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Monday, October 14, 2013

Hockey Related Reason #5 To Move To Canada

Another in a long line of reasons to move to Canada, or at least plan lots of vacations there...

The Legends Classic is a hockey game of sorts between two teams of legendary NHL players.  This years' Classic is no less awesome than other years.  It is being held at the Maple Leaf Gardens (or whatever weird name they actually changed it to now) and features current HOF inductees, NHL legends, and Maple Leaf greats.

In the Red corner, we have Team McDonald, captained by non other than Lanny McDonald.  In the Blue corner, we have Team Sittler, captained by Darryl Sittler.

Event and giveaways will be plenty as all ticketholders will get a free program and a free pass to the Hockey Hall of Fame to boot.  Plus, they will get to experience the 2013 induction class receiving their member blazers at center ice.  There will also be a Shoot Out during intermission where fans can win autographs of the 2013 HOF inductees.

Very rarely, if ever, do we get these events here in the States.  And for that, I am forever jealous.  The only opportunity we usually get to see this many legends in one place is either at a team sponsored event or ceremonial game or at one of the national-type card/memorabilia shows.  It seems like in Canada, these things happen all the time.  For a hockey fan, this has to be like Christmas in November.

Check out the team rosters so far for this event...

Team Sittler

Darryl Sittler
Ed Belfour
Chris Chelios
Doug Gilmour
Brendan Shanahan
Shayne COrson
Gary Leeman
Bob McGill
Darcy Tucker
Rick Vaive
Tiger Williams

Team McDonald

Lanny McDonald
Geraldine Heaney
Angela James
Scott Niedermayer
Joe Nieuwendyk
Borje Salming
Dan Daoust
Wendel Clark
Al Iafrate
Nick Kypreos
Gary Roberts
Sami Jo Small

Even if you aren't a fan of the Leafs, this still seems like it would be a lot of fun.  Are they any readers/bloggers out there going to be attending or have attended these in the past?  Leave a comment.  I'd like to hear about them.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Steeler 6-Pack BONUS (sort of)

The fifth installment of a the Sunday Steeler 6-Pack, on schedule at normal time.  There are two this week because I inadvertently forgot last weeks.

Each Sunday of the NFL season, I will feature 6 random cards from my Pittsburgh Steelers' PC.  There is no rhyme or reason for any of them, just 6 random cards I pull out of one of my many boxes or binders of black and gold (and there are MANY) and maybe a comment or two.

Here We Go!

 2009 Topps Magic Rashard Mendenhall RC

Here we have Mendy in his Fighting Illini uniform.  This was a feature of the Topps Magic set in 2009.

2008 Upper Deck SP Rookie Edition Hines Ward

Hines Ward was considered by many NFL players as "dirty".  Those guys were evidently the ones that he knocked on their asses each week.  And he did it all with a smile on his face.

2009 Mayo Cut Plug Mini Terry Bradshaw

Another TB mini.  This time it's a Mayo's Cut Plug Mini.  Not sure where I got this because I know I never opened any of that product.

2007 Panini Threads Generations Ronnie Lott/Troy Polamalu

Two guys with some of the most ferocious hits of all time.  Did you ever see Ronnie Lott's fingers?  They are gross.  Seriously gross.  Imagine how much faster Troy would be without the wind resistance of his hair...

1977 Topps Mel Blount (All Pro) 

Mel was always one of my favorite Dynasty Era Steelers.  The guy was arguably one of the most physical cornerbacks of his day, roaming the secondary, looking for a guy to knock his head off.  They don't make him quite like Mel today.  Closest thing would probably be Troy but even that is a stretch.


1971 Topps Terry Hanratty

Hanratty was drafted in 1969 to be the starting QB.  He played a few games as starter but was quickly replaced by the #1 pick in 1970...Terry Bradshaw.  He spent the majority of the rest of his career backing up Terry, suiting up for a Super Bowl and playing in another.  He was also picked in the expansion draft by Tampa Bay and has the dubious distinction of helping lead them the only win less season in NFL history.

Sunday Steeler 6-Pack (A Week Late)

The fourth installment of a the Sunday Steeler 6-Pack.  It's brutal to watch every Sunday.  I'm beginning to wonder if we are ever going to win.  I even forgot to post this last Sunday.  I must have been celebrating the Bye Week win!!

Each Sunday of the NFL season, I will feature 6 random cards from my Pittsburgh Steelers' PC.  There is no rhyme or reason for any of them, just 6 random cards I pull out of one of my many boxes or binders of black and gold (and there are MANY) and maybe a comment or two.

2008 Score Select Gold Zone Ike Taylor 

1980 Topps  '79 AFC Championship Game Highlight 

Here is a nice shot of Rocky Bleier cutting up the Oilers defense.  In the background is Mike Webster looking on after probably throwing a nice block to open up a hole and on the ground is Gerry Mullins throwing a nice cut block on Greg Bingham.   

1991 Enor Hall of Fame Art Rooney 


1970 Topps Chuck Allen

What are you so smiley about? 

2008 Topps Bruce Davis 

Is Brucey doing his best Elvis hip shake here or is he running some kind of play?

2007 Upper Deck James Farrior