One of the true joys of Puck Daddy is the reaction and interaction of the readers. Agree, disagree, rant, rave, defend your team or piss on their rivals; the comments sections has, in the just-under seven months (yup, that's it) we've been running the blog, become a vibrant destination for discussion and frequently more entertaining than the articles themselves. (Sixty-four comments on a collection of headlines? Nuts.)
For this, we can't thank you enough.
But occasionally, the comments rise to a level of true artistry. Or a level of PG-rated bad taste that actually makes us recoil before we guffaw. We're not sure if this is due to the twisted nature of the Puck Daddy readership, or the intrinsic anger that's born after suffering through 25 HTML errors while trying to post the words "Sean Gay-very."
So on the first and the fifteenth of every month, we'll be handing out the hardware to some comments that strike our fancy or tickle out funny bones. If you see one of yours, drop us a line and say hey. If you don't ... well, clearly you didn't make enough references to the Gary Bettman art contest, Paulina Gretzky or the phallic imagery in the Puck Daddy editor head shot. So make these next 15 days count.
And here ... we ... go.
The Mark Eaton Award: Given for the best joke about a ridiculously fragile player.
Posted by Joe Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:13 pm EDT
The worst part was that "Ironman" Martin Havlat suffered minor carpet burns on the walk-up and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
The Horse Left the Barn Award: Given to the poster who makes a wonderfully inappropriate joke and then attempts to cover his behind with a half-hearted apology.
Posted by Freddy Fox Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:25 pm EDT
That was probably the best tackle a Michigan football player made all year. (That was sick and obvious but had to be posted, sorry America.)
The Michael Madsen Sucking on a Hotdog Award: Given to the poster who best insults the preposterous Puck Daddy editor's headshot on the sidebar.
Posted by Defenderoftheunderground Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:59 pm EDT
That picture of you looks like Michael Madsen sucking on a hotdog.
The Tom Benjamin Award: Named for blogger Tom Benjamin, one of the few writers who elevates hockey issue discussions to levels of intellectual importance while opening the minds of readers. It is given to the reader who ... does that.
Posted by The KBBL Party Penguin Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:02 pm EDT
It's a fine line between preserving competitive balance and promoting corporate welfare. The problem with any system is that there will always be those who, while still within the bounds of the system, completely mock the spirit which it was created.
There definitely needs to be defined rules as to what the punishments for both exceeding the cap and not meeting the salary floor are, which is seems to be a major flaw.
My belief is that if a team wants to spend over the cap, that's fine. There are times when a team might be one step shy of taking it all, if only they had that extra to afford that last piece. However, if a team wants to spend over the cap in a particular season, that overage will count as a cap hit the following year. Also, the amount the team spends over the cap, an equal amount must also be then contributed to revenue sharing.
Conversely, if a team does not meet the salary floor, they forgo any revenue sharing money. Also, the difference between that team's actual payroll and the salary floor is then divided between all teams meeting the salary floor and added to their salary cap. (e.g. if three teams fail to meet the floor and the total difference was 10 million, the remaining 27 teams would get an additional 330k in cap space for that season.)
The Revisionist History Award: Given to the comment that takes an issue from 2007 and turns it into a 2008 punchline.
Posted by jibblescribbits Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:39 pm EDT
I think the Ducks poor start can be blamed on their trip to London last season.
The Inappropriate Sean Taylor Joke Award: Given to the post that best (worst?) references the slain former Redskins defensive back. (As Ovechkin wore his jersey to a Washington football game.)
Posted by Wilf Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:21 pm EDT
Well, Taylor and Ovechkin both take too many shots, so I guess it makes sense.
The Andrew Sullivan Award for Unabashed Sarah Palin Exhaustion: Named for the conservative pundit-turned-Obama supporter, given to the comment that clearly shows a bit of fatigue with the Republican VP candidate's association with hockey.
Posted by Rochester American Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:22 pm
Sarah Palin is the worst thing to happen to hockey since tie-downs.
The Cultural Sensitivity Award: Given to the poster who exhibits an unmatched love of all races and cultures. (In this case, Jordin Tootoo and the Inuit people.)
Posted by giggs Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:14 pm EDT
Never get hit by a player who kills fish with his hands. Hang in there Tootoo!
The Tipsy Uncle Award: Given to the poster who best reminds us that drinking is inherently funny, even when it involves driving.
Posted by carl_vs_mastershake Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:14 pm EDT
Wow 1st Mark Bell, then his wife. Tisk tisk.
The Bubba Banjo Award: Although he doesn't post as frequently as he used to, one of the breakout stars of the Puck Daddy comment threads was Bubba Banjo, whose joyous celebrations of scantily clad women and cynical thoughts were sometimes punctuated with the term "Wyshynski, You Stink!"; something that has been adopted as a rallying cry by others. This award is given to the best bit of wit and wisdom we've seen from the man with the skunk avatar.
Posted by BubbaBanjo Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:59 pm EDT
Man Jaques Le-boring Le-Nighmaire as coach and a retarded monkey for a mascot. Wyshynski the Wild must hate their fans. That tardo monkey stinks!