Thursday, February 24, 2011

Records, Posters, Living In A Basement

I've been living without a receiver and speakers for my record player.

It sucks. Until today.

I rigged my baby Dinosaur amp (it's something, don't worry) with a couple AV cables and ... well blah blah, I have it working and it sounds pretty decent. A bit mono but better than not being able to listen to my vinyls. Because, I need the vinyls sometimes.

Anyway, this has nothing to do with hockey. But while I was moving around shit in my parents basement (where I live, yes) looking for more AV cables (because any normal basement has those lying around) I found an old Detroit Red Wings poster: "Hockeytown Kids." I remember I got it from a 2001-02 playoff game. It pictures Chris Chelios, Steve Yzerman, Nick Lidstrom, Dominik Hasek, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. The "kids" of Hockeytown, get it?

Yeah, well that team was just voted by Sporting News readers as the "greatest NHL team of all time."

But honestly, we all know the greatest team was the New York Islanders of the early 80s. However, it's 2011 and there are no more Islanders fans left (sober).

This poster was a real diamond in the rough. I think they handed it out during the playoffs. I went to one of those Vancouver games the Wings lost in the opening round, if I recall. I will have to search for the ticket to make sure I am not going crazy and just imagining things.

It might have just been a regular season game against the Canucks, I honestly can't recall. That was almost 10 years ago. Damn.

Anyway, I'll go back to playing these dusty records. They survived the trek from California, so I can't complain about anything ever.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

To Steve Yzerman!

I'll admit I've been rather reclusive lately.

But when Steve Yzerman speaks up about Mario Lemieux, I must write something.

This past week, Yzerman took a diplomatic stance on Lemieux's (ridiculous) comments about the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins' donnybrook.

He said Lemieux should be more involved in the NHL and hockey talk in general, stating the man had a lot to offer to the sport.

I took this as: "Where the f**k have you been Mario? Now you want to talk?"

But Yzerman, being the class act he is, would never say that.

Don Cherry, on the other hand, pretty much told Lemieux to go you know what himself on Hockey Night In Canada last week.

I could not agree more with Grapes.

What the hell is wrong with Mario Lemieux?

Cherry made an excellent point in a recent Coach's Corner episode. While I don't necessarily agree with the crazy old man all of the time, he was right about Mario when he said he was a hypocrite. Cherry asked where Lemieux was when Matt Cooke was blazing a cheap-shot trail throughout the league, and why that was OK, but a good old-fashioned donnybrook was not.

I never liked Lemieux that much because I thought he said ridiculous things often. But this put me over the top in distaste for the man many consider one of the greatest players ever.

Forget him.