Pundays: Point Un-Pleasant, NJ

As the action gets more intense during the NHL playoffs… so do the puns at the main page of NHL.com. Here at The Royal Half, we get tons of email each week that asks:

“Hey, Royal Half, what exactly makes a great NHL.com pun?”

Well, for me, the perfect NHL.com pun is a blend of the sheer exhilaration of the sport of hockey… with the ornate flair of pop culture relativeness. And this weeks “Pun of the Week” may be the best example of this yet.


Top 3 Rejected Headlines:

1) 2nd Round? Fuhgeddaboudit!
2) Jersey Washed Ashore
3) The Real Golf Courses of New Jersey

Even though this screengrab comes from a time when the 2nd seeded New Jersey Devils still thought they had a chance to beat the 7th seeded Philadelphia Flyers… it doesn’t change the beauty of the pun. Plus, if you look just over the left shoulder of Zach Parise, you’ll see Lardass Hogan from Stand By Me. I’ve been wondering that that guy has been up to! Kudos to the team at NHL.com for another stellar week of puns.

Things have been pretty busy around The Royal Half during the month of April. So we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss any of the great (well, we think they are great) articles that have been posted during this hectic playoff month for the Los Angeles Kings. Now that the Kings have been eliminated, you may find yourself with some extra time to do some reading.

There was an ode to the Kings clinching a playoff spot for the first time in 8 years.

Our 1st Annual ScreenGrab Contest (to which a winner still needs to be declared!)

We tracked the progress of Fox Sports West HD’s “See What Develops” ad campaign over the course of a season.

Blogger Fake Chris Kontos sat down with LA Kings Playoff Legend, Chris Kontos.

We took an amazing trip behind enemy lines to Vancouver for Game 2 of the playoffs.

And we took a look back at 2+ years of Drew Doughty coverage at The Royal Half.

Even though it’s really from March, it’s always time for History Will Be Made – Marty McSorley.

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.