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State Of The Union

Before we pivot for a couple weeks to the international game, it’s a good time to take a look back and see where the Hawks are at the Olympic break.

While there’s a lot of things we discuss from game to game and day to day, admittedly some of it is just to find anything to talk about when a team is as good as the Hawks are. So first things first, let’s get to some of the things that truly do matter for when the playoffs roll around. These aren’t really things like Bollig’s ice time, which shouldn’t matter in the spring (until another OT turnover) or Seabrook’s play (he was really only just ok in last year’s run despite his two OT winners, but Keith was outstanding to negate it) or even the power play (as the Hawks have proven, you don’t need one to win).

Let’s get to it:

The penalty kill – Until Glendale, it had been really good for a month or more. 34 of 35 killed, in fact (I think, but it’s around there). Some of it has been an improvement in Corey Crawford’s play, some was systemic in that the Hawks went back to more of a box than the phallic look they had adopted in the season’s first months. Against the Yotes it was a retreat to that 1-1-2 that gave Yandle so much time to get a shot through. It’s been improved by the play of Michal Handzus, who really has been outstanding on the kill and that’s probably the only reason he’s been kept in the lineup. One wonders if Peter Regin’s acquisition isn’t to see if he can’t do the same on the kill and provide more at even strength than Zus. If the kill continues to hum at the level of the past month, I’ll feel a lot better about the playoffs. As we saw last year and actually the two previous, you can win a Cup without a power play but you can’t without a kill.

Goaltending – Always the raging debate among the Hawks’ Nation is just how good do the goalies have to be for the Hawks to play into June. Well, it has to be pretty good, it just might not have to be other-worldly. It can’t be bad, as we saw in 2012. Since returning from injury, Corey Crawford has been at least pretty good and bordering and damn terrific, especially on this latest road trip. Since coming back, Crow’s numbers are a .926 save-percentage and a 2.13 goals-against. And that’s while seeing a kind of un-Hawks-like 30.2 shots per game. All of that will do nicely, because whatever we think a second round against St. Louis will be, I think we can all agree there won’t be too many goals.

Secondary Scoring – Becoming more of an issue. It hasn’t mattered too much with how good Hossa has been, but really the only one not on the top six cashing in regularly is Brandon Saad. There were signs of life from Bickell in Anaheim and Phoenix. But Andrew Shaw has three goals in 2014 and one in his last 11. Ben Smith one in his last 12. I’ve forgotten what Kris Versteeg goals look like. Kruger has two goals since the beginning of December, and considering his skills that has to be better.

As we know in playoff hockey, a lot of time the top players end up canceling each other out and it’s your bottom guys that get you through. You get big goals from Frolik, Shawk, Bickell, Bolland last year. The Hawks need to find more from their bottom six as the season closes. One can’t help but look longingly at the four goals Jeremy Morin managed this weekend and wonder if that wouldn’t help.

Johnny Oduya – An underrated factor in last year’s triumph was Oduya playing the hockey of his life. That’s not to indict anyone or the team, because any team that wins – especially in such style as the Hawks did – needs a lot of guys with career years. This was capped off by Bangkok Dangerous’s tour-de-force in Game 4 against the Kings with Keith suspended. Needless to say, he hasn’t been that good this year, especially lately. We’ve seen a little too much of the erratic player the Coyotes exposed in ’12. Considering the Hawks just might have to go through Phoenix, St. Louis, and Anaheim just for the right to play Boston or Pittsburgh, that’s a lot of heavy forechecks to survive. Add to that he’s going to have to improve his play while coming off the Olympics, it seems a lot to ask.

If O.D. can’t bring his play back up, it would be a risk but explainable to pair Leddy with Hjalmarsson. Sure, they wouldn’t be able to take the top assignments like the Swedes to now but if Duncan Keith is a Norris candidate then he should be able to handle it. The Hawks need drive from their second pairing, not just defensive solidarity. Leddy has been excellent of late, and at some point he’s either in your top four or he’s gone. The time to find out may be coming sooner than we thought.

I feel like among Hawks fans there’s a strain of entitlement toward another championship. It’s not that easy. There’s a reason no one’s managed a repeat since ’98. I suppose you could take encouragement from the fact that the team to do it (Scum) did it also in an Olympic year. However, the Wings that year were basically rolling out an All-Star team, and not in a cap era. We have no idea how our Olympians are going to finish out the year. It could be anything. While anything less than another parade will and should be considered a failure, what it wouldn’t be is surprising. That’s why the secondary scoring is of such concern, because it would not be shocking if Toews, Hossa, Kane, and Sharp start to run out of legs in April and May. Those who got the break are going to have to carry the Hawks at some point, which is why Crow’s play is so encouraging. But Saad, Shaw, Bickell, Steeg and others are going to have to find it and maybe carry a bigger load than they did last year.

Olympic Coverage: I think what we’ll do is a full preview tomorrow, then open up threads for the games at night (as they all take place at odd hours). We’ll wrap up the day’s events in the last afternoon or evening and preview the next to come. So stick with us.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    My success/failure level is at making the Conference Championship. Making it to that competition level is about as much as you can expect any team to do. In the West, that’s pretty much the two top teams in the NHL hammering it out. Of course I will be devastated if we don’t make it to win #4 in the SCF, but I’m not calling for heads to roll if we make it through a couple of playoff series.

    • Z-man19

      bhh for president

      • 10thMountainFire

        Don’t blame me. i voted for Kodos.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Good, good. As long as you voted for one of us…uh…them.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      Honestly, if the Hawks were to draw a VERY good 1st-2nd round bout (STL, I just threw up in my mouth saying that) and bowed out, I would also not be devastated, though not happy.
      .
      I am now going to go gnaw on a shotgun barrel.

      • lizmcneill

        Fuck the Blues.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

          I agree, but they ARE strong!

      • 10thMountainFire

        That’s not an authorized position, Sailor.

  • neo1978

    What the Hawks played the first couple of games this season is, imo, up in the air since the players on the ice were not rotating in any coordinated fashion. After those first couple of games, basically when the kids stopped playing, the Hawks have played a 1-1-2 on the PK and nothing else; no box, no diamond.

    It was the 1-3-1 offensive structure of the Yotes that changed the “look” of the Hawks PK in that game. Not a change by the Hawk’s defensive structure. And you wouldn’t want to play a box against a 1-3-1 anyway.

  • gibbonjockey

    Sorry for off-topic: where is the off-shoot store for the olympic shirts designed by one of this site’s overlords? And other Hawks shirts? I recall perusing the gallery and for the life of me can’t find it again. Thanks.

  • 10thMountainFire

    ‘If Keith is a Norris candidate…’

    He’s not?

    • SamFels

      He most certainly is, but it’s an oddity that he is without taking the top assignments.

      • neo1978
        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

          I think PK got it more for his offensive output, not as much as his defensive skills IIRC.

          • Paul the Fossil

            Sure, that’s the heart of how the award has always been picked. Just like the Selke nowadays is basically “best high-scoring forward who is also known as good defensively”, the Norris is basically “best high-scoring D-man who is also known as good defensively.” Subban in 2013 tied for the league lead in points by a D; Karlsson in 2012 led the league; Lidstrom in 2011 was second in the league; Keith in 2010 was second in the league. Chara in 2009 was a bit of an exception, was only 13th in the league in D points. Then we’re back to Lidstrom in 2008 led the league, and so on all the way back through Orr and beyond.

          • Bannerman

            Also have to be a center to win the Selke.

          • ericthered

            Somewhere Dirk Graham and Jere Lehtinen are shaking their heads in dismay.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’d love to see Hossa buck that trend.

      • Paul the Fossil

        There’s no evidence from past votes that Norris Trophy voters look much beyond points, reputation, and plus-minus. As a past winner and an automatic Olympic-team choice Keith has the reputation well-established, and he has more points than any other D-man who is anywhere near him in plus-minus. The only guy ahead of him in points, Karlsson, is far behind him in plus-minus.

        Which is not necessarily an endorsement of that logic (personally I lean more towards the sort of evidence that TCI sometimes advocates for). But just looking at the actual likely voting by Norris Trophy voters, Keith could at this point be considered the front-runner.

  • Bannerman

    I think it’s still too early to set a success/failure bar. I have a hard time believing that there’s a better team in the league than the Hawks. Therefore, anything less than another cup would be disappointing. But a lot can change between now and the end of the season.

    One thing I’m curious to see is what moves-if any- Stan makes at the deadline. I’d like to see them add some speed at on the “4th” line. We all expect Bollig to be relegated to the press box come playoff time but it’s hard to see who will be skating those minutes and therefore what they bring to the table match up wise.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Some others have posited that Bollig is confined to the press box come post season time. I don’t see it. Q trusts him in pressure situations now, trusted him in the Finals last season. I don’t see that suddenly changing. At that point, who do you replace him with that has the time playing Q’s system?

      • Paul the Fossil

        Yea, barring an injury the 4th line we now have will be the 4th line in the spring.

        • Z-man19

          I concur

      • Bullitt315

        Yeah. I was a “Bollig will be confined to the press box” earlier in the season but I think Q’s trust in him is increasing which makes that prediction somewhat out of date. Of course I’m in the minority of thinking maybe he actually has earned that spot.

        • VerStig

          I’m fine with it. His minutes will go down anyway, and sometimes people forget the 2010 team had world beaters like Nick Boynton and Ben Eager playing in the SCF.

          • VerStig

            Also, as I looked up who was on the team last year (to see if there was anyone comparable), I discovered the three stars of Game 6:

            1. Milan Lucic
            2. Duncan Keith
            3. Tyler Seguin

            ahahahaha

        • justforkicks

          I think he’s worked hard and earned a spot, but not for 82 games, not for all the playoff games, not for key situations, and certainly not for more EV toi then guys like saad, smith, etc

          • 10thMountainFire

            Bollig getting more minutes than Saad? That’s a paddlin’.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Yeah, just observing the games I’ve come around to the fact that 52 will be in the line-up. I’m wondering how people will assume he disappears come post-season. Like you, I don’t see it happening. I’m alright with him now because there isn’t a ready replacement. If he’s the best we have, the only one Q will play, then we have what we have. And what we have in 52 isn’t God-awful. It’s just sort of ‘meh’. For a Stanley Cup winner, I’m alright with that now.

          • SuperHawk27

            I’d rather have Morin.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      STL really concerns me. Their “weakness” is their offensive pressure, but holy shit do they take advantage of what they have. They take allot of PIM, but they draw even more with a PP that is deadly and PK that is lights out. Defensively they are tough, they do not give up much and their Goaltending is good. I do not like how these match up against the Hawks, especially their opportunistic offense vs the Hawks defense and PP vs the Hawks PK. I think STL right now matches up better vs the Hawks, then the Hawks vs STL.

      • Z-man19

        My concern for the Hawks against anyone, especially in the 2nd round, is who is Kane skating with and if the bumslayer line is actually bumslaying. Basically, I’m thinking the only line that will stay constant is Kruger’s, after that, Q needs to find a good balance of the other 3 lines so he can roll all four. He gets that done, I’m not really worried about anyone.

        • justforkicks

          I agree but my issue is that NOW is the time to experiment and see what works and fits to keep four lines rolling. Imo we haven’t had that in a while and q seems incredibly locked in on not touching the 1st and 4th lines. I don’t care about the fourth but I do about the first and I’d like to have options now versus in the middle of the playoffs. I get that that’s what hawks basically did last year as well but I found it frustrating then and moreso now given the second line status for a long while now

    • justforkicks

      Hah I expect Bollig to not only be in the line up, but also in key situations. Be it down a goal, up a goal, or tied, 2 mins left to go and that fucker will be on the ice. Didn’t hawks just have a game where he had more EV time then saad??

      • Z-man19

        and about 3 other guys, Versteeg, Bicks and Zus or Pirri

        • justforkicks

          Gross

      • VerStig

        Well it’s as simple as Q putting that line against top lines while keeping the Swedes on the back end… since other top lines get more ice time, so does Bollig.

        I guess it depends on whether Q will keep going to that line to shut down top lines.

        • justforkicks

          In key situations or even in not I don’t see why someone like saad can’t take some shifts there. Still defensively strong but with the potential of an offensive punch.

          • VerStig

            He did slot in for Bollig when Bollig got temporarily doghoused last game… although that was very temporary

          • 10thMountainFire

            Bollig’s doughouse is bigger and more luxurious than Bickell’s. It has a pool.

          • justforkicks

            so more of that please, though i missed that game =/

    • Preacher

      “We all expect Bollig to be relegated to the press box.”
      No, WE all don’t. The Hawks have one of the best records in the League and the Bollig line is Q’s favorite. His quotes (“They start in our end and always end up in theirs”) show that he feels he’s being a really smart and doing what’s best for his team. NO WAY will Bollig see the press box or even diminished ice time. Barring injury, he’s Q’s personal favorite.

      • Z-man19

        I agree with most of what you typed, but I do think Bollig could be sitting in the press box at some point. He’ll start in the playoffs, I’m pretty sure of that, but if Bicks gets his shit together and Regin proves himself, I think Bollig could play himself out of the lineup.

        • Preacher

          Regin “proving” himself is a pretty big “if.” Especially with how Q apparently views things. And I could see Versteeg or someone else getting benched before Bollig. I still think there is NO WAY Q breaks up that line.

          • VerStig

            I could see Regin getting benched just as he starts to do something useful… I’m pretty sure Q is just trolling TCI at this point

          • Preacher

            LOL!!!
            I’m sure Q reads this blog first thing every morning!!!

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces
    • justforkicks

      I am still stuck on the lines. Why the fuck is the coach creating them based on the 2010 Olympics instead of current play?

      • birdhead

        Did you read the United States of Hockey post? You should read it because it’s very calm and thoughtful about the lineup and points out that it’s just a way to give people a jumping-off point. Things can and probably will change. Wheeler or Stepan could draw in.

        • justforkicks

          Are you saying I’m not calm and thoughtful?! JK I am a crazy person when it comes to the Olympics. And Kane. But no, Ill have to check it out when I get home. Thanks for letting me know about it, I probably wouldn’t have seen it unless someone linked it.

          • birdhead

            I’m saying I saw a comment the other day (elsewhere) cussing out TJ Oshie’s shootout skills and I laughed and said “JFK” aloud, is what. I appreciate it though because you always say what part of me is thinking, haha.

            Here’s the post: http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2014/02/10/2014-olympics-team-usa-tries-out-forward-lines-in-first-practice/

          • justforkicks

            lol, i love it. i need to try to be more like this in real life (well maybe a milder version), because i am actually the extreme opposite, haha!

            thanks for linking it. did make me feel a bit better. i was just so gung ho on parise + kane on a line together (kane’s diplomatic comments on the lines made me laugh).

          • birdhead

            I missed Kane’s comments on the lines, where were they?

            I still haven’t picked a team to root for so I’m half-assedly trying to follow all of them until i get a chance to actually watch some games. Life is hard.

          • mad-hatter

            “I think you have certain lines you have in your head that you think it is going to be,” said Kane, who said he learned Monday afternoon who his linemates would be to start the tournament. “We were on a line in 2010 and had some success there. Maybe that is what they are thinking there.”

            not quite shade throwing but almost!

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Team Swedenia has several Hawks, so that’s an option. Canadia needs no more fans. The ones they have are obnoxious enough.

          • birdhead

            I do love me some Marcus Kruger. IDK though, the lure of multiple Hawks …

          • 10thMountainFire

            Do it for Hjalmar.

          • justforkicks

            and Hjammer! those two are the only hawks that i’d be willing to send some semi good thoughts to (not enough for gold though). And Oduya I guess.

          • justforkicks

            I just saw the quote on SCH, not sure what article its from. But i just saw that m-h posted the quote, so success?!

      • MattC86

        I actually love the lines. Brown (if he gets off his duff; hasn’t been great this year, but you could slot in van Riemsdyk for that spot) and Kesler making space for Kane? JVR doing the same for Kessel and PavelSteeg? I love spreading out the scoring. They may have to load up against Canada, but I don’t want them to start out with a, say, Kane/Pavelski/Kessel line in the first game.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I like the idea of Patrick Kane winning a Gold Medal. I really, really like that idea.

          • justforkicks

            i regret that i only have but one upboat to give

          • 10thMountainFire

            His teammates… probably hate that idea. For several reasons.

          • justforkicks

            by teammates do you mean fellow hawks? because fuck them tbh

          • 10thMountainFire

            Yes. For the next two weeks…

            Ok, I can’t. I love Hossa and Toews too much.

          • justforkicks

            you gotta be strong, bro. i hope the ice is one big banana peel for all non USA team players.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I hope Saad is the one throwing the peels.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            There’s no rooting against Hossa. Just not possible. I hope he gets Silver to Kaner’s Gold. Johnny Hockey can have Bronze this time around.

          • justforkicks

            I’m rooting FOR Hossa to suck. I hope canada doesn’t even medal.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Whoa.

            WHOA! WHOA, damn it! WHOA!!!

          • justforkicks

            I take this VERY seriously.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Look, I love ‘Murica. Probably too much. I hug ‘Murica way too tight sometimes. And I dream about ‘Murica all the time. Bald eagles and flags and purple mountains majesty. All night long.

            But rooting against Hossa, God of all existence, father of his holiness Gaad? I can’t. A bridge too far. I have failed my country. I hate me.

          • 1benmenno

            I hear the Slovakian anthem isn’t even in English.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            It is in Farsi

          • 10thMountainFire

            Oh yeah? Oh YEAH? Neither is this one! Those dirty commies can suck it!

            NASA!
            Baseball!
            Grandmas and Apple Pie!

            Screw you, Slovakia! Lenin was a turd!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDrtNEr_5M

          • 1benmenno

            Say what you will about Communism, it produced at least one good anthem. And it’s an ethos.

          • 10thMountainFire

            That’s how they lost the Cold War:

            Jim Cornelison sang their anthem wearing an American flag shirt with a bald eagle perched on his shoulder and the Soviets quit.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Nihilists, Donnie.

          • justforkicks

            Hey Slovakia and Sweden can duke out the silver and bronze medals. those are the only allowances I’ll make.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’ll allow it. Hossa v Hammer/Kruger/Oduya? They may want to get another skater.

          • 1benmenno

            Why can’t we all get along?

          • justforkicks

            we can in 2 weeks

          • 1benmenno

            I regret I have only one downboat and one upboat to give.

        • justforkicks

          i think you need to spread out scoring so no no no to kane and kessel on the same line, esp if they are both RW? brown is my problem here. he’s been pretty shitty this whole year, idk why he is even going to the olympics let alone wearing a letter.

  • Preacher

    3 teams scare me: Blues, Bruins and Sharks.The Blues seem to play above themselves whenever they play the Hawks. The Bruins will be back in the Finals and all those OT games could go their way this time around. The Sharks look like they’ve finally figured it out and don’t have the between-the-ears issues as much this year. And Pavelski has become a beast. Unless there is some ungodly goalie thievery from the Avs or something like that, these are the teams that could bring real problems for our boys. And winning a series against one of them may take the life out of the Hawks for the next round. (Of course, all these teams have the Hawks on their own lists of who-can-eliminate-us.)

    • MattC86

      The Blues this year are just on a roll. 15-0-1 vs the division is crazy. It’s unsustainable. I want to agree with the TSN guy who tore them up this week on the radio as a one-hit wonder of overachieving B-list players, but Schwartz and Tarasenko (not to mention Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo) suggest that’s not the case.

      Regardless, yeah, a series with any of those three teams is going to be an absolute dogfight. Frankly, there’s no team that’s going to be a cake walk (at least in the West). Even the teams less talented all have hot goalies who could reprise 2011-12. It’s gonna be rough sledding, with either the Bruins or Crosby waiting for you on the other end.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

        Why does it have to be unsustainable? I would agree they WILL lose in regulation at some point and will probably not keep a 15-0-1 pace a loss is inevitable, but utter domination of the Division like they have, why not? The Hawks THREE combined regulation losses against the other three divisions (26-3-11), STL is also 9-1-2 and 9-3-0 against two other divison’s as well. The Central is not really a total fluke by comparison.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

        But a question I have, for the past 6-8 weeks, the Hawks have shifted to be more defensive than they were for the first 8-10 weeks of the season (Hawks G/G went from 3.64 on 12-17-13 to 3.37 today, and G/A went from 2.72 to 2.58 over the same stretch). I wonder if this is an attempt to possible match up better with a team like STL.

        • birdhead

          How did shots for/against change over that time, can I ask?

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            33.44 to 33.35 SF/G
            27.31 to 27.53 SA/G
            So small changes in both.
            SH% 10.9 to 10.1
            SV% 0.900 to 0.906

          • birdhead

            very small changes. Cheers. (Corsi and Fenwick events? :))

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Corsi 5v5 Close/Tied both dropped
            57.7 to 59.1
            55.7 to 56.6
            Fenwick showed a similar drop

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            SHIT, got numbers crossed
            from 12-17-13 to today CORSI
            5v5 Close/Tied
            57.7 to 55.7
            59.1 to 56.6
            Fenwick showed a similar drop

          • birdhead

            Heh, I gathered. Do you have numbers of Corsi and Fenwick events for/against or just percentages? (Sorry to bug you. I could probably work this out myself … but your spreadsheets are so handy.)

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Yes, think you are beating me too it. This was a Delta in Season AVG, not Independent times.
            Corsi 12/17 – 2/10
            5v5 Close
            CF1052-1804
            CA-771-1436
            5v5 Tied
            CF-673-1095
            CA-465-841

          • birdhead

            So on 17 Dec the Hawks had 1052 corsi for events and on 10 Feb they had 1804?

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Yes,
            Since 12/17 the Hawks Corsi have been
            5v5 Close 53.07 from 57.7 on 12/17
            5v5 Tied 52.88 from 59.1 on 12/17
            .
            Those are not small changes.

          • birdhead

            Yes I agree, I think that’s a pretty big drop. On the other hand, I guess we already knew the Hawks weren’t playing well for much of that stretch.

    • Fleshrifle

      Sharks are the same team. They are deeper along the D line which will get them to the 2nd round again. But this team is aging poorly and could really get hit by the injury bug pretty hard. Too many things have to go right for them to get a sniff of the WCF. We’ll see where they are at the end of March but I avoided placing bets for them making it to te WCF.

    • ballyb11

      Don’t worry.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      Sharks do not concern me TBH and BOS I am unsure of. QOC I am concerned may bias them high somewhat, but not sure.

    • 10thMountainFire

      I don’t like the idea of getting the Avalanche in a short series, really. It doesn’t entice me. I’m not afraid… just don’t like that match-up.

      • 1benmenno

        Yeah, it could be dicey against the Avs. (Shit–you said there would be no math. Sorry for the game theory.)

        • 10thMountainFire

          I just had graduate school flashbacks. Is it wrong that I loved it?

          • 1benmenno

            How could something so right be so wrong? Also, you probably paid enough to do anything you want with your flashbacks.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’m about to do it again, admissions-willing.

            I pray to the almighty God and Gaad to gain me admission to such elite programs.

          • 1benmenno

            I second that emotion. When do you get notified? March?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Should be March. So I’ll stock up on scotch and beer. Celebration or disappointment, I’ll be prepared.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

        COL does not really worry me TOO much over 7 games. They do not get many chances, though they do well with what they get, but they also give up allot more. The have bad Corsi in OA, 5v5 Close/tied. Not really things that bode well against teams like the Hawks, especially in a series.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Their speed and Varlamov give me pause but we like our people.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            I am not sure why but they just do not seem to be using the speed they have or putting it to good use. Against the NHL they have a negative Corsi, that will only get worse (one would expect) vs a team like the Hawks. Even with how well Varlamov has done this season, the Hawks have a better GAA as a team than COL does (by the slimmest margins albeit). As it sites right now the Hawks are 2nd in FS/G and COL is 25th in SA/G, this is screaming GAA for COL to be higher vs the Hawks than their Average right now, while COL is only 21st in SF/G vs the Hawks being 4th in SA/G, one would reasonably expect the Hawks GAA to go down with this match up.
            .
            I fully appreciate what you are saying about V and their speed, and those tools CAN steal a series, but so far their output just does not show that to be a likely outcome when matched up to the Hawks.

          • 10thMountainFire

            What concerns me is if Oduya is irredeemably lost in the sauce for a good part of the season. Is Leddy ready to jump to the second pair? A few of us believe so. Does Q believe it? Eh.

            Against a team like Colorado, a little shift in roster like that could reverberate.

  • Paul the Fossil

    The devil’s playground at work…I was curious how the Hawk regular D-men are performing this season outside of the special teams. There are currently 110 NHL defensemen who have played at least 750 minutes so far this season. Five of them are on the Hawks. Here’s the order of ranking of those five players during 5on5 play:

    Points: Keith, Seabrook, Hammer, Leddy, Oduya

    GF% (percentage of the goals scored while the player was on the ice that were for his team): Seabrook, Keith, Leddy, Hammer, Oduya

    “HART” (HockeyAnalysis.com’s overall rating based on Corsi events of that player’s on-ice results): Seabrook, Keith, Leddy, Oduya, Hammer

    “HART QOC” (HockeyAnalysis.com’s rating based on Corsi events of the quality of competition that the player has faced): Oduya, Hammer, Seabrook, Keith, Leddy

  • birdhead
    • justforkicks

      very cool!

  • CozBullsFan

    Yay! More numbers! ಠ_ಠ

    • Fleshrifle

      It’s Troll Tuesday.

      • 1benmenno

        Fleshy!

        • Fleshrifle

          Trolls come out earlier. What time is it in Sochi?!? That’s the new time zone for 20 days.

          • 1benmenno

            It’s 3:39 AM in Sochi. Will there be Olympic trolls?

          • Fleshrifle

            There are trolls everywhere.

        • Fleshrifle

          How you doing Ben?

          • 1benmenno

            I’m well. But I got a hockey jones.

          • Fleshrifle

            I hear you. I had the Abbotsford v. Texas Stars game on the radio yesterday. Good lord February sucks without hockey. And reading ESPN for Olympic coverage is like reading a Paint by Numbers picture of Dora the Explorer. Fuck me…no one has once seen a KHL game who is covering the Olympics? Really, Russia is the fucking favorites, and most of their team is in the KHL. And they treat the coverage of the KHL like it’s 1978 all over again (behind the curtain).

            Fuck…I’ve become the Troll haven’t I!?!? I NEED HOCKEY

          • 1benmenno

            Not trollish. You on the standing committee on guide for TCI newbies? We should come up with a scientific definition of “troll”.

          • Fleshrifle

            I’d be honored to accept a nomination to the committee.
            Scientific definition of “troll”. Easy to spot…for every 4 comments…3 are negative and the 4th is a backhanded compliment. Love to show up when the Hawks are down a goal or more; Make comments as if they are screaming at a TV; and are not that hard to spot if they are not you.

          • 1benmenno

            Ha! I’ll enter this into the database.

          • Fleshrifle

            I’m sure there is more but that’s my caffeine induced answer (the same caffeine that made me think it was Tuesday)

          • 1benmenno

            I was with you. I thought it was Tuesday. Could be hockey withdrawal.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Throw me an email and I’ll toss you to Coz so he can get you in on the email.

          • Fleshrifle

            Where is the best place to find your email?

          • 10thMountainFire

            On the internet.

          • Fleshrifle

            Thanks. I forwarded a Cialis ad so it may be stuck in your spam filter.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I don’t have a spam filter. I live on the edge.

          • Fleshrifle

            Tu eres loco esse..

          • 1benmenno

            Say it in English!
            No, please don’t.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            I made some inputs and stuff to it earlier. It is coming along nicely!

          • 1benmenno

            I’ll have to check it out. I’ll have you know that I have an originalist interpretation.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Which type or Originalist?
            So, you do not hate my site I take it.

          • 1benmenno

            Lockean, of course. I like the site. But I haven’t finished reading all of it yet . . .

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Glad to hear that.

            Here is what I was kinda referring to as to what type but Locke is a good way to describe it too.

            http://www.our-founding.com/2010/10/originalism-and-its-different-types.html

          • 1benmenno

            Thanks for the breakdown. I’ll get back to the committee once I decide the flavour right for me. In the meantime, I may have to call myself more specifically: an SCH originalist.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Roger roger! :)

      • CozBullsFan

        Did I lose a day Flesh?

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

          The first that ends in “y”

        • Fleshrifle

          No..I’m counting on Trolls to come out on Sochi time to cover up the fact that I really thought it was Tuesday to for about 10 minutes this afternoon (during which I wrote that).

          • CozBullsFan

            hah

          • birdhead

            You were correct in UTC + 13!

      • 10thMountainFire

        It’s Math Monday.

        • 1benmenno

          Oh no!

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s ok. I’m hiding until Friday.

        • VerStig

          That explains everything! I blame Bollig.

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s Bollig’s fault.

        • Fleshrifle

          Count on it.

      • VerStig

        Wait so does that means we’re going to have two days at once, for both Sochi time and TCI time?

    • 1benmenno

      Cozbeef!

      • CozBullsFan

        Ben

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      Keep you mouth shut and ears open and you may learn something!

      • CozBullsFan

        L O L

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      Thanks, you reminded me I need to start making my Monte Carlo simulation spreadsheet for Silly season predictions.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Stop encouraging this.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

    HOCKEY IS ON NBCS!!!!

    • 1benmenno

      What game?

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

        The US beat down of the Swiss (womens)

        • 1benmenno

          Every game the US women play will be a beat-down. Possibly even their game against Canada.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            That would be glorious!

          • 1benmenno

            Let’s agree to disagree.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Alls the Hockey golds is ours!!!

          • 1benmenno

            You can have or the other. Which one do you want?

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            I am a Capitalist, I want both.

          • 1benmenno

            I want it all, I want it all, I want it all . . . and I want it now!

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Glad we understand things now

          • Z-man19

            Queen?

          • Z-man19

            Let’s agree to agree

          • 1benmenno

            Let’s not and say we did.

          • birdhead

            They totally did not shut out Finland!

          • 1benmenno

            Totally true.

          • 10thMountainFire

            STOP WITH THE MATH!!!

          • birdhead

            THAT IS NOT EVEN MATHS!!!!!

          • 10thMountainFire

            I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!

          • Fleshrifle

            WOMEN”S HOCKEY…YEAH…YOUR YELLING ABOUT WOMEN”S HOCKEY MATH.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Sam is going to come home to TCI after the Olympics and find that his house burned down and the dogs are sitting outside looking innocent and afraid.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Did somebody say maths? I’ve gortz sum maths fur ya’ll

          • birdhead

            ME EITHER let’s stop

          • 10thMountainFire

            Sounds good. I’m parched.

          • 1benmenno

            Hee hee.

        • justforkicks

          amanda kessel = best kessel

          • 10thMountainFire

            The only good Kessel.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            So water is still wet?

    • laaarmer

      It’s a replay. I watched it this morning with the Coffee

      • laaarmer

        Those girls are fast, eh?

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

          I had that work thing this morning, and yes they are fast!

          • laaarmer

            I think USA gonna win it all. I watched CAN too. Good but holy crap the USA plays fast.

          • 1benmenno

            I think USA takes the whole enchilada. On the women’s side. They’ve had an advantage lately over the Canadian women’s team. My question: will the two teams duke it out like they did in the prelims?

          • laaarmer

            I doubt it, and I hope not.
            So, while I was watching this morning, Pierre, goes on to say how much help these NHL guys have been with picking the team playing against the girls in scrimmages. All the while, they have the camera on the coach. I’m not usually offended, but if I’m that AJ woman announcer, I take his ass to task on the air. What a tool that guy is. He NEVER shuts up. Sorry, spoiler alert.

          • Waylon

            you mean to say that you don’t like his schtick of “hey Edzo, hey Edzo,” repeated ad nauseum on every broadcast?

          • laaarmer

            It’s more than that now, but I do like AJ Mleczko. They should put her on camera more.

          • laaarmer

            I was watching the 3rd period at 6:45 this morning. I need help.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Given that it’s the Olympics will the trolls be speaking multiple languages?

  • 10thMountainFire

    Because I’m bored and this is an awesome compilation of Saad’s pre-NHL highlights.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biBfg5ssofY

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      The young Saadawan really showed some promise.

      • Waylon

        interesting how so many other team’s scouts only looked at his injury in his last season before the draft, rather than trying to assess his potential. I tend to believe that among all of the professional sports, hockey may be the hardest to project for many players.

        • 1benmenno

          Why? I’m not disagreeing. Just want to know why hockey.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            There are no reliable stats for TWTW

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Yes there are
            Wins = TWTW
            Losses = No WTW

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I guess Team Switzerlandia had no WTW against the US today.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            You obviously do not understand how TWTW works. It only effects very select teams, mainly the team you root for. If your team wins, they obviously had TWTW that is why they won. If they lose, that is the only time the OTHER team has more TWTW or your team just had no TWTW. If the team you root for always has TWTW they can never lose. The opposing can only have it when your team does not have TWTW or very much of it. Two teams cannot have it at the same time or least in equal amounts, and it ONLY works off of your teams TWTW not the opponents, theirs is also dependent on your teams. That is how TWTW works.

          • VerStig

            The law of conservation of TWTW

          • 10thMountainFire

            Ok, that has to go on the document.

          • 10thMountainFire

            How does one say ‘Corsi’ in Swiss?

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Corsi, or Zero

          • Waylon

            I don’t have the stats to back it up, but there seem to be more busts among the first round draft picks in hockey than in other sports. Maybe it’s similar to baseball, in that a lot of players are still taken when they’re still shy of 20 years old.

          • 1benmenno

            Makes sense.

        • VerStig

          Jack Skille ugh

  • laaarmer

    I agree with everything.
    And no mention of Seabrook makes it even more agreeable.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Laaarmer agrees with everything. We can all go home now.

      Win.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    And Hangover… Or maybe just a mild ‘day after’ headache. There has occasionally been just the slightest, er, lack of…

    intensity ?
    focus?
    grit?
    splunge?

    that has cost us in the third period.

    Lose a game like we lost to Scum Jr in December (a two goal lead with four minutes to play), and you think, ‘We had them. We’ll get them next time.” Lose a game like that in the playoffs, and you’re in a deep hole.

    Yeah, I know, this team can turn it on. This is not a thing to rely on. Consistency is a thing to rely on, and while it hasn’t been lacking, it hasn’t been,,, er… consistent.

    But for all my sturm and drang, who’s really better than the Hawks?

    • 1benmenno

      Without the Sturm and Drang, it would be the NBA.
      Note: I like basketball. Or used to.

    • birdhead

      the Blues.

  • Waylon

    I’m thinking that Q will rest his Olympic players at some point near the end of the season (if he can afford to, obviously). But who cares about seedings at this point? One look at the Hawks road record this season and I’m not too worried, even though it’s the playoffs and it’s different, and blah, blah, blah.

  • laaarmer

    When do the women start curling? Is that Canadian woman back in the games? Cheryl Bernard? Maybe they get AJ to announce that.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      The US totally fucked themselves today vs the Swiss. It was painful too watch.

      • laaarmer

        in curling?

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

          Yes, missed rocks, open barns, bad shots, missing the button for a sure point and give 2 instead, etc…….

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Who left their barn door open?

          • 1benmenno

            Does that mean what I think you mean? Coz I don’t wear zippers; only buttons.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            No

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Coz doesn’t wear zippers? I’m confused.

          • 1benmenno

            VDorpEm: how’s the missus, if I may ask?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Mas o menos. Another docs appointment on Wednesday. I appreciate your concern and thanks for asking.

          • 1benmenno

            Ok.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Hope that didn’t come off as flip. I mean it. I appreciate your asking.

          • 1benmenno

            I know. I didn’t mean to be terse either. Just wishing you the best.

          • CozBullsFan

            I think he was telling me he doesn’t wear zippers. And what sane person wears jeans with buttons?

          • 10thMountainFire

            The Marlboro Man?

            Rest in peace.

          • CozBullsFan

            Really? I never noticed.

          • 1benmenno

            That scene from “Something About Mary” is the rationale. Involving Ben Stiller, a zipper, and an ambulance. All Amish boys are made to watch it in school. At the shiftless Mennonite school, because industrious Amish schools don’t have televisions.

          • Z-man19

            Button fly jeans were a thing when I was younger

          • 10thMountainFire

            Not for your classmates.

          • CozBullsFan

            HAHAHA

          • Z-man19

            They were for the girls, don’t know about the other males

          • 10thMountainFire

            Cavarici, IOU, Guess, and KSwiss.

            We’re old.

          • 1benmenno

            I used to wear onions on my belt.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            It was the style at the time

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Button fly and acid wash jeans are making a comeback! Mark my words!

          • CozBullsFan

            Yeah, no.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            You know that once the skinny jeans thing has run its course that hipsters will cast around for the next ironic fashion choice and they’ll start pegging their jeans and wearing acid wash. It’s just a matter of time.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Skinny jeans would be outlawed under an XMF regime.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            You’ve got my vote.

          • 1benmenno

            Who said there’d be a vote?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Good point. I’ll lend my Molotov cocktails to the uprising.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Have you been hanging out in Bosnia?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            No, just Latin America. I did get caught up in a riot in Santiago, Chile a number of years ago.

          • 1benmenno

            When?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Let’s see… guess it was 2008? Student protest that the cops turned their water cannons and tear gas on… I don’t think I remember the purpose of the protest. I was just there, trying to cross the street. Wrong place, wrong time.

          • 1benmenno

            You take any pics or did you just skedaddle, like a sane person? If you ever have a chance, watch A Promise to the Dead, a documentary about Ariel Dorfman who was in Chile (as cultural minister) during the Pinochet putsch. Dorfman’s the guy who wrote Death and the Maiden.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            No, no pictures. Didn’t have a camera on me (was going to dinner with a friend). I watched for awhile and somehow we got across the street.

            Saw the movie for Death and the Maiden… I should read it. I freaking love South America. It’s so beautiful. So many lovely people, too. It’s just such a tragedy how f-ed up their politics are (in some cases like Chile with no small help from the CIA). Some of the most awe inspiring sights I’ve ever seen.

          • 1benmenno

            I really want to go to Chile. I audited a class with the filmmaker of Promise to the Dead. Canadian guy. He invited all of us to the Chilean premiere. Didn’t offer to foot the bill of the flight.

          • Z-man19

            That bastard

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Were you studying film making or just interested in that class?

          • 1benmenno

            Both. The guy teaching the class, Peter Raymont, who also made Shake Hands With The Devil, had read a piece I’d written and encouraged me via email to make a film of it. So I signed up for his course because it just so happened he was teaching a seminar on documentary filmmaking later that term.

          • Z-man19

            so did you make a movie?

          • 1benmenno

            Not yet. Still working on it. Will invite film students to collaborate.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            What medium are you working in? My major was tv/film and I’ve been doing a fair amount of it lately.

          • 1benmenno

            It’s a mini-Ken Burns type documentary using stills. I found a slideshow made in 1945 about the DP camps. It’s the editing that will take time.

          • 1benmenno

            And I mean Ken Burns as shorthand for “panning over still photos for maximum effect.” Don’t want the Burnsian music. No music. Just a narration.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            That sounds pretty cool. The first “pro” piece I made was turning a live slide show into a video for a homeless non-profit. They had a batch of slides they’d speak over for their fund raisers so I recorded their speech, digitized the slides and added music and transitions. The sponsor didn’t get to see it until their “big” event and she said she and her staff cried when they finally saw it. I couldn’t even accept payment at that point.

          • 1benmenno

            Ha. That is cool.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I actually just became involved in a documentary project. We’re going to do our best to leverage film students to do the technical aspects of the filming. I’m not even a novice at that stuff.

          • 1benmenno

            What’s it about?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Are you going to an Oak Ridge Boys concert?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            I wish! The Mullet would fit right in.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            You get +5 extra credit for an Oak Ridge Boys reference, btw.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I know nothing about them other than a trip to Oklahoma when I was about five. it scarred me.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Then you had exactly the right reaction.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            : /

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Yes

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            And yes, I am a moron, it house, not barn. Still “learning” these things all over again about curling.

    • 1benmenno

      Oh yes. Cheryl Bernard.

      • Accipiter

        She’s a Curl-ger, to be sure.

        • 1benmenno

          A bit of a stretch, but I’ll take it.

          • Accipiter

            Landsberg calls her that on OTR.

          • 1benmenno

            Really? Landsberg calls her a Curl-ger? God bless Michael.

          • Accipiter

            While she was on the show.

          • 1benmenno

            How did she respond?

          • Accipiter

            I think it is a widely used term, she didn’t mind.

          • 1benmenno

            Does Jennifer Jones qualify as a Curl-gar?

          • laaarmer

            “HARD!”

          • 1benmenno

            laaarmer, there’s a reason why I didn’t say: “How did she take it?”

          • laaarmer

            What.
            She’s always yelling “HARD!”
            What is the big deal?

          • 1benmenno

            Sorry, that’s just me jumping to conclusions again, building women out of straw.

          • Accipiter

            “HURRY !”

          • laaarmer

            OMAHA!

      • laaarmer

        “I work out”

        • Accipiter

          I can tell by looking at your avatar.

        • 1benmenno

          Yikes. Terminator woman.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      Mens curling is on CNBC

      • laaarmer

        Yeah, I’m not watching men’s curling.

        • Accipiter

          Soft ?

          • laaarmer

            Why can’t the women and men play each other in curling? Do the men have some sort of advantage there?

          • 1benmenno

            The will to wilt?

          • Why

            Yep. Throwing rocks harder means more shots are in play at any given moment. And mens curlers can drag the rock further with brushing

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

            Actually very good points. I had not thought of those aspects.

          • 10thMountainFire

            No one beats Afghans at rock-throwing. They’d get a gold medal every four years.

          • laaarmer

            Arabs. They can throw it too!

          • 10thMountainFire

            There are rock throwing tournaments in Afghanistan. I wasn’t being facetious. Afghans are also incredible at volleyball, wrestling, and bodybuilding. Very talented.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I edited those because I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea. I was serious and speaking in complimentary terms but I can see how others would think I was being fecetious. I was being serious about a real competition and sport.

          • laaarmer

            Hillbillys!
            David!
            Big Foot!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Edited.

          • laaarmer

            How can they drag the rock farther? Isn’t there a line where they have to have let go? And the “lane” is the same length, right? I see no advantage, except for brute force, which doesn’t appear to me to be what curling is about.
            It’s OK though, I’m only watching the girls.

          • Why

            Brushing. The curlers aren’t yelling “Hurry. Hurry hard” just because it looks intense. The more you heat up the ice, the straighter and farther the rock goes. It means you can sweep rocks past guards or move them further into the house.

          • laaarmer

            Yeah those guys can sweep it!
            I’m still watching the girls.

          • Joe Banks

            Such cute little bums.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Watching women’s USA vs. Russia now. I’m volunteering to console the Russian athletes as much as they wish.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        or party with them. Geez the US blew a 3 point lead

  • mad-hatter

    Wait, so for the first half of the season you were talking about how the Kruger line was just barely keeping their heads above water, but now you want them to start scoring more? What changed?

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      our whim. so what?

      • mad-hatter

        Alright seems fair.

  • 1benmenno

    This is for Canadians only. Some French content; the rest of you should avert your eyes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Bcfn3-2ks

    • 10thMountainFire

      Why did you ban that in America? Is it commie propaganda? Screw Stalin. I wipe my floor with his moustache.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

        You wipe the floor, I wipe baby’s 2 day unchanged ass with it

        • 1benmenno

          Stalin, Shmalin. We got Quebecois savoir-faire.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Stalin sends his regards and politely requests his communism back, Quebec!

          • 1benmenno

            I will see your Uncle Joe and raise you a Bugs Bunny:

            https://archive.org/details/HerrMeetsHare

          • 10thMountainFire

            Yeah, but Snoopy is an American hero. He shot down the Red Baron!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtJ1Gnh9wPU

          • 1benmenno

            I had forgotten completely about that song. Speaking of old timey songs–and this has a hockey aspect to it, mods!–here is Johnny Bower singing a Christmas song that became a hit. In Toronto.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-jclgfX0lg

          • 1benmenno

            I hear they’re rerecording this in Farsi. Betrayal.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I have no idea how to react to that marvelous piece of Canada culture. Wow.

          • 1benmenno

            I know. I played this for a colleague last year. Old Leafs fan. He’d been telling me about it from memory and I didn’t believe him until I found it on the internet (series of tubes). He got a little misty-eyed.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Eventually they’ll win the Cup. We all have to gird ourselves for that day.

          • 1benmenno

            You’ll be safe in ole Virginie. I live where Don Cherry, Kirk Muller, and Dougie Gilmour overshadow everything.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Picking from those guys is trying to find the tallest midget.

          • 1benmenno

            I’m still afraid every time Kessel scores.

          • Joe Banks

            ‘zup, Honky!

          • 1benmenno
          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            I had the album when I was a kid.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Why punish the baby?

          • 1benmenno

            Don’t throw the baby out with the bathtub gin, my granny used to say.

      • 1benmenno

        You peeked, didn’t you?

        • 10thMountainFire

          I did. YouTube gave me a weird face and said I couldn’t see it.

    • laaarmer

      Damn unshaven armpits!
      I am apparently not allowed to watch.

      • 1benmenno

        Your interest, she was piqued, non?

        • laaarmer

          Yoda?

      • 10thMountainFire

        So giving up on curling?

        • laaarmer

          That chick can really throw rocks, man.

          • 10thMountainFire

            So I’ll take that as a ‘no’.

  • laaarmer
    • 1benmenno

      Past lines. Or did I miss something? Again?

  • 10thMountainFire

    Facebook just demanded I like a Blues page and said ‘St. Louis Blues Minifigures are NOW AVAILABLE! CLICK HERE to order your favorite player!’

    How does one fix a cracked computer screen?

    • Z-man19

      Hit it again, HARD

      • 10thMountainFire

        I think I just Reaves’d it.

      • laaarmer

        HARD!

        • 1benmenno

          Is this some kind of double-entendre?

          • laaarmer

            curling

          • Z-man19

            HARD

          • laaarmer

            Hurry!

          • VerStig

            Omaha!

    • Joe Banks

      JB weld and Duct Tape!

    • Joe Banks

      Now why would facebook demand something as stupid as that?

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      FB needs a ‘Hate’ button.

      • 10thMountainFire

        How about both? Varying degrees of disagreement.

    • Bullitt315
  • 10thMountainFire

    This was too good not to share.

    Hockey skills. ‘Murica has them.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Can I share that on my FB page? FB

      • 10thMountainFire

        Someone sent it to me via FB. Go to town with it.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces

      You have been awarded the internet for the day, but that day is now over so I am taking it back.

      • 10thMountainFire

        That appears patently unfair.

        • Z-man19

          We’ve been over this, now is now, not then

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          There’s a patent on unfairness? Let me guess–Belichick?

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Should be posted on our GDT to keep trolls out:

    • Joe Banks

      This reminds me of one of my favorite websites, http://www.engrish.com

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        But the roast duck eats the law…

        I lived in an apt. early in college that happened to be popular with Asian foreign exchange students and we would get mail to former tenants from other Asian students working on their English. We would literally howl with laughter.

        • guest

          Just to balance out, here’s another really funny website: http://tokyodesu.com/2013/08/09/pictures-terrible-kanji-tattoos-with-their-english-translations/ (for a much larger but not in a “best of” list, http://hanzismatter.blogspot.jp/ )

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Those are always great. Tatoos are like drugs: you really should know your dealer.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            hanzismatter is great. love the back stories

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          I teach ESL for a living. My job is the most entertaining in the world.

          • 334Rules

            Son of bitch. Shit.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Me no understanding.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I didn’t get it either

          • Korab22

            Maybe this will jog your memory.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDkVjsSSDbg

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Ahhh! Yes. Memory now jogged. Spanish speakers have a very hard time with the long “e” (sheet) vs. the short “i” (shit) so that actually comes up from time to time (or beach vs. bitch). Getting paid to swear. Good times.

          • Korab22

            I graduated college in 1984. Son of beach. Sheet – was pretty popular to say back then (a meme?) for just about anything that went wrong.

    • guest

      For the curious, a better translation would be “Please don’t dump trash here.” They switched up B and P.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        I guess that works, too.

  • Accipiter
  • Waylon

    So Little Bobby Costas is now off the broadcast – seems to be suffering from Pinko Eye.

    • Korab22

      Well it was his left eye….Doh!

    • laaarmer

      He should have worn sunglasses. It looked bad and seemed to be migrating from one eye to the other. Poor guy. Now if Collinsworth would come down with layringitis, we’d be all set

      • laaarmer
        • Waylon

          yeah, from bad to actually worse. I yearn for the days of Willard Scott, a human being who actually knew his role and didn’t try to hide it. BTW, Meredith Viera did a segment bemoaning the day when the USSR broke up. It’s bad enough when the average American displays ignorance about world history, much worse when those making millions of dollars a year do it times eleventy. The mute button is now on for the rest of the Olympics. Asshats all around.

  • 334Rules

    The thought of Hammer & Leddy on the back end together gets me giddy. Hammer’s steady defensive support giving Leds the chance to spring the rush is an opponent’s nightmare.

  • birdhead

    Here you go JFK.

    USA Pacioretty gets a bump. Pacioretty-Kesler-Kane JVR-Pavelski-Kessel Parise-Backes-Callahan Brown-Stastny-Oshie Thanks Pierre Lebrun.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) February 11, 2014

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      switch Parise and Brown and its yahtzee

      • 10thMountainFire

        Brown’s leadership Corsi is unreal.

        • birdhead

          So is his actual Corsi, in point of fact.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Some of these seem a little familiar…

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=26077

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Leddy Bear, for instance, might need to stick.

    • birdhead

      ahhhhh the moustache one is flawless.