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The Ones Who Love Us Least Are The Ones We’ll Die To Please – Hawks 4, Blues 2

Box Score
Event Summary
Extra Skater

In all likelihood this game will end up not mattering much in the final standings, nor will it have any effect on the outcome should these two teams end up meeting again about a month from now. However, it did serve to prove that the Hawks at least are capable of skating even one of the leagues top teams with mostly worker bees if they actually move up the ice as a five man unit.

After an early Andrew Shaw penalty and subsequent Jaden Schwartz goal less than two minutes in, the Blues seemed content to just try to weather whatever the undermanned Hawks could throw at them and walk out with a 1-0 victory. And they did come in waves, as the Hawks held the Blues to a mere three shots on net in the first, while putting a dozen on Brian Elliott. However, in the second period, the Hawks finally broke through in the form of Jeremy Morin, who first speared home a rebound of a Bryan Bickell shot after Bickell had hilariously walked right by Barret Jackman, and then served up a gorgeous pass for Patrick Sharp to hammer the go-ahead tally on a 2-on-1.

Marcus Kruger would add what would prove to be a necessary insurance goal a minute into the third, poking in a completely loose puck behind Elliot, who had a Joakim Nordstrom shot rattle off the post and his own ass and still not break the plane. Nordstrom appeared to have another one of his own midway through the third when attempting to stuff home a break before getting courageously cross checked in the back of the neck by Timothy Leif. One replay angle appeared to show the puck over the line but it wasn’t enough to overturn a call of no goal on the ice. In the waning moments Vlad Sobotka (no relation) would throw a knuckler from the left circle that Corey Crawford would like to have back and got the Blues within one, but Ben Smith would add the empty netter with three seconds to go to seal it. Hawks 4, Blues 2. Bullets.

Observations

  • If today’s game doesn’t earn Jeremy Morin a spot in the lineup moving forward, as well as linemates Regin and Bickell, then there’s really not a lot more that any of them could possibly do. Once again they created a goal and were possession monsters, with Morin leading the way with an absurd 84.2% (16 attempts for, 3 against).
  • Speaking of curious lineup decisions, Brandon Saad got to watch the proceedings with popcorn today, once again due to a lack of “more”. While the last two games would not be ones Saad’s agent would want to use in a highlight montage come negotiation time, it certainly didn’t warrant a benching, particularly with the Hawks missing top-end threats.
  • To that end, it’s also infuriating that there is still a different standard to which everyone else is held other than Brandon Bollig, who is apparently untouchable. Obviously it’s well worn territory here, but in a past life, Joel Quenneville used to abhor selfish penalties and comical decisions with the puck, two things Bollig has provided in mass quantities in his career, particularly since his awful contract extension. Perhaps Quenneville is so enamored with his own perceived genius that he’s trying to prove to everyone that he can make a player out of a useless goon. Meanwhile he’s sitting players who can actually play in favor of his asshole. It seemed to perfectly illustrate the point when right after Morin had scored (again), Bollig took the opportunity to dry hump St. Louis’ waste of space Ryan Reaves, and slow the game down at a time when the Hawks were inundating the Blues, if only to try to validate his own purpose in wearing a sweater today. And for the record, his hit on Steve Ott did nothing to force any kind of turnover. The puck had long since left Ott’s tape when Bollig delivered the check that Olczyk fell all over himself to applaud. Brandon Bollig is useless and will continue to be for the next three awful years of his contract.
  • With the Blues losing two straight, an Avs win tonight at home against the Penguins could start make the remainder of the schedule a little bit more interesting than anticipated. The Avs would only be three back with four games to play. A tall order, but the Avs clearly have been defying math all year, so why stop now?

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Yes… Bollig….

    But I’m going to give Q credit for coming up with lineup that dominated possession despite having the two of the best possession players in the league out with injury. After falling behind early in a meaningless game, and missing DDN, the Hawks could have been forgiven for phoning the rest of this one in.

    Instead, they went out and kicked ass, aside from a couple of brain farts.

    • ballyb11

      “………..the Hawks could have been forgiven for phoning the rest of this one in.”

      Don’t think so.

      • PHC

        Who is DDN?

        • ballyb11

          Nickname for Toews and Kane.

          • PHC

            Thanks. Just curious how does DDN=Toews and Kane?

          • 1benmenno

            19 88. The year the album “Daydream Nation” was released. Sonic Youth

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Prophetically, the cover has a big candle on it… many of which 2883 will eventually eat after DDN goals.

          • 1benmenno

            A candle is kind of a lamp.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Which I love. I love them a lot.

          • 10thMountainFire
          • Country_Bumpkin

            Daydream Nation

        • birdhead
          • Arctic Ice

            Yay! The all holy guide to TCI. Thanks to all the makers and contributors.

  • jordyhawk

    Steve Ott -4 (wait, sorry, everyone knows +/- doesn’t matter so just ignore this).

    • birdhead

      Marian Hossa was a -1 today.

      • Shooter

        And he was the 2nd star, it’s bizarro day.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Hossa was second star because he played an incredible game. Math sometimes lies.

          • Shooter

            I thought that’s what we were going for? Sorry if the sarcasm didn’t come through

          • arlingtonrob

            True…math sometimes lies, especially with +/-

            …but -4 is bad…real bad.

          • ballyb11

            Matt Kuchar woulda liked -4 today.

        • ballyb11

          Who were the stars?

          • Shooter

            Morin, Hossa, Sharp

          • ballyb11

            Periodically they should throw a bone to others – today coulda been Hjarmalsson or nordstrom or Kruger or Bickell. Just to spread the wealth around. Hossa doesn’t need the glory.

          • jordyhawk

            The guys in red with the feathers. Great effort.

      • jordyhawk

        Minus 1 happens. Minus 4 is usually a bad day. I’m just sticking it their prize TDL acquisiton (along with Miller), who so far isn’t looking so stellar. We’ll see. And as I have said a couple of times, it’s looking more and more like our boy Regin is maybe winning himself a job.

        • Joe Banks

          Steve Ott… just when you thought St. Louis couldn’t get uglier.

        • zacked

          Jaroslav Halak, career sv%: .917
          Ryan Miller, career sv%: .916

          Halak, Blues sv% this year: .917
          Miller, Blues sv%: .915

          Halak, post-Blues: .923
          Miller, pre-Blues: .923

          WHAT AN UPGRADE WE’RE DOOMED

  • cb_audio

    Please give Bollig a new lineup picture in future SI issues. It’s well deserved. Anything implying “stupid” will work.

  • BestPredsForward

    It’s so embarrassing and depressing that we get commentators like Milbury and Eddie, while Professional & College Basketball gets to have Charles Barkley and other analysts who are more fun and intelligent.

    • ballyb11

      I don’t get what all the hate for Milbury is about. Or for Pierre , for that matter.

      • Waylon

        Let me count the ways – Milbury’s a caveman who thinks the Hawks should’ve had a line brawl after the Orprik hit, while Pierre has his head firmly entrenched up Edzo’s ass. Neither rarely offer anything of value given their role as analysts.

        • ballyb11

          He didn’t want a “line brawl”. He thought a “response” was appropriate, and I agreed. I might have been in the minority, I thought and still think it was a vicious, illegal hit.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Can you outline what kind of response you would have ordered if you were behind the bench? Also, what would it have done but killed momentum by sending more guys to the box?

          • DJ

            In what was, at the time, a one-goal game.

          • ballyb11

            Didn’t realize it was ordered from the bench. Seems they defend others on less questionable hits. Didn’t happen, surprising to me, but not a huge deal. Momentum in a one goal game, mis second period doesn’t seem like a big deal.

            Milbury thought one thing, different than some. So what?

          • 10thMountainFire

            I think Milbury is wrong on this topic. And this is in keeping with a pattern, of course.

            As Waylon stated, it was a one goal game, we’re chasing Colorado, we lost our best player… no margin for error. It’s tie it down and push ahead through the storm. Retaliation in this case does nothing but feed a visceral need for base satisfaction… as if exacting a measure of revenge in the form of a star’s blood (Crosby, Malkin) would somehow alleviate the damage done to our own team. You fight through that urge and you focus on the task. Q did and he showed, to me at least, that he’s an exceptional manager of personnel in the midst of a game. I have my differences with him on line choices but I’m barely an armchair coach. He put us in a position to remain competitive in the game. He made the correct decision in my opinion.

          • ballyb11

            One goal game, chasing Colorado ………… for what?

            I agued for the last 3 months that home ice was at stake and important, only to be slapped down time and time again. NOW it’s suddenly important?

            I do agree, though, that we just lost our best player to a vicious, borderline at very best hit.

          • 10thMountainFire

            It doesn’t change the focus of the coach and the team, however, The Hawks at that point are still chasing a better seed. Forget what happened before. Focus on the now and what we need to do to accomplish the task. That’s what Q did. I liked it.

            But again, I’m a moron in a chair. Er, on the floor.

          • Z-man19

            so what? You are right, the game result really didn’t matter, but why not stick it up their ass on the scoreboard anyway. We know sending Bollig out there to fight someone isn’t going to help anything, so why not do everything possible to kick their ass on the scoreboard?

          • ballyb11

            Bottom line is they gotta change the rules and then enforce the rules.

            If nothing changes, nothing changes.

          • Z-man19

            now that I agree with, not sure they need rule changes, just enforce what they have

          • ballyb11

            Never gonna stop the fighting / retaliation if the Toews’ hit was legal, as judged by so many. Vicious, IMHO.

          • Z-man19

            I’ll disagree slightly. Get some consistency in the rulings when they do hand out suspensions. Make it as clear as possible so when an illegal hit happens, everyone can pretty much guess within a game or two what the suspension is going to be. Now it’s oh he’ll get 8 games for that hit, guy gets 2, or he’ll get a game or two and he gets 5. Lay it all out in black and white and I think some of the big hits get taken out and I also think the retaliation bull shit goes with it as guys are fairly confident the league will handle it and not fuck it up.

          • ballyb11

            OK, Let’s assume that the hit on Toews was legal. Do you think it SHOULD BE legal.

          • Z-man19

            It’s iffy IMO. However, I would suggest that if the league handled the not so iffy hits as I’m suggesting, maybe the hit we are talking about never happens

          • ballyb11

            Maybe………….but IMO, they gotta change the rules. Then that result will happen much, much, much less frequently.

          • Z-man19

            also, look at the gif I posted above. Suspension right? What is Rinaldo going to get? He got a match penalty for that, what will the league do? I’ll give you a gumball if you predict the exact number of games he gets suspended for.

          • ballyb11

            Preaching to the choir. Not smart enough to figure out the solution, but it’s doable.

          • Waylon

            you asked me why so many dislike Milbury, and I only gave you one reason. If you’d prefer, I can give you a laundry list of why his meatheaded bullshit has no place for someone in the role of a national broadcast network “analyst.” He’s a dinosaur, he sounds like the usual idiots I remember well during my days spent in the upper deck of the old stadium. Wait a minute, come to think of it, a lot of those drunks made more sense than Milbury.

            And do I really have to give you additional reasons why Pierre was so disliked that Canadian hockey fans gave him a pink slip last year? Either he’s doing his weird oogling of players he likes (slobbering over Crosby’s knob), or constantly catcalling Edzo to please, please notice him. Worse than a bad carny act, he is.

          • ballyb11

            Fine, neither bother me. Before you get your non dinosaurs in the booth, there better be NHL rule changes and enforcement that protect players from hits anywhere close to the Toews’ hit. You expect new age pacifists in the booth, while the league condones the bullshit violence?

          • Waylon

            you’ll get no argument from me regarding the ridiculous Shanahan and how his boss has undermined every time he attempts to rein this stuff in, witness the Torres fiasco a few seasons back. But it’s also clear that retaliating for the goon stuff does nothing to prevent future acts of goonery, which is what Milbury believes, all evidence to the contrary. The only way to stop it is to hit them where it hurts, in their wallets.

          • ballyb11

            AND rules changes. If that hit was view as legal, like wow.

          • Jimnhlnut

            Sorry to delicately say, “capt serious had his head down.” He dealt with it, we all need to, also.

  • Shooter

    Just remember this is the same coach who employed John Scott over other good players. He’s got a softie for the goon, no idea why.

    I am ecstatic to see the boys handle themselves without two of their top players, and at this point, I’d much rather see st. louis in the first round than the avs. So lets hope that happens.

    As for Saad, I get what Q is trying to do, and sure Saad needs to get his head on straight…but if his “more” isn’t there, then Jazz Hands should be sitting right next to him.

    Long story short…Loved this game, and hope to see more regin, morin, bickell, smith. in the playoffs.

  • Shooter

    So the Avs Pens game just got interesting

    “The Penguins announced via Twitter that Crosby will miss the game with an upper-body injury. Pittsburgh will also be without forward Chris Kunitz (lower body) and defensemen Brooks Orpik (lower body) and Olli Maatta (upper body).”

  • cliffkoroll

    Curious time for a Bollig rant.

    What a satisfying stretch of games with 19/88 out- doesn’t mean much in standings, but that’s a team out there.

    • arlingtonrob

      Anyone up for a good Seabrook rant? He certainly deserves one.

      • laaarmer

        aa

      • 10thMountainFire

        No.

      • laaarmer

        Lucy!
        Plesplain to ahs.

      • Accipiter

        Okay, rant away.

    • ballyb11

      Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    • Waylon

      Sorry but I have said next to nothing on the subject for awhile now. Just had to rant about it one time.

  • Waylon

    I don’t care what anyone says about a lack of a spot for Morin in the playoffs, if he sits while Mongo plays I’ll start screaming again at my desktop. All the kid does is play his ass off given the opportunity, and now his effort is paying off, given the additional minutes.

    • 10thMountainFire

      I’m with you 100%. Not sure it’s even in the cards but for what it’s worth we were all right about Morin. The kid is going to be a joy to watch over the next few years.

      • lizmcneill

        Let’s hope it’s in Chicago. Why did Stan trade for Steeg again?

        • 10thMountainFire

          I’m still hopeful that Steeg’s issue is his healing knee and we’ll all be overjoyed at a great third liner and sometimes top-six winger next season. He still has some value. We just have to… FIND it.

          • cliffkoroll

            I’m still hopeful that among those who make such decisions, Jeremy Morin is not considered a better bet than Kris Versteeg for the upcoming playoffs.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I have a nagging suspicion that we’re going to see Kris VERSTEEG! at some point in the post season. No proof, nothing tangible. Just meatheaded anticipation.

          • 1benmenno

            He has shown glimmers of hockey smarts of late.

          • 10thMountainFire

            He has. As frustrated as many of us have been, he’s been pretty noticeable for the most part. He disappeared for a good part of today and the game prior but he’s fits and starts. And at this point, without Toews, Kane, Oduya, Saad… that’s good enough VERSTEEG! for us.

          • Z-man19

            I thought the fact that he wasn’t noticeable was a good thing today. Seemed he had the puck a fair amount and wasn’t doing stupid things with it. I’ll take that

          • 10thMountainFire

            When the third line is smoking the ice, invisible Versteeg is good Versteeg.

          • neo1978

            Pretty easy to see Q’s depth chart. Just look at who he matches up against the first line, then second line then third and so on. Fourth line matchups (Morin) are below the guys on the depth chart he is playing against higher lines (Versteeg).

          • lizmcneill

            Fingers crossed! I do have a soft spot for the little idiot and would like to see him succeed.

  • Waylon

    Let’s all start saying it every chance we get – “Morin, the plan all along.”

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      You’re a moron if you don’t play Morin,

      • 10thMountainFire

        Sure, before *I* was the moron. Now it’s other people. I’m going home.

  • Darny

    Your bollig rants are petty and obnoxious. Just stop already, it’s not interesting to read. We get it, you hate him.

    • 10thMountainFire

      I am interested in reading them. I often read things I don’t necessarily agree with. Though I do agree with McClure on this subject.

      • 1benmenno

        “Perhaps Quenneville is so enamored with his own perceived genius that he’s trying to prove to everyone that he can make a player out of a useless goon.”
        John Scott as defenceman. John Scott as forward.

        • 10thMountainFire

          John Scott as Buffalo Sabres Hockey Player.

          • 1benmenno

            John Scott as hockey player

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            John Scott as a man playing a woman playing a man. Victor Victoria!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Don Francisco’s sister.

      • YoAdrienne

        Me, too. And, those who only like to read happy-clappy stuff are welcome to go elsewhere. Or, better yet, write your own blog.

      • VerStig

        Yeah, this would be a boring blog if the ToS always wrote stuff that we all agreed with. I’m glad that the debate is over a 4th (3rd?) liner instead of, say, our starting goalie. We’ll never win a cup with Niemi!

        • laaarmer

          Plagiarist

        • flahawkfan

          Also, Seabrook sucks, and he’s on our top, er, second D-pairing so that’s worrisome. Of course, there’s no debate about Seabs’s suckage.

        • laaarmer

          Page views, eh?

    • wowwowweewoo

      I’ll second McClure, what about the cross ice give away Bollig had Friday night? Regularly on the breakout, he doesn’t know what to do with the puck except try to shuffle it up ice. This is worthless, and while the Hawks could be attacking, they’re merely re-positioning to stymie another rush by the opposition. Over and over and over. This guy’s been dragged around by some of the best 4th liners in the entire league. He will lose us a playoff game, I just hope it’s not a 4th in a series.

  • amontesawesome

    Morin’s CF% was really good, he led the team in CF% and 50% ozone starts.

    Brandon Bollig was 2nd on the entire team in CF% and 33% ozone starts.

    Good for the goose, good for the gander. Etc.

    • cliffkoroll

      Exactly. I’m not a Bollig fan, but people, consider that amontesawesome, neo, CNS, and Chico compromise a respectable amount of brain power, so when they all agree on something, they are not trivially or obviously wrong.

      • 1benmenno

        comprise or compromise?

        • 10thMountainFire

          You nailed CLIFF!

          • 1benmenno

            He’s an amateur pedant. I’m a pro.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            pedant or pederast?

          • 1benmenno

            I’m an amateur podiatrist. Fuss Fettischist.

          • 1benmenno

            Meaning I like fat feet.

        • Z-man19

          clearly he meant comprise

          • laaarmer

            He may have meant exactly what he typed, eh?

          • Z-man19

            hard to say with cliff, he’s sneaky with his typing sometimes

        • cliffkoroll

          Two upboats? wtf people.

          I posted my comment, saw the typo, fixed it, and hit save.

          Which means our fine young Mennonite was prowling about, with nothing better to do than pounce on the obvious typo in the two second window afforded to him. Sick puppy, Ben.

          • 1benmenno

            Forgive my overzealousness as we forgive yours.

          • 1benmenno

            Just so there are no hard feelings, I entered your typo in the Pat Paulsen malaprop-comedy contest–and you won!

    • laaarmer

      I get a huge laugh when somebody uses one games Dick numbrs to prove what they want, but if somebody were to try to use one games Dick numbers to prove something else, this same type of person would scream SAMPLE SIZE!
      It really is laughable.

      • laaarmer

        What I mean is, why do we even look at an individuals Dick Corsi for one game? How is that different than looking at +/-?

        • 10thMountainFire

          You’re looking at an individual’s Dick Corsi?

          • 1benmenno

            Some are bigger than others

          • 10thMountainFire

            Hossa, for example.

          • laaarmer

            Exactly. I don’t need somebody to show me with numbers that Hossa played well today. It was obvious.

          • 1benmenno

            You need to get your eye tested.

          • laaarmer

            Really? Hossa was bad? I need to get my eyes tested?
            If you are serious, you need to pick up a different sport to watch.

            BTW – KROQ (Rock of the 80′s) is playing Sex Pistols right now.

            I wanna be ANARCHY!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Bodies.

          • laaarmer

            Now Pretenders – The Wait.

          • laaarmer

            Buggles

          • 10thMountainFire

            Stealing Peoples Mail

          • laaarmer

            Bryan Ferry – Kiss and Tell

          • Accipiter

            wishing well

          • 1benmenno

            I already said Hossa dominated the game. I’m in sarcastic agreement with you.

          • laaarmer

            You are lucky.
            My wrath was about to be unleashed on the universe

          • 1benmenno

            Fuck you, and fuck the universe.

          • laaarmer

            Fuck me?
            Fooooouk You!

          • 1benmenno

            speaking of which, I’m about to leave you layabouts and watch Cosmos.

          • 10thMountainFire

            COSMOS!

          • laaarmer

            Homeostasis?
            (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

          • 10thMountainFire

            Psoriasis. There’s something wrong with that, though.

          • laaarmer

            God that woodworking guy ad is fucking brutal.

          • 10thMountainFire

            The Ford response to Cadillac is bad as well.

          • 1benmenno

            Ja, mein Freund!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Yet a glance at the simple box will reflect nothing of this. So the eye test and fancy stats, in this case of Hossa today, conflate to show he dominated.

          • Z-man19

            your mother has been telling you stories about me again, hasn’t she?

          • 1benmenno

            She was telling me why her mother’s aunts used to call you Dick Derringer.

          • Z-man19

            that was a movie reference, you missed it

          • 1benmenno

            Sorry. Which movie? I thought I’d seen them all.

          • Z-man19

            Braveheart, when they decide to use long sticks to neutralize heavy cavalry

          • 1benmenno

            Mel Gibson and I have a love-hate relationship. I love to hate him.

          • laaarmer

            Mad max is awesome. Braveheart is a good movie.
            Patriot is watchable. The rest? Not so much.

          • 10thMountainFire

            We Were Soldiers

          • laaarmer

            Yes. Gut.
            Galipoli ain’t too bad either.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Galipoli is also among the best. I hate Gibson personally but those movies above… excellent.

          • Z-man19

            that one hits home, very solid movie

          • 10thMountainFire

            Sam Elliot is awesome.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Always and forever.

          • Z-man19

            he’s a bit like laaarms in that movie, nice day laaarms, Fuck You

          • 10thMountainFire

            laaarmer would have made an excellent CSM. Angry, bitter, knowledgeable, but more angry.

          • Z-man19

            GENTLEMEN, PREPARE TO DEFEND YOURSELVES

          • M7

            Custer was a pussy. You ain’t.

          • CozBullsFan

            We Were Soldiers! Great movie!

          • cliffkoroll

            Road Warrior is best.

            Best.Sequel.Ever.

            I thought Apocalypto was pretty intense too.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            All 3 Mad Max films are pretty great

        • red palace

          SAMPLE SIZE!

  • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ Killion

    McClure failed to mention I was on TV for about 4 seconds. That’s clearly the highlight of the game.

    • ToewsCheatCode

      NVM, replied to wrong comment.

      • 10thMountainFire

        What are you on about?

        • laaarmer

          echo chamber music

          • 10thMountainFire

            Chopin, the choice of a Hive generation.

          • flahawkfan

            You’re so wrong. Rimsky-Korsakov is the choice of a Hive generation.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Learn me something. Give me something to listen to…

          • birdhead

            Flight of the Bumblebee (you probably actually know this one already) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QV1RGMLUKE

            I played this one in a concert on Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNymNaTr-Y

          • 1benmenno

            You play in an orchestra?

          • birdhead

            Yeah, a really crappy amateur one. :) Back of the second violins.

          • 1benmenno

            That’s great. Tough instrument to master

          • birdhead

            I wouldn’t know, unfortunately, I’m terrible and always have been. I love it though, so who cares?

          • 1benmenno

            Making music is something everyone should have a chance to try.

          • 1benmenno

            It’s the ultimate in teamwork.

          • birdhead

            There are four of us and I think it was a pretty big investment on the part of my parents – not just financially but timewise as well – but we all learned a couple of instruments as kids and I remain so, so grateful for it. One of the best gifts that’s ever been given me.

          • VerStig

            My natural orchestral habitat! Good times.

          • birdhead

            *high fives*

            Hey, did you hear the one about the violist?

            Once upon a time there was a violist, who was playing in a middling orchestra somewhere in Europe. One day he finds a genie in a bottle, and the genie offers him three wishes. So he wishes to be the best violist in the orchestra.

            Sure enough, he goes along the next morning and he’s leading the violists. Great! He loves it! But he gets bored quickly, so that night he says to the genie, I want to be the best violist in the whole world!

            The next morning, he wakes up and finds that he’s leading the viola section in the best orchestra in the world [alter per regional biases]. Sweet! But this guy is a bit of a dick so that night he says to the genie, I don’t just want to be the best violist in the whole world, I want to be better than the best violist that ever lived!

            Are you sure? says the genie. This is your last wish; no take-backs.

            Positive, says our guy.

            The next morning, he wakes up and finds himself at the back of the second violins in the orchestra he started out in.

            ba-dum-tssh.

          • 1benmenno

            I love that joke.

        • ToewsCheatCode

          Replied to wrong comment. Edited it to say so. Refresh.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Nah.

    • 1benmenno

      Gif?

  • Whither Luongo

    Morin, Regin, Bickell.

    Stepchild Line or Doghouse Line?

    • ToewsCheatCode

      I’d say doghouse line, but I fear anytime they score, people will just yell ‘Who let the dogs out?!’ and I’ll come to hate them.

      So I’ll go with Stepchild line.

  • 334Rules

    I hate to have to defend Bollig, but watching the NHL net recap, Reaves pretty much begged for that fight. I suppose Bollig could have skated away, but that’s not gonna happen.

    • 1benmenno

      True. Bollig was badgered into it. But he could’ve laughed it off and gone and scored a goal or something.

      • YoAdrienne

        Yes. He has laughed off the fight-pickers before. Not sure why he chose to be suckered into a fight this time. Maybe he was trying to look tough for the folks back home in MO who were watching the game.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    When Toews and Kane come back I don’t know if the Hawks will be underdogs in any series. #talkingcompleteshit

  • Research Analysis

    Please give the Bollig bashing a rest. He is a piece of a Cup winner, something few players attain. He can skate and pass well enough to be a defending Cup winner and brings the grit all teams who want to win the Cup need. Me thinks CI is desperate to find something to criticize on this team, perhaps because there is so little to criticize. Talking about criticism of the Hawks, enjoy this: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/04/05/blackhawks-fail-rally-around-jonathan-toews-injury/oGCMwDr76nlixUtjKbK5QM/story.html

    • 10thMountainFire

      Ok, I get your point. But considering last year Bollig ‘piece of a Cup winner’ is ridiculous. He’s clearly improved and no one can deny he’s a much better player this season but come on… last year he was about as valuable as the hot dog vendor.

      • 1benmenno

        What did Bollig say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything. Wait, I meant Buddha.

        • 10thMountainFire

          On my deathbed, I’ll have total consciousness. Which is nice. I got that going for me.

      • Hawkeytalk

        Bollig will see a lot of the press box if there is a god.

        • 10thMountainFire

          There is a God but he’s busy owning everyone’s Corsi.

          • flahawkfan

            So God owns everyone’s Dick?

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      I would understand the perspective espoused in that article (that the Hawks didn’t answer the bell) a bit more if people would address the fact that the Hawks clearly turned it on after that and dominated play (though not the scoreboard). They seemed to be trying to get the best kind of revenge: a victory.

      • flahawkfan

        I’m trying to get over the statement that Kane, Hossa, and Keith are second-tier talents.

        • 10thMountainFire

          God, Boston is full of stupid.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            I actually like that Boston team and would root for them if they were Buffalo or somewhere other than Boston. Well designed. Some great players (I so wish Bergeron were a Hawk), but their fandom and press makes me hate them with a passion.

          • 10thMountainFire

            The very idea of even writing that article is something found largely in Boston and Philadelphia. Obsessed with ‘messages’ and fighting. SDS.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          Well clearly they’re no Marchand.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          They’re not used to a team having more than a single 1st tier player

    • Waylon

      thank you for sending along such nuggets of wisdom such as Hossa and Keith being “second tier talents.” I stopped reading after that kind of stupid. You really need a better handle if you’re going to post that kind of stuff.

    • Z-man19

      I could live with Bollig if Q didn’t insist on him being an 82 game player. After the Steeg trade it’s been pretty much a moot point due to cap issues, but why did Bollig get all that time to develop and Q showed zero signs of letting Morin or anyone else develop in the same manner? This is what bothers me about Bollig more than anything else, could this team have been getting this out of Morin for the past 4 months instead of just the last 2-3 weeks? No one will ever convince me that this team needed Brandon Bollig for all 82 games this season.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        I suppose you’re right. For all Q’s genius, he has a stupid spot for the no talent tough guy. If it weren’t Bollig, it would be someone else. I doubt Stan can completely Q-proof the roster.

      • cliffkoroll

        You have it completely upside-down. Bollig’s value is precisely as a ‘minutes eater’- 10 minutes a night, like clockwork. Own zone starts, sometimes against high QoC, and he’s come through it all on the right side of the useless plus minus ledger. He has already been way more valuable than anyone would have guessed at the start of the season.

        As for Morin, it looks as if he’s finding his NHL game at the perfect time. Lots of minutes in Rockford might have been the right call all along. He’s no doubt worked his way onto the playoff roster, so relax.

        The post-season, if things go well, are like another 1/3 of a season, all against the best teams. Lotta minutes to go.

        • birdhead

          You have it completely upside-down. Bollig’s value is precisely as a ‘minutes eater’- 10 minutes a night, like clockwork. Own zone starts, sometimes against high QoC, and he’s come through it all on the right side of the useless plus minus ledger. He has already been way more valuable than anyone would have guessed at the start of the season.

          I really agree with this but I still would have rather seen Morin on the roster than him.

        • Z-man19

          We’ll see what Q does with Bollig in the playoffs. I completely understand your point on both guys, but I’m not convinced that this team couldn’t have used Morin at times during the season and Bollig wasn’t necessary for all 82 games. Maybe it all turns out well and I have to eat crow

          • 1benmenno

            Maybe Crow would prefer a handshake

    • 1benmenno

      You are a silly person

      • Z-man19

        thought you were watching Cosmos?

        • 1benmenno

          I am. Gotta do something during commercials.

          • Z-man19

            fix your abacus?

          • 1benmenno

            No. It was already spayed

      • CozBullsFan

        Very silly

    • CozBullsFan

      The fact that you think Bollig is of any value to the Hawks at all, is laughable. Cup winner? You mean coat-tail rider.

      • ballyb11

        So Bollig is of “no value”?

        And he’s put on the ice every single night by the coach w 2 Cups and lots of NHL wins.

        Wow.

        • CozBullsFan

          Ok bally. Lay it out for me. What does he provide to the team that Morin wouldn’t?

          • ballyb11

            Wtf do I know? I just trust Q more than the collective knowledge of this blog.

            No offense. Just tired of all the Bollig talk.

    • birdhead

      He is a piece of a Cup winner, something few players attain.

      Well that’s not true, twenty guys do it every year.

      • cliffkoroll

        Hmmm…seems like a willfully uncharitable read.

        How about “something most players never achieve.”?

        • birdhead

          Jarome Iginla, just to pull a name off the top of my head, has never won a Stanley Cup. I still take him over Bollig.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        so about 3% of the players will achieve it this year

        • birdhead

          What’s the average NHL career? Three years? So about one in ten players do it. It’s not the majority or anything but Cup winners aren’t exactly hen’s teeth.

          • neo1978

            You forgot about repeat winners.

            And there are many more players with less than three years than more. Players with long careers offset the multitude that only get a cup of coffee…

          • birdhead

            that’s why I said average! more as a proportion of the guys with 10-year careers will win it than the guys with six month careers, but on average 10% of the 3-year cohort win it. and there haven’t been any repeat team winners in the last three years. Not sure about repeat player winners but it can’t be that many. Even with 2 in 4 for the Hawks, only a handful repeated.

            I don’t know why I’m messing around with it on the back of a napkin though, there must be actual statistics around this.

          • birdhead

            1,134 players have won the Stanley Cup: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=31103

            But I care more about the last decade/can’t figure out how to figure that out. #lazy

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Yes, he’s a cup winner. So is Carcillo. Argument invalid.

      Though BB 52 is a real nice guy.

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    Rooting for the Penguins feels like sticking your hand into cold ground beef and eggs. Gross.

    • 10thMountainFire

      That’s not even the Pens tonight. Everyone is sitting.

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        That, strangely, makes it even more disgusting.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Go…. MAF???

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Mission Aviation Fellowship?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            It honestly took me a minute to work out the initials and I did a Google search and the below was the first thing I found. heh heh heh.

      • birdhead

        Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens are still Pens :)

        • 10thMountainFire

          /Logic’d

    • Z-man19

      made some great burgers tonight, ground beef, country sausage and 1 egg, delicious

      • 10thMountainFire

        I had rice with red pepper. I think.

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        Could be meatballs, too. /Milbury’d

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    I really hate to bring this up and you can shoot me if you want but morins whiff of a check is a perfect example as to why orpik appeared to leave his feet on the toews hit.

    • 1benmenno

      physics

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    Brandon Sutter puts the Pens up 1-0. Yay. I guess… Sigh.

  • CozBullsFan

    Pens up 2-0! :D

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Coz!

      • CozBullsFan

        Van!

        • 10thMountainFire

          Coz!

          • Z-man19

            Coz

          • CozBullsFan

            Z.

          • CozBullsFan

            XMF

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    Sutter with his 2nd goal. 2-0 Pens.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Root for Pens so we can catch Avs and have home ice…. Root for Avs so they can catch Blues and we can play Blues in first round… Fuck it all and drink…

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        Done and done.

  • Michael Scott

    I ever tell you guys how much I love you?

    • Z-man19

      not nearly enough

      • Michael Scott

        We’ll let me start fresh.
        I love you Z

        • Z-man19

          you singled me out, now it feels creepy

          • Michael Scott

            I don’t know what you want from me
            Gaad please send me a sign

          • Z-man19

            I feel better now that you love Mullet and X as well, it’s all good

          • Michael Scott

            Gaad is good, isn’t he?

            I love all. TCI is all.
            I love hockey. I love winning.
            I do not love the Blues. I hate them.

            I am having a good day

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            word.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Hossa has that effect on people.

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            DRINK SCOTCH!

    • 10thMountainFire

      Not explicitly.

      • Michael Scott

        Well I love you. Explicitly.
        I’m not sure that’s good actually

        • 10thMountainFire

          It’s good enough. Because I love you, too. And you can’t put a price on my love.

          It’s illegal, actually. Because of stupid polygamy laws.

          • Z-man19

            he’s full of shit MS, I paid him $10, don’t give him a penny more

          • 10thMountainFire

            This is a lie. He paid me the $15 I asked for.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Half and half?

          • Z-man19

            He’s got it wrong, he asked me for $5, I gave him another $5 as tip for the dance routine

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Dancing monkeys, eh?

          • 10thMountainFire

            With loose screws. At least according to NM.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            I love crazy dancing monkeys. There are lots of them down here. One even stole my backpack once.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            True story.

          • 1benmenno

            So when is XMF going to return it?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Never. Mine now.

          • Arctic Ice

            Ha! I had one grab my backpack in Manzanillo National park. Little buggers.

          • Michael Scott

            Have you tried the black market? I think someone could come up with a price.

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Do you love mullets, too?

      • Michael Scott

        I love mullets very much

        • flahawkfan

          They’re really hard to catch. I used to try to fish for mullets when I was a kid and it was damn near impossible.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          it’s hard not to love them. So versatile.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Jesus, it’s like a bastards convention in here. So much needy.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          I’m just a big ball of need.

          • Z-man19

            bhh is just jealous he’s not getting any

        • CozBullsFan

          LMAO

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      It shows.

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    LOLZ! The height of hockey journalism. Colorado’s version of Pierre McGuire (i.e.–guy sitting down by the bench) says, “Boy it’s great to see Roy talk to his guys during the break… I don’t know what he was saying to them because I never listen to him, but he said stuff and they listened. It was intense.”

    • Arctic Ice

      Stuff. Top notch.

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        I love that his job is basically to be by the benches so he can hear and see what’s happening and then he says, “I don’t ever listen to him…”

        • Arctic Ice

          Then he’s basically saying he’s not good at his job.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Super proud of the Hawks today. Great game with a banged up roster. Depth Depth Depth Depth… And Q making brick lines out of straw, even though Bollig…. Sigh…. Hawks :)

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Not that I want to keep watching them for longer that the regular season, but it’s a kick to watch this gang of thieves play well together and steal some unexpected points. It’s nice that Kane and Toews are resting up and getting healthy, too. They may have an extra spring in their step when they come back.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        I just hope the rest of the team continues to gang bang the opponents crease once Superman and Batman return.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          Keep Morin in and there’s a good chance at least someone will.

          • Z-man19

            if you watch the replay of his goal, Morin went a long way to get to the front of the net, great hustle

        • Arctic Ice

          Talkin’ dirty!

    • 10thMountainFire

      *Morin

    • Michael Scott

      This is the kinda stuff I meant when I said that watching the handicapped Hawks kinda fun.
      A ragtag team of misfits (and some godly and handsome men) pillaging the NHL.
      Ah, the simple things.

      • birdhead

        Since I resigned myself to watching a lot of fun Hawks losses with the n00bs they’ve gone 3-0. Coincidence? I think not.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          Can you please resign yourself to the Hawks flaming out in the playoffs and not winning the Stanley Cup then?

          • birdhead

            oh I did that like a month ago. it’s really hard to repeat.

    • ballyb11

      Agree wholeheartedly.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Luongo might just be the best personality currently playing…

    Strombone ‏@strombone1 2 hrs

    You’re welcome @VanCanucks ! Glad I could help! #stillonpayroll #15%

    • CozBullsFan

      Hahahaha

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        I’m still chuckling. That is a good one.

        • 10thMountainFire

          They must have really disrespected him on the way out… Even more than was public.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      That guy is hilarious. If it weren’t for the price tag, I’d love to see him in an Indianhead.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Actually Lu’s contract looks halfway decent now…

    • 10thMountainFire

      I’m still laughing at this.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Fucking O’Reilly

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      He’s a jerk face.

  • Z-man19

    and this happened today

    http://t.co/p8XdaJWBrd

    • birdhead

      Yuck.

    • TheFullAmonte

      That’s brutal. Is that Rinaldo? Not even really surprising for him. Gotta be at least 5 right?

      • CozBullsFan

        Match Penalty

        • TheFullAmonte

          Meant 5 as in games for the suspension

          • CozBullsFan

            Ah, it’s possible. Depends on his history with the DoPS

    • CozBullsFan

      Dumbass

  • 1benmenno

    On Cosmos tonight I learned that we are all star stuff. Even the assholes among us.

    • 1benmenno

      Insert dark matter joke here.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        I was going to go for a black hole joke.

  • bizarrohairhelmet
    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Baseball is the girl who ditched me at the prom. Hockey is the girl I married.

  • 1benmenno

    goddammit. Avs tie the game at 2

    • CozBullsFan

      *sigh*

      • Joe Banks

        Moo.

    • birdhead

      booooooooo

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Av’s lose the beer pong.

      • 1benmenno

        One less point

  • Joe Banks

    Damn. loser points

  • 1benmenno

    Pens win.

  • birdhead

    at least the Pens closed it out I guess.

  • birdhead

    If the Avs get three points or less in their next four games (Oilers, Ducks, Sharks, Canucks) AND the Blackhawks go 3-0, the Hawks take second. Avs clinch second with 4 points. (I dunno about mathematically, this is just back of the envelope scribbling, but I’m pretty sure neither of the wild cards can catch the Avs or the Hawks.)

    • ToewsCheatCode

      Let’s hope. Doesn’t seem likely though. Anaheim has been scuffling lately, and Vancouver and Edmonton both suck. So that seems like a pretty obtainable 6 points right there for them. And they’ve played San Jose tough this year too, so they might run the table.

      • birdhead

        A six-game win streak is asking a lot of the Hawks too but it’s still fun to think about.

        Edmonton just beat the Ducks. What a weird team.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    How long do the avs keep their late game magic going?

    Its getting ridiculous

    • birdhead

      Hawks did that a lot last year, didn’t they?

      • putmeinthemadhouse

        coming from behind in the last 2-5 minutes?

        at least they had the metrics to back that happening…

        • birdhead

          that’s true!

          • birdhead

            Although I remember at least a couple of games of highway robbery. (calgary. CALGARY! And I happened to be looking at the metrics for game 6 and they weren’t that impressive.)

    • ToewsCheatCode

      For as long as they continue to get stellar goaltending and continue to have talented forwards. The fact that they seem willing to go through a wall for their coach probably helps too.

      So potentially quite awhile.

  • Hawkeytalk

    Game of Thrones was pretty awesome.

    • birdhead

      if you guys have a spoilery discussion can you please like … post a comment first so I know to stop reading? THANK U GOOD HUMANS

      • CozBullsFan

        I agree.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      keep it to yourself

      • cliffkoroll

        That goes double for The SpongeBob Movie (still haven’t caught the end.)

        • 10thMountainFire

          In the end Sponge Bob dies. Bollig did it.

    • 10thMountainFire

      YOU’RE SUCH A HORRIBLE PERSON! I CAN’T BELIEVE I LOVED YOU. OH MY GOD LOUD NOISES AND ANGER!

      But seriously, I’ve never seen the movie, read the book, plan to see the movie, or have the faintest idea about the references everyone uses with Game of Thrones here so carry on Hawkeytalk. I still love you.

      • Hawkeytalk

        I hadn’t either until this spring, when I got sick with the flu and binge watched a bunch of episodes. Now not only have I seen every episode, I’m reading the books, so help me God. I’m nearly finished with the first book and I can’t believe how true the show is to the book so far.

        Anyway, I still love you too. Just don’t get the flu.

  • hauss

    http://www.stlouisgametime.com/2014/4/6/5588080/recap-blues-fall-to-hawks-4-2

    Am I the only one that finds this completely unreadable? Thank you to all involved here. It’s a literate pleasure.

    • birdhead

      so much repetition so few paragraph breaks

      • Z-man19

        So much steaming pile of shit, so little anything useful

    • Michael Scott

      Yech.

    • TheFullAmonte

      I feel like that has to be a joke. It’s a joke article right? That’s terrible writing. That article is written at a 6th grade level.

    • ballyb11

      We’re blessed to have three fine writers. Posters on the other hand……………..

    • YoAdrienne

      Yuk! They have a 15-year-old fan girl writing for them? And, one badly in need of a remedial English class, nonetheless. “Benn” Smith?

    • Country_Bumpkin

      I think I lost a couple million braincells reading that shit. BTW Blues fans, your leading scorers should not be compared to Toews and Kane.
      #roadapplesandoranges

  • bizarrohairhelmet
    • birdhead

      I didn’t think it was particularly conclusive, am I missing something?

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        At :56 the puck is on edge and farther over the goal line than its tilt could account for. But the proof is fleeting.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          at :56

          • CozBullsFan

            Yup. I looked over to me there too.

          • ballyb11

            Ya mean at :56?

  • Jimnhlnut

    Ok, I am sick of Edzo saying there was no response. Then he says there needs to be a physical response. (Like blues vs Lanche) and in The next sentence says the response does not need to be physical. Could be addressed verbally, etc. Did he not see Hossa address Orpik at the end of the shift? God was in his face and linesman between them. Chickenhawk and Handsome both took runs at him same period. And finally does Edzo remember his own nickname Eddie no-check? Does he recall Kenan repeatedly healthy scratched him in NYC in 94? give it up Edzo…

    • 10thMountainFire

      Eddie might want to see a doctor about his projection issues.

    • Bannerman

      He was backpedalling pretty hard during the 2nd intermission on Friday night. It was as if someone in the organization told him to stop criticizing the players for not doing what they don’t want them to do.
      During the game, I can tune him out easily enough (I’ve trained myself to ignore the color guy on any telecast for any sport except soccer where it’s not necessary because it’s usually a Scottish guy spewing undecipherable gibberish) but away from the game action he’s beyond brutal.

    • HossasPierogi

      Edzo is a legend in his own mind — everything he does reeks of egomania.

  • DesertHawk

    Can we stop with the needless/excessive vitriol towards guys who wear the Indian Head… Do you expect Bollig to bench himself? Did he kick your dog or something?

    • Bob Lanz

      Yes he did and I’m pissed about it

    • CozBullsFan

      He has kicked my dog repeatedly.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Punchy McBighits doesn’t kick. He punches.

      /Guest’d

  • cliffkoroll

    Dear Commentariat,

    I recently concluded negotiations with I am Not Chico Maki, worthy representative of the pro-Bollig faction, TCI/SCH Ranking Member of the Commentariat, and all around great guy, to wit:

    Henceforth, we will unite behind the team heading into the playoffs. At some future date, if and when Brandon Bollig makes a crucially bad play to cost the Hawks a playoff game, we will reconvene here and reopen the discussion.

    Happy Monday!

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      Negotiations, I should note, were amicable and productive from the get-go. What was it, cliff, five minutes, max?

      • 10thMountainFire

        Cue the haters.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          *queue

          • 10thMountainFire

            Sure if you don’t feel like hitting them with a ball in a sock.

      • cliffkoroll

        Indeed. Astute observers noted Maki bypassing a cheese danish in favor of a simple croissant. The significance of this decision remains unclear.

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          I’m hanging out by the waffles. Again.

    • 10thMountainFire

      He punched a dog and killed Sponge Bob. You’re consorting with known terrorist elements.

      • DesertHawk

        Can sponge Bob even be killed? I saw him get chopped in half twice yesterday. He seemed fine by the end of the episode.

    • Preacher

      I didn’t even know we had a union.

      • cliffkoroll

        Welcome- I’m the foreman.

        What can I say? I know a guy.

        /Chicago’d

        • Preacher

          So this is where all our money is going? Makes sense.

    • Accipiter

      Fels already guaranteed that Bollig will cost the Hawks a playoff game if he plays.

    • HossasPierogi

      Does that mean I have to stop calling him Sideshow Brandon?

  • Preacher

    Do we know for sure that Saad was a healthy scratch? Others are reporting him as an unexpected right-before-the-game type of thing. Maybe his health is not 100% yet.

    • lizmcneill

      “coach’s decision” is what Q said. If it was a concussion it could be affecting his game or confidence.

  • houstonhawk

    Wow, the Hawks are down Toews, Kane and Oduya they have 105 points and beat the conference leader, but after reading the CI and this blog, you would think that they were being lead by a bumbling coach who is lucky to know how to make out a line up card. Good thing he has two assistant coaches…that’s right, they’re just as incompetent as he is, I just don’t know how this team overcomes their decisions and win then.

    • Bullitt315

      It’s infuriating that a guy who starts 80% of his time in the defensive zone doesn’t have a better corsi than a guy who starts 80% of his time in the offensive zone.

      • houstonhawk

        I’m not talking about one player, I’m talking about how the team is coached, it’s one thing if the hawks were listing every night and had a bunch of studs in the stable that Q was refusing to use, it gets old when they’re winning and the same arguments are brought up EVERY game. I wonder if some of you guys even enjoy watching the games.

        • Bullitt315

          I was being facetious.

          I agree with you.

          • houstonhawk

            Haha! I laughed at myself because that’s the response that I expected, it must’ve been the cherry picked fancy stat threw me.