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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Random Videos

No theme today just videos
Didn't know this was possible.

What a dump.

Eric P's first career, overtime, and game winning goal. What a clutch performer.

zarley zalapski with the overtime winner.

Some random videos from random users

Thursday, November 27, 2008


AMC taking a page out of Barton's Book...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Hunt

The lion stalks his prey... then strikes!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

And the winner is...

Team Free Candy!

And now the trophy presentation:

Team Free Candy defeated Team Billy Tibbets last night by a score of 2-0.
Congratulations to zarley zalapski, syniper, sh0e8, rjpucla, and Mr Pockets 12. A shout out to Free Candyman who was on injured reserve for the tournament... you were in our hearts.

The series was a hard fought, conservative, defensive series
with only 4 goals scored in the entire Cup final.

In the first game, through two period the score was 0-0 then in the middle of the 3rd , zarley zalapski found himself in the slot with an open shot and he buries it blocker side to take the lead. The lead would stick despite a late rush and shot off the post by Team Billy Tibbets.

The second game was once again 0-0 after the first period. Early in the second, Mr Pockets 12 took the puck behind the net, swung around to the far post and attempted to pass it across crease to zarley zalapski who was open for a shot. The pass went off of YanM82's stick and through the goalies legs for the first goal. Kinda like this:

Shortly after that crveza81 decided to show up and, through a partial screen, sneaks one in short side to tie the game. Then in the 3rd period, after some constant pressure by Team Free Candy, syniper made a great pass to Jason Sandhu. Since Jason Sandhu is a computer and therefore terrible at shooting, Mr Pockets takes the puck off Sandhu's stick and shoots it glove side for the eventual game winner.

Now onto the MVP award:This award goes to crveza81.
He dominated the tournament, scoring at least 5 goals in the first matchup of these two teams. He, at my last count, had 10G 4A in the tournament. Post your stats crveza and I'll update it.
He's still a jerk.

In all seriousness the tournament was a lot of fun when games were actually being played. We had too many people commit to playing and then not show up. The new tournament coming to a theater near you will be much smoother. Details are coming.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

We'll try again...

Ok so we are aiming for tonight to be the end of the tourney. Team Billy Tibbets vs Team Free Candy - 9 p.m.

scott22372, crveza81 (jerk), YanM82, EnsErmac, and Rednib be on at 9 p.m.
zarley zalapski, sh0e8, syniper, rjpucla... 9 p.m.

The new tournament details will be posted tonight. It will hopefully run much smoother.

To the Pensblog Pros - We'll assemble an all star team of sorts because we we are aiming for being extremely embarrassed as opposed to being utterly destroyed.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Completely off topic but I don't care.

UPDATE: We'll try for tomorrow after the Penguin game or Wednesday evening to finish the tourney.

The Pensblog Cup Finals

We will have the Finals Tonight of the Pensblog Cup which will feature Team Billy Tibbets vs. Team Free Candy.

The next tournament will proceed much smoother due to slight changes in the format. More details will be available on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Is tonight at 9 be acceptable for both teams?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Day Five kinda

Team Man Jam must have all of their games made up by tomorrow. They will otherwise forfeit their games so we can get this tournament finished.

There will be changes for when we due this next time due to commitment issues with some of the players and teams.

Get on and play everyone.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Day Four + Backstrom Moments

I decided to include standings to see how the teams are doing so far:
There were some close, competitive scrimmages played after the Cup games. They were a lot of fun even if FFBarton is a bastard.

Backstrom Moments:

Syniper gets the headline today for this performance:

This is a good Backstrom moment. Pittsburghler scoring his first ever shootout goal, game winner. This was during a scrimmage game as well.

Possibly my proudest moment:

I meant to do this:

I wanna see someone else accomplish this. I am very proud of this as well:

Leave feedback etc. I more than likely will not be online tonight and my team will be unavailable for Cup competition due to sh0e and I having prior commitments (read: Penguins tickets bitches!).

Team Man Jam: Get online tonight after the Pens game and play!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Day Three

Day Three of the Pensblog Cup had only 1 game played. It was a close fought, defensive battle between Team Rehab and Team Free Candy. I wish the matchup would have been a 5 or 7 game series due to the intensity and fair and even play both teams exhibited in the series.

Team Man Jam and The Bread Line are severely behind in their games. Let's see if we can correct that tonight.

Captains try to contact your team to figure out what time would be best to start a game tonight. Leave a comment about what time you guys would like to start tonight as well.

How bout that game last night... One of the best regular season games I have ever seen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Day Two

The Bread Line =

Once again they failed to play their first round game with Team Man Jam which is unfair to the Man Jelly. Wait not man jelly. Whatever.

We enjoy the positive feedback about the tournament even though it hasn't exactly been smoothly. And I'm glad you're having fun raping the competition crveza...

Bunch of games tonight, we'll get as many in as we can after the Pittsburgh vs. Detroit Game.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

After the First Day

The first day did not go quite how it was supposed to.

Only 3 full teams showed up to play their scheduled 3 game series.

Only Team Rehab and Team Billy Tibbets played their first round series which resulted in a pair of hard fought, 2-1 victories for Team Billy Tibbets.

Team Alternate did what I expected and failed to show up. Only rjpucla showed up from the team. So Team Alternate will be replaced with a BYE.

The Bread Line =
They will play their first round game tonight against Team Man Jam at 8 p.m. The teams can play sooner if everyone gets online. I was going to give The Bread Line a Loss for last night but it would not have been fair to Pittsburghler and DarkJustice.

The Bread Line is on probation however. The updated schedule is here. We will attempt to get two rounds in tonight.

Alexander Seminblog - fun little fact I found on his wikipedia page:

Tourney Begins Tonight

How to reach the created rooms:
  • Go to the Xbox Live section, then go to the community. Next press A on the Lobbies. On the next screen scroll all the way down to the bottom and there will be rooms with the name "tpb" and enter the appropriate room.
  • There will be NO GLITCHING. If someone glitches and scores, there are two options. The other team can pull their goalie and allow 1 goal to be scored to even it up. Or you can disregard the goal and pretend it never took place.
  • Glitching includes: the wrist shot glitch (floater etc. No slap shot versions either).
  • Everything else is fair game.
  • In case of overtime, the 4-on-4 will play out as normal. In the case of a shootout, the shootout will continue until all human players have had a chance. After that point, if it is tied, the shootout will be over rather than let random computer players end it.
  • All the players will return to the room and they will start a new game. The first team to score wins it. It will be like overtime.
  • I repeat - if it is tied at the end of the human player shootout, a new game will be started that will act as overtime.
Everyone should be online by 9 p.m. Good luck.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tournament Back On For Tomorrow!

I lied earlier and the tournament will proceed as scheduled for tomorrow at 9:15.

The EA problem is still there but we found a way to work around it.

Everyone must be in the room created by your team captain to get it to play properly.

Try to be online by 9 p.m. Try to let everyone know the tourney is still going to take place.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tournament Final Details

UPDATE: THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE ON HIATUS FOR THE TIME BEING DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH EA. THE CREATED ROOMS ARE NOT WORKING PROPERLY THUS TOURNAMENT CANNOT GO ON AS SCHEDULED. This will be the schedule to start out with. First round games are at 9:15 p.m. Be online by 9 p.m. to get everyone organized and coordinated. This is the trial run for this so have patience as we try to figure everything out.

Organizing games:
  • Captains will be in charge of gathering the troops for battle.
  • Instructions will be sent to each captain on how to set up a game. If there are any problems, Mr Pockets 12, zarley zalapski, AMCcity424 all know how to set it up and will be happy to help. Zarley gets cranky so beware.
  • The two captains of the teams set to face each other will meet in the club dressing room before the game. That is where you shall decide who makes the room etc.
  • An idea (which you will vote on below) is to change the name that will appear on the back of the jersey to your gamertag name. This would be to easily identify opposing players by their known persona on Team Pensblog. Ex. My name is Zach Boslett. But nobody knows me by that. They know me by Mr Pockets. So when I would go down and score on you and it says Zach Boslett you would not know who it was. If it says Mr Pockets you would know who amazed you on the goal. Or how to get him back. It's an idea to throw around. Vote on it below:

Quick game story: zarley zalapski, scottrandomnumbers, syniper and I had the pleasure of playing a game against a bunch of annoying ass little kids yesterday. The results are below:

Photography is from a cell phone taken hastily so don't give me crap about that.
Some key points:
  • 4 shots total from the opposition. All were slapshots entering the zone.
  • 159 hits from the opposition. They would send all 5 players after one player, leaving the other 4 with a 4-on-0 breakaway. They interfered every second of the game constantly laying people out behind the play, ahead of the play, in front of the net etc.
  • zarley zalapski figured in on all 11 goals, breaking the team record (7) for goals in a single game.
  • scott also had 6 points in the game (1G 5A).
  • For how much shit they talked you'd think they would have performed a little better or at least left.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final Roster etc.

Team Alternate is comprised of 6 players because Firebird is questionable with an xbox injury and the rest of them might or might not play.

When would all of you like the tournament to start?

If you have any problems or issues with the times or dates leave a comment and we'll see what we can do. Leave a comment even if you don't.