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…to one of my FAVORITE former Blackhawks boys.  Happy Birthday, Adam Burish 🙂

One of my favorite men on the planet. 🙂

Say What You Want…

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Blackhawks

…but I still love the guy.  Okay?  Okay.  Oh Daniel Carcillo,  I hope I see you play again…someday.

Tattoo Peek-A-Boo

 

Me & Mr. Danny Pants.

 

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I realize that I haven’t had very much to talk about lately.  Well, I have, but not a lot of time or desire to write.  I’ve been SO BUSY it’s ridiculous.  Oh my goodness.  So today, I’m just going to leave this page open, and blab about what’s on my mind.  Ready?  Launch.

Topic 1: Dan Carcillo.  Okay look, it’s no secret that I ADORE Dan Carcillo.  Why?  I really don’t know.  But he’s awesome.  And I don’t mean “just on the ice,” because quite frankly, he’s not always awesome on the ice.  I’m talking like, in person, he’s a really nice guy.  I like his spirit, even if it does get a little out of control sometimes.  I love his passion and excitement.  I don’t know, I just love the guy.  But that “hit” the other night (or, as some may call it, shove, push, slam, dumbass move…etc.) was just dirty, Daniel.  I saw it happen, thought to myself “Oh god, really, another suspension?  What is wrong with you?!” It was a really stupid move on his part, that is true.  And he’s going to get his hearing today, and he will deserve whatever punishment he receives.  That much is true.  But I’m sorry, just because he made one bad decision (okay, more than one…but it happens!) doesn’t mean the city of Chicago should shun him, call him a f*cking idiot or wish that he would die.  Seriously, I’ve heard all of these things in the same sentence from a so-called Chicago fan.  You can be mad at the guy, yes, I am too.  But the fact is, he’s a part of our team, and when he’s NOT being a bonehead, he’s fairly productive, playing his role, and making other people happy.  People make mistakes.  And yes, some mistakes are worse than others.  But the fact is, things like this happen.  It’s unfortunate, but they do.  He should be punished for his actions, yes, but goddamit stop wishing death on him!  That’s just plain uncalled for!  Think about the last time you made a big mistake at your job.  A mistake where you deserved major punishment.  A mistake you didn’t sit there and think, “Gee, I’m going to royally fuck up today because that’s who I am!”  Chances are, every mistake you’ve made has been accidental.  You didn’t sit there and think through the whole thing…because if you did, the mistake wouldn’t have been made.  Now think again about that HUGE MISTAKE you made.  Maybe it lost an account for your company.  Maybe it caused someone else to get fired.  Whatever the end result, you probably felt pretty guilty, right?  And you accepted any punishment given to you, am I correct?  Your coworkers were probably pissed at you, your boss was probably pissed at you, and your Regional Manager probably gave you a stern talking to, possibly even suspended you from your duties or forced you to “take time off.”  Think about how you felt.  All you did was wish you could go back in time and change what you did, because you realize it was the wrong move, am I right?  Now think again about when you came back, whether it was the next day or the next month.  You still probably had that sense of guilt, but you probably also worked extra hard to prove to everyone that was still mad at you that you weren’t out to make things bad for everyone…that it was just a mistake.  And let’s be honest here, that one HUGE mistake…it probably wasn’t your first slip up, and it probably won’t be your last.  Maybe it will be your last BIG slip up, but you will continue to make mistakes, because you are human.  You will continue to slip up on things here and there, whether at work or at home, and you will continue to accept the consequences for your actions like an adult, and use each mistake as a learning experience.  There, now please apply this entire concept to Danny Boy.  Big mistake and/or dumb decision…yeah, but it’s not the first and surely not the last.  And he’s not the only person who’s done it before.  So stop acting like he’s some sort of “danger to humanity” and allow him to serve his suspension AND injury time off and learn from his incredibly dumb mistake, okay?  For the love of Pete, he’s HUMAN!  These things happen.  Everyone fucks up at their job here and there, and some times are worse than others.  But we all get back up, try our hardest not to make those mistakes again, and no matter how hard we try…mistakes still come.  So get off his back, let him serve his time and go back to supporting the rest of the team instead of wasting all of your energy cutting him down.  For fucks sake, go be a fan and cheer on the team that’s playing tomorrow in Philly. 

Topic 2: My vacation. Ok deep breath.  Now I’m done ranting about moronic “fans.”  Sigh.  Here we go.  So…a month from Friday, I leave on vacation.  If you don’t know, Brian & I are doing a big Blackhawks roadtrip.  We’re hitting up their games in Denver, San Jose and Phoenix…plus a day in Vegas, just for a break.  Oddly enough, the night that we’re flying into Phoenix is the night my cousin is getting married, so various parts of my family will be down there.  We aren’t going to the wedding itself, but we’ll probably get together with my dad and a few random pieces of the Goodrich crew.  But seriously, I am so excited for this.  I haven’t taken a real “vacation” in a while.  A weekend here, a mini roadtrip there, but nothing like this in a few years.  And I’ve NEVER hit up this many cities in one trip in my life.  We have everything booked except for a couple of flights, and with prices going up and down and up and down day by day, I’m just waiting a little while longer to see if we can snag a deal.  I’m hoping that’s the case.  If not, well, at least the flights (even at their most expensive) are pretty doable and Southwest doesn’t charge for checked bags.  So yay.  Vacation, almost ready.  And at all three games, we never sit higher than 9 rows off the ice.  Sweet deal. 

Topic 3: Why I am a Beachbody Coach.  This is something that’s been bothering me for a while.  While Beachbody Coaching is a “job,” yes, and it does earn me a side income (which is why I encourage everyone to consider it if fitness is something they are passionate about…) the money is NOT why I do this.  The reason I am a Beachbody Coach is because I truly believe in the products, the company, and…most importantly…the results.  I am a 100% Beachbody Success Story, and I love this company.  I joined because I wanted to help other people achieve the same results (or better ones) than I have personally achieved!  Everyone needs some sort of motivation, and that is why I do what I do!  I don’t do it “for the paycheck” or “to get a discount.”  While these are all really great perks, I do this because I want to help people.  I want to “End the Trend” of obesity.  I want to help everyone I know reach their full potential.  I want to show people that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your body to where you want it to be.  I want to prove that a DVD program WORKS just as well (if not better) than their expensive gym membership.  I want to show everyone that fitness and nutrition can be fun.  I want to prove that not everything you see in an infomercial is a gimmick (although most infomercials are…) and I want to show people that there is no “miracle pill” or “magical machine” that is going to get them into the best shape of their life.  You have to put in the effort both in the kitchen and in the workout, but if you have the right tools, the right support and the right company backing you 100%, YOU CAN DO IT.  So that is why I am a Beachbody Coach.  I do it because I want to see you succeed.  Would I love to reach the level where I can quit my full time job and have Coaching as my primary income, well yeah!  Who wouldn’t?!  But if I were to stay exactly where I am right now, financially with Coaching, if I were helping enough people see their true potential, the thank yous that they give me is worth more than any paycheck.  And I will be happy. 

Topic 4: Camera. So in regards to my vacation, I need a new camera.  Mine is starting to do funny things.  Like…lock up for no reason.  It’s still functional, but I’ve wanted to upgrade for a while now, and I figure now it’s necessary.  So hopefully this week I’ll be able to buy one.  I sure hope so, I really do.  I want the Canon Rebel t3i, and Best Buy has a pretty decent sale on one with a super zoom lens package thingy.  (Like my pro lingo there?)  So hopefully I can get my hands on that baby…soon!  So yeah, buy some artwork so I can afford a better one, would ya? 😉

Topic 5: John Madden.  NO DALE TALLON, YOU CAN’T BE AS COOL AS WE WERE IN 2010.  I don’t care that these are primarily “your guys,” stop signing all of the players we had to get rid of because of your mistakes in Chicago (which, by the way, you are already bound to repeat in Florida…) John Madden, love him to death, is now a Panther, along with Versteeg, Kopecky, and Campbell.  Well, and Skille, but we’re not really counting him in this blurb.  Dale Tallon is like that annoying kid who keeps trying to sit with you at the lunch table in elementary school.  He’s really annoying and dorky, and kind of a buzzkill (because, you know, you use that word all the time in elementary school…) but he just keeps trying to be as cool as you.  Each day he does something new to try and impress you or to try to be you.  He shows up with new clothes, he brings your favorite treats to try to convince you he’s cool.  He wears the same shirt you wore last week.  He brings in cookies.  But still, no matter how awesome he tries to be, he’s still annoying as hell and you do not want to let him sit next to you at lunch.  And by the way, he kinda smells.  So yeah, take that Tallon!  You smell!  Stop trying to be Chicago in 2010.  You just can’t ever recreate that magic.  It was magic.  It was chemistry.  You just can’t buy it back.  It has to show up. 

And that’s about all that’s on my mind right now.  So….yeah, go Hawks.  Beat the Flyers.  The last time we were there…this happened:


First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY COREY CRAWFORD!!!!!

Welcome to 27 Corey, it’s a lot of fun, I swear!

Second…this is what I did tonight.  Happy New Year, Friends.

Marcus Kruger Sketch. Again, this is my original artwork. Steal it and I’ll slap you with a fish until you bruise. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Steve Montador!! (Right) Don’t worry, Ray will hug you later.

A very happy birthday goes out to #5, Steve Montador!  You’re a pleasure to have on our team, and I hope you have a wonderful day!  Win tonight!  I promise I’ll bring you presents next time I see you. 


I saw this, and I HAD to repost it’s floating around Tumblr, and I love it.  🙂  Enjoy.

1. Which teammate would you allow to babysit your daughter and who would you forbid?: The last person I would pick would be Duncan Keith, for multiple reasons. He doesn’t know what day it is, doesn’t know when the next game is. He’s clueless. I trust some of the older guys. Sean O’Donnell is like a father figure. I love listening to him talk. His voice could put me to sleep. Some of the younger guys, I’d probably stay away from little man Kane. Stalberg would probably try to use my daughter as a tool to pick up chicks, but he’d take good care of her so maybe Stalberg.

2. Along the line of the last question, knowing who has the hands to score around here, who do you trust to hold your baby or not hold your baby?: If I bring Madelyn to the rink I’m going to keep her out of Dan Carcillo and John Scott’s cement hands. Little man Kane with his baby soft hands can hold her anytime he wants. You know what, Marcus Kruger. He’s got good hands and good patience so I would pass her off to him as well.

3. Easier to score on Antti Niemi or change a diaper?: Probably change a diaper. I got a couple lucky ones on Antti but changing a diaper isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Just have to put a mask on, plug the nose a little bit and go to work.

4. Has she spit up on any Hawks apparel yet like Kane’s jersey?: No, not yet. We have lots of little mini-jerseys and onesies that she’ll be wearing. I don’t think she’s worn any Hawks apparel yet, but she’ll be spitting up on it soon enough.

5. Has anyone come to visit yet?: Some of the other wives and girlfriends have come over. I know Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith have been dying to come over and see her but my wife Abbey said no. But they’ll be the first ones to come for sure.


If your’e easily offended by me ranting about how people can be a little creepy sometimes…stop it right there. (Eh, see what I did there?) I’m about to call out the creepers. So in the last few days, I’ve noticed that the views on this little blog have gone up…a lot. Like, quadruple their normal amounts. It’s probably because of “The Bolland Controversy” and the whole “Patrick Sharp Becoming a Papa” thing, but either way, more views = more people that don’t know me are reading my stuff. And I don’t mind. By all means, read away! But I have to remind everyone out there that I never really meant for this blog to reach the masses. I didn’t start this thing to become “a Hawks blogger” or any other kind of blog writer trying to influence opinions, inform, or even entertain. I set this up for my own amusement and to write things for friends to read…because let’s face it, sometimes Facebook and/or Twitter just doesn’t fit the need to communicate a hilarious story. Now, another reminder is that if you used Google or Bing or Yahoo to find my site, I can see what search terms were used to drive traffic my way. It’s a feature of wordpress. So…just thought I’d make you all aware of that, since lately some really weird terms have been used to find this page. Like, say, “naked hockey players.” While I understand that sort of thing may interest many, I cannot supply you with information or photos. And for that, I apologize. But this whole Google thing, it brings up another point that kind of weirds me out. It’s amazing the sorts of information people search for on the internet. I mean, I’ve known this for a while, and I’ve searched for some pretty random things, this is true. But reading some of the search terms really makes me uncomfortable sometimes. Search terms like “Corey Crawford’s personal life” come up, and while again, I understand the curiosity, it’s just weird to think that there are people out there who care enough about the personal lives of these guys to google it. Me, sure, I know more than a lot of people when it comes to some of their lives, but I didn’t learn my information by googling. I learned it through personal experiences and one hilariously amazing year. These guys have become like a family to me, in a way. Some closer than others, of course (since I hardly have had any conversation time with a lot of the new guys) but I feel overprotective of them like I would members of my family. So when I see people posting negative things, googling things like “Viktor Stalberg License Plate” and someone telling me that “Bolland’s gf is only with him for the money” I DO take it personally. People are allowed to have their opinions, yes, but if someone attacked your family with slander and negativity, you’d feel a little defensive, right? Maybe a little bit weirded out if it was a complete stranger? Yeah, that’s how I feel. Now when it comes to things like googling license plates and trying to find photos of their girlfriends or children, I think that is where things push past awkward and start to voyage into creepy. I mean, what are you going to do with Stalberg’s license plate? Are you going to stalk him? Are you a cop? Did someone that looked like Stalberg hit your car and drive off and you want to verify that it’s him? If it’s the last two, great…google away. But chances are, it’s not…and your searching is merely a stalking attempt, innocent as it may be. I know, some “stalking” is really just meant to be funny and inside jokes. I’ve been there, I understand, but there are people out there who will take personal info like that and go overboard. So if you were directed to this blog by googling things like I mentioned, I’m sorry, but this will not be a place for you to get info. You’re welcome to read on, but just a fair warning. Now, notice how I didn’t even address the third thing in that list of “things that people do.” The Bolland/money thing…yeah, I don’t even think I should justify that with a response. If you think that about that couple…fuck you, you don’t know a thing, so before you jump to ridiculous conclusions, get your goddamn facts straight and maybe learn a little about what love really is. There. It’s been addressed. Let’s move on. The bottom line, people, is that this blog was set up to share personal experiences, opinions, and give my friends a place to read funny things and laugh. If you’re looking for “official” info, I’m probably not your best source. If you’re looking for stalker material, sorry, try the creeper boards/blogs. That’s not my domain. If you’re here to slam the Hawks, you can say what you want, but just remember that these men are like family to me. And if you slam them, lie about them, or jump to some sort of idiotic conclusion about them, I will defend. I will probably call you out, and I will probably offend you. Just as you would defend your family, I will defend mine. So the lesson learned here is to stop being a creeper. If you’re here to read my blog, by all means I encourage it. Stop searching for personal information to make yourself “seem” more important and/or connected. If you want to get to know these guys, it’s not that hard. Just show up. Trust me, it can be done. Searching for photos of their children and wives won’t do it. These guys and their families are real people. Quit being a creeper. Thanks.