Friday, March 26, 2010

Home sweet home


Outstanding weather as we march onward to the post-season. Go Sharks.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Amazing anagrams that you won't believe (updated)

Using this site, I've had some fun in my spare time today creating anagrams. Anagrams, you'll recall, are words or sayings created from the letters of a different word. Or, in this case, names.

My name comes out as "darkest nudities." Ha ha, ho ho. San Jose Sharks player Torrey Mitchell also has a ridiculous one that I won't spoil.

But some are just downright amazing in how they relate to their subject.

I entered the following names, and was astonished to see how they also double as commentary - albeit of an occasionally goofy sort.

"United States of America" = DINE OUT, TASTE A MAC, FRIES
"Russian Federation" = NATO IS A SURE FRIEND
"North America" = MACHO TERRAIN
"South America" = I AM TRUE CHAOS
"United Nations" = NOT INSINUATED (at least in American thought)
"Great Britain" = BATTERING IRA (as in Irish Republican Army - whoa)
"South Africa" = AH! FRACTIOUS
"Islamic Republic of Iran" = LUCIFER'S MICROBIAL PAIN (whatever that means)
"Ayatollah Khomeini" = HAIL, HAIL, TO A MONKEY (whoa... I don't endorse this necessarily)
"World Trade Center" = LEWD TERROR ACT END
"Los Angeles" = SELLS AN EGO
"George Washington" = WAR ON: HE GETS GOING
"Richard Milhous Nixon" = NO! I SHUN HORRID CLIMAX
"Ronald Wilson Reagan" = NO, DARLINGS, NO ERA LAW (Equal Rights Amendment, which failed to be ratified in 1982)
"William Jefferson Clinton" = JILTS NICE WOMEN. IN FOR FALL
"George W Bush" = HE GREW BOGUS
"William Arthur Philip Louis" (Prince William's full name) = HARM IRISH, I'LL WILL UP UTOPIA
"Washington DC" = DON'T SHAG IN WC (WC stands for water closet, aka the restroom / toilet)
"New York Yankees" = KEY: SNEAKY OWNER
"Manny Ramirez" = REMAIN ZANY MR
"Babe Ruth" = HE RUB BAT
"Napoleon Bonaparte" = NO! NOT APPEAR ON ELBA (he was exiled to Elba...)
"Albert Einstein" = TEN ELITE BRAINS
"Adolf Hitler" = RILL OF DEATH (or DEATH FOR ILL)
"Vladimir Lenin" = REMIND VILLAIN (meh...)
"Alexander the Great" = EXTRA-HATED GENERAL
"Nelson Mandela" = LEAN AND SOLEMN
"Sean Connery" = ON ANY SCREEN
"Winston Churchill" = I'LL CRUNCH THIS NOW (????)
"Michael Jackson" = MANACLE HIS JOCK (wow!)
"Oscar Wilde" = I LACE WORDS
"Ernest Hemingway" = SNEER, WEIGHTY MAN
"Orson Welles" = NOW ROLELESS (appropriate even before he died)
"William Shakespeare" = I AM A WEAKISH SPELLER
"Elvis Aaron Presley" = SEEN ALIVE? SORRY, PAL
"Eric Clapton" = NARCOLEPTIC (well, that's a bit harsh)
"Vancouver Olympics" = O MY! CONVULSIVE CRAP (must be referring to NBC's inane broadcasting schedule...)
"Microsoft Corporation" = MORONIC SORT OF APRICOT (apricots... the secret to their billions)
"Toronto Maple Leafs" = FAT, LONESOME PATROL (Hal Gill no longer plays for them, however)
"Mike Modano" (of the Dallas Stars) = I AM OK DEMON
"Anaheim Ducks" = HUMANE AS DICK (sounds about right...)

And finally, to end on a big laugh, "Arnold Schwarzenegger" = HE'S GROWN LARGE 'N' CRAZED

Enjoy, and leave others in the comments.

P.S. - "San Jose Stanley Cup" is one I'd rather forget... NUTCASES ENJOY PALS. D'oh!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto (Feb. 8, 2010)

Exterior of the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Toronto

I love the French wording - "Temple of Hockey's Renowned" (if my French serves me)

You currently have to enter a shopping mall to access the Hall of Fame

Brian Hayward's mask, from the earliest days of the Sharks

Habs goaltending legend Ken Dryden's mask

Ed Belfour's mask

Oilers' anchor Grant Fuhr's mask

Crazy goalie mask for an even crazier goaltender

Dan Boyle's helmet, in the Pacific Division case

Bobby Orr's case

The Great One's case

First trophy ever won by Wayne Gretzky

King Clancy's jersey
Terry Sawchuk's gear

Maurice Richard's case

Maurice Richard's 500th goal puck

Luc Robitaille's jersey from his last game (in San Jose, no less)

Conn Smythe Trophy, for playoff MVP
Recent winners of the Conn Smythe...

Vezina Trophy, for goaltender of the year

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, for the Western Conference team that advances to the Finals

Prince of Wales Trophy, for the Eastern Conference team that advances to the Finals

The Hart Memorial Trophy, for MVP

Joe Thornton's plaque on the Hart Trophy

James Norris Memorial Trophy, for best defenseman

The bank vault, in which the Stanley Cup is kept

The original Stanley Cup, inside the bank vault

The original Stanley Cup

Calder Memorial Trophy, for rookie of the year

Bill Masterton Trophy, for perseverance

Tony Granato's plaque on the Masterton Trophy

Frank J. Selke Trophy, for best defensive forward

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, for the most goals scored in a season

Jonathan Cheechoo's plaque on the Rocket Richard... sniff

The Art Ross Trophy, for most points in a season

Joe Thornton's plaque on the Art Ross

Jack Adams Award, for coach of the year

The Lady Byng Trophy, destined to be renamed the Pavel Datsyuk Award, for gentlemanly play

The Stanley Cup, curiously without a line to see it (just try and see that in the summer)

Let it be known - I hate the Red Wings

Stanley Cup, from "behind"


The lockout's imprint upon the Cup


Yours truly, with Lord Stanley's Mug

You know, not enough is said about the stained glass above the Cup

The display cases in the trophy room, with the Cup in the back

North Korean hockey jersey - not something you see every day

Cammi Granato's jersey, beneath some non-female's jersey

Recreated Montreal Canadiens dressing room

Montreal Canadiens dressing room

Trophy presented to Joe Hall of the Kenora Thistles by the people of Kenora, after he won the Stanley Cup in 1907

Gary Suter's jersey, in the Sharks case

Gordie Howe's 700th goal puck