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Tyler Seguin Skypes/Facetimes/whatevers with Tyler Brown while lying shirtless in bed, and then screencaps it for later:

Picture )

(Source)
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This is a gif, made by Tumblr user prustytute (source), of David Desharnais cuddling Danny:



It's totally making my day, and my day was pretty great already. Did you know that the whole arms draped over the shoulders thing is my faaaavorite? Now you do.

If, like me, you need to see the video, it's at 0:48 in this video I expect will get pulled from YouTube relatively soon:

Video )
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This is my new favorite picture:

Picture )

Tyler Seguin, some other guy, and Michael Del Zotto in Cabo for spring break the Olympic break. (Source) I love the colors, how relaxed everyone looks, Segs' smile.
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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the fifth annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. I will be virtually handing out treats until around eight PM Pacific Time, but if I don't get to it by then, I'll give you a treat tomorrow, or by the end of the day Saturday at the latest. Lurkers and anonymous trick-or-treaters are welcome! (But if you want a treat specific to your interests, let me know something about why you know me.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user derekskey, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)
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There's no deeper purpose to this post; I just want everyone to have a chance to see this picture, or see it again if you've already seen it. If you like Danny, you might also be interested in the entire set, which also includes him with his kids.

Picture! )
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I was doing research one day, and ended up in a delightful sinkhole of draft-era Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin articles, and then I distracted myself looking for things about the time Tyler Seguin and Tyler Brown played together, and then I had so many feelings I had to stop and leave the house. This post is so that you, too, can share in that feelings bomb.

Part 1: Articles Worth Reading

From sons to stars
I don't even know how to describe this article. It includes stories about how they got their names, their relationships to their families as measured by hockey, how each set of parents met, and Tyler's dad's advice to him on avoiding distractions. It's amazing all the way around. A few select quotes:
Off the ice, Seguin and Hall are cordial, but not quite close friends. And despite the competitive fire that's been no doubt fueled by playing for two teams that are geographically close – the Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires – the two teenagers haven't displayed the type of animosity that would help the NHL media mob sell papers, start a battle royale over the blogosphere and pump up television ratings. But the whole "Taylor vs. Tyler" media madness might never have taken root, had their fathers had a little more say in naming their sons after they were first born.
Then, there was the time Kim failed to secure Tyler's hockey pants only to have them fall down by game's end, exposing to a bemused crowd her son's favourite pair of Batman underwear.

"They stayed up the whole game and then just as he was skating off the ice I realized, 'Ahhhhhhh! Oh, my goodness his pants are falling off!' "
In fact, he loved hockey and skating so much that no other toy outside of his favourite mini-hockey stick could hold his attention. Jackie says she tried to tempt him with other toys, but Tyler wouldn't budge.

"I would buy him Tonka trucks so he could play in the sand, but all he wanted was a mini-stick, that's it," says Jackie. "I always used to say, 'This kid's not normal.' That's all he would do all day is shoot with the mini-stick."

By the age of three, Tyler had developed a passion for wearing inline roller skates and was constantly whipping around the house or driveway.

Seguin family humble about NHL dream
This is an article about Tyler's parents basically telling him not to count his chickens before they hatch, and also has some good background on his mom.
Said Tyler: "I got my hands from my mom. My dad was a goon. My mom was a finesse player. . . . They (both) keep me humble."

Jackie Seguin, a playmaking centre for the Brampton Canadettes Girls Hockey Association until she was a teenager, seconded her only son's assessment of his genetic inheritance (the Seguins also have two hockey-playing daughters, Candace, 15, and Cassidy, 11).

Tyler Seguin's game is far different than dad's
The Oilers had the number one pick, so this is an article from their site about how Tyler's style is not the same as his dad's.
But before he was embarrassing junior goalies, he was doing the same thing to Paul and his friends.

"Over Christmas-time we rent the ice and all the boys come out and play," Paul said. "Tyler came out when he was 12 or 13 and he could skate like the wind. Tyler was a lot smaller, he didn't grow until he was 14 or 15, but regardless, he always played up with older kids and could always skate, even when he was that young. The guys' claim to fame was they played NCAA and they were great players, and then this 12-year-old comes out on the ice and he can skate around you."

Perseverence Nets NHL Contract for Tyler Brown
This is an article from the Whalers about Brown signing his contract.
"I had a couple teams looking at me at the start of the season, but I guess they just didn't follow through," noted Brown, hosted by a Canton billet family the past four years. "But during the season I've been playing for the points and stuff and Philly came out of nowhere and the deal I couldn't pass up.

"So I took it and I couldn't be any happier."

The fourth-year Whaler, who just turned 21, smiled when asked what he thought about joining the tradition-rich Flyers.

Part 2: Video Review

First up, a TSN feature on Seguin from when he was still in the OHL. The commentators gush about him as a playmaker, and then one of his teammates talks about telling him that he has to catch up to Taylor Hall:



That sent me looking for Whalers highlights, and there are two sets of them that include tiny Tylers goal celebrations. They're not embeddable, but they're both games against the Saginaw Spirit, one from December 2009 and one from March 2010 Note: there were two Tyler Browns on the Whalers for three years; the one we're interested in is Tyler G. Brown.

There are also a couple of intermission interviews with Tyler Brown on the Whalers site, again not embeddable, one from October 2010 and one from November 2010.

Bonus Photo

While googling Tyler Brown's time with the Whalers, I ended up on a Whalers MySpace (this is about where I decided it was time to stop and leave the house), which brings us this gem from the 2007-2008 season:



You're welcome and/or I'm sorry.
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I was sitting here thinking that it's Saturday night and it's been way too long since I posted Danny Briere photos to LJ, so I went and surfed back through my Danny Briere tag on Tumblr and decided what I really needed was half a dozen pictures of Danny and Claude being married and oblivious to the rest of the world.

Pictures! Plus commentary. )
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Those of you who don't shamelessly hang on every adventure of Tyler Seguin and his harem on Twitter may have missed what happened the other day. Fred and Segs bet on a game of NHL 13, with the loser having to shave his head:

Fred and Segs playing video games. )

Fred lost and Segs shaved Fred's head in the kitchen, and then they had a rematch where Segs lost and also got his head shaved. What's most important here, aside from the ridiculousness and the photographic proof that you can put at least three people on Fred's bed, is that my Fred tag on Tumblr now includes three pictures of his bedroom and one of his kitchen because Tyler Seguin has spent so much time there over the last couple of months.

Then Segs was off in Toronto last night looking like this:

You can't actually prove I've had this open in a tab for hours again today. )

I have so many feelings about this picture that I can barely contain them, but opinions differ on what's going on. At least one person on Tumblr thinks he looks high. [livejournal.com profile] ninja_orange said she thought it was probably just an awkward photo. I think he looks sad and/or cold. (Honey, it's January. Put on a sweater.) And if he is sad and/or cold, what he really needs are cuddles. Which more or less brings me to my plot bunny. (This was also half just an excuse to post both of those pictures because I may never get over them.)

There should be a story where now that the lockout is over, Segs is in Boston full-time, but his place doesn't really feel lived in because he hasn't been there much since the end of last season. (Or possibly it's an entirely new place; he seemed to be staying in a hotel last time he was in Boston.) So he ends up sleeping at Fred's a lot. And staying at Fred's means staying in Fred's bed, and Segs is totally a cuddler. Segs takes Marshall to Fred's with him too, because he's not irresponsible enough to leave his dog home alone. He's trying to be a good, responsible doggy daddy, but sometimes he gives in and lets Marshall sleep on the bed with them, which just makes it all that more snuggly.

It gets to be a hassle sometimes to go home before he goes to the rink or whatever, so Segs starts bringing some of his stuff over to Fred's, until they get to March or so, and Fred looks around and points out that Segs is living with him. At some point, they get half a clue and realize that if they're going to live together, they could do it at Segs' place, which is bigger. Also, they figure out that they want to have sex, and it's a lot easier to lock Marshall out of the bedroom at Segs' place than it is to contain him anywhere in Fred's place.

When they have to tell people about the change in their living arrangements, Fred (unsuccessfully) tries to argue to Nick (his dad) that he should get some of the rent money Nick can now charge someone else to live in the condo. Segs hooking him up with some of the sweet gear he gets for repping Bauer goes a little way toward making his failure in that endeavor up to him.

Now, if only I can incept more of fandom into being Fred/Segs shippers, maybe someone will write that.
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When I took requests for treats, Edit 12/27/12: a fangirl who has asked not to be named /edit asked for something with the Tylers. This is a picspam of them! This is not a primer. If you need a primer, [livejournal.com profile] littledivinity made one (I've heard tell there's a second part, but it's friendslocked). Edit 12/27/12: Links to another primer have been removed at the request of the author. /edit

Onward to married bliss! )
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I know I'm pretty much out of bandom, but Gabe/Victoria is my forever OTP. I was going to make a mini-picspam, and then I had twenty-two pictures, so this is a giant picspam.

VERY Image Heavy )
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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the fourth annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. (I will be offering treats until nine PM Pacific Time, but if I don't get to it by then, I'll leave you a treat tomorrow morning.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user jeremympiehler, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license.)
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I'm too far away to give [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl actual hugs, but the good thing about living in the internet age is that there's always another picture of Mike Richards, so I made her a picspam instead. (Aren't picspams basically the fannish version of hugs anyway?) By way of introduction, a few caveats and whatnot: First, these are not new pictures. (Ha! Like I could ever find Carts or Richie pictures that [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl hasn't already seen.) The idea here was just to put a bunch of pictures together in one place. Secondly, although I snuck in some source citations (because our lives are full of jokes that require citations), this is not a primer. For that, you want either [livejournal.com profile] riadsala's fantastic primer/introduction or [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl's extensive primer/timeline. Thirdly, this ends on a tin-hat defying heterosexual note, so if that's not your thing, you might want to skip the last two pictures.

Lots of pictures of these drunken, reunited married dudes. )
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I keep thinking maybe I should just do a real primer, but that would involve too much hockey research, so instead you get occasional posts gushing over pictures and videos.


First, Danny being adorable. Part 1: Pictures )

Part 2: Video )


Moving on, Danny being adorable with children. Part 1: Pictures )

Part 2: Video )


Thirdly, Danny being adorable with Claude. Part 1: Pictures )

Part 2: Video )


Bonus news article link!

Family matters for Flyers' Briere, Giroux (you have to click through to part two) from January 2011 (a golden era of Brioux coverage) is totally useful. It covers the infamous furniture shopping trip, tells us that Danny kept the house in the divorce, and has Danny telling us both that Claude's room is a mess and:
"We have rules," Briere said with a smirk. "Especially when the boys have school the next day."
In logic world, that does not require the smirk it apparently does in Brioux-land.
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Sidney Crosby and the Russians Who Love Him

Fandom, take note: this man is not a robot:

Picture )

I have to admit that I can barely handle this picture. Look how absolutely delighted he is to have that child in his arms. You know who else loves kids?

This guy:

Geno! )

Also, this guy:

Ovi! )

Where is the nanny AU where Sid has a baby and hires Geno or Alex to be the kid's nanny?


Danny Briere (with bonus Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux)

Whatever, like I was going to make a hockey post without including him. First, let's watch this:

Video )

This is the video I tell people about when I'm trying to describe how unintentionally dirty hockey is. Barely legal draft prospects Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin visit the Flyers locker room where Danny tells them how hard or soft he likes his sticks and how many he goes through in a season. And then Tyler Seguin can't keep himself from commenting about how tiny Danny is.

The only bad thing about that video is that it's during playoff season, which means Danny has terrible facial hair. So let's look at him in the adorable hats the Flyers had for the Winter Classic:

Adorable hat! )

And while we're on the subject of the Winter Classic, I may have watched this video a very large number of times today:

Video )

It's titled "Flyers See Winter Classic Ice," but is actually just Scott Hartnell and the Briouxs checking it out. Hartsy greets all five of them with, "Hey, Brieres."


Carts+Richie 4-EVER (with bonus Staals!)

This gif floated around tumblr recently:

Carts and Richie making hearteyes at each other. )

Mostly, it makes me want a college AU, but I can't say why it reads that way to me. Also, it comes from this video:

Video )

The best thing about this video is that nearly all of the dialogue is just the Staals chirping people. Best Scandinavian trolls.


Tyler Seguin's House of Bros

I really mean it when I say that Segs and his husband and boyfriends are making my whole summer better.

First, his husband was upset that Segs and the dog were napping without him:

Picture )

Then Segs took his other other boyfriend to see Magic Mike:

Picture )

And then slept on him in public:

Picture )

Also, it appears that someone in that house is sleeping in a bed with pink blankets:

Picture )

Really, how does this kind of thing happen in real life?


Danny Briere's (ex?-)Husband's New Boyfriend

Let's just start with pictures of that time Claude Giroux took Paul Bissonnette as his date to the NHL Awards:

Claude and Biz on the red carpet )

And lest you think that's fangirl exaggeration, allow me to assure you that every interviewer they met on the red carpet called Biz Claude's date, in those words. And then there's the video that the screencaps above come from. You may need a minute to prepare yourself for this. Keep in mind that it includes this exchange:

Alyonka Larionov: I'm just wondering, how did this relationship start?
Claude: I don't even know. When's the first time we met?
Biz: It's complicated.
Claude: My status on Facebook, "It's complicated."

Yeah, that happens:

Let's go to the video tape. )

And don't forget the first red carpet interview where they talk about how they were hanging out together in Montreal when they decided Biz should be Claude's date:

Video )

You have no idea how much I want Claude/Biz fic. And the fact that no one wants to break up Claude and Danny isn't going to stop me from talking about it. Possible plot bunnies:

The one where Danny's straight and Claude is not: Claude's young, but he's not completely stupid. He knows falling in love with an older straight man who already has a family isn't going to end well for him, so he moves out of Danny's house, gets his own place, gets over Danny, and hooks up with Biz.

The other one where Danny's straight and Claude is not: Danny really is just a friend. Claude tends to just hook up with people, and then he starts hooking up with Biz.

The one where they're poly: Claude and Danny have an open relationship. Possibly they're monogamous during the season and free to do whatever (or whomever) they want during the summer. This summer, Claude spends a lot of time hooking up with Biz.

The one where they fall in love: Biz is not into relationships. He just likes sex. And then there's Claude, and he thinks it's just hooking up. (This would be like that Taylor Hall/Ryan Whitney story with the part of Taylor Hall played by Claude and the part of Ryan Whitney played by Biz.)

The one I'm most likely to write: Claude and Biz casually hooking up in varying cities. (If I end up writing it, it's probably just going to be a sex scene that hinges on Claude asking, "Can I fuck you this time?" and Biz finding that he really likes being fucked.)
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The picspam content of this post is entirely repeated from my Tumblr, although the commentary is mostly new, so don't be disappointed if you've seen it all before. Also, I have no explanation for why Danny Briere is my favorite hockey player at the moment. He just is.

This video is terrible as an interview (it's boring and the sound quality is not very good), but it's fantastic if you want to just look at Danny Briere. (Side note: I seem to be incapable of referring to him by anything other than his full name.)

Video! )


Now, my three four favorite pictures of him:

Pictures! Spoiler alert: includes both canonical clothes sharing and David Boreanaz. )


And speaking of looking at Danny Briere, does anyone have a good source for high resolution photos of hockey players when they're not playing hockey? It's time for new desktop wallpaper, and I have two monitors to cover (resolution of one is 800x600; the other is 1360x768). I would also consider fan-made wallpaper, if I can find something I like.
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Remember that time I talked about Spencer the pool hustler? A couple of weeks ago, Zack posted another picture of Spencer Smith, Pool Hustler:

Picture! )

This reminded me that despite the idea behind plot bunny of the day posts - to get them out into the world so I can stop thinking about them - I kept plot bunnying this story out over Twitter. Here's the rest of it!

More Plot Bunny )
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Once upon a time, [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight posted this picture:

Picture! )

I said, "I am especially amused by the one where Travis and the other guy are like, 'Picture taking! Pose!' and Pete is all, 'Doggy!'" This led to a discussion of how Pete was the kid who always had to be reminded to be soft with the kitty. Not that he would want to hurt anyone or anything, just that he was enthusiastic when he wanted to play. And then I wrote a snippet about Gabe warning Bebe about that quality.


Like a Puppy )
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Picture, courtesy of Zack )

So obviously this is the AU where Spencer is a pool hustler. Brendon sings in the house band. Dallon bartends. Zack is the bouncer. I have no idea what Ian does.

Zack sometimes has to keep guys from going after Brendon, either because they're more interested than Brendon than Brendon is in them or because their girlfriends are more interested in Brendon than the guys are particularly happy with. Brendon and Spencer flirt a lot. Brendon gets his drinks free, of course, but sometimes instead of drinking his beer, he hops down off the stage at a break and sets it down on the edge of the pool table for Spencer. (Astute observers might notice that this is when Spencer is most likely to miss a shot he actually meant to make.) This story should also have some Breezy (because Breezy is awesome), maybe hiring a babysitter one night and coming in with friends so she can flirt with the hot bartender (who just happens to be her husband) and let him pick her up at the end of the night.

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