Friday, November 23, 2007

News You Can Use (...Or Not)

Here are a couple of things to get you up-to-date in advance of tomorrow night's game at the Mellon Arena against the Atlanta Thrashers...

First up, Francophone Friend of The Show Lisa-Marie W. was kind enough to provide us with another translation of Mad Max Talbot's blog. (Read this post first if you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about.) In his latest post, he talks about his injury as well as the Pens less than stellar start to this season:
Talbot updated his blog--he said his ankle is okay, but he's taking the advice of the doctors and medical staff of the team, and letting it rest for a few games so that he could be back as new.

He also said that the Pens need to play better hockey, which is a bit contradictory to the mechanical responses Sid's been rhyming off lately. Mind you, I don't blame the kid. Every interview consists of the same questions. Max said that last year, what made the difference on the team is when the "supporting" players contributed--guys like himself, Staal, Christensen. He says as soon as they start doing that again, then the team will be where everyone expected it to be.

He also had a bit comparing Crosby to Vincent Lecavelier. It was a little facetious :) He said that Lecavelier is a great player, but he'll have to be happy with always coming in second place. He said that both players are dangerous with the puck, but Sidney is Sidney and you can't get the bloody puck off of him, no matter how hard you try.
Big thanks (yet again!) go out to Lisa for helping to keep us English speakers in the know! :)

Just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend, good Friend Loser Chris gives thanks for Penguins players past and present in this entertaining essay on Taking One for the Team. The best part about it might be the YouTube clips he's included to hammer home his points. There are some truly fantastic memories for Pens fans to relive there. It's definitely a must-see. Oh, and the title of the post is pretty good, too. ;)

TSCS founder Jes Golbez found this next gem. It's an "article" on that pokes fun at how much media attention is being paid to Sidney over the other current hockey greats. It's quite funny, especially the last line. (And just in case there are still a few of you who are unfamiliar with, read this to see what it's all about.)

Next up, I'm late on this, but The Mario Lemieux foundation is holding an auction. Here's a sampling of items available for bidding:
· Mario Lemieux autographed memorabilia, including a game-used stick, 2007-style Penguins jersey, Penguins throwback jersey and much more

· Game-used memorabilia from the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a Sidney Crosby stick, Gary Roberts jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury goalie glove, Sergei Gonchar helmet and Evgeni Malkin glove – each item is autographed!

· Autographed items from the superstars of hockey, including Jaromir Jagr, Eric Staal, Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic

· Autographed items from the Pittsburgh Steelers, including jerseys from Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Jeff Reed and Daniel Sepulveda

· Additional autographed items from LeBron James, Phil Mickelson, David Ortiz, Greg Maddux, Brett Favre, Charles Barkley, Mark Messier and many, many more

· Golf shirts, sweaters, jackets and hats from the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational golf tournament – perfect gifts for the sports fan on your holiday list!
Just think of what great Christmas gifts these items would make! AND you could feel really good about it because your money will be going to benefit cancer and neonatal research projects. Look deep into your wallets and click the following banner to get in on the action.

And finally tonight, the guys of The 2 Man Advantage have sent us their latest installment:

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