Ilya Bryzgalov Gives His Thoughts on Monkeys in Space

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That's not like a euphemism or anything. He really did.

Ilya Bryzgalov finally broke out of his self(team?)-imposed shell today. Sort of. Before speaking in front of cameras, Bryz shot the shit with reporters, as he’s been known to do, and talked about… outer space. Again. 

One reporter asked what the Russian goalie would be doing if he didn’t play hockey. Similar questions have been asked to a myriad athletes, and most respond by naming some sort of mundane “day job” or with a snarky and perhaps honest assertion that they’d be unemployed.

Not Bryz.

He would have shot for the stars. Literally.

We’ll let Adam Kimelman of tell the story:

After a pause, Bryzgalov replied, "Astronaut." He added that he was serious. 

That sparked an impromptu discussion on the merits of the U.S. space program compared to the Russian/Soviet space program, as well as Bryzgalov's belief that the first two animals sent into space were Russian dogs. 

Bryzgalov also had an opinion on sending monkeys into space.

"The problem with monkeys," Bryzgalov said, "is they push the wrong buttons."


Those goddamn monkeys… always causing a shitstorm.

And there is your latest Bryzism.

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  • Andrew Mc May 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Someone is pushing buttons alright. Win a cup Bryz and say whatever the fuck you want.

  • SomeGuy May 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Andrew Mc, he’s giving a comment to an answer which was pretty funny. ease up, tight ass. He played a great game yesterday. As you can tell by the results, its going to take a team effort to win the cup, not just one guy

  • fence May 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This guy is gonna be run out of town by June. Flyers got lucky drawing Pens in first round.

  • GO FLYERS May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    @fence, got lucky? most people were saying the exact opposite..and he kept them in that game last night.

  • DD May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I’m sorry, this guy is just too quirky not too like. When he doesn’t talk, people are all pissed off, when he does talk, people are still pissed off. Get a life people, roll with it, give it a rest, it’s all we have aside from Bob who hasn’t played or shown anything…do you really want to see Michael Leighton???

  • Jay Grace May 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    i knew bryz didn’t have it in him to steal game 2.
    Flyers in 5

  • Janis May 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    “The problem with monkeys,” Bryzgalov said, “is they push the wrong buttons.”
    And the problem with humans is they push the wrong buttons ON PURPOSE. 🙂
    Other than that, I like the guy, even though he does occasionally want to make me rip my hair out. He’s been called a space cadet before; no surprise he would like to have really been one.

  • OneManWolfpack May 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Bryz did have it in him to steal game 2. He played very well last night. The team was total garbage.
    Just stop the puck & you can talk about whatever the hell you want.

  • Nick May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Remember when beat writers and bloggers reported on and cared about the team, the ups and downs of each game and player, etc., instead of this fucking garbage? Me neither. What a fucking joke.

  • MattyLac May 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Don’t they call them “Cosmonauts” in Russia? Haha, I love Ilya’s outlook on life and the universe, I hope he redeems himself to the Bryz-haters out there, I like him. Go Flyers! Knock knock

  • Bundy May 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I guarantee Bryz has a higher IQ than 98% of all Philadelphia sports fans. Here’s an athlete who reads, has opinions, and a curious mind. He is not some sports-cliched moron who spews out the same four or five phrases like 99% of all athletes do. I enjoy Bryz. I need a good book to read, maybe the media can ask him for some recommendations tomorrow.

  • PHLinPDX May 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Bryz is the only Flyer to show up last night so he can say whatever the hell he wants.
    Also fully agree with Bundy.

  • Janis May 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    He does seem to have a broader outlook than most people. I love the whole team, but Bryz seems like a guy who could hold his own in a conversation about more than just video games, cars, and chicks.

  • A baboon May 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Fuck monkeys.

  • Rangers fan who goes to Drexel May 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Bundy is a homo

  • Janis May 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Which if true, would give him a far better chance of getting laid this weekend than you have.

  • Hipster Dave May 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Janis- back in the kitchen cunt

  • LOL May 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Oh good, the flake has returned.

  • Food peeling machine May 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I am Happy to be here! Interested parties can contact a lot!

  • Ilya Bryzgalov May 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Why everyone heff to be med? Jes be heppy!

  • Al Sharpton May 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Bryz is a racist

  • SteveFromPhilly May 3, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Lets cut the bullshit.
    Bryz played well, but he wasn’t totally left out to dry.
    The first goal, the one that tied at 1, was his fault.
    He wasn’t screened. It wasn’t in close. He just blew it.

  • Bundy May 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    If Kyle Scott wants educated contributors to this site, contact me and ban clowns. “Bundy is a homo.” -by Rangers Fan who goes to Drexel. Come on “duuuude” … maybe there should NOT be freedom of expression for all. I hate all clown sports fans. I don’t care if the person is from NY, Boston, or Philly (and plenty of you are clowns), or anywhere else, most of you are fools. Go be like Bryz and read a damn book, you might learn something. Pro sports are fun and a distraction, I enjoy them certainly, but a lot of you need to get a life.

  • LemurCat May 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Bundy, don’t let the trolls get to you. They are beyond comprehending normal human discourse, as they are socially maladjusted.

  • Caps fan who goes to DCCC May 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Don’t get pissed Bundy. It’s probably those darn monkeys.

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  • Mike May 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Another hard hitting story by Kyle Scott. The guy whose blog got popular because he used to make fake facebook pages for local athletes and send the traffic from the facebook pages here. Great report Kyle that was really important. I’m glad I now know that it means a lot to me.

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