Saturday, December 23, 2006


Flames Game Night

The Flames finish their shortened roadtrip tonight in San Jose (8PM MT, HNIC). If you throw out the preseason, the Flames are on as good a run in the Shark Tank as they are in any building besides the Saddledome. They won all 3 games there in the 2004 WCF, and last season picked up one convincing win and one shootout loss (where they surrendered a 2-0 lead with 5 minutes left).

The glass-half-empty, though, is that the Flames have played the Sharks three times this season (two pre-, one regular) and lost 6-3, 5-1, and 4-1, the last of which was October 9th.

Like the Monday tilt against the Ducks, this is a proverbial measuring stick game; let's see if the Flames have in fact come a long way in the past 7 weeks, or if they appear to need a roster upgrade to have a decent shot at taking the West down come May. I think they have come quite a ways, and I'm predicting that tonight Drew Remenda is horrified to witness a 3-2 Calgary win.

I second Andy's good wishes to the 'sphere and the readers, be they Flames fans, Oilers fans, or misc-ellaneous. I hope all of you and your families have a terrific holiday. Go Flames.


Can Kelly Hrudey please shut the fuck up? I mean could this guy be anymore of a buzz kill? He has a fucking problem with everything that is fun about pro sports.

"Rory is dishonoring the game, blah, blah, blah....don't boo Cloutier and Pronger, it's disgusting, blah, blah, blah...Pierre-Marc Bouchard's 360 shoot out move is illegal because of blah, blah, blah"

What a self-important fuck, telling fans that they can't fucking boo, and shitting on some of the most entertaining plays in the game because of some overly literal interpretation of the rule book.

I used to think that Hrudey was alright, but now it's apparent that this guy just doesn't get it, or even worse, he's starting to get an exaggerated sense of his own importance.

Either way, he should shut the fuck up.

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