JohnBellyful - (JB)Member since September 25, 2010
Habs fan since: 1960
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All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau
-- "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." --
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-05 09:06:10)
I see mention below of a Bob McKenzie tweet: "I can tell you there are some developments in the works that will ensure TSN’s hockey coverage remains first rate for a long, long time." I've wondered all along -- as maybe others have -- if TSN could continue to provide live coverage of hockey by carrying games played in the States, as it does now to fill out its schedule. The change next season would be to add more of those contests and insert its own panel of 'experts' for the pre-game shows and intermissions. Does the Rogers deal with the NHL preclude TSN from going this route?
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 29: Budaj wins on the road again as Eller, DD score in Shootout (2013-12-04 23:17:46)
Are you calling the reporter a liar!!!?? I've forwarded your email to the newspaper's Corrections department (they stay up to midnight) Maybe the shafts of the sticks should be sheathed with a lightweight, shock-absorbing, rubber-like material. That's been vulcanized, of course.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 29: Budaj wins on the road again as Eller, DD score in Shootout (2013-12-04 23:00:56)
What the deuce! UCe?
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 29: Budaj wins on the road again as Eller, DD score in Shootout (2013-12-04 22:47:35)
This just in: New Jersey – Montreal Canadiens right-winger Max Pacioretty has become the 197th player to join a lawsuit against manufacturers of composite hockey sticks. Pacioretty phoned his lawyer after tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils in which his stick snapped in two as he took a shot on a breakaway with the game on the line. Montreal tied the game at 3-3 in the final minute and then won it in a shootout, with Lars Eller and David Desharnais scoring, using wooden sticks set aside for such situations. Pacioretty was both exhilarated and livid after the game – ecstatic over the win, but steamed over his stick breaking at a crucial time “That could have cost us the game, the way PK almost did,” Pacioretty said. “At least PK can make up for his miscues and help us to victory, but not that stick. Once it became useless, it was useless for good. Except for one thing. If there had been a company rep from one of the stick makers in the building, I would have lodged a protest – right in the chest.” The players’ lawsuit alleges Nike, CCM, Louisville, Bauer, Easton, and others “wilfully choose not to exercise common quality control measures practised by manufacturers around the world in the production of goods, no matter what the industry.” The action launched last month further accuses the stick-makers of “using inferior materials, condoning shoddy craftsmanship, and engaging in deceptive marketing.” Players are getting “shafted” by their suppliers, it states. Pacioretty said composite sticks “do add 15 to 20 miles per hour to a player’s shot but it’s getting so you can’t trust them anymore. It changes the way you play. Look what it did to Davey (Desharnais). He hardly took a shot the first 20 games because he was afraid something like tonight would happen. I finally convinced him he had to have faith in his equipment, and it turned his game around. He’s still not taking many shots but at least he’s willing to use his stick for tip-ins. And he uses a wooden stick for shootouts. I think we all will now.” Pacioretty was asked if he would use a non-composite stick full-time if the manufacturer assured him it wouldn’t break when he took a shot. “Sure would,” he said.
- Comment on About this evening … (2013-11-29 23:54:06)
This isn't about this evening -- other than staying up way past my bedtime. There’s pros and cons to the 12-year TV deal the NHL signed What the hell, this deal with Rogers? Fa la la la la, la la la la Tis the end of nits and codgers? Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don, we now to you say farewell Fa la la la la, la la la la. To your rants and weird apparel Fa la la la la, la la la la. Good-bye, PJ, so long Healey Fa la la la la, la la la la. No more player reps to fillet Fa la la la la, la la la la. Won’t miss Cole and all his boo-boos Fa la la la la, la la la la (Did he lose his hockey who’s-who?) Fa la la la la, la la la la. Perhaps it’s wrong to be so chipper Fa la la la la, la la la la. If the deal means more of Kipper Fa la la la la, la la la la. Doug MacLean and all his bluster Fa la la la la, la la la la. What an upgrade – to lacklustre Fa la la la la, la la la la.
- Comment on Habs get well-deserved day off on Sunday (2013-11-25 10:05:27)
Thanks, Cal. The Tabbies were shabby. The Habs were fabs. [BTW, it's always the post-season here.)
- Comment on Habs get well-deserved day off on Sunday (2013-11-24 23:01:38)
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-24 11:45:38)
Jim, even though the odds are overwhelmingly tilted in the Roughriders' favour, seeing as the game is being played in Saskatchewan I expect the home team to come out flat.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-24 09:36:49)
Cal, I've liked Eller since day one but he has always seemed to fall down a lot for a player his size, 6'2". Unlike Pouliot, it's because he's involved physically fighting for the puck. Must have a high centre of gravity. Perhaps the Canadiens in future should look for big centres with low centres of gravity. Knee-high? Good weekend so far. The Habbies win and tonight it's the Tabbies' turn. The cold shouldn't bother them, they're the Siberian Tiger-Cats.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 20:19:33)
Thanks, Cal, for the victory song -- you're a fast and able tunesmith. Well done. And Burl', you were on the right track with your link. Here's the actual clip of me at half-time calling on all Ticat supporters to come to the team's aid. I knew I could count on them.