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05-21-2010, 07:07 AM
Jeez it's like the old "anticipation" commercials for Heinz ketchup waiting for this thread to end. :p

Good Lord!! You are so right! We need to just post like crazy here for a few days and this bad memory will be all over. Anything, any topic, like for instance, what will be the name of our new thread? Talk amongst yourselves!!

05-21-2010, 08:52 AM
More on the Columbus coaching search and Dineen. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/05/21/jackets-right-not-to-rush-search-for-new-coach.html?sid=101

05-21-2010, 09:21 AM
Carle was minus 3 last night and was on the ice for 4 Habs goals. He was on the ice for a Philly goal. I never liked the Flyers and never will,but want Carle to do well.

05-21-2010, 09:24 AM
Carle was minus 3 last night and was on the ice for 4 Habs goals. He was on the ice for a Philly goal. I never liked the Flyers and never will,but want Carle to do well.ESPN called out Carle & Pronger on the game recap. Ouch.

05-21-2010, 02:19 PM
145 and counting............

05-21-2010, 03:20 PM
This is BS. 145 more posts in this cursed thread??? I got nothing, except for this amazing Nike World Cup ad. Just doing my part:


Old Pio
05-21-2010, 04:16 PM
I got less than nothing, except we're one post closer.

Say, if any of you have a little time you might check out a flick on Hulu called "The Long Green Line." It tells the story of one of the most remarkable coaches in any sport, ever. His name is Joe Newton and he coaches cross country for a school in suburban Chicago and has been doing so for over 50 years! In that time he's won 26 state titles, been second 12 times and 22 NATIONAL titles.

He gets over 200 kids to come out for XC, 1/10 of the total student body.
Yet he finds time to speak to each boy every day--gives 'em all nicknames.
He says he's built his program from the bottom up, because those boys in the bottom hundred have zero chance of ever figuring in the scoring of a meet.

Full disclosure: I know Joe Newton a little. I managed the XC team of a school that occasionally competed against his, and he was always very pleasant and respectful to me. Made a great impression all those decades ago.

The story revolves around his efforts to win title 25--and the challenges the team faces that year: his top 2 runners have a mysterious virus, another top runner is kicked off the team and another top runner gets in trouble with the law.

Like I've posted elsewhere, Joe Newton is the exemplar for all of those coaches and teachers who made such an impression on us as kids and who are doing it everyday still. Guy's 80 years old and still coaching championship teams in a very good state for XC, it's not like he's coaching in Rhode Island! Every XC coach in the country has one or more of Joe's books on the shelf in his office.

Really, "The Long Green Line" is uplifting and inspiring and well worth your time.

Puck Swami
05-21-2010, 04:42 PM
I have an idea to get the thread to move a little faster.

List the top 10 DU games you've seen live - Here are mine:

1. Winning 2004 NCAA title in Boston 1-0 over Maine. I still feel the jackhammer going off in my stomach for the last 90 seconds of 6 on 3.

2. Winning the 2005 NCAA title in Columbus over UND. Had to get through CC and UND, but watching Carle feed Stats for the dagger goal was amazing.

3. Beating UND in the 2004 Regional Final, 1-0. Grand Pioneer larceny behind Berkhoel, but oh so sweet to beat a great UND team.

4. DU beats UMD in the 2004 Semis after falling behind, 2-0. Caldwell and Dora complete combeack for DU to send Pios to the NC game vs Maine.

5. Beating Cornell in the 1986 NCAA Regional. Joe Nieuwendyck was not enough for the Big Red, and DU fans storm the ice at old DU arena

6. October 1984 - DU beats CC, but the game is best remembered for the obscene 20 foot banner that unfurled from the rafters.

7. 1995 Denver Cup - DU beats CC, 3-2 before 16,000+ at old McNichols Arena in Denver.

8. 1986 WCHA Playoffs. DG and friends carry real coffin into UMD fan section as Pioneers defeat Brett Hull and Co.

9. 1986 NCAA Frozen Four - Yes, we lost to Harvard 5-2, but it was 2-2 into the third period, and being there in Providence was great.

10. 2008 Hall of Fame Game - DU beats Notre Dame before an energized full house.

Old Pio
05-21-2010, 05:25 PM
Great idea Swami. Here's my list:

1. '68 NC game, DU behind an awesome performance by Gerry Powers in goal shuts out UND 4-0.

2. '69 NC game. DU beats Cornell and Ken Dryden 4-3. George Morrison puts one right between his legs. Last game in crimson and gold for Maggie.

3. WCHA playoff game against UND. Winner goes to FF. Trailing 4-1 after two, Pioneers score three in the third to tie it and win in overtime 5-4. For pure excitement this was the number one game (I just can't put it ahead of NC's). After the GWG, Chancellor Alter came running out on the ice and grabbed Murray in a big bearhug. Priceless!

4. & 5 DU murders Minnesota 9-0 and 7-3 in a 2 game total goal playoff series. The Gophers had to come out from hiding or forfeit. Game two featured what Jimbo called the "Carter gong show." Big Jim Carter (who was the fullback on the Minn football team) took exception to Tom Miller gently tapping him on the head with his stick. Chased Miller all over the ice (no chance of catching Tom since Carter was about as fast as lava flowing uphill). Highlight was when Carter pulled up the cage under the scoreboard and threw it. Jimbo and I would agree: on the laugh meter, this scored a 10--a real WWE moment.

6. Beat the Czech nationals in the Broadmoor World Tournament. Final was actually 2-2 but DU awarded the win on style points or something. But these were the same guys who did very well in the Olympics.

7. DU beats BC 4-1 in the FF semis in Frank Daly's only start in goal. A good friend who is gone too soon.

8. DU beats Harvard 9-2 in the '69 FF semis. Any time you can beat those Ivy League phonies ("we don't give athletic scholarships") is good.

9. DU shuts out MTU 3-0, with Tony Esposito in the nets for the Huskies.

10. The coffin game, where a younger, more slender DG did us all proud and gave us hints of good things to come. Later we spent the night ragging on some very tough looking UMD females in the Writer's Manor bar. Again, priceless.

05-21-2010, 05:31 PM
Swami: looks like your list and mine have some things in common. I don't even know if I can come up with 10, but here goes:

1) 2004 National Championship game: the agony of potential defeat when Maine appeared to jump out to a 1-0 lead in a defensive game; the feeling that things could go our way after Gauthier's goal; the amazingly tense and ridiculous 6-on-3, right in front of the DU fan section; and the unbelievable feeling that they had finally won the championship after 35 years. Wow.

2) The 2004 semifinal: I rank this higher than the 2005 championship game, because of the improbability of rattling off 4 straight goals in one period against a Lessard team for the comeback win. What a moment it was, when Caldwell scored the game-tying goal off the great feed from Fulghum. Perhaps my favorite DU goal of all time.

3) The 2005 National Championship game: things got off to a shaky start when Skinner was slammed into the boards and had to leave the game. But given enough time, DU asserted itself and took control. What an effort by Manno, and Carle's feed to Stastny was epic. The culmination of an amazingly consistent season.

4) DU beating CC in the 1995 Denver Cup at McNichols. To this day, perhaps the best hockey atmosphere I've seen at a DU game. Laaksonen tamed the Tigers, stopping what I believe was a 20-game streak for CC without a loss.

5) DU absolutely throttling CC in the 2005 FF semifinal. That was just too easy. Gauthier's goal at the end of the 2nd period (?) was awesome--the straw that broke the Tigers' back. The only time since I've been watching the Pios that we've had two legit Tiger killers (Fulghum & Gauthier).

6) DU's stunning win over UND in the 2004 regional in the Springs. Gwoz had a great game plan, Berkhoel was amazing, and Bull's shot off of Fulghum's stick was one of the biggest goals in DU hockey history. I'll never forget how shocked I was to see the red light flash behind the UND goalie. Sweet!

7) DU once again throttling CC in the regular season finale in 2005. I think the score was 7-0 or something ridiculous like that. It felt great when Laatsch skated the MacNaughton trophy to the student section.

Have to get back to work, but hopefully I'll think of some more.

05-21-2010, 10:54 PM
Still skating:


Brock Trotter 8-9-17 +6 Hamilton Bulldogs Had an assist tonight.
Series tied 2-2

Gabe Gauthier 7-3-10 +2 Manchester Monarchs
Patrick Mullen 0-0-0 Manchester Monarchs (has not played against Hershey)
Hershey leads series 3-2


Matt Carle 0-9-9 +7
Flyers lead series 2-1

05-22-2010, 08:37 AM
[QUOTE=Old Pio;4782252]I got less than nothing, except we're one post closer.

two closer.......BC fan here, looking forward to maybe making the trip to Denver for the Eagles visit. i enjoy reading your thread BTW

Puck Swami
05-22-2010, 10:07 AM
BC fan here, looking forward to maybe making the trip to Denver for the Eagles visit. i enjoy reading your thread BTW

Thanks. We are excited to host BC again this year -- BC is a sellout-producing program that generated a real sense of buzz here in Denver. Last year's Denver Cup between the two teams was probably the best game we saw all season in Denver - BC's depth of team speed, even without Krieder in the lineup, was exceptional and I don't think anybody around here was at all surprised they went on to win it all.

Next October, the BC series will be our home opening series (not counting exhibitions), and it will be a very tough ticket.

05-22-2010, 11:40 AM
[QUOTE=Old Pio;4782252]I got less than nothing, except we're one post closer.

two closer.......BC fan here, looking forward to maybe making the trip to Denver for the Eagles visit. i enjoy reading your thread BTW

Great time of year to visit Denver.
Has BC had any early departures after the Championship?

05-22-2010, 11:56 AM
All our boys will be playng today.

Matt Carle and the Flyers will be on NBC--Noon Pacific time.
Gabe Gauthier's (Patrick Mullen,too) Manchester Monarchs face elimination against Hershey.
Brock Trotter and the Hamilton Bulldogs close the day out with a tie breaking game against the Texas Stars in Austin.

Go Flyers!
Go Monarchs!
Go Bulldogs!

05-22-2010, 04:53 PM
Flyers get the win to go up 3-1. Blackhawks up 3-0.

Could it be ?
Shades of 2005-2006
Carle vs Toews

Old Pio
05-22-2010, 05:09 PM
I still got nothin'. But I would like to see some more of us post our Swami Top 10's.

And I don't mean to be a nag, but you really should check out "The Long Green Line," I'm telling you, it'll be worth your time. Here's the trailer:


05-22-2010, 05:29 PM
Okay, I renewed my season tix today :D

Also, I'm participating in a mock draft over at Hockey's Future, drafting for the Avs, and picked Zucker at #47 :cool:

05-22-2010, 06:52 PM
Dineen interview. http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wsyx_vid_4329.shtml :D

05-22-2010, 07:41 PM
I've got nothing, and i have not had the good fortune to be at any really good, memorable DU games. The one I remember most from my days at DU was a nothing game against UAF during the course of which the Fairbanks goalie, whose name was Fish, turned around and gestured at my buddy and I in response to some comments that we may or may not have, but probably did, make. DU won that game pretty handily.