Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Because Lucky is too retired to post it this year.
Someone end Toews' season. Please and thank you.
Oh Sven, you're just bitter!
Midwest is best!!
Hawks/Pens final. Pretty please.
Came here to talk shit, but I know better. Fingers crossed for the Pens, but I wouldn't be surprised if they Toronto'd all over themselves this round. x2 for Lucky, Mike!
someone else from louisville is probably going to come in here and start talking about the red wings. I would disregard all of his statements, as the Bruins are going to win the cup.
Forever mother fuck the Canucks.
Im not here to talk trash but here to spit some reality.. Los Angeles Kings!! Canucks where a joke to the Sharks
"We don't need no education"
GO KINGS GO!
Hawks vs Wild was a yawner. Backstrom shat himself from fear during Game 1 warmups, then Chicago crushed Minnesota.
Kind of like Mankato last month..
Hey Stretch, it says Stanley Cup trash talk, not Polo trash talk in the thread title. Besides, I'm sure you had as much to do with Chicago Polo beating Mankato Polo as you did with the Blackhawks beating the Wild.
i was talking about CHI vs MPLS. i'd never talk smack about Mankato Polo.
other than that you're spot on though. nice burn :)
i'd never talk smack about Mankato Polo.
The benefit of mediocrity and obscurity! Not unlike the Wild's playoff runs!
Funny I don't remember feeling your particular brand of stupid in Mankato. Were you there?
hey, fuck you buddy. no need to get personal.
i wasn't there because i was standing up in a close friend's wedding in Chicago.
also because i probably wasn't good enough to make the team, quite frankly.
but I watched and cheered (and donated money) via bikepolo.tv
i wish i was there though, for the smoked meats. and to see the looks on MPLS faces when CHI beat them with no Lomax, no Matt Lane, no Tucker Schwinn, no Greg Valentine, and no Chris Williams.
Thought as much.
You guys are gonna be sorry next year!
Legalize Hand Throws - 2014
L.A vs Chi in the finals!!
Haha, definitely whoever comes out of the western conference finals is gonna get the cup
Chi takes the Pens in 5.
I want to argue with you SO BADLY. If only the Pens hadn't Toronto'd every year since the last won the cup in '09. Uhhhh... Good luck enjoying hockey in Philadelphia! Take that! Got you good, right?
EASTERN CONFERENCE HOCKEY CAN SUCK MY NUTS. YOU WON'T SEE THIS GUY IN ORANGE.
I thought your Pens were dominant, and I like the coach, I like the team. But Malkin's temper and antics piss me off so I got to root against him. Heh.
Team? Unreal. Coach? Can shine turds like a pro when needed. You're right about Malkin. No one takes an unnecessary, frustration penalty like that dude. People call Crosby a crybaby... Just be glad that Geno isn't so good at English.
Edit: Fleury can stand on his head every night except the ones that he doesn't need to... Then he jams it up his butt. Thank the baby jeebus for Vokoun
What?! Nick Kruse is posting something positive about the Blackhawks. I'm speechless...
Not possible unless you mean the Western conference finals. LA got lucky in their first game against the Sharks since they haven't played in a week. The Blues should've finished the Kings first round, but shat the bed. I agree with Jason, Hawks Pens final.
Shat that bed 4 nights in a row. We'll see about the Sharks tonite, and in this series. I don't think San Jose proved much in the first round despite the 'Nucks higher seeding. Although dominating a high-scoring Vancouver team seems to be a rite of passage for Cali teams on the rise days... Sharks wash out in the tides of May every year anyhow.
Damn. We'll see how good the Kings play away from home.
Now that the Sharks are properly warmed up, I'd be scared if I were you. : )
Not scared, as we still have 2-3 home games to beach these fish...
Yep. It's looking like LA is ready to lose a couple more games and head to the beach. Quick is gonna get tired of being the only one playing.
I doubt either team lose at home
Really good hockey though.
It looks like you/they were right.
The Blues should not have beat the Kings, though. The Blues' leading point scorer is ranked 43rd in the league, and on top of that he's the only one on the team that totaled more than 30 points this season. The highest plus/minus on the team was a fucking 6.
They didn't shit the bed, they were never even sleeping in the bed. They just shit outside in the backyard where shit is insignificant and meaningless. :(
Hot damn Kruse that was gold. Im a lil scared of what u mite come up with if yer team became a contender!
I'm still not happy about having to come to LA for the BM in the heat of the playoffs after being knocked out by the Kings 2 years in a row, though. I'm only packing Blues t-shirts!
There was this guy in one of my classes last year who always was wearing wool beanie caps even when it wasn't cold out... one of THOSE guys, you know. Anyway, right after the Kings won the cup, this douche bag showed up wearing a fresh Kings flat bill, IN MISSOURI. You know what I did? I killed him.
Can't argue with hostile feelings toward an insensitive band-wagoner intruding on yer turf like that. That had to sting. But that sure won't fly out west...
Psssh... Everyone knows that West Coast sports haven't been right since the end of the 49ers dynasty. Snoop knows what's up!
Got you both faded..
I just want to add that the Hawks won 2 out of three games that they payed against the Kings this season. If these statistics hold true, the Hawks vs Kings series (if it happens) will go to 6 games.
Huh, don't get me wrong, I like hockey, but if the recent Bike Smut thread got sent to "Off Topic" shouldn't this one as well? At least the Porny Express thread mentioned bike polo at least once - this one has nothing to do with bike polo at all. Just sayin'...
shotgun your bike!
Hey Jillian, i just responded to your email (thanks for that) and i'll respond here too now that i've thought about it a bit more. i've been offline all day and hadn't seen this thread except in an email notification that it had been posted.
In short, I totally agree it's inconsistent. More than anything, what makes a thread "off-topic" is totally subjective, and i make totally subjective decisions (although i should add that many of the threads posted in Off Topic were put there by the author, not by me).
What makes this thread a bit different....
1. The people who will engage this thread are regular forum users. Phil doesn't participate much on the forum, and i (perhaps mistakenly) thought he just came on to promote his project. A good chunk of his thread was copy-pasted promo text from elsewhere, as promoters of other non-bike-polo-related bike projects have done in the past.
2. There's a long history of NHL playoff threads going back to the first year the forum existed, when Pieter (user 12) who leant the original bikepolo.ca domain name for LOBP started one for the 2009 playoffs. The OP in this thread mentioned Lucky (user 2) who started the 2012 thread. The threads last about two months, and the comments tend to dovetail quite a bit with other content on the forum, partly in the way that competitive polo is often about cities vs cities. These threads have always been the exception to the rule, you won't find many others.
3. Bike polo should have been called bike hockey. OK that's my subjective opinion, but i'm sticking to it.
Again, thanks for emailing me, always happy to talk about this kinda shit and get help thinking through it.
Just make off-topic appear on active thread topics page. ;)
That way off-topic threads don't die in a section that no one frequents and consistency is upheld. :)
Lulz, I'm an OP.
I will explain that the reason it went to media instead of off topic is that in the past people have seemed to really enjoy the shit talk and off topic doesn't post to the pain page. I cheated and I'm sorry, kind of. Also, I can totally believe that Lucky is the second person to register for this site and I kind of wish he would have started it. I waited until the second round thinking he would of.
As per hockey shit talk, god damn Habs beat the bruins every time in the regular season and then go right ahead and shit the bed. That's the only shit talk because I wanted a Montreal V. Haws final round. A boy can dream.
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.
The Habs have won enough, Mikey. Everyone else wants a piece of the cheese. ; )
I love bike polo and bike polo is everything to everyone i bike polo with at bike polo but you bike polo peeps are so wrong..........not about bike polo but about that
the SHARKS are gonna walk this .
PS bike polo
"So this is how it ends"MACHINE
haha, oh the >=6 loophole
Not this year, Machine.
Well that was a roller coaster of a win! If my Kings can keep this up, it's gonna be a great run again. 'Hawks look just as fierce. Where's all my Boston peeps on this thread?? Paul I know yer Devils arent in it but doncha wanna take some shots at the Rangers??
Kings stole that game but the sharks pretty much begged them to with that double man advantage at the end. Ridiculous.
Fun game to watch, though. Doughty's slapper was a beauty.
Hehe no argument here. But 'grand theft power play' is part of the Kings' championship DNA. That and Carter's first shot of the game. Coincidence the Kings colors match those of a Shark's number one predator, the Orca?
Yo joker - i'm hoping for a Kings / Bruins final. I saw the cup in 2011 drank from it last summer!
snoop eventually came to his senses.
• TORONTO • OTTAWA • VALLEY BOYS •
JCVD has his mind on his money...and murder on his mind.
In a Barasso jersey! The Pens fucking ruled in the 90s, just like Jean Claude.
Playoff Hockey on Free TV Alert! Wings v Hawks on NBC; Puck drops at 1 eastern!
Detroit Polo where you at ?!??!
I know ann arbor and grand rapids play but is there actually polo in detroit?
They kind of play, but don't travel. A girl (Braley) that used to play in Chicago and moved back to Detroit said they play every once in a while, but its kind of a joke/just for fun.
S'probably hard to find a 50X120 piece of concrete in the D that isn't littered with the building that used to cover that space.
I imagine bike polo in Detroit plays a lot more like urban golf than anything else.
BOSTON BIKE POLO RULZ
Aww, thanks for the shout-out Mike, and the getting of our backs, Kev.
I actually checked for this thread a coupla weeks ago when my beloved Blues were still in the race. I took it's absence as just more evidence of polo being no fun anymore :-P
Pretty sure Pieter, Coach, and I are all equally guilty of abusing the forum with the last 4 years of off topic shenanigans. If you can find any of us, Jillian, you can exact revenge any way you see fit. I'll take the rap this time around, tho.
Speaking of Coach: did you all know that the Sens played one season in St Louis as the Eagles? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Eagles
Anyway, smack talk: All original six teams will be eliminated by next Monday. Kings over Pens in 5.
Bah to no fun, I was just waiting for you to do it.
All original six teams will be eliminated by next Monday...
Bruins are playing the Rangers, Redwings are playing the Hawks, so...
Fine, fine. Monday after next. Sheesh. Is being pedantic related to albinism or something?
I don't think so but you'd have to ask an albino person. See, I'm just a run of the mill asshole without any genetic disorders!
Well, without albinism anyway.
DAMNIT!!! I must admit that Datsyuk had a sweet goal though.
He had the same one against the Disney Ducks. If it weren't for that sleeve they keep the goalie's gatorade bottle in, it would have hit the ceiling. Hate that sleeve. In any case, I'd still much rather my Kings face the Wings...
Hawks/Wings is getting chippy.
I love me some chippy.
Did the Penguins stop scoring yet? They turned the cameras off and I went to bed, but I don't think that they quit. Game 5 starts with the Pens up by 5.
LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!!!
Wings are getting the best of the Hawks, sadly. They're frustrating the shit out of the Hawks, and Jimmy Howard is playing very well. The Wings can clog up the middle so well.. hell I'M getting frustrated just watching it. Hawks can't get a clean breakout to save their lives. Kudos to Detroit for the solid D.
But I will say that the first high-sticking call on Toews was total hogwash. From what I saw on the replay, Toews' stick never even touched the guy. At the very least, that RedWing (forget who it was) should've also gotten 2min for acting.
Toews shouldn't have lost his cool, but I bet getting called for a high stick that never actually made contact would be frustrating. Especially when the guy you almost hit makes such a spectacle of it.. couldn't have been any more obvious with his acting job and got away with it completely.. I would've lost my cool too.
I think after that he came out of the box like "oh you wanna call me for high sticking when i didn't even connect? i'll show you some fucking high sticks bro.."
And then we got shutout.
Wings take it tonight.
I don't think so! Back to the Mad House, baby.
Worst call of the cup. Such a weak penalty shot that even Sid Crosby was embarrassed. That game should have gone to overtime.
It may have been a soft call, but it was still in the rule set. I'm sure you would be pissed if you had a breakaway in bike polo and someone slashed your mallet while you were trying to shoot. There are rules and highly trained refs in hockey for a reason. Even if Frolik wouldn't have scored, the Hawks probably still would've won. The Redwings most likely wouldn't have pulled Howard if they had only been down one goal. We can agree to disagree, but if the Redwings are so good they'll beat the Hawks on their own turf. The Hawks we're just making the Wings think they have a chance. ; )
While it is indeed in the rules, you have to wonder if calls like this are leading to more flopping and embellishment in hockey. One of my favorite things about the sport is that hockey players are going to have to endure through some bullshit. Don't stop skating, etc...
Frolik stopped trying, because he knew he would get the call if he did. It's just not in the spirit of the game but it's the trend that it seems the game is going in. Kinda sucks if you ask me. I like no call in this situation. Great hockey players still score even if they get slapped in the thigh on their way to the goal.
I'd say the same thing if it were against the Blues!
I don't think Frolik stopped trying because of that. The refs haven't been that very consistent in this series. They haven't called more harsh plays they should've and they have mad some soft calls. I do agree that hockey has been becoming more of embellishing on certain plays. It's the reason why I hated the NBA for so long. Hockey players used to be the toughest around. I love this picture of the "best goalie ever."
It was a horse shit call regardless of who it was for or against. The wings fucked that game up last night, I can't argue that.
Looked like he hit him in the hands, and he still tried to get the shot off no? My stream quality kind of sucked, but while watching it made me think of how tough it is for refs in polo to make calls that matter. From a rules point of view it seems cut and dry. Maybe I'm just tired of seeing the little things sneak by in polo, but I like seeing rules enforced in other sports.
Yeah he got his hand. After review I agree with the call.
But it's still a magnificently pussified call. It's the fucking playoffs, let them go.
Such a sick block and penalty goal by Frolik!
Holy shit, go sharks.
sux boo I lost. Not the first time > Go Kings
Not only did LA bike polo lose today, but the Kings did as well. Score!!! See you at the Mad House tomorrow night, LA!
LA Polo lost a coupla games but we're still grindin. And we won by doin a helluva job with BM4, at least according to the ppl I spoke with in person. I guess you had to be there to appreciate it. But, pretty soon I think your Hawks and Bulls are gonna be the only pro athletes left in Chicago, as the great midwest polo diaspora continues...
Honestly, I was just super bummed I couldn't make it this weekend. It sounds like everyone had a kickass time! After I posted this, you guys won your first game. : ) Also, don't make me even more sad about all the CBP OGs that have left or are going to leave. I don't want to even think about it!
This isn't meant to sound as snotty as I'm sure it does- but you never even met most of the CBP OG's. The bulk of the first crew didn't make the transition from grass to hard court.
So, really, you have nothing to be sad about! Cheer up buckaroo, just get to recruiting new polo players for your family.
Oh, I know I haven't met most of the OGs, but CBP just doesn't feel the same with Joe, Ben, and Britt gone. Also, Jerod and Jeny are leaving which doesn't help at all. Luckily, we have been recruiting some noobs, so CBP is definitely growing especially the ladies. When I started playing in Chicago, I was the only lady. There were a few others before me, but none were playing when I came into town. Now, there are 9 of us and that number is growing. : )
To clarify, 9 ladies, Chicago rolls way deeper than 9 players.
So glad for all the new talent we've been getting.
Also, great job with BM4 LA, sad I couldn't be there, was with Chicago busy winning shit. Shoulda drafted more of us.
And for the on topic...
Time to see some Bruins get stomped by your new home team Mick, sorry love.
You'll see. Unless you drilled out your eyes because they were too heavy.
Fuck yourself, Rob. I've only got one home team.
Yeah with lost and so did the Kings, No big deal. But remember that it's Not over yet! At the end the Black Hawks are gonna be looking more like dead Pigeons once we run all over them! Go King Go!! Weak ass Hawks
Tonight we'll see who has more stamina. Two playoff games in a row...woof!
Yeah, IMO kings are a home team, but once they get their two wins at home I can almost guarantee the momentum will change, hawks were given that last series, wings tried to hard to get Toews out of the game, once quick gets settled in won't really have to worry about him
They're screwed then if they can only win at home. The Kings only goal last night was lucky. Crawford is just as much a wall as Quick is. If the Hawks aren't too tired, they'll be skating circles around the Kings tonight.
Maybe during regular season, statistically, quick is the better goal tender, more shutouts and less goals against during the playoffs... hawks have lost at home, and will again.. yeah they can have more stamina but the kings will get more hits in like always, slowly chipping away.. and they can be as fast as they want doesnt mean a thing when they cant score
Crosby continues to not impress me by doing childish shit whenever he thinks he can get away with it. Cutting off Rask on the way to the bench then acting all indignant when Chara (had to lean over to) call him on it.
Seriously. If I saw a child of mine (purely theoretical, you can all unclench now) do that kind of crap at a little league game, we would have a very long talk about sportspersonship. If I saw some one else's kid do it, I would call dcfs on their clearly negligent parents.
Smack talk is one thing. Infantile antagonism borne of supposed privilege is pretty hard to watch.
Well, I predicted two of the final four, and it's looking like zero of the final two. That still makes me half right, yeah?
Pittsburgh, you've got some splaining to do.
Boston smothered them. No points for Malkin or Crosby. 0 for 15 on the PP (which is nothing new for the Pens). There is a highlight reel of people just attacking Letang away from the play. No one could do anything when Chara was on the ice. Rask only let in two goals on over ~130 shots... I thought he was supposed to be a bum? No mention of the Bruins offense, because they could have sat and watched. Total defensive domination by Boston.
I have been quietly reading this thread for the last month, may I just add...
I appreciate your silence, and I am so glad that we never got together to watch any games... Those last two might have been fun to watch, I guess.
I have been quietly reading this thread for the last month, may I just add...
Oh, snap! Adios LA!! Unfortunately for LA, Kane finally woke up and had a hat trick. Finally! We're coming for you Boston!! Mick- Let's watch some games together!!
Oh, and even though I wanted to see the Pens in the finals I'm happy for an original six matchup. Apparently there hasn't been an original six matchup since 1979.
I wasn't born and raised a hockey fan, so I may be talking out of turn here (what else is new?), but it seems to me like the whole "original six" thing is a media play-up. Lord Stanley's Cup was _the_ hockey prize for 30+ years before the NHL was even formed and most of the "original six" clubs are older than the league as well.
Sure, the very small league made for storied rivalries, but expansions have made most of that the stuff of announcer chit-chat.
Let's get back to pre-original six hockey! Aristocrats vs. Rosebuds for the cup next lockout!
Go habs go.
the only good thing about the hawks beating the Kings is that we will see more of Patrick Kane's haircut. Bruins to sweep the moaners. Don't poke the bears.
FUCK YES! That was an amazing game!! Perfect game ending goal to boot.
I know no one on this thread but Jason and I give a fuck, but FUCK YEAH BLACKHAWKS!!! Most likely thr best season in their history. The Bruins gave us a great series and it was great playing the Redwings before they move to the Eastern Conference. Maybe next year we'll meet the Redwings in the finals. : )