Tuesdays With Stoosh – Eastern Conf. Preview

    It's a little bit later than I planned, but we're good to go and we're about 36 hours from the start of hockey season. And of course, these next two days are going to just drag by. So let's help it along a little. Your Eastern Conference Preview, with haiku accompaniment…     […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh – Western Conf. Preview

    The start of the 2011-12 season is less than 72 hours away. Season previews abound this time of year, so I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring and take some creative license while I'm at it. Because there's nothing that says "hockey season previews" like poetry – haikus, specifically. Or something […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 9.6

SEPTEMBER! The final calendar month without hockey this offseason has faded in the rear view mirror. College and high school football have begun. The NFL’s regular season starts in 48 hours. The first-round series loss to Tampa seems like a million years ago for some reason. Thankfully, the NHL Network is no longer rubbing salt […]

WEDNESDAY With Stoosh: 8.10.11

So we're a little late on this one…     Sidney Crosby turned 24 this past weekend.  In and of itself, that really isn’t significant news other than the fact that it makes it stranger when some mainstream outlets who probably still think he’s a rookie continue to insist on referring to him as “The […]


Wednesday With Stoosh: 7.6.11

Howard Cosell once said “Sports in human life is microcosm.”   If Cosell was right, then the 72-hour period that ran from noon last Wednesday to about noon on Saturday was the Penguins fans’ equivalent of the scene in The Hangover when Stu wakes up, face to the floor, drooling out of his mouth, glasses […]


Tuesdays With Stoosh: 6/21

      Given that most of it ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, it’s probably fitting that the final chapter of this 2010-11 NHL season was punctuated with this:     Can’t wait until they turn that into a Fathead. Imagine that thing on the wall of your den. Talk about scaring the […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 4.26

  At one point last night, I had a whole separate post initially written up for this. I started doing the Liveblog thing last night, in part because it worked well for Game Three (back when we knew what winning felt like) and in part because anything I pre-wrote for today would be tinged by […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 4.19

  I’m mailing it in this week with a Game Three Liveblog and thoughts on the playoff series thus far. So from the couch at Chateau du Stoosh, accompanied by Nancy Stoosh and chateau guard dog Buddy Stoosh, let’s pick things up with the….   FIRST PERIOD Hey, it’s 85 degrees, hot and humid in […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 4.12

  When the final chapter closed on the Penguins’ 2010-11 regular season, the standings reflected a team that finished with 106 points. That was good for second-best in franchise history.   49 wins. That ties a franchise second-best.   Some additional perspective, if you will. Both of those totals marked team highs in the post-lockout […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 3.29

  Saturday night, the Pens will line up in front of what will likely be about 5,000 fans to take the opening faceoff against the Florida Panthers.  It will mark the start of the 79th game of the regular season, the final stretch run and warm up for the playoffs.  It will also be precisely […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 3.22

  Probably safe to assume that just about every mainstream hockey media outlet and blogger will be offering their opinions and thoughts (dudes) on The Cooke Suspension.  So why should I be any different, eh?  We’re all sociopaths anyway.  And least I can use swear words.   So let’s get this out of the way […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 3.15

  It was by most accounts a typical mundane Monday morning in Pittsburgh.  You had your same usual fight with traffic to get into town.  Got your regular morning coffee and dragged yourself off to class, or were subjected to a morning of the idiot down the hall yappng about his great weekend.  Whatever.   […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 3.08

  Just fifteen games left in the regular season.  Are you kidding me?  Where the hell has this season gone?   Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were shuffling out of Mellon Arena for the last time, ridding ourselves of that miserable end to the 09-10 season?     Weren’t we just extolling the virtues […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 3:01

  The 2010-11 NHL Trade Deadline is in the books, and when it was all said and done, what have we really learned?   Well, for starters, we learned Ray Shero don’t need no effin’ deadline. Big hoss likes to get shit done early, and the bulk of his business was done last week. He […]

Tuesd… WEDNESDAY With Stoosh

  It’s Trade Deadline Week, kids.    Hockey Christmas.   Site hits to TSN will at least quintuple over the next week.   Your new best friend on Twitter is Bob McKenzie.   At 8:00 AM on Monday, you’ll have Tradecentre open alongside whatever spreadsheets you’re working on.    You’ll be checking Twitter every five […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 2.15

  Whatever it was that transpired over the last forty minutes of the Pens-Islanders game this past Friday night wasn’t hockey by any real standard.   You could go to the lowest depths of the minor professional leagues – the very types of leagues parodied in Slapshot – and not see what we watched Friday […]


Tuesdays With Stoosh: 2. 8

  Friday night.  Pens and Sabres on FSN.  Good way to end a crappy work week and kick off the weekend, especially with Pens-Caps looming on Sunday along with a Steelers-Packers Super Bowl.     There was a nice buzz around this game.  Their third game since coming out of the All-Star break, the Pens […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 1.25

  NBC kicked off its regular 2011 weekend coverage of the NHL this past Sunday with a Blackhawks-Flyers game.   Decent game…rematch of last year’s Cup Finals, blah, blah, blah, but mostly the same old NBC coverage we’ve come to know and sort of love and mostly hate.   Doc Emrick & Ed Olczyk were […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 1.18

  Thoughts while ANGRY CROSBY thinks of 1001 more ways to tell the NHL and its All-Star Game to eff off…     IN WHICH WE SUMMARIZE THE “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH GENO” DEBATE       NO, SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?   A brief history, if you will… […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 1.4

  OK, so, um…now what?   No more clichéd commercials with shoddy weather effects, played-out angles and Bob Costas voiceovers.   No more overblown weather forecasts. (Has TIOPS hired Jim Cantore yet?)   No more HBO cameras or 24/7 episodes to tape.   No more Alumni Game.   No more Winter Classic.     At […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 12.28

  Winter Classic Week is upon us here in Pittsburgh.  I never thought the weather would get more attention here than it did last year during Snowmageddon, but that might be the case this week.  If you bought tickets to the game, your best friends this week are Dennis Bowman, Demetrius Ivory and Erin Kienzle.  […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 12.21

  So this is Christmas.   Wow. “Come onnnnnnnnnnnnn!” (3:21 mark)   The highest-scoring team in the league is the Colorado Avalanche.  The Atlanta Thrashers are currently the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.  The Devils are two points ahead of LAST PLACE in the entire league.  And if the playoffs started today, three of […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 12.14

    Because there’s really nothing to complain about right now, I give you several thoughts, dudes…   = Is it a bad thing that I’m a thousand times more excited for this Pens-Caps Alumni game than I am the actual Winter Classic?  Yes?  No?     You are, too?  OK, cool.   = So […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 12.7

  Obligatory “ZOMG Crozbee Iz Teh Awesome!” Write-up   Confession time. I did not grow up a Pens fan. I started watching hockey around the late 1980s, and my first favorite team was the Vancouver Canucks. Petri Skriko. Trevor Linden. Pavel Bure.     Now, that’s not to say the Pens weren’t up there on the list; […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh: 11:23

Remember when it was 85 degrees outside and we were all pining for September to get here? Remember going to that first camp practice at Consol, seeing this team on that ice for the first time? Remember the sky falling after those first two losses to open the new building?   Yeah, it’s Thanksgiving weekend. […]