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Our Post on Puck Daddy – NHL Playoff Beard Watch: Unsung Unshaven Heroes

25 May

The stage is nearly set for the ultimate NHL showdown. The Devils and Rangers battle it out at center stage while the Kings wait in the offing for their opponent to be named. It’s a long, hard fight to be among the last teams standing. Every one inch is earned.

This week, we salute the beards of some Unsung Unshaven Heroes. Marquee name or rookie sensation, it doesn’t matter what their contracts say now.

They fight on – and the proof of is all over their faces.

Read more [HERE]

511-plus minutes worth of bruises, stitches and scrapes

Project Mayhem

23 Feb

In baseball, players get to choose the song that plays when they come up to bat.  Sometimes they have a different song for each time through the rotation.  Since you can’t play a song very time someone jumps over the boards, we thought we could give them another anthem: fight songs.

My brain goes immediately to what MY fight song would be – every time I see Sean Avery I want to skate out there and punch him.

We’ll let Jordan Staal’s Meg Ryan-shag duke it out with Kris Letang for the rights to this one:

And one for Chuck when Shawn Thornton drops the gloves (13 this year):

Where are all my Pens fans?  They have 63 fights on the season – Engelland has 12 of those.  Is there a song about elf costumes for Mike Rupp?  Re-watch this gem and tell me you don’t hear “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.

You know you have one.  A song that comes on and you immediately want to break something shaped like the Detroit Red Wings.  Or maybe you ended up in charge of the iPod while favorite fighter is sticking up for his guys again (Tyler Kennedy).  Let’s hear ’em.  Tomorrow we’ll do goal-scoring songs.

Panic and the Pens

8 Feb

I finally have to talk about Sid and his concussion.  I’ve been avoiding it hoping he would turn up at practice one day, bringing unicorns and wrist shots and 22-game scoring streaks.  I’d even take back the mustache.  As the silence becomes deafening and the Penguins are dropping like flies, it’s time for a post.

Sitting, waiting, wishing...

Crosby returned home to Nova Scotia last week.  He is in touch with Penguins medical staff regarding his symptoms and progression.  Coach Bylsma said Monday that he hasn’t “had a lot of contact” with Sid and has no timetable for his return.  I guess if there’s nothing to talk about, they don’t hang out on the phone watching Battlestar Glactica reruns like I do with my brother.  Sid will miss his 14th game tonight.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Multiple sources said over the weekend that Crosby would not resume normal exercise activity for seven to 10 days, and that the Penguins do not expect him to play against until at least March.

Of course, Malkin is out big time with tears to both the ACL and MCL in his right knee.  Surgery, season-ending – no one is saying.  But they don’t have to.  Mark Letestu is also out 4-6 weeks with knee surgery.  These two plus Sid have accounted for 34.8% of the Pens offense this season [link].  Yikes.

Once there were a lot of these.

Cue the panic. Sportscasters everywhere are screaming that the sky is falling in Pittsburgh.  The Pens are saying nothing; all they can do is play.  What do you think?  Is it time to count the Penguins out for 2011? Am I being willfully ignorant?

For the record (though it should be obvious), I say hell no.  Everyone told me Sunday to “bet with your smarts, not your heart,” but I don’t care.  Remember when the Capitals were coming apart in 24/7 with their 8 game losing streak?  Remember how hard and sad that looked from the inside on HBO?  This is much worse and the Penguins don’t need fans getting scared.  They need us to stick it out no matter who they can put on the ice each night.  They’ve got a lot of heart and any Boston Red Sox fan can tell you that can be magic.  Think positive, boys. I love you.  You can have my $20 anytime.

Rupper, Staalsy and Tanger (Dawn, look how short Kris' hair is!).

And if you haven’t heard the Story of the Week: Mike Rupp knocked over a fan’s beer from inside the glass, taped $10 to a puck and tossed it to the guy.  This from the man who wore the elf costume.  LOVE. [link]

UPDATE: Really?! Every 3 minutes another Pen gets hurt.  Kunitz out, day-to-day with a lower body injury. They’re going to call me up to the NHL any second now, stick a shirtzee on me a send me out on the ice.