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What I’ve Learned From Watching 24/7 Penguins/Capitals

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments


Are you watching HBO’s amazing 24/7 series? If not, shame on you.

HBO’s 24/7 series hyping the upcoming Winter Classic between the Penguins and Capitals is one of the best shows to watch on TV, period. Hockey is an interesting beast. Its violent, yet graceful; its brutal, yet subtle; its a beautiful mix of a chaos and strategy and I find myself falling in love with the sport. I am also a huge fan of HBO’s 24/7 series which originally started to hype boxing matches. Its a really cool concept, follow the team around on and off the ice to see what life is really like for athletes. You see players bonding with their teammates with pranks, soccer and team dinners. You see coaches in their offices religously going over game notes and tape. Its drama at its best.

Here a few things I’ve learn from watching 24/7 Penguins/Capitals

  • Bruce Boudreau says “Fuck” more than any human on the planet. Seriously. He even says in a sentence where it makes no sense. He also says it with a weird emphasis on the U. It comes out like Faw-huck-ing. Its pretty funny to hear.

NSFW unless your boss is Boudreau.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXkGJtY4A4E

  • Pen’s Coach Dan Bylsma, on the hand, is probably the nicest guy in the NHL. He comes off with this “Cool Dad” vibe, maybe its the glasses. He never screams but he uses a Dad voice to make sure his players listen. Adopt me Dan Bylsma, please.
  • Sidney Crosby is a decent human being. This painful to admit as a Flyers fan but this show is actually making Crosby somewhat interesting. His “stache” is awful but good lord is he an amazing hockey players, even a living legend at this point and he’s only what? 23? Insane. His cursing needs work though, maybe Boudreau can help him with that. Also, he has a lucky cup that he’s been wearing since he was 7.
  • NHL referees do not give a shit about people think about them. One of the cooler moments of the show is when they mic the refs and listen to them talk on the ice during scraps. They basically just let them guy nuts on each other until they get bored of the fight and break it up. Also, they like to kick back and drink beer after the games. It turns out, referees are people too.
  • NHL players are the toughest people in the world. Caps’ Mike Knuble’s mouth looks like a scrapyard after he SHATTERED his jaw. He sucked it up (probably through a straw) and only missed 3 games. Pen’s D-man Ben Lovejoy stopped a puck with his face and it swelled up like Elephant Man and he can say is “can you tell I got hit?”
  • Evgeni Malkin’s nickname is Geno and Mike Green drives a Vespa. D-bags.

I am rather excited for the Winter Classic even though the forecast says its going to be 50 degrees and rainy. More like Smarch weather if you ask me but who da thunk that Pittsburgh wouldn’t be freezing in the middle of winter. Damn Global Warming.

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