After a harried few days, stately IPB Manor is finally be-interwebbed again! After four days without the internet — how did we survive?! — we have a little bit of woolgathering to catch up on.
1. While our
lifeblood internets were out, On Frozen Blog suggested that the anniversary of the Miracle On Ice should be a federal holiday. Now, we can only assume they’re joking about this (we love not going to work on a weekday as much as the next person, perhaps even more, but honestly, we have standards), but we are not joking about suggesting some more hockey-related federal holidays. Federal holidays like “National The Devils Are Poopy For Not Beating The Islanders Day”, and “National The Flyers Goaltending Is Faaaaaabulous Day”, and “National How Long Did It Take The Rangers To Fire Renney? Day”, and lastly, “Federal Our Modem Works Again Week”.
2. We have developed a sudden and totally engulfing obsession with the NHL Network’s “Day In The Life” series. We’ve only seen two episodes of it, but they were both magical. The first one we saw was Scott Hartnell’s; now, we’re not going to lie — a good 90% of the reason we like the Flyers this year is Scott Hartnell’s kitchen, and his episode of “Day In The Life” totally delivered. It was, like, 30 minutes of chillaxin’ in his kitchen. Future Tranny teams, take note — if you have a foxy kitchen on your roster somewhere, make good use of it, and you could become our beloved secondary team, too.
The other episode of “Day In The Life” that we’ve seen (we think there are only three total, and we can’t be blamed for not caring about Manny Malhotra) is Shea Weber’s. It’s 30 minutes of dreadfully dull team meetings for a game in which they are playing the Devils. We have no idea how NHLers stay awake in those meetings, because we love nothing more in the entire world than talking about the Devils, and even we were nodding off. But something did catch our eyes:
Look at that! The Predators coaching staff used their white board and team meetings to illustrate the Five-Man Snooze Out! Go Devils!
3. Gentle Reader, have you noticed birds singing in the mornings again? Have you noticed the sun is staying up longer, later? Have you noticed the garlic bulbs you planted in November are just starting to poke up out of their raised beds? These are tell-tale signs of something wondrous and beautiful happening. Something that leads to headlines like “Martin Brodeur Is Getting All The Reps At Practice”. Something that leads to Clemmer and Weekes taking shots suited to back-ups. Something that leads to both Tom Guiltti and Rich Chere figuring out how to post videos from practice. Poor-quality cell-phone videos that all of us watched breathlessly. In a mere four days, all will be right in the world. Our long Jerseyian nightmare is almost over! We know we have more spring in our step, more vim and vigor in our days. We hope that on Thursday we can all wake up as if from a troubled sleep and shout, “It was all a bad dream! Scott Clemmensen in still backing up the Marlies, and Marty is better than ever!”
4. One of the things that worries us when we can’t be blogging games like Saturday’s is that, with PaulieMartinNation offline there will be no one to fully sing the praises of #7. Thankfully, TG picked up the slack for us, pointing out – rightly — that Paulie has made himself irreplaceable in the Devils line-up. There were plenty of comments refuting this (and one prominent Devils fan left Paulie off his 2010 Team USA roster — for shame!) but those comments are wrong.
5. Guys, we missed you all so much!