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Honky Tonk Man
smark (n.) fan of an industry, particularly in entertainment, familiar with the general backstage workings of that industry.I first became aware of “smarks” when I joined twitter and started following fellow professional wrestling fans. To that point, I really had just watched wrestling as an entertainment format that I have been around my entire life. I’d watch the AWA events with my grandfather on his push-button Zenith television (the only time I’d ever heard him swear, calling Ric Flair a bastard). At the Civic Arena, I got to see Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, the Honky Tonk Man and Kamala, whose name still invokes a little fear leftover from Little Brian’s memory banks. And the Attitude Era of the WWE reflected where I was at in my own life at the time it was going on.However, smarks, to a large degree, ruined wrestling for me because I became one and hated myself for it. It did, however, teach me a valuable lesson: Don’t take other fans too seriously. This especially rings...
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Source: Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby already has won many awards and trophies in his NHL career. He has won the Stanley Cup, the Hart trophy, the Maurice Rocket Richard trophy, the Art Ross trophy, and an Olympic gold medal. Crosby added another award to the list today as the NHL announced that he earned the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2013 season...
QUESTION: Your thoughts on winning the award? Were you surprised missing as much time as you did at the end of the regular season?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I don’t know. I think it was something that I knew I was nominated for, knew I had a chance. Yeah, I guess you never know until you get the word. It was nice. That’s not something that you’re thinking about...
If you haven't read part one of Mike Colligan's Kris Letang breakdown, you should. [ THW ]
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One of the more important decisions that Ray Shero will have to make this offseason will certainly be the Pascal Dupuis contract extension. Dupuis has been nothing short of terrific in his time with the Penguins. A strong argument could be made that Dupuisâ cap hit of 1.5M per season was one of the best cap values in the entire league.
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Is Matt Cooke worth the trouble? That is a question the Penguins organization, specifically Ray Shero, is going to have to ask when potential negotiations begin. Cooke is a double edged sword. It is no secret that he is a lightning rod for hate around the league. Obviously Cooke is guilty of committing some of the dirtier plays that we have seen in the past number of years (Iâm...
By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)
The Pittsburgh Penguins recently signed Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year deal worth $76 million. Malkin’s $9.5 million annual cap hit, $800,000 more than Sidney Crosby’s, will be second in the league only to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin at $9,538,642. From Malkin’s point of view, the contract is a home run; he will rake in piles of money, and, barring...
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And when the Bruins force those dump-ins, even against a skilled team...
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