The Desert Of The Real

It’s strange. Even when you’ve known it was coming for months (and in your darker parts, years), when it 10:59 Central time passed on Saturday night, there was still a pang in the heart. And as some of  you probably noticed on Twitter, an attempted drowning of that pang. It certainly wasn’t helped by the email I and other season ticket holders got yesterday outlining our refund options.

You’ve seen it by now, but as expected all precious season reservation holders will have the option of a cash refund or a roll over in your account — basically to apply toward playoff tickets. In the end, it’s the same thing really because chances are you’re going to use the cash you get back to pay for your playoff invoices. Or some of us will. But whatever.

The cutesy thing about it of course is that the Hawks and Rocky Wirtz are on the low-ball end of the interest they will offer on those refunds and rollovers. It’s a spiffy 2%. This is in pretty stark contrast to what other teams are doing. The Kings and Ducks are offering their ticket holders 5%. The Wild and Predators are offering a whopping 10%. Some others are at 3 and 4, of course.

While some have rushed in the past few years to label Rocky a genius and a savior, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s always kept one eyebrow slightly raised at him. And we do that because the man’s last name is still “Wirtz.” Some wounds don’t heal that quickly. I’ll always be suspicious.

This kind of only confirms that skepticism. He’s already got the money, it’s not like I can cancel and get out of it. Or it would be unlikely, as most of us have already budgeted to not have that money in our pockets. We’re prepared to pay for our tickets, and it’s fine that we already have. Rocky just doesn’t want to kick in his own cash, or at least all that much of it in an overly lame attempt to “make it up” to his most dedicated fans.

Of course, Rocky and the Hawks don’t have to work all that hard to maintain my loyalty, or anyone like me. There’s a waiting list. If I coughed up my seats they’d be gobbled up pretty quickly. In places like Nashville or Anaheim, or like St. Paul due to a few seasons of incompetence now, the season ticket rolls aren’t all the way full. They need to bring in more. That’s why they’re offering the bigger cushion in case of missing games.

Of course, I haven’t seen one owner anywhere make an overture to vendors, arena employees, security guys, or bar/store owners around their arenas, as they are the true victims of this. Fans? We lose out on our passion and a chance to blow our cash. These people will lose out on actual income. Oh sure, they’re not actually employees of the teams, and that provides cover to the owners and players to not give a fuck.

But still, it might be worth proving that either side isn’t totally tone-def. But I should have given up on waiting for that a long time ago.

  • Accipiter

    Morpheus, is that you ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

    So, as it turns out, the season opening game was a girl in a red dress?

  • remaaal

    So this is your new place? “Talk about your fixer uppers”

    • hair helmet

      at least one can flec one’s self here.

      • Accipiter

        When do you intend to start flec-ing yo’ self ?
        (side effects may include blindness)

        • hair helmet

          Well, I did it and then found out it didn’t last. Who knew flec-ing one’s self wasn’t as good as having someone else flec you?

          • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            You always seemed more savvy than that to me.

          • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            And we can edit comments here. Fancy. But how do we get rid of the @so-and-so?

          • Accipiter

            I don’t know if you can. It seems easier to follow who you are responding to in a long chain of comments.

          • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            … but not every response has them … ???

          • Accipiter

            When you get over to the right of the screen like we are now, they begin …..

    • 10thMountainFire

      I see you went with the Bizzaro World name…

      • remraal

        Who is cliff going to be?

        • mightymikeD

          can’t wait to find out…

  • remraal

    Jesus, I screwed up my name already. What a, what a… was that word, Sam?

    • hair helmet

      fucktaaard

      • Accipiter

        his acumen is fatuous.

        • hair helmet

          Don’t be fatuous, Jeffry.

          • Accipiter

            He fixes the cable ?

  • Lafferty Daniel

    Is it my computer or are there empty yellow boxes everywhere? Note: My computer is a Tomy Tutor

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ Matt McClure

      They’re placeholders for the ads.

      • Lafferty Daniel

        well now don’t I feel stupid

  • jetcollective

    Whaaaaa?

  • upsetmoderate

    Opening on the 19th… Just kidding. Ugh, not to mention having to open up a new Disqus account to keep my hockey and my politics posts separate (they’re tracking all of us!)

    • hair helmet

      nope, just you.

      • 10thMountainFire

        I have adjusted to upsetmoderate’s new account accordingly. Alert higher authorities.

        • mightymikeD

          INCOMING!!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Splash!

          • mightymikeD

            it’s TMFF isn’t it…

          • 10thMountainFire

            Where is he? It’s been an hour.

  • Roenickforthetrick

    First time poster, long time stalker. And boy did I pick the perfect time to start? Hello AHL games til Christmas….

  • mightymikeD

    hello all.. so, how do you register yer username on this new-fangled site..?

    • Accipiter

      You should get an email to confirm your particulars, and then you follow the link to creating a username and password.

      • mightymikeD

        uhh.. where do I sign up for this?

        • mightymikeD

          figured it out.. and laaarmered

    • 10thMountainFire

      I went with Discus. Apparently I am doing it wrong.

  • 10thMountainFire

    New place looks great. What’s in the fridge?

    • mightymikeD

      if it ain’t a ton of booze.. well.. they’ll be hearing from me..

      • 10thMountainFire

        With this crowd, a ton ain’t gonna cut it.

        • mightymikeD

          probably not.. good to see you here, my friend.. shall we create sheer bloody mayhem?

          • 10thMountainFire

            And it begins…

  • mightymikeD

    Hi folks… glad to see you all here.. seriously. Here we all go…

    • DesertHawk

      I feel betrayed, no one told me this thing was live…. also, I can’t use DH as my log in name… but apparently I’ll post comments as me, weird.

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

        I can log in as PowrFwd37, it even says “Howdy, PowrFwd37″ at the top right corner.

        Alas… When I post, I am reminded of shrubs…

        • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

          (Fake edit, because I’m not cool with editing my comments: I have figured it out – obviously – but it was posting my comments as “Tim”)

  • mightymikeD

    The #1 Guessing game is going to be “who is who from SCH”for a while… and remraal deffo isn’t laaarms.. missed that “a”..

    • Z-man19

      I wonder if Laaarmer will show up here

      • mightymikeD

        of course he will…

        • Z-man19

          god help us if remraaaL shows up

      • remraal

        laaarmer. No capital

        • Z-man19

          WE WANT Laaarmer damn it

    • remraal

      You fucking dumbshit it is me. I fucked up the name thing twice just so I could reply to myself

      • mightymikeD

        beautiful… now go claim your rightful name…

      • 10thMountainFire

        My first thumbs up is to you, good sir.

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

        Well, if it isn’t him, it is a reasonable facsimile…

  • The Doctor

    Just stopping in to say “hi” and claim my name. I’m formerly known as Ban.

    Love the look of the new site. Seems very streamlined. Now all we need is a hockey season and we’ll be set!

  • justforkicks

    i just realized the comments go up instead of down. it all makes sense now

    • justforkicks

      is there something specific that has to be done to for new comments to be highlighted? i see them if i’m in the thread but otherwise not i don’t think

    • kev623

      You can sort by oldest if you want them to go down instead of up.

  • remraal

    How do you stay “logged in” so I don’t have to type my name and address under my comment?……………..Answer me!

    • justforkicks

      mine has been keeping me logged in without me doing anything specific – have you confirmed your account?

      • remraaal

        I have not, but since I clicked the cog, I figured it out and I am logged in.

      • 10thMountainFire

        I am also a bit confused on this ‘confirm account’ thing. I’m using Discus. Perhaps you can help me?

        • Z-man19

          you need to confirm your email address so other’s can’t use your username, I think

          • remraaal

            I’m pretty sure I screwed that up already, so I’ll probably be back as somebody else eventually

          • 10thMountainFire

            Any idea how I submit or confirm or is it carried over from SBN?

          • justforkicks

            you should have gotten an e-mail from here to whatever you used to log in and then you just hit the link

          • Z-man19

            what jfk said, whatever you change you have to scroll down to the save button

        • justforkicks

          yeah i think its what z-man said

  • remraaal

    OK, so now I have been three people. remaal, remraal, and now this. Not bad. Only took a few tries. Now for the avataaar

    • remraaal

      Just to prove it.

      • Z-man19

        hell you almost laaarmer’d, that pretty much proved it

  • westy99

    This place looks like……fun?

    • justforkicks

      hello westy, fancy seeing you here!

      • Z-man19

        who let him in? I though this place was going to be of a higher class :)

        • westy99

          I guess I got past the moderators…

          • Accipiter

            Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules?

          • westy99

            probably

          • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

            Mark it zero!

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            Has the whole world gone crazy?

    • 10thMountainFire

      There goes the neighborhood.

  • eminemilie

    I don’t understand how this works!

    • Z-man19

      just go with it a little, you will get the hang of it, hell I did

  • Jonathan Toews

    So how’s everybody’s lockout going?

    Also, is there a ‘z’ button of sorts?

    • justforkicks

      lockout is going poorly. i think there is supposed to be. but none of the comments are highlighted as new or anything for me anyway?

      • Jonathan Toews

        Do you have the comments to sort by newest first? It gives a notification when there’s a new one, but it doesn’t highlight it like on the old site

        • justforkicks

          I do yes, so I get that notification, but I think if I close out of this screen and then come back to the site it won’t flag the new comments?

          • DesertHawk

            This is all so weird….

  • ChadoLive

    Testing, testing…..This Monday night game is horrid.

  • laaarmer

    OK. I felt uncomfy

    • justforkicks

      i’m so dumb, i just realized your other name was this backwards

      • laaarmer

        I concur

        • justforkicks

          yeah i figured

  • laaarmer

    Any news on Shane Doan? Ooooh edit button. I can fix typos

    • DesertHawk

      While nice, I feel that’ll cause our “Ness” to loss some of it’s authenticity

    • ahnfire

      This ability to edit makes me sad. I enjoyed the typos.

      • stacie7

        your panda doesn’t look as menacing when it’s itty bitty

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          It also looks less like a panda and more like a badger or something now

        • ahnfire

          I know. I’m debating on changing my avatar.

          • stacie7

            Nooooo. We need bloodthirsty panda

      • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

        I am totally with you. I’d really prefer that the ToS gets the edit feature disabled. Some of our best moments result from typos. Now that I look at it, we need to be able to strikethrough, too… :(

  • DesertHawk

    I’m going to take the fact that this thread, has half of my Name, and the location of my residence in it, as an homage to me.

    • laaarmer

      posting pictures easy

      • DesertHawk

        Who what where?

      • DesertHawk

        Weird, that picture didn’t show up till I’d refreshed like 3 times.

  • stacie7

    Am I doing this right?

    • DesertHawk

      I don’t know, you’re the mod, you tell me.

      • Z-man19

        she doesn’t have the mod button yet, free reign ha ha

        • stacie7

          isn’t a little early to be trying to get on my list. This is a new blog and everything.

          • DesertHawk

            Might wanna use that there edit button :D

          • Z-man19

            all evidence is gone, that’s kinda wrong

          • stacie7

            oh I see what happened

          • DesertHawk

            The thing I was saying should be edited is still there.

          • Z-man19

            my comment? I edited it twice now, maybe you have to refresh to see the new one

          • DesertHawk

            Who’d I reply to with the statement about needing to edit?

          • eminemilie

            Zing!

          • DesertHawk

            Welcome by the way…. I think this means you’re a Hawks fan. Although you claim us as your second team, right?

          • eminemilie

            Yeah…the wild will always be my team, but you guys are growing on me, like a second kid brother. I’m probably transplanting to Chicago soonish, so who knows…hawks may beat out the wild lol

          • stacie7

            I still think the Avs and Hawks should just join together as one super team. The speed would be awesome!

          • Z-man19

            you got me!!!

          • stacie7

            that’s not the comment I replied to. The sites being a little glitchy right now for me.

          • Z-man19

            no it’s not, we can edit our own comments now

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            Old habits and all that…

            They’re like Mods, they die hard.

        • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

          Gays! Guns! Romney Ryan Obama! Italians!

    • laaarmer

      if it feels good, you are doing it right

  • laaarmer

    Dudes. You can sort by oldest newest and best.

    • Z-man19

      do share

      • laaarmer

        discussion. right up there

        • Z-man19

          sweet

        • justforkicks

          nice, thanks!

  • bdmoss

    Just checking in, reserving my username, blah, blah, blah. When do the hockey men come back? :(

  • DesertHawk

    I can see when people are typing replies…. that’s crazy

    • Jonathan Toews

      didn’t even notice that. pretty cool feature

      • DesertHawk

        Yeah, I’m having a little bit of change dislike…
        But simultaneously there’s some neat new features.

        • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

          you with dislikes? unpossible!

          • DesertHawk

            Do I have a reputation as being a disliker?

          • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

            well, not a reputation yet…I mean you like the Coyotes….

  • Z-man19

    Cheers to Badger, wish he was here to see this

    • DesertHawk

      This comment needs to be rec’d, or upvoted, or whatever it’s called here.

      • Jonathan Toews

        if you say so

        • Z-man19

          nice

      • mightymikeD

        why? It’s just a comment..

      • 10thMountainFire

        You brought this on yourself.

        • DesertHawk

          :D

  • AlCzervik

    well, I’m here. now to figure out the avatar

  • justforkicks

    this is weird, why do i have the leave a message boxes open all over the comments section

  • Preacher

    Hoping this works. Is there a Z button for moving through comments? And how do I get a picture in the little title thingy? Is there a manual? (It’s always hard moving to a new place.)

    • Jonathan Toews

      click the little gear at the top right of the comment section and go to edit settings to change your avatar.

      as for the z button, i don’t think so but it’s all still new right now

      • Preacher

        Got registered but the avatar dashboard thingy ain’t working right. I can’t resize the picture I want to use. Guess I’ll keep playing with it.

        • Z-man19

          twss, sorry preach, couldn’t help it, maybe had you used the 007, I would’ve refrained :)

    • Z-man19

      be sure to confirm your email too

    • stacie7

      No z button as of yet that I know of. You can select newest comments under the discussion thing at the top to sort by new comments though.

  • adelfiacco10

    Testing, testing…

  • adelfiacco10

    All right, figured out the confirming process!

    • 10thMountainFire

      Can you explain it to the rest of us who haven’t figured it out yet?

      • adelfiacco10

        Don’t you just check the box that signs you up with a Disqus account?

        • 10thMountainFire

          Affirm. I figured it out. It involved me using a lifeline and consulting the Bible but eventually my brain converted it from the original metric system to the ‘merican one.

  • http://hesaid.midwestmentality.com/ JeromerInc

    New site? check.
    Avatar? check.
    mmD? check.
    Hockey? FUCK!

    Aye aye?

  • girlphoenix

    not gonna lie. this is kinda confusing

  • burpchelischilli

    Moving is both exciting and painful at the same time.

    • DesertHawk

      I hate packing boxes… and then unpacking them, fortunately the number of boxes packed for this move was very low.

  • dendog1218

    keep your friends close and your enemies closer…………….

  • Sapper16

    check check

  • AngryGiant

    So I guess I have to post here for it to stick?

  • Donuts

    I think im going to follow the schedule as is and just watch the games being played out on NHL 13 to get my fix. Sad? yes.

  • Bullitt315

    Test

  • Narya

    If the players want to really make a splash, they would set aside some bucks for the arena vendors who lose out each game.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      There’s winning the PR war and then there’s just fucking CRUSHING it. The players have been on the winning side of the PR war thus far (mostly because the owners simply don’t seem to care about that) but if the players did something like that, reaching into their own pockets to help out the arena vendors and area businesses (i.e. the people who are far-and-away the most adversely affected by the lockout), that would be awesome

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    Whoo! New digs! Still has that new website smell!

  • A.J. Parker

    Formerly, skags.

  • Hawkeytalk

    Hello all!!

    I thought about changing my username but decided not to as there are enough confusing things for all of us to deal with, lol. The verification email that Disqus sent led to an error message, but I did manage to reset my password (which I hadn’t set in the first place) and then resent my “email verification” email which worked the second time around.

    All in all though, I think it’s going to be great here. Great writing, great community, just need some goddamn GDTs now! I am definitely going to need to add the URL to my forbidden sites on LeechBlock (except for 30 mins at lunch) so I can get work done at my actual job. I’m gonna add my Dave Bolland avatar when I am unlocked from twitter for lunch :p

  • K J

    Ahhh

  • Hack

    Let’s try this

    • ahnfire

      oo Hack, you got mod status! :D

      • K J

        How can you tell?

        • k J

          oh. I guess the fact that he has a big green highlighted “MOD” next to his name might be an indication (-:

        • ahnfire

          you don’t see the big green “mod” button next to his name?

          • K J

            It wasn’t there at first. I swear!

          • K J

            Hey – you have the big green MOD button too!

          • ahnfire

            Yup. You guys can’t escape me yet. ;)

          • Chels Dag

            Does anyone else see an egg?

          • laaarmer

            Go flatulate yourself

      • DesertHawk

        Why you no Mod yet ahn?

        • ahnfire

          You know the site wasn’t supposed to be launched till tomorrow, right? Leave you children alone for a few minutes and already you’re trying to break everything.

          And I should have my own big green button now ;)

          • DesertHawk

            it’s so beautius

  • OMFS88

    I like the site layout. Not sure if people will appreciate my posts minus subject lines though…

  • DesertHawk

    So… I can’t access the site from work, but when uncle sam taketh away, a Comp Sci major finds a new way.
    :turns phone into hot spot, and uses laptop:

    • mightymikeD

      amazeticles. good work, old chap

      • DesertHawk

        I’d be SOL if it wasn’t for the fact that doing school work at work is encouraged
        :gets back to trying to figure out this whole coding thing:

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne.

    • mightymikeD

      now the circle is complete

      • K J

        Indeed. The first comment from HIBLD is a momentous occasion.

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          He’s the fuckin’ Peter Parker of the Internetz.

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            So his boss thrives on his existence, but desperately wants him destroyed?

            Wait, did he play for the Hawks in the 90s?

  • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

    Oooh. shiny.

  • BodomSlayer

    Hey hey, I live! And thankfully no one took my awful username!

  • shinkicker

    Someone already has my usual username, lets try this. Okay, the numbers have to appear but HOLY SHIT YOU CAN EDIT COMMENTS

    • shinkicker

      and now they’re gone. I guess I’ll see if I can find the cupcake picture again or see if I can handle a different avatar without an identity crisis.

      • K J

        Hey kids. Haven’t heard from you two in a while. Good to see ya.

  • pointmesouth

    hey all. is this thing on?

    • shinkicker

      yep

      • pointmesouth

        sweeeeeet

  • shinkicker

    As far as season ticket interest rates go, in addition to retention rates, Minnesota and Nashville have some elephantine bonuses to pay out whether or not there’s any money, so they need STH to leave the money with them, and the higher interest rate is a result of that.

  • UpperlowerClassTwitofTheYear

    What’s up all? Glad to see the usual suspects already settled in.

    • K J

      And you are…
      I’m going to guess HjammerTime

      • Sapper84

        I’ll guess BLou

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          doubtful. He hasn’t even said anything about Carello being dead by the time he’s 40 yet so it can’t be him

        • Chels Dag

          The horrible truth is… I’m BLou. I’m sorry it had to come out this way.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Wait what? You’re BLou? I thought you were NumbersGuy?

          • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

            They are one and the same

        • UpperlowerClassTwitofTheYear

          BLou?! how dare you, sir. Formerly Code Name Duchess.

      • ThatCrookedVulture

        Sorry, HjammerTime has been retired. You can take it up with Niklas Hjalmarsson.

        In all honesty, I need to spend a lot less time on sites like this! Doing my best not to settle in. But I do like the new system they have here.

      • ThatCrookedVulture

        Hjammertime is now a thing of the past. Take it up with Niklas Hjalmarsson and his crappy hockey playing.
        In all honesty it’s a good thing, I need to spend more time actually working. Dig the new digs though.
        (Apologize for a repost. Orignial seemed to disappear.)

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    So, if we can edit typos, does that mean Wayloning is over?

    • mightymikeD

      the Man Himself will find a way around it, I’m sure..

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Testing

  • krome

    I think I’ve got this figured out…before Wednesday even!

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    You get an upvote! You get an upvote! EVERYBODY GETS AN UPVOTE!

    • Chels Dag

      upboat

      • andidee15

        What happens if you get a downvote? Do you go to -1?

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          What happens if you get a downboat? Do you go underwater?

          • andidee15

            I don’t know if you’d go completely under, but I bet at least your shoes would get wet. And wet shoes make wet socks, and wet socks are just miserable and make your feet all pruney for the rest of the day. It just doesn’t sound like a pleasant situation at all.

          • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

            but what if you’re wearing those shoes that look like feet and have weird toe things? Then no wet socks.

          • andidee15

            Then you’d just have wet weird shoes, and that might be even worse. Or at least as bad. I’d imagine those things rub in some strange places.

          • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

            Think of the toes! think of the Toes!

          • andidee15

            Which, of course, is different than thinking of the Toews even though it’s only one letter off. Unless we’re thinking of Toews’s toes.

          • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

            Twinkle toews shiny toes

          • andidee15

            I read that to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            And now it’s officially christened…

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            I must refute this claim right now…

            I have some of those shoes.
            I also have the toe socks that go with them.

  • Sapper84

    still on the fence about the new comments section format, but will reserve all criticism until I see how it handles a GDT

    • K J

      Might not know how it handles a GDT until 2013 :(

      • Sapper84

        we will need to start having Ice Hogs and Wolves GDTs then

        • K J

          I’m in!

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I like that you can change the order the comments appear in by choosing newest, oldest, or best to be at the top.
      I’m not a huge fan of new comments not being highlighted yellow, rec’d/flec’d comments not being green, and no Z. I liked being able to go to SCH and before clicking on a story seeing “x comments, y new” and then be able to Z directly to the new comments so that if there was, say, a new reply in a thread that’s already got 30 comments/replies you didn’t have to re-read the original comment and all 30 replies to determine if any are new. I’m sure we’ll all get used to and comfortable with the new digs, but at the moment all this change is making me want to curl up under my desk, crying, with a bottle of Scotch whisky. Not that that’s much different from what I usually want to do (save for the crying bit, I usually reserve that for special occasions)

      • Sapper84

        in total agreement…I have already tried to Z on here a handful of times

        • DesertHawk

          New comments for me have a yellow bar next to them, although I think that’s only if I stay logged in to the page.

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          Note to self – disable Disqus feature that emails me anytime someone responds to a comment I make. That could get really old, really fast…

    • shinkicker

      it’s the emailing of comments (which I’m sure can be turned off) that would make GDTs weird. inboxes would blow up.

      • Bullitt315

        I’m pretty sure it can be turned off. I believe I’ve done it under my other Disqus user name.

  • The OmBudsMan

    Nice to see this happening

  • DesertHawk

    So I got an email, from discus, saying people had followed me? Should I vary my path home from work tonight? Should I notify my Squadron’s Security Office? I’m a bit concerned.

    • K J

      Make sure you walk quickly, in a zig-zag pattern.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Bob and weave! Bob and weave!

        • DesertHawk

          Fishing and Baskets are of no use to me now, you fool. I’m being followed.

          • Accipiter

            Did you remove your tinfoil hat ?

          • DesertHawk

            Don’t wear one, out of regs.
            Seriously though what does it mean if another commenter is following me, I’m assuming it’s some aspect of the commenting system, does it just send them an annoying email every time I make a comment?
            :evil plans:

          • Chels Dag

            It just means that they want to cut off your skin and wear it as a suit. No big deal.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            it’s so hard to find a nice DesertHawk suit that fits properly in retail stores…

          • DesertHawk

            Meijers has them

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Note to self – check out the selection of suits made from human skin next time I’m at Meijers…

          • Chels Dag

            You need to get a good DesertHawk suit tailor, he’ll fix it right up.

          • DesertHawk

            Well that’s reassuring. I thought they were interested in my thoughts on life/hockey(redundant I know) which was quite disconcerting.

        • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

          YOU CALLED?

    • Bullitt315

      It’s the government. I tried to tell people yesterday that they’re always watching but nobody believed me

  • Chels Dag

    Hey Guys, I haven’t been reading anything or following along with offseason news. Who’s ready for opening day in a couple of weeks!!! Fuck Yeah! Did I miss anything over the summer? Any big trades? What are the terms of the CB… oh. oh fuck.

  • Flin Flon Flash

    Cool

    • Chels Dag

      cool. cool cool cool.

      • Accipiter

        So we’re cool ?

        • Chels Dag

          We’re cool, but I’m not your friend, buddy.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’m not your buddy, pal.

          • Chels Dag

            I’m not your pal, guy.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I’m not your guy, chief

          • Chels Dag

            I’m not your friend, palpatine

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Well first of all I didn’t call you my friend, I called you chief. And secondly, I’m Palpatine? Does that mean I get to be the emperor? If you elect me emperor, my first order of business will be to re-design all death stars to ensure there are no thermal exhaust port openings that a missile can get into

          • Chels Dag

            I’m not your pal, friendpatine.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I liked it better when I was palpatine

          • Chels Dag

            Well, we can’t always get what we want.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            bullshit

          • Chels Dag

            Well, i can get you bullshit if you really want it, I guess.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            and where do you propose finding a bull?

          • Chels Dag

            I know a guy

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            Is this guy a pal?

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            Well… I’m not your square, Ovaltine!

          • DesertHawk

            Doesn’t save the second one though.

  • Chels Dag

    Hey mmd, I thought you were designing the website!!!

  • missy

    Trying to figure out how to talk on here….

    • Chels Dag

      You get used to it… I don’t know what to do with my pinky– I’m so used to jamming ‘z’

  • corbant

    I wasn’t prepared for this site to launch yet. I feel so behind the times.

    • Chels Dag

      You are streets behind.

      • corbant

        And since I live out west, I’m also two hours behind. -=sigh=-

        • DesertHawk

          Out west High Five
          :holds hand up expectantly:

          • Chels Dag

            High Five! Though I’m out east for college… so it’s like… a half of a high five.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Go east! East is the best, west is the worst!

          • Chels Dag

            Nah, I’ll take temperate weather, good food, and nicer people anytime. Also, better fish tacos.

          • DesertHawk

            I love the weather in Washington State, the colder/wetter/drearier it is the happier I am… The sun can suck it, as far as I’m concerned.

            :realizes this is probably not a majority opinion:

          • Chels Dag

            Nah, I agree. Grew up in the bay area, so used to both rainy weather and nice 84 degree days.

          • DesertHawk

            84 is too warm for me personally, but yeah rain is boss.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Anything above 80 should be illegal. Low 70′s, mostly sunny but with a few clouds providing occasional shade is ideal

          • DesertHawk

            Drop that down another 10 degrees and I’d be happy. I love when it’s about 50 out. 60 is ok too, once it starts hitting the 70s I am melting.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I’m usually ok in the 70′s (well, low 70′s). I certainly don’t mind the 50′s and 60′s, but anything above 80 is just terrible

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Yeah, but I’ve got the White House right down the road plus sporting events that aren’t specifically intended to be afternoon games rarely start while I’m still at work

          • Chels Dag

            Where in DC do you live?

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I live in the city, northwest neighborhood called Cleveland Park. Where are you studying?

          • Chels Dag

            American U, so just up in Tenleytown

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I know Tenleytown well – I go to the Whole Foods there, and in the spring the lacrosse team I coached practice at a middle school in that neighborhood called Alice Deal

          • Chels Dag

            I’d shop there if weren’t for me being a college student

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            yeah I’m a grown up with a job that pays pretty well and all that jazz and I don’t do the majority of my shopping there. I do my general grocery shopping at Safeway or Giant and hit Whole Foods for their deli and butcher when needed

          • Chels Dag

            All in good time. DC is a great city though

          • corbant

            I tend to miss while giving high fives, but the thought is there.

        • ColinWaters

          I’m living on the West coast for the first time this summer. Going from Central to Western time zone will never make any sense.

  • Grant

    Happy to see a post but it looks like I am late to the party. What happened to the Wednesday launch?

  • corbant

    Where are the new comments? I see them above and below. They’re coming from everywhere. It’s an ambush! AHHHH!!!!

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      At the top of the comments section, if you click on “discussion” you can choose between best, newest, and oldest. Oldest is chronological order w/ oldest first, newest is the opposite, and best I suppose lists in order of upvotes / downvotes

      • laaarmer

        Those best are all my comments. Come on, man!

  • laaarmer

    When you see the “one new comment below/above” gray box, where does it take you? To the new comment at the top/bottom or where the yellow new comment thingy is? I’ll hang up and wait for an answer

    • DesertHawk

      It seems to take be to the new comment, if it’s the gray box at the bottom. Other wise I just click the yellow button to show new comments that aren’t replies.

    • Chels Dag

      I think it shows the new comment. When I clicked on the yellow thingie AFTER clicking on the gray box, it didn’t do anything.

      • laaarmer

        YOU edited. I saw it happen.

        • Chels Dag

          I didn’t edit anything. What did you think you saw?

          • laaarmer

            movement. I think there is some delay after the comment posts on the screen, then it moves or something like that.

          • Chels Dag

            Huh. All this shiny new stuff will take getting used to.

  • Say Ramrod

    So do gifs work here?

    • laaarmer

      Lets see

      • DesertHawk

        No motion on my end.
        Anybody else?

        • corbant

          It’s as static as can be. And if you click on it, it links to a jpg not a gif.

          • DesertHawk

            Did laarms troll us all?

          • laaarmer

            No, that guy has a sweet swing. It moves, but not here.

          • DesertHawk
          • DesertHawk

            Do we need to use HTML to post them, perhaps?

          • DesertHawk

            The new @ thing really makes one look crazy when they’re laaarmering

      • Say Ramrod

        Nothing for me

        • Say Ramrod

          Hmm… HTML perhaps?

          EDIT: No…just no.

          • Say Ramrod

            Wait, what the fuck?

          • Chels Dag

            Hey! It’s a laaarmer. So this is what they look like.

          • DesertHawk

            Why are you WTFing?

          • Say Ramrod

            Regarding the post with the gif I originally wrote it out with HTML. When I posted it the HTML stayed so I edited it out of the post and hit “Save Edit” after doing so the picture appeared and has stayed there. Strange stuff this comment section.

      • laaarmer

        It’s been converted by the converters.

      • Chels Dag

        lemme try

        EDIT: NOPE

      • Say Ramrod

        If you click on the picture it brings you to the actual website where the gif is hosted.

      • laaarmer

        nope

        • Say Ramrod

          Good effort, good job

        • DesertHawk

          well that wasn’t any better….

      • laaarmer
    • Ramrod

      sigh…Way to fuck that up…

    • Say Ramrod

      Alright, I think I figured out what might be the best/only way…

      You’ll then get a preview picture of the gif which you can click to bring you to the actual gif

      • DesertHawk

        Testing

        are the quotes required?

        • DesertHawk

          weird I didn’t type any quotes… and yet there they are, although that still doesn’t appear to have worked. What will LanceFister do?

        • Say Ramrod

          Quotes work for me to get to the picture preview, not sure if needed. It also takes awhile for it to load

          • DesertHawk

            Well I got the image now, but it’s all full of HTML as well, or is that only visible on my end?

          • Say Ramrod

            Try editing out the html and the image should stay there.

          • DesertHawk

            Yeppers, well it’s less than ideal, but it’s something at least

          • DesertHawk

            Well it appears that just posting the link to the gif will work as well, and then you can go and edit out the extra words…. kind of a convoluted system.

        • Guest

          And now you can edit yourself and get rid of the text…

  • Chels Dag

    So I’m SUPER glad I started using twitter over the summer, cause otherwise I’d have no idea how to read some of these threads.

  • Flin Flon Flash

    Just dance! If you caught up in the holy ghost trance,
    If you stop! I’m gonna put the killer ants in your pants

  • ColinWaters

    Hi, I’m not Bob. I’m Colin. I’m also am/was Banjo Legs.

  • laaarmer

    my comment is awaiting moderation?

    • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

      oh burnnnnn

    • ColinWaters

      Someone’s in trooouble

    • mightymikeD

      I got that with a photo too.. well, either that or they’re out to get us..

  • Kissmyanthia

    Did i do it right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

      Depends on what “it” is

  • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

    I think we have witnessed the death of the Waylon…

    • Accipiter

      in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean, which you loved so well. Good night, sweet prince.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

        Everything’s a fucking travesty with you, man.

        • Accipiter

          At least I’m housebroken.

          • DesertHawk

            Who is/was/are/am(?) you?

          • Accipiter

            Aren’t you being followed ?
            /checks to make sure I am not being followed
            /runs

          • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

            Fucking nihilists.

          • Accipiter

            Nihilists ! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

  • The_FFF

    So do you have to somehow “register” separately for the Forums section? Or have I lost the ability to use the internet?

    • eminemilie

      Someone said down that way that you have to register separately for the forums

    • ahnfire

      yes you do. disqus for comments, wordpress for comments.

      • DesertHawk

        Ahem… forums?

      • eminemilie

        I can’t see how to register for the forums…it just says you must be signed in to post, but there is no button to sign in.

        I hate this game :(

  • activestick

    It’s like a new old new place

  • hoyt1120

    it is what it is

  • Waco Kid

    New guy checking in. Long time reader of SCH. Decided to sign up for the new site.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

      But I shoot with this hand

      • Accipiter

        I shoot with both hands.

  • Roos-34

    is this thing on?

  • WhatThePuck72

    Hope this works