When did Anne Hathaway go from cute (Princess Diaries) to hot?
Anyway, sorry about the prolonged silence. I'm officially blaming it on a vow not to post until the Penguins scored in the Stanley Cup finals. Which they did tonight. And won. Strange to say after how they were rendered invisible in the first two games, but if they can duplicate tonight in Game Four, all of a sudden we'll have a series on our hands as opposed to yet another Red Wings coronation accompanied by the usual frontrunning pukes swarming a hockey arena near you yet curiously absent when it's football season and the Lions are in town. That said, I'm pretty sure they were all at McAfee Coliseum this past weekend to bellow and bluster over "their" Red Sox. So how did that series sweep feel, eh losers? But I digress; on to assorted musings about Los Tiburones de San José.
- Saturday after next will be the Sharks' annual used equipment sale. No answer yet forthcoming from the team as to whether any sticks used during the playoffs will not be made available, since they hardly qualify as used... (*rimshot*)
I didn't make the recent State Of The Sharks soirée, but looking over what was printed about/from them at the team's Web site is more than enough to make one wonder exactly what this team is trying to accomplish. Doug Wilson responded to the inevitable query as to why year after year the team was apparently disinterested in taking a swipe at the free agent market with this stock issue answer:
- The team is crying poor. Which translates into ticket prices going up. No problem, all the fans love us no matter what, right? Um... right?
- Here's a shock -- third jersey next year! And it's 99 44/100% certain to be black! That'll get the team a bunch of wins right there... sarcasm aside, while I've never had an issue with merchandising as part of the team's overall business plan, I'd much rather see better players inside the new sweaters than new sweaters by themselves.
- The AHL all-star game will be in Worchester next year. Plenty of time to make those travel plans for this all-important moment in sports history. What could be finer than a minor league all-star game? Hey, maybe the Worchester organization can pay homage to the hockey history of where the parent team is located and have an old-timers game featuring former Spiders!
Ah well. Hopefully we'll have some actual news to talk about soon.