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“Hello, Floreda”

“Forced Watching” is a weekly feature where the loser of the wagering game on the podcast is forced to watch the least interesting game on the schedule (in the opinion of the winner), and write about it. No offense if your favourite team is involved. Well, some offense.

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Here we are again.

I watched last week’s episode of Justified before this game because I wanted to do something entertaining before I watched this hockey game. I’m pretty sure that R.J. Umberger is Drew Thompson.

Also, I hate everything.

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HNIC Open Thread: March 2nd

Can’t Stop The Sedins:

Henrik Sedin’s patience on this goal is just stupid. West coast is seeing a good game.

 

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Ice Hockey - Men's Gold Medal Game - Day 17

Pictured: History

Every sports fan has “that game.” The lucky few of us have more than one “that game.” I live in Toronto so I only have one. Thankfully, my “that game” is the shared by almost the entirety of Canada. I am speaking, of course, about the 2010 Gold Medal game between Canada and The United States. Three years ago today the game was played. Three years ago today I became a Sidney Crosby fan. I remember…most of it.  A lot of people point to game 2 of the 1987 Canada Cup as the greatest hockey game ever played. I get that but I’ve watched that game recently and, with some distance and hindsight, I can pretty safely say that 2010 topped it. Maybe it’s the being there aspect but, for my money, there has never been a greater game than the one that was played on February 28, 2010.

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Dallas Stars v Columbus Blue Jackets

“Forced Watching” is a weekly feature where the loser of the wagering game on the podcast is forced to watch the least interesting game on the schedule (in the opinion of the winner), and write about it. No offense if your favourite team is involved. Well, some offense.

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Dubinskiy! Daley! It’s Stars vs. Blue Jackets I: Let’s See How Little Jake Can Care About A Hockey Game.

Oy, I really need to stop being terrible at picking hockey games. Doing this two weeks in a row is rough (I know, I know, poor me). I hope I win this week because I’m going to make Bourne watch just the worst game. I don’t know what yet, I haven’t looked at the schedule. I’m going to plan ahead though. Anyway, let’s hope my Gamecenter doesn’t crap out on me today. I hear that, Renegade. Let’s do this thing.

1st Period

20:00 - I know literally nothing about either team’s broadcasters so…let’s go with the Blue Jackets for the first, the Stars for the second and whichever I liked better for the third. Research is for suckers.

20:00 - I have watched zero live minutes of either team so far this year. I do not feel bad about that in the least.

While we’re here I might as well bring up the Stars/Habs trade – Ryder for Cole and a third. I don’t know what Joe Nieuendyk is thinking. At all. That’s just…that’s just amazingly dumb. Good for the Habs, sad for me.

20:00 - Jesus, can this game just start already? George Matthews is currently being honored for his 1,000th game called so…I guess he’s who I’m listening to for this period? Sure, good for him, sounds like a decent announcer and he’s short, so he’s already good in my book. Man, this montage of Blue Jackets highlights is depressing – “Zherdev scores!” “Vinnie Prospal steals the puck!” Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers

I am going to do my very best to not turn this into a screed against Don Cherry as I really don’t intend it to be one. Okay, I kind of do. But, still, bear with me. I have made it known in no uncertain terms that I am not a fan of Cherry. I think he’s a xenophobic, semi-racist, ignorant, militaristic, and possibly slightly senile old man who once served a purpose but is now just a beacon for ratings and money. And that’s kind of my point.

On Saturday, Cherry went on another one of his patented tirades that don’t make any sense claiming that there is no crime nor drugs in hockey because of the level of respect that is prevalent in the NHL. And because hockey players wear ties to the rink. Or something. I’m not going to get into the depths of how factually untrue this statement is as it ignores decades of hockey players with drug abuse problems (Derek Boogaard and John Kordick spring immediately to mind and the rest of the list is a long one), we’re used to Cherry saying ridiculous and false statements. At this point, the exercise of slamming Cherry or calling him ignorant or pick your adjective is an exercise in repetition. We know. The interesting point to come out of all this comes from our own Drew Fairservice who tweeted this on Saturday night:

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Good For You:

Charlie Coyle got his first NHL goal tonight which is always pretty cool as it’s something I will never do. Unless something changes drastically. I’ll get back to you. Anyway, congrats, Charlie Coyle. See? Something did happen in the Flames/Wild game.

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wclass

The biggest casualty of the 2012 NHL Lockout, other than the missed games, lost revenue, hurt businesses, insulted fans, and the NHL Podium was the 2013 Winter Classic. The outdoor game/cashcow has become a highlight of recent seasons, if only for the pure joy that a toque on top of a goalie mask can bring. Wow, I’m Canadian. Since 2008, many a New Years Day hangover has been spent in front of the television watching an outdoor hockey game which, if you believe Hockey Day In Canada, is the way the game was meant to be played. Preferably with some good ol’ boys. Or something.

It was, much to my dismay as both a Leafs and a hockey fan, that the 2013 Winter Classic never came to be due to the lockout. In many ways it was just another hockey game and it wasn’t like I was planning to attend the game in person, either, but there’s something novel about having your team involved in such a giant stage. Not that the Leafs need any more exposure or anything but being able to actually be invested in such an event is one of those wonderful, little things that can make sports great. Alas, ’twas not to be.

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