Sure, it was in the shootout, but it was a win.
Archives for October 2008
People don’t usually care too much about hockey game after they happen, unless they are epic battles, classic wins, or moments of greatness for ones own team. Even less so for a preseason game with “no consequences.” But the Frozen Fury, held every year at the MGM Grand, is one of those hockey games that is more than just players on ice, it’s an experience for the fans that doesn’t really compare to the rest of the NHL world. Frozen Fury isn’t just a game, it’s an event. There aren’t many any venues in the NHL where you can step out of the game and start gambling. The Frozen Fury is a good litmus test for the NHL moving to Las Vegas, for many a forgone conclusion. While the league looks at Kansas City with scrutiny, Vegas looks like a lock.
It’s well past time I put up my photos and talked about my first time at Frozen Fury. It was my intention to post this right away, but Las Vegas hotels would rather that you were on the casino floor, instead of the internet.
There are going to be a lot of photos, and many of them are not going to be hockey related at first. But stay with me, there are some gems.
There are many types of travelers in the world, and all of them react differently to the various difficulties inherent to the industry. For instance, computer failures. Your boarding pass doesn’t get printed right away, but a bunch of people after you get theirs in a timely fashion. My own sense of traveler zen depends on the amount of time I have arrived at the airport before my flight, and the amount of distraction I have at hand. This was a good day for me.
Compare that to Denver International Airport, with good food, lots of space, and moving walkways from here to eternity.
To see the rest of this, click the link below. I promise there will be hockey photos, and talk about the game. Really.
The Washington Capitals started their season on the road in Atlanta last night, with Jose Theodore getting the start. And I have to say, Theo is proving right off the bat why I don’t miss him. This picture should tell you everything you need to know. That looks familiar. Or how about this stat: 4 goals on 17 shots. Yep, the Theodore era continues somewhere else.
Now, you may be saying that Peter Budaj didn’t do that much better, letting in five on 20 shots, and you may have a point.
But I saw a lot of good from Budaj the other day, and several goals that were not his fault. There were defensive gaffs, along with the holes down low that go along with “fire wagon hockey,” which is what the Avs are subscribing to (until they get lit up one too many times and go into a defensive shell again).
I don’t miss Jose Theodore one bit. One playoff series is not enough to win me back from a season and a half of high priced mediocrity, which is what the Caps fans may be experiencing right off the bat.
This past week, Tom Luongo of NHL Fanhouse and I started a hockey podcast. We are calling it The Rink. Starting out as a once a week podcast, we are talking about the latest news from the NHL, as well as talking to a hockey blogger about their team, and what they think about the NHL and hockey in general. Tom has some interesting takes on the world of hockey.
So far, we have two episodes up, the first featuring Greg Wyshynski from Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog. The second one features Sherry from Scarlett Ice and the HLOG. Both were great to talk with, and we are looking forward to talking with more hockey bloggers as the season goes on.
You can find the Rink at:
and if you want to call in to the podcast, we have a phone number set up for you at:
Hope you stop by to check it out.