Winter Classic stuff - 1-2-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Pardon our highly original headline and the lack of effort with this post. We're not feeling too sharp after two live blogs yesterday. If Milan Kraft was blogging a follow up to the Winter Classic, it would come out like this. And it would be in Czech we're willing to bet as well.

Can we openly campaign for another Winter Classic involving the Penguins? Is that selfish? Is it even more selfish to campaign for to be here in Pittsburgh? We know it's not likely. The NHL will probably pursue larger markets like New York or Boston next season. And the conducting one of these things is an enormous logistical undertaking for any team, let alone one a season and a half away from moving into a new building.

But we so want to hear John Barbero and Jeff Jimerson in Heinz Field.

Here's a round-up of all the Winter Classic material out there.'s photo gallery.

-The Chicago Tribune's massive coverage. (There's way too many articles and such to link to individually. Trust us though, there's tons of goodies on the Tribune's site. We wouldn't send you there if that wasn't the case.)

-The Chicago Sun-Time's slightly less impressive coverage. (We prefer the Tribune to the Sun-Times. We're just trying to offer a bit of everything is all.)

-The Detroit News' coverage. (Solid.)

-The Detroit Free-Press' coverage. (Not as solid.)

-Snapshots. (Beyond solid.)

-The Associated Press' recap. It was cold.

-Eric McElrain was everywhere for AOL.

-The event was a home run.

-Did the Red Wings essentially clinch the Central Division with the win?

-Bobby Hull was wearing leopard-print ear muffs. Eughhhh.

-Pat Sajak sure likes his hockey.

-Gary Bettman wears jeans.

-The Red Wings found an interesting place to play their pregame soccer.

-NBC's pregame, player introductions and national anthems:

-As usual, Don Cherry was dressed for the occasion:

-Here come the Hawks!

-Take me out to the Hockey Game? No thanks.

-Brent Seabrook > Dan Cleary.

(Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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