This post was inspired by twitter. And thanks to Aps for this lovely image.
Thursday night, amidst the crazy happenings of the NHL, yours truly was becoming extremely bored staring at my twitter feed while awaiting the news that Robyn Regehr may be headed to Buffalo. So in true DGWU fashion, I dropped a Bob Corkum joke. With no news on the NTC being reported I exchanged a couple of more twitter jokes with fellow blogger, Scott Michalak
about the current whereabouts of Mr. Corkum.
Several other Buffalo bloggers that I respect jumped in on the action and what ensued was a litany of hashtags representing a "Where Are They Now?" of former and current Buffalo Sabres personalities. Scotty said I should turn it into a post and I jumped at the opportunity.
I realize we have many readers who don't go on "the twitter", so I have compiled a list for those of you who missed it. If you have been wondering what some players may be up to in their post-hockey careers, or even off-season shenanigans then look no further. I also took the liberty of adding a few more for fuck's sake. Where Are They Now?
I'm sorry, where am I going?
Brian McCutcheon: Drinkin' the brown drinks at the end of the bar at the Adams Mark all week long. -Scotty of BSN
Mika Noronen: Sitting at his PC up-bidding his memorabilia on e-bay
(sidenote: I actually have a goalie stick and several rookie cards signed by Noronen that I got from him personally. That's a story for another day)
Sully's house? Or City Honors senior prom?
Tim Connolly: Sitting silently in his car outside of Sully's house, drinking a 5th of Jack and plotting... - Scotty of BSN
Mark Mancari: Playing as himself on NHL 2011 on a line with Vanek and Roy. Scored 42 goals, 103 points and took the Sabres to the cup. Offsides were set to off.
A young Willem Dafoe
Max Afinogenov: Pleading with NHL GMs in broken English that he's committed to 2way play. - Brian of Buffalo wins
Danny Briere: Kicking puppies. Punching babies. Campaigning for Newt Gingrich. Hitting on your mom. Training with Al-Qaeda. Listening to Air Supply. Defending the Lost series finale. Marrying a Kardashian.
The 2nd handsomest member
Patrick Lalime: The soon-to-be newest member of @DGWUSports!
Ales Kotalik: at home feverishly hitting redial to get ahold of Regehr to cancel their trade to Buffalo -Scotty of BSN
You need back rub?
Dmitri Kalinin: Still sucking at everything. Only this time, in Russia.
Nathan Paetsch: At Borders buying the German version of "Rosetta Stone." - Scotty of BSN (this one literally made me spit-take my beer)
Andrew Peters: Running his own medical equipment sales company - Phil from BBG(This one is apparently real)
Actual Myspace photo
Jim Lorentz: Sleeping in the 300's wearing his old uniform with Batman underoos on the outside, holding an old hockey stick & listening to the dulcet tones of Mr. Ronan Tynan. -Tag team of Scotty & myself
Daniel Paille: Um....never mind.
Dominik Hasek: Shit-Faced on 190 proof vodka while prank calling Ryan Miller
There was plenty more and I have some brewing on my own, but I'll save them for another time. Feel free to add your own "Where Are They Now's" in the comments. And if you are not on twitter, get the fuck on that grandpa and follow me!
Word on the street is, the above picture from WEDG
was taken on Briere's street. I don't care if it is true or not because that is fucking fantastic. I don't think I even need to show the 4:20 stoning of lil' danny by Miller again, but in case you missed it:
Last night was awesome and the fall out has been even more awesome. That's why instead of me rambling on about everything that happened last night, I have compiled a one-stop-shop for all things important (video/pics/links) that went down. Bear with me, I have a lot to show you. First off, the "dirty plays" we all keep hearing about. I've decided to keep it to the following things: Richards' elbow, Gate-gate (as I'm calling it), Kimmo's nut shot, Myers destroying Briere, the Flyers whining and Lindy's subsequent response. Let us begin, shall we?
Go to the 0:27 mark to see the elbow for the first time. I get it Flyers (and fans), Kaleta is a dirty, annoying as hell player, but your telling me that makes it ok for Richards to throw that WWF style elbow up? Eat a dick. To say there was no intent to harm is absolutely ridiculous. Especially because the main argument I'm hearing is that "Kaleta deserved it" and by saying that you are acknowledging there WAS intent. But to show you I am a fair and honest person, I present the next clip.
Gate-gate. Terrible name, I realize this. But I added the second gate because of the way people are up in arms about the whole thing as if it is some huge conspiracy. The refs are out to get you? Did you see any of game two? With that being said, I will totally admit that the whole thing is screwed up and Kaleta can be a real piece of shit. Was it dirty? Yes. Was it intentional? Yes. Was it hilarious? FUCK YES! If anyone has the computer-savvy capability of playing that clip over-and-over-and-over while speeding it up and putting the old Benny Hill music to it, then you my friend will have a long-life pal in one, The Scizz. C'mon people, He opened a bench gate and the guy fell backwards a foot. Unless you are a complete pussy (see Sidney Crosby), then no injury is going to come from that. Career ending? Give me a fucking break. Deadspin called it "the dirtiest hockey play we've seen in awhile"
. Really? Jump on Youtube and watch any highlights from Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, or Raffi Torres and then talk to me. NEXT!
Ok, so I don't have video evidence available to put up on this site, but you can click here
to see Kimmo spearing Gerbe in the nether region. Classy Philly. I keep hearing that Gerbe took a run at Kimmo behind the net first, so again there is that lovely "he deserved it" argument. Going back and forth and saying "he did it first" is classic sports stupidity. I'm sorry, but smacking someone in the BALLS with your stick after the period ended is as grimy as you can possibly get. Unless you are opening a gate for another player to fall...that may be slightly grimier.
Now onto the Briere hate! (lots of links comin', but I told you it's a compilation)
I won't go into too many words here because if you really want to know how the DGWU crew feel about him, you can listen to last week's CrapTastiCast
, However check out this awesome GIF from Phil at Black & Blue & Gold of Myers owning 'lil danny
and then take a listen to Nick Mendola's new rendition of the Elton John classic "Daniel".
God Bless both you fine, young gentleman.
And lastly, how have both teams responded? The Flyers keep whining
and Ruff calls them bitches
. Ok maybe he didn't call them bitches but still. I just find it unbelievable that anyone can say that the refs have been lop-sided this series. I will not argue that there have been some AWFUL calls on both sides, but to say it is lop-sided shows no knowledge of the game of Hockey. Seriously, shoot yourself in the face. Both teams have fought hard, taken some questionable hits, and presented us with some of the best hockey possible. Go back to throwing batteries at your OWN players if you don't believe that.
But let us not end on a sour note! How can we forget Ryan Miller's post-game press conference: “I don’t need to listen to all of the (stuff) that’s out there from people who don’t know how to play goalie. I really don’t give an expletive.”
AMAZING! You should also Check out the Sabres 2011 playoff intro.
Chills. Then of course there is this picture that Phil from BBG
took last night:
Spoke to Phil earlier today and the story behind the picture is great. At the plaza, they have these security points set up so they can oversee the crowd from a bird's eye view. He asked security if he could go up and take a picture of the awesomeness (there's that word again) that was going on outside HSBC Arena. With a security escort, of course, Phil ran up and snapped this. Next time anyone questions Buffalo fans, I'm just gonna pop this sucker out.
Speaking of Phil (he is all over this post!), he will be joining the DGWU crew tonight for the recording of CrapTastiCast Episode 3. Looking forward to having him on to talk Sabres hockey, party in the plaza stories, and of course our favorite topic, BEER. Join us tomorrow for a game five preview from the Apologist and probably more drivel from me. Spring break baby!