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Remember our pal Michael Arace and his, “Osgood looked shakey” comment from earlier this week?  He’s at it again.  Remember Mike Commodore’s comments that our Uncle Mike blackballed him and stalled his career?  We’re going to re-visit that too.  Time for a flashback bitch.  Oh, and Johan Franzen has two words for Gary Bettman: Suck it.

All that and more.  Next.

First though…this.  PaulinMiami commented earlier today about the sympathy factor and Columbus fans.  Yeahaahhhh…I’m torn.  I see where he’s coming from but then I start to think about Ohio State football and I’m not so torn.  I understand a new, impressionable, midwestern group of hockey fans, unwise to the emotional hazards of playoff hockey…who get slapped in the face with a rude awakening and then are used and soiled on the mean streets of postseason reality.

That tugs at the heart strings.  But not a lot.  It’s a learning curve and they’re right at the base of it.  If BJ fans are sad because of the result of their first-ever playoff performance?  Well, be realistic.  Now, that’s not to say you’d expect any of them to be of the “just happy to be there” mindset. Nope.  But a first-round loss, even a sweep, at the hands of a dynasty is easier to take than a first round exit at the hands of a one-trick Edmonton team and their snaggle-toothed luck-ridden potbellied goaltender.  We know.

Chris Osgood is number 1 with a bullet bitches.  In every goaltending category ever invented and placed on earth.  BJ expert Michael Arace had this to say about him recently.  ‘Member?

19 April

Teammates have gone out of their way to praise him. It is as if there is a citywide effort to channel positive thoughts and artificially inflate Osgood’s confidence. Why? Osgood is, by any measure, the Wings’ weak link, and everybody knows it.

He is fighting shots and fumbling pucks. “Shaky” is the age-old hockey term.

Blah, blah, blah. That was fun to point at but nobody really took it seriously.  A lot like a Blues fan.  If anything, it showed Arace is a dumbass who knows nothing about hockey.  In Columbus? I know. Crazy. 

But then he did it again today, and now he just looks like a bitter little bitch.

More from the idiot

In sum, the Wings have vastly outplayed their divisional baby brothers. Last night, even Chris Osgood looked good.

Actually, you know who he sounds like?  Bob Kravitz, who used to write for the Rocky Mountain News (the one that just shut its doors) and then moved on to Indianapolis where they actually know more about hockey than they do in Denver.  Kravitz despised him some Wings.  The difference though?  The Dive at least earned the right to exchange barbs with the Wings.  Arace and his BJs? Not yet and not close.

Not when you’re down 0-3. Not when you’ve been outscored 12-2.

And when Chris Osgood has so vastly outplayed your young phenom?  You either stay silent or you say thank you for the lesson. Anything else is unacceptable.

“Even Chris Osgood looked good.”

STFU.  Listen to your coach.

St. James

“I think everybody anticipated that Chris, he was struggling, and I think everybody anticipated that that would be a question mark. And it’s been anything but. He’s been really good in this series. He’s been really good early in the games, which I think has really helped them a lot.”

Mike Commodore doesn’t like our Uncle Mike.  He admitted as much a month or so ago. 

He, Commodore, also doesn’t like to play smart hockey.  He, Commodore, went after Johan Franzen after Brad Stuart knocked R.J. Umberger right the *#$%@& out.  Only thing is, that left Smythe wide open and he buried that bitch. 

‘Member this?

“Mike Babcock was without a doubt an obstacle in my career,” said Commodore of the coach who traded him from Anaheim to Calgary in 2003.

“I wanted to prove him wrong, I’m not going to lie. I used him as big-time motivation. I thought he put his best foot forward to bury me.”

Yeah, he probably did dumbass.  By the way, did you happen to see that “best foot” sticking out from under the bench while you were on all fours last night?

Hey. Little Gary was on FSN-D last night…a highlight of the hugely successful “April in the D” campaign.  I didn’t see it because I was forced to sit through Danny Gare bumbling and stumbling like Pete Webber on crack.  But I did notice this today, thanks to George Malik

Sporting News

Bettman said the long-term deals are an issue that the league and NHLPA might discuss when it comes time to sit down to hammer out the next collective bargaining agreement.

Franzen admitted his contract was a way to work around the current salary cap system but said it was within the rules.

“If you don’t like it, you have to come up with rules against it,” Franzen told Sporting News Today. “You can’t say something after.”

In other words, Gary?  STFU.

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