Piss on Eddie Shore! Piss on old-time hockey!
My Pittsburgh Penguins ( OK, I don’t actually own ’em but I remember Syl Apps wearing powder blue leggings – that’s a lot of long-term fan equity right there) are in Philadelphia tonight trying to win their 13th game in a row and remain the NHL’s point leader. It’s the formal wear flightless birds versus the Flyers, who truth be told are having a decent start to the season also and have beaten the Pens two of three so far this year. We’re just itching for a big-time grudge match-like victory there tonight. It’s on what passes for national TV (Versus) in professional hockeydom so I may get to watch us cream those punks from
Syracuse . . . er, Philadelphia. GO PENS!!!
Coincidently, in the bargain bin at Target a few weeks ago, I found a 25th anniversary DVD of the Greatest Hockey Movie Evah!! — Slap Shot — for the price equivalent of a no foam, quad venti latte. Could not pass that up. Oh, and by the way, it’s been stayin’ at my place . . . we’ve been havin’ a helluva time. I may go through the entire day only responding to co-workers with Slap Shot quotes. It’ll drive ’em nuts. You gotta get in their heads, fuck with ’em.
Anyway, here’s the only sports movie pep talk a person will ever need. And once again — GO PENS!!!
Reggie Dunlop: It’s their rink, it’s their ice and it’s their fuckin’ town. But tonight we got our fans with us!
They spent their own dough to get here, and they came to see us. All right, let’s show ’em what we got guys! Get out there on the ice and let ’em know you’re there! Get that fuckin’ stick in their side — let ’em know you’re there! Get that lumber in their teeth. Let ’em know you’re there.
Ned Braden: Bleed all over ’em. Let ’em know you’re there.