Empty Netters: You Can Throw Away Your VCR Now

Aug. 22, 2007

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Tucked away in our sleeping chamber at Castle Empty Netters is a piece of outdated technology that we keep for a few special reasons.

It's a VCR.

Back in the days before DVD's, blu-ray discs, streaming video, and YouTube, the VCR was the pinnacle of home entertainment. You could turn your home into a virtual movie theatre and watch any movie you wanted from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy.

We remember when the Empty Netters family first got a VCR. Overnight, we became celebrities in North Huntingdon. We were the family that had a VCR. Perfect strangers would come up to us in Norwin Diner and ask us about this marvel of technology.

We were kind of like the Kennedys of North Huntingdon, just with out the booze.

But as the years came and went, much like John Leclair's skating ability, the fascination with the VCR eroded to the point that it was obsolete.

These days we only keep it for a few reasons; Our tape of the 1996 AFC championship game, a mix-tape of selected scenes from R-rated movies no one under 18 should see, and Penguins highlight videos from their two Stanley Cup winning seasons.

Well, our VCR just lost one of its reasons for exisiting.

Someone, who we would like to nominate for the Nobel Prize in the field of... YouTube... posting... or whatever, had the distinct brilliance of posting "Against The Odds," the Penguins 1991-92 highlight video, on YouTube.

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Part 7

Kudos to The Pensblog for spotting this. As a result, we're nominating them for the Montgomery Burns Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence.


Pensblog and Doubt About It have collaborated and picked out the best lines from "One From the Heart," the Penguins 1990-91 highlight video. Our personal favorite is No. 12:

"Once known as the Big Bad Bruins, the Boston Garden symbolically sat in a bad part of town. But the Penguins grew up in a tough neighborhood too: the Patrick Division."

Property values in the Patrick Division were never on par with the Smythe Division.

Doubt About It did something similar with "Against The Odds" earlier this month.

Jordan Staal's day in court has been postponed. And Angelo Esposito has groin issues.

Sidney Crosby, male model.

Hill District residents are hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Blueshirt Bulletin found an interesting interview with former Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr. The most interesting part of the article is this quote:

"I lived through three stages. When I was young I wanted to break through. Nothing else interested me. Then came an era in which I became a little lazy and thought I knew how to play hockey. And that wasn't true at all. I was doing stupid things. Now I'm older, I'm rampaged out, and I realize there's not much time left. And because I love the game of hockey, I try to do the maximum to remain at the top level. But I realize it's getting harder and harder. I'm thinking today, 'If you had worked 100 percent back then, you could have been even better.'"

Today's defacing of an NHL jersey by Reebok is brought to you by the Ottawa Senators. The defending Eastern Conference champions unveiled their new duds Wednesday night. These aren't as bad as some of the other re-designs (like the Islanders for instance), but still, why is Reebok dead-set on putting colors and designs in our armpits? We only want Speed Stick in our armpits.

Center Mike Peca, who was flirting with the Rangers, joins the Blue Jackets.

Forward Trevor Linden re-signs with the Canucks. Even if the Canucks' uniforms looked like the guts of a smashed caterpillar, Linden always looked like he belonged in one.

The Kings sign two-time Stanley Cup winning defensman Jon Klemm.

Former Oilers defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist has signed a one-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan, the current team of former Penguins winger Aleksey Morozov, in the Rusian Elite League.

The Sharks hire former players Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment to management positions.

The Flyers are now allegedly interested in Peter Forsberg. At this pace, the Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Minnesota North Stars, Montreal Maroons and Kenora Thistles are going to be interested in "Foppa's" services.

Former Penguins winger Alexei Kovalev pulled a Roethlisberger. Just without the blunt-force trauma to his face.

The Blues, who have had some of the worst attendance figures in the NHL the last two seasons, have put together this commercial to win their fans back:

(Kudos to AOL's Eric McElrain for spotting this video.)

Whatever the Blues are doing, it seems to be working. They've sold an additional 2,500 season tickets for next season.

We're amazed Doug Weight didn't get hurt doing this commercial.

If you happen to be in St. Louis on Jan. 19, your nachos will be free.

Tell us this isn't ironic. Harrah's, one of the gaming enterprises that wanted Pittsburgh's gaming license, is going to help build a new sports arena in Las Vegas. If you recall, Las Vegas was one of the locales the Penguins, who along with Isle of Capri, bid for the Pittsburgh slots license, had threatened to move to if an arena wasn't built here. And Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln...

The Windsor Spitfires of the OHL sign Michal Jordan.


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