My adventures with wheels, etc.

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Since I can’t talk about hockey, because, well, I’m writing this on Sunday and I don’t know if there’s a Game 7 or if hockey season is over (bet it’s not), here’s a tale I’ve been meaning to tell you for a couple of weeks,.

OK. I told you before the Rapture that my lawnmower went, and I wondered if I should buy another one, what with the end so near. Well, I decided I’d better go for a new mower, seeing as how “you can’t take it with you.” Plus the world didn’t end.

So I did. Ugh.

First, I found a mower larger than the standard 21 or 22-inch wide model. A 36-incher. So I bought it at Home Depot. Except the HD near my house didn’t have the one I wanted. So I ordered if from a Home Depot a little farther away — in Drury Country, actually. Well, the day it was supposed to be delivered, I was supposed to get a call at 9 a.m. giving me a time of delivery. That call never came. So around noon I called HD and they said the trucks were running late, and that it had to stop at the HD nearer my house to pick up the mower. I told them that the HD nearer my house didn’t have that mower. They insisted it was there. I then told them to forget it, I am not paying $85 delivery fee for a mower that I could have picked up for free the day I was there.

Then I found out that the wider model has two blades and a timing belt that assures that the blades don’t hit each other, and that if you hit a rock or a root or something, the belt breaks to protect the blades. Um. No thanks.

So back to Home Depot I went. I decided to go back to the standard size mower, a brand name with all the bells and whistles. At about a third of the price of the big one. So I picked that one up, stuck it in my trunk, brought it home, had to do a tiny bit of assembly, fill it with oil and gas, and got ready to do the lawn the next day.

In the meantime, I had to disassemble the old mower, empty the gas tank, stuff it in the car and take it to the town dump.

The next day, the new one started right up, first pull, and it went right through the long, wet grass like butter. Except … for some reason it didn’t go in reverse very well, and it dumped clumps of grass when I pulled it backwards. So I read the manual. It said not to pull it backwards. Huh? How do you do tight spaces or cutouts, or under branches, without pulling the mower backwards?

In addition, after I read the manual, it didn’t start right away. Then it ran out of gas, and when I refilled it, it didn’t start right away again. The mower that died on me that week started every single time I pulled it for 15 years. So I wasn’t going to deal with this.

So I disassembled it, emptied the gas tank, packed it up, put it back in the car and returned it. And at the return counter, there was another one exactly like it that had just been returned.

So I went to the internet and found the same mower I had bought 15 years ago, at the same price I paid 15 years ago, no bells or whistles. Just starts every time, cuts the grass great. I won’t name the other brands, but this one’s a Snapper Ninja. And I’m keeping it.

But … as I’m driving my wife’s SUV around with lawnmower after lawnmower in the back, I blew a shock and strut. This is a Friday before a holiday Monday. On Saturday I called my mechanic, and brought the car to him to look at it. He said he’d order the parts, but that he wouldn’t get them until Tuesday. So I went Tuesday, and the parts never arrived. It was supposed to arrive Wednesday. So I went Wednesday, still no parts. Bear in mind that I’m working long nights all of these days. He told me to be safe to come back Friday. Meanwhile, my car needs an oil change. So I brought that in Thursday for service.

Finally, on Friday my wife’s care went up on the rack and was fixed, seven days later, and five trips to the mechanic (who isn’t nearby, by the way). So now, two weeks later, I’m happy to report that I have a good mower and two working cars.

Sorry. I just needed to unburden myself.

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  1. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    glad you got that off your chest…let’s play golf not that your mind is clear

  2. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    I no longer cut my lawn.. it used to take me 2 hrs to do.. now they do it in 45 minutes.
    Its 50 bucks a cut, well worth it since my 48′ exmark was dying and a new one is 3k..no more maintenance.
    The 50 bucks buys me their time.. not mine..not to mention after 28 years of cutting grass my body is shot.

  3. I had a Snapper mower that lasted for 17 years. When it came time to buy a new one I didn’t even look at other brands. I bought another Snapper.

    BTW, please Vancouver don’t let the Bruins win. PLEASE!!!

  4. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    How GREAT is a game 7 for the Stanley Cup !!!! I am not sure which team I want to win anymore…started out rooting for the Canucks but what’s not to like about the Bruins except for historical references as a Ranger fan. I hope both goalies play well and the better team wins.

  5. Carp: although you will never read this. Great post. I really enjoyed it! Stanley Cup or no stanley cup. Stories rule.

    Snapper reminds me of some extended and filthy George Carlin joke that my parents had to explain to me when I was 11(ish).

  6. great story carp! that’s what makes this blog worth coming back for long after the nyr has been eliminated

    i’m thinking boston tonight… luongo had all of the pressure in the world on him monday night and we saw how he reacted. tonight he’ll have all of that pressure, plus he’ll be at home knowing that at the first sign of adversity that crowd is gonna get on him.

    also, in all of the close games so far, vancouver has gotten that extra bounce you need to win the game… boston is about due to get that bounce.

  7. No team has lost on home ice in this series. Luongo’s GAA at home must be ridiculously low in this series. I expect Vancouver to win and although I loathe the Bruins I kind of want this group of guys to win…

  8. Wait, I’m so confused…Did you end up mowing your lawn with your wife’s car, Carp?

    Good morning, ‘heads! THE last game of the season. Hockey rules. And go Nucks, go!

  9. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    heard at the bar before the last game…”what time is it in Vancouver ?…12 past Luongo”

  10. Carp

    I think Rapture would have been a lot easier to handle!

    I don’t have a house, like some of the capitalists on here! …so i don’t have to cut my lawn!

  11. Wicky (Going with the 18" tires on this thing) on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Manny?

    Hey carp
    Great story and why don’t you come mow my lawn, it’s getting way too hot up here (it’s like in the 60s) to go outside now.

  12. Carp – I have two reflections on your great story:

    First – glad to hear that it is not just my house that could qualify for the circus – apparently, it happens to everyone today. We do all of the same buying, returning, car repair stuff and it never really is easy at times – is it?

    Second – and this is more important I think – is that I still vote for YOU to take Uncle Glen’s seat as the new GM –

    Enjoy the Ninja – buy the way, my oldest son’s cycle is a Ninja – so I have this vision of you riding a motorcycle around your lawn – watch out for trees!

  13. Judge Smails: I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.

  14. Carp

    GOt a tip for you…. I’ve had mucho adventures with cutting machines too over the years and the one thinking that I discovered ( downhere in FL at least,) it’s cheaper to hire the mower guys who proliferate here like lichens on trees, and they are reasonably inexpensive, and do a bang up good job including trimming edges.) I bought a Sears ride on mower about 10 yeqrs ago, it’s tiny but it has a motor and you sit in a seat and it goes in amazing places. Paid about 6 bills for it then, and what I like is the large single blade and you literally sit on top of it. Not perfect, a few things I don;t like but is it ever dependable.

    When I lived in Deep River CT I bought a Toro yard tractor, ..big power house and I used it for about 12 years and left it for my son, who bought the old house from me when we moved to FL 15 years ago, and do you know he still uses that old Toro to mow the lawn and it runs as great as ever. ( over 30 years old!)

  15. Go Bruins!

    Sad to see hockey end tonight. But, at least the draft is coming up. Then there’s the cringe worthy NHL awards! Yay! Then, obviously, there’s July 1st, where we can finally complain aboot something real!

  16. Good morning all! Go Nucks! Can anyone recommend a decent broom for sweeping terraces :)

  17. Carp

    got some insight for you….I’ve had mucho experience with mowers of several make over the years but I’ve never found any as reliable as the the Sears models believe it or not. One minor ex-ception……………..back many years ago when I lived in a four acre plot in Deep River CT, and we had horses for the girls, and agony for myself ( worrying about whether they’d be killed by those beasts) …one daughter came very close…the non riding dtr. She inadvertantly got in between two of the horses, one a standard old Arab, and the other a sprightly quarter horse, and one of the horses was being fed it’s grain and the other took umbrage and kicked out at the Arab but the hoof caught my daughter a glancing blow along the side of her head and she was knocked unconcious. I was at my office about 22 miles from there when my son called me and said that ” she was just kicked in the head by a horse.” I felt like all my insides had just fallen out. I raced out of the office jumped in my car and took off up I 95 at over a hundred miles an hour HOPING
    a cop would show up. I made it to the house in about 15 minutes ( usually a half hour or so trip) and raced up stars where my son had left her on the bed. I was imagining her with no face, a crushed skull and the tears were so heavy I could hardly see straight. But she was laying there quite serenely on the bed, and my son said that it was a glancing blow. She had a small
    wound on her cheekbone and it did cut a saliva gland but other wise OK. I went looking for a rifle to get rid of that lousy horse, but my wife was called from work also and she intervened. My apologies for the discretion but a little background as to why I had a riding yard tractor. Rural stuff ya know. A Toro tractor that I kept for about 15-20 years that was terrific. But when we retired and moved down here to FL my son bought the old home stead from us and the tractor went with it. Do you know that he still uses that old Toro, and it still runs like a charm.
    ( over 30 years old).

    But I know own a ride on mower from sears that I’ve had for the 15 years down here and it still runs like a dream. Same with a hand mower of theirs that I had just before that.

    Best bet however is to hire these mowing guys who have all the equipment and do the edgings and do it really good work. ( their competition is terrific so they’re not very expensive…at least down here. Lotsa luck.

  18. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    For all you people sweating it out down there in the good ol’ USA, it’s a full 50 degrees up here in Nova Scotia. Mama, I’m coming to visit. Been cold and rainy here all spring.

  19. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Actually, you can take it with you, money, gold, stock certificates – you name it. The problem is that when you get there they have their own currency and their own little inflationary, taxation, and property, assets and valuables expropriation, and abuse of power rackets going on, so that they just laugh whenever anyone shows up at their gates with U.S. Currency. They are not so stupid as to take our markers when our currency has a fraction of the value of swiss cheese with just the holes to show for it, because the cheese hasn’t been made yet.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Buyout period doesn’t start tomorrow. It starts 48 hours after the end of the Final. Per jessespector, via Waseka.

  21. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Hope this year’s game seven, Stanley Cup Finals matches last year’s Chicago – Philadelphia dramatic outcome, even if no one actually saw the winning goal being scored. Maybe this year someone will burn home a 40-foot slap shot to get all the glory. I think Boston fans could live with a loss tonight better than Vancouver fans. Easy to predict five million suicides in B.C. in the next two days if the Canucks lose. Hope those drunken-Leprechaun bar bums in Boston get to cry in their 10-cent beer.

    Wish I were in Vancouver tonight, in case the Canucks win. This is going to be some party night for studs wearing Canucks gear, if they get it done. Wall to wall stoned hotties coming at you!

  22. Is there a way that both teams could lose? Could the NHL still award the cup to Cindy Crosby?

  23. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    lol manny!

    carp
    go to lowes, not home depot!

    mama
    I didn’t think hottie models swept their own terraces?

    fran
    you are a wealth of wonderful stories!

    doodie?

    cccp?

    orr?

  24. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Of course it will not start on time, but the game is listed for a 5 PM west coast start. Pucking television rules EVERTHING in the world now. EVERYTHING.

  25. Boom Boom

    you’re like a pregnant female… always complaining about things!

    These games never start on time… it always takes extra 15-20 minutes past scheduled time for puck drop.

  26. It’s true. They should start showing these games in the theater with all the preview!

  27. This just in! Crosby update!

    Sidney Crosby sneezed earlier today due to late spring allergies. Mario then said to him “God Bless You”. Crosby responded, “Thanks, Dad.”

    And yes, although it seems impossible, Crosby still has a chance at winning the Cup tonight…and not shking hands…

  28. It’s strange that newer lawn mowers have to meet emissions requirements, and yet every five minutes a truck blowing black smoke out it’s pipe drives by…. The emissions requirements and added safety stuff (so much for natural selection) just make em harder to start and maintain.
    Oh yeah, Go `Nucks!

  29. Good point, The Dude. I bet there are not only more trucks than there are lawnmowers but I bet the trucks run for much longer amounts of time, and more often. That is a social discrepancy.

  30. Highlight of my lunch:

    In an effort to ween myself off of caffeine I ordered a second coffee today with half decaf in it. The girl at the coffee place literally wrote ” 1/2/ CALF ” on my coffee!

    I also had a veggie sub from Subway.

  31. Their subs look SO good in the pictures and are never anywhere close to as good as that in real life.

  32. LOL! I know! Most fast food places are like that. I hate it!

    Subway has this new thing, you have to say “double up” if you want more meat. LOL! I’m not gonna say that!

    It reminds me of the the Seinfeld episode where George is trying to get a discount on his glasses, and he thinks if he says “Kramer”, the guy will give it to him, but the guy has no idea who Kramer is.

    One of my favorite episodes! Woof, woof, not bang, bang!

  33. Since you both admitted to having lame lunches, Sally gets a point.

    I had a lot of food today. Tabbouleh and pita bread, super pretzels, chicken nuggets, glazed donuts.. Yup.

  34. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    The Las Vegas natural odds (before taking out the “juice”) on tonight’s game make Vancouver the 10-13 (56 1/2 % chance of winning) favorite. After taking out the juice, they are posting a 20-cent line of Boston +130 (win a gross $230 on a $100 bet) if Boston wins; and -150 on Vancouver, meaning that you wager $150 to get a gross return of $250 if Vancouver wins.

    The percentage take-out on this 20-cent line is: Boston 43.48%; plus Vancouver 60.0%, for a total of 103.48 over a round book of 100, meaning that the house rake here amounts to 3.48%, guaranteed to make the house money, no matter who wins. The line looks accurate in that neither side looks like overlay value, so from a betting standpoint, it’s a pass.

  35. billybleedsblue on

    Carp you seem like the kind of guy who can have a good laugh at these things after they’ve been put into perspective.

    I hope everyone enjoys the last game of the season tonight. Holy cow could you imagine overtime and a home loss for the Canucks? Or any loss for Vancouver for that matter? No matter what, it’s going to be fun to watch! I hope the fans find a way to behave themselves! Go ‘nucks!

  36. Right on, billy.

    Hope that the game is tense and exciting. Preferably close, unlike the Boston ones.

  37. Orr,

    I fear most thing from Dunkin Donuts after hearing stories about the behind-the-scenes action from a friend who worked there. But, I can’t turn away freshly baked doughnuts. The D&D right near my house used to bake them on sight, and now they don’t. Also bush league.

  38. ilb. I heard Carp mowed his lawn with his iphone.

    And, I heard Carp had for lunch today: forget he name. chicken something. Sauteed chicken breast with slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and shredded sweet red pepper in a brown sauce, with potato slices and string beans, preceeded, of course, by antipasto and penne ala vodka, and followed by assorted dessert trays with triangles of cheese cakes, chocolate cakes, velvet cakes, lemon cakes (had to abstain from all of those) and hot foamy cappucino.

    Top that, Sally!

  39. billy, I think all of Canada is on life support alert tonight.

    Or as Glenn Healy said on June 13, 1994, “eight million people have already dialed the 9 and the 1 and they’re waiting to see if they have to hit the last 1.”

  40. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Things I promise to no longer “complain about.”

    1. World Series games at night, in a monsoon, in the northeast, in early November.
    2. The NFL going to 18 games and expanding to 40 teams by adding a European Division.
    3. NBA games, such as the one between the Nets and Clippers last November, featuring 89(1)
    foul shots, or “Free throws” as they so sweetly and delicately prefer you call them.
    4. Horse racing at Aqueduct in -10 degree weather in January.
    5. Baseball going to 10 teams, eventually to 16 teams in the playoffs. So that the champion of
    the sport is NEVER the best team in the regular season.
    6. No longer will I complain, actually recommend, that basketball eliminate all foul shots; football
    eliminate all 1 and 2 point conversions and just have a touchdown count for 7 points; that
    baseball eliminate the “Walk” so that the next Babe Ruth and the next Ted Williams, etc. will
    actually get to swing the bat about 2,000 more times over the course of a full career;
    no longer will I complain about hockey’s “extra/attacker- pulling the goaltender rule.” In the ‘
    interest of “accomodation” I now acknowledge that it is perfectly fair to award a team a free
    power play, when assessing, in effect a “phantom” penalty against the other team just
    because TV needs giddy fans in the last two minutes of a game, and because “We have
    always done it this way.” What do I know, when we had NHL foundational wizards like Conn
    Smythe who named the Toronto team the “Maple LEAFS” instead of the Maple Leaves. I also
    promise not to complain about hockey being played in mid-June. Why wrap it up in April when
    there is so much money to be made and so much insurance and trucks and tires and beer to
    be sold?

    I have to defer to the resident geniuses, from sports executives to politicians who run all of
    our lives. God knows whatever would we do without Gary Bettman and the two political
    hacks in Washington who have not been whistled down for being in a sex scandal yet. My one
    complaint is: where is the honey who will offer to get caught with me in a “love nest.” lol.

  41. Yeah, I don’t trust Dunkin. I only eat their donuts, munchkins, muffins, and sometimes their bagels. Anything else, I stay away from. I once had this sausage thing. It tasted how I imagine dead cat tastes!

    The eggs they have their looks like yellow phlegm!

  42. Wait…we now have *two* posters who don’t understand that pulling the goalie for an extra attacker is not a “free powerplay”? Wasn’t expecting that.

  43. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    “Maple Leafs” is grammatically incorrect. Leaf is singular, Leaves is the plural. They should be the Toronto Maple Leaves, or the Ontario Leaf, if you prefer contemporary sillyness.

    One of the problems with the pulling the goaltender garbage, is that one team has everything to gain, such as gaining a tie, and possibly an eventual win. All the other team has to gain is scoring an empty net goal and winning, say 4-2 instead of 3-2. That is a grotesque misapplication of the risk-reward dynamic. No team should stand to gain everything with no attendant downside risk. It is the most abominable, unfair, disgusting, indefensible rule in all of sports, and as a hockey fan, above all else, I find it deplorable and sickening that the natural outcome of so many games can be tampered with to such an embarrassing extent to the entire sport.

  44. i am sitting in a hotel room here in WASH DC for a work conference till friday. my company has people going to dinner in an hour. i made an excuse of why i couldnt go saying my uncle lives down here and i never see him.

    ordered room service and got a ny strip steak and some red wine. i wouldnt spend game 7 any other way then with you boneheads. go nucks go

    also i plan on looking for bruce boudreau while i am here and tell to kiss my ….

  45. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    eric
    atta boy!!

    Go Nucks Go!!

    I love dunkin donuts (second only to Timmys), but there is an absolute void of quality donuts here. I love the swiss chocolate filled ones from dunkin!

  46. eric

    Awesome! Glad to have you with us.

    wicky

    I’ll give you a lunch point for not having access to quality donuts.

  47. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    latona
    happily accepted!

  48. Boom Boom

    Teams can play with six skaters for the whole game if they like. There’s no rule – abominable, unfair, disgusting, indefensible or otherwise – only limiting teams to gaining this grotesque advantage when down a goal with less than two minutes left in the first place.

    If you gave 1,000 teams up a goal in that situation the choice of whether they faced the empty net 5-on-6 or stayed 5-on-5, how many would pick the latter? Something close to zero?

  49. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    grotesque, love that word!

  50. I’m in with you! Barely made it…..Eric- good choice….Make sure you remember your uncle’s name in case someone asks tomorrow. And if you see Boudreau- tell him mine is available too…

    Go Nucks go!!

  51. Oh, yeah, that’s for sure. Second American born to win one. Guess who was the first one?

  52. Olga Folkyerself on

    Let’s Go Bruins! I gotta watch. Can’t look away…

    Pulling the goalie? No attendant downside risk? How about having an unattended 4ft by 6ft opening for the other team to shoot a 1 X 3 inch puck in?

  53. Yup, that’s correct, Eric. In fact, there were only 4 non-Canadian Con Smythe winners. The three others were Europansies.

  54. JimboWoodside on

    Settling in here for the last hockey game of the 2010-2011 season – I hope it’s a good one!

    Wish I had a couple of those Boston Cream donuts from Dunkin’s here right now!

    Enjoy, ‘heads!

  55. Will Tyler Seguin show up?? Will Horton’s head explode when he lifts the Cup? Will Mason Raymond be able to lift the Cup? If Lucic lifts the Cup, will it cure his Scheuermann’s disease? Will Messier cry?

    Questions will become answers!

  56. Olga Folkyerself on

    When do the Canuck fans start burning cars? If I had a junk car I’d insure it heavily and park it right outside the arena…

  57. iDoodie machetto on

    I proposed an interesting trade to my friend who is a Devils fan: Elias for Quick or Bernier. What do you guys think?

  58. i just on the cup in nhl with my new franchise the winipeg lemonheads!! calder cup win by ccago wolves!

  59. iDoodie machetto on

    Lw. He was good for 20-40 on that wretched devils team. They are going to have a Price/Halak dilemma on their hands. Why not get that winger they are looking for to compete next year?

  60. something tells me ryder will have big game for bruins

    if nucks ever score i like tambellini with his speed.

    the sedins will never score and luongo looks lost with his positioning

  61. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lord Stanley is in the HOUWSE !!!"...says Greg L. on

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOSTON!!!!!

  62. Right move by Higgins. He knew with his shooting accuracy, the only chance for him to score was to skate in with the puck.

  63. Doodie

    Just think he’s not the difference maker on offense that the Kings would be looking for. And even less so at a cap hit of $6m for two more years.

  64. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " I want the cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    PIGGINS scores the GW ……hahahahaha ya right!!!!!!

  65. higgins always worked his butt off for rangers he just never finished. i dont believe he will now either.

  66. Olga Folkyerself on

    Luuuuuuuuuu-ooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnn-ggggooooooooooooooooooooo

    1-0 Boston!!!

  67. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win ,baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Its all over …..Game over , season over.

  68. nucs woill win guys. dont be oled thy will not get beat in their hometown. they will get to thomas and will win. thats for u eric

  69. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Gimme the cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Ya cant turn 37 and be elite..too late.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, They will have to ask for special permission to have Savard’s name added. I presume they will have no problem in obtaining it.

  71. Doodie Machetto on

    LW, I don’t know. I think with Kopitar feeding him, he could snipe home 30. It’s all a question of how desperate LA is to get that winger.

  72. grabby

    i hope it works. for anyone who has center ice and has to listen to jack edwards the bruins announcer he is the biggest homer not as strong as the paul stegerwald the pens guy

  73. JimboWoodside on

    Not a bad first period – Canucks tried to get the early lead, but couldn’t get it done – don’t think you can fault Luongo for the goal he gave up, though…..bad coverage by his teammates.

  74. Vancouver fans died after that goal. they better hope they score, early in the second.

  75. Thats why I always laugh at the Canadian National Anthem.

    Canadiens askiong someone else to keep their land free. classic.

  76. I know they fought and died along side americans in WWII. so it isnt really fair, but I’m a cynic

  77. If Boston scores another one before the Canucks get one, Vancouver might start rioting earlier.

  78. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " MY cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Hahaha Mikey , yer hilarious!!!! keep it up Grabby!!!

  79. by the way where is all this depth the nucks were suppose to have.

    this team is a fraud. were outplayed by sharks and thoroughly outplayed in this series.

    blow up the franchise.

    117 pts in the worst div in hockey.

  80. Doodie Machetto on

    47 million committed and only Drew Doughty and Wayne Simmonds to resign. Plus cap going up to 63 million.

  81. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Lord Stanley awaits!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Rangers could beat both these chump teams….

  82. Olga Folkyerself on

    Some referee blew a whistle and called a penalty. I hope he doesn’t get in any trouble…

  83. where is michael sauer when u need him. at least we have april 4th rangers battle back 3-0 down.

    this blog almost blew up from stunned disbelief

  84. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Hold the cup for the Rangers !!!"...says Greg L. on

    …yeah well its our turn next.

    GOOD game , battle of the two teams nobody likes.

  85. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " The cup is in the building!!!"...says Greg L. on

    whaaaaaa?

    Canucks are really big chokers.

  86. I thnk Orr can say “Game Over. Season Over.” npw and actually have it be true.

  87. Considering how Vancouver was the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup, I gotta say I can’t remember a “favorite” playing so poorly in a Cup Finals.

    I highly doubt the Canucks have a comeback in them…

    Now the only question is will the Vancouver fans riot in the streets like animals like they did when they lost back in ’94?

  88. Congratulations Boston, i know its 21 minutes early but Vancouver has no chance at coming back and this might get ugly.

    Well the Sedin Twins (especially Henrik) didn’t show up for this series and none of the Canucks thought that giving a decent effort in Boston was important…

  89. Olga Folkyerself on

    Biggest mistake Boston can make is try and sit on the lead.

    Get that 4th goal!

  90. I’m thinking for lunch tomorrow, I might chomp on one of those XXL burritos at taco hell. I was gonna have something Boston related, but I’ll just devour a massive burrito in Boston’s honor.

    Go Bruins! Twenty minutes!

  91. Message to Henrik Sedin: Don’t say “We will win Game 7″

    Mark Messier you ain’t

  92. If I’m Veen-Yo, I’d start Schneider in the third period. This team needs a message sent. They’re just not getting the job done, and Luongo isn’t helping. It’s a must, as far as I’m concerned.

  93. lu-choko and le-bum should hang out and swap war stories with charlie sheen while bangin 7 gram rocks

  94. its over the nucks have no fight they havent all series. screw the nuck screw canada. screw everyone but the rangers.

    in one hour from now a new season begins

    thank god.

    2020 over/under rangers cup

  95. time to star shneide was 1st period. only thing that sucks is malhotra wont get a cup

  96. JimboWoodside on

    Wow….just wow……the Canucks look like they’re a beaten team right now…..and they’re playing like one. 117 points during the regular season or not, they aren’t on their game tonight.

  97. The “you can’t win the Cup with no 70-point scorers and an *elite* goalie” brigade have been noticeably quiet in recent weeks…

  98. 10 saves for uongo on 13 shots. are u shitting m? in the gae 7 stanle cup final?? at home? he might s well waive whatever movement clause he has in between periods.

  99. Breaking Crosby Update News!

    Moments ago, Crosby accidentally dented the Cup while kissing it. So when you see Chara raise the Cup, don’t be alarmed at the sight of Crosby’s lip imprinted on the Cup.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    LW, you’re only opening the door for the “Lundqvist is not elite” argument.

  101. heres my question

    how can luongo survive 10 years there. he will get run out of town the problem is no one will bite on his deal.

    god what a disgrace.

  102. Doodie Machetto on

    Roberto Luongo buyout from CapGeek.com

    * 2011-12: $253,697
    * 2012-13: $255,697
    * 2013-14: $255,697
    * 2014-15: $255,697
    * 2015-16: $255,697
    * 2016-17: $255,697
    * 2017-18: $255,697
    * 2018-19: $3,587,697
    * 2019-20: $5,351,697
    * 2020-21: $5,969,697
    * 2021-22: $5,969,697
    * 2022-23: $1,636,364
    * 2023-24: $1,636,364
    * 2024-25: $1,636,364
    * 2025-26: $1,636,364
    * 2026-27: $1,636,364
    * 2027-28: $1,636,364
    * 2028-29: $1,636,364
    * 2029-30: $1,636,364
    * 2030-31: $1,636,364
    * 2031-32: $1,636,364
    * 2032-33: $1,636,364

    A few bad years in about a decade, but otherwise, the Canucks have to consider it.

  103. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Bring out the cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Would Chara be the tallest player to ever hoist the cup as Captain?

  104. eric

    Exactly how much money did you have riding on a Vancouver victory? I can only presume this is why you are taking it so personally…

  105. hank is just a tad overrated by us. in the west hed be in top 10 or 15. east hes top 5

  106. LW3H

    Well Thomas did set the record for save percentage this season and has been the best goalie in the NHL the past 4 years. I would say he has definitely been elite.

    Also Boston does have a HOF in their lineup even though he is 43…

  107. And the Bruins started the season in Europe too, so hopefully that deals with the “starting in Europe ruins a team’s season” brigade as well…

  108. the cup keeper is just a weird job in general. but imo, they should have someone a little bigger and stronger/meaner to gaurd it. unless he just strokes it and spit shines it.

  109. lw3h

    zero money actually i may be the only one who picked bruins in this series here. bruins in 6 a game off.

    i guess i am just putting my self in the shoes of a nucks fan.

    what bothers me in sports is when the media makes a team out to be winners and has them on a pedastal and they crap the bed a short time later. i dont see why this nucks team got so much praise.

    i love trashing them when they show zero fight and there 2 stars are thelma and louise but i was rooting for them.

  110. Olga Folkyerself on

    The Rangers could have been at the finals. Tickets were still available awhile ago.

  111. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Rangers want the cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Yeah when Chara hoists the cup it will hit the rafters!!! It will break Vancouvers heart again , again after the 1994 loss to us : ) MATTEAUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! MATTEAUUUUUUUUU we did it!!!!!!

  112. oleo

    I know Thomas is *elite* – that’s my point. I kept reading on here that it was impossible for a team to win the Cup when the goalie is their best player.

  113. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Stick a fork in 'em !!!"...says Greg L. on

    This game remindes me of 1994 , Canucks blew it that time too!!!!

    1994 is awsome , we will never forget and all those who are sick of it…just think if we had lost.

  114. And I’m not suggesting a team *has* have an *elite* goalie to win – clearly enough evidence to suggest otherwise (and I completely disagreed when that used to be the prevailing wisdom). Just equally untrue to say that a team *has* to be full of star offensive talent to win, hence any team with a great goalie should trade him.

  115. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " i smell a cup !!!"...says Greg L. on

    i just hope theres no crazeddepressed Tiki jumping off a building.

  116. whoa luongo made a hugegame changing save!!! it will be changed from 4-0 to still just 3-0!!!!

  117. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP CUP CUP!!!"...says Greg L. on

    the bruins are a useless 5 on 5 team in the league hands down

  118. LW3H

    well the only team in history of the modern NHL to win without a dynamic offensive player was the Devils in 02-03. Believe it or not, Thomas actually had a better year (and playoffs) this season then Brodeur did.

  119. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP IS COMMING !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Its all ’bout the Rangers now baby!!! get this season done!! ITS OVER SOON …YES!!! We are forced to watch Boston ( BLEACH) and Vancouver ( PUKE ) and im sick of it!!!!!!!!!!!! It finally firetrucking over. Sorry if im bias , sorry if I could care less who wins. Im so sick f these two stuiped teams and I cant wait to cheer on our dumbazz team cuz I love ’em. I want the Rangers back !!!! Rangers forever baby , I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  120. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Van chokers !!!"...says Greg L. on

    When youse guys see the cup , PICTURE us with it!!!! Its gonna happen!!!!

    RANGERSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

  121. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP CUP CUP !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Higgins is the worse Ranger of all time. Period. Worse then Malik and Holleweg , least those guys did something .

  122. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " SHUT OUT !!!"...says Greg L. on

    HIGGINS IS USELESS and a CURSE. CURSE of the Piggins!!!!!

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Sorry, nobody worse than Hollweg. At least he did something? All he did was lose fights and take boarding majors.

  124. Amazing how bland this game has been compared to the others. Like both teams are so work out they don’t have the energy for the extra stuff.

  125. I have two things to say:

    1) Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuu!

    2) Brewins! Aha Aha! I like it

    LMAO!!!!!

  126. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP time soon !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Yeah plz don’t blame Canada on the Canucks failers…. Canadians are not stuiped like that . Vancouver have always been losers ever since they came into the league.

  127. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP CUP CUP CUP !!!"...says Greg L. on

    CTB , Brashear won his first MMA fight last week. He actually did some good hugging as a Ranger.

  128. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Holleweg hit hard….he was a beast..compare him to higgins? Higgins is the worse / useless guy. I know holleweg , yeah yer right but he atleast wasnt paid like piggins.

  129. Olga Folkyerself on

    Way too early to pull the goalie. That was like “We give up”

    4-0 Boston.

  130. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    LW
    You are correct btw!

    ZZZZZ
    what is boston bleach?? I kid!

  131. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " CUP TIME !!!"...says Greg L. on

    ORR, Canada gets no Cup but in reality they do , more Canadians on the Bruins so in reality Canada does win. If Boston never had Canadians they would have never won.

  132. Doodie Machetto on

    Voros vs. Janssen was amazing. The only thing is Voros did have a few goals and hustled like nobody’s business.

  133. Congrats to the bruins, but honestly the was probably the most uncompetitive/antilcimactic stanley cup finals I’ve seen

  134. Doodie Machetto on

    Remember when people started comparing Kesler to Messier? What morons. This never would happen to Messier.

  135. So was is today the 17th Anniversary of? Yup. ‘Nuck fans rioting in the streets of downtown Vancouver…looting, stealing, and all that other classy stuff…

  136. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    anyone else hear doc make fun of the stanley cup guy and his this is peggy naughty boy commercial?

  137. I’m not gonna make generalizations about canucks fans over a couple stupid drunk people, remember in the 09 playoffs when the rangers handed out those glowing thundersticks in game 3? At the end a few people ripped out the LED and tossed it on the ice, and that was FAR from the majority of fans

  138. JimboWoodside on

    Thomas played out of his mind in these playoffs…he deserves the Conn Smythe.

    Congratulations Boston fans – your guys did it!

  139. Biron tweet:

    Martin Biron (@martybiron43)
    6/15/11 10:41 PM
    Congrats #Bruins but I have to admit I’m jealous of seeing other teams bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to their fans. #iwanttodrinkfromthecup

  140. JimboWoodside on

    I just wish I live long enough to see this kind of celebration again when the Rangers win another Cup! Please, Lord!

  141. I wish they could win it in Vancouver. That seems to work well for teams playing them.

  142. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    on a note similar to what LW was saying, mrs wicky said if the rangers D played as physical as the bruins D, they would be the bruins!!

  143. Doodie Machetto on

    “Calad, they’re throwing shyte on the ice. Definitely classless.”

    They were throwing it at Bettman. Nothing was on the ice until he came out, and it was all by him.

  144. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    glad to see chara get the cup though

    F jagr!

  145. I don’t want the Rangers to win “a” Cup. I want the Rangers to be a perennial contender, year after year…and win multiple Cups!!

    The Rangers have the pieces in place to make it a reality…Torts will eventually lead us to the promised land!!! I believe it, Greg…

  146. Olga Folkyerself on

    Congratulations to the Bruins!

    Buy out Drury.
    Fire Sather.
    No to Richards unless it’s a decent contract.
    Fire Sather.

  147. Buttman got booed mad hard! You could barely hear him talk! Crazy…

    Congrats to Timmy Thomas… will not congratulate Boston Bruins

  148. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    as far as games 7 ‘s go this one tanked unless you’re a bruins fan..
    Gary bettman please retire.
    NBC and the NHL got whacked with a DUD of a game ,I doubt if the NHL made many new fans tonight.

  149. Nice juxtaposition in the celebration… Recchi winning his third Cup in his final game… Seguin winning his first Cup in his first season.

  150. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    game 7 was a definite snoozer compared to the rest…

    loved the nastiness and physicality in this series though

  151. Seguin won a free Cup as well. I can’t believe how useless he was. I don’t think he scored a single point after his third game of the playoffs. That’s crazy.

    The jury is still out on that trade. Way too early to say it was a good move or bad move.

  152. Byfuglien stupid people…sad to watch…Did NY fans riot when the Bruins won in ’72 on MSG ice? I really don’t know as that is before my time…

  153. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    fan rioting=brilliant…not really, bunch of idiots!!

  154. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    oh, i got it, my bad!

  155. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    LGR!!

    We really need a hard hitting, physical, crease clearing d man!!

    ok, everything feels right again and back to normal!

  156. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    IF the NBA had a lockout and no season, I would be a very happy guy!

  157. # CTBlueshirt June 15th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Nucks fans were much better than Flyers fans.

    I don’t know aboot all that, CTB. I’m not sure they are as crazy about hockey as these wacko ‘Nuckheads…

  158. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    i would love to see the fire department use one of the fire fighting helicopters and dump a ton of water on the fires and all the idiots around the fires in the streets!

  159. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    link working fine for us as well!

  160. What’s ironic is that these cops are probably just as pissed that the Canucks lost as the dopey fans! LOL!

  161. Everyone is smiling. You’d think they’d be pissed, but they look like they’re celebrating, judging the look on their faces.

    If I were a Canuck, I’d asked to be traded, or sign with another team.

  162. It’s crazy, NYR. At my drunkest, I can even imagine doing that. It’s not just him. There’s a bunch of guys doing it, and a bunch of guys challenging cops.

    There’s one bouchebag in glasses that I’m hoping gets tased in the neck!

  163. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    orr
    the guy with the beard in glasses? i was hoping he was going to get a rubber bullet in the face.

  164. You’re right, they’re all laughing and having a great old time…dopes!

    Yeah, these Vancouver cops are too nice. Tase! tase! tase!

  165. Just spoke with my uncle who lives few minutes from downtown Vancouver… he says smoke and fire, rubber bullets and tear gas everywhere!

  166. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    someone went in to cccp? wtf?

  167. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    on a serious note cccp, hope your uncle is ok!

  168. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    orr’s 12:40am post

  169. carpwicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    im out, night assens and congrats bruins!!

  170. Olga Folkyerself on

    If they just opened up and shot a hundred or two with rubber bullets I bet they would start to move out. And if not, shoot a couple hundred more.

  171. Omg! Did you see that guy tryingto run through fire o top of the car and falling into the fire!! Dumb freaking moron!!!

  172. Olga Folkyerself on

    What idiot would leave a BMW parked here with the history of what happened in 1994? I got no sympathy for that dope.

  173. Olga Folkyerself on

    the mayor sounds like a doofus. The cops aren’t doing much of anything I can see. People just keep milling around and no one is moving.

  174. Olga Folkyerself on

    I thought they were finally moving in, but the news isnt showing much of it.

  175. Olga Folkyerself on

    The mayor said it was a small group of hooligans. I see thousands of them, looting burning and running amok.

    He’s in denial if he says it’s “a few hooligans”…

  176. Olga Folkyerself on

    On the plus side, if this were the middle east the crowd would all be waiving AK-47’s….

  177. lol Olga

    Fortunately this is not ME

    If this was Russia, half of this crowd would’ve been in the hospital already lol

  178. Olga Folkyerself on

    They should have cracked a few heads much earlier. There is nothing that makes you move like a bunch of bleeding people stumbling back in your direction.

  179. I heard the Vancouver police finally had to send out Tim Thomas to stop the riot since he stopped everything else in this finals

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