Morning Free Association, July 28 – Backes in Black

New Bruin David Backes is in town doing Boston things. (I did a quick search for Backes and got a picture of a Capybara, so damnit, I’m going with it!)

He’s in town to find a place for his family- his wife, Kelly, daughter Stella, 4 dogs, and 2 cats. Wearing his new Boston Bruins sweater, he stopped in for a visit at MSPCA Angell in Jamaica Plain to meet some new animal friends and the Boston Media.

Backes, an Olympian, and his wife have been long-time advocates for animal rescue, and are known for having organized a rescue project for the strays in Sochi leading into the Winter Olympics.

I have a feeling we’re gonna love this guy.
We already love his dogs.

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Satan 81's Sister
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carvinbass18
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Don’t blame Sesame Street. It’s all HBO’s fault

Satan81
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Dear HBO,

Not every show has to be like Game of Thrones.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
IntentionallyWidenberg
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Sesame Street sneak preview:comment image

The Trashcan remembers…

Satan 81's Sister
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SHUT UP SESAME STREET IS A REAL PLACE!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I have been weeding all morning….. in the sun…. in long pants as I am much too white to stay out there uncovered. Mind over matter. It is not hot, it is not hot, it IS FUCKING HOTTTT!!!!!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Allegedly, the heat is supposed to break tomorrow (for those of us in the greater Boston area anyways), with highs tomorrow only in the mid-70s. Oh, and tons of torrential rain.

Satan81
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Been getting that kind of weather here in Germany. Several days of heat and humidity followed by a day of sploosh.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

It’s been absolutely insane here. Where I am (a little northwest of the city) we’re on our 13th 90+°F/32+°C day this month. In an average year, we only get 10. And we haven’t been getting the periodic “day of sploosh”. So far this month we’ve only had a total of 0.69in/1.75cm of rain. We desperately need them to be right about tomorrow to keep everything from bursting into flames.

carvinbass18
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ah I want the humidity to be over!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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I hear you. I showered. I used deodorant. Why do I feel like I still smell?!?

carvinbass18
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Oh I know I smell. My biggest problem is that I’m required to wear pants and in this months version of “wow, TMI” I have a large moisture problem due to it.

Satan 81's Sister
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Is it time to go back to bed?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

YES

Satan 81's Sister
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YOU’RE THE BEST!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Morning All! Double header last night, double tonight. The house is all cooled off by the time I get home (midnight), so that’s great. Probably staying close to home this weekend. I’d like to see Jo in her new boat on the river, we’ll see.
Disc golf on Saturday, river on Sunday sounds good to me. Jo thinks we should go see my mom in Newport. I think driving to Newport is a pain in the ass until September, but that’s me.
Coffee, then lots o water!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Anything interesting happen during any of your games?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The first game was a bit of a shit show. I told both benches ” It’s up to you guys. My pay is the same whether I call no penalties or if I call a hundred. If you guys want to sit in the box all night or go home early, I don’t care. My pay is the same!” It got better after that and a couple “okay, you asked for it ” calls.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. SatanParents are on vacation so I have their dog for the next two weeks. She’ll go up my stairs but refuses to go down them so I have to pick her up and carry her down them. So looking forward to that four times a day.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

My aunt’s dog has the same fear of going down the stairs. English Setters are not the brightest that evolution had to offer.

Satan 81's Sister
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Parents’ dog is a sheltie. She’s very smart but also a bit of a headcase. She has her routine that she needs to follow.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I am watching a puppy today…. Joy.

carvinbass18
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Morning all!
I really like Backes the person. Although he kinda looks like my uncle-in-law Dave (omg no way, wow what a realization) and it freaks me out a bit. I think I need to stop drinking coffee and switch to tea or what ever. I need to be less person. Even with all the softball I’ve been playing this summer I still haven’t dropped any weight. It’s time to make a change even though I keep saying that. Other than that, I’m waiting on the weekend to sand my deck! C’mon Saturday

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

show me sand da floor!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I am really excited to see him play RW with DK. I know people are gonna hate on Sweeney no matter what but he has gotten some really hardworking character players from free agency and i can appreciate that.

I really hope that Hayes can find a spot that works for him, and still kinda surprised that they gave up so early on Connolly…but if they get Vesey they have a pretty well rounded team with youth and age…but i am still concerned with Defensive depth being able to keep Chara’s minutes down so he doesnt look like a giant black monolith out there surrounded by a bunch of chaotic monkies by the end of the season.

carvinbass18
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Me too. A part of me wants to see him w/ Bergy & Marchand but I think putting Pasta in that spot is better for the overall defensive side of that line. Losing Connolly hurts in the sense of it’s wasted assets. Not to beat that horse anymore though cause that management is gone so it is what it is.

Hayes should play with Vatrano. He needs a shooter because he’s a rebounds clean it up kind of player. Vatrano – Spooner – Hayes is a good third line should Vatrano just go full auto with his shooting. Line scares me a bit defensively but not everyone can be as perfect as Bergy.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I like the Vatrano, Hayes, Spoonman idea. If that doesn’t get Hayes going, send him packing like Connolly.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I think he just needs consistent linemates…last year was a juggle a week. Maybe now that hes had a year in the system he will do better.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Agreed, Heck id even try Beleskey – DK – Hayes and have Vatrano – Spooney – Backes though id rather let Backes and Beleskey just wear the other team the hell out and let that third line be a lil loose defensively.

carvinbass18
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If you’re gonna roll Backes & Beleskey together it’ll be with Krejci over Spooner, either that or Krejci becomes your 3C

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

a giant black monolith out there surrounded by a bunch of chaotic monkies

Sounds like Cup winning D to me!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
carvinbass18
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shit was that a messed up scene

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

that whole movie was a whole different level of screwy

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good morning!

There’s certainly problems with my new company (like all companies), but I’m still trying to get used to a place that can still laugh even when tough issues pop up. It’s truly a nice change of pace for me. Hopfully it stays that way this time.

It’s Thursday. Not much going on. I need a haircut but will probably go to the gym instead today.

I hope Backes works out. I also hope our defense is less of a dumpster fire. (Before you laugh at me: I said less of one. I know it still is.)

carvinbass18
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There’s certainly problems with my new company (like all companies), but I’m still trying to get used to a place that can still laugh even when tough issues pop up. It’s truly a nice change of pace for me. Hopfully it stays that way this time.

That’s awesome, I hope that’s a natural thing instead of OMGPANIC.gif

I don’t think our defense will be too bad, even with Killer & McQuaid on the roster. I feel like if you roll
Chara – C. Miller
Krug – K. Miller (yes I think Krug can make up for his mistakes)
Liles – McQuaid
things won’t be half bad. Would love to improve that 2nd pairing RD, but meh. who knows

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

you may see someone steal a roster spot out of camp too, never know.

carvinbass18
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True that. I’m trying really hard not to get overly excited about Carlo / O’Gara. There is zero need to rush those guys at all and the longer they stay in the AHL the less likely they are to become eligible for expansion.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

oh crap true that…keep forgetting about expansion eligibility.

carvinbass18
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I might be 100% wrong about that too, so don’t quote me on it. I don’t have a good handle on the eligibility at all

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Yesterday I ate all you can eat sushi and I’m still alive and full.

I also got my skates sharpened to 3/8 last night because that’s what I thought I typically get them done. Whoops! No, typically I get them done 4/8 (or 1/2 for you mathematicians.) I’ll see how I like the new cut Saturday for pick up hockey.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Prepare to stop on a dime!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

id suggest avoiding coins on the ice…that would be a safety hazard.

Satan 81's Sister
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Damnit, I was too slow and you made the joke I was going to make.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

oh gosh….im sorry…no one should ever have the same thought processes of me..

Satan 81's Sister
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Hey, my brain is someplace people should never go as well.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I can only imagine….mine is pretty bad…a female version…thats dangerous.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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That’s good. I always feel like I let up too soon when colliding into the boards.

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UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

or 1/2 for you mathematicians.

Everyone knows we actually express it as the square root of .25

carvinbass18
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Being an engineer wouldn’t you want a more precise unit of measurement and go with 12.7mm?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Or how about the astronomer’s version: 1.3424×10^-18 light years?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

That’s another argument. I was referring to unit less numbers.

Satan 81's Sister
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NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDS!!!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

we are american damnnit! (but yes we logically know metric makes life so much easier)

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I enjoyed your reply.

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