One of my personal favourite ways to get lost on the internet is to meander on over to YouTube, and start watching “True Facts About” videos. For example, would you like to hear some True Facts About the Tarcier? Yes, yes you would.
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Posted by Justin Bourne under Backhand Shelf Video, General Amusement, True Facts About on Apr 26, 2013
Posted by Daniel Wagner under General Amusement on Apr 11, 2013
One of my favourite parts of Easter (other than the whole resurrection thing) is going to the stores the next day or two and getting a nice big discount on all the candy that they weren’t able to sell. While this generally means shelves full of lousy candy, you can get some great deals on candy that is the same as its usual form, only egg-shaped and, now, cheaper.
This time around, something caught my eye. Along with the usual assortment of pastel M&Ms, gummy bunnies, and Peeps that aren’t yellow (the way God intended them to be), there was a whole shelf full of giant, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs with a big NHL logo on them. They had so many there, it seemed almost certain that they had barely sold any prior to Easter. Out of curiosity, I took a closer look. These chocolate eggs even had a prize inside: a tiny goalie mask.
Normally I wouldn’t have considered it, but I thought it might be worth a blogpost. I was right, since it’s one of the most poorly thought-out items I have seen in a long time.
Posted by Justin Bourne under General Amusement, Twitter on Jan 08, 2013
I have no idea why you’d take a hack at another sports league from an official team Twitter account, but apparently the Dallas Cowboys felt the need go at the NHL. I’m gonna get out of the way of this because nothing I do or say can match the calm with which the Dallas Stars Tweetist disposed of them.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 8, 2013
Oh my. Poor Tony Romo.
Followed by… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Daniel Wagner under General Amusement, Lists, No. You're a slow news day. on Dec 11, 2012
If we have learned anything from the NHL lockout, it’s that the owners of the various NHL franchises like money. They like to have it and, once they have it, they like to keep it. If they feel they don’t have enough of it, they want more of it. Most importantly, they want to have it for a very long time and are willing to have less of it now if it means having more of it later.
A decent chunk of the Hockey Related Revenue that the owners want more of comes around the holidays, as hockey fans across North America buy hockey-related presents for their loved ones: tickets, jerseys, collectibles, and other sundry items with a team logo affixed along with a slightly heftier price tag than the exact same item bereft of said logo. I have received many such items from my family over the years: pens, car flags, scarves, t-shirts, and bumper stickers, to name a few.
Quite frankly, no one should be spending any money on the NHL during the lockout, as currency is the one mode of communication a fan has to express his or her displeasure. I know, however, that the NHL and its teams’ stores will still do business, albeit at a slightly less brisk pace. Heck, my wife and I couldn’t resist buying our 1-year-old an infant-sized Canucks jersey when Sport Chek had a 40% off sale. But seriously, he looks adorable in it. We are very weak.
But there are far stupider ways to give the NHL some of your hard-earned cash this Christmas. Here are five of them.
Posted by Justin Bourne under For Fun, General Amusement, Mike Cammalleri, Paul Bissonette on Oct 24, 2012
Every summer, NHL players tend to get together in dense pockets around North America and Europe to train together, which makes sense – you can’t get better when you’re playing noon drop-in with a bunch of accountants and lawyers, no offense to those distinguished professions.
One of the more well-known get togethers is sponsored by the sport drink “BioSteel,” which players either love (and by all accounts they do), or are paid to say they love (less likely, from what I hear). Mike Cammalleri is one of their biggest supporters, and Paul Bissonnette isn’t too far behind.
On the first day of camp this year, Cammalleri decided to give Bissonnette a bit of a hard time, so he set up his own mini-version of punked to get the job done. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Justin Bourne under General Amusement, General Hilarity, Lockout News on Sep 18, 2012
If you’re the type to read hockey blogs during a lockout in September, it’s safe to call yourself a hockey fan. You probably have a pretty good grasp of what’s going on with the NHL right now.
But if you ever needed a quick, two-minute way to explain to your friends who aren’t as diehard, you’ve come to the right place.
Below is the lockout explained in Taiwanese animation form. As you’ll see about two seconds in, it’s a little gory, so if that’s not your thing, maybe sit this one out.
Posted by Daniel Wagner under General Amusement, Lists, Lockout News on Sep 18, 2012
In the interests of fairness, this is also completely absurd.
When the NHL officially announced that they were locking out the players, they crafted a message directed towards the fans that attempted to frame the lockout in as positive a light as possible. They didn’t quite succeed. From the silliness of claiming they were “negotiating around the clock” to the flat-out deceitfulness of suggesting that the previous CBA was “developed jointly with the NHL Players’ Association,” the message didn’t exactly resonate.
My favourite part was the irony of suggesting that the necessary adjustments to the CBA “are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation — not through rhetoric.” In case you’re not seeing the irony, the entire “message to the fans” is rhetoric from the NHL.
Most of the teams around the NHL simply put up the boilerplate NHL statement on their respective websites, alongside stories about their prospects and alumni, since they can’t do anything with their current players. A few teams simply avoided any mention of the lockout whatsoever on their websites, but 9 teams put together their own team-specific messages to their fans.
They’re all fairly similar: each team claims they have the most loyal fans in the league and each team appears to be far more optimistic and hopeful than those loyal fans. But since this is an absurd situation, there are also plenty of moments of absurdity in every single message to the fans. Here are the 10 most absurd sentences: