The Montreal Circus just keeps getting zanier and zanier.
First, 911 calls. Then their rally against hockey violence that no one attended. Last month, news of the upcoming "language rally." Then Plekanec and Subban going fisticuffs over whoknowswhat yesterday. And now the Habs are apologzing to their fans for naming Randy Cunneyworth the interim head coach.
Per some shitty sports network:
"We're disappointed and we're sorry if we offended anybody by hiring someone who is not bilingual right now, but when you're in the middle of a season and you're trying to effect change and you're having the difficulties we were having, you evaluate all your options," Gauthier said.
"We felt the best option at this time was to work from within the organization. Those things can be taken care of in due time, but having a bilingual head coach of the Montreal Canadiens is very important and it's something that will be part of our decision going forward."Poor Cunneyworth. Guy takes over a shit team and gets shat on some more by fans for not knowing French. And now his boss apologizes for ever naming him the interim head coach and Cunneyworth knows he's not going to have the big job at the end of the season. Montreal is giving him a lot of incentive to gve a shit.
He might as well throw that Rosetta Stone away. He won't need it come April.
Cunneyworth might be the first Habs employee we ever felt bad for.
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It only seems fitting that the Bruins head to New Jersey the day before "Jersey Shore" kicks off another season of yelling, drinking, fucking, tanning, gym, getting laundry done in other places than their own washer/dryer combo, fucking, fighting, drinking, pretending to work, drinking, fucking and more fighting. I don't know why playing a hockey game is fitting to be the opening for a shitty MTV show, but it works so be like Snooki, shut your mouth and accept the pounding.
The last time we saw the Bruins play hockey, they were getting their butt's waxed in Dallas. It wasn't pretty friends and Dallas basically had their way with the Bruins then kicked them out of their apartment and didn't leave any cab fare. They made them hoof it home.
I wouldn't expect the Dallas game to be the start of a downfall for the Bruins and neither should you. The team ended December going 9-3, with 7 of those 9 wins coming in a row. It was bound to happen that one of these things would happen:
- The Bruins offense wouldn't show up.
- The Bruins defense would be slow and out of place.
- One of the goaltenders wouldn't be their usual lights out self.
So is it possible that the Bruins weren't into the game at all because the only thing on their minds of warm Crab Rangoon and chicken fried rice?! Come on, you know Zdeno Chara would love to have the house special rice and the #2 chicken finger. Shit, who wouldn't?
I would expect a well rested Bruins team tonight, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Rest is good for a hockey team and these next few months will provide little for the Bruins. What is bad about getting rest? Hot players turn cold. Cold players turn to ice and some goalies like Tim Thomas don't do well on a long stretch of rest.
Justin wrote a post on the Bruins schedule in January. They have 13 games this month, 3 back-to-backs (one of which will happen tonight and tomorrow night), 6 home games and 7 road games. Even thought their schedule in January is easier than their schedule in March, it's still going to be brutal. There is a nice stretch from January 25 to January 30 where the Bruins don't have a game to play, but their opponents are going to be tough.
Just a head's up as well. Tonight is "36 Hours" and is featuring Bruin Patrice Bergeron. It will be airing on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) at 6:30 pm.
I got the perfect solution for the Bruins upcoming schedule:
Good for what ails ya!
After the jump, it's a regular DOY beatoff!...
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So I was watching the Winter Classic and figured I should do something to incorporate all the Winter Classic jerseys and I decided I would rank them. Now, I would like to say that this is only for the Winter Classic and does include the Heritage Classic.
10. Philadelphia Flyers - 2010 Winter Classic
When the Flyers debuted their Winter Classic jerseys for the 2010 Winter Classic against Boston, it was a huge "meh" in my book. Usually a road team isn't going to reveal anything flashy given that the base of their jersey is white, but the jersey above isn't anything special. It's something seen before and is pretty generic looking. That's why it ranks 10th on my list.
9. Washington Capitals - 2011 Winter Classic
Ugh, Jesus Christ. I didn't like the Flyers 2010 Winter Classic jerseys for being unique enough, but I hate these things because of the fucking stars. Stars on the chest. Stars on the sleeves. Stars. Stars. Stars. Mother fucking stars. I also hate the color scheme, but I get it since it's located in Washington DC and it's America's capitol. However, it's a color scheme that's overused in sports (shit, even the Washington Wizards are now red, white and blue) and I think Washington was better served with their blue and copper scheme. Also, fuck Ovechkin.
8. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2011 Winter Classic
Circular logos. I fucking hate circular logos. Now, don't that get mistaken with a logo like the Bruins, which has virtually been the same thing sicne their inception. The circular logo I'm talking about is the one that you're looking what right now. A smaller version of the team's logo with a circle around it and a word font of the city. Every fucking team does this now. Pittsburgh, Florida, Minnesota, Columbus, Chicago and St. Louis are the teams I can name off the top of my head. I'm sure I'm missing some others. I also hate tons of striping on a jersey and the bottom of this jersey is just filled with them. I also don't like the dark jersey base and the light blue stripes. I'd rather have it the other way around.
7. New York Rangers - 2012 Winter Classic
The Rangers uniforms is nice, but it's nothing special. The offwhite looks much better than a vibrant white jersey, but I'm a little disappointed that the Rangers didn't use their well known diagonal RANGERS spelling. The traditional feel to the jersey is nice.
6. Buffalo Sabres - 2008 Winter Classic
Usually I'm not a fan of white uniforms like I mentioned with the Philadelphia jersey but in 2008 the Sabres were in Buffaslug mania. For some reason the franchise felt it needed to break away from the traditional Buffalo and crossed sabres logo (pictured in the jersey) and go modern. The modernization of logos basically killed some classics and Buffalo was no different. Enter January 2008. The Sabres showed up in Buffalo rocking old school sweaters with that beautiful traditional logo. That's the reason why this jersey is 6th on my list. Buffalo went back to tradition and it was a beautiful transfer.
After the jump...my top 5 Winter Classic jerseys...
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Let it never be said that the Montreal Canadiens won't show some fight. They just prefer to do it in practice and agaisnt each other.
The last-place Montreal Canadiens are ringing in the New Year with a fight -- teammates P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec exchanged punches during practice Monday.
The two clashed during a one-on-one drill. Both dropped their gloves and threw punches until Josh Gorges and others stepped in.
No big punches landed and neither player was hurt. Both players stayed on the ice as practice resumed.Of course no big punches were landed. Have you seen Subban fight?
Pretty sure Lucic or Chara will get blamed for this practice scrum -- being a bad influence and all.
And while the Habs keep reeling it's shit like what language their coach speaks that's really important up north. The language rally is slated for this weekend.
Can't wait for Stubby to write a big post about how dumb this is. Won't happen, of course.
UPDATED: Video from The Score. Great find.
In other news. Don Cherry looks like a mobster at the Winter Classic. Fitting for Philly.
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Get it? Ok fine... Boston Bruins schedule for January:
After only a four games in 16 days, Bruins will finally get really busy in January.
They have three back-to-back games in January (Devils/Flames, Panthers/Lightning & Rangers/Flyers). Of those six games only two are home (Flames & Rangers). They play six games in nine days.
Lots of curreny playoff cotenders this month. Big games of note:
- Jan 7 vs. Canucks
- Jan 12 vs. Habs
- Jan 21 vs. Rangers
- Jan 22 vs. Flyers
That Flyers-Rangers back-to-back games could be brutal. Add a comment
Not a pretty game. The Bruins didn't show up until the third period or so; can't win on a 20 minute effort. Lots of penalties for Boston. Funny bounces. Thomas looked human. Bruins were lazy. Michael Ryder got the game winner for Dallas. Damn.
The loss ends the Bruins seven game win streak.
Oh well. Can't win them all. They had only three regularion losses in last two months. Can't be angry with that.
Really, We blame Stars of the Big D for the loss. They did way too much Bruins ass kissing in their game preview. Fuckers.
Happy New Year, folks.
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The one and only Jack Edwards has joined the Twitterverse.
From dinosaurs to dogs.
Suck on it, rest of the NHL.
Haggs is saying it's legit. We're taking it as legit.
Follow him now. Get ready for some fire works. Can't wait for his 140 character history lessons.
Pretty sure there'll be lots of tweets that don't even have words. Just shit like "I#$T$(DFSD!!!!!" after some bullshit happens on the ice. It's gonna rock.
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Everyone else does this shit and we're lazy tools so we're going to jump on board.
2011 was obviously a really good year for the Boston Bruins. Can't really say otherwise when you win the Stanley Cup.
After the jump we look at pictures and videos that describe the Year of the Bear.
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Tonight's the Bruins second game all month, or so it feels like. They're in Dallas to play the Stars and we all know what happens when they play Dallas.
Though the last two line brawls between these teams happened in Boston. Man. Those games get us fired up. Weird that it's the Stars that the Bs have a cross country rivalry with. But shit like that happens when Ott is on the team (and formerly Avery).
More after the jump... including Raycroft on waivers and seeing Ryder again...
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