Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Jersey CIty!

Enjoy your day, it's a beautiful one so those pictures of the kids in their 'Easter Best' will look even better than say a rainstorm. Back with you tonight. Save some ham for Johnny.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Late night open thread

“Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.” 
 --  Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

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Late night open thread

Dear big bad Boston Bruins who won the President's Trophy for the best record in the regular season,
Did you think the Red Wings hung all those banners in Joe Louis Arena because they showed up in someone else's building who's supposed to be all that and a bag of chips and shrunk from a challenge?
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No other band like ever made it cool to be on the ground like a wild potato. Seriously, if you can think of another band that made spuds so cool help old Johnny out. From 1980's Wild Planet album here's 'Private Idaho' kicking things off tonight on the Music Series.


With an assist from Mr. Bootsy Collins laying down some sexy vocals. Deee-Lite with the old favorite 'Groove is in the Heart'



Now here's a long lost song. Lost to the B-sides of history. Go ahead and lose yourself with the classic 'My Love is Alive'. You can hardly tell this sound is from 1975.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Late night open thread

A guy walks into a bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog is wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and helmet, and is festooned with Eagles pom-poms.

The bartender says, "Hey! No pets are allowed in here! You'll have to leave!"

The guy begs him, "Look, I'm desperate. We're both big fans, the TV is broken, and this is the only place around where we can see the game!"

After securing a promise that the dog will behave, and warning him that he and the dog will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the bartender relents and allows them to stay in the bar and watch the game. The big game begins with the Eagles receiving the kickoff. They march down field, get stopped at about the 30, and kick a field goal. With that the dog jumps up on the bar,and begins walking up and down the bar giving high-fives to everyone.

The bartender says, "Wow, that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! What does the dog do if they score a touchdown?"

The owner replies, "I don't know, I've only had him for four years."

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hockey sage Johnny tries to make sense of the Rangers vs. Flyers series

The Rangers and Flyers open an Metropolitan Division quarter-final tonight over at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers finished second in the Metropolitan Division with 96 points while the Flyers were third with 94 points. Let's get a closer look at what matters.

The Rangers surrendered only 193 goals in the regular season while the Flyers gave up 235 (which is only one more than they scored all season as well). If you can hurry up and name the Philadelphia netminder go ahead and yell out his name. Go ahead. Well there you go, that's a big difference isn't it? Everyone knows Henrik Lundqvist is tip top come playoff time and always among the regular season top stat guys. Now, the Flyers haven't had a go to shut em down goaltenders since.....since....again, advantage Rangers.

Philadelphia had a better faceoff win % at 50% this season yet the Rags were ranked #11 at 48% while Philadelphia was ranked #14. Odd that. This is a very key stat for the team with a considered weaker defense and goaltending. The Flyers have to somehow win the faceoff game. The game within the game. Who were the top 7 teams this season in faceoffs? Boston, Anaheim, Colorado, St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. How'd they do in the standings? Exactly. Advantage? Up for grabs.

In Johnny's humble opinion the Flyers up front are terribly talented but terribly moody. If their game is working they are worldbeaters. Trouble for them come playoff time is there are too many ways to gank up their offensive machinery. You can goad them off their game. You can play in your face hard forechecking to keep them bottled up. Most of all you play a grind it out slam bang corners game. Orange and black always makes you look bigger than you are. Advantage? We'll see won't we? If the Flyers are willing to fight the entire seven games (oops, spoiler alert) then advantage Philly. It's been quite a while since they could say that however.

The Rangers playoff forwards take an even bigger step forward with Martin St. Louis skating for the Blueshirts. He's money come playoff time. If New York can get anything out of Rick Nash who is quickly getting a reputation for playing his way onto milk cartons this time of year, it would free up not only St. Louis but Derek Stepan and Brad Richards. We like the Rangers versatility up front and that they spread the goals around. We give the NY offense the advantage over the Flyers defense.

One area we do like the Flyers in is penalty killing. The Philadelphia 6 have improved markedly since Caraig Berube took over the pk duties last year before being named head man this year. Which brings us to...

Berube has had no playoff coaching experience and we think is pretty much coach because the Flyers bungled the firing of Peter Laviolette as the season was already starting and had no other options than Berube to be truthful. Alain Vigneault has more playoff experience in big games than Berube but checkered it is given all the talent he had in Vancouver and only made the Final one time. We'll give Vigneault the nod here obviously.

But which team, which city will have bragging rights Johnny?

Rangers in seven.

Interesting idea Michael Yun, very interesting

Ward D councilman Michael Yun is said to be floating an idea that would double city council's salary from $35, 000 a year to $75,000 a year while raising aides pay from $15,000 to $40,000.

Yes, we can hear the audible groans and protests already. But wait, there's more to it.

Yun's plan would also mean council members and their aides are forbidden from taking multiple public jobs. Yeah, and we're all for that happening aren't we? Some people treat three and four government jobs as the norm while they suckle the public teat. While the raise for aides might be a harder sell Yun says the raises for staff are very necessary:

“We’re short on manpower,” he said. “We can’t do true research, analysis.”

So an interesting idea should it come to pass. We know of a former council member who would have hated it, maybe one of the reasons she's not a council member anymore.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Late night open thread

Whee! Look over here! Logging onto the internet! Surfing the World Wide Web! So long 56K modem, hello blazing fast DSL. Never get dropped out of a chat room again.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark