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Hegel

The most important thing to remember about Hegel is that he looked like an apprehensive garden gnome.

Every now and then, someone accuses me of over-intellectualizing hockey. They wander into my posts from God-knows-where and turn around and around, strewing befuddled comments every which way. “Why are you talking about Arabic poetry? What the fuck is up with this Taoism? This isn’t some fancypants French salon, my girl, this is hockey. It’s about sweat and facepunching and manly grunts, not ideas.”

This is, of course, completely wrong. Everything people do, certain reflexive bodily functions aside, is ideas. EVERY-F*#KING-THING. Just because many of those ideas are seldom or never fully articulated, laid out bare on a page for all to see, doesn’t mean they’re not there. They’re embodied ideas, ideas of practice and discipline rather than pen and paper, but ideas they are.

The evolution of hockey is also the evolution of ideas about hockey, and as such it bears a certain resemblance to the evolution of other kinds of ideas. And when one is talking about the evolution of ideas in the 21st century Western world, one eventually has to talk about Hegel.

For the record, I do not especially want to talk about Hegel, because Hegel was a nineteenth century German philosopher, and there is no more certain path to madness than nineteenth century German philosophy. It’s the gateway drug of insanity: people always insist they’re just going to try it once or twice, then ten years and two advanced degrees later you find them curled up in a corner of the library muttering untranslatable 35-letter-words with random capitalization, like Tim Thomas on ketamine.

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It didn’t occur to me at the time, but when Rick DiPietro headed to Europe during the lockout, it may not have been to play goal. More accurately, it appears he was finding himself as a person, and honouring that.

If appearances can be believed…He is risen.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fine. FINE. I’ll address the whole Gangnam Style thing.

You know how the life cycle of these things go: a catchy song comes out, we like it, share it, beat it relentlessly into the ground, get sick of it, then grow to hate it. Then you hear it in two years and say “hey, I loved song.” Mercifully, we’re in that two year period of silence with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Welp, it’s time to give a solid shove to Gangnam Style to start it’s own two year phase. I can’t handle it anymore.

To get us there, here are five hockey-related Gangnam Style videos. FIVE. How a niche sport can have so many fully-executed parodies of the same song, I’ll never know, but here we are. Read the rest of this entry »