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Tomczak Flak: Mis-leading Man

I went to a Johnstown Tomahawks hockey game Saturday night.  As a promotional feature, they brought back former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Tomczak to sign autographs.  I guess Bubby Brister was too busy and Kordell Stewart wouldn’t return their calls.

I don’t want to rain on Mike Tomczak’s parade, but he is not on any list of Pittsburgh “greats” that I could find.

Yet, here is the publicity photo that you could get autographed.  (Notice I didn’t get mine signed.  I was afraid it might diminish it’s value.  No.  I really just didn’t give a care.)


Wait?!  What?

Super Bowl XX???  That is not one of the Super Bowls that Pittsburgh played in.  Isn’t that kind of misleading?  QUARTERBACK | SUPER BOWL XX CHAMPION.  All while wearing the black and gold beneath the STEELERS logo.

On further review, Super Bowl XX was played in 1986 between the Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots.  Da Bears won 46-10 and Mike Tomczak was on that team.  He has a Super Bowl ring for that.  But according to Wikipedia,

He started no games his first year but did earn a Super Bowl ring, and saw playing time in Super Bowl XX on January 26, 1986, during the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 46–10 win over the New England Patriots on the kickoff unit, where he was penalized for a facemask penalty.[3] He was a member of the “Shuffling Crew” in the Bears’ video for The Super Bowl Shuffle, mimicking playing guitar.

That would kinda be like me claiming I had an injury playing football at Penn State (which would technically be true if I was playing catch during a tailgate party and sprained my knee.)

And why didn’t they include his guitar playing shuffle on the promo?  The Super Bowl Shuffle was nominated for a Grammy!



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The Week From H-E-double Hockey Sticks

Boston bruined the Penguins chances of a Stanley Cup with a 1-0 win in game 4, sweeping the anemic Penguins off the ice for the rest of the season.

Crosby and Malkin had no goals in the series.  Pittsburgh managed TWO goals in 4 games.  The defense played better in the last two games, but couldn’t overcome a one goal deficit.

I blame this all on Toronto.  The Maple Leaf’s suffered an epic collapse when they blew a 2 goal lead in game seven against the Bruins with 1:32 to go on the clock.  The Leafs then completed their collapse by losing in OT.  Stupid, stupid tree parts.

And then a judge rules in favor of the NCAA, dismissing Governor Corbett’s lawsuit.

Per the Associated Press, U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane has thrown out Gov. Corbett’s antitrust suit against the NCAA, citing a lack of  ”any factual allegations supporting (Corbett’s) allegation of ‘concerted action’ that might nudge its conspiracy claim into ‘plausible’ territory.”

The sanctions, Kane said, did not make for an antitrust case for the plaintiffs.

Ain’t that a kick in the pants?  Paterno is fired, loses wins to 1998, and the football program is crippled on fewer facts

What is there left to say?


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Bruined My Night

6-1?  Bruins?  Leading the series 2-0???


Are you sure I’m just not having nightmares after eating a bad Charo churro?


What happened to our defense?

Where’s the offense?  One goal in TWO games???

Now is not the time to panic (but we’re getting awfully close here.)  The series moves to Boston and the Pens desperately need to find their mojo again.  It’s one thing to get beaten when you’re playing your best and it’s a hard fought game.  But this is ridiculous.  We’re not even putting up a fight, here.

First order of business:  Tighten up the defense.  Gotta stop the sloppy play.  There’s no I in team, but there is a U in suck.  Teamwork.

Second order:  More pucks to the net.  Sooner or later some of them will get in.  Rask is not a superhero–he just thinks he is right now.  It’s time to find some Kryptonite pucks.

With games Wednesday, Friday and (hopefully) Sunday, I hope my weekend (and the Pens’ season) won’t be bruined as well.

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No Penguins?

Earlier, I posted No penguins till Saturday?

Well, Saturday came and went, and . . .




Tuukka Rask turned away 29 shots on goal and blanked the Penguins in the opener of the Eastern Finals.  The Penguins hit the post six times, but not one found its way in.  It was a combination of bad bounces, and Rask playing out of his mind that earned the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the series.


We need some of whatever he’s smoking!

Having a week off apparently didn’t help the Penguins.  The timing was just a bit off, and whether that was just dumb luck or the lengthy down time off remains to be seen.

Game two will commence Monday in Pittsburgh.

Crosby lost the jaw protector.  Seriously?  Why take the chance?  Didn’t improve his play.  Put it back on.

Now is not the time to panic.  They just have to get back to their game and match the physicality of the Bruins.  Fights aside, I think they did match intensity and toughness last night, but just couldn’t make the shots when they had the opportunities.

Pittsburgh has not been behind in any play-off series this year so far.  It will be interesting to see how this team faces some mild adversity.  They also have not lost two consecutive games in the play-offs yet.  I look for the Pens to come out on fire and even the series tomorrow night.

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What a Wonderful Phrase!


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May 29, 2013 · 7:47 pm

No Penguins Till Saturday?!


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May 29, 2013 · 7:45 pm

I Want to be a Blackhawk!

What’s really sad, is that she lost her job over that slip of the tongue.

That’s kind of taking things to sexcess, if you ask me.

The Penguins have a commercial (it’s actually an ad for UPMC) . . . you can’t skate like they do, you can’t hit like they do, and you can’t shoot like they do . . . but you can be treated by the same doctors.

For the Blackhawks . . . you can’t score like they do.


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