Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Some chex mix for your mind

Whoadie got skates:
I don't know if I could have said it any better than the bols over at Mondesi's "Hahs," but it is really exciting to see what the Penguins have been doing the last few weeks. All that drafting high has paid off (somebody please send Craig Patrick a Hallmark card). Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal are all getting rocks off all over the top teams in the NHL and the Pens are finally getting their loonie's worth. Crosby is his usual rosy-cheeked self, Malkin has scored in his first four career games, rookie Staal has three short-handed goals (!!) and Fleury is finally catching up to the NHL curve. It's particularly satisfying now that I get to go see the Flyers play (read: lose) live and in person another 10 times!!! As somebody old enough to remember the "Spectrum Curse," when the Penguins didn't win a game in Philly from 1975 to 1989, this feels good.

P.S. I'm not in Pittsburgh right now, so there's nothing I can do about this, but everybody get off your asses and go to the damn igloo. It's not nearly as painful as it was last year. If they move the team, I'll go apeshit, and it'll be on your head.
[Mondesi's House: The kids are alright]
[ESPN.com: Penguins wear diapers, lead Atlantic]

Big Benjamin is apparently feeling OK made of jenga blocks and about to start practicing again have both legs amputated. I'd like to take this opportunity to mention that it was only hours after the motorcycle accident that I suggested he'd soon be a member of the "concussion as coda" society, joining Steve Young, Troy Aikman and Merril Hoge.
[PG: Ben is back]
[Just Sayin: Big Ben say "Ruh-roh"]

Eugene Rausa, cuica player and fixture in carnival drum outft Alo Brasil, died last week from lung cancer. For anybody who has seen Alo Brasil, I need not say anything. For anybody who hasn't, you're guaranteed to have one of the top 5 evenings of your life. Alo Brasil will be playing a memorial at the World Cafe Live on the 29th at 11AM. Everybody is requested to wear white.
[The Clog: RIP Eugene Rausa]
[CityPaper: Alo Brasil musically violated me]
[alobrasil.net]