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Backhand Shelf continues to ask the tough questions.

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Okay, a couple things to note before listening to this song:

* It’s Danny Taylor, the Calgary Flames new goaltender, singing about the hilarious routine of getting sent down from the AHL to the ECHL, which I myself had the privilege of experiencing three times. HOWEVER - he did not write it. They aren’t his lyrics, he’s singing a song that was written by a guy he used to play with. So nobody from Wheeling should be mad at Taylor, and in reality, it’s more about having to go to a lower league than to a bad town.

* “Wheeling” is in West Virginia, and they have an ECHL team called the Nailers. Yes, the Wheeling Nailers. This is in the same league that once was home to the Macon Whoopee.

* This is from three or four years ago, and I just dug it up because Taylor’s name is in the conversation these days. I played with him for a few weeks in 2008-2009 in Reading’s training camp (when James Reimer was the other goalie, incidentally), and I can confirm that he is hilarious. My favourite lines in the song: “I can’t believe they found me in my hiding place” (when you’re worried about getting sent down, for some reason it feels like it won’t happen if you don’t run into the coaches), “Leave your sticks here” (sticks ain’t cheap, and minor league teams aren’t afraid to be stingy with them), and the coach’s “We both thought you were great!” (nobody ever tells you you played like dog meat, because they are massive liars). Oh, and I also like “I’d fight Bonvie,” but that might just be from someone who recognizes him as a minor league knuckle throwing assassin.

“Don’t lose any confidence in yourself!” Here’s “Death’s Better Than Wheeling.”

This is 40” is the new Judd Apatow flick that’s apparently a “sort of sequel to Knocked Up,” I believe it was termed. Reviews so far aren’t exactly glowing, as is to be expected when you bust out a 2:15 minute RomCom, but hey, don’t knock it ’til you watch it, I suppose. (It’s out this weekend, for those interested.)

What we do know for sure, is that a number of Philadelphia Flyers make a cameo in it – Ian Laperrière, Scott Hartnell, JVR, and Matt Carle, among the players I recognize – and at one point the amazing Megan Fox puts Ian Laperrière’s teeth in her mouth, as seen above.

…I’m sorry you had to see that.

If you’re a hockey fan diligently following the NHL lockout, you’re likely following Nick Cotsonika on Twitter, and hopefully reading his columns. To me, he’s been one of the media’s shining stars during this mess – he’s informed and careful in what he does, but allows himself the freedom to speculate on what could be going on, because what’s the harm? He’s more informed than you or I, he might as well let us know which way he thinks things are leaning.

Nick is also a family man, and apparently spent some time last night reading a book to his 5-year old, which sums up the NHL lockout better than any analogy I’ve heard throughout the entire debacle: the melting ice cream cone.

Here’s his fantastic series of tweets that succinctly sum up what’s going on between the NHL and the PA: Read the rest of this entry »

It’s that time of the year, and Shawn Thornton knows it: Christmas is a-comin’. And, without hockey to play, guys are apparently looking for other gigs. Courtesy CBS Eye on Hockey and Days of Y’Orr, here’s Shawn Thornton narrating “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for us, accompanied by the Boston Pops.

Hockey fans pre and post lockout

I had to sneak this in. It’s fantastic.

There's a sign on the door that reads: "We have nothing to do with the NHL lockout. Please stop asking."

Remember during the NBA lockout when President Obama started going on about how much it sucked and everyone was all “oh, he’s so awesome. He has opinions on sports. He’s just like us!” Well, the decidedly less awesome Stephen Harper hasn’t exactly done the same for the NHL lockout. In fact, the only thing we’ve heard from our ant overlord is he has no interest in getting involved. However, that hasn’t stopped the NHLPA from keeping parliament up to date on the goings on of the lockout because Canada.

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