Morning Free Association: Awards and a New Season Awaits

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Last night’s NHL Awards show was less a train wreck than a previous years.

This event paid many tributes to the various tragedies that occurred around the world of hockey this past season (Vegas, Parkland, Humboldt) and was a much more somber occasion overall. This show was host-less, instead opting for no unifying thread between award announcements, which was fine I guess. Jim Belushi is not his brother nor is he Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Besides the important tributes, the show was still a dud. The original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who’s =been in hiding for much of the past 40 years, inexplicably was all over this show because her Capitals won. Did you hear about her fandom before the playoffs? No. Me neither. And the illusionist/ magician’s assistant they hired for a couple of bits, screwed up a card trick when announcing the Selke, which didn’t go to Patrice Bergeron but to Anze Kopitar, who with 92 points really showed his defensive prowess, I guess. Whatever.

Bruce Cassidy was also shutout. Did they even announce he was a finalist? I can’t remember. All I know is that all these Vegas emergency services representatives were all over the stage before Gerard Gallent was crowned king coach forever.

The comedy seemed even less funny and more forced. I think I may just be getting too old because millennial comedy is something to which I cannot relate. Just so bad.

There were two poignant moments when the hockey players from Stoneman-Douglas and the Humboldt Broncos came on stage. To see the hockey world embrace the tragedies and to see how the youth are powering through was a humbling moment. The inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award was given posthumously to the Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan and was accepted by his wife. Who fought back tears upon delivering her acceptance speech.


The Bruins announced their away and home openers yesterday to fans delight disappointment. How so? Well, the home opener is on Columbus Day at 1pm, which quite frankly is a sucks day and time to open the season. Hey, Bruins, not everyone gets that day off.

Oh and they open the season on Capitals banner night in Washington a few days before.

Ty Anderson was nice enough to type out a list of the rest of the Bruins home schedule.

For those who are interested, we are looking at that Preds game on December 22 as a possible group outing. It’s a Saturday manatee game!

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The awards were a case study in bad comedic/performance timing. Gimme a break – this is a $4.5B league, and half the people announcing the awards were professional performers.

I don’t have any issue if some kid from Humboldt sounds like he’s uncomfortable on stage (and FWIW, the kids were actually pretty good) but they had a ventriloquist, a magician, some kid as emcee, Lynda Carter, a couple of morons doing a skit for EA Sports/NHL19 and none of them could read a frikking half-page of text as if they’d ever seen it before.

And the repeated lack of segue between ham-fisted comedy hour and “our community was broken by the deaths of all those people” was driving me nuts.

Some day they’ll get this right. Ironically, the closest they came is the Cuba Gooding Jr drinking game, and that’s the one they are trying hardest to pretend never happened.

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but they had a ventriloquist, a magician,

I didn’t watch the NHL awards because I out last night, but if I knew nothing about hockey and read this I would be certain you were talking about a child’s birthday party.

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Morning all. So sleepy today and no desire to work. I think it’s a good day to stare out the window.

The London Bear
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Hello. What’s up? Happy solstice.

It would be nice if they put the awards on NHLtv. Not sure I’d watch it, but still it would be nice to have the option. Same goes for All-Star weekend. Ah well.

Anze Kopitar, who with 92 points really showed his defensive prowess, I guess. Whatever.

Yeah, I hear ya. Not sure who won the Norris this year but too often it’s to the defenceman with most goals. That’s not his job, people! There are forwards for that!

There’s lots of talk here about video reffing in the soccer World Cup. I had half an eye on a game last night in which a team had a goal eventually disallowed after the video ref decided the forward was half an inch offside. Ridiculous. Footy fans are starting to feel our pain!

Columbus Day at 1pm, which quite frankly is a sucks day and time to open the season

Sorry for you guys, but 6pm on a Monday evening almost literally couldn’t be any better for me! lol

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Haha, if you had your way all games would be manatee games!

I tried to watch a World Cup game but got a bit bored after a while. Then a channel here was showing the Spanish broadcast of a game…Spanish commentary makes it much more fun!

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The London Bear

Yeah, I haven’t watched a full match yet. I don’t need to watch the England games because my neighbour watches them and we have thin walls!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

So tired after three late nights on the ice. Nap time!!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Awards? Yeah, the season has been over, for me, since the Bruins tagged out. Yes, the rest of the playoffs were fine….whatevs.
I think Gerard Gallant was the right pick, as much as I love Bruce. Kopitar, yeah, whatever…..
The hardware I want to see in Boston is Lord Stanley’s Cup. Next year, eh?
Have tonight off!!! Three nights in a row on the ice, I guess that’s good for me…… the aggravation caused by stupid hockey players, maybe not…… the comedy provided, however – I mean laughter is the best medicine. Hearing Jo tell players who are upset about their penalty to “Sit down and shut up” is also priceless.
Disc golf today at 5pm at Page Park in Bristol, CT. Championship of the universe on the line….. every week!
Coffee!!!!!

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Three nights in a row on the ice, I guess that’s good for me

How’s the knee and the back? Keeping active, getting out and about – good for body and mind! (dealing with stupid players, maybe not so much…)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

My knees are just worn out. Last night it felt like they were on fire. Still, they don’t give out. Keep ’em moving is about all one can do. The back (doc decided it’,s a bulging disc – great, I finally get my bulge noticed and it’s in my neck) is responding to treatment. It comes and goes, but is bearable a present. Thanks for asking. It feels best when i’,m working and I resent that!.

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Hearing Jo tell players who are upset about their penalty to “Sit down and shut up” is also priceless.

She’s a keeper!