Monday Open Thread [04/16/12]

Filed in Open Thread by on April 16, 2012

Okay, I admit it, I only watch hockey when the playoffs arrive. Yeah, I guess people could consider me a fair-weather fan, I just like to think I am watching Season 2. There are teams the Flyers want to beat badly and the Penguins are one, so I couldn’t be happier right now. And, what a beautiful sound it was as Flyers fans chanted, “You can’t beat us!”

It is not just scalding disappointment the Penguins are facing now.

Not simply a humbling elimination by a detested rival.

Not merely a profound embarrassment that will linger and sting all summer.

No, being swept out of the playoffs by Philadelphia — a very real possibility after the Flyers’ 8-4 victory in Game 3 of their opening-round series Sunday at Wells Fargo Center — would be far more significant than that.

It would be a humiliation of historic proportions.

BTW, my younger brother who is a huge Flyers fan had this to say about Sidney Crosby, “He is a cheap shot artist and a crybaby” and “Crosby is the lil’est bitch in the world”. Born the year after the Flyers won their last Stanley Cup, I hope my brother gets the victory he’s been waiting for.


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  1. Another Mike says:

    Just listened to an interview with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan, and I am much clearer now than I was before about how he administers punishment for cheap shots. What became clear is that injuries play a role in how many games a player is suspended, if any, and not much else. Here the interview at

    By the letter of the law, 3 Penguins should be suspended as a result of their actions in yesterday’s game. Arron Asham is a no-brainer after he cross-checked Brayden Schenn and punched him in the back of the head while Schenn was laid out on the ice. Match penalties are an automatic suspension. I don’t see how the NHL would rescind the match penalty. Expect 4-6 games for Asham.

    Talented punk bitch James Neal deserves at least 2 games for headhunting Couturier and Giroux, and Craig Adams received an instigator penalty in the last 5 minutes of a game, which carries an automatic one game ban.

    The Penguins put on a disgraceful display yesterday. The NHL should fine the franchise $500,000 just for embarrassing the league to that extent. Hope all the Flyers are OK and come out Wednesday night focused on winning the game and sending this $@#%$##@ home.

  2. Jason330 says:

    “Philadelphia scored 20 times through the first three games — breaking its franchise mark for goals in a four-game series in just three — and the Penguins’ only hope at this point might be that the Flyers have exhausted themselves from raising their arms in celebration so often.”


  3. Idealist says:

    IF the Flyers do get the Sweep on Wednesday, they could enjoy some nice R and R before the next round. All of the other teams in the East are tied up in their respective series at 1 game apiece. I’d love to see the Rangers knocked out by the Senators.

  4. socialistic ben says:

    Id love to see the Rangers get knocked out by a falling space station.

  5. Jason330 says:

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

    That’s a quote commonly attributed to John Steinbeck that I just found over at dkos.

  6. socialistic ben says:

    Yeah, instead we have a culture where white (not all of us… usually male, christian, and conservative) people are starting to see themselves as exploited patriots being beaten down by powerful minorities who want to enslave them…
    a MUCH more dangerous sentiment than socialism.

  7. cassandra_m says:

    Member of the British House of Lords is suspended for offering a £10million bounty for the capture of Barack Obama, or George W. Bush. Although Bush seems an afterthought. This bounty is being offered by a Labour peer and the first Muslim peer. Suspension seems not quite adequate here, right?

  8. JPconnorjr says:

    The Fisker Karma has been removed from it’s place of honor at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. And Lincoln Sts. On the Union Park lot.

  9. puck says:

    Ann Romney gives back all the sympathy:

    Seamus, Mitt Romney’s Irish setter who traveled with his young family strapped to the roof of their station wagon, “loved” those trips, despite once getting ill, Ann Romney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.

    Also… notice the commentary in that same article from ABC:

    Adding to the left’s narrative that Romney had little compassion for the animal is a detail from the 1983 trip that Ann Romney confirmed to Sawyer. The dog became sick, defecating all over itself and the windshield of the car, leading Romney to hose them both off before they continued on the drive to Canada.

    The “left’s narrative?” I think it is pretty much a bipartisan narrative. I know this is an ABC blog and not a news article… but is this the kind of media Democrats will face in the election?