If only because this article DOES belong here...Cornell warns hockey fans against fish tossing at Harvard game21:21:29 EST Nov 10, 2006
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Throwing fish on the ice before the annual hockey game against Harvard is a tradition at Cornell University.
But for Friday's game, Cornell officials warned that fans caught with fish would be tossed from the rink.
Cornell fans have been pelting fish at Crimson players for decades. Sometimes the fish count - including the occasional lobster and octopus - reaches more than 100. Three years ago, a Harvard player was hit on the head by a lake trout.
Crimson players have come to expect the fish tossing, and line up on the far side of the ice from the student section to avoid getting hit.
"It kind of gets us going and kind of adds fuel to the fire to the weekend. (The players) like it," said Topher Scott, a junior assistant captain with Harvard's team.
Players and fans may like it, but Cornell officials don't. Fans were asked to arrive early for Friday's game so they could be searched. Those found with fish or alcohol were to be turned away.
Cornell coach Mike Schafer has never seen a Cornell-Harvard game without the fish-tossing ritual since the mid-1980s, when he was a player.
"Our administration has done a good job, because at one point in time, it was out of control," Schafer said. But despite the warnings, he said Cornell students "won't be denied" their tradition Friday.
Okay, so... the Atlanta Thrashers played the New York Rangers tonight.
In a game that pit brother against brother.
Except that the announcers would so totally have had to specify using first names in addition to last names and numbers.
Why? Well, "M. Hossa"... who do you think they would be talking about?
The Rangers have Marcel Hossa. The Thrashers (at least for now) have Marian Hossa. ONe wears #81, the other wears #18.
And by the looks of things, Marcel's team came out on top tonight.
I think the only game which would have entertained me more brother-wise would be the Rangers vs. Stars, and that one is coming up in about a month's time. Henrik Lundqvist (goalie, Rangers), vs. Joel (if they call him up) Lundqvist (Dallas/Iowa Stars)... twin brothers. Separate teams.
But that's just me, I guess. =D
It's about 3 weeks in, and the Leafs have played most if not all of their first 15 games.
My assessment on a few of the players:
Hal Gill - Fitting in Nicely. I think he's a keeper.
Pavel Kubina - USELESS! (injured at the moment but even still!) I mean, what has he done for the team?! Nothing. Trade him to Florida for Jay Bouwmeester!
Michael Peca - USELESS! Two penalties tonight?! And he's done little else other than that. He can go to Florida along with Kubina, and maybe we can get Gary Roberts along with Jay Bouwmeester.
Andrew Raycroft - Keeper! And I don't mean just in goal either. =) A little shaky, but then I think he's just needing his confidence back.
Leafs need to shoot the puck more again, though. They may have won tonight, but the shots on goal were on Atlanta's side.
Hey Jarome? Try to wake up your team, will you please?
They're playing sluggish!
Oh, yeah, and letting Zednik score his second of the night REALLY doesn't help, especially since that means the Flames are down 3-1.
Ian Laperriere got his 100th career goal tonight.
100. For someone who is better known as Harassment at Warp Speed. And who is usually better known for fights and penalties and running off at the mouth. That's quite a milestone.
The funny thing is? WHen he scored the 100th goal tonight, and the team came over and congratulated him, he KISSED everyone on the team! *snicker* Oh, Ian....
I was there when he scored his first career hat trick. While he was on the Kings. Against Boston in 2001 (at least I think it was 2001... I don't remember anymore) If I remember right, he also had a fight that night too.
He also got 3rd star, behind John-Michael Liles (#2), and Milan Hejduk (#1).
BTW, *points at icon* That is him in the icon... in the box helping Luc Robitaille serve a 4 minute double minor for roughing. The game where this picture was taken was against the Rangers.
Good on ya, Ian! =)
Headline from espn_nhl
: Gimpy Thrasher Lehtonen withdraws from Olympics.
The news that Lehtonen isn't doing well isn't news to me. I've watched him play (even if only on the television), after all. However, it's the fact that he was referred to as 'gimpy'. Sadly, I think that's going to be the bit that sticks in my head. Forever and ever amen in my head he's going to be Gimpy. As in, "Oooo, Gimpy's in net." ( Read more...Collapse )
I'll just say, it's sad that the most pleasure I get in scanning the sports pages is looking at the leading points/goals/assists listings and making note of the on-going scoring contest that Kovalchuk and Heatley have had going this year.
And Gimpy.(x-posted to terredancer)
I am quite happy that hockey in the form of the NHL is back. Do not mistake that.
I hate the shootout. Absolutely HATE it. I mean, what the HELL was wrong with having a tie game? The mistake they made a few years ago is bringing in the Overtime Loss rule. As it is right now, for making it into overtime, both teams STILL get a point, regardless of who wins in the end, whether it be by shootout or a goal scored in the 5 minute 4-on-4 overtime.
Hockey game point stats should be as follows:
2 points to the team that wins the game.
0 points to the team that loses the game.
1 point to each team if the game ends in a tie.
The ONLY place where the game cannot end in a tie is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the playoffs, it ought to be "play full period overtimes until one team drops dead and the other team scores".
If that makes me a purist, then so be it. Although, I do like the regular season 4-on-4 overtime thing.
Then again, I also liked the old Conference and Division names (Wales, Campbell, Norris, Adams, Smythe, Patrick)...
But that's my $0.02 (or more) worth.
At least I'm not the only one who feels that they should at least be TALKING...Pronger calls upon NHL, union to re-open labour talks
- The NHLPA representative for the St. Louis Blues, Pronger said both the league and the union is wasting time if they think they can sway hockey fans into seeing their side of the lockout.
What they should be doing instead, argues Pronger, is focus on ending the lockout.
"If all the energy we've seen being wasted on public relations could be spent negotiating a deal, we could probably be halfway done a deal," Pronger told the Peterborough Examiner.
"Realistically, who cares whose side you are on, neither one of us looks good," said Pronger, winner of the Hart Trophy as the league MVP and Norris Trophy as top defenceman in 2000.
+++++Bobby Orr wants Bettman, Goodenow to start talking
- Hockey legend Bobby Orr is imploring NHL owners and players to push commissioner Gary Bettman and union head Bob Goodenow back to the negotiating table.
"The time has come for the owners and players to let their feelings be known to Gary and Bob," Orr said in a phone interview with Canadian cable sports network TSN.
"Neither one of them wants to be the first one to call the other because they think it's a sign of weakness. Well, I hate to think we are going to lose an NHL season because these two guys are afraid of looking weak."
Athough, frankly, THIS is a bad move on the part of the NHL... The other side is stubborn too.NHL puts pressure on NHLPA
- The NHL has turned up the heat on the Players' Association, increasing its advance cancellation rollout from 30 to 45 days.
The league added the 15 days to the rollout in order to give arenas that house NHL hockey more time to book other events during the lockout, but the move also puts added pressure on the players' union.
The increase in the rollout means the players have lost another pay cheque and the point at which the NHL is forced to cancel the season is now two weeks closer.
Don Cherry has pitched in his twonie on this... like anyone ever thought he wouldn't? ;)Cherry believes NHL at crucial moment in history
The article started thusly: Don Cherry isn't mincing words when it comes to his thoughts on the current NHL lockout.
Now, I ask you... has Don Cherry *EVER* minced words? I mean, REALLY!
Anyway... he says in the article that he can see both sides, and I believe that he can. I'm sure Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky can see both sides as well, which is probably why they have yet to be heard from in this mess.
As for me, I want to slap Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman with - at the very least - matching minors for unsportsmanlike conduct AND instigating. Grr.
I want my HOCKEY!
This is of course going on the premise that next season will happen. Until I hear otherwise, I refuse to believe otherwise. Partially because there's been no news to the contrary, and partially because denial is a good thing, comes in handy, and makes me happy. :p
I knew it was going to happen, yeah, but the news that Heatley's going to be making the court appearance two days before training camp starts. I can only imagine the effect that's going to have on the team, to have that going on right at the beginning of the season. While it's possible that it'll motivate the team, I just wonder if it won't have the side effect of distracting them, if things drag on too long.
It does bother me, because while at first, the idea of Atlanta
having a hockey team just seemed a thousand kinds of wrong when they first got the Thrashers, now I'm sort of used to it, and I rather enjoy watching them play. Just as well, as that is about the only hockey that I get on a regular basis that I can count on for certain. Besides, they're pretty good.
In other news, there's the bit about Brett Hull going to Phoenix.
I about fell off the chair in shock when I heard. I couldn't believe it. Now there's this whole thing about the team unretiring his father's number so Brett can wear it, and I just shake my head. I believe it now, sure, but I definitely don't know what to think. Honestly, I wanted him to go back to Dallas. I still
want him to go back to Dallas, but no. Bah. :p