Morning Free Association, August 18

Short in stature but full of heart, Nathan Gerbe of the Carolina Hurricanes stands only 5’4″ without skates and had to constantly work to prove he deserved to be in the NHL. Writing about his work ethic and where it comes from in the Player’s Tribune, Gerbe had this to say about playing against the NHL’s current tallest player (and tallest of all-time, for that matter), Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara.

Throughout my career, I’ve had to play against some of the biggest players in the world. Going up against guys like Zdeno Chára is always a challenge. Chára is literally 17 inches taller and almost 80 pounds heavier than I am. But I love competing against him. Seriously, call me crazy, but I look forward to it every single time. Hey, if I can catch Chára looking the other way, I might be able to knock him down.

If Gerbe can reach Chara’s center of gravity, of course he can knock him down since he’s like a giraffe on skates. But I have to hand it to him, the guy has heart and determination, so I want to see him try…and fail because I’m a Bruins fan, not a ‘Canes fan.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I can’t wait to get to the rink tonight! It’s a little warm outside today!!

carvinbass18
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Sunday I played a very hard game of hockey. I woke up a little sore. Today my back is killing me. It’s getting worse.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

You need more ice time!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!
This site needs a long winded mofo!
Good double last night. The legs are coming back.
I just want to be back on the river.
Did a welding tutorial in exchange for mowing this morning. My buddy can mow the back 4 acres in a little over an hour. It takes me 3 1/2. (i have to stop for bourbon more often than he does.
Friday we head back to Charlemont and the river (and there will be much rejoicing..Is that really how to spell rejoicing?< – just doesn’t feel right.
Double header tonight. The ice has been sawft.
Coffee (pretty obvious there was bourbon in it this morning), switching to seltzer soon.

Satan81
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Please tell me your welding tutorials involve bourbon.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yes, of course. Whatever steadies you. I usually like a lil puff, as well. Gets me relaxed. I used to work with a guy who had the shakes in the morning. He couldn’t weld until he had a couple good belts in him! Not a problem for me, so far.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ITS MY BIRTHDAY BITCHES! ….thats all ive got….Have a good one!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Happy birthday!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Happy Birthday!

Satan 81's Sister
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Happy Birthday!

Satan81
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Happy uteral ejection day!

carvinbass18
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Happy birthday!

carvinbass18
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Boy we sure are a chatty group today.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Phone B2B makes me less chatty. Also, being actually busy (what a weird feeling) doesn’t help either.

carvinbass18
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I hear ya there.

Random note, are you coming up Saturday afternoon?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I can’t make it, which is a huge bummer.

carvinbass18
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Aw that is a bummer. Hopefully next year (we’ll probably throw another game viewing party this year too. Gotta make up for the tiny TV last year lol)

Satan81
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I want to go on a fancy stats rant, but I have to train the new hire.

carvinbass18
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Eh screw the new hire, sink or swim buddy!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Heh. That’s kind of how I was thrown into here. Not my managers fault. It’s just that busy here.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
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Good morning.

carvinbass18
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Happy Noel Acciari days to Bruins hockey day!
So it’s like this: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/135701/Gionta_sm.jpg
but smaller for Gerbe. So crazy.

There’s a VIP event happening today and next Thursday. So here’s to hoping someone has an ink explosion and soaks people in their $1,000 suits. Although today is the America / Canada VIP tours so it’d be a Canadian guy who’d just apologize for standing where the ink went & then I’d feel bad. Never mind.

Uhhhhh, water?

Satan81
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Only four of us in the office today. I’m totally leaving early to go to the Adler Mannheim game against HC Lugano.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

This is a hockey game, no?

Satan81
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Nice! I see Jochen Hecht is still bleibt over there.

Satan 81's Sister
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I read that as “against Luongo” and wondered how I missed the news he left the NHL.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Sounds like a plan to me.

carvinbass18
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Second’d

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good morning!

Might have to leave work early to stay at home if the HVAC guys are still working when my wife leaves for work. The work is expensive, but I keep telling myself it’s worth it (especially since the old furnace was 45 years old and sounded like a dryer full of tennis balls when it was running).

Also, Gerbe is about the height of my wife. I’m trying to picture someone that size on skates and it’s just making me laugh.

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