Pundays: Eastbound and Down

For anyone who doubts the underground popularity of the NHL.com Front Page Pun Headlines… be sure you check out the “90s NHL.com Headlines” hashtag meme that was started Monday afternoon by Ryan Classic. The premise was simple… take your favorite NHL star from the 1990’s and insert them into the format of a NHL.com Pun Headline that could grace the front page of NHL.com… if there were an NHL.com in the 1990’s. 

Hasn’t changed one bit!

The initial tweet from Ryan Classic of “Tricks are for Kidd” created quite the rush of great 90’s-era pun headlines.

Even the folks over at NHL.com took notice of this latest episode of The 90s Are All That…

But as Owen Nolan taught us this past week… you can’t live in the past forever. That’s why it’s time for the Eastern Conference Edition of the Pundays Playoffs… where your favorite NHL.com Pun Filled Headlines battle it out each week until a Pundays Champion is crowned. And the best part of all… you decide the winner!

Last week, we released the 8 best Western Conference Pun Headlines from the 2010-2011 NHL season. This week, it’s the East’s time to shine. We are doing this NHL Playoff style… there will be 8 Pun Headlines from the West and 8 from the East. Each week, you’ll vote on your favorites and the ones with the most votes will continue on to the next round until we have 1 Pun Headline from each Conference. Then… they will battle it out in the ultimate Punday Cup Final.

What do you say? Are you ready to have at it?!?

Click here to check out and vote on the 8 best and worst NHL.com Eastern Conference pun headlines from the past season!!!

The NHL gets a lot of flack for not supporting its French speaking fans. After all, Montreal has one of the most die-hard fan bases in all of the NHL. So on April 2, 2011 when Mathieu Darche scored 2 of his 12 goals on the season… NHL.com was saying “Très bien.”

Nearly all of the Pun Headlines in this competition feature active NHL players. But on May 5, 2011… a Pun Headline appeared that made every hockey fan say to themselves… “well, why would Jaromir Jagr return to the NHL with anyone BUT the Pittsburgh Penguins?”

The Season 4 premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore was watched by 8.8 million people. And Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks was watched by 8.5 million people. So on March 22, 2011… why wouldn’t the NHL try to be as popular as you can get with the “kids.”

What do a classic Austrian candy and an emerging 2-way Slovakian Defenseman have in common? Well, this Pun Headline from January 18, 2011 says it all…

This headline from February 3, 2011 is actually a mis-print and over the past few months has become quite the collectible amongst Pun Headline traders on the internet. It was originally designed to read “Without Reimer, there is no Reason to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

Sure you may call it nothing more than ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together… but on November 3, 2010… I called it delicious. 

If you are looking to appeal to the largest cross-section of hockey fans out there… then on May 15, 2011 there was no better way than mixing a 19 year old Boston Bruins rookie with the classic video game NHL 94

It seems these days that there are constant arguments about the role of religion in our society. But on February 13, 2011, NHL.com showed that religion only belongs in one place… a Pun Headline. 

There you have it. The 8 best (in my opinion) Eastern Conference NHL.com Pun Headlines from the 2010-2011 NHL season. Vote below as early and as often as you want. The top 4 will make it onto the Punday Cup Semi-Finals. And what the heck… I’ll leave the polls open for the Western Conference too


And for those playing along at home… here is the 1st Official Pundays Playoff Matchup Grid!!!

Click here for a large version!!!

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.