state of affairs, if you ask me... for the record ? the guy with the better shooting % and fewer penalty minutes is strålman. ugh.
  • the good news is that iggy is positively on FIRE and both glenX and mossy showed some signs of life against the kings on saturday. also notable about this game was that the flames were able to come out victorious in an afternoon game.... ;)
  • bummer that the stamps didn't beat the 'riders, but in flamesville that's probably good news... thanks to mikeH for making me believe that this superstition is actually based in reality... also ? i'm hoping that chris getzlaf is the only getzlaf who does damage against a calgary-based team this week....
  • how good is rich peverley ?? my old roommate's cousin has as many points as heatley and is really helping me stay in the running for my pool....
  • the blackhawks' swing thru the NW ended with six points in three games.... they thoroughly embarassed calgary, then won a couple of tighter ones against deadmonton and the ugly nucklings.... i'm pretty sure chicago's the real deal (and marian hossa isn't even healthy yet). cup contender to be sure.... and yet another reason to think that you gotta hit rock bottom and get a high draft pick to win a championship....
okay, that's about it... it was a slow news week....
;)

8 comments:

Tak said...

Definitely need to be terrible at the right time. Remember 3 years ago when Edmonton lost like 20 in a row only to beat Calgary in the last game of the year. That moral victory helped them leap frog the Blackhawks and move out of 5th. The result, Chicago drafts Kane 1st overall.

We've just never been bad enough to draft from the top 5.

mikeH said...

Very cool. After your most recent round of research I'm left wondering if the Stamps were BAD ENOUGH this year to launch the Flames into the stratosphere. I guess we'll see.

Didn't realize you were such a fan of teen primetime dramas, but I guess you probably got to catch up while hangin' with G.W. in the billionaire suite. Do you think he actually eats those cheese puffs?

walkinvisible said...

tak:
precisely why i think toronto will try and tank this season, all the while pretending to want wins...

mikeH:
the stamps were probably too good this year for the flames to do much damage.... i'd say one and done or MAYBE to the conference finals, judging by how far the stamps got this year.

ps: galen weston was talking about the new line of pet food that pc is putting out, and i wasn't TOTALLY paying attention, but it seems to me that he may have implied having sampled it.

so yes, i would say he's tried the cheese puffs.

Nuuuuugs said...

Got it. Word Verification needs to be posted with every comment, this one... dernmou.

You see what I mean about Jokinen? He's starting to look for that lane to Iggy more often than the one to the aforementioned red steel posts.

Nuuuuugs said...

That's what I'm talking about! You see Jokinen look for Iginla, I told you! Sure he had three Ducks on him with no other choice but still. HahaHA!

walkinvisible said...

in your defense, glencross had three ducks on him and sure as hell didn't look for ANYONE !!

surprisingly good game by olli.... ;)

Tak said...

One small flaw with your Toronto theory, they trade their 1st and 2nd this year, as well as 1st rounder next year for Kessel. Boston must me rubbing their collective hands.

I'm not a Jokinen fan, but that was probably the best game he's played this year (sadly). I hope like hell that that is a sign of things to come.

As please leave Boyd on the ice with Iginla and Jok. So far he's fit in the best.

walkinvisible said...

tak:
valid point on toronto.
and, yeah, i didn't think joker looked too bad at all last night.... he's still a little tentative about throwing his body but he's definitely on the upswing (i hope).