Morning Free Association: New Numbers!

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I know, I know, I’m supposed to be on vacation. But, IW had a bad night’s sleep combined with some work stupidity so here I am. It’s like he chanted an incantation, waved some fresh corndogs in the air, and — poof– I emerged from the ether wondering why I was recalled.

And yes, my laptop is in the shop getting it’s keyboard replaced for free so I’m doing this by phone. I’m so advanced.


Anyway…

The new Bruins have some new numbers. And some of them are so imaginative. For instance, take Nick Foligno. A longtime wearer of 71, he had to choose a new sweater number because Taylor Hall looked into a crystal ball to find that the versatile forward would join the group and he just wanted to yank his chain. Okay, it might not have been how it happened but can you think of a better reason for Hall’s choice?

Anyway…

Nick Foligno’s new number is 17, which is the reverse of his original number. The last player to wear it was Ryan Donato back in 2018-19.

Derek Forbort will wear 28, last worn by Ondrej Kase. Forbort has worn numerous numbers over his seasons with the last being 24 in Winnipeg. Actually, he wore that with the Kings, too. With Terry O’Reilly’s number being retired, he can’t wear that.

Erik Haula gets to keep his 56. Linus Ullmark retains his 35. Tomas Nosek once wore 83 with Detroit. However, he donned 92 in Vegas and will continue to use that number.


We end this post on a sad note: Tony Esposito, brother of Bruins great Phil, died yesterday after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 78 years old.

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Morning all. I had the most wonderful dream last night. Barstool had been banned from the internet and I took a dance class taught by Gates McFadden.
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Tonight you should try the Donald Faison dance class

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I know most immediately think Scrubs when they see the name Donald Faison, but it will always be Clueless for me.
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Oh wow I never realised that was him! Iconic film

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I love that movie! Hmmm…think I’ll give it a rewatch this weekend!

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Mornin’

Once at a kart race meeting I had to switch from my usual 27 to 37 as someone else had nabbed it. After our first race of the day an announcement came that #27 was to report to the stewards immediately. Only a brief panic before I realised i wasnt in trouble!

Looking forward to try mom’s hot tub this evening. It broke the morning we arrived on our visit last year. That was a couple of days before the chair i was sitting in crashed through her wooden decking. I wonder why we havent been invited back for so long!

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I wore so many numbers in hockey (although 27 was my favorite, Glenn Murray, and… sorry all, Kovalev). I’ve had penalties called where I had to ask…”is that me? what number am I wearing?”. 44 was also a fave as my oldest wore it in high school.

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How much kart racing have you done? Looks fun, but a lil dangerous, no?

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I did two seasons racing my own kart in my teens. Very expensive but it was the first rung on the proper motorsport ladder. One young lad who raced at our meetings drove inthe Indy 500 a few years ago! (And yes, you could tell he was talented right from the start).

More recently I did five years of a hire-kart championship. That was good because you couldnt buy success. Sadly I lacked ability as well as money!

Dangerous? I had plenty of crashes, but never seriously hurt. I had a collision once where the other guy’s kart flipped over and he broke his arm. My worst injury was a broken rib, but that was just from driving over a bumpy kerb! I wore a rib protector after that.

It certainly gave me a respect for speed. When you appreciate how much it hurts to crash into a tyre barrier at 40mph, you pay full attention when you’re in a road car!

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A 40mph crash!! That sounds like a world of hurt! Tire wall sounds like a good idea for some parts of the river!! grin

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It sounds like they should cushion some of those rocks! Hows the neck now?

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Neck is still a bit of a mess, but improving. I still can’t dance too hard.

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You’re not supposed to take the “break” part of breakdancing literally! lol

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Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun. I’ve hit 40+ on the downhills on my old street bicycle, and I know I would not have wanted to impact anything at that speed.

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There’s a good amount of plastic bodywork to absorb the impact but it’s still a sudden stop for sure! I wouldnt fancy coming off a bike at that rate.

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I’m surprised your mom doesn’t make you stay in a hotel at this point! grin

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Good morning!
I hope Foligno puts up Lucic numbers. The man is made for this team. I could see him being second line center, if Coyle can’t get it done

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Jo heading to Boston today. Daughter and granddaughter in town for a day.
I’ll be working til 3, then it’s river time!!!

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It’s a shame to lose some core players this last couple of seasons but I’m quite excited to see the new-look Bs. I imagine theyll play a similar kind of game.

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I’m interested to see what Foligno has left in the tank. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but he seems like he’ll be a fun addition. I’m really worried about that 2nd line with Krejci on indefinite hiatus, after we finally saw a line combo that worked.