For those who frequent the blog, you know that I don't claim to be a journalist in any way. I prefer to let the boys do the heavy lifting in that arena. I'm not about to change my ways now. I've brought in an expert...drum roll please...Mr. Sean Leahy, Associate Editor of the stellar Puck Daddy hockey blog. He and I began a rather contentious friendship on Twitter, discussing all things hockey, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, blogging pajamas, and basements. (I suggest following us (Jen and Sean) if you want to see the beauty in real time)
Let's get started. Ladies and gentlemen, Sean Leahy:
Jen: Welcome to Anaheim Calling, Sean. For those who don't know, you're a displaced Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Being that this is a Ducks' fan blog, I have to lead with the obvious. How much did you sell your soul for in regards to the Ryan Whitney for Chris Kunitz trade? You know we got screwed, right?
Sean: You're leaving out the most important part of Ray Shero's fleecing: Eric Tangradi, the Penguins' power forward of the future. And I didn't have to sell any piece of my Irish soul to the devil to make that deal happen. In Ray Shero I Trust!
J: Thanks for the reminder. Note to self: call therapist for appointment on Monday. The shame-spiral is beginning again.J [cont'd]: Hey, not sure if you saw, but the Ducks beat the Penguins a couple weeks ago. That was pretty cool. Just sayin'. Anyways, Ryan Getzlaf and Sidney Crosby were chatting quite a bit during the first. What do you think they were talking about? I'll go for the obvious now, and say it was this picture I created of Getzy's ultimate dream-hair.
S: Oh yes, I remember the Ducks' win. A certain Anaheim blogger reminded me of it.
As for what Getzy and Sid were chatting about? It was probably about how nightmare-inducing your photoshop of Ryan Polamalu is.
(Jen Note: Arthur will probably remove the picture anyways, forcing me to move it into the comments, but the image is from www.troyshair.com)
J: A gunman breaks into your blogging basement. He/She threatens to shred your favorite Scooby Doo pajamas if you don't answer this question, "Sidney Crosby decides to take his talents to Southern California. Who is the one Ducks player you would want in return and why?"
S: I seem to remember the Ducks were one NHL placard away from drafting Sid five years ago. Crazy how things work out.
If Matt Cooke and Arron Asham weren't the [expletive]-disturbers that they are, I'd say Corey Perry, but seeing as how the Pens could use a few good wingers, give me the No. 2 pick from 2005, Bobby Ryan. Great American boy repping the Jersey Shore. Also, not a bad hockey player as well.
J: If Cam Fowler continues to impress, he'll be due a raise in three years when Getzlaf and Perry's contracts are up. I'm guessing the Ducks will let Perry walk. Or if history repeats itself, Perry will get shipped to the Pens in exchange for another lemon. Can't wait. (That's the shame spiral talking).
J: The Ducks have played a quarter of their season. From your impartial blogger opinion, how have they done so far? Considering they're doing better than most expected, would you say they're good or happen to be lucky?
S: Considering I predicted the Ducks to finish last in the Pacific, they're doing much better than I expected (then again, you should never use my predictions for gambling purposes).
Having watched them a bunch so far, they're definitely a playoff team in the West. Jonas Hiller is providing good goaltending, the Big 3 of Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan are doing the usual and the Ducks are getting production from a couple of old timers in Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
J: Getz has been kinda crappy. For me to say that, it's a big deal. He might be hurt. He might be lazy. I don't know for sure. Do you think the Ducks made the right decision giving him the captaincy so early? Oh and no love for the less-than-awful defense? Even we're shocked.
S: Giving Getz the "C" was a sign from the organization that they believe he's ready to lead the team now. You could have gone the easy route and given it to a veteran like Selanne or Koivu, but if the Ducks are to return to glory, they'll need to be led by their young core, specifically Getzlaf.
The defense was one of the reasons I had them pegged so low! But it's great to see Cam Fowler staying up with the big club and being able to develop in the NHL as opposed to another year of succeeding in juniors.
J: Do you ever wear a Caps or Devils jersey, look in the mirror, and call yourself Puck Daddy?
S: Usually when I look in the mirror, I ask myself who that handsome man is looking back.
J: Is the weird part where you don't respond to your own question?
J: Any questions for me?
S: Aside from the Ducks, what is your favorite hockey jersey of all-time?
J: I like the old school Team USA jersey from the 1980's. So much so that I bought one with Bobby Ryan's name and number. (See below - my arm candy is Earl Sleek [camera left] and Arthur [camera right]) Editor's Note: the jersey below is actually the 1960 Gold Medal throwback.
J: As I learned in business school, I must close every interview with the Proust questionnaire. Without it, I am unable to declare this interview was a success. (I may or may not have been sober when I learned this). Please answer the questions.
1. What is your favorite word? Hooligan.
2. What is your least favorite word? Cancer.
3. What turns you on? Females that know their hockey and a well-cooked penne a la vodka.
4. What turns you off? Supplementary discipline and females that partake in Movember.
5. What sound or noise do you love? A stick shooting a one-timer.
6. What sound or noise do you hate? Colin Campbell saying "locker room talk".
7. What is your favorite curse word (keep it clean, this is a family blog)? Fudge. But not really fudge ... you know.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Chippendales dancer.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything seen on "Dirty Jobs" that involves poop.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? In his best Joey from "Friends" voice, "How YOU doin'?"