My Column Schedule, The Niemi to NYI Rumo(u)rShareThis
First and foremost, an “I love you” and a “get well soon” to my dear Mom, who had her third vertebrae-fusing back surgery in about two years this morning. Hope this is the one that keeps the pain away
Also on the get well soon train…. A year ago today, Breezy and I pulled into Phoenix, Arizona in the 117 degree heat, and set up shop. Today, coincidentally, is also the first time in that year that Bri will be coming home from work for a sick day. Tomorrow, also coincidentally, is the first time we’ll headed back together to NY for a little family vacay. Needless to say, she isn’t pleased with the timing of her illness. Get well soon kiddo. Like, by tomorrow soon. But no rush.
My appearance has changed since moving to the desert.
The Jets lost to the Giants last night, and my boy Sanchez threw a pick on his first play in the new stadium. On the upside, Eli Manning got drilled and spilled blood, so you can’t fully consider the game a loss. Also, Fireman Ed got mean with a 3/4 buckled Giants fan (via Deadspin). Nice.
Like when I write words into sentences about hockey?
Well good. You’ll be seeing a whole fuckton of them this year. (If you haven’t noticed, I’m done putting asterisks in swear words on Bourne’s Blog. Who was that protecting, just out of curiousity?) With 94.6% certainty, it looks like I’mma be a daily columnist (five steady days a week), only my columns will be distributed around a few different sites.
I’ll release the exact where-and-when dates September 1stish, but you can count on the sites being The Hockey News, Puck Daddy, USA Today and Hockey Primetime. Thus, all my serious hockey stuff will be in column form, and my blog will become A) a place to find my days-old columns and links to my just-released ones B) a daily purging of all the stupid shit I think about, including un-columnable hockey thoughts, cat pictures, and sarcasm-laced booze references. and C) a place to count on finding reasonable, smart and fun hockey people (sounds like I’m running a singles site) who can answer all of our questions about whatever. I seriously learn more in my comments section than I do anywhere else.
The point is, I won’t be abandoning Bourne’s Blog, but I’ll no longer be waking up at 6:30, reading stuff, then writing it. It’s gonna become my end of the day, cathartic, content-posted at night spot. So, ya know…. let me know if it starts sucking balls and I’ll do something about it.
How do men that shave everyday do it? I’ve got a bit of a leather face – I can pretty much just get to ‘er with minimal preamble (or whatever you wanna call hot towels, lotions etc). But if I shave on consecutive days you’ll see more red bumps than the time I spilled Kool-aid on that braile book.
Am I not leathery enough yet? Should I just go George Hamilton on the Hasselhoff roast and let my face turn into whatever-the-fuck-it-was he had going on?
My colleague Lyle Richardson of “Spector’s Hockey” (the bang-up rumours round-up site) made mention of the Islanders rumour (via the New York Post and Chicago Tribune), saying that Antti Niemi could possibly maybe oh-god please sign with the New York Islanders. The next sentence however, points out that Katie Strang, the Islanders beat writer, says her sources say ”not true”. Soooo, there’s that.
My thoughts: I’ve found it hard to get a feel for the quality of Katie’s inside info this year. It’s not like she’s ever been wrong, and she’s wicked at her job, but she’s just come off her first year at it, she’s young, and people don’t automatically tell you things until you create your own relationships with those well-embedded in the organization. Why would anyone tell Strang anything (and no offense to Katie, again, she had a great first year) that they didn’t want to be public knowledge? Nothing to be gained. She’s basically the Isles ”going public” outlet, and until there’s something to “go public” with, she’s probably still somewhat in the dark about behind the scenes. Also, that was a lot of me talking out my ass and hoping she’s wrong.
I’m not saying the rumour is legit, I’m just pointing out that GM’s (and the like) are very cautious about what they say to people whose job it is to give messages to the public. Plus, Niemi for $2.75? That’s too exciting a rumour to not find some justification for it’s possible legitimacy.
Yeah! Strang doesn’t know. They’re signing him for sure! Right guys? Guys?……
So, sadly, that’s all for me until I’m back from Long Island on Monday. After that, no more delays or trips or gaps in posts - just five days a week, uninterrupted coverage of nothing in particular. Which I’m sure – phew – is a huge relief for everyone. Ooo! You can check out Hockey Primetime on Wednesday for a column I wrote on the pros and cons of turning a defenseman into a forward! Do it Toronto! Make Kaberle a CENTERICEMAN! I dare you!