Morning Free Association: Brad Speaks Out

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After skipping the games in PyeongChang in 2018, the NHL has not participated in the Winter Olympics in nearly 8 years. The NHL and NHLPA had agreed to send players to compete for their countries until the Omicron variant struck with force forcing the cancellation of over 50 games.

On Sunday, the NHL announced that the CBA was modified to allow for taxi squads to ensure that teams would be able to play and finish the season. This new CBA provision is built on top of the one agreed to last year which called for the NHL players to pay back escrow over time to the team owners, who lost money on last season while games were played without fans in attendance.

With the news last week that the NHL was pulling out of the Olypmics and this new taxi squad info, Brad Marchand is pissed. He took to Twitter to express how he feels about it; basically, why couldn’t players decide for themselves to go to the games while the taxi squads get to play in the regular season. Players heading to the Olympic would forfeit their pay for the chance to win gold for their country. Brad is mad that he and other players didn’t get the chance to make a choice. And he should be; this was likely his only chance to make the Team Canada roster and his only chance to play alongside and win gold with his BFF, Patrice.

Now the NHL will reschedule games when they can, including through the now former Olympic break.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Holy moly there are a lot of people in town over the holiday break. I heard the mountain has been packed.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The air b&b cottage next door (the one we rented while making our place livable) has been rented out non stop since it became available a month ago. There are several ski areas that are an easy drive from Monrovia

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Well, that sucks. The winter olympic hockey is my favorite sports tournament, and the
nhl just shat all over it again. And Feb-April are still gonna be a 3+ games/week death march.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
I did not realize that there was an issue here. I thought that the players didn’t want to go. Between b the quarantine time, the travel, etc I didn’t think it was doable. The Olympics have lost some of the luster of earlier times, but representing your country is still on the bucket list of many. Personally, I’d rather see a World Cup, or Canada Cup, as it was previously known. At least a format with.o/t…. no shoutouts!
When my employer fell down the stairs and broke his freakin’ neck a couple years ago, his wife had Jo and I round up a little more than she could fit into the 400 square foot apartment she moved into. For the next several months we picked through what was left…. The game room was a treasure trove! Every board game ever made, several versions of the more popular ones, mostly unopened, some decades old. That’s where we found the murder mystery puzzles, unopened, collecting dust since the late eighties. I really wanted to take the pool table, but its weight and size were prohibitive…. so we have puzzled.

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That’s pretty cool about the puzzles. A pool table is fun, but it runs the risk of becoming a glorified shelf. We had one when I was a kid, and it became the place where laundry was folded.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yeah, it was an eight foot table, too. We would have had to disassemble it. The slate was 3 pieces, 180 lbs each! Also, that game room was on the third floor of a house built in 1760. I took the 300 lb wood stove down, but between trying to get our house ready and getting ready to move… yeah. We can drive the 3 miles to Readsboro and play at the bar… or our bar could reopen, but sadly, not likely

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Wow, that’s a heck of a pool table! And I have sympathy for you having to deal with a 300 lb wood stove. I’ve got one in my basement that’s enough of a PITA, I don’t want to think about maneuvering it down a couple of flights of stairs.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The amazing thing about that stove… it’s small! Made by Reis Wittus, this model sells for $4,500. When the Mrs asked if i wanted anything out of that house, i asked for the stove right away. About half our furnishings came from that house… gift of the Mrs..

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Friends of mine donated their air hockey table to the local church yard sale years ago. Every few years it would end up back at the yard sale after people who bought it realized it just took up space. lol

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

So, the air hockey table becomes a rental!