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Well, At Least David Backes Is In A Cup Final Well, At Least David Backes Is In A Cup Final

I’m sitting here trying to come up with a reason it’s not a total bummer that the vile Boston Bruins are in their third Stanley Cup Final of the decade after a 4-0 win to complete a sweep of Carolina, and, reader, I am struggling. (This applies to non-Bruins fans only, of course. For Bruins fans: Congratulations. Your…

The Blues Got Screwed By Yet Another Officiating Disaster

Images the NHL wants to linger after an hard-fought overtime game: the jubilation of the goalscorer; his teammates erupting on the bench and spilling over to celebrate on the ice; the disappointment and hard-earned exhaustion of the losers, skating off in disbelief.

The Hurricanes Finally Didn't Stink, But Tuukka Rask Made Sure That Didn't Matter The Hurricanes Finally Didn't Stink, But Tuukka Rask Made Sure That Didn't Matter

Sometimes, it just isn’t your series. Sometimes, you just run into a buzzsaw—or perhaps a brick wall. The Carolina Hurricanes, now down 3-0 to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final, may not particularly care which of those two cases is more applicable here, but it’s really a Venn diagram, and in the center…

Robert Bortuzzo Scored An Unlikely Goal And Then Got Roasted By His Teammates Robert Bortuzzo Scored An Unlikely Goal And Then Got Roasted By His Teammates

Robert Bortuzzo doesn’t score goals. He doesn’t really try to, and he’s not good at it. There’s no more delicate way to put this.

It Is Probably Not The White Sox's Year It Is Probably Not The White Sox's Year

Let’s check in on the Chicago White Sox:

Consider Taking A Shower Before A Bath Consider Taking A Shower Before A Bath

Science says this is how you probably take a bath: You plug the drain and run the water to get it nice and hot. While the tub is filling up, maybe you put on some music, or a podcast, or even a sporting event. Perhaps you grab a beer or some wine or a book. Maybe you make some suds! That’s always fun. When the tub is…

Dee Gordon Was Pissed Off After Getting Hit By J.A. Happ Dee Gordon Was Pissed Off After Getting Hit By J.A. Happ

Yeah, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon was hurting after being hit on the wrist in the third inning of Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Yankees, and yeah, he might have to miss some time. (A CT scan is scheduled for today.) But more than anything else, he was angry.

The Avalanche Were Sunk By A Bad Rule, Badly Applied The Avalanche Were Sunk By A Bad Rule, Badly Applied

Pretend you don’t know anything about hockey. Take a look at this frozen moment of action. Where is the puck? Where is the play happening, and where is it not? Who is involved in the action, and who still has the potential to affect it? Who is violating the rules? More importantly, who is violating the rules and…

Patrick Maroon Did It For St. Louis Patrick Maroon Did It For St. Louis

Until Patrick Maroon finally, finally beat Ben Bishop 5:50 into the second overtime and put the Blues through to the Western Conference final, no player in the history of the NHL had ever scored a Game 7 overtime winner in his hometown. It’d been close, once, when in 1979 Yvon Lambert, out of Drummondville, Quebec,…

Gabriel Landeskog Had To Get His Hands Dirty Gabriel Landeskog Had To Get His Hands Dirty

In hockey as in few other sports, things rarely play out like they’re supposed to. (If they did, the Avalanche wouldn’t have made it to this series, let alone be headed for a Game 7 in San Jose after a wild 4-3 OT win on Monday night.) The storyline/scouting report for Avs-Sharks was supposed to be simple: Colorado…

A Whole Bunch Of Red Sox Will Skip Visiting Donald Trump At The White House A Whole Bunch Of Red Sox Will Skip Visiting Donald Trump At The White House

The Red Sox wrap up a road trip in Baltimore this week, but won’t all be heading back to Boston together. The team is running two separate charter flights, one going home on Wednesday, after the final game of the series, and one on Thursday, an off-day. The second is to accommodate the players, coaches, and executives…

Manny Machado's Feud With The Braves' Mascot Is Extremely Good Manny Machado's Feud With The Braves' Mascot Is Extremely Good

It is unclear when and where the beef between Manny Machado and Blooper, the Braves’ strange mascot, began. It dates back to at least last season, Blooper’s rookie year, when Santa Blooper gave Machado a lump of coal, and later, in the playoffs, when Machado, uh, refused to mount Blooper(?). It has only stewed and…

The Best Names Of The WHL Draft The Best Names Of The WHL Draft

Oh, friends. It’s here. The day we’ve been waiting for; the first true sign of spring. The Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, for 14- and 15-year-olds. A window on what Canadians west of Ontario and Americans west of the Mississippi were naming their children in 2004.

Brad Marchand Has Given Up Being Creatively Annoying And Just Punched A Guy In The Back Of The Head Brad Marchand Has Given Up Being Creatively Annoying And Just Punched A Guy In The Back Of The Head

The truly frustrating thing about Brad Marchand is that he’d be a star without all the bullshit. He’s on the top line of the team with the best odds to win the Cup because he’s really, really good at hockey, not because of the other stuff. It’s just that the other stuff—“pest” feels insufficient to describe someone…

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