Lord Stanley’s open thread

I am surprised that I have not seen too much food chain trash talk as sharks eat penguins, but here is an open thread.

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    Origuy says:

    There are some impressive playoff beards on the ice tonight.

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    I refuse to watch now that the Bolts are out.

    If anything I will root for San Jose because fuck Pittsburgh.

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    Tinare says:

    If you put sharks on ice, though, they can’t breathe, but penguins thrive, so there’s that.

    Go Pens!

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    father pussbucket says:

    Hard to believe no one’s shared this yet, but just in case …
    Giant Meteor 2016

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I guess one could watch game 1 of the finals of a sport that few people care about, or game 7 of the semi-finals of professional basketball. Decisions, decisions…

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    Troublesome Carp fka Geeno says:

    @Gin & Tonic: ….. that few people care about

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @father pussbucket:

    Heh, GMTA. I emailed that an hour or so ago to Anne Laurie and Betty Cracker, figuring one or other of them would surely find an opportunity to FP it soon.

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    Contra fellow Bolts fan Paul W above, I’m rooting for the Pens now. If the team that beat us goes on to win, that seems to validate our loss, in a way; at least we were defeated by a REAL team, not some jumped-up pretender who couldn’t close the deal. Plus, it would make Cole and Geg happy, which seems a laudable goal since I can find no more joy in hockey this year.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Betty Cracker: Can they both lose? Can I root for injuries?

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    rikyrah says:

    I will take this as also a Warriors vs. OKC thread.

    Go Warriors.

    When you lead 3-1, and you wind up at a Game 7, you deserve no sympathy.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Troublesome Carp fka Geeno: You’re aware, I assume, that the NBA playoff games draw anywhere from 7 to 10 times the Nielsen ratings of the NHL playoff games?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Well this took an unexpectedly quick turn!

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    ThresherK says:

    Wow. I didn’t expect that.

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    Tinare says:


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    geg6 says:


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    khead says:

    Lord Stanley won’t be giving anything to the Warriors after they beat the Thunder tonight.

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    JCJ says:

    True, but I became a huge KD fan when he was at Texas. I will feel bad for him if they finish blowing this. That said, Go Warriors!

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    geg6 says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    No one in Pittsburgh gives a shit about basketball. Not even when we had a team. Hockey is vastly superior for pure entertainment value and excitement. Pro basketball is horrid. Haven’t sat through a game since the early 80s. Too boring. College ball is 1000 times better, IMHO.

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    khead says:


    The first 6 minutes of the 4th quarter in Game 6 was pretty much a miracle courtesy of Klay Thompson. I will, of course, take it.

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    geg6 says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Thanks, Betty!

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    Schlemazel Khan says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    You’re aware that shit draws millions of flies? That does not mean I want to watch it.

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I hate basketball, I love hockey so that means I also hate the NHL. For me the hockey season ended a couple months ago, the rollerball on ice thing playing to its end this week is a sad imitation.

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    redshirt says:

    I hope Cole Bigfoots this.

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    geg6 says:


    Only if they blow this lead. Right now he’s glued to his Laz-z-boy.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @geg6: I believe that’s: he is one with the barc-a-lounger. Its a very Zen like state.

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    Go Pens! The last minute of a Game 7 basketball playoff is entertaining enough.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman: You enjoy your ice hockey game. I forget, does Boston still have a team?

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    It does, and they suck.

    That’s harsh. BC turned out to be overrated, but they did finish 40-1 this year.

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    geg6 says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Not in my tv market. The ratings for the roundball game tonight may not even register here.

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    The Golux says:

    I was expecting to root for the Sharks, since they’ve never won the Cup, but then I found out that one of the Pens led his high school, the same one I graduated from, to the state championship. So I have divided loyalties.

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    @efgoldman: BU seems lost without Poulin; the sort of player who can score OT gold medal winning goals in consecutive Olympics can cover a lot of holes. And with nine graduating seniors this year, Durocher has his work cut out for him rebuilding.

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    redshirt says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: BU lost? Try UMaine hockey, former powerhouse of the country. Now a piddling team. They’re losing the state too due to the poison introduced into our system.

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    @redshirt: Maine is definitely lost, but you must be talking about the men.

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    jerry says:

    Is there anyone else out there who thinks the San Jose Sharks have the coolest fucking logo in the history of professional sports?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Is it just me or are the World Cup of Hockey commercials terrible? I’m not sure who or what the faux interviewer in the commercial is supposed to be a parody of, but they are just off putting. To the point of making me not want to watch the World Cup of Hockey this year.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: What is worse than terrible? Heinous? Horrible? Whatever it is that’s what they are.

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    @Adam L Silverman:

    What is worse than terrible?

    Pierre McGuire.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: And Marv Albert. And Marv Albert’s kid. And Joe Buck. And Bob Costa, etc.

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    Bitter Scribe says:

    @jerry: That’s definitely your opinion. I think it looks like a big bug.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Well that sucked! The outcome. The game was quite exciting.

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    redshirt says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Did the sports team lose/win?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @redshirt: The Penguins beat the Sharks 3-2 with a late 3rd period goal.

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    James E Powell says:


    Rap outsells opera by some exponential number, too, so we should all stop listening to opera?

    If it’s German opera, yes, please.

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    J R in WV says:

    I used to like Basketball, long ago in High School. My High School was in the tournament every year, was runner-up / came in second by losing in OT on year, and won the state championship one year in 3 OTs. That year I couldn’t utter a work for a week, I yelled my voice out.

    But then after I got home from the Navy, one job I had was Production Assistant at the local Public TV station. As PAs we did a little of everything, running a sound board, setting lights for a theatrical production we videotaped for broadcast, running cameras for various boring things.

    One boring thing was running cameras for the HS BB championship. I ran a camera for either 4 games a day for 3 days or 3 games a day for 4 days. I forget which exactly. I knew nothing about most of the schools, and the BB quality seemed low compared to the games I had watched as a HS student, where I played in the PEP band and watched the whole season.

    Bu the end of the second year of doing a dozen games straight had burned the Basketball Viewing brain cells out of my brain. Now I hate Basketball at every level, HS, College, NBA, National Teams in the Olympics. Hates ’em all. Don’t watch them.

    Years ago we went to a state press organization annual conference, with the Mrs, who worked in news at the time. I had no races in the awards hunt and so left the banquet when they started handing out awards, to watch a hockey game on the great TV sets and cable system available at this resort we were staying at.

    WE didn’t get a TV signal you could really watch hockey with, invisible puck was a deal breaker for most people. So I sat diwn with a 6-pack of beer to watch hockey, and gradually realized that the banquet had resulted in food poisoning…… yuck!

    I sat on the toilet with a plastic wastecan between my legs every 20 minutes 5 eruptive minutes, drank a big glass of water, laid back down in bed for 15 minutes, then did it again. I was pretty tired by the time Mrs J got home to our room, and it didn’t stop then. About 8 am I was done, napped a little longer while Mrs J checked us out of the room, packed up our stuff, and was started the 4 hour drive back home… That experience appears to have severely shrunk my interest in hockey.

    Also, when we stopped for fuel, Mrs J got a pepperoni roll and an orange pop – I was OK with the pepperoni roll, ght the smell of that orange pop nearly did me in. I rolled my window down and hung out in the slipstream like a dog, and made it OK. But i can’t tough standard Orange Pop to this day, 30 years later. Hockey too, just no fun.

    So Football and Baseball is all I have left.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @J R in WV: You really know how to tell a story!

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