Monday, April 23, 2012

SCRIBBLES & SCRIBES - Some Playoff Excitement

I haven't commented too much about the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs....mainly because I'm going to get killed in both my playoff pools.  Pittsburgh, Vancouver final.......not so fast.

It's been a bit of a frustrating watch for other reasons too.  While the plethora of shenanigans have slowly subsided, I've been drifting further away from what I was anticipating to be a very exciting playoff year.

Here's hoping round two and beyond is a better watch than the first 10 days.

That said, there has been some exciting hockey out there.  I think the Florida-New Jersey series has been a sleeper pick for exciting hockey.  Back and forth, good speed, good stories and good hard working teams.  No need for the goonery.

So for that reason, I've decided to showcase a scribe from that series.

But first.....we need to show off a scribble.

Alex Pietrangelo

Speaking of solid playoff starts, the Blues now have a real good chance of getting to the finals.  If Phoenix pulls off the victory, we'll have St. Louis, Nashville, Phoenix and Los Angeles.  Who'd have thunk it.

Alex, by the way, has decided to go the route of numerous young stars in the league.  Leaving you to decipher his signature.

A true scribble.

Zach Parise

Taking a page from his dad J.P., Zach has a well structured autograph.  Both purpose and patience are needed to pull this off (something lacking in todays game....both on and off the ice).

As for the Devils, they've got their hands full with the Panthers.  They'll need Zach to be at his very best just to get out of the first round.

Have you come across an autograph worthy of being a 'scribe'?  Now of course, the veterans of the league and those who have come and gone from their playing days are easy pickings.  I'm talking about guys in the league today.

Hit me with something that'll make me say "Wow....I had no idea."


  1. sorry... I'm still back at the beginning where you used 'plethora' and 'shenanigans' in the same sentence.

    1. Sorry 'bout that. I have dictionary toilet paper.

      I knew it would come in handy! :)

  2. I think the shenanigans make for more interesting hockey. The first four games in the Flyers-Pens series was some of the best hockey I had seen in years. I didn't get to see games 5 and 6 due to work. It was like 1980s hockey. Goals and shenanigans.

    1. See, that's where I'm having problems. I hated the Pens/Flyers series. I lost interest in it due to the incredible lack of respect the two teams had for one another.

      I'm all for competitiveness and trying to get 'inside the head' of your opponent, but at the cost of the overall way.

      Terrible goaltending, terrible tactics and terrible outcomes. It didn't do it at all for me.

      I hope though that the Flyers can play some good serious playoff hockey. If they do, they'll be tough to beat.

  3. Do you think there is any correlation between the length of a player's name and the quality of the signature? I'm sure Zach Parise is much easier to sign many, many times than Alex Pietrangelo.

    Still, you'd think a player would provide a better effort when getting paid to sign autographs. I can understand a road-trip scribble, but an "authenticated" signature should be better.

    I also wonder if players do that, or change their signatures, to cut down on potential fraud.

    1. Interesting thoughts. I'm trying to think of a current player with a fairly long name that has a quality signature.

      It's rare for sure.

      It would be nice to see players take a little more time and care when signing autographs, but I can only imagine how many times they must sign their name in a year (that would be a neat 'behind the scenes' story to see).

      I'm betting with card companies, charities, team requests and fans hounding....the number would be around 20,000 per year.

      Heck, after a dozen or so, I get lazy.

  4. Alex has about 4 different signatures. It is kind of interesting to see all of them.