Monday, June 8, 2009


Since the Redwings lost the 2 games in PIT, I got to see them play on SAT & will get to see them again at least on TUES night.

I tried to listen to the game 3, but the Cubs game overcame the signal & I only heard part of the game, I think PIT was up 3-2 then. Thurs game 4, we had choir practice so when I got home I listened on the Computer. I tuned in & it was 2-2 and after about 5 minutes later it was 4-2 PIT, so I went to bed.

Game 5, we (Redwings) got back Draper & Datsyuk. After game 4. it looked like Crosby (PIT) finally got going & Zetterberg was getting tired. So I was afraid that maybe the Pens would break thru.

It was very similar to the Blackhawk game where the BH lost their composure; the Pens starting committing stupid penalties after they were down a few goals. In general, the Redwings can be scored on, but you can not commit stupid penalties against them.

It looked to me like Datsyuk was playing well. What is amazing to me is that the Redwings' best players are also their best defensive forwards. With Datsyuk back, the Redwings have 2 players that can play Crosby; so I hope they can keep the cup.

It is interesting to me that my son is an Anti-Redwings fan & my son-in-law is a Redwings fan. It may be because my son grew up mainly in IL & S-i-l in MI.

”Last season we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn't think of any place else to play.” - Harry Neale

”My former wife made me a millionaire. I used to have three million dollars.”- Bobby Hull

”The three important elements of hockey are: forecheck, backcheck and paycheck.” - Gil Perreault

The Stanley Cup (link is an ad from my son's blog), notably the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, was donated in 1892 by Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston and son of the Earl of Derby. He purchased the trophy for 10 Guineas ($50.00 at that time) to be presented to "the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada." The first team ever awarded the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.
Since 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of the Stanley Cup, the trophy has been symbolic of professional hockey supremacy. Beginning in 1926, only NHL teams have competed for this prized trophy.
There have been numerous alterations to the Cup structure. In its infancy, tiered rings were added periodically to the bottom of the bowl. This was followed by long narrow bands in 1927 which were later replaced by uneven bands in 1947. Because the Cup is the only professional sports trophy where the name of every member of the winning team is inscribed, bands are often retired to make room for new champions. Retired bands, along with the original Stanley Cup bowl, are proudly displayed in Lord Stanley's Vault in the Verizon Great Hall. Currently the Cup consists of a bowl, three tiered bands, a collar, and five barrel or uniform bands. The trophy stands at 35 ¼ inches and weighs 34 ½ pounds. (complete measurement and inscription breakdown)
Each year upon presentation of the trophy to the championship team, a summer of celebration begins, as each of the organization's players and staff enjoy 24 hours with the Cup - a tradition which has no rival in any sport. In its many years of existence, the Stanley Cup has traveled around the world, including stays in Russia, Japan, and Switzerland as well as atop mountain peaks through the Rockies and inside igloos in Canada's newest territory, Nunavut. (Stanley Cup Journals & Galleries)

1 comment:

  1. I assume you got to watch game seven as it was on NBC. Great great game. Quite a save at the end, don't you think?
    Anyway, my condolences.