New Jersey Badass: Day #24

Second only to Bruce Springsteen, Martin Brodeur is the most iconic celebrity in New Jersey history. He’s not a native, but his entire professional life has been spent in the Garden State, bringing tree Stanley Cups to the Jerz. That’s huge. Also, this is SOLD.Martin Brodeur

Badass New Jersey: Day #16

I’d be remiss to exclude the New Jersey Devils’ mascot, the cleverly named NJ Devil, to the Jersey Badass collection.NJ DevilFor the record, I know the man who portrays NJ Devil. He likes deep dish pizza.

Alexander Ovechkinaut

Alexander OvechkinautAfter posting a sketch of former NHL stars and mega millionaires Ilya Kovalchuk and Ilya Bryzgalov as cosmonauts, I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be funny to paint a series of Russian NHLers as cosmonauts?

The honest answer is, “Probably not.” But I’m going to do it anyway. This one’s Washington Capitals sometimes-superstar, Alex Ovechkin. Like my WWF Zombies, this NHL Cosmonaut is a 9×12″ watercolor.

Space Ilyas… or… Kovynauts

KovynautsIf you’re not a hockey fan, the typical summer goes like this: Stanley Cup Finals conclude, NHL Awards are given out, the annual draft occurs (coupled with at least one major trade) and then free agency rounds out the frenzy over a two or three day period.

That was two weeks ago, and I had just accepted that there’d be no earth-shattering news until September or so. Then Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured left) up and retired at 30, which is even unheard of to all things that are unheard of. This sketch I drew on the Long Island Railroad heading to Port Jefferson Friday night is my reaction to Kovy’s parting of ways with the New Jersey Devils and the NHL as a whole. He’s pictured here with his fellow countryman and cosmonaut, former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov.

Both of these dudes are laughing all the way to their Russian banks.

The crazy thing? In a purely coincidental moment that leads me to believe a higher power wanted this drawing to happen, I just realized that the name of the actual cosmonaut whose body I sampled for Kovalchuk is named VLADIMIR KOVALIONOK. The other guy is VICTOR SAVYNIKH. Here’s the original:VLADIMIR-KOVALIONOK-VICTOR-SAVYNIKH

Foogos Around the Web

It feels good to see your work scattered across the web. Monday and Tuesday have been two of those when just that has happened. Here’s where Foogos has reared its deformed head across the vastness of cyberspace:

Buzzfeed posted 21 Beautifully Geeky Foods, in which the Ninja Turtles pizza drops in at #3, behind a funny Chewbacca bento box and some outstanding Legend of Zelda cookies. (I also especially love the Hello Kitty/Avengers mash-up cupcakes and the Star Wars AT-AT made of gingerbread.) Continue reading

Congratulations, Scott Gomez

Quick recap: Scott Gomez was a heck of a hockey player when he received the Calder Trophy as the NHL‘s rookie of the year in 2000. His New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup that spring, lost in seven games the next season, and won the whole shebang once more in 2003. He was a key component to the near-dynastic Devils, and as age and free agency forced the team to reload, he moved further and further up the depth chart.

Then he jumped ship to the rival New York Rangers, cashing in on a $7.5 million annual payday. Personally, I thought that was a gross overpayment for a really good complimentary player, and along with a few million other armchair analysts, I was right. Continue reading

Fixing the NHL All-Star Game (Kinda sorta)

The NHL All-Star Game is one of three big events crowding my Sunday. Of the trio, the hockey game is the only one I don’t care if I miss, and I may, because I’ll be running/recuperating from the Miami Marathon. (Track me with Bib #1156.)

The players don’t care. Neither do I. (Alex Ovechkin, 2009)

I’m a HUGE hockey fan. I mean, I made a website devoted to recreating hockey logos out of food! (Pssst. It’s this one.) Yet I’m going to run 26.2 miles on the 29th instead of tuning in. NOW THAT’S MALAISE!

Why is that?

Well, plain and simple, the NHL All Star Game is less relevant and more fake than the WWE Royal Rumble (the other event I plan on tuning in to Sunday night).

The two best/most recognizable players in the league – Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin – won’t even be there, and regardless the reason (concussion and sand-in-the-crotch-itis, respectively), that means that at best, this is the NHL Most-Star Game.

Then there’s Jonathan Toews, only a cloud or two below Crosby’s stratosphere. He’s out. Same for rookie sensation, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Both worthy. Both injured.

From the AP, via the Washington Post:

…the All-Star game has turned into the Missing Stars game, extracting some of the fun out of the showcase weekend. Injuries are the main culprit for the All-Star withdrawals, though Ovechkin pulled out this week because the game fell during his league-issued three-game suspension.

It’s a meaningless game that the players don’t want to participate in, with even the hockey media lukewarm to its significance.

ESPN columnist Pierre LeBrun summed it up best in an interview with Aaron Murphy:

As an event, [the Winter Classic is] better than ever and this has really become the NHL’s signature event in the regular-season schedule. It’s making the all-star game obsolete. The Winter Classic is the event you must attend as media, sponsors, anyone who’s anyone in the game. The TV ratings for the game in the U.S. reflect it. People love this game. It’s the Super Bowl for the NHL.

Obsolete. That’s the key word. So how do you make All-Star weekend better?

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Fantasy Winter Classic

Now that the annual Winter Classic is in the bag, we can all begin the speculation for next year’s event. The likely pick is Detroit. Here are some future Classics I’d like to see, with the caveat that the teams involved would actually be at or near the top of the standings with some exciting talent: Continue reading

12 Foogos of Christmas

In honor of the holiday season and the 12 Days of Chistmas, here’s a dozen logos I really want to execute in the near future, both here and with our friends over at SportsLogosNet, in no particular order:

1. Maine Mariners – AHL (Okay, this is definitely #1 on my list.)

2. Moncton Golden Flames – AHL3. Dallas Stars – NHL Continue reading

Heading to the A

One of the fun things about this project is finding new logos to Foogosize. Logos you might not expect. I mean, initially, the goal was to recreate every NHL logo and call it a day. Granted, that mission has yet to be fulfilled. [For everyone keeping score I've got 13 primaries, a secondary (Chicago), retired alternate (Calgary) and six other defunct logos.] But the expansion of this – in addition to being a little intimidating – is a friggin’ blast.

And so begins my foray into minor league hockey logos. To start, I’m going with one of my personal favorites, the Providence Bruins. The logo itself may not be anything too special, since it’s a knockoff of the Boston Bruins logo. But therein lies the charm. Providence is the AHL affiliate (“farm club” for you non-sports fans) for Boston, so the logo represents continuity. Continue reading