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Episode 81: Pancakes For Everyone!

As Peter returns after a week off, the show shifts to its playoff format. We're joined by Steve Gunn and Mr. Fancy as we talk about the first round playoff series.

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UTP Contributor's 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

We are just hours away from the first puck drop of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and what better way to pass the time than by posting our stupid opinions that you couldn't possibly have a valid reason to care about?

I polled a handful of the Up The Pucks regulars as well as some past contributors this morning. Since everyone here who has ever contributed to Up The Pucks automatically qualifies as an "expert," here are our Expert Playoff Predictions for round one:  

 (Yes, I put "PHY" instead of "PHX," but I don't even give a shit and I'm not going back to edit the image.)

There's a clear consensus on New York and Boston. The same could almost be said about St Louis, but Christian decided to be a badass and go out on a limb. Christian does not let simple things like horrible playoff reputations get in his way when he's making bold predictions.

I expected KW, a Florida fan, to join me in favoring the Panthers, however I was surprised to see anyone else go out on that limb. I was also surprised to see such little faith in the Flyers, I thought there would be more mixed opinions.

Nashville-Detroit and Phoenix-Chicago are the most divisive of all the matchups, I imagine because Nashville and Detroit are set up for a good 7-game fued, where as everyone just kind of threw a dart at a board to decide Phoenix and Chicago.

Remember to check back in at the start of round two to see what fucking idiots we all are!


2012 Stanley Cup Anti-Preview (Part 1)

It can't come as much of surprise that a year later we find ourselves once again poised on the mind searing edge of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. By now you've probably read about half a dozen different Playoff prediction blogs and articles. Guess what, all of them are terrible and we both know it. Oh, the Penguins have a good offense? How about the fact that some people question the quality of Florida's goal tending and think the Kings lack scoring depth. This is the season when pundits and bloggers like to act like pre-Lutheran clergy issuing wafers of knowledge that they invite you to dip in their mind salsa. In response to their actions I offer my completely and utterly useless playoff previews.

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Peter was gone on vacation at the Frozen Four and Tampa this week, so Brandon was joined by friends of the show Jer and Cait Platt. An amazing time was had by all...and then the file was trashed. So Brandon made them do it again and that's the show this week!

Jer joins me first to recreate the magic and he shares a special gift to the podcast. Then Cait joins to discuss the upcoming playoffs, Mike Milbury, and uhh, menswear. This episode may ensure Peter never takes a week off again. Enjoy!

PLUS, we have a special guest this week as Bayside's Nick Ghanbarian joins to talk about the Rangers' Cup chances, Bayside's summer plans and more.

Punk Headlines:

-Will it soon be illegal to troll the internet from Arizona?

Hockey Headlines:


-Milbury vs Bylsma & Crosby(The Ladder Match)

-John Tortarella goes off again

Crosby responds to Torts

Bayside-Sick, Sick, Sick

Bayside's official site

Nick's company, Born and Bred

Punk Aid: Aceh Calling(This is the benefit comp Cait mentions)

Music Featured This Week:

Commando by The Ramones

Did Something Bad by The New Rochelles(Their record "It's New!" available here)

Ironbound by The Reveling(Their record 'Tributaries' available here)

Sick, Sick, Sick, by Bayside

Shovel by Quicksand


The Death Of "Old Time Hockey"?

The Hanson brothers know Old Time Hockey

Reading the newest issue of The Hockey News, a letter was published that read like a eulogy of “Old Time Hockey”.  As I read it, I had to laugh at the guy’s complaint.  He said, “no longer do we see bench brawls, blindside hits, or breaking sticks over backs”.  He goes on to bemoan the newest trends of hockey, “visors, shootouts, and Twitter” and that the game has been “diminished to the point where players now have to consider the consequences of a hit, instead of the adulation”.

I shake my head at these people. I can’t figure out why they are sad these days are gone.  Do I like a fight or two?  Yeah sure, but to unnecessarily break up the flow of a game; I’ll pass on that.  There’s no skill to whacking a guy with your stick, but there is finesse in today’s game.  Honestly, if I want to go see staged antics and guys wailing on each other for 60 minutes, I’ll turn on WWE’s RAW on Monday nights. 

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