Morning Free Association 4/22/16

Good morning, and happy Friday, kids!

The week is ending, everything is wonderful, and playoff hockey is glorious.

frrrr

We had four playoff games last night, and we finally have our first big loser (aside from the Bruins, of course) – the Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in game 5.

SCORES OF SCORES!
TB beat DET 1-0
PIT beat NYR 5-0
ANA beat NSH 4-1
CHI beat STL 4-3 (2 OT)

Sadly, last night could very well be the last time we see our friend, the Magic Man, Magician of Magicians, Wizard of Wizards, Pavel Datsyuk. It’s a huge loss for fans and the NHL, because he’s a spectacular talent, and seems like a really nice guy. Here’s some of his finer work:

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I could go on and on.
Anyway, what’s on tap?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The weekend starts now!!!! Heading out to play some disc golf @ page park. C’mon Tallest81, come out and show us how it’s done.! We’re starting our round @ 530.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I wish, I am stuck in PA for one more week and then Vacation to DE…

carvinbass18
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Only took me four hours to do a table alignment when the normal allotted time is an hour and a half.
Thanks customer return printer!
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Satan81
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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The German Hammer got quite a kick out of that last night

the german hammer
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I did. It was true but NBCSNOMGWTFBBQ did not like the criticism coming from the Chicago CSN affiliate (also owned by NBC) and cut it short.

I don’t understand why they didn’t just throw it on USA at 8pm or something. Does anyone really care if a L&O: SVU marathon is interrupted?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I had a bizarre dream last night.

My non profit HR team decided to open a school and we hired DrHandgrenaid. I was in charge of creating tests and entering their results. I made a mistake on a test and DrHandgrenaid got a croup of students to overthrow me.

DrHandgrenaid
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I have been known to incite revolution, from time to time. A regular Jean Valjean I am.

Miss Muse
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Send all complaints to P.O. Box 24601.

Satan 81's Sister
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I certainly wouldn’t want to piss of a geologist. You all have axes and hammers and shit.

DrHandgrenaid
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I break rocks with a hammer by choice. This is stuff they made old-timey convicts do. Do you have any idea how fucking hardcore geologists are? Do you?!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
Satan 81's Sister
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Do you also ride an old-timey hand car? Because I really want this to be a thing you do.

DrHandgrenaid
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Self Portrait:
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Also, Dawson City is one of my favorite places ever because of course it is (and I am probably one of a dozen people in history who can claim I ended up there completely by accident)

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I have no clue what the dream means

carvinbass18
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Viva La Revolution!

carvinbass18
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Good morning!

  • It’s moist out today, booo
  • but it’s Friday yaaaay
  • Dumb Jerk2.0 didn’t get to play for the Hawks last night so the OGDumb Jerk of course had to score the game winner. Seriously fuck the Hawks.
  • I hate bees / hornets / yellow jackets so much. Legitimate phobia and I just locked up hard here on my break. So much so that one of the supervisors just saw me with my panic’d face and killed it a yellow jacket for me. I get the importance of bees, and they’re the best of the three, but no. Stay away
  • Coffee & water to settle my nerves now.
  • Satan81
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    Oof. Seems like things behind the scenes at the NWHL are an absolute mess:

    NWHL faces lawsuit from founding investor, imperiling second season [UPDATED]

    Hopefully they can get it all sorted out and build off of their inaugural season.

    Miss Muse
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    God, who knows? It all sounds pretty damn ugly.

    carvinbass18
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    jesus wtf happened here?

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Sounds like fallout from people doing sketchy things (money under the table, misrepresentation of roles & experience, etc.) during the startup phase of the NWHL. I’d like to hope they have a more stable operating environment now, but I think I believe the unnamed player when she says Rylan is dishonest & unqualified.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Minor league hockey at it’s finest! A lot of leagues are rife with corruption. The less money involved, the dirtier the crook that wants it.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Over $180,000? Even I think that’s chicken feed, and I’m perrenially broke.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning All! Friday!!!!! Yes, Datsuk is a great talent and drafted so late! The Wings really do groom their players well.

    Looks like the Rangers are done. I’m still banking on the Ducks out west.

    Coffee on tap with vitamin b (bourbon).

    Kayaking again this weekend , Deerfield River this time.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    While Datsyuk is great, I do have to wonder if some of the praise is overblown. The broadcasters last night were saying he left a lot of points on the table by focusing so much on his defensive game. I looked and the guy started 55% in the offensive zone… that’s not exactly leaving points on the table to me.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Is that number for last night, this season, or his career?

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Career, or at least as much data as hockey-reference has which it turns out is from 07-08.

    From his age-29 season on, he only had one season under 50% (48% in 10-11). Last three years have been 58%, 59% and 61% O-Zone starts

    DrHandgrenaid
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    So making him an absurdly undeserving Selke Nominee all those seasons, much like Toews when he won. Fair enough, I suspected as much, but wanted to confirm

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    The Selke seasons were 56%, 51% and 51% O-zone starts. His Corsi is still through the roof… 59% for career, Corsi-rel at 5.3 with similar Fenwick.

    If I remember, many people argued takeaways/giveaways for him which are quite possibly the most useless stats in all of hockey. Incredibly subjective and hugely impacted by home scorers, just like hits.

    Going by hockey-ref’s nebulous ‘Defensive Point Share’ he was still very deserving of the awards. Mind you, the same DPS system had Krejci as being better defensively than Bergeron in 13-14…

    DrHandgrenaid
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    No question that Datsyuk has been a marvelous player, just not the defensive wunderkind we’ve all been told. Bergy’s possession and production, paired with his zone starts, however, is in a different class altogether

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    His zone start really does set him apart. His frequent Selke competition, Kopitar and Toews, both start primarily Ozone (53% and 60% respectively) so its hard to really compare them. Add in that Bergy now has 30 goals in 2 of the last 3 seasons and he really is ridiculous.

    Before, he never really had the offensive stats relative to the others. Now he is just as good offensively while being superior defensively.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Thank you all for the fancy stat stuff. The eye test was telling us this for some time now. That and the intangibles are real!!!! And Bergh brings ’em….. in spades

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I’m going to (h)Asheville, NC, tomorrow for my girlfriend’s birthday. God help me, because I hate that nature-peace-love-and-dreads town.

    Someone give me a hell yeah!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    We do whatever we have to for our partners bday!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    True true! She’s put up with A LOT of jam sessions and hockey talk. If she wants to go to the mountains and hike, it will be good.

    Satan81
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    It’ll be a shame to see the Magic Man go.

    The Rangers just didn’t have it together last night.

    No bourbon for me for a while. sad

    Kayaking: Nice!

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Hey party people! Its Friday! Yayyyyyy!

    Also, Earth Day. Listen to your friend Carl Sagan, He’s a cool dude.

    Pale Blue Dot: Earth from Voyager I, 6 billion km out


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