Sunday, October 15, 2006

October 14th, 2006 - Canes @ Penguins: Random Musings and Observations

Two down on the road to .500, two more to go. Forgive me for not sounding too enthusiastic, but I am trying to be better about keeping a cool head about the Canes' win streaks, at least until they hit .500. I cannot help but feel like getting a little overexcited about a single win may have not helped matters in 2002-03 and/or 2003-04, or at least the mojo/luck thang anyway.

- The Pens' current broadcasters are not horrible, but they are not great either. It can never be said enough: Gawd, I miss Mike Lange. And to the people at The Score Boards Canes MB who kindly reminded me that Mr. Lange is now on the radio, I knew about that. But, having to put up with the five-ten second delay between the DirecTV broadcast and Internet radio is a royal pain in the butt. Sorry.

Anyway, to those of you who have never heard Mike "Elvis has left the building!" Lange in his prime, I highly recommend picking up a copy of one or both Penguins Stanley Cup runs in one form or another. If you put aside any prejudices against the Pens, if you have any that is, you will not only hear some of the finest TV hockey announcing ever, but also see some damn good hockey AND Ronnie Francis rightfully earning the Stanley Cup.

- Even though the latest reports are that he is not as bad off as originally thought, still pray for Trevor Letowski and hope for a fast recovery from his (hopefully) concussion for him. I don't know what it is about the Mellon Arena and Canes players getting injured bad there, but it is a trend that does not need to continue. It distresses me as not only a fan of the Canes, but also a fan of the Penguins too...

- A fine 5-1 victory over the Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal (Who made this a historical game in its being the first NHL one vs. his older brother, Eric. Somewhat eerie how similar in appearance AND voice they are... o_O), and the Penguins deserves a great drink, such as...

Purple Rain

Fill glass with ice.
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
Fill with Cranberry Juice.
Dash of Grenadine (Optional)

Just like the best album by Prince (and the Revolution), this concoction will kick your A if you don't watch it. Loved the taste of this (quite similar to the Blue Kamikaze/Lemonade, actually), but I'll be damned if this drink did not make me the most snockered I have ever felt since having the Hawaii Three-O (named after its having THREE DIFFERENT RUMS) at Macado's, and the three Sex On the Beaches and Blue Hawaiian at the Cary Embassy Suites.

Despite that, Purple Rain is a nice drink, and one going on my list of faves...particularly when I do feel like getting high. ;) BTW, thanks to Jes Golbez for recommending it. :D

Current Music: "Bring the Pain" by Hubert Laws and Kevin Toney