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Mario Bar

As a trucker in 1992 or ’93, I was delivering to a grocery distribution centre in Calgary and I noticed a new chocolate candy bar called Mario on the shelves. So I bought a box of 24 for 20 bucks or so, and decided to sit on it forever and see if it became valuable. After several days my ass was getting really sore and the bars were melting.

Today I looked on eBay and saw that single bars are selling for about 3 to 5 bucks, and one person has a box, like the one above, for $197 or best offer.

I also found this official looking announcement elsewhere as I was speeding wildly down the information highway:

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — National Hockey League superstar Mario Lemieux will have his own candy bar, it was announced today.

The “Mario Bar,” announced at a press conference here today, is the first consumer food product to bear Lemieux’s name and marks the first time a hockey player is to be featured on a nationally and internationally marketed candy bar. Each “Mario Bar” will include a collector’s card with a photograph of and vital statistics on Lemieux. A select number of cards will feature an authentic Mario Lemieux autograph.

Lemieux, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ center and the most valuable player of the past two Stanley Cup Championship series, has signed a contract with Pittsburgh Food & Beverage, Inc., parent company of D.L. Clark Company and Wayne Candies, Inc. The “Mario Bar,” a specially packaged version of the caramel Bun(R) Bar, is expected to arrive at retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada by early March 1993.

“I’m excited about having my own candy bar. It tastes great, has a connection to the city of Pittsburgh, and shows that major companies are recognizing the sport of hockey,” Lemieux said.

The growing popularity of hockey, with an estimated 45 million fans in the United States and Canada, and Lemieux’s stature as a superstar in the sport made the “Mario Bar” a natural, according to Ty Ballou, vice president of marketing and sales for D.L. Clark Company.

Ballou also noted that a limited-edition run of one million specially packaged Clark(R) Bars, featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, sold out as quickly as it was produced earlier this year. While distribution of that bar was limited primarily to the tri-state area surrounding Pittsburgh, Ballou expects the “Mario Bar” to be even more popular with consumers throughout the United States and Canada.

A sports celebrity tie-in is nothing new for Pittsburgh Food & Beverage, Inc. Its subsidiary Wayne Candies, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., marketed a similar, top-selling candy bar known as the “Reggie Bar” to honor Reggie Jackson during the height of his popularity in the 1970s.

Pittsburgh Food & Beverage, Inc., (PF&B) is the privately held parent company of the D.L. Clark Company and Wayne Candies, Inc. PF&B’s product mix includes the Clark(R) Bar, Bun(R) Bar, Black Cow(R) and Slo(R) Poke candies. The Pittsburgh-based food and beverage company also operates the Pittsburgh Brewing Company.

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Am I Having A Good Night Or Bad?

At this moment I’m performing a very unnatural and upsettling act. I’m working evening shift and won’t see the game until midnight, when everyone else is tucked snug in their beds or passed out with a lampshade on their head. So you know who won the game but I don’t yet.

Please feel free to talk about what went down, and how the Habs kicked the bejeesus out of the Pittsburgh Flightless Birds. I’ll be checking in at 2 a.m when the game’s over.

And please come back at your convenience after my game post is up. Maybe you could read it before you go to work. Your boss won’t mind if you’re late.

Penguins’ Coach Bylsma Talks About The Habs

Stolen from the Pens’ website:

12:40 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room, part II.

Dan Bylsma
On Canadiens:
Their coaching staff this year, there are certain things that pop up in (Jacque Martin’s) teams. We’ll be defensive cognizant, especially in the neutral zone taking, taking away time and space, taking away the walls. They want to be a hard working team and they want that as one of their trademarks. You’ll see that repeatedly in his teams. When it’s not there, you’ll see him react as well. You can expect that from their team. They came back last night in a game where they showed work ethic and determination in that game. That’s something that they want to build on as a part of the way they play. We also want to be a hard working team. It will look differently in that we’re trying to be in your face, trying to force the issue and dictate the pace, getting to the offensive zone and staying there repeatedly. The focus may be a little bit different. Both teams are going to try to establish a mentality that they’ll be the harder working team tonight. That’s the challenge of tonight’s game.

On both teams having injuries:

It’s one of the challenges of the National Hockey League. You’re going to deal with injuries. You’re going to deal with those things and particularly with the schedule that we have this year, it’s a little more prevalent. Hopefully you have an identity and a clear picture of how your team should play. If you do, hopefully you should be able to play that way regardless of an injury here or there. Hopefully you can get guys back in a timely fashion and hone that identity. They’ve been able to do that. We’re fighting to keep that identity and play a certain way. I think the last few games, the last three or four, we’ve been able to say that we’ve gotten to our game, gotten to the offensive zone and dictated the game, especially in third periods. That’s the challenge. We’re trying to live up to it. Hopefully tonight we can continue getting to our game.

Habs Get Their Behinds Booted As Goalie Drama Continues

A lovely woman in a tight, white sweater sat behind the Habs bench. The camera never showed her face, but she was lovely. You could just tell.

Do you think the Penguins put that lovely lady in the tight, white sweater in a seat behind the Habs bench as a distraction?

Montreal had their chances. Brian Gionta hit the post on a shorthanded rush with Scott Gomez. Tomas Plekanec has his split-second moments. But again, using the Penguins first goal as an example, the Canadiens have problems getting the puck out when the other team is forechecking, and this is leading to goals. I might have to round up a posse of some of you readers and get this straightened out. 

Penalties late in the game made it a completely lost cause for the good guys. Hal Gill tried the old push-the net-off-its-moorings trick which didn’t work because THE REFEREES AREN’T ALWAYS BLIND, HAL. And with only a few minutes left, Pittsburgh had their way with Montreal and probably didn’t even say thank you.

Sidney Crosby, as usual, played great against the team which used to be his favourite when he was a kid in Cole Harbour with icycle boogers hanging from his nose and dripping on to his little CH crest . Three goals for The Kid. Just once I’d like to see him injured when the Habs and Penguins clash.

Carey Price was in goal to start the third, and thus begins a new saga of “who’s the main goalie in Montreal now?” Was Halak that bad in the first two periods? He wasn’t standing on his head, that’s for sure, allowing four goals. And until the goaltending situation gets solidified, the Habs will never be great. It’s crucial to fix this.

Take the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, for example. This guy is the undisputed number-one goalie for his team. He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s a superstar. He wins games for his team. And Frozen Pond memorabilia company in Toronto says Fleury’s autograph is the number-one seller, past and present, in the business.

We want Price or Halak to achieve this status. Price could be, although his career hasn’t exactly started out so well. Halak probably can’t.

It was just one of those nights. A trouncing. An ass-kicking. A sad state of affairs.

Random Notes:

Habs see another good team on Friday - Chicago. My crystal ball says Price will start. Doesn’t mean he’ll finish, though.

Halak In Goal, Swine In League

Jaroslav Halak will once again be between the pipes when the Canadiens torment the Penguins.

That’s the Habs news, other than Scott Gomez and Glen Metropolit not feeling well. Which brings me to the other news:

Looks like H1N1 is increasing and is beginning to get a grip in the NHL, mainly beginning in Edmonton where players are sniffing and snorting, and the one little question is this: Aside from the obvious fact that teams will have players on the shelf, will the vaccine prevent widespread sickness? In other words, what about the Oympics in Vancouver in three months?

Or will everything be under control by then?

Yes, It’s True. I Have Family Who Aren’t Habs’ Fans

Below is my stepson, Denis Brel. He’s a 31 year old Russian guy, has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia all his life, and speaks only a little english. When Denis was much younger, he struck up a long-term friendship through letters with a guy from Pittsburgh who began sending to Denis a ton of Penguins stuff. And before you know it, Denis became a big Penguins fan.

I’ve never understood it.

And by the way, when Denis was born, his father wanted to name him Bobby after Bobby Hull, but “Bobby” sounds too funny when speaking Russian, so they did the next best thing – they named him Denis after Bobby’s brother, Dennis Hull. Imagine. 

Other photos include Denis’ gorgeous wife Natasha, who I’ve had in this blog before, and their daughter Anastasia. I don’t think any of them are Habs fans. In fact, I have a picture of little Anastasia wearing a #&%$ Leafs jersey.

Denis is a computer whiz, and that’s him in this double shot.

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Canadiens Add Two Defencemen As M**E K*******K Looks Elsewhere

Montreal signed two defencemen today with two different styles and two different sizes. Jaroslav Spacek moves over from Buffalo and is a 5’11, 200lb puck-moving impact defenceman who thrives on the power play. Habs also grabbed big Hal Gill, all 6’7″, 250 lbs of him, who comes from the Cup-winning Penguins.

Size we needed. Power play specialist we needed. These two could contribute greatly to the team. So I’m fine with these decisions.

Mike Komisarek, I’m not fine with. If and when he picks another team, I’ve got lots to say.