Pundays: Pun Phail

I’m not sure if it’s because Monday was a holiday here in the United States but the Head Pun Writer at NHL.com definitely was on vacation all last week. I mean, come on… let’s see your “A” game! This is the Stanley Cup Finals!!!


Oh, I see what you did there.




Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta would like to know just how tall the writers at NHL.com are.

And even after the goal scoring clinic that was Game One of the Finals, it still felt like the pun writers at NHL.com were doing their best Marian Hossa impression… trying hard… but just not connecting.



This is the headline equivalent of 2 goals in 17 playoff games.

And then… after Monday’s exciting Game 2… it turns out that all is right in the puniverse.


Seriously. How come no one thought of this sooner?


This really isn’t all that clever… but since Ben Eager scored a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals…

So while the NHL Stanley Cup Finals haven’t really disappointed hockey fans (unless you happen to be from the general Philadelphia area)… I have to say… it’s time for NHL.com to step up their game. Because as recently as only a week ago… they were a box office hit.


I would love to see a crossover between Variety and NHL.com.
It might look something like this:


Let’s hope that Game 3 on Wednesday awakens both the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL.com pun writers.

Now, Philadelphians get all sorts of notoriety for being hardcore sports fans. So the question of morality doesn’t really come up too much when talking about Philadelphia fans. (In fact, most loyal readers of The Royal Half will know that morality doesn’t really come into play on this site… usually ever.) But tonight, while trying to convince me to scalp tickets for Game 4 on Friday night when I’ll be on the east coast, Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy came across this ad on Craigslist.


So your father passes away. You are headed out of town to the funeral and you have 2 tickets to the hottest sporting event around. The morality question… do you scalp and try to make a large sum of money before you leave for the funeral? Or just try to get the tickets to someone who will enjoy the game? It seems like a plot line from an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. But I’m pretty sure this Flyers fan is selling his tickets for face value… so maybe Philly sports fans do have morals after all.

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.