Thursday, August 30, 2007
Ok Bret, you got it. Retire!
In a moment sure to stir up controversy in Caniac Nation, an anonymous commenter fed Bubba's post yesterday with some apparent "insider information" regarding Bret Hedican and a possible retirement.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Prospect photos now on the Canes official site are showing up in the new uniforms. Granted it is only a bust shot - but the "white piping" (stripes) are certainly prevalent. (NHL Tourney of Logos)
For an almost live video of the new unis in action, check out this website that might make you wish you spoke German. They don't make video games like Pitfall and River Raiders anymore do they?
College football is kicking off the regular season this weekend all over the country. At the very least, we get some decent sports entertainment other than golf, baseball or tennis (or all-Vick-all-the-time).
The one game that I am looking forward to the most is East Carolina U @ Virginia Tech. This is the site of ESPN's College Gameday and it is great exposure for the Pirates to have worldwide eyes on them. Someone else who was looking forward to it was Rob Kass, the projected starter at QB for ECU. He had a liiiiittle too much fun getting his party on last weekend as he was arrested for DUI with a .19 blood alcohol content in Greenville.
You're getting ready to play the biggest game of your life. Everyone is watching because it is VT's 1st major sporting event since the April tragedy. A big WTF? to him. Brett Clay or Patrick Pinkney will get the start in his place and I hope they smoke him out of the water. Granted, the Pirates will probably lose this game, but what a better way to teach him a lesson?
Brian Bailey of Bonesville.net:
"The start of game week at East Carolina is a time I always look forward to — unless an off the field activity dominates the conversation. East Carolina quarterback Rob Kass’s arrest on a DWI charge from early Saturday morning put a real damper on the excitement surrounding the opener...
It’s hard to believe that any student-athlete would work that hard all spring and summer, and then get into a situation like this one."
On a lighter note - the Queen City Bastard of Southern Fried Football (who will also be in Blacksburg this weekend) had the best quote about it today:
"ECU? I thought their mascot was the Pirate, not Captain Morgan"
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Buy Your Friends A Beer, They'll Thank You
The Conquests of Kevin Arnold (Ladies Of The Wonder Years)
Melrose Rocks Disputes the New Senators' Logo and Trojan condoms:
Barry Melrose Rocks: New Senators Logo Not to Be Confused with Trojan Man
A Dinosaur Could Whip David Beckham: (Reuters)
Dave Letterman's Top 10 Michael Vick Excuses (FanHouse)
If only he were in the jersey.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Rather than try and dive into a story about one of the newest Hurricanes - I found a great, must-read article about Jeff from the Yale student newspaper.
Hamilton's Hockey Heart & Hustle - Yale Herald March 2001
Among my favorite items mentioned on him:
whenever a freshman scores his first goal, Hamilton makes it a point to pick up the puck himself or to have the referee pick it up so that the team's equipment manager can commemorate the moment.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Please forgive me for bashing the work of the lovely Cheri D & 13 Stories. I've seen the group at the Pour House in Downtown Raleigh at least once and she was very nice and fan-friendly. But the Ford commercial featuring the "Beep Beep" song that played at least once during every break in the Hurricanes TV coverage last season - must be put out of its misery. I can't recall how many times the clip would play even twice in a row during a commercial break. I found myself DVRing the games and finding something to do between 7:00-8:00. Then tune in so I could fast forward through the commercials.
That being said - another that must die is the "Silly Little Fairy" Dodge commercial.
Between the two of those - I would catch myself violently awaking in cold sweats after the reoccurring nightmare of replaying those clips in consciousness (or un).
It is almost as if its a marketing ploy by the team. "Buy your Hurricanes season tickets now: You won't have to watch it on TV and be subject to the death rattle of our two commercials." Then again, I can recall hearing Beep Beep on the pre-game warmup speakers at the RBC.
Give us 2:00 minutes of staring at the color bars screen. Give us NHL commercials. Play elevator music. Just don't give us anymore torture this season with our commercial breaks.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Old friend Martin Gerber is dressed in his best Doc Holliday suit and square dancing on film. News at 11:00.
Via Scarlett Ice thru the Universal Cynic
The Universal Cynic: Martin Gerber wants you to love him...
Stopping through at NHL.com today - look at the headlines and read:
Although both players involved are former Carolina players - Jimmy Boy and the Hurricanes remain dormant with acquisitions or signings. The deal sends K-Ad to the Hawks with Radim Vrbata headed to the desert to be a Yote. A simple typo from the braintrust at "The War Room" of NHL.com.
Caniac Nation wishes nothing but the best to Mr. Adams (another new Daddy) in his upcoming venture.
Jes Golbez's take at the FanHouse
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Chuck Norris of Hockey - Brind'amour is The Face of Hockey & Rod The Bod, etc...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
So damn hot - the birds have to use potholders when pulling worms from the ground. This picture was snapped at 5:15 PM on my way home Thursday:
Scientists are buzzing about global warming and the influence it may have - but we all really know what is causing the freakish weather:
One part he mentions from his experience in North America:
Maximum of your ability? Is that what the kids are calling it these days? If coming out and throwing the softest checks that hockey has ever seen is his max, no wonder he didn't pan out over here. The best thing going for Anton was his 100mph+ slap shot - unfortunately he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with the puck on most nights.
Tip 'o the hat to McErlain of OffWingOpinion.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Somehow, I missed Magnolia Mer tagging me for the top 5 songs post. Here goes nothing (click on song title for clip via Amazon):
1. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2. "Spirit In The Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
3. "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" - Nirvana
4. "Jolene" - Dolly Parton
5. "Fox On The Run" - The Dillards
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Taking a few moments to recognize Caniac blogger friends:
CasonBlog is still a daily hit - and Scotty just revamped his format with a shiny new look. CB was one of the original Canes bloggers and he just celebrated 2 years of the gig. Hat tip to him for always having the backs of newbies and showing support. I'm especially digging his new feature: "CB Spotlight".
Bubba of CanesCountry is the newest Southeast Shootout contributor and continues to always come through with a thoughtful and informative daily post. He houses a great forum and message board through his site that is not overwhelmed with members. It's kind of nice having an intimate group to share your disapointments, rants or raves with as opposed to having hundreds of people such as with the more mainstream forums.
Her Majesty, AQ, was recently mentioned in the whole "Eklund Takedown" as the anonymous hockey "blogger" was after her in more ways than one. You don't mess with her. She can out-wit anyone.
Storm Surge has burst onto the scene this week with a South Park influenced banner. He digs Hurricanes and Beer. I like him already.
D-Lee of Redandblackhockey has been come-and-go with his posts this offseason - but he can always be counted on for breaking the glass with the latest scoop. He was the first to post about the leaked "new uniforms". I expect he'll be back with more frequency when the season gets rolling.
I have nominated the following two for Hockey Ladies of Greatness:
Magnolia Mer of Paperwhitesinseason always brings the funny with her daily frustrations or music raves from her wide array of taste.
Beth Ellison of Beth & Hockey is putting together a team for the Pete Friesen Leukemia/Lymphoma 5k run that the team is sponsoring. What a great idea! Herr Wuff is all about philanthropy.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Stumbled upon this YouTubeage of the '02 Playoff Run. Good stuff.
- A young Bates Battaglia doing his thing
- The emergence of Nicky Wallin as "The Secret Weapon"
- Ronnie Franchise assisting, assisting, then assisting some more
- Brind'amour kicking ass, as usual
- A pre-roid rage Sean Hill
- Sami Kapanen (one of my favorite ex-Canes, classy guy)
I was a senior in college watching this game and can remember vividly almost jumping through my apartment window when each of these goals were scored. Enjoy!