2007 Archives http://www.jibblescribbits.com/table/2007-articles/august/ Mon, 22 May 2017 15:30:36 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Hello Pinkguins http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/hello-pinkguins.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/hello-pinkguins.html The Poll is closed and the winner, by a close margin, is Pittsburgh Pinkguins.

I just want to thank Sidney Crosby for giving me the opportunity to come up with such a great nickname.
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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Fri, 31 Aug 2007 16:05:00 +0000
Avs Ratings http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/avs-ratings.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/avs-ratings.html completely cop out by showing practice video of Avs... like some other Avs bloggers (ok i'm just mad i didn't think of it first)

No way. I'm going to cop out by directing you to the EA Sports player ratings for your Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado Avalanche

Here's some of the highlights:
  • First I love how the "state" the player is from for Euro players is just their country. Apparently Wojtek Wolski is from Poland, Poland.
  • How were they able to get Smyth, and Hannan on the roster, but not drop Brisbois and Turgeon?
  • Lowest Aggression ranking "on" the team? Brisbois
  • Arnason's from Oklahoma? Who knew?
  • I know I'm piling on Brisbois, but his Defensive Awareness is a 65 lowest on the team, yes including both Tyler Arnason and Marek Svatos. How are these two not in the 50's?
  • Unfortunately Theo's 5-hole rating isn't "open"
Pop Jocks has the link to all the teams

Co. Avs NHL '08 Player ratings (IGN)
Complete NHL '08 ratings (Pop Jocks)]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:16:00 +0000
Avs vs Wild the offseason http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/avs-vs-wild-the-offseason.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/avs-vs-wild-the-offseason.html pointing this out, but The Avs logo is against the Wild logo in a battle for who has the better logo.

I think you all know what to do. When I voted it made it 1334 to 1334 tie. We all know what to do i think.

Avs logo in life and death struggle (Jersey's and Hockey Love)

Poll: Avs vs Wild
(NHL Tournament of Logos)]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Tue, 28 Aug 2007 01:01:00 +0000
Face of the Franchise http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/face-of-the-franchise.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/face-of-the-franchise.html
Well every once in a while they still come up with really really cool stuff, and this thing they did for baseball, called "The face of the franchise", is pretty cool. Basically it is when you think of a franchise, who's the one person you think of? Which player/coach/exec is the face of that franchise? So here's my cut at the face of each franchise:

Western Conference

Pacific:
Anaheim Ducks: Jean-Sebastion Giguere
San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton
Dallas Stars: Marty Turco
Phoenix Coyotes: Wayne Gretzky
LA. Kings: Wayne Gretzky... wait he played there 10 years ago (or more?) ummm... Rob Blake (Crawford and Kopitar are close)

Northwest
Calgary Flames: Jaime McClennon... oh no really Jerome Iginla[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be5TWS4OFrc]
Colorado Avalanche: let me think who embodies the Avs... I guess Joe Sakic huh?
Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth... oh wait sorry Oilers fans that's what it SHOULD have been...now it's Kevin Lowe
Minnesota Wild: Marion Gaborik is able to stand out despite his coach, Jaques LeMaire being morally opposed to goals, which is pretty damn good.
Vancouver Canucks: Well this is a tough one. The Sedins could be it, but there's two of the and they have the same face... so that's cheating. Linden maybe, but I will go with Roberto Luongo

Central
Chicago Blackhawks: Really? Bill Wirtz. (I really couldn't tell you three more players on their team.. seriously. Khabibulin, ummm..... eeerrrrr... yeah Wirtz.) edit: even after going to the team roster, I can only recognize about 5 players. What a lousy run franchise.
Columbus Blue Jacket: The bug (well really Rick Nash)
Detroit Beige Wings: Still Steve Yzerman, with Lidstrom a close second now
Nashville Predators: Well I would have said Kariya, or Vokoun, but umm...errr... yeah so. We'll go with Chris Mason.
St. Louis Blues: Toss-up between Tkachuk and Weight. We'll go with Tkachuk since I remember Weight lifting the cup with the Hurricanes.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic
New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur (despite Lou Lamorillo's best efforts)
New York Islanders: Charles Wang (yes even with DiPietro's 15 year contract. Wang is crazy and cooky. That always gets you in my minds eye)
New York Rangers: Elisha Cuthbert... Oh she's not technically part of the franchise?.. well then Jaromir Jagr (expect King Henry to pass him soon)
Philadelphia Flyers: Simon Gagne (One question, how the hell is a town like Philly gonna embrace a pretty-boy like Briere. I don't think it's possible)
Pinksburgh Pinkguins: I think everyone is expecting Crosby here, but Mario Lemieux saved the franchise twice, and won a few cups. Crosby might be the face, but Super Mario IS the Pens.

Northeast
Boston Bruins: Is it bad that All I can think of is Joe Thornton. Oh well here's the next 3 Bruins I thought of: Ray Borque, Bobby Or, Cam Neely. Hmmm Chara? hey there we go Zdeno Chara. Wow good thing the B's have going there.
Buffalo Sabres: Chris Dru... oh... ummm... Daniel Bri.. yikes huh? Ryan Miller?? they still have him? good Ryan Miller
Montreal Canadiens: Saku Koivu
Ottawa Senators: Daniel Alfredsson
Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin

Southeast
Atlanta Thrashers: Lil John (I wish he had a bigger role with the team.) Ilya Kovalchuck
Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal's Mugshot, ok Rod Brind'amor
Florida Panthers: I always think of Uwe Krupp. But for current players Vokoun
Tampa Bay Lightning: Martin St. Louis
Washington Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin's sick sick goal against Phoenix... but we'll just stick with Ovechkin

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzbmI6-YSnQ] ]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Sat, 25 Aug 2007 05:32:00 +0000
New NICKNAME!!! http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/new-nickname.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/new-nickname.html
Well added to the Detroit Beige Wings is a new team nickname.

Thanks to Sidney Crosby The Pittsburgh Penguins shall either be known as the Pinksburgh Penguins, or Pittsburgh Pinkguins, I'm ok with either one so I'll let you decide... Poll on the left.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Thu, 23 Aug 2007 18:31:00 +0000
Are the Avs insured? http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/are-the-avs-insured.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/are-the-avs-insured.html
We will cover that question in the coming weeks as we get closer to the season, but the question is a legitimate one, and one the Avs coaches management obviously have had to ask themselves more than once. So the question is, IF the answer turns out to be NO what has Francois Giguere done to cover that possibility?

After reading two posts over on Mile High Hockey (here and here) and after looking at a lot of the moves the Avs have made this summer, the smaller minor leaguers they have signed to fill out the Lake Erie roster and such, I think Giguere has set himself up quite nicely to trade for Ducks current #2 Ilya Bryzgalov.

What would it take to pry the netminder from the Ducks (if we need to)? Last season the Ducks had 3 superstar defensemen (Niedermeyer, Pronger, Beauchemin) contributions from a solid defensmen, Shawn O'Donnell, and occasional shifts from two scrubs Huskins and DiPienta. An injury to any of the top 4 probably would mean the Red Wings would have won the Cup, so here's to their health last season. Defensive depth would really help the Ducks, and if Niedermeyer retires (which is increasingly likely) There's no question that, even with the addition of Mathieu Schneider, the Ducks would be short on the blueline. Any injuries and their blueline is toast.

The Avs happen to have a crowded blueline with Liles, Leopold, Hannan, Finger, Skrastins, Clark, and Sauer (not to mention nearly ready Kumisky, and recently acquired Wyatt Smith). Of those Karlis Skrastins seems to be the odd man out, and would also fit nicely with the Ducks Defense.

If the Ducks were to trade away Bryzzy they would obviously like a backup netminder. Again IF Budaj doesn't work out, he would still be a decent backup, so he would be gone. (Giguere would be stupid not to ask if Burke wanted Theo instead, but they'd share a good chuckle and then Budaj would be in).

The Ducks probably also need a young goal scorer to make up for the loss of both Selanne and Dustin Penner. The Avs are loaded with scoring talent in their farm system. They could trade away odd-man out Marek Svatos, or dig into their farm system and trade Ryan Stoa or Cody Burki (I think Hensik is nearly untouchable)

As for Bryzgalov, what he's going to want is a nice fat paycheck and the unquestioned starter's role (which he deserves). Well José Theodore's $6M cheerleader salary is off the books at the end of the season, leaving the Avs with plenty of money to sign a good goalie (Be it Bryzzy or Budaj) to a nice long extension.

So there you have it, the Avs could trade away Skrastins, Budaj, and a young forward for Bryzgolav and maybe a draft pick. The trade helps both teams, and minimizes the damage each takes. The Avs would also have a #1 goalie for years to come.

Oh yeah, he's funny as hell too: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ns14hRqwY8]

Bryzgalov Revisited (Mile High Hockey)
Peter Budaj: The Most Important Av?
(Mile High Hockey)
Bryzgalov: Edmonton "is like North Pole" (NHL Fanhouse)]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Wed, 22 Aug 2007 15:48:00 +0000
2 minutes for roughing, 1-3 years for dogfighting http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/2-minutes-for-roughing-1-3-years-for-dogfighting.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/2-minutes-for-roughing-1-3-years-for-dogfighting.html Japer's Rink

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMsHTsEHnWE]


Hmm not to get too off-hockey topic,but it's August and the list of athletes in this commercial who have taken quite the off-court/field/ice etc career hit are staggering.

  • Vick...well i think everyone knows about him
  • Marion Jones.... busted in the BALCO scandel
  • Leaving a line to separate the above two disgraces and the much lesser lower ones
  • Lance Armstrong... Well he does a lot of stuff for charity and cancer so it's hard to list him with these athletes, but the fact he is consistently dogged by steroids rumors would be irresponsible to ignore.
  • Urlacher... Not happy with his baby's moma
So all that's left is Agassi, Serena Williams and Randy Johnson are all on thin ice.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:08:00 +0000
Why don't people want Eddie Eagle? http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/why-dont-people-want-eddie-eagle.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/why-dont-people-want-eddie-eagle.html
Atlanta, Phoenix and Tampa Bay look to have goalie question marks heading into next season
and he could probably push LeClaire in Columbus as well. I find it boggling that this future HoFer hasn't had any offers this summer]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Mon, 20 Aug 2007 21:09:00 +0000
NHL Season Preview-Eklund style http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/nhl-season-preview-eklund-style.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/nhl-season-preview-eklund-style.html
Sept 2007- *The Anaheim Ducks start the season short handed as Brad May and Todd Bertuzzi get deported from England for starting a riot at the nearby Arsenal-West Ham United match earlier in the day. Rumor has it the argument starts because of an argument between the two over who the greatest British Prime minister was. (e4)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMvIYvwob-s]

*NHL Embarrassment turns to tragedy as Jean-Sebastien Giguere dies on the ice during warm-ups. Apparently his new pads swell in the humid English air and encompass him, suffocating him in the process. The NHL responds by putting new limits on the size of goalie's pads, which Martin Brodeur whines about. (e3)

Oct 2007- *The NHL is further embarrassed by the Atlanta Thrashers who, in an attempt to get anyone to pay attention to them, unveil their new jersey's on opening night. To the NHL's chagrin they try to capitalize on the popularity of the NFL and rename themselves the "Fighting Dogs". (e2)

*After captain Bill Guerin goes pointless in his first month as an Islander NY tries to lure Alexi Yashin back to NY with a 20-year $250Million contract, but Yashin is offended by the paltry offer. The NY Islanders are forced to call up minor league forward Kyle Okopso and sign him to a 15 -year contract. And promote him to captain. (e5)

*Drawing inspiration from the Northern Colorado Punter, Mitch Cozad, Jose Theodore tries to stab Peter Budaj in the leg so he can be the starter. Unfortunately for Theo he proves he's lost all ability in his stick hand by missing Budaj plunging the knife into his own buttocks. He is then put on IR because he can't even handle getting $6M to sit on the bench. (e1)

Nov 2007- *Shane Doan gets in trouble for maybe, sort of, possibly using a "racial" slur. All is forgiven when it is realized he isn't calling his goalie, David Aebischer, "Swiss Cheese" because of his nationality, but because of his goalie style. (e3)

*Despite their team improvement the LA Kings fail to attract any local media attention. In an idea hatched by remembering their Gretzky years while playing the Ducks in England, they trade for a star player from their cross-town rivals...and get David Beckham. The move does garner a lot of attention, but fails to improve the team. (e2)

*The Montreal Canadiens finally reveal their true intentions on their bizarre signing of Patrice Brisbois. Apparently management thought the best way to win a title this season was to sacrifice "Le Pylon" to the hockey gods with a public burning. Montreal fails to win the title, but their fans still feel better after the public burning. (e1)

Dec 2007. *Sydney Crosby falls over in warm ups because he forgot to lace-up his skates. Edmonton Oiler Alan Hemsky is immediately penalized 2 minutes for not tying Crosby's shoes, 5 minutes for laughing at Crosby and a 10 minute game misconduct for being on the ice at the same time Crosby falls. (e3)

* New Jersey Devils president Lou Lamorillo fires the coach even though the Devils have a perfect record in mid December and puts himself as coach. After 2 weeks as coach he also decides the team doctors must go, and he also fills that role. (e5)

* The Vancouver Canucks are fined and forced to forfeit games when it's noticed that the entire team is Henrik Sedin, 23 clones of Henrik Sedin, and Roberto Luongo. Apparently cloning violates the NHL drug policy. (e2)

* The NHL's "miked up" segment gets embarrassing when it reveals that Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers says "Not in the face" every time he is checked. (e4)

* In order to endure themselves more to fans in Nascar Country, the Carolina Hurricanes start putting number decals on their helmets and ads on their jersey's. The plan is abandoned when "Target" tries to replace the Hurricane logo with their own.

Jan 2008- *Alexander Ovechkin scores what is easily considered the best goal in the history of the NHL. He pushes the puck between 2 defender's legs flips over both of them. lands, then picks the puck up with the blade of his stick wraps around the net and bounces it off of Thomas Vokun and into the net. ESPN doesn't show the goal on Sportscenter, but instead decides to show Bertuzzi-Moore. Sportscenter producers defend the decision by saying "Hockey isn't now enough to make our show, see look how violent hockey is" (e5)

* Vesa Toskala asks for a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He tells the Toronto Sun "It's not that I can't handle pressure, but I don't want to be in an environment where the media is concerned about my bowel movements every day". Don Cherry calls him "another soft russian with no heart. A Canadian player would be happy to share news of his bowel movements with the media, because they are tough" (e1)

*Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek are suspended for 20 games for violating the NHL's drug policy. It turns out there were steroids in their new osteoporosis creams. (e4)

*During NHL all-star week The NHL announces they will have an expansion franchise in Las Vegas. To the surprise of everyone the franchise will join the eastern conference, thanks to the heavy lobbying of the Staal brothers, who all play in the same conference. (e2)

* Evgeny Malkin and Jordan Staal are selected for the young stars game, while Paul Stastny and Anze Kopitar are snubbed from the rosters. "Well Malkin and Staal play with Sidney Crosby so they are obviously better players than Stastny and Kopitar" (e3)

* The hockey media is stunned when a team called the "Western Conference All-Stars" show up for a game in Atlanta. "I didn't even know there WAS a western conference" is heard a lot in the press box. (e5)

* Sick of being checked, 6'2" 215 pound Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf gets frustrated and takes a run at the Avs Equipment manager. Ian LaPerriere then kicks Dion Phaenuf's ass.(e5)

Feb 2008 * In a case of art imitating life, The Sharks need to change their logo after the current Shark, appropriately, chokes on the stick that's in his mouth. (e4)

*The St. Louis Blues trade away everyone in their organization. No one in St. Louis worries because they will all be signed back by the Blues the next season.(e2)

*The Edmonton Oilers are forced to forfeit the rest of their games that season because Kevin Lowe traded the entire roster to Philly, for Geoffry Lupul and "some magic beans"(e5)

March 2008- * Ray Emery is arrested when it's discovered he has cut off the foot of Martin Gerber and hangs it around his neck as his "lucky Gerber Foot"(e1)

*The Devils losing streak hits record proportions as Lou Lamorillo is seen on the concourse serving beer, because he fired Charlie, the long time beer vendor. (e2)

* The Columbus Blue Jackets push for the playoff ends when it's discovered they have been dressing in Red Wings gear to try and trick people into thinking the Red Wings are losing.(e4)

April 2008- *The Detroit Red Wings forfeit 3 games in a row when they forget to show up for 3 games against the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. When asked for a reason cpatain Nikolas Lidstrom said "What teams? To be honest we forgot those teams were even there." after hearing Detroit's explanation the NHL grants Detroit 3 wins because "IT was an honest mistake, we forget them all the time" (e2)

*The Stanley Cup Playoffs start, and ESPN celebrates by showing Chris Simon's chop of Ryan Holloweg last season "See how violent a sport Hockey is?" producers keep saying.
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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:19:00 +0000
Favorite/least favorite music http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/favoriteleast-favorite-music.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/favoriteleast-favorite-music.html Waiting for Stanley. The post is to list your top 5/ worst 5 songs of all time. I was thinking to myself that this would be fun, since hockey news in August is like Marcus Naslund on the ice, you keep looking for something to get excited about but it's just no longer there (zing!).

Anyways I was thinking of posting my list anyways, because I always like a good music discussion. My problem with music discussions is that they are more dangerous to talk about than politics. I love Indy rock, but can't stand most people who like Indy rock because they act pretentious towards the "sheep" who like the stuff the radio is playing. The pretentiousness of Indy rock bothers me. Taste in music is like taste in food, it's heavily influenced on how and where you were raised and there's no wrong taste. My wife likes country, I like alternative and Indy. It's all good.

Anyways I've babbled on for long enough without further adieu here are my 5 worst and 5 best songs of the last 107 years.

Worst: 1) Do you remember?, Darryl Worley
I really, really, don't want to get into a political debate with anyone here, but this song just kills me every time I hear it. Here's the premise of the song: We should go to war in Iraq, or have you forgotten about September 11th.
No matter how you feel about the war or the president or politics, this is completely inaccurate as the two (Iraq before the war/terrorism/September 11th) were unrelated. The President of the USA has said so publicly. One thing that bothers me (and why I am becoming a political cynic) is when someone says something blatantly inaccurate to push a political point (left or right). This song represents, to me, everything wrong with politics.
(By the way i don't like most of what Rage Against the Machine does for pretty much the same reasons).

Ok I promise no more politically sensitive songs

2) The Reason Hoobastank
Overplayed and the whole "No I can be better baby" theme. Simplistic lyrics. I like Hoobastank just not this song.

3) 1979 the Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan
Could be any Pumpkins'song, but this one is the worst to me. Their music frustrates me it could be so good if it wasn't ruined by the screeching of Billy Corigan. Fantastic songwriter, fantastic lyrics a voice that makes me want to wash my ears out with HCl. (A funny thing is I love Counting Crows, and all the stuff i wrote about Smashing Pumpkins can be said about Counting Crows, so that's why I try not to say "This band sucks" because it's so subjective)

4) Area Code by Ludacris
Some rap is very good, some is bad. Throw in a healthy dose of Misogyny and this is one of my least favorite songs.

5) This is my Country John Cougar Mellancamp
When you write a song to be patriotic and then it gets so overplayed on a TV commercial about trucks that the song becomes a parody, and loses all meaning in the first place, well that's a truly terrible song.

Other nominees:
American Pie by Madonna
Fergalicious by Fergie
Ain't no Mountain High Enough Michael McDonald

Best: 5) Liberation- Outkast. I'[m not a huge rap fan, but I like Outkast a lot. Listen to them (this song, Rosa Parks, Mrs. Jackson, or whatever) and then listen to some wanna-be-gangster rapper and it's like watching Pee-Wee hockey after watching the NHL. It's no comparison talent wise, and this song is one of their least known, but best.

4) Layla by Eric Clapton He has the rocking out electric version originally on his album, but then in the unplugged version he slows it down, and not only does it work, but both pieces are fantastic. No song displays his range and talent than both versions of this classic. Awesome song.

3) Landed
by Ben Folds (Click here, and then on "landed video") I could pick almost every Ben Folds song, but this song is currently my favorite. He shows his wizardry on the piano along with smart lyrics. The mans talent in songwriting and on the piano is undeniable. A wonderful song

2) Island in the Sun by Weezer. This song is what life should be. Just finding a place where you and the one you love can be comfortable. Every time I am feeling stressed out this song reminds me of what's really important in life. Buddy Holly made them famous, but this song is my favorite. I like this song so much I had it played at my wedding.

1) What a Wonderful World By Louis Armstrong. Still popular 80-90 years later. Classic, timeless, uplifting and a masterpiece.

Other nominees:
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby by Counting Crows
Army by Ben Folds
The Hurricane by Bob Dylan
So Happy Together by The Turtles
Damnit Blink 182]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Mon, 13 Aug 2007 16:11:00 +0000