Archive for September, 2012

As I sit here this morning eating my breakfast checking out the twitter feed really just looking to see who has moved on to another league this year (which don’t EVEN get me started about losing Nash in NY) and I just keep seeing organizations updating and talking like nothing is happening like it will all blow over and this season will begin with no problem.

Ummm HELLLLLLOOOOO?!?!?! You are moving rookies down to your AHL affiliates, star players are moving to the European leagues, Canada is working on getting weekly broadcasts to fill just a tiny gap in the hearts of millions. WHAT ARE YOU DOING AMERICA? Do something National Hockey League or this will be like the NBA season last year… it was a fucking joke! You are seeing higher profits than you have in years and you owners need to see more lining your pockets? When those of you in your ivory towers are on the ice getting the concussions, taking 90mph slap shots to the body, getting hit with sticks in the face, losing teeth, getting your head shoved into the boards or just practicing as hard as they do you THEN you can demand to remove money from their salary. Until that day arrives you all have no right to take more from these men, except for maybe Cindy Crosby but I am a little biased in this case.

So Tampa Bay Lightning twitter team what do I think of when I hear the lightning strike? I think of the tesla coils getting a little rusty this year. I am also deeply saddened by the fact that until this lockout is over my son will not be wearing official NHL gear, he will be wearing NCAA and NFL. Congrats on the lost revenue and stolen copyrighted images.

 

It’s 9:52 (central) on September 18th, Day 3 of the lockout and Gary Bettman still sucks.

It’s been almost 2 hours since the lockout began. I’m still in shock. I lived through this once before in 2005 right after the amazing Stanley Cup victory by my Tampa Bay Lightning. That was a real heartbreaker, I felt so much momentum was lost and a lot of great players were traded when hockey resumed a year later. We had a real chance at another cup.
Now in 2012 I have to sit through what could be another year long lockout, just when Steven Stamkos is breaking records and helping get Tampa back to its former glory, not to mention the Rangers have all the ingredients to win the cup but tonight the lockout began. What kind of league does this to its fans? Most importantly how can the owners do this to the staff who works the arenas? You all didn’t just take jobs away from players. What about everyone else?
I should sleep but my sleep will be filled with nightmares of another season lost, another blank spot on the cup and a year were children will learn to love soccer over hockey because they have no heroes to watch on tv or in the arenas.

-Nikki

Tyler TV

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Hotties
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I’m not sure why teams and players are still negotiating and signing contracts when the CBA and the future of said contracts are still completely up in the air.  Seems illogical to me, but this whole mess is illogical to me, so perhaps it is fitting.  For you Chicago fans, or just Tyler fangirls, the Bruins on Tuesday signed Seguin to a six-year contract extension worth an average of $5.75 million a year, through the 2018-19 season. (we’ll see how long this deal stands up)  Wanna see how Tyler spends his money?  Let him show you around his summertime Toronto crib:

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……and taking his dog Marshall for a walk:

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Well, Tyler, you know how we here at the 5-Hole feel about rescuing dogs from a shelter, which you apparently didn’t do, so it’s a good thing you’re so cute, or we might be annoyed with you….

And just in case that wasn’t enough cuteness for you, here is a Q&A from his balcony:

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……and touring around Toronto, working out this summer, and sharing his dimples:

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and finally, more “Tyler does Pilates this summer workout.”

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I love summer workout videos…..

For most of you (not counting our friends near the equator or in the southern hemisphere), fall is creeping in.  Cooler weather, leaves falling, football on the tv….but here in central Texas, it’s still damn hot.  The Dog Days linger here, and we won’t feel like autumn until, well, winter.

But I’d like to take a moment to toot our own horn, as it were.  People still complain that hotter cities are not the place for hockey.  No fans, no tradition, no hockey culture.  With the exception of Phoenix (which is a whole different conversation), warmer venues have embraced and supported hockey.  Tampa Bay, Sunrise, Dallas, Anaheim, and certainly now LA are legitimate hockey towns. And so are we! Here is an article from a tiny local paper (FYI, Cedar Park is a suburb of Austin):

Courtesy: Austin Community Impact Newspaper
full article here

Yup, that’s right. Nikki and I did that.  Okay, with the help of a few thousand of our friends (right Maki?!).  I refuse to believe we were all just looking for a cool place to escape the heat.  We are building hockey culture here, one cowboy at a time.  So, way to go, y’all!

The New York Rangers were experiencing their own Dog Days today, courtesy of the first annual New York Rangers Dog Walk in Riverside Park, to benefit the Westchester Humane Society and other organizations dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals. It was the brainchild of NYR coach John Tortorella, and if you would like more information on his foundation or would like to contribute, click here.  Now, doggie and Ranger pictures!

looks like Stepan, Kreider, Bickel, Pyatt, McDonagh, Staal, Nash (woohoo), Boyle, Torts, MDZ, and Hagelin all showed up — with Kreider and Boyler competing for the “Cutest big guy with a small dog” award.

The other half of the photo: Richards, new guys Halpern and Asham, Steps, Krieder, Torts, and Hank (and Nova)!

Henrik and Nova lead things off.

McD with, “The real Tom Hanks.”

Boyler and Kingly. Yup, he wins the award. (and Go Pats!)

Nikki and I were there in spirit:

Nikki and her boxer Belle.

Me, and my completely freaked-out-and-camera-shy-cat Bastet.

This makes our mascot dog Nash “Noodles” very happy! Arf!

Remember people, have your pets spayed and neutered! Help control the pet population, and please think rescue first.