Archive for the ‘For Fun’ Category

The summer is rough on hardcore hockey fans, particularly once August comes around. Sure, sports fans have the Olympics to distract them from the summer doldrums and, technically, there is hockey in London, but it’s just field hockey and it’s really not the same. You could turn on the water polo and listen to the hockey commentators try to make sense of the game, but it’s just not a very visually stimulating sport to watch on TV, particularly since the bulk of the physical play takes place below the surface.

It’s only summer, however, in the Northern Hemisphere. Right now, it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia’s top hockey league is ramping up to a climax, with just a few weeks left in the regular season and the playoffs following shortly after. This weekend, you can get your fix of hockey to tide you over until NHL training camps start.

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My wife hurt her back a couple years ago while we were moving from our old basement suite to our current basement suite [1]. It was bad enough that she had to take some pretty heavy painkillers, the kind with a muscle relaxant involved. That medication, combined with being completely exhausted from a stressful move, made her pretty loopy that night. She decided that it was time for a challenge.

She decided that she wanted to draw all of the NHL logos from memory. Last night, I did the same. And I deeply, deeply regret it. Read the rest of this entry »

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been posting bios of the top 30 prospects heading into this year’s NHL draft so you have some idea who’s who when names are being called (all of them will be up by Friday). theScore has also put together this fantastic Draft Tracker, which is also available on theScore’s crazy-awesome app, which if you don’t have by now, it’s time.

BUT ENOUGH with the shill work – I’m here to talk about those names. Those exceptional, awesome, likely foreign names.

While going through the player profiles I was consistently stopped in my tracks by their beauty. I was unaware that non-North American families were forced to name their kids by grabbing a handful of scrabble letters and assembling them into something borderline pronounceable. (By the way, this isn’t to make fun of anyone, it’s more to look on in slack-jawed awe at their seeming randomness.)

So let’s get to it! The top 30 prospects (so sadly, no Martin Frk) from 30 to 1, a mock draft that shows where players would end up if picks were made solely on the awesomeness of their names.

Just missed the cut: Ryan Murray: Sorry dude, but that’s the most generic, kid-from-Canada name of all. Every single one of us played with a one of you.

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The problem with sports video games, and one that will exist forever until there is some sort of conclusive, continuous method developed to fix this, is when you buy a game a new, better one comes out next year. When the game is just a recycled version of last year’s with a more pertinent roster, it’s hard to get excited about it, but the EA team may have hooked me for NHL 13 with the developments here.
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Evgeni Malkin is a man of eqloquence and many words, though how many of those are in English remains to be seen. We love to giggle about the “In Soviet Russia goal scores you” accent which Malkin boasts proudly. It turns out his ability to turn a phrase with the written word isn’t much different than his ability to carry out a conversation.
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Whimsical faces = fun


As many of you know, I’m a proprietor of fun around these parts and I encourage you all to be that way too. Naturally, when I saw a whimsical David Clarkson captured on film, I needed to run with it and I thought ‘What better way to explore his mind than running a caption contest for the brilliant minds of Backhand Shelf Nation?’

Here we are folks.

Tell us, what is David Clarkson’s perfect Sunday?
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There’s your obligatory meme, now for some hard hitting analysis of the faces in the crowd, because, you can really learn a lot about a group from a simple photo.

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