Morning Free Association, August 1 – A Most Dangerous Game

NHL linesman Don Henderson is recovering from surgery.

According to KPD, the veteran referee had surgery 3 weeks ago to mitigate 2 ruptured disks in his neck. He was knocked down in January by Dennis Wideman in a notorious and spectacularly stupid incident.

Wideman was suspended by DOPS on the following day, kicking the final decision up to Colin Campbell of NHL Hockey Operations. Campbell announced several days later that Wideman would be suspended for 20 games. This was not tremendously surprising, since rule 40.2 of the 2015-16 Rulebook states that the penalty for purposefully striking and injuring an official is a 20 game suspension, though if it was ruled unintentional it could fall under rule 40.3 which specifies 10 games. (Rule 40 also specifies that it is the Director of Hockey Operations who makes this determination, not DOPS).

Wideman claimed that he was concussed by a hit he recieved shortly before the incident, and thus was not in control of his actions at the time. He went back to the team bench and finished the game, not receiving a concussion evaluation at the time, but was evaluated by an outside doctor the following day. This doctor said his symptoms were consistent with a concussion.

The suspension was appealed, with Commissioner Gary Bettman acting as arbitrator (as is standard procedure in this situation). To no surprise, Bettman upheld the 20 games. Wideman and the NHLPA escalated the appeal, demanding a neutral arbitrator. On March 11th, the arbitrator came back with a decision that the suspension should be reduced from 20 games to 10, but by this time Wideman had missed 19 out of the 20 games of the original suspension. However, this did result in his ability to receive pay for the 9 games that he was “not” suspended. (The NHLPA is able to petition for temporary reinstatement of a player when arbitration may not be promptly resolved, and they did so in this case, but the commissioner is able to deny that petition, and did so.)

The NHL was sufficiently unhappy with this result that they filed suit gainst the NHLPA on June 8th in Manhattan, seeking to vacate the arbitration result, restoring the original suspension and, in a perverse echo of the NFL’s “Deflategate” saga, claimed that arbiter James Oldham “applied his own brand of industrial justice” in the first appeal. (This is a reference, not specifically to Deflategate, but to United Steelworkers of America v. Enterprise Wheel & Car Corp. argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1960)

In addition, the NHL recently dismissed James Oldham, the neutral arbitrator who reduced the suspension. Both the dismissal, and the lawsuit appear – to the eyes of this non-jurist – to be completely unjustified, since the CBA includes language to allow inclusion of additional evidence, which appears to be the basis for the reduction of suspension.

As for Henderson, he completed the game in which he was injured, but has not worked a game since. He reportedly was suffering concussion and back pain symptoms. His friends have also reported concerns that he may never work as an on-ice official again.

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Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

The salad that I am eating for lunch is underwhelming.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The Wideman thing…. I just don’t see Wideman doing that intentionally. I just don’t.

phonymahoney
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Me neither. It’s just SO WEIRD.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

is brain was off-sides.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Okay, so I didn’t get back to bed. A buddy showed up with a trailer that needed some welding. I welded and he had his guy mow here. Pure gold.
Stayed local this weekend. Played disc golf Friday and Saturday at Page Park in Bristol. Still my favorite course. I beat my kid and Jo both days! Nice.
Went to Newport yesterday to see Mom. We brought Mac (Jo’s Mom). They get along well and don’t remember if the other one repeats a story, so that’s great.
Next weekend is some whitewater in NY state and a disc golf tournament in Warwick, NY. Pretty pumped for that.
Coffee with bourbon this morning…. and it was spectacular!
Water on tap.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Seriously, I love my hockey skates.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Hi folks! It’s been a while. Now that my summer class is winding down, I’m really going to make an effort to stop by more often.

How’s everyone doing?

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Texas is good! I can’t believe I’ve almost finished with my first class. 5 weeks is a really fast pace.

I can’t wait for hockey season. It might be less than 100 degrees by then, too! grin

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Doc, We’re all waiting for hockey here.

carvinbass18
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Pretty good. This season for softball has been pretty lousy performance & moral wise but we’re starting to come around moral wise so that’s good. How are you liking Texas?

the german hammer
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I had a dream last night that I was walking, then swimming through aisles of The Music Box in Newport (which technically doesn’t exist anymore as I found out last week) and someone was putting creatures into the water. At first I thought they were fish that were easily scared off by blowing at them. When I stood up, I had several leeches on my legs and struggled to get them off. They varied in size and shape and I kept finding them on me.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Satan 81's Sister
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Ew. Dreamed last night that people were trying to hold my friend and I hostage. Then we ended up in a huge cafeteria and I found play doh. Then I was upset because no one wanted to play with the play doh with me.

Satan 81's Sister
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After giving it a few honest attempts, I’ve decided I don’t like greek yogurt.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Chobani Flips. Get into it.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

while they are tasty i have this irrational hatred of them that im paying more money for less product with them. I could be very wrong cuase ive never looked at the volumes and such…but..i dunno.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Peanut Butter Dreams. Best ever. No contest. Though there’s one that’s Snickers-like now.

phonymahoney
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YES! KEY LIME, MOTHERFUCKER!

carvinbass18
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oooh those are so good

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

What brands have you tried?

Satan 81's Sister
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Don’t remember the first one. One I tried this morning was Okikos, or however you spell it.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Fage is the best one flavor wise and its one of the better ones for you.

DO NOT GO FAT FREE OR ZERO CALORIE with greek yogurt. THEY TASTE HORRIBLE, they add in like activia and stuff to balance what they removed and it tastes like poop…plus you defeat the purpose of the protein and good fats in the yogurt that help you absorb the nutrients. Also…stay away from the fruit added flavored stuff..its nothing but sugar…if you want something more than just plain yogurt buy some granola or berries and mix it in yourself.

Stonyfield and Oikos are not as good tasting but still just as good for you. Ive read a few others that ive never heard of are good like wallaby and brown cow but ive never seen or heard of them before.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Brown Cow is the shizzle!!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

where you find it…im guessing wholefoods…?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Stop & Shop in Torrington has it!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

They make a coffee yogurt that is the world’s greatest invention ever!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Second only to bourbon!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

hmmmm ill have to check out the S&S in simsbury then

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

It’s in the health food area, not with other (Dannon, Yoplait n shit) yogurts

Satan 81's Sister
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(I got the fat free)

the german hammer
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Chobani isn’t bad. I’m good with the Hannaford store brand.

phonymahoney
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I love Chobani pineapple, or key lime.

Satan 81's Sister
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I think I just don’t like the consistency.

the german hammer
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I don’t like regular yogurt; it’s too watery. Also I can only eat nonfat yogurt as any amount of fat in yogurt makes me feel like I will explode.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Try Siggi’s icelandic skyyr style yogurt. That shit is THICK.

Satan 81's Sister
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My folks are currently in Iceland. Saved their dog from getting skunked this morning.

Satan81
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the german hammer
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Were it a matter of just exploding without the pain, I would gladly do it – explode, that is.

Satan81
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I gave it one honest attempt.

Satan81
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Hey everyone! A friend from Boston was in Zürich for work last week, and it’s only a 4-hour train ride for me to get there, so I met up with him over the weekend. It’s really nice there, but holy mackinaw it’s expensive. A $7.50 take-out meal is literally $15.00 there. Typical sit-down dinner place that would run you $16-$20 per entree at home costs $35-$40 there. I ended up going to the supermarket for food, which was also expensive but at least not as expensive as eating out. My friend was able to expense the one restaurant meal we had.

My doctor has restricted me to one not-water drink per week (possible liver problem that we’re still trying to sort out), but that was no problem in Zürich because affording more than one drink wasn’t really in the cards.

I did get to visit Cabaret Voltaire, the cafe-pub where the original Dada artists used to meet and party. It’s still a performance space these days, with a nice bar and a Dada art gallery.

On tap right now is some Swiss chocolate.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

its officially August…which means i suddenly realize that my birthday is closer than i want it to be. 35 soon…woof….IVE DONE NOTHING WITH ME LIFE AHHHHH

phonymahoney
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I turned 35 a week and a half ago. I feel you, man.

Satan 81's Sister
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Don’t worry. I’m 38 and still haven’t grown up yet.

Satan81
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it doesn’t get any more mature at 43, that’s for sure.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

if anything im gonna become less mature with age.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m starting my second childhood without ever finishing my first childhood. And my inner child… let’s not even go there!

Satan 81's Sister
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It’s pretty much what happens.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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REC LEAGUE AND SKATE SHARPENING UPDATE

3/8 cut was incredibly too grippy. I felt like I was heavier and slower on the ice. During pickup Saturday, I almost quit playing it was so not enjoyable. After skating, I look at the blade. I could see where the person who sharpened my skates took multiple uneven grinds along the blade. One edge was noticeably higher too.

Sunday I called my go-to hockey man to see if he would save the day. I should I have went to him first, but I heard he’s trying to get out of the hockey business. He was boarded and wanted to a have a beer, and having him sharpen my skates was the perfect excuse we need to make it happen. He did a much better job. I returned to the typical 1/2 cut and I was pleased. During Sunday’s rec game, I felt like the wind! However, we only had two on the bench, so I was also sucking wind. Our defensmen played 51 and 47 minutes that game. Even I played 7 minutes playing D. This shouldn’t be a surprise, but we lost. However, it was an extremely fun game to play. The other team was respectful and didn’t push the pace too hard the final five minutes of the game. The loud mouths that made previous games a pain were not there.

EDIT: Shit, this was way too long.

phonymahoney
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Glad you got it straightened out. I could use a sharpen, I think. (and some skills)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Never let anyone except go-to hockey guy touch your skates!

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