Thursday, December 31, 2009
This just happened, Aeros loose in OT to Icehogs, having scored 4 .. with most of the goals in 2. period. BUT there were many penalties called on the Aeros.. some on players who rarely are so physical on home ice.
On the other hand, Dallas Stars win over Ducks, as seen on TV - what a fast paced game that was, with Erickson getting another News Years' Hattrick, last year he had one for the Ducks.
So we have had hockey tonight, now we're off for celebrations....SEE you all next year ;)
Meanwhile, in San Antonio, Rampage 3: Crunch 2.
T'was a very entertaining game, despite the refs (Banfield) miscalls, no calls when he should have done so, and calling for promo time out almost EVERY time Rampage Goalie Pogge stopped a shot on goal (Crunch had 33? Rampage 20? The overall feeling was : Rampage won courtesy Banfield, who lost quite all control over the game in the third period.. both teams went wild and physical and scrambled for pucks in corners like mad!
Crunch had 2 PP, NO Goals. Rampage 3 with 2 goals during PPs.
Crunch scorers: in 1. Battaglia with MacKenzie. In 2. Radja, Ferguson (yep Feisty Fergie) and Frischmon (maybe last nite, THE fastest and most reactive Crunch skater)
For Rampage in 2. on a PP Kolarik, MacLean and Heshka, and Turris, MacLean and Kolarik, also on a PP. And in the 3. Meyer, Sullivan and MacGregor Sharp. LaLande was pulled for a 6th but Crunch unable to make an even out goal. Crunch goalie LaLande had some spectacular saves.. really, but Pogge seemed immobile after he let in 2.
The ATT center was even colder-my ears seemed icicles even WITH beret to keep my brain warm and functioning ;-) than the TC, fortunately HOT coffee was available and rather palatable. And I wore gloves, too.. tee hee!
Why anyone would want to drink ICECOLD anything in such an arena, is, for us, the 64$ question..LOL.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
will play on the AHL All Star team..FOR Canada, along side Corey Locke..
Here are both in Aeros Colors... photos, I believe , thanks to Chris Jerina!
And Happy New Year may all our goals find homes!
In Home games the best scorer players (by total points) seem to be:
Speedy Jon, The Scrapper and Ironman,
followed by Rau-Wow and Irms,
and in the 3. tier by Milroy, Gunderson, The Streak.
In Away games:
it's The Scrapper, Irms, Ironman, Stoney and Milroy,
followed by Rau, Speedy Jon, The Streak, and Frisky Gillies.
"Handy Andy" is remarkable by his consistency: he has the same number of points in home and away games....
Now for the PIMS:
At home: naturally, as expected, Kassian has 44, amazingly Zippy has 27, followed by Kalus with 18, Stoney 17, and Frisky (Gillies) and Testy. Falk ONLY 10;-).
Away: leader of the pack there is The Streak with 35, Stoney with 29, Ironman 21(interesting that, eh?) and Kassian 20, with Falk (BwP) and Kalus each with 16 while Frisky is 'less so' with just 13. Just throwing this out for the numbers scrunchers among us.
ERGO.. at away games the guyz are more aggressive or the refs are less forgiving ;-)
Let's hope the fire will burn hot on the road.. GO AEROS!
Monday, December 28, 2009
at approx. 2:40 'Brusty' Brust was pulled but no goal. Then at 2:34 Crunch Battaglia sat for hooking, but Aeros did not take advantage of the PP. Shortly thereafter Falk went to the box for tripping and the Crunch scored their first goal at 10:43 with 5 SoG by Regner, MacKenzie and Clitsome. At 13:48 Smotherman received a delay of game penalty - 2. PP for Aeros, and at 14:48 Clitsome (high sticking) provided another PP, the 3., opportunity for the Aeros, but no goals. Finally at 15:27 Lannon and Earl, 'the Pearl' with Irmen-'Irms' put Aeros even 1-1. Ending the period with 1 - 1 (Aeros 12 Sog and Crunch 8 Sog).
Just 4:32 into it, Crunch score 2. goal by Bell, Aulin and Clitsome, to which Hilbert with Rau (and I thought Daoust) evened the score 2-2 at 6:54. Another PP came (Holden for tripping) at 9:59, but no gaol.
Saw some excellent plays by Rau=Wow; Daoust (again) seemingly on the bottom of a few pile ups-no penalties either side. Lannon was almost pushed into BB and the net(I have it Lannon-'Cannon'!),' Handy Andy' Hilbert almost succeeded in a 'Krys Kolanos type' sneak attack on the left corner, was stopped by Da Costa, the Crunch Netminder. While Sigalet sat for tripping at approx. 14:43, at 15:15 'Speedy Jon' DiSalvatore got a Power Play goal with assists from 'Handy Andy' and 'The Streak' Smith, putting Aeros up one to 3/24 Sog and Crunch 2/13 SoG. After a PP opportunity missed while Liffiton sat for interference, both Liffiton and Lannon got a 4 minute each penalty which would run into the 3. Period and shortly 'The Streak' Smith received a minor which also ran into the 3. The 2. period ended: Aeros 3/25 SoG and Crunch 2/15 SoG.
Somehow about 5 minutes into the 3. I had a feeling this would go into OT, and was proven right later. My Crystal Ball said it, again! LOL.
The Streak' Smith still in box, Crunch got another PP goal at 44 seconds into the 3. by Bell, Regner and Fritsche, then Smith was joined by 'Testy'Testwuide at 57 seconds into the 3. for roughing. And THAT PP was also converted into a goal by the Crunch at 2:37 by Kana, Clitsome and Sigalet 4/17 SoG. Fortunately, at 4:05 'The Scrapper' Daoust with 'Handy Andy' Hilbert and 'Testy' Testwuide scored the evener for Aeros..4/27 SoG. During an onslaught on the Aeros net, Lannon almost ended up in it, again. And Milroy tried to copy him once as well ;-)!
Almond'Joy' fell but did get up and skated off to return later in the game.
At regulation end the score stood AEROS 4 /33 SoG : CRUNCH 4/25 SoG. OVERTIME...
but before that they showed a brief clip from the famous speech of 'Miracle on Ice'... somebody must've read my blog of 12/19/09 where I suggested that THAT speech ought to be mandatory listening for the guyz...LOL.
Anyway, OT started and just 52 seconds into it 'Testy' Testwuide (he sure looked like he still could not believe he did it when he was feted as Nr. 1 Stars) got his first OT AHL goal during a regular season...assisted by 'Speedy Jon' DiSalvatore.
End of story... Syracuse go on to battle The Rampage and The Stars, while Aeros are heading out of town.
Three Stars: 1. Testy, 2. Handy Andy and 3. Crunch scorer Bell.
Amusingly, 'Feisty Fergie' Simon Ferguson , formerly with Rampage as was Lannon, and also tried out for Aeros, but was sent off, skated for Crunch without much impact. Da Costa, the Crunch Goalie stopped, miraculously, 29 0f 33 shots ; while 'Brusty' stopped 20 of 24.
Now, it does come to mind, that the guyz read some of the comments and/or blogs..and put in extra effort tonite....I'm sure YOU all know who!
Scratches foe Aeros: 'Dubie'(still yodeling in Switzerland?), Fraser, Gunderson and Kalus (in attendance, with girlfriend, but very focused on the action-does that bode well that we shall see him ON the ice soon), but I did not see 'Zippy' Zingoni on the ice, nor anywhere else for that matter, even though his name was not announced. Scratches for Crunch:Harvey, Higgins and Sestito.
It was good entertainment tonight... even though some loud mouthed fan in the end section kept yelling:
"It ain't the Ice Capades, play some real Hockey"- during the first period, and some other fans kept bellowing; one insisted on blowing his horn as loudly as possible right next to our ears; kids jumping up and down and pounding away at Better Half's back or was it his head?
Anyway, we just had to move away from that raucous mob. Or else... and I forgot 'my Prozac'! :-D
Better Half and I are off to San Antonio for the New Years Eve and the Rampage /Syracuse game... are we gluttons for hockey or what!
And in that spirit.. May luck shine on you all for the 2010. In Austria we give Marzipan pigs with cloverleaf and Mushroom for luck (see below)....to eat. And for the coin purses a tinny clover leaf, chimney sweep or pot of gold, or horseshoe....all for luck, so that your purse may never run short...
While we were 'hoofing' it to Bush, a friend at T3I managed to tape the interview with 'Irms' and Kassian off Channel 2. - wanna see it: go to http://thethirdintermission.blogspot.com/
More hockey tonight in honor of Firefighters and Policemen.
So lay up 'your guns and hoses' and hie ye over to the TC for some Hockey - no promises for wins. Win or Lose it's entertainment and at low cost....can't beat that, eh!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Now Buddy's Flight is to arrive at 11:09 PM...Just hope it'll not turn into the witching hour!
WELL: latest arrival time posted just a minute or two ago: 11:30 PM - witching hour? Now, very likely!
to get to Bush tonight - LOL
And, I have been told I have two MORE readers, wonders never cease-well, well, even without propaganda at other blogs - keep'em coming! Just DO send comments. I no longer feel 'blogging into cyberspace only'-someone or more out there are actually checking it out! Sure gives "fuzzy warmth"
Did a little research on "former" soft spots, for friends:
"Ironman" 21 (same number of games played ) and
They do need help-here's a safetypin to the rescue.
Why did they play so...sluggishly, even 'The Scrapper' was out of synch with the puck most times, and THAT is not his style! And, "Dimples" letting in 2 goals right off the bat? Not enough sleep? He sure won't dimple much after that."handy Andy"..well he DID make a huge save
during a Rampage power play. "Speedy Jon" did good...so did "Ironman"- thank you both!
But...period one was the pits, period three just not LONG enough to play catch up!
WE may have to...
and so it goes...MAYBE This will inspire them on MONDAY
Saturday, December 26, 2009
hope all the guyz made it back 'through snow and ice, drifts and blizzards' just like the postman does - or did - in old commercials... "neither snow nor.. etc".
... and so let me sing along the 'silent' monks.
in praise of that! And they do it so well.
Keeping up with the hockey bloggers over the holiday was rather amusing.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Maybe because a NEW year is just around the corner and anticipation runs high.
Whatever the reason, we have come to the conclusion not to renew our current lease and have settled on another apartment/condo (with option to buy, maybe), as a new abode for at least 2 years.
And already my mind is churning...where to hang the pictures, where to place items, what to leave or donate, what to get...and on and on.
Change of that sort is FUN, eh?
Trips are still on for January, February and July, August for sure, with 'spur of the moment' excursions if and when the itch hits us, LOL.
Well, not exactly a scintillating subject, you say. True, but a lot more entertaining than....feel free to name whatever bugs YOU. Healthcare, Politics, The weather....
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
On the way to have the car (fondly" Micro T") checked out, we drove by obviously freezing, barely bundled up 'day laborers' huddling against curbs..usually near construction supply stores, but even more frequently near gas stations waiting for a 'construction Santa' or ?? to offer them a couple hours work at minimum or less wages. If they even get paid those!
And no, these were not your panhandlers and beggars that one is used to seeing at crossroads holding their various signs.
These were real people trying desperately to earn some money to feed themselves, their families and/or their 'coyotes' who may have smuggled them into Houston for "travel expenses".
Not too long ago, I re-read the story about Manolo Benitez, El Cordobes, Matador de Espana who was such a 'fenomenon' during the Beatles era.
BTW, I actually saw him perform (he had guts, but little style as is rather obvious in the video..he is always on the move - 'running' from the bull - and hardly stands still for the pases with the red muleta as should be done) in Barcelona (long time ago) on a cartel with
Paco Camino(the elder-an elegant and suave Matador)
and Diego Puerta
(workman like but mostly in control),
El Cordobes was then the lowest man on the cartel.
El Cordobes comes from a farm/daylaborer family in the, then very poor, South of Spain. Whose father, as many in his village, stood daily on the Plaza de Trabajadores waiting for the Encargado (Foreman) of the nearest Finca (ranch) to come and march them off to pick olives, or whatever labor the ranch may have needed... for so little money.. getting paid in peanuts would be getting paid in riches nowadays. If they were not selected the family ate -in luck- once a day bread soaked in olive oil, maybe!
Being poor is bad, being poor and having a family to care for must be hell on earth, even more so. And these men try to work. They do not beg, they not claim to be injured... they JUST want to work and get paid, pittance or not. Anything ! And most refuse alms....they are still too proud to take pure charity. One has to respect that. Alas, what a Christmas is ahead for these people?
I don't know exactly why I brought this up just now, but it was such a striking impression I am still reeling from the impact.
I am still not much in favor of Twitter etc.
What CAN one really discuss in few words or less?
I thought with email, 'telegramming' has gone by the wayside, now this!
The 'new' language for people with very short attention spans.
Good Bye Thank You Notes! Good Bye Letters! Good Bye Essay!
Good Bye Short Story! Good Bye Novel! Good Bye forever?
All's done by the net, visible to all and sundry.... that is progress?]
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Larsson for the Griffins.
Just found out Larsson was replaced by McCollum, but when that happened I have no idea, I don't think it was announced, at least I didn't hear it - may have been briefly. Later on was too busy watching game, to look at jersey numbers ;-)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Basta. Enuf said. Genug. Enfin. Finito.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Outstanding tonight, IMO:
Very good IMO:
Good: Rogers, Almond, MacMillan
And we will not go itching into the New Year!
Stars and Aeros battling tonight. Getting ready for it and in the spirit of the season more
Maybe even more than what fell the other day.
which houses bronzes
a cheery sight on a dreary day for sure!
Inside the church with original wooden beamed ceiling and statues.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Just replace some words in the above hymn to make it apply to the 'Battle of the Skaters' (not giants yet... only if and when they make the play offs...;-) Right now they are tied, 15 points for each.
All is quiet on the 'opera front in Houston'! January will see 'Tosca' and ' The Turn of the Screw' (yes, yes, you are reading right!) at HGO, and 'Ballo en Maschera' at the OH!
And Don Giovanni and the Little Vixen at U of H.
Some excerpts will be included for your listening pleasure from all 5 operas if found!
It is GOOD to be different...otherwise life would be sooooo boring!